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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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BA SCORE
81
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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Jasonchair

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

06-22-2014 14:29:48 | More by Jasonchair
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

07-21-2014 01:42:48 | More by jaydoc
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GTB

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

07-04-2014 03:19:51 | More by GTB
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2014 02:42:17 | More by Dope
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Bhoward0698

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-13-2014 21:23:01 | More by Bhoward0698
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sendbeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-24-2014 16:48:19 | More by sendbeer
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madtrixter787

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-29-2014 00:18:47 | More by madtrixter787
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, ruby-tinted mahogany with a tight, clinging beige head.

S: Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder, roasted nuts, leather, and earthy English hops fill the nose.

T: Notes of roasted almonds, chestnuts, and hazelnuts are apparent upon entry. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, cocoa powder, minerals, heather, leather, and earthy English ale hops follow. Hints of lemon, dried black cherry, and orange zest emerge just before the finish. This ale finishes on a decidedly roasty, toasty note, with flavors of coffee, chocolate, leather, and roasted nuts dominating.

M: Medium in body, smooth, firm, and dry. Carbonation is generous, imparting a mineral mouthfeel that I typically associate with English ales. Very drinkable, but slightly too strong to be a true session ale.

O: This is a very nice English-style brown ale that should delight fans of malty ales. While it's a bit pricklier than some of the more established English takes on the style, The Brown Note manages to display a depth of flavor that is admirable. Highly recommended for fans of English ales.

Serving type: growler

04-23-2012 14:32:34 | More by mrfrancis
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-04-2013 00:18:00 | More by iL0VEbeer
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wyatt13

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-10-2014 23:41:42 | More by wyatt13
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Tschnab

New York

4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-05-2014 12:36:57 | More by Tschnab
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mynie

Indiana

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2014 17:11:53 | More by mynie
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2014 16:02:38 | More by secondtooth
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-21-2013 06:55:10 | More by crbnfbr
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-31-2014 02:34:50 | More by dbrauneis
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-04-2014 23:46:16 | More by threedaggers
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

01-17-2014 01:10:06 | More by Boone757
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snansel

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-12-2014 17:51:35 | More by snansel
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

09-01-2013 05:29:31 | More by Stinger80OH
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

05-25-2012 04:08:05 | More by TonyTalon
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

06-05-2014 01:36:54 | More by nickfl
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2013 21:07:10 | More by BEERchitect
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting nutty qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 04:05:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-10-2013 16:11:36 | More by Cynic-ale
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dtomes

New York

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-30-2014 11:51:29 | More by dtomes
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The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
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