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Gillespie Brown - Twisted Manzanita Ales

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82
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42 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Twisted Manzanita Ales visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Gold Medal - 2012 San Diego International Beer Festival: American-Style Brown Ale

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 09-13-2010)
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Reviews by ALBuff:
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2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a conundrum. While certainly unique and not what I come to expect from a brown, sometimes different isn't always good. There's a lot going on in this beer... coffee, malt, roasted nuts, sweet breadfruit, and an extra bitter hoppy bite... perhaps too much to be either properly balanced or interesting.

ALBuff, Jan 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
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2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

A big Brown, weighing in at 8 percent. Hazed chestnut brown color, head and lacing is nothing less than spectacular. Malty, estery nose with caramel, brown bread, overripe fruit and malt husk. Full-ish body. Boozy—the alcohol really does want to be noticed here. Malt sweetness clashes with a thick underlying husky tone. Hops are there to balance with some bitterness but not much else. Alcoholic and malt forward, but the double whammy of hop bitterness and husky tones drag it down.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +10.2%

aquazr1, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

LXIXME, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +10.2%

ste5venla, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

GRG1313, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of badboyrsl84
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look - cocola/ Carmel colored. Frothy head that's short standing.

Smell- smells little of sweet malt and some grain.

Taste- alcohol brown sugar tons of malt. A solid amount of carbonation.

Over-my favorite of the Manzanita brews and the most potent at 8% abv

badboyrsl84, Feb 08, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

IdrinkGas, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of SDHoffers
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the 5 samples I tried from the brand spanking new brewery I liked the brown the most. This would be the perfect example of an imperial brown ale. I had quite a few people asking me to put this back on tap and I will during Oktoberfest at Hoffer's in La Mesa. The appearance of the beer is dark brown with very little transparency. The smell is not up front and I would have to say that the nose really doesn't hit you until after your first sip. Sometimes exhaling deeply through the nose after tasting really yields the actual smell of the beer for me. Taste was great! Just a little boozy taste set this beer apart from the other browns out there. Surprisingly, the 8.1% is pretty drinkable. I am stoked these guys have stepped with some of the big boys in San Diego.

SDHoffers, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of samturner
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

samturner, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +10.2%

JRod1969, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Manzanita Brewing Company

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a thin off-white head.

S: The nose is sort of light, but there are toasted malt and toffee. There is an interesting fruitiness as well.

T: A semi-sweet flavor with toasted malts, bread, nuts, and toffee. A hint of bitter chocolate that goes along with a fairly bitter flavor overall and a bit of a burnt quality.

M: The body is medium with a smooth carbonation.

D: This is a sort of strange brown ale and differs from the style of their beers a fair amount--most of which are fairly unoffensive and aim to please a large number of palates. Just a bit too much unnecessary bitterness to this beer.

womencantsail, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

SocalKicks, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of justincourts
4/5  rDev +10.2%

justincourts, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of djaeon
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. $6.49 from South Bay Liquor.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown / dark garnet red color with a small head. Little retention & little lacing.

S: Smells of dark roasted malts and caramel.

T: Heavy on the roasted malt with a good hops backer. Has a little booziness, but not much.

M: Initially it has a nice thick mouthfeel. Unfortunately, it leaves an aftertaste that reminds me of a bile-like bitterness.

D: It goes down a little rough, and the aftertaste wouldn't encourage me to have another.

It's a shame, this is the first brew I've tried from this new S.D. brewery. My first impressions, appearance, smell, taste were good, but then after a few sips, and paying attention to what was going on in my mouth, it fell short for me.

That still doesn't discourage. I look forward to trying the rest of their offerings.

djaeon, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of ZX6Chris
4.5/5  rDev +24%

ZX6Chris, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of KidsDoc
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

KidsDoc, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of davegray
4/5  rDev +10.2%

davegray, May 21, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the hoppier browns. No wonder it is so flavorful, now that I see the ABV. Very dark in the pint glass with plenty of carbonation. While it's a murky bunch of tastes vying for attention, it's certainly full of flavors. Winey and sharp with lots of malt. Roasted flavors with some caramel and dark toffee.

Another dimension from the usual smooth and innocuous Brown Ales. Maybe it should be called an Imperial Brown. In any case, it's a big rustic mouthful.

On tap at Cueva in San Diego.

mactrail, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of emmasdad
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of this one while on vacation in San Diego. Poured from the bomber a clean reddish-brown color with a very minimal amount of tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, toasted malts and nuts. On the palate, this one is medium bodied and nicely done, with flavors of milk chocolate, roasted nuts and toasted malt.

emmasdad, May 28, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells more like a porter then a brown. Lots of roasted notes on the nose.
Pours a ruby auburn brown with a long lasting thick and sticky head.
Taste is like that of a porter.. Guite roasted some coffee and chocolate notes, light hops.
Drinks very sweet too.
Flows thick and velvetty over the palate.
Leans too far to the porter side. I mixed it with some fresh Kona Castaway IPA to make a brown IPA. I love brown IPA's.

micromaniac129, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark cola brown, off white small head, leaves to ring fast. Not much cling lace.

S - Light cocoa maybe brown sugar.

T - Malty front with bittering back. Alcohol not well hidden. Chalky finish.

M - Good carb, balance, coating.

D - For the ABV, pretty drinkable.

srandycarter, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of broken22
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love that I get to review another up an coming San Diego brewery. I say another because there is another new brewer getting ready to come online. Manzanita Brewing Company just popped up on the scene not to long ago. I had my first taste in July of last year. I remember the first time I had it on draft... So finding this in a 22oz bottle I was so happy. This is a good sign that they are doing good.

So Lets review this thing. Pop and pour you get a nice burnt caramel color pouring out. The head that initially formed was gone pretty quick. Taking a big whiff and this thing smells pretty good. The flavor of this beer is good, not as good as on draft, but good. The initial taste kind of catches you off guard. Don't expect a normal brown. This beers sweet and subtle bitterness is very original.

I really like this brown. I'm not a big brown drinker, because I find them to be bland, so it has to be special for me to like it. This is one of those beers. I love the bold character this beer has. If you see a bottle pick one up and help get a new brewery on their feet. Found a 22oz of this selling for $7.99, good to see such a micro brew giving us this beer for a fare price.

broken22, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of d4114
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear dark brown with off white to tan head

S- Malty, sweet and roasty

T- I really liked the taste of this one; it's roasty, bitter and creamy; all there beers I have tried have had a sorta earthiness to them not really a bad thing I guess.

M- Medium bodied; very smooth and creamy; good carbonation.

D- Easy to drink and really good tasting; Really enjoyed it.

d4114, Mar 10, 2011
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Gillespie Brown from Twisted Manzanita Ales
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.