Watership Brown - Red Hare Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
And the "Red Hare" attitude is alive and well in their Watership Brown ale that carries a dedicated amber-red hue rather than the typical brown that's expected from the style. So, what else does this dark ale have in store....?
Bright bread crust, light chocolate and toffee greet the olfactories and early palate as its casual sweetness grips the taste buds as well as the nose. With a faint character of tree bark, nutty notes and caramel, the beer's first impressions are both soothing and robust.
As the flavors settle in, the middle saturates with seared molasses, medium toast, pecan, chocolate, kilned barley and a subtle rise of hops. With no real fruit character, the taste becomes decidedly "American" as the ale delves into finish.
Robust in texture, the toasted creaminess of the dark ale casually casts away its sweetness and carbonated creaminess; in favor of drier, toastier and a sharply bitter finish that's partly broad and spicy but is also acute and grapefruity. its dryness seems to elevate its apparent alcohols and facilitates its dryish tone.
Its surprising crimson hue is a shade shy of brown as the beer may become more famely known as a savory red ale as much as any brown. Simmering with a swirling sheet the beer continues to captivate the eye as much as the spirit.
Serving type: can
05-08-2014 05:59:59 | More by BEERchitect
3.51/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
"Feeling oppressed? Is your warren under dire distress? Don't let the man get you down. As you search for your new grassy knoll, this American Brown Ale will help soothe your soul with it's rich chocolatey malt notes and slight hop character. Perfect for the long journey ahead. Grab your doe and go!" Brewed in the style of an American Brown Ale. This was Red Hare's third year round release, and the third beer in their canning lineup. Available in 6 pack cans, Splitting Hares Variety Pack and on local draft.
Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served north of 48º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a buttercream frothy foam head over a very hazy medium golden-brown body. Carbonation is moderate and retention is very good. Lacing is light and curtained. 4
(Smell) Aromas of buttery caramel malts, mild roasty biscuit malt with a tempered grain edge, herbal, spicy and floral hops, dark fruit profiles like dates and figs amongst a semi-sweet nutty profile. Secondary aromas of chocolate malt and toffee contribute to big body and enhanced sweetness. Aromatically this is a very aromatic and curious Brown Ale with a lot of character in the malt and yeast profile. Potency is medium high. 4
(Taste) Soft roasted malts, light biscuit and caramel malt with a subtle sweetness. Finishes with an herbal, peppery hop note and a mellow buttery grain dryness. The flavor is much lighter and less varied than the aroma predicted. Sweetness is far reserved and the body is thinner than in the aroma, although by Brown Ale standards it's par for the course. 3.25
(Mouthfeel) Slick, smooth, thin with a chalky dryness. Carbonation adds some crispness and creaminess but seemingly can't decide on a direction to take the beer in. Body is medium for an American Brown Ale, medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is medium+, a bit harsh around the edges without enough substance and body to hide behind. Balance is slightly in favor of bitter with a subdued sweetness. 3.5
(Overall) What was anticipated as an impressive Brown Ale prior to the first sip turned out to be a fairly average beer. A fairly bitter and earthy malt and hop profile keeps balance slightly out-of-favor from sweeter Brown Ales. Like most of Red Hare's catalogue, Brown Ale has high drinkability going for it, and aside from some glaring flavor and texture imperfections, it's still a decent Georgia option. 3.5
Red Hare Brewing Company's
Watership Brown Ale
Serving type: can
12-19-2013 03:39:04 | More by Jadjunk
2.6/5 rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
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.
Serving type: can
12-06-2013 01:41:15 | More by serotoninronin
3.7/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
this beer pours a nice medium brown color with a good inch and a half head. good lacing and nice retention.
a good balance of sweet maltiness and some hop flavor come through when sipped. definate chocolate taste also. this is an easy drinking suprisingly tasty example of brown ale. sessionable and well worth checking out if you can find it. bonus points for being canned and therefore able to be taken to a beach, river, or park.
Serving type: can
10-23-2013 16:55:25 | More by SingularWalker
Watership Brown from Red Hare Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.