Paradigm Brown Ale - Kelsen Brewing Company
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4.11/5 rDev -1.4%
From the 650 ml. bottle #14200666. Sampled on March 1, 2014.
The pour is a deep rich looking brown color with a modest off-white head that lingers on and leaves lacing clinging to the glass.
The aroma has several interesting characteristics not as common in a Brown. Of course I am picking up the nuttiness and caramel maltiness but I am also catching a hint of cocoa and a modest earthy hop nip.
The body is around medium.
The taste is rather remarkable because of the way it evolves. It begins sweet and malty, then nutty, and there is a dark fruit-like eruption which blossoms into a solid bitterness that lingers on at the end. A nice start for this brand new brewery.
03-01-2014 21:16:46 | More by puboflyons
4.38/5 rDev +5%
Nanobrewery from Derry, NH. Having only been in existence for three months, this place is off to a stellar start! Erik and Paul are the owners, very personable and eager to talk about beer. Now on to this brew!
Appearance- Dark brown towards the bottom but lighter up top with a nice foamy head.
Smell- Dark grains, chocolate, coffee, toffee, hops, faint spice (clove, cinnamon). Perfectly in balance.
Taste- Just short of amazing, a little too much hop for the style though. Earthy notes and hops mingle with coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of hazelnut (very faint), and toffee. Feels nice and velvety on the tongue, very smooth.
Overall- A great addition to the local canon of craft beers. It is very unique, being one of the few breweries in the area to do a Brown Ale. Highly recommended!
05-29-2014 23:45:14 | More by risendragon
4.05/5 rDev -2.9%
Bottle from the brewery.
Pours a fairly clear deep dark brown with a decent sized fluffy beige head that blankets the top for a good long time. Aromas of hops, shit yeah lots of earthy citrusy hops atop a solid base of bready, chocolate, and caramel maltiness. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Rich caramel and chocolate countered with a solid earthy citrus hop flavor. Moderate hop bitterness is never harsh. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy silky velvety mouthfeel. Wow, I'm impressed! This is a damn fine brown ale from a brand new brewery. I look forward to sampling more from this upstart.
03-02-2014 02:48:59 | More by johnnnniee
4.06/5 rDev -2.6%
Okay, this is what I like to see. A small brewer tackling a difficult beer right out of the gates. Kelson has done this style justice.
What do I mean by a difficult beer? Just look at the average reviews for browns right here on BA. They tend to score significantly lower than IPAs, Stouts, Belgians, etc... It's just one of those styles that gets a lot less lovin'. Why? I don't know, exactly. I think much of it comes from the trend in craft beer to deliver favors in mass quantities. Don't get me wrong, I love DIPAs, Quads and Baltic Porters like the next guy, but sometimes it's nice to have a beer that's just, well, a really good beer. I for one am a sucker for browns.
The color of this ale, from Kelsen, is perfect. It gives a precursor to the flavors within.
Aroma is rich. Smells of fresh bakery air, with those warm breads and roasted sugary pastries, almost a cross of caramel and butter.
Flavors are balanced and bold with a fresh pour. Dominant tongue is bread and smooth malt. Moderately spiced hops become apparent as my tumbler warms. Just a great all around beer.
Sip is a touch bitey, and swallow is medium bodied.
Overall quite excellent. Bravo for this newcomer. I'm looking forward to trying their other offerings.
04-01-2014 01:50:22 | More by datalager
3.89/5 rDev -6.7%
From 04/26/14 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of nuts, caramel malts, toasted malts, sweet dark fruits, light cocoa, and burnt malts. Nice nose, lots going on and it all works.
t - Tastes of nuts, caramel malts, earthy notes, burnt malts, toasted malts, bready malts, and light cocoa. Lots of malts, lots of burnt malt notes.
m - Medium body to it and low to moderate carbonation. Light bitterness from the burnt notes.
o - Overall a decent brown ale but I found a little bitterness to the taste. Liked the nose, worth checking out if you like brown ales.
04-28-2014 15:49:58 | More by mdfb79
4.78/5 rDev +14.6%
Once upon a time back in March, I stopped by Kelsen Brewery and was handed a sample of this delicious brew...I’ve never been a big brown ale fan but like a hoppy beer, but not over the top...well they changed my mind forever! It all starts with the aroma once you pop the cap...roasted nut/caramel like, with hints of chocolate and coffee...wonderful foamy head that sticks around...it pours a deep rich dark brown...the taste is where it’s all at...roasted malt sweetness upfront, (refer to aroma for taste), but not too sweet...followed by a very fine, almost resin type hop takeover, with floral hints, that carries all the way to the finish...very smooth finish...outstanding quality and attention to detail went into this beer with lots of love...I’ve been drinking micro/craft beers since 2002 and this is one, if not the best beer I have ever put my lips too...and just like Lay’s chips, you can’t drink just one! So what are you waiting for? Seek out this beer if you want your taste buds to explode, you will not be disappointed...and that’s a promise from this guy!
08-23-2014 10:33:36 | More by Al_C
Paradigm Brown Ale from Kelsen Brewing Company
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