Watership Brown - Red Hare Brewing Company
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2.48/5 rDev -30.7%
Growler. Served at around 45F.
Pours clear reddish brown with a one finger tan head that leaves a few spots of temporary lacing and holds a light cap.
Aroma is coffee, nutty and bready with citrus and floral hops. Some cherries? Kinda weird. Mild strength.
Flavor has some nutty, bready malt with a bit of caramel and chocolate, quite a bit of hops for a Brown, dunno if it fits really well. Also some Cherry Coke & Root Beer. Kinda weird.
Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with mild carbonation.
Not really blown away by this one...come across sort of odd for a Brown Ale...too hoppy for the style and the hops they use don’t fit well. An oddball.
03-03-2012 03:00:21 | More by elgiacomo
2.55/5 rDev -28.8%
Had this one during my buddy’s bachelor party! Tick all day, every day! Served from tap into a Samuel Adams sampler shaker. Poured a deep red brown with a one finger slight tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, nutty, caramel, caramel hop, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, nutty, caramel, milk chocolate, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. With that said, it has to be known that the bartender called this one ‘Watershit’. Based on the flavor I can see why… Not that it wasn’t complex or anything, but more along the lines that everything in this brew clashed with everything else so badly that it was hard to drink. The aroma wasn’t terrible so it was a little off-putting upon taking my first sip. I wasn’t able to finish my sampler if that gives you any idea..
09-13-2012 10:46:36 | More by thagr81us
2.6/5 rDev -27.4%
Poured from the can into a regular ole pint glass.
A: Pours a really pretty hazy dark honey, with shades of red. Lots of carbon activity. Nice little pinky of a head, with a rich buttercream color. Fades as the glass goes but never disappears entirely. A couple pretty, but sporadic, lace deposits which are remarkably symmetrical.
S: A few intriguing notes here, like browned butter and dark grainy bread. Decent sweet milk chocolatey malt. Other than that, not a whole lot going on, really. Boozy in a way that a brown ale probably shouldn't be.
T: This is kind of all over the place. Right up front there are some nice suggestions of pecan pie filling and a pretzel dough, and some lingering dusty attic leather wisps on the back end. In between though, it's a real mess, frankly. The hop presence is way off the reservation for a brown ale, and it makes the whole affair super angular and schizophrenic. Some of the components aren't bad in themselves, but this is a clear case of the left hand not knowing what the right one is doing.
M: Good creaminess and a pleasant level of carbonation, which has a presence but only advances the smoothness of the beer. Unfortunately, the missteps in the flavor profile make it feel oily and astringent.
O: I know that Red Hare can and has done better than this, and it would be cool to see a really solid brown in their lineup. It isn't irredeemable, specifically if the hops were way way toned down and there was a more defined structure.
12-06-2013 01:41:15 | More by serotoninronin
2.65/5 rDev -26%
Served from a growler into a tulip pint glass.
A: Slightly translucent brown with a slight hint of copper. It has a tight carbonation with a 1.5 finger head when poured that reduces very quickly to a light lacing.
S: There are slight roasted over-tones, slight with a little bit of hops though overall no strong characteristic comes through.
T: I will say upfront that when I see a brown and smell roasted malts I expect a little bit of a caramel like taste with a hint of chocolate roasted goodness. Not so much here. The front of the palate picks up the hops and they are very fresh, almost as piney as a dry hopped beer with some alcohol over tones. You have to fight this beer to get to the sweetness you expect. I will say that if you can let it warm a little the "brown ale" attributes begin to emerge.
M: Here again it doesn't have the feel you would fully expect form the style. There is a bright carbonation that lends to the bright taste.
O: I have to say I like Red Hare beers. I have been to the brewery and know they know their beers. Whether it was just this batch or the stuffy nose and allergy season I am suffering through, this beer did not live up to the style for me. I find myself taking one more swig hoping for the taste to change.
11-11-2012 01:02:34 | More by weeheavybutdieting
2.98/5 rDev -16.8%
16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia. The Taco Mac menu denotes an ABV% of 7.2.
Appearance: Served up a clear, fairly bright mahogany body with a slim, ivory-hued head. Looks like an amber ale. Taco Mac staff has been known to goof now and again, though, a quick double-check was made to confirm that this was, indeed, the Watership "Brown".
Smell: Not too terribly aromatic here, only offering up a thin sniff of vaguely sweetish malts. Rabbits and even the aromas of rabbit book-inspired beers scare easily, I suppose.
Taste: Scantly bready maltiness with a mealy grainy quality to it. Crystal malt sweetness and incorporated fruitiness along with the low estery quality of the yeast. Subtle hop character, lightly bitter. Some alcohol warmth creeping in, overshadowing the malty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: From even the first glance of the waitress walking this one over to me, it just seems more akin to an amber, really. And one with a bit more alcohol than needed at that.
12-25-2011 21:06:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.21/5 rDev -10.3%
Medium brown pour with a small cap of bubbly head. Simple aroma of sweet malts, a little oxidation. Malty taste, roasty and sweet, caramel, toasted bread, little apple-y in the finish, mild earthy hops; pretty basic, pretty typical brown ale. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, drinkable, decent overall.
10-02-2013 11:59:33 | More by Rifugium
Watership Brown from Red Hare Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.