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Face Down Brown - Telluride Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Telluride Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 03-18-2013)
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Photo of birchstick
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

birchstick, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of CatapultDowntown
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

CatapultDowntown, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

woodychandler, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Proclarush
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Proclarush, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of stuart3368
4/5  rDev +3.9%

stuart3368, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Catphish
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Catphish, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of kevinscott
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

kevinscott, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Dmart1223
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Dmart1223, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Beaver13, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of BlackHoleBrew42
5/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

BlackHoleBrew42, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev +3.9%

petermethot, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

DrinkSlurm, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Ispeakforthetrees, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

BeerForMuscle, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of LuckyJohn
4/5  rDev +3.9%

LuckyJohn, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of navin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

navin, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -22.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 29, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -22.1%

largadeer, May 29, 2013
Photo of PalatePilot
4/5  rDev +3.9%

PalatePilot, May 28, 2013
Photo of denver10
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

denver10, May 19, 2013
Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev +3.9%

crobinso, May 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bigbluebeerguy, May 13, 2013
Photo of Jasonrm72
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Jasonrm72, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of JMBSH
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JMBSH, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Summer78
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Summer78, Apr 14, 2013
Face Down Brown from Telluride Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.