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Casco Bay Brown Ale - Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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Casco Bay Brown AleCasco Bay Brown Ale

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 01-06-2008)
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Reviews by JimmieFrisbee:
Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a beer of the month club.

Poured into a pint glass, forming a very small light brown head that doesn't last very long. Looks brownish, but more like a very deep dark amber in the light. Red, orange, and yellow-brown highlights shine through. Pretty easy to see through in the light.

Smells surprisingly great, much more strongly than I thought it looked. Chocolate and maybe caramel, yes I think that's caramel, come right through to the forefront. Very exciting.

Not sure what I think of the taste. Nice caramel-like sweetness. Other than that, I don't think there's a whole lot going on. Not real hop aroma or flavor, just a bit of bittering I guess so as to make the beer not overly sweet. I think maybe I'm getting just a hint of burnt or roastiness in the finish -- in a good way.

Has somewhat of a light body, but not as light as I thought it would be by the look. A little slick feeling, kind of watery. A little bit of carbonation. Usually I'm looking for something a little more substantial feeling in a brown ale. Drinkability is fine, certainly wouldn't turn one of these down, could probably off quite a few.

Not typically what I'm looking for in a brown ale, but this could maybe be a good brown for a sunny day such as today where heavier beers aren't what I'm craving. Certainly isn't terrible, but definitely not better than good.

JimmieFrisbee, May 06, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fantastic brown hue! Poured into a pilsner glass a deep, rich, dark chocolaty, brown with a single finger of froth. Head does not linger. Sweet "dry-ish" nose. Sweet, sappy flavor. The bittnerness is of yeast & molasses, i like it. Not overly sweet. Nice balance. Slightly thin body with some fizziness.

I'm really missing the chocolate, toasty, nuttiness in this interpretation. I enjoy the hop/citrus elements, but maybe I just am a little bit of a purest with this style. It just wasn't "warming" for me. It's hard to critisize this interpretation as Brown Ales can be interpreted so broadly. I am giving the taste a "4" because while above average, it is not my favorite interpretation of the brown ale.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of mylesj
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

mylesj, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of j_hollings13
4/5  rDev +15.3%

j_hollings13, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of CoalPorter
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

CoalPorter, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of jALEson
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

jALEson, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

jheezee, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Hessian257, May 01, 2012
Photo of edchicma
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an excellent pillow head. Smell is slightly floral and grassy...root beer? undertones. Taste is mainly malt with some hop notes..root beer too..very different. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly dry at the end. Very easy on the palte..therefore very drinkable.

edchicma, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of gva
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

gva, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of mobrockman
4/5  rDev +15.3%

mobrockman, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Brown in color. Pours with a 2 finger head then settles quickly to a thin creamy lacing.
S) Toffee sweetness. Some caramel mixed in. Maybe just a bit of floral hop.
T) Malty sweetness - brown sugar, some molasses. A mellow hop zing in the end. Some earthy notes.
M) Bubbly. Fairly smooth. Medium body.
D) A decent brown. I'd drink another.

u2carew, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Heff19
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Heff19, May 02, 2012
Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a marked 12oz bottle good until March 08

Pours a clear dark copper with ample head, fades fairly fast, no lacing.

Smell is predominately malty, hints of caramel.

Has a decent malty taste. A bit over carbonated for a brown ale though, highly detracts from the taste. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste, but can't make out any hops.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of dannyfayy
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

dannyfayy, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of fostwal
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice clear (not cloudy) and brown. Little head.
Smell: Heavy malt aroma.
Taste: Smooth and full of malty flavor that gently fades away. I can't taste any hops at all
Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and light finish
Drinkability: This beer has a nice balance of flavors and is very drinkable.

fostwal, May 07, 2008
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasant surprise this one was. It pours a brown the color of dark roasted coffee. Very weak head but don't let that fool you.

There is almost no lacing on the glass either so I was not sure what to expect.

The nose is decent with coffee, dark chocolate and rich malt hints. A nicely balanced nose on this one.

As for the flavor this one is complex. A bitter sweet quaff that is somewhat effervescent for such a dark beer too. Overall this is very satisfying. There are notes of dark chocolate and coffee just like the nose. The smell and flavor are very complimentary.

The underlying malt is properly balanced with the bitterness and has a really good mouth feel.

Overall an extremely good beer and I would love to have this one again.

AtrumAnimus, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev -13.5%

JohnK17, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of berley31
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small head that quickly dropped down to a thin film. Body is completely clear and a very dark brown.

S: Aroma is very sweet and malty... not a lot of roasted notes or anything else. Just... sweet.

T: Pleasant tasting, if not exceptional. Sweet and malty, with a roasted finish that becomes a tad bitter.

M: Body is slightly cream and thin-textured, with average carbonation that seems to be a little high for the style.

D: Definitely a decent Brown Ale, it may not blow you away but it's something that I could easily have again.

berley31, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/4" tan colored head. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: caramel sweetness is dominant here.

Taste: caramel, hint of brown sugar, a bit of nuttiness and earthiness, and a mild bitterness makes up a basic brown ale. There is a bit of a buttery component to this too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start and a bit smoother at the finish.

Overall: an easy drinking beer that is a pleasant version of the style. A middle of the road brown ale that will not overly excite but it hits the spot.

Gavage, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of wagner617
4/5  rDev +15.3%

wagner617, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of rydev24
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

rydev24, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of pma7779
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

pma7779, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of EricCioe
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my sister for getting the beer of the month subscription that this came in.

This pours deep red to the point that I had to make sure this wasn't the Irish red I got in the package. There is good retention on a frothy sand-colored head. On the nose there are dark wet grains and deep nuttiness. In the mouth the nuttiness combines with some chocolate malt. The body is medium light, very drinkable with a short, somewhat spritzy finish.

Overall, this beer isn't extremely interesting, but it's doing a great job of washing down a spicy lunch for me.

EricCioe, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of sywalters
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

sywalters, May 15, 2012
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Casco Bay Brown Ale from Casco Bay Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.