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The Brown Note - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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The Brown NoteThe Brown Note

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81
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mrfrancis on 04-23-2012)
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Reviews by Dope:
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +13.2%

No bottling date.

A: A medium brown, can just see through it a little. Good-sized and fizzy, frothy light light brown head. Minimal lacing but decent retention at least.

S: Very nutty. Very bready too. Gives it a pretzels and peanut butter aroma. A little caramel sweetness. Lightest hint of cocoa. I really like this aroma.

T: Flavor is surprisingly bold too. Lots of cocoa mixed with lots of nuts. Bread crusts for malt. Just a hint of caramel sweetness sometimes but not much. Finish is dry with light earthiness and more bread crusts.

M: Light bodied, a touch watery and a touch dry.

O: A nice brown ale. Lots of nice nutty and bready malt notes. It's quite light and dry with higher carbonation. Nice drinkability but surprisingly bold flavors for the ABV. I enjoyed this one a lot.

07-12-2014 02:42:17 | More by Dope
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2%

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secondtooth

Indiana

3.96/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured into sample glass a deep, dark, murky brown, with very little hint of ruby highlights around the edges. Pleasant lace.

Nose says malts and roasted nuts. Typical and representative for a brown ale, and hits the nail squarely on the head with me.

Tastes nicely nutty, with a near-perfect balance of earthiness and hazelnut maltiness. Roasty, sessionable, and very enjoyable.

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3.39/5  rDev -5%

The color is less brown and more a dark or brassy copper, thin in the pour, with a relatively thick foam.

Nice strong scent of chocolate malt, barley, grain, some nuttiness, a little smoke, dry cocoa powder and even some light coffee.

The flavor is far more weak than the nose and not nearly as complex. Dry chocolate maltiness, light roasted nut, touch of barley and some mint, anise or carraway.

The feel is overly thin and watery, dry and even a bit flat; despite its freshness and obvious carbonation.

Better than average but not better than so many that ATG have done.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.71/5  rDev +3.9%

Against the Grain actually goes with the grain while brewing this charming Northern English-style Brown Ale. Covering the bases where beers like Newcastle trail off- the taste captured in this true-to-form ale are playfully bold and surprisingly refreshing.

Like any other Brown Ale, the beer pours in a not-so-shocking brown hue. Cast upon a mild haze, the ale releases a creamy off-white head to top the beer sparingly but with a steady collar of lace. Its dainty foam character is in stark contrast to the masculine beer underneath.

Medium aromatics of toast, light chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel and mild fruit rise from the glass and shows off its slight robust nature. To taste, the sweeter malts greet the front of the mouth with deep caramel, brown sugar, and light chocolate. As the beer traverses across the palate, it leaves behind its initial sweetness and favors a toastier, light coffee, walnut-type earthiness with slight floral and herbal bitterness. Its pleasant taste trails with the taste of malt but not all the residual sweetness that's normally expected from those malts- this yields a semi-dry taste that's as crisp and refreshing as it is bold.

Medium bodied from head to tail, the beer's early but albeit terse carbonation lays on the tongue with cask ale-like effect. But as the bubbles vanish, it leaves the beer thin and waning heading into a woody-toasty finish of mild minty warmth.

The Brown Note is as classic as they come, if we're talking about Brown Ales. Though it's somber in complexity, it more than makes up for it in effortless and ease of consumption.

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The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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