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Brown Bear Ale - Catawba Valley Brewing Company

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Brown Bear Ale
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 18.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Catawba Valley Brewing Company 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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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 20:21:10 | More by kell50
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-02-2013 21:53:07 | More by claspada
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3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 12:07:47 | More by metter98
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4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 02:15:25 | More by Bung
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4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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1.6/5  rDev -56.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 23:46:39 | More by TheKingofWichita
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 00:51:33 | More by mikesgroove
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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2009 20:14:42 | More by aubuc1
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark brown body with a thinnish, beige head.

Smell: Brown malt aroma with a nice amount of chocolate to it.

Taste: Brown malt flavor that, while light, does display nutty, earthy tones and a mild sweetness. Hints of chocolate. Finishes dry and with a soft bitterness and still more of the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and quite flavorful for a light-ABV brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2007 20:34:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company. I tried to send it back because I thought it was a porter, but they assured me that it was the Brown Bear and other locals assured me that it was the correct brew.

Pours a very nice dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma is huge chocolate. Taste is cocoa with definite nuts, coffee, and toasty malts. A little more toasty than I like, but in line with the style. Medium body was a little on the heavy side. The beer is very tasty, but I have to be in the mood for a brew like this, and wasn't expecting anything so heavy on a hot summer day. Definitely worth checking out!

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2007 12:01:05 | More by Duster72
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first of the beers I tried from CVBC and this is also my first review. Tried on-tap at Barley's in Asheville.

Beautiful dark brown color with a smell of chocolate coming through first. Taste is unlike any other Brown Ale I have tried to date and in my opinion a category of its own. Chocolate, caramel, a little more thick and leaning towards Porter. Smooth mouthfeel and light body make this a very drinkable brew. I just hope they put out some growlers soon!

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2007 02:11:15 | More by ncvbc
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark walnut brown with a thin, but creamy and dense head of light tan that holds quite well. Darker than your average Brown Ale, to me this is a good thing.

Aroma is mild, creamy, and almost nutty. Smooth caramel malt is accented by whispers of dry cocoa, charred wood, and a hint of sweet tobacco.

Flavor thankfully holds up to the nose. Creamy caramel and toasty chocolate malt notes with a strange but welcome charred note. More complex than expected from such a low abv.

Body is medium, creamy, and very smooth. Feels like velvet on my tongue. A joy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2006 22:35:43 | More by AlexJ
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Brown Bear Ale from Catawba Valley Brewing Company
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