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Gillespie Brown - Twisted Manzanita Ales

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 09-13-2010

Gold Medal - 2012 San Diego International Beer Festival: American-Style Brown Ale
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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by mattknueven:
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ordybill
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- has a thick malty aroma
Appearance- Danny near black with a small light brown head.
Taste- more like a porter, really malty and flavorful
Palate- heavy bodied brew with a slick feel has light carbonation.
Overall- I really like this. It's more of a porter than a brown ale. So what it's awesome.

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of badboyrsl84
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of SDHoffers
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.8/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of ALBuff
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Photo of justincourts
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of djaeon
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of KidsDoc
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of ArsenicDrone
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass, after cleaning off an uncommonly large amount of dirt around the mouth. The can's very colorful, but looks a bit like it's from a new small brewery. Not quite sure what to expect.

A: Normal brown ale color. Small head, but decent lacing.

S: Not much there. A little boozy. Faint dark malt.

T: Warm and boozy. A bit raisiny, chocolatey and slightly hoppy. Mostly boozy, but it all melds together quite well. The can talks up the hops, but for me they are pleasantly unintrusive. The after-effect on the tongue is much more tingly than bitter. Maybe a hint of oak.

M: Smooth, medium body, small bubbles. Encourages drinking more.

Basically, this is Palo Santo Marron Lite, which works for me. Not as thick, woody, or fruity as Palo Santo, but the nice warm booze plays the same role. About a drink and a half worth of alcohol, as opposed to Palo Santo's two and a half, so easier to have if you don't want to start a real buzz. As an expression of what's possible for smell and taste, Palo Santo sets the bar too high for this to reach. As something to drink, this can be enjoyed in more situations. Not particularly expensive, either. I'll be happy to have this again.

Photo of davegray
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Gillespie Brown from Twisted Manzanita Ales
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