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Brown Bear Ale - Catawba Brewing Co.

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Brown Bear Ale
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 18.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: homersimpson on 11-26-2003)
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2.84/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Dave1999, May 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

RochefortChris, Mar 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Axnjxn, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

ZEB89, Nov 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

AngusOg, Oct 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Falcone, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of kell50
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draught at The Pizza Peel in Charlotte, NC.

A: Pours a dark brown body with reddish copper highlights. Not too much head to speak of.

S: Definitely an English style ale. Not too powerful, not too roasty, and very understated.

T: Very malt forward beer. It's quite nutty, earthy, roasty and does finish with a mild sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation.

O: Let me start by saying I love Catawba and most of what they do. This beer totally fits the bill this time of year. Super drinkable with a great deal of roasted malt flavor. Dig it!

kell50, Sep 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

claspada, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark and brown malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has light flavors of dark malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink as it seems lighter in body compared to other beers in the style.

metter98, May 28, 2013
Photo of Bung
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Macs. This is a very dark brown pour. Finger of cream head. Sticks to the glass nicely.

Aroma, toasted malt, peat, some chocolate some coffee.

Taste, toast malt and nut. Some molasses. Lesser chocolate and lesser yet coffee. Faint herbal hops. There is a light coffee in the finish.

Heavy side of light, almost creamy, thinness prevents it from being really creamy. Could drink a large amount if this. Pretty flavorful session ale.
One of the better English browns I've had in a while.

Bung, May 28, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's Taproom in Asheville

A - pours a dark brown with a thin layer of brownish head that has good retention

S - creamy, nutty, faint caramel

T - toasty, caramel, toffee, coffee, nutty, earthy

M - smooth, medium bodied, good carbonation

This is a great, full flavored, highly drinkable beer. It's definitely worth trying.

tdm168, May 26, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

Malverson, May 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

cantstandya65, Mar 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

VaterRoss, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.6/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep brownish black color with a thick tan head and a little lacing. Smells of tons of malts and a little coffee. Tastes like a malt bomb. Nothing else. Mouthfeel is medium and it has a good carbonation. Drinkability is less than average because the flavor is so bad.

TheKingofWichita, Feb 06, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another day up in Asheville, and it was HOT! The only thing to keep you cool was several trips around
to the local watering holes. Consumed on tap on 07/06/2010.

Finally I get to drink the brown bear. Sat down in the mushroom and ordered this one up. Nice dark
brown pour with some light garnet shining in on the sides and bottom and nice off white head capping
the top,

Aroma is caramel, coffee, touches of light chocolate and loads of roasted malts. Warming allows some
earthy hops to take hold but not too much. Just enough to keep it interesting. Rich, creamy feel hits
you just the right way as it was not too filling but had enough of a bite to keep me interested. Nice
smooth, fading finish was just about right as the final touches of flavor lapsed off the tongue.

Overall this was very solid and something I would love to try again any day.

mikesgroove, Jul 09, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured flat in to a shaker pint glass

looks like a dark flat coke. clear but dark brown.

smell is mellow roast and slightly tame

taste is a smooth roasty kind of like a porter.

good full mouthfeel and and nice drinking english style brown ale.

a solid beer from catawba. wish it was poured with some head.

aubuc1, May 27, 2009
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Brown Bear Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
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