Watership Brown - Red Hare Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
05-08-2014 05:59:59 | More by BEERchitect
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
4.2/5 rDev +17.3%
I bought a growler of this very nice brown ale from the Beer Growler in Avondale Estates. Pours more of an amber than a brown and with a somewhat slight head. The nose and taste, however, are all about the brown. Roasty aromas in the nose with a substantial citrus undercurrent and a slight note of banana. Balanced fruitiness and roasty notes in the taste. Citrusy to start, and then develops deep roastiness with a bit of bitter chocolate on the finish. Deeply rewarding flavors balanced by the bright citrus. Smooth and full without being chewy. A fine effort and with a unique profile. Really nice fresh like this. Nice to see this brewery's offerings in the community!
11-25-2011 22:03:51 | More by Georgiabeer
3.93/5 rDev +9.8%
12 oz can stamped on bottom with "canned on 06/22/13" served in a pint,
Pours clear, dark brown with a full dark tan head. Good retention and nice creamy feel.
Enough spicy hops to add complexity and balance the sweetness from the malts. Light nutty too.
Easy drinking and in a can but plenty of flavor. Indeed, bold for style.
10-08-2013 00:29:21 | More by chinchill
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
4.48/5 rDev +25.1%
Comes out of the tap a beautiful, barely transparent chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled light tan head that leaves exceptionally generous lacing. Chocolaty, malty aroma has a hint of caramel and is slightly sweet - and very appealing. Rich, very pleasing flavor has malty and chocolaty tones with hints of caramel and wood. Texture has good body and plenty of fizz. I have spent months trying to catch this one, and it was well worth the hunt.
06-17-2012 20:07:32 | More by Cyberkedi
3.56/5 rDev -0.6%
Poured from a 12 oz can into a clear glass mug. Canned on 04/25/14 on bottom of can. Received from good friend Erinn on a recent trip through Charlottesville -- thanks bud.
A: Oddly not really brown but more os a darker amber with nice 1-finger off-white head with average retention and an abbreviated collar of lacing around the top of the pour.
S: Despite its amber appearance, the roastiness and chocolate notes of a brown ale are in there coupled with a pretty stout hops presence, mainly earthy, herbal, and light orange citrus notes. The malt backbone is bready with a chocolate rye toast crust aroma. No real yeast aromas.
T: I like the flavor of this beer although the alcohol is a bit too obvious. The malt is the main performer, bringing more of that dark toast/bread crust flavor which is moved by the chocolate and light roasted notes. THe hops then create an interesting herbal and orange/grapefruit citrus counterbalance in the finish. Mild-to-moderate bitterness and a hint of alcohol burn on the way down.
M: I like the mouthfeel of this beer -- it is creamy and layering without seeming heavy or cloying and it finishes pretty dry for the heft. The body is medium as is the carbonation.
O: Red Hare Watership Brown is a pretty good American brown ale but I think it would be even better if the alcohol were ramped down about 1.5-2% with a nice high mash temp to keep the same dextrinous feel.
07-25-2014 02:15:56 | More by argock
3.58/5 rDev 0%
I had this on tap at TAP in Midtown Atlanta.
Served in a shaker, the beer is brown with red highlights and a massive beige head.
The beer has an aroma of toffee and lightly roasted grains.
The taste is sweet with some backend bitterness. The 7.2% is well hidden until late. Here is toffee, caramel, plums and wheat crackers. It is warming late.
The mouth is slick with low carbonation.
I liked this one and it went great with food. Not a session beer, but an enjoyable one.
08-03-2012 18:03:36 | More by Redrover
Watership Brown from Red Hare Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.