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Gnarly Brown - MadTree Brewing

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Gnarly Brown
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88
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
MadTree Brewing visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: meanmutt on 04-24-2013)
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crewfish

Ohio

5/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 23:46:05 | More by crewfish
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yeahman

Ohio

5/5  rDev +27.2%

05-21-2013 17:57:01 | More by yeahman
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cmichel28

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

04-22-2014 01:42:24 | More by cmichel28
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mschwaberow

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

06-17-2014 01:37:47 | More by mschwaberow
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jnm22

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

06-26-2014 19:01:27 | More by jnm22
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-27-2013 01:40:25 | More by kylehay2004
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XUJOE

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

01-12-2014 22:24:21 | More by XUJOE
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Rod_J

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-08-2014 22:15:40 | More by Rod_J
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Jim-Conley

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

01-21-2014 00:08:26 | More by Jim-Conley
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MisterBisco

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-14-2014 02:56:49 | More by MisterBisco
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jburd19

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-04-2014 04:04:10 | More by jburd19
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doctor_dirk

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-04-2013 23:38:09 | More by doctor_dirk
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rheimbro

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-05-2013 12:19:24 | More by rheimbro
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Oldkentman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-01-2013 21:27:44 | More by Oldkentman
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Lukass

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-02-2013 00:11:18 | More by Lukass
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-03-2014 00:41:17 | More by Omnium
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that left thick lacing with nice billowing throughout. the body was dark brown bordering on black.
s - vanilla with some chocolate coming through.
t - roasted chocolate with some piney hops coming through and then coffee finishes this one out.
m - medium and coating.
o - very close to a porter. i really enjoyed this one, great sipper and enjoyable.

Serving type: can

05-20-2013 15:23:33 | More by GPHarris
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patpbr

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark brown with a off-white two finger head.
S - Sweet and roasted with vanilla.
T - Malt and earthy. Roasted coffee and almost a porter flavor. Subtle bitter hops.
M - Light body and not to much carbonation.
O - A pretty good beer. Nice marriage of brown ale and porter. Used a can for my chili and really added to the flavor.

Serving type: can

10-09-2013 00:20:44 | More by patpbr
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours brown with amber highlights. It is capped with an inch of tan head that quickly dissipates.

S - It has a great nutty, earthy chocolate aroma. It is very aromatic.

T - It has a robust, nutty taste to start. Then some milk chocolate flavor comes in for the finish.

M - Medium leaning towards full.

O - This is a great brown ale. The flavors and aromas are fantastic. I have become a huge MadTree fan and cannot wait for it to enter the northern Ohio market.

Serving type: can

05-18-2014 18:48:29 | More by buschbeer
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meanmutt

Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Semi-aggressive pour yields about 2" of tan colored head on top of this deep brown colored ale.

Aromas of brown sugar, vanilla, coffee, dark berries.

The taste is roasted coffee, brown sugar and vanilla. As stated on the can, this beer is obscuring the line between brown ale and porter.

Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

Overall, I really like this beer. I'm excited to have a great new beer to drink from a local brewer here in Cincinnati. Great job MadTree!

Serving type: can

04-24-2013 03:50:56 | More by meanmutt
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schwemjw

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown color with an off white, almost light brown two finger head.

S: Wow! aroma is really coming off this thing, i could smell it a mile away. Brown sugar, molasses, a deep vanilla, a milk chocolate malt and a hint of roast. smells seriously awesome.

T: That brown sugar really shines at the front of the tongue. there is a nutty, walnut quality on the end with a dry finish. i'm also picking up a little fig, yeast and burn toast quality. a touch of coffee in the middle as well. very enjoyable.

M: this is perfectly carbonated with a wonderfully dry finish that lingers a bit. its light and you dont taste that 7% at all.

O: I didn't expect to like this beer as much as i did! there is a nut brown ale and porter quality to it and there is alot going on. I think the smell is my favorite part of this beer, it just explodes right off the bat into your face! will definitely be picking up more of this! 89

Serving type: can

05-14-2013 01:46:35 | More by schwemjw
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a focus on malt and a not toward the dark, Mad Tree Brewing takes on an ale that's worthy of English entitlement. The beer not only pays homage to its British roots but hits the recipe with authority!

Its appearance is dark bown and carries an mirror-like sheen. Not convinced its simply clear and opaque, it is close. A creamy sandy-stained head floats the ale and trails with intricate Belgian-style lacing. With retention build for the duration, the ale is as handsome with its final sip and it was its first.

Bold aromas are balanced, masculine and refined. Malty chocolate and nuts build at the beginning but then a sweeter greater-than-caramel but not-quite-toffee character creates the allure that you can't quite put your finger on. Perhaps a pep of brown sugar to float, a woodish tone takes hold and gives a glimpse into the broad and earthy hop character to be tasted. Starchy and biscuity, the beer leans coffee but never roast but is always supported by a malted-milk presence.

Its taste is robust with a regal blend of bittersweet chocolate, walnuts, toast, and seared caramel. Its semi-sweet taste is like "Whoppers" candies as it unfolds on the tongue. As the beer crosses the middle palate, it drops its heady sweetness and builds into a dry toast finish and introduces the broadly bitter taste of hops with all its grassy and woody glory.

Creamy and malty-dry to start, there's ample dextrin-type richness for the beer to retain its structure through the session. Yet it prefers to retract as it nears finish for remarkably refreshing finish for such a lush upstart. Medium warmth and a dry toasty tone closes the beer's mouthfeel without ever completely giving up on its brown identity.

Its flawless recipe formulation and seemingly effortless execution gives this ale a classy taste, even if a few yearning English yeast complexities are waning. But if striving for American Brown status, I pep of citrusy hops could really sell its taste. If anything, the beer is simply on the fence of what it wants to be.

Serving type: can

10-17-2013 06:25:41 | More by BEERchitect
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Dinkel

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-24-2014 02:54:10 | More by Dinkel
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Zonian1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-11-2014 22:47:52 | More by Zonian1
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dbert21

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-24-2013 22:42:02 | More by dbert21
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Gnarly Brown from MadTree Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.