Boathouse Brown - Sebago Brewing Company

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 96
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kaia on 02-24-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Boathouse Brown Ale is an easy drinking beer. Peering through the glass you will find a deep mahogany color and luscious tan head. The sweetness of the malt in our Brown Ale is offset by just enough kick from the hops. Boathouse Brown Ale will be your "everyday" beer. Pop the cap, pour it off and enjoy the ride!

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Photo of Omnium
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the Brewery 10-16-13

A - Medium hazed brown with one finger of tan head medium lacing.
S - Roasted grains, a little nutty, metallic scents, some darker earthy hop aromas.
T - Metallic again, kinda thin, slight acrid bitterness, burnt grain kinda taste.
M - Very thin, bad metallic aftertaste, watery.
O - Just a bad brown, I dont know what it is, but i think it might be Sebago's water they use, there's an off trait in every one I've had. (450 characters)

Photo of VALIS666
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

When tried at a tasting between a sweeter Sebago Winter Warmer and their bitter IPA, the Boathouse Brown ale seemed like the perfect balance between flavor and smoothness. But having bought a 6 pack and trying it at home a few hours later, it's sadly unremarkable. Beautiful brown color and a nice smell of caramel and nuts, but the taste and mouthfeel is very watery and smooth to the point of slickness. Nothing lingers in the mouth or in the mind. (450 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a clear, light, auburn highlighted chestnut coloring with a thin, filmy, white ring around the surface. Aromas of nut and cream, with a subtle roasting. Very sweet on the nose. Roasty chestnut flavor on the forward tongue that is cleaned up quickly by the increased carbonation and light body. Nutty aftertaste, with a slightly sweet linger. The light body and quick aftertaste robs the palate of a chance to explore much further. Decent tasting for the short time your palate can absorb it. (547 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a good sized fluffy tan head adorning it. Fades slowly, leaving surprisingly nice lacework behind.

S: Mild nutty aroma with a little toasted malt. Very subtle.

T: A little toasted malt with mild nuttiness. Ends nutty. Hint of bitterness in the finish. Very simple.

M: Medium bodied and smooth despite the very low ABV.

O: Pretty simplistic and plain brown ale. Not bad, drinkable but lacking any real strength or complexity. (463 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a dark cola brown while yielding a smallish, 1/2" head that doesn't have much interest in sticking around. some patchy lacing but nothing to noteworthy. overall an averaging looking brown. nose is decent, if a bit one-dimensional. primary characteristic being caramel malt. a light nuttiness in the background.

taste is in the 'meh' camp. doesn't trigger the gag reflex, personally i just find it sort of bland. more caramel malt with secondary notes of toastiness and some that nutty element. mouthfeel somewhat watery; on the lighter side of medium-bodied, average carbonation.

overall an okay, moderately drinkable brown ale; quaffable, but i certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it.

(originally reviewed: 05-27-2011) (779 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogany color with half a fingers worth of head

S: Caramel malts, nuttiness, slight roastiness, and light coffee

T: Follows the nose, with malts, roast, nuttiness, and coffee all co-mingling and making a very balanced beer. Some hops also in there towards the end

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very easy drinking beer that has some nice flavors and is refreshing for any time because of the body and lower abv. Solid (456 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild brown with a huge head into my glass. Lacing. The works. It's a brown ale.

Molasses and brown sugar. Sweet either way. You know the drill when it comes to this style.

The hop presence helps give it a boost. It's not all about sweet malt.

Carbonation is great and you get lingering hops, cocoa and molasses.

Better than average brown ale. I like it. (367 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown with a sandy head. Not exactly a dazzler in the foam department.

Smells like tamarind, fruit, nuts and cocoa. Tastes about the same with most of the tamarind up front and cocoa and crust in back.

One of those beers that the sum of all it's parts is better than any one aspect. (285 characters)

Photo of beerbiatchMD
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap into a pint glass.

A: dark brown, slight reddish color.  Minimal creme colored head. Good lacing.  

S: Some maltiness in the nose, a bit piney, and maybe nutty, minimal hops.  

T; Taste is mostly malty, some molasses, a bit of hoppy finish.

M: Mouthfeel not anything special. Appropriate amount of carbonation.

O: Not bad but nothing exceptional. Worth trying but wouldn't go out of my way to get. (413 characters)

Photo of albertjr21
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass pours a very dark brown (nearly black) body with a good thin tan head. Aroma reaches out from the moment I'm pouring into glass with crisp notes of cocoa, caramel, and nut in an overall dark roasted malt character--perhaps a little vanilla cream too. I was hoping for just a tad bit more of that nice aroma blend to come through in a bigger flavor wave here but I think that a mineral like carbonation is just slightly upstaging that...Great palate scrubbing feel though with a satisfactory taste that I think makes for a solid brown ale session and/or pairing with a beef steak. (597 characters)

Photo of yesferro
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got it from a friend who got it from a friend who brought it into MS. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rather dark brown with a fairly nice head, I noticed some pretty lacing too, smells not too impressive, burnt and malty maybe, but not too strong.
Tastes just like it smells, burnt malt with a rather unpleasant undertone that gets stronger towards the aftertaste. Kind of a metallic taste, I've had this in several brews now and can't quite place what it is. Aside from that it's not too bad, won't make an effort to find it again, but I'd never pass on one either. (570 characters)

Photo of asabreed
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Shipyard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber body with a mocha-colored head, and decent raindrop retention around the top of the glass.

Smell: A lot of roasted malt and nuttiness at the forefront, and possibly some oxidation's happened, as there's some metallic tinges going on too. And maybe some minor acrid coffee aroma too.

Taste: Initial roasted flavors, with some acrid coffee and nuttiness showing up. Nice balance of hops to balance the roasted flavors, so there's not much sweetness here. Finishes fairly dry, with a coffee ground-like bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: For the concentrated look of the carbonation, I was slightly surprised that this was a little more watery than I'd expected or anticipated. But the carbonation does kick in a bit at the end -- it's just the initial feel that's a little light and slightly watery.

Drinkability: A solid and sessionable brown overall. Only around $6 for a six pack also, if you get it from Sebago, which is a great QPR. (1,004 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A foamy consistent two finger head, with a creamy tan colored top. Body gives a classic chestnut brown, with cola sized looking carbonation on the top sides. Doesn't appear opaque but you can't see through it since it is so dark. Kind of cola like in appearance.

Great classic bouquet. Mild whipped up milk chocolate, and nutty sense of malt. Sense of some bitterness, but this smells really good and inviting.

Kind of sweet lactose tasting, hints at more of a milk stout like feel. Kind of wet palate, a bit dry feeling with not much flavor. Some decent roast character, but being taken over by wet sweetness and a little bitter finish. Comes across as weak wet bitter coffee.

Overall not too bad, but probably not my favorite or one I'd want to have again. (811 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the sebago collection I recieved from my good friend Matt up north. Decided to do the vertical/horizontal/ whatever it is of all of them. Poured into a pint glass,lol.

brown with a huge creamy head and a huge lace down the side, this looks very inticing to say the least! Smell was of roasted nuts with a hint of hops. Caramel sweetness undertones as well, smells thick and very fresh. The taste was very full. Nice roasted tones and caramel was the predominant flavors. Very complex though as there was much hoppiness at both the beginning and the finish. The finish was very nice (590 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown color, half inch off-white head dissipating within several seconds

S: smoky nutty flavoring up front coming through the malts, nice combination

T: sweet through the previously mentioned flavors

M: light to medium with minimal harshness felt all around, very sessionable for a brown

O: I liked it, but probably closer to average for the most part (383 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown brew, near opaque, with a decent light white-tan head with good lacing. The aroma is dominated with charcoal and woodsy, near whiskey malt. The flavor follows suit. Fairly light bodied with very light carbonation, you pick up watery charcoal and tangy oak. It’s a bit harsh as brown ales go for my tastes, grassy and dry. But it is flavorful if you like the recipe, midland drinkability. I would also like to see a little more body to go with the potent flavor. (481 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a dark cola brown while yielding a smallish, 1/2" head that doesn't have much interest in sticking around. some patchy lacing but nothing to noteworthy. overall an averaging looking brown.

nose is decent, if a bit one-dimensional. primary characteristic being caramel malt. a light nuttiness in the background.

taste is in the 'meh' camp. doesn't trigger the gag reflex, just sort of bland. more caramel malt with secondary notes of toastiness and some that nutty element.

mouthfeel somewhat watery; on the lighter side of medium-bodied, average carbonation.

overall this is an okay, moderately drinkable brown ale; quaffable, but i certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it. (734 characters)

Photo of bradlemay
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured it from a 12 oz bottle into a pub glass. I got a 1/2" head. Very dark in color cannot see through glass. Smell was nothing special I got a wiff of maybe a fruity smell, but nothing really stood out as exceptional. Taste was very good I'm a huge fan of brown ales and I love New Castle and I might say the Boathouse had a better flovor! Feel was very good it had mild to moderate carbonation which I like very much in my brown ales. Drinkability is very good, I like quality not quantity now so a six pack of Boathouse is very do able. Being from Maine I like to try the Maine brewed beers and we have many a few great brewerys here in the great state of Maine. I am very glad I tried the Boathouse and I must say it is now one of my top 5 beers. (754 characters)

Photo of SnowGoon99
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a dark brown, almost black with hints of amber when held up to the light. A small head forms and quickly dissipates. Leaves a thin rim around the glass going down but no lacing. Aroma notes include caramel, roasty, toasty, and just a hint of chocolate.

Flavors are dominated by the roast but it's not overly roasty. There are hints of toast but the caramel has pretty much gone missing. Good balance between the malt and bitterness leaning to the malt side as it should. Good mouthfeel for the ABV. Somewhat drinkable but unfortunately the roast is a little on the heavy side to make it really drinkable.

Overall a pretty nice beer that i actually enjoyed. Sebago puts out some really good English styles and i would say this is more of a Northern English Brown as apposed to an American Brown. It just doesn't have the hops to be American but it does make a nice English style. (935 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The head settles to only a thin rim of bubbles, leaving nearly no lace. The color is neutral brown where light passes easily through. Appears to be cloudy.

Darker crystal malt aroma predominates the smell. Slightly chocolate with a touch of lactose.

Thin body but there's plenty of cocoa with a touch of burnt toast. Enough hop in the swallow to provide some balance and interest. (382 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this at 99 bottles in Norwalk.

Appearance is a dark brown with a small head, which quickly forms into a thin ring around the rim of the pint glass.
Smell is faint in general, with some malt present and a light citrus note. Taste presents more of the malt, with some sweetness, some nuts, with a just barely bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this is a nice brown ale and drinks fairly easily. For those who enjoy this style, pick up this offering from Sebago of Maine if you have not already done so. (528 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, nuts, maple and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by mildly sweet flavors of maple, caramel and nuts. There's also a touch of smokiness. The hops presence is mild but is about where it should be for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid brown ale that is worth drinking for a while. (810 characters)

Photo of lou50rp
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a dark bown color with a light tan head.
Smells of maly and a touch of sweetness.
taste was of malt, nothing distinct. maybe a touch of smokiness at the end.
Has a medium mouthfeel.
A drinkable beer, but nothing I would buy again. there are better local browns available. (275 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, brown amber color with ruby highlights and a one and a half finger head of tan foam which settles to a thin veil, leaving mildly clingy lace on the glass.

S: Smells slightly sweet and musky, with a nuttiness and roast malt aroma. Slightly milky aroma with hints of raisin and a woody, earthy hop scent.

T: Tastes of bittersweet cocoa and roasted malts right of the bat. A distinct BBQ roasted peanut flavor rolls around mid-palate, blending with a well balanced tobacco and wood robustness. The finish is smooth and a bit nutty, with hints of that herbal, slightly oily hop flavor introduced near the beginning still lingering behind.

M: Medium-full bodied mouthfeel with a little milky creaminess to it and an assertive enough hop oil resin to keep things honest and flowing pretty smooth.

D: I was surprised by the smooth roasted malt and hop bitter balance achieved by Sebago in this brown ale. Good flavor throughout with juts a few rough patches in the initial blend, but it smooths out nicely. The 4.8% ABV is a bonus and I'd love to pair this with a BBQ smokehouse bacon burger or an earthy, smoked gouda. (1,213 characters)

Photo of DrewKid4
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served: From tap at New England BrewFest

A: Dark brown with hint of red

S: Dark nutty malts. Stronger than many brown ales.

T: Some chocolate undertones to full roasted malt/nut flavor.

M: Dry with earthy feel.

D: Drinkable if brown ales are your thing. (258 characters)

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