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Wasatch Bobsled Brown Ale - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch Bobsled Brown AleWasatch Bobsled Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
76
okay

44 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-15-2005

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Darkest bronze infused with crimson and edged with bright orange. The sandstone colored cap is semi-creamy and is melting in an appealing fashion, leaving a better than average lace display as it does so. A solid brown ale look.

Likewise the nose. I smell moderately roasted malt that contributes much more cocoa than it does anything else. There's also a mild earthiness that adds another dimension. In the end though, the nose is on the simple and straightforward side; not that there's anything wrong with that when it comes to beer of this style.

On second thought... Bobsled Brown is too simple, too straightforward, too flavor deficient and too light to be considered anything other than average at best. I still maintain that an ABV of 4% is largely responsible since the amount of malt is necessarily limited. Yes, I'm aware that there are any number of low-ABV beers that prove my theory incorrect.

Each mouthful brings a minor blip of dark malt that is ever so slightly sweet and a minor blip of Willamette hops (a cousin of Fuggles) that is ever so slightly bitter. It isn't all that hard to be balanced when each side of the scales barely moves. There is, perhaps, a little more flavor than I'm giving it credit for, but it isn't exactly rompin' and stompin' all over my taste buds.

I often mark brown ales down for being too light. I try not to be too unkind since I recognize my bias for bigger bodied beer. This one, however, is a little too aqueous to earn a respectable score. I've had thinner, but not too damn many. A relative lack of bubbles doesn't help either.

A winter release called Bobsled should be bigger than this. It should be a beer that one can enjoy in front of a roaring fire, apres-ski. In order for that to happen though, Utah will have to change its antiquated alcohol laws. In the meantime, search elsewhere for a good, drinkable American brown ale.

Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear reddish brown, good lacing

SMELL: Caramel, dried grass, nutty, yeast, faint fruitiness, herbal, toasty

TASTE: Smooth, crisp, toasted husk, biscuity, mild caramel, wet, brown bread, dry finish

A solid brown, not a problem knocking a few of these back. Could be an "American Mild Ale" as well but few would get that. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for including it in a trade:

Pours brown with a thin, lasting, creamy off-white head that leaves some trailing lace.

Nutty, some caramel. Mild, but pleasant enough.

The taste is of caramel, a bit nutty, some balance to the sweetness. A mild brown ale. Something a bit odd about the aftertaste - can't quite put my finger on it.

Thin for a winter brew.

Not much to say about it other than a mild brown ale, but glad I had a chance to try it - Thanks John!

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/12/09- On tap at the Wasatch Brew Pub in Park City, UT.

Presentation- 7oz sampler via the tap.

Appearance- Lightly watery brown colored pour with a 1/4 inch dirty white head and light lace remnents.

Smell- Good brown ale scent of lightly nutty and light roasted malt notes. Even a few hops in there as well.

Taste- Tastes like a traditional american brown as well. Nicely roasted with a very light chocolate dusting. Minor hops with a light smokey taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a nice malt-hop bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Overall a perfectly fine brown ale. Nice job for a lower abv brew.

Photo of Zorro
2.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells of molasses, patent malt and coffee. Curious strong tea scent to this one.

Starts out neutral flavored with a long coffee after taste. Fair chocolate and caramel flavors.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall it is just OK.

Photo of Wasatch
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a 12 pack. Pours a clear dark amber color, some carbonation, nice lacing afterwards. Scents of caramel, and sweet malts. The taste is kinda sweet and roasted nut, has a bitter finish to it. Medium body. Very drinkable for the ABV. I guess I do not like Brown Ale's that much, maybe another brewery might be different.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours from 12oz bottle a deep brown/amber with a good 1 finger head of offwhite foam...good head retention for the entire session.

The smell is of roasted malt and some caramel malt and some citrus(?) but it's on the light side.

The taste has a good roasted malt kick initially but then it takes a turn towards more of a burnt malt character and I'm not finding that too pleasant. In the background, there's a bit of a citrus thing going on that also isn't contributing positively to the flavour. The mouthfeel is light and it finishes slightly bitter but right near the end, watery.

This is not a particulary good example of the style but I'm glad I got a chance to try it.

Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown color with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is oversweet with cheap chocolate and a peanut butter note. Lightly roasty. Flavor is sweet too with chocolate and bready malts and a very nutty character. Finishes sticky with a roasted tinge and not much hoppiness. Thinnish, high carbonation, very average.

Photo of mhaugo
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of alexgash
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This new Squatters bottled offering can be obtained in their new fall/winter variety 12 packs. Pours a clear amber-mahoganey with a dense, two-finger, light creamy tan head. Smells of clean, toasted, sweetish malt, light caramel, and some brown sugar nuttiness. Nice. Taste starts with toasted grains. Mild cola sweetness with some tannins give way to a toasty, roasty bitterness into the finish. Light to medium bodied with a slight minerally feel. Not bad, and a nice session brown.

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of flexabull
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown/dark amber color with a rather weak head.

Beer smells like cola, and sweet carmel malts.

Flavors are biscuit like, grain, and some carbonation up front. There is a touch of sweetness and dryness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is too light for a brown. It's not bad though, considering the low ABV.

Once again Squatters/Wasatch has gone a good job at making a drinkable beer that manages to squeeze under the 4.0 ABV. Not bad, but nothing special.

Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear ruby with a half inch of bubbly off white foam. No visible carbonation in the glass and it took a bit of work to get much of a head on the pour. Retention is somewhat short but the beer does keep a light surface ring of foam and throw off light lacing.

Light roasted malts on the nose and a hint of hops. Bit of lightly sweet caramel is more evident after the head settles. Hop notes take some effort to unearth and dissipate quickly after a spin. Somewhat smoky after some exposure.

Roasted malts arrive on the tongue as well but don't offer much complexity. Wasn't really expecting much in that department given the light ABV yet there is little unfermented body either. Finishes with rather dry and has a lingering smoky aspect that I didn't find too endearing. The drying nature of this beer keeps me from seeking another.

Photo of Cramerican
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Eric908
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Pens1967
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of colts9016
2.59/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an English pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A dark brown color like mahogany with a thin white head that is bubbly. There is carbonation in the beer. The Clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: Okay that this is going to sound weird. There is a funky aroma coming off this beer. The best way I can describe it is burnt corn with caramel and mix some charcoal in. There is some floral and a hint of chocolate.

Taste: The taste is a dark caramel, burnt sugar, corn, and a low level hop.

Overall: This is a very strange brew. I don't know if its a brown ale or what. I am not trying to be mean, but I am confused. The mouth feel is dry and the finish is nil. Not good at all.

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of ybnorml
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark amber/brown beer. Has a nice foamy beige head and some nice lace. The aroma has a light roasted malt character with sweet caramel notes in the background. The light roasted malt charcter carries over into the taste with a nutlike note coming forward over the sweet malt. There is a light piney hop note on the finish that creates a clean ending to a nice beer.

Photo of ahommell
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dwkasper
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Retsinis
2.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up as part of a mixed six pack at Total Wines. What struck me the most is this seems to meet the "official" "session" beer bench mark 4.00%...interesting, oh yeah the beer.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a light brown, medium head that rises then fades. No lacing.

The Aroma, I honestly get a slight twinge of cinnamon, some roasted malt, toffee, barely registering hops, but that's about it.

The taste had much the same, though no cinnamon flavor that I got off the smell. Light toffee, caramel, toast. Reminds me of Newcastle to be honest.

Light body, good carbonation.

My overall impression is a good Malt to Hops Balance, but so balanced perhaps that it was a wash. (or this bottle is just old)
With such a low abv, probably better fresh, and on draft I suspect. Nothing was offensive about the beer, but nothing left an impression either.

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of deanhead
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear beer, nice brown color, and head non-existent. Adequately carbonated and very light in body 4% abv. Almost watery.
Slight bready taste, with a biscuity aroma.
Easy drinking brown ale. I have yet to be impressed by any of their products. They seem to be on with style, but lack the depth that most beers need. The lack of alcohol content really kills these otherwise potentially tasty beers.

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Wasatch Bobsled Brown Ale from Utah Brewers Cooperative
76 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.