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Barrington Brown Ale - Barrington Brewery & Restaurant

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Barrington Brown AleBarrington Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

29 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 6.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barrington Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-01-2003)
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
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milkbone_underwear

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

10-28-2012 20:13:38 | More by milkbone_underwear
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08-09-2013 23:16:45 | More by julie3231
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puboflyons

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3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub on July 26, 2013. Sampled that night.

It pours an attractive medium amber to mahogany brown. Fizzy white head that disappears fast.

The aroma was pretty straight forward for a pale ale with a hop bite. There was a vague earthiness on the nose and a malt sweetness. Well balanced but no special characteristics.

The body is about medium.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a solid malt sweetness up front followed b low to medium hops. Overall, hops are played down like a traditional English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 02:40:40 | More by puboflyons
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-20-2013 00:40:52 | More by Jason
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-21-2012 22:29:05 | More by jbrumberg
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-23-2011 17:39:07 | More by PEIhop
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is mild smelly beer, but like pale ale version, there is a real hop wollop in the swallow. The brew itself is dark brown, but light does pass through. There's a ring of lace after each sip that slowly slides down the glass. Thinner than most darker beers but pretty close to accurate for a brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 20:02:44 | More by smcolw
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Sam21

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pint glass. On bottle, notched, best by October.

Appearance - Dark reddish brown body. Creamy tan head with decent retention. Some sticky white lace in places.

Smell - I really like the aroma of this beer. Malty sweetness that is complimented perfectly by a coffee roastiness. Deliciously inviting.

Taste - Malty sweetness up front with some roasted coffee flavors and toasted malt coming through and adding some balance. Light hop bitterness at the end that attempts to peak out of the malt. Ideally, I could use a little more umph behind the malt sweetness/roast, but it's still great.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with smooth carbonation. Really creamy and somewhat chewy body.

Drinkability - A very easy drinking beer. Has an inviting aroma, good flavor profile, and a creamy body. They really achieve what they shoot for... "Nutty, malty, and rich."

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 02:18:58 | More by Sam21
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far333

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque with ruby highlights. Head recedes quickly to a fine cap of thick foam.

Aroma of of toasty malt, some cocoa and raisin.

Even flavors of roasted malt, hints of smoke and leather, some cocoa and coffee. Low bitterness.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, pretty viscous. Not a mindblowing beer, but pretty tasty, smooth and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 00:22:29 | More by far333
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smibroncos

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pour a dark coffee rich two finger tan head good lacing on the glass.

S. Rich dark roasted malt. Coffee toasted malt, leaves.

T. Sweet roasted malt, nice bitterness slightly sour on the tongue. Nutty, brown sugar, bitter coffee.

M. Medium bodied. Creamy, light carbonation

D. Nice brown ale. I could have a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 22:26:00 | More by smibroncos
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albern

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fairly light and very enjoyable brown ale. It pours a fairly clear brown with a touch of ruby when held up to the light. The head doesn't retain well but what is there is creamy and off white. The beer laces a tad. The nose very caramelly, dark crystal malt, with just a bit of toffee yeast. The nose isn't particularly assertive.

The taste is a bit watery, light bodied, more sweet than not, more creamy than prickly on the tongue. There is a slightly smoked caramel malt flavor to the beer. There is also an underlying sweetness that has a touch of brown sugar, or maybe maple syrup. There is a nuttiness, albeit watery, that may be almond or walnut. There is a touch of hop in the finish. The hop isn't leafy, doesn't dry things out, but it does accentuate the sweeter malts, the nuttiness, and the slightly smoked maple flavors and caramel. I like this beer, although it isn't a brilliant English Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 22:52:00 | More by albern
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured thick brown with a tan/caramel head that lasted and laced well. The smell was a healthy mix of vanilla, chocolate, mocha, almond/nuttiness, maple syrup, and brown sugar. The taste certainly featured all of the above, as well as some bitter hoppiness in the finish. Very thick, creamy body, reminiscent of a good brown ale, but too thick to session. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 05:04:18 | More by donniecuffs
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on the sampler at the brewpub. The drink had a good solid brown ale look to it. Good sized head relative to the sampler glass. Brown color with a red glow in the light. Aromas were rich in nuts, mocha, chocolate, almonds, esperro all mixed and roasted together quite satisfactorily. Taste was a bit heavy for outdoors on the deck but still a bitterly sweet treat with a good malty/coffee flavoring. Mouthfeel gave it a thickness to it that really gave the bitterness an arena to shine. Overall, darn good brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2008 22:14:45 | More by fitzy84
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Harpoon UFO weizen glass.

A: Pours a reddish brown with a one finer head of tan foam that settles quickly, but sticks around for a while, like a cappuccino foam.

S: Smells sweet and roasty. The nut and sweet malts are definitely here, and there's even a little fresh-brewed coffee in there. Nice.

T: It's a bit nutty. The coffee has been pegged down to hazelnut and the sweet malt finishes a bit sour on the palate. No heavy hops noticed, but a bit in there for balance. Warm and inviting roasted hazelnut keeps beckoning me back to sip.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and enjoyable. It's like this brew was almost derived from espresso, but not made too astringent.

D: I would probably open another 22 after this and call it a night with it. There are other English browns more suited for a session, but this one is a nice sipper for a fall evening such as this.

Overall, I found this to be a pretty enjoyable English brown ale. Better than Newcastle, but not as innovative as some of its American cousins, like Ithica Nut Brown or Dogfish Head Indian Brown.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 06:12:42 | More by Gambrinus1184
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

German-style refillable growler filled at the brewpub.

First imperial pint pours with a thick 1" tan head, which lasted well, with heavy sticky lacing. Clear brown brew with a burgundy tinge. Aroma is hearty grain husks with touches of hop character. Taste is not quite as full of malt as the nose indicated, but still in play, reasonably balanced with light hop bitterness, and an almost mocha close. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but gets a rich feel from the depth of malt, and drinkability is quite good as well. Overall a nice brew fresh from the brewpub.

Serving type: growler

04-08-2007 15:12:16 | More by ppoitras
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice dark brown with a very nice pillow head. Smell is a nice blend of malts amd molasses. There is a light hop note. Taste was a very nice smoky malt with a light hop presence..unexpected. Mouthfeel is medium, initially smooth, with a good dry finish. This brew is smooth even though it has a very pleasant chewy quality.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 00:24:39 | More by edchicma
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Dark brown with a ruby red glow. Thin light tan head that slowly setles to a thin rim.

Roasty malt aromas with hints of fresh coffee beans.

Bitter dark malts that lead to a light contrasting hop bitterness in the finish. Thin bodied and a little fizzy. The finish containts grainy hops and a little bit of leafy hop bitterness.

Not a bad Brown Ale, though I think it's an American Brown Ale rather than an English Brown Ale. Good balance of the grainy dark malts and the hops. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 03:54:24 | More by BeerSox
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aquatonex

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark translucent brown with a little bit of head, decent lacing. Smells of light toasted malts, hops, and alcohol. Taste follows, but also has some nice sweet notes, almost coffee-like. Mouthfeel is a bit lacking, a little too watery. A nice brown ale with the surprise sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2005 21:03:53 | More by aquatonex
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Barrington Brown Ale from Barrington Brewery & Restaurant
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.