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Face Down Brown - Telluride Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%


Brewed by:
Telluride Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 03-18-2013)
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mactrail

California

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome amber-brown color in the Ciney snifter. Lots of foam and lacing along the glass. Mouthfeel is appealingly sudsy while light and gulpable. Great aroma of chestnuts and spice cake.

The nutty roasted flavor is more robust than you usually get in these Brown Ales. Rather sweet, but it goes along with the warm malt and java taste. Some hoppy bitterness provides the balance along with a dark grainy flavor. A great example of the more mellow style of Brown Ale. Some butterscotch taste along with toasted filberts. Just a touch of bitter coffee.

Totally drinkable in a sweet and malty way. This is what a Brown Ale should be. From the 12 oz can purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 23:42:30 | More by mactrail
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Vine Street Pub. Dark brown, good head, served in a pint glass. Aroma was slightly malty. Flavor was a pretty good brown, malty, slightly rich, super easy to drink. I'm not a huge fan of browns but this one hit the spot. I'd probably order another on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2013 20:48:57 | More by ArrogantB
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TwoLips

Colorado

4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Caramel cola-brown with a nice creamy head.

Aroma: Sweet bready malts, nutty, sweet yeast.

Taste: Autumnul, sweet but not overwhelmingly so. Breakfast coffee with a nutty chocolate bar and a tad toffee too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: One of the most delicious brown ales ever. This is a fall fever type of I love coffee and beer and sweaters and liquid slightyly sweet nutty yum. With a lowish ABV you can drink a few of these, and I have!

Serving type: can

10-06-2013 01:50:07 | More by TwoLips
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beergoot

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cola brown body with a thick, lasting head; decent lacing and rings of foam cling to the glass. Charred, roasted grain aroma; nearly hidden spicy hops; wood and earth. Taste mimics the aroma with added, light hop bitterness; some cocoa notes. Medium body; creamy and smooth feel.

A very tasty malt-centric ale, rich in caramel and toffee malt flavors, deftly offset with a mild yet crucial hop bitterness for balance. Very appealing.

Serving type: can

08-30-2013 20:30:16 | More by beergoot
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Small light brown head settles to a quarter inch froth above a clear dark brown to black colored beer.

Very light dark roasted malts aroma that seems to have a light sweetness to it.

Vary dark roasted malts with some dark chocolates in a the taste.

Dry aftertaste with quite a bit of the dark malts taste remaining behind with this medium to full bodied beer.

Pretty taste brown ale, I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: can

08-28-2013 23:58:10 | More by LXIXME
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: The muddiest, murkiest brown color. A cream colored head that retains well. Light rings of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet bready malts, nutty, chocolate fudge.

Taste: Sweet bread, toffee-like sweetness. Nuts and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Mefium bodied.

Overall: One of my favorite brown ales so far, really complex.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 23:51:01 | More by JuicesFlowing
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birchstick

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a caramel, chestnut brown color with a small white head that leaves some lacing down the side of the glass

S - nose is toffee, light chocolate and coffee

T - taste starts off with sweet caramel malts, which takes on more chocolate notes as it moves down the palate. A nutty caramel flavor comes in on the backend and finishes it off. Very nice flavor profile...might be the best ABA I have ever tasted.

M - a little light bodied, but complements the style

D - awesome American Brown Ale in my glass here. Very rich without being fatiguing, complex, yet well balanced and subtle. Really enjoyed it and will look for this again!

Serving type: can

08-07-2013 03:06:03 | More by birchstick
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am currently in Denver, touching base, but not much more, with The Old Lady aka Ma Petite Abeille and the preponderance of CANned craft beer is astounding! It is enough to send The CANQuest (TM) into overdrive, but the problem is a lack of singles and I CANnot lug that many beers around, so a CANundrum arose. Fortunately, I am an old school pen & ink type of guy and if I CAN drink and review it at the bar, then so be it, geekery be damned!

Fresh Craft on Blake Street became my source for three such CANs, so this is transcribed from notes dtd Tuesday, 30 July 2013.

From the CAN: "Brewed High - 8750'"; "A beautiful hybrid of English and Ameri[CAN] Brown Ale that explodes with aromas of toffee, chocolate, and nut balanced hop forward with German Noble and big Ameri[CAN] aroma hops ... don't be afraid to et down with the best Brown around! Cheers, Chris Fish, Brewmaster/Co-Owner"; "Snow Melt, Malted Barley, Ameri[CAN] & German Hops, Yeast"; "GABF Gold Medal 2012 Aeri[CAN]-Style Brown Ale."

My server made the initial pour, so I was only a party to the Crack & Glug, rather than being directly involved. He produced a finger of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with limited light penetration only at the edges. Nose was rich, chocolaty, slightly smoky. Ooh. Mouthfeel was medium with a taste like liquified Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate. A slight bitterness cut through the intense smoky charcoal taste. Wow! Finish was very chocolaty with an interesting lingering smokiness. I wish that the mouthfeel had been a bit creamier, but that was my only ding on this beer.

Serving type: can

08-02-2013 14:11:20 | More by woodychandler
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Dmart1223

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn good brown ale. It brings a sense of fall to the middle of summer.

Face Down pours a dark brown with a hint of ruby, with an excellent semi-lumpy tan head. Does it stick around? Well enough, and the lacing absolutely coats the glass.

This might sound strange, but I think it smells like a gourmet version of Sugar Smacks cereal. It has the nutty roast malt, the sweet chocolate and a whiff of buttery toffee.

But the kicker for me is that this beer really isn't my style, but I like it anyways. It hits right up front with a strong roastiness, and continues to deliver it through a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. There's a hint of sweetness and just enough bitter to balance it, accentuated at the end with a touch of hops.

It's bold and balanced -- very good overall, and perfect for sessioning.

Serving type: can

07-16-2013 22:06:46 | More by Dmart1223
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours brown with a medium frothy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is nice roasty chocolate malts.

The flavor is roasty chocolate malts, nuts and some brown sugar. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid brown which is not my favorite style. I remember liking it a bit better on tap.

Serving type: can

07-05-2013 02:11:10 | More by Beaver13
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BlackHoleBrew42

Colorado

5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its better than good. Its gooder. Best brown ale I've ever had. Find it. Elegant, hoppy, smooth, delicious, sessionable like no other, pairs amazingly with everything from dessert to steak to cheese to sitting on the porch with a guitar. A clean and magnificent example of the Colorado Craft beer scene and an homage to just how important water is in the brewing process.

Serving type: can

06-28-2013 15:07:40 | More by BlackHoleBrew42
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into imperial pint at Euclid hall Denver. Nice creamy head over a deep amber brown. Some nice roasted coffee malts and sweet chocolate aroma. Flavor of sweet chocolate but mainly roasted bitter malt. A bit over bitter but it plays nice with the sweetness. Its super dry...but overall a damn good brown. Would love on cask...

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2013 00:19:39 | More by DrinkSlurm
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denver10

Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown with a dirty khaki head. Aroma is nutty, caramel, taffy, cocoa, and some roasted barley. Flavor is much the same with a rich caramel, taffy, and nutty foundation but also some nice cocoa and a great roasty finish which teases of offering some coffee. A fuller mouthfeel, not much activity. Overall, this was a pretty good, maybe even great, brown ale. Avery's Elllies Brown Ale might have lost its place atop the podium for being my favorite Colorado brown ale (though still yet to try the hyped Upslope Brown). Will definitely drink this again and now interested in checking out more stuff from Telluride Brewing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2013 01:19:20 | More by denver10
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of the best American browns ive had in ages, honestly the best I can remember since cast iron oatmeal brown from 4 hands in st Louis about a year ago. the pour on this is straight milk chocolate, all double boiler melty, just not as thick, and a nice rice colored head with decent retention. the nose is vanilla and medium roast barley, very little bitterness chocolate is the first thing I taste, and immediately notice how much body we have here, this is a thick beer for sure, smooth and velvety, heavy yet delicate, brilliant really. its a lot like chocolate milk, but without too much sweetness. there is also some unidentifiable funky grain in here. its not rye, but its something unconventional, and it works, even though I cannot place it for the life of me. overall a beer worthy of the awards its been handed, and easily the better of the two beers ive had from telluride. they seem to be going in the right direction, and this incarnation of an American brown ale is just splendid. limited distribution at the moment I think, but stay on the lookout.

edit: this is even better on tap. seriously the best brown ale going right now. wow.

Serving type: can

03-28-2013 03:43:18 | More by StonedTrippin
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DovaliHops

California

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a dark red hue. Medium, off-white head that goes down quickly. Scent is quite impressive for this sessionable brown ale. Not sure what the ABV is, but I'm pretty sure it isn't very high. Nice nuttiness with some German hop aromas. Hints of cold coffee as well. Nice malt character in the nose. Taste is roasty at first with some coffee and dark malt flavors. Lots of nuttiness and some pretty hefty hops for a brown ale. Slight roasted bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Drinkability is high. Overall, brown ales are not typically my thing. I recently had Port's Board Meeting and was blown away by it, and pretty much in a different league than this beer. However, I feel that this is a well-crafted, easy-drinking, sessionable brown ale that I am glad I got to try.

Serving type: can

03-22-2013 03:56:00 | More by DovaliHops
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A new(er) one to the metro area of Denver from the Western slope. This won a medal at GABF I think

While this beer isn't a flavor-bomb or contain some interesting combinations of hops, it is a solid brown. Simple yet robust enough to give it meaning.
An average pour, nice head, good lacing.

Aroma is nutty up front, a little tinge of pine. Baked caramel and toasted bread underneath.

Flavor is nut-forward, but it is not an overpowering taste. Some hints of leather and pine. Solid malt, but not overly sweet. A really great drinking brown. Would be nice to have on the slope.

Serving type: can

03-18-2013 08:22:15 | More by Mebuzzard
Face Down Brown from Telluride Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.