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Get Up Offa That Brown - Golden Road Brewing

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Golden Road Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: billshmeinke on 01-28-2012

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Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 30
Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby brown in the St. Bernardus globe with a nice swirl of low-altitude foam. Creamy carbonation is a nice feature. The smell is a double take-- sweaty horse blankets.

Dark malt flavors enlivened with some bitterish hops is the short version. This is more charred around the edges than the usual sweet caramel sorts of Brown Ales. The smell keeps intruding, but there seems to be some peculiar nutty flavor in this. Pear skins and raisin bread toast with a bitter twang in the aftertaste. This is actually much more interesting than the run of the mill brown, especially with the moderate alcohol content.From the 16 oz can purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(another one on tap from City Beer Store, SF - saw it a bunch of other spots in town)

This is a solid American Brown.... nice, dark chestnut color, clean, bit of spongy head w/o endurance.... the aromas suggest day-old brown bread, perhaps a touch of esters to brighten it up, but little-to-no hops (that's what I like in this style!).... A roasty, tough-crusted brown bread does come across on the palate with a slight dark, hardwood flavor as well - all malt here, enough caramel to add some complexity and, again, no hoppiness of note, perhaps a touch of its bittering.... wonderfully clean-drinking with more than a little gummy, crystal-malt roundness in the body....

Not a bad brown ale at all! Malt-dominant, as I prefer.... I still feel it needs a little more malt complexity (they took it this far...) and more of a lasting, dirty finish....I may have to sample this again when I'm out that way.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown hue with a thicket of tan head, forms fine even lacing speckled around the sides of my glass. Aroma has a great malt presence, rolling cereal grains going on nutty character with some notes of dark fruits vinous or raisin qualities and herbal hops in the backend. Flavor has a smooth malt profile, herbal nutty upfront perfect cohesive light end of the complexity spectrum especially for a brown ale. Mouthfeel was medium bodied even smooth carbonation very nice drinking beer, overall something I'm glad that I got to try. Thanks again to my pal deford out in Cali he has some access to great beers especially in 16 ounce pounders like this one!

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours two fingers of light tan head on a brown-red body.
The aroma has lots of roasted and toasted malt.
The taste is milky, roasted malt, nutty, mild lemon bitter. Great balance.
Smooth texture with low carbonation.
An excellent brown.

Photo of dannydetox
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great local brown ale from the folks at golden road. pours a typically opaque brown with notes of red, and a thin white head that dissipates quickly. aromas are what i would want off an american brown ale: brown sugar, caramel malts, but with something slightly floral hanging around in the back. brown ale sweetness up front transitions to a refreshingly drier finish than most in this category. not too heavy or thick, the get up offa that has an easy drinking texture that encourages another round.

Photo of Treyliff
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear born with some ruby hue, two-finger off ww
Bite foamy head that retains decently, eventually reducing to a small layer on top

S- slightly nutty with some caramel malt aroma, fruity esters, a hint of chocolate, subdued for the most part

T- roasted smoky malt brings out some caramel and chocolate flavors, slightly smoky and woodsy, finishes dry with a char-like bitterness

M- medium body with prickly medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- nice nutty notes mixed with some caramel and chocolaty malt flavors

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin, light brown head that dissipates to thin patches. Aroma of bready and mildly toasted malt, nuts, hints of chocolate and oddly, alcohol. Flavor of brown bready malt, nuts, mild milk chocolate; finishing with malt, light chocolate and a hint of hops. Medium bodied. A pleasant, light brown ale with a good tasting malt body and light elements of nuts, and mild chocolate. Flavor is a bit on the light side, but has a good variety of flavors. An easy drinking light brown ale.

Photo of RyanK252
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep mahogany brown with a frothy light brown head that settles.

S: Bready, roasted malt, a little coffee, a bit earthy with a hint of smoke.

T: Roasted malt, earthy and bready, mild coffee notes, faint chocolate, maybe a touch of dark fruit burried in there, and little smoke on the back end.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid roasty brown with a healthy amount of coffee. Not bad.

Photo of Zorro
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells strongly of coffee. Patent malt and coffee and toasted grain. Perfume of hop scent that is quite floral.

Starts out mildly sweet with a big coffee taste. Flavor is more like a milk stout and is quite mild. Taste isn't as complex as the smell

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is pretty tasty, what it lacks in complexity it makes up for in just plain user friendliness.

Photo of BigBry
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Rock N' Fish at LA Live, another good looking local pint.
Pours clear dark brown with a light beige head. Foam settles to a thick film, streaky lace, good retention.
Smell of roast malt, a bit nutty, some cocoa and chocolate aromas.
Taste has all the same elements, roasted malt, toasted nuts, and some more dark chocolate. Finishes slightly bitter like a strong coffee.
Good level of carbonation, medium body.
Overall, this is a very good brown ale with some great flavors.

Now, just to find this one in a can

Photo of Buzz3d
4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thing I noticed was this smelled exactly like sesame oil. Good taste first off, but fades in seconds. Great session beer over all.

Photo of bfellows
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good brown for those that really love browns.

a- medium transparent brown, with an offwhite thin head

s- a little nutty, a little sweet, a little grainy

t- light roasted sweetness

m- light to medium body and quaffable

o- very nice example of the style

Photo of charlzm
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on cask at the Pub at Golden Road on March 20th, 2013.

Slightly murky mahogany colored brew with a creamy, three-finger off-white head. Lots of tiny little bubbles moving ever-so-slowly up through the beer. Lots of sticky, clinging sheeting throughout the drink-down. Beautiful.

A slight peppery aroma. Grapefruit and bready malts mingle with subtlety.

Flavor is smooth and mellow, perhaps too much so. Brown malts and lots of melanoidin. Trace bitterness (tastes charred) on finish.

Slightly chewy and thicker than medium-bodied.

The appearance was the best thing about this beer; perhaps being on cask blunted the flavors too much?

Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is brown in color with an off-white head. Nose features roasted malt, toast, light smoke, and a hint of brown sugar. A light caramel sweetness along with a very mild banana note. The flavor has caramel malt sweetness, very sweet, in fact. Light grass and brown sugar. A bit toasty with mild roasty, mild bitterness. Really just found this to be okay.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

LAX. On 5.21.13

A - Served a medium brown with a smaller light tan head.

S - weak smoked malt with some Carmel tones.

T - Carmel, subtle vanilla, roasted, smoked malt.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Muted and weak. Some vanilla and roasted malts.

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 fl oz aluminum can acquired at Whole Foods for $2.99 and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; Golden Road has yet to impress me. 5.5% ABV according to my can.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a healthy three finger light khaki colour head of nice cream and lightly frothy thickness, and good (~3 minute) retention - though the ABV is merely average. Body colour is a dark amber, not a brown. Translucent. Semitransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Strangely coloured for the style, but generally appealing. There's nothing unique or special here, but there are no overt flaws. Thin light lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Cream, floral hopping, amber and biscuit malts, and toffee-esque English ale grains. Caramel. Nutty notes, but they're not particularly distinct or evocative; I certainly couldn't pick out individual nuts. Bready. It's a bit maltier than it ought to be. Aroma is pleasant and moderate in strength. I detect neither yeast nor alcohol.

T: Floral hops join nicely with biscuit, caramel, and toffee-redolent English brown ale grains. It's got a grainy breadiness to it that's nicely subdued by a dash of cream. It does feel rather malty for a brown ale, and little nutty character comes through. Some chocolate malt/cocoa powder notes emerge on the climax. It's nicely balanced, but nuts should be the focus of a good brown ale, not malts. I do like it, though it's not particularly subtle in its execution. Still, it's more complex than many beers in the style. And more approachable.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with good suitable thickness. Carbonation is just slightly overdone. Complements its flavours well, though it's not particularly to style. I'd like to see a more refined dryness and coarseness. It's also a bit chewy, which clashes with the nutty notes.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. One of the better Golden Road offerings I've had, and even one of the best browns in recent memory. After the abomination that was Burning Bush, this is starting to restore my faith in Golden Road. I'll have to poke up for a visit one of these days.

Low B-

Photo of DefenCorps
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the first canning ever on the 16th of Jan 2013.

A reddish brown with a dense, light brown head that falls off to a disk leaving little lacing, this looks decent. The nose has an initial whiff that is strongly reminiscent of cheerios, but once it's had time to breathe, aromas of cocoa puffs, toast, caramel and earthy hops appear.

The palate opens with a blend of sweet caramel, cocoa, toast and a grainy astringency. Honeyed whole wheat toast, a little bit of sugar, both of which are pleasant, are offset by the grainy bitterness that isn't. The mid-palate is sugary and watery, and the finish is mildly sweet, moderately bitter and a little astringent. Light in body and arguably over-carbonated, this feels decent on the palate. A decent effort.

Photo of BucBasil
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the LAX airport.

The beer is true to the style - pure brown with just a bit of light coming through at the bottom. Murky/hazy. Head is light tan and dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell is OK yet a bit faint. Some roasted notes and some bread come through.

Taste is somewhat watery but has some good bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt notes in there. Some bread as well, but rich roast character. Unfortunately, follows up with a somewhat astringent aftertaste, so not as smooth as I was hoping.

Somewhat interesting offering in an otherwise dull terminal beer-wise. Not complaining. Hit the spot on my layover.

Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap 11/30 at the brewery
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a copperish brown color with a two finger of khaki color head. Head recedes at a moderate pace lacing wispy lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is nutty, caramel, and toffee.

T: Taste starts with a nice caramel malt flavoring. Middle gets a touch bread, with a nutty flavoring to it as well. Finish is a light toffee flavoring, mingled with hints of chocolate notes.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, clean feel to it.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not filling, mild kick, decent representation of style. I would definitely hit this up for several pints if I were in the area.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear copper-brown with a light beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasty malt, roasted nuts, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is of roasty malt, nutty flavors, and some cocoa powder. There is a very nice roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation and a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good brown ale with some great roasty and nutty flavors.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Breakaway. I was surprised to see a Golden Road beer on-tap in Orange County.

This is the best of Golden Road that I've tasted so far. A hearty brown ale despite its "low" alcohol, its leather brown color with decent head and retention prelude the goodness that comes. Lots of sweet fudge, cappuchino, and caramel notes, mixied with a big kiss of bittering hops. It drinks easy too, which is a bonus for such a tasty ale. Let's see this in cans...

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint. Pours out a medium red brown with a nice inch of off-white head. Great lacing.

Nice nutty start to the smell, toffee and a bit of mint follow. Bit of cocoa at the end.

Smooth nut bread start to the taste. A bit of toffee and a slight hint of minty and citric hops, very slight. Goes down pretty smooth, little too heavy on the carbonation.

Very nice brown ale. Good for summer evening drinking.

Photo of kevanb
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a Golden Road Grand Opening tumbler glass.

The beer pours a medium burgundy color, hues of garnet, ruby and dark amber, fairly opaque but with a touch of clarity, plenty of bubbles dancing in the glass with a fizzy, but taut khaki head that has low retention but yields a fair amount of lace. The aroma is of lightly roasted malts, faint bitter coffee, light bittersweet chocolate, hearty bread and a bit of caramel, nice balance between the bitter and sweet aromas. The flavors mirror well, plenty of roasted malt, burnt chocolate, thick, rich dark grains, caramel, brown sugar and a nice flavor of roasted coffee bean, though I don't believe coffee to be an adjunct. Roasty, bitter, sweet, there is a nice balance and nice complexity as well. The mouthfeel is okay, it's a bit thinner than I'd like, carbonation is moderate but higher than expected, it feels a bit prickly, but it does coat the tongue well and the finish is very easy, a touch of dryness.

Verdict: A nice brown ale from Golden Road, definitely a worthy showcase of the style. It's quite sessionable at just 5.5% but brings forth all the requisite qualities of a nice, dark, sipping beer. I definitely enjoyed this one and would love to have this again in a cooler fall month.

Photo of lespaulrocka
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has a nice brown and copper hue. Leaves a bit of lacing .. a one finger tan head that dissipates.

Smell: It has a very roasted/smokey, caramel, nutty and chocolatey aroma.

Taste: Has an upfront dark toasty flavor to it with a taste of hazelnut, caramel and finishing up with the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick actually but very smooth when it goes down. It's a bit like a molasses texture to it.

Overall: Probably one of the best I've had so far apart from the only ones I've tried which were Nutty Brewnette and Newcastle's Brown Ale. This one is really great I'm usually accustomed to the taste of stouts. The texture is almost stout like .. this beer is not watery at all. Its leaves a nice coating in the mouth. Very sweet and full of flavor. I recommend others to try this out but I reiterate I haven't had that many brown ales but this is a good one.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale clear golden brown ale.

Smokey With loads of dark bread and cereal. Hoppiness is low.

Taste follow smell. Complex malt notes with a spicy hop finish. Pretty straight forward, but quite tasty.

Medium bodied, well carbonated.

Nice brown ale. Reminds me of Avery's Eli's brown.

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Get Up Offa That Brown from Golden Road Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.