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American Brown - The Civil Life Brewing Company

American Brown
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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.37%

Brewed by:
The Civil Life Brewing Company visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
One of the coolest styles in the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) as its development came out of American Homebrewing! This is where our Brown comes from as well. We keep this beer riding a line between chocolate bitterness and coffee roast and support it with American Hops as well. Brown Beer is one of our favorite styles and has a lengthy history due to the fact that most malt kilning plants in ages past were using direct heat to roast and kiln. It was a lot harder to keep malt light in color back in the day, but we've got most of it down to a science now.

(Beer added by: DCon on 09-17-2011)
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3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown in color. No light will pierce this brew. Fingernail thin eggshell colored foam on top. Aroma of caramel and coffee is present but faint. The flavor is very much so coffee and and dark malt. The mouthfeel is a bit chalky and thick.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2013 22:16:17 | More by Franziskaner
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from the tap at iTap-Soulard.

Pours a nice mahoganny with a thin light tan head. Some light comes through and lights up some ruby/amber edges.

Aroma of burnt roasty malt. Some slight nuttyness. There is some aromas of sweet caramel malt present as well. Very appealing and straight forward.

Flavor is pretty straight forward and yummy. Burnt malt balanced by some nice sweetness. Some nice coffee notes mixed in with some nuttyness as well. Crisp and clean. Finishes with some nice coffee bitterness and some slight grassy herbal hop notes. Motuhfeel is light and crisp.

Good traditional ABA. Civil Life is perfecting their craft and they make a great Brown Ale

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 18:36:56 | More by JoEBoBpr
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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong pale malt, hint of dry hop, and a hint of toffee. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, strong sweet malt, slight pale malt, toffee, and a hint of dry hop. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma and body, but the blend is too sweet (almost cloying).

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2012 13:50:25 | More by Tone
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Broadway Brewery in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a one-finger, tan head of long-lasting foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very nutty with some mild floral notes.

T - It tasted very nutty with toffee, caramel and some mild chocolate. Subtle hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is another tasty brew from The Civil Life. Looking forward to more beer from these guys.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 02:41:39 | More by zeff80
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ the brewery.

A - Pours a lighter brown color, large frothy tan-colored head, nice collar, thin cap, and some spotty lacing.

S - Brown sugar, slight coffee, some chocolate, toasted malts. Really nice slight roast. Very solid...enjoyable stuff.

T - Similar to the nose. Perfect amount of malts and sweetness. Brown sugar, chocolate, toasted malts, hint of roast. All very well done and put together nicely.

M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy sweet finish.

O - An excellent representation of the style and one of my favorite American Browns of recent memory. I would drink this 24/7 if I was closer to the brewery. Alas, I'll only be able to enjoy it when I'm in town. Great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 15:38:02 | More by Sean9689
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4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Civil Life Brewing Company in St. Louis, MO for $5 (@ their 1st "Soft Opening"). Tapped from the line w/o a tap handle on it yet (too soon to have their tap handle branding), into a 16oz German Seidel Glass.

Aroma- Very clean with tons of malt and coffee in the nose. Has also a ton of toastiness and is very robust. Perfect!

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, off white head that has good retention. Is an extremely dark brown color body that is clear. Leaves TONS of lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Has a high malty sweetness and roasty character from the beginning of the drink that lasts all the way through! Tons of coffee seem to be added into this one. Medium-High bitterness and can't get any better than this taste!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied (could use a bit more body), Medium Carbonation, Bitter all the way through, and has a small warming finish that makes the palate think its an 8% abv beer or higher.

Overall Impression- This American Brown is going to be giving all of the rest of the browns a run for their money! Very strong, malty, and filled with tons of coffee. Will be coming back to Civil Life to be getting a growler of this! While this brings back my liking to the American Brown style, I'm certainly going to be promoting this one from here on out!

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 22:07:15 | More by DCon
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown beer with a tan head that faded to a nice ring. Some decent spots left on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells like a brown ale should. Nice brown sugar, little bit of chocolate, some lightly toasted malts. A good, hefty dose of flavor that is for something with this ABV.

T - Good brown sugar malts, chocolate, and some roast. There's great flavor on this lower ABV beer. No complaints here.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Not over carbonated like too many brown Ales.

O - Good Brown Ale. Goes down easy, good flavor, can drink a lot of it. Also goes well with food.

Serving type: growler

01-29-2012 00:38:54 | More by AgentZero
American Brown from The Civil Life Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.