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Gnarly Brown - MadTree Brewing

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 180
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 22.28%
Wants: 11
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
MadTree Brewing visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: meanmutt on 04-24-2013

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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 180
Reviews by jlindros:
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to crapturds (reddit) for this one, more great canned craft beer.

Pours an off-white creamy semi thick almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, lots of nice frothy lacing, very dark molasses brown colored beer.

Nose nice toasty brown malts, plenty of caramel and nutty aromas, little toffee and biscuit, almost butterscotch candy and brittle but not super sweet candy like or syrupy, hint of a coffee. Faint touch of an earthy hop.

Taste starts with more toasty brown malts, plenty more caramel and toffee, a little nutty, a little chewy like malt almost, hint of coffee like roast. Hops come through more than I thought, quite bitter with an herbal earthy hop character that even gets a little mineral note. Finish is drier and very bitter, more earthy herbal like hops, little mineral and menthol like notes with hint of booze.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy and chewy, nice fluffy carb, hint of booze.

Overall not bad, I really like the malts, but the hops on the end and finish are a little much for what I was expecting for the delicious malt flavors. Still pretty tasty though.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 11/10/2014. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear brown color with some reddish tints to it. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like brown sugar, nuts, vanilla and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some toasted malt and a light bitter hoppiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brown ale, I wouldn't mind buying this again. Nice to see the MadTree cans finally come to Columbus! $9.99 a 6-pack.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that is slightly translucent. One finger of light tan head. Dissipated quickly some lacing.

Smell is coffee, brown bread, fusel alcohol, nuttiness, caramel, and vanilla.

Taste is coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. There is a nice nuttiness in the finish and some earthy bitterness.

Mouth feel is smooth and creamy.

Overall a very nice take on a brown ale.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can at the Dublin Irish Festival.
This is no ordinary brown ale. Bold and rich with a well hidden ABV. This applies to both the aroma and the flavor.
This malt bomb also has a relatively full and nicely smooth feel.

O: recommended!

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of zimm421
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FalconOne
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of athesing10
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Ohiolager
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Dirt
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JustinSparks
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crewfish
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers in Cincinnati. It is full flavored and has a beautiful dark color. This beer makes the perfect gift for an out of town friend. I recommended stopping by the brewery and filling up a growler to take home. Madtree has an exceptional selection. I celebrate this brewery's entire line-up.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of rjp217
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.22/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Much thanks to Ricardo for getting me this brew!

A: Very dark brown with a full coffee and cream head.

S: Floury and bready. There is a slight spice note with perhaps a touch of raisin or brown sugar.

T: Tasty, with dark bread, toffee and perhaps a tiny hint of black tea. There is a strong bitterness in the finish, with a touch of an earthy flavor.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation seems really high. The finish is dry.. very dry. The finish seems strange, long lasting bitterness and dryness takes away from the brew.

O: Overall good, but the mouthfeel throws it a bit out of whack.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of jds16
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep brownish red with a thick tan head that lasts. Nose is muted a bit, but typical nuttiness. Tastes of caramel, nuts, a little coffee. Just enough hops to cut the sweetness. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.Not mind blowing, but a very solid brown ale.

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Photo of Rod_J
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Gnarly Brown from MadTree Brewing
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