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Coloma Brown - American River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
American River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheSixthRing on 04-27-2013

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Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 4
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark cola brown with a light tan finger width head. Fair retention, leaving a thin, broken layer of microbbubbles coating the surface. No lace.

Smell - Sugar glazed walnuts, light chocolate, earthy hoppiness, and light touches of biscuit.

Taste - Starts with light brown sugar sweetness, then quickly turns a milk chocolate character that strenghtens by mid-taste. Earthy hop undertones develop near the finish, before toasted biscuit and moderate notes of coffee roast finish off in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, near velvety finish.

Overall - Wow! Aggressively flavored, yet manages great balance of sweet and earthy bitterness to deliver one of the best American browns I've had to date. Darn near delves into porter territory, but just enough of that 'brown' taste to stay within the style. Hard to believe this is brewed a stones throw from my place of employment. I'd put this against any American Brown in the country, and It'd hold it's own. Good job, ARBC!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, vibrant, brown coloring with mahogany highlights and a thin, filmy, sparse, light tan colored head. Aromas of hazelnut, subtle roasted notes, toffee, caramel, vanilla, crème, and subtle bitterness. Very balanced and smooth nose. Flavors are very roasted and sweet forward, with a blast of hazelnut, ribbons of chocolate, subtle vanilla highlights, and hints of coffee and smoke. This is a palate pounder of a malt bomb. Good, smooth flavors on a light, slightly dry, crisp body. The aftertaste leans towards cloying sweetness, but with enough of a bitter edge to keep it teetering on balance. Lingering roast notes are also present in the end. The finish is slick and clean, with a lingering bitterness that outlasts the fading sweet notes. This is bigger than most Browns, and damn tasty.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep and dark brown color with a pretty nice off white.

Aromas are really nutty, with some cereal grains, cream, and brown sugars.

Taste is nutty up front, notes of cola, cream, and brown sugars. Finish is crisp, a bit dry, with an earthy hop note.

Mouthfeel is crisp, snappy carbonation, and lighter body.

Overall, a very solid and flavorful brown ale. Tasty and well worth trying.

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Tastes tame and disjointed. Hop bitter is moderate and rules over the hop flavor and the malt flavors. Hop flavors are grassy and mild pine. Malt is more roast than chocolate and lacking any kind of nut character. Astringent drying finish from high attenuation and too much dark grain. Modest carbonation and low drinkability.

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Coloma Brown from American River Brewing Company
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