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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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22 Reviews
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 166
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 5.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 37 | 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

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Beer added by: mrfrancis on 04-23-2012

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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 166
Reviews by secondtooth:
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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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! (843 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (853 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
2.63/5  rDev -33.8%
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. (65 characters)

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of grahuba
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AB71
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (127 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nage37
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

four and three-fourths out of five (34 characters)

Photo of broadway848
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ElJosharino
2/5  rDev -49.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of KYGunner
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the rather twisted art covered can in a snifter. This fine brown ale pours a medium dark brown with a moderate light tan head of foam that dissipates to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of medium cocoa, caramel, light coffee, and darkly roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with rich roasted malt flavors on all sides featuring coffee, caramel, light cocoa flavors and a subtle spicy hop flavor on the back. Solid rather than sitting broken hearted, this ale delivers good flavors and a lightly bitter aftertaste from malt and light hops in a carbonated package.

While the art is warped this is a good example of the American brown ale from a solid brewery.

Cheers (689 characters)

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Brown Note - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse. Poured from the bottle into a nonic tumbler, this brew's head is two fingers thick with lateral lacing, and a dark brown transparent body.

I smell nicely toasted malts and heartier grains.

Tastes like a nice balance of the roasted malts, to where the caramel taste is just on point here. Not too heavy on the senses, right on the money.

Mouthfeel here is smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll give The Brown Note - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse a 4.5 (523 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
88 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.