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Oaktown Brown Ale - Calicraft Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 19.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Calicraft Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottfrie on 07-10-2012)
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

Tuckersmth, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red, murky. Head is beige, bubbly. Pleasant enough, nice colour. Not spectacular.

Smells grainy, sweet, with a bit of roast on there giving a touch of coffee, caramel and vanilla. Quite sweet, malty. Decent.

Taste is more roasty, but plenty of that sweet vanilla flavour, caramel, particularly upfront, then finish is nicely dark, bitter territory. Smooth transition from sweet to bitter though. My kind of brown beer.

Bit dry at the back, leaves a touch of sandy tongue on the finish, but OK.

I like a well-made brown ale a lot. And this is a well-made brown ale. Good dessert pairing.

laituegonflable, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Ilovebeer1549
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Ilovebeer1549, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Beerswag, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of heymikew
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

heymikew, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of TruePerception
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Notes from tasting)

Calicraft Oaktown Brown:

Appearance: brown with red & yellow highlights;

Smell: light coffee, roasted oats;

Taste/Mouthfeel: slightly bubbly for a stout/dark style beer, hoppy, coffee, slight orange notes.

Pretty good.

Poured into a sample glass.

TruePerception, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -14.8%

largadeer, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of 2GOOFY
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

2GOOFY, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of tickingtimebomb
4/5  rDev +13.6%

tickingtimebomb, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of beepill
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at the bar at SOMA StreatFood Park. Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark brown, clear body with an off-white head that quickly disappeared before I found a place to sit down.

S - Light nutty bread, milk chocolate, and raisins. Faint hint of hops.

T - Seemed watered down for some reason. The smells were evident in the taste, but to a lesser degree than expected. For some reason, the back end and aftertaste reminded me of how floral fabric softener smells (think chemically synthesized flowers).

M - Easy-drinking, light bodied and light carbonation.

O - An okay beer, not that bad, but not that good. Though listed at 6.7 ABV, it seemed like a session ale. The strange "fabric softener" aftertaste was not appealing, and is what made me not really like this one. I suppose I would have it again, but only if there wasn't something better available.

beepill, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of flexabull
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear brown color with a small white head.

Aromas are light cocoa, nuts, and dark bread. The nose is faint but pleasant.

Taste is nutty up front. Creamy sweetness, light breads, then the beer fades to some light mineral hops and not much less. Not a bad tasting beer, but kind of boring.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but on the thin side.

Overall, an OK brown, but kind of boring and basic. Not bad, but nowhere near worth the $6 price tag, you could probably brew your own instead.

flexabull, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

JacobGumina, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Offa
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This is all right but a bit hot, spicy, boozy and thin in character.

Deep red-brown, medium-small tan head, slowly shrinks to foamy ring.

Aroma is nice, caramelly nutty and toasty, nice woody element and hint of citrus and coffee, then caramel and chicken or tuna hint.

Taste is up front light, thin, roasty and bitter woody-peppery character with lingering burnt coffee bitterness. It is a bit watery and thin in feel and character, spicy, overly boozy and hot.

Offa, Aug 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

DSkilling, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Spaz7, May 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Satan70, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

OBeerMeGreatOne, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

t0rin0, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

DruRho, Mar 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Fossilhunter, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of kaseydad
4.11/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wifey picked this up for me recently. Passed by numerous times...but time to give it it's due.
Label looks like the bear is covering his nether-regions. I press on....

Pours a dark, dark brown brew with a big time off-white foamy head. Light lacing.

Getting a lot of chocolate here in the aroma. Nuts also included. Wood. Hot cocoa. Light smoke, but overall this aroma is on the sweet side. Fruity. Liking it.

Roasted malts is the main taste, but the flavor is big here. Smokey, more sweet chocolate and big hope presence. Light pine is peaking through as well. I like the addition of the Cascade hops. It gives it a bite that is oftentime missing in brown ales. Maybe this is a hybrid style??

Brown ales are not my favorite style, but this is something I enjoyed. Overall I really like what the boys are doing here. Turning a sometimes boring (imo) malty, brown into a hybrid brown/IPA brew. Sort of reminds me of a black IPA but with more chocolate. I know these dudes are starting up but the two beers I've had so far are pretty good and I look forward to seeing what else is in store and supporting them along the way.

kaseydad, Jan 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

bostonryan, Dec 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

gleemonger, Dec 06, 2012
Oaktown Brown Ale from Calicraft Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.