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The Brown Note - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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The Brown NoteThe Brown Note

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 231
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 28.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mrfrancis on 04-23-2012

The brown ale to end all brown ales. Enjoy it, because there is no longer any reason to drink another. You’ve reached the pinnacle. A healthy blend of traditional British malts give this popular style a semi-sweet, biscuity, slightly roasted flavor. Oats thicken the mouthfeel, and a handful of specialty malts add complex chocolate, toffee, and caramel notes. The hops are mostly traditional, earthy British hops, but we cocked it up a bit with some Cascade late in the boil just to show those snooty Brits that we don’t approve of that Constitutional Monarchy crap.
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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 231
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If the bottle art were less gross this beer's score would jump about fifty points. I mean, seriously guys, it's good to take design risks and I'm not saying you need to focus group this or anything, but do you know a single person who finds poop appetizing?

Anyhow, once you get the glass away from the bottle, you get a nicely sessionable brown. A nutty, lightly sweet start gives way to a finish of more sweet malt balanced out by medium-strength hops. Nice.

Brown ales used to be craft brew staples, but they've become rarer and rarer these last few years. I'd love to see a resurgence, especially my go-to brown (Rogue's Hazelnut) costs 12 bucks a sixer. But why the awful marketing? Are brown somehow not considered edgy enough, and so we have to make them appear more Xtreme by making poop or semen references? A good beer is a good beer, guys.

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Photo of braugon
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of rsquared59
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of secondtooth
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Re-reviewed in August 2015 (rating unchanged):

Appearance: Deep ruby amber with a thick head of off-white suds from the pint can. Attractive spider web lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, some caramel. Nice and exemplary brown ale.

Taste: Nicely roasty here, with hints of cocoa and even a little bit of smoke. Body is light, making this a prime session brew for fans of dark malts. Big on flavor, this one’s pretty tasty and I’d revisit again no problem!

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a horrible brown ale but the price point on it is ridiculous.

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Photo of beefnbarley
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of mlockman
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I found this canned pint to be pervasively "meh." Not much going on and the mild flavor hints at malts but does not showcase them. Perhaps it is the unsavory image on the label that is bossing my opinion, but I remain nonetheless unimpressed.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of grahuba
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AB71
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This (per the label) is actually an American Brown Ale. A vastly unrepresented style. Great beer, albeit a bit too pricey.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MartyIU13
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nage37
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

four and three-fourths out of five

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Photo of broadway848
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ElJosharino
2/5  rDev -47.5%

Photo of JamLand
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of kwgduke
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KYGunner
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

I had this a second time in a can and found it much better.

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The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.