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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
80
good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

nmann08, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

GRG1313, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

jaydoc, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -14.8%

largadeer, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

JAHMUR, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -14.8%

SocalKicks, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

nickfl, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

dbrauneis, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +13.6%

sendbeer, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

iL0VEbeer, Jun 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Cynic-ale, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Boone757, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

mrfrancis, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

mynie, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Dope
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Dope, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

threedaggers, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Stinger80OH, Sep 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

vonnegut21, Jul 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Herky21, Sep 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

ajzy, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

KYGunner, Jul 04, 2014
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The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
80 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.