Paradigm Brown Ale - Kelsen Brewing Company

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Paradigm Brown AleParadigm Brown Ale

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 80
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kelsen Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: puboflyons on 03-01-2014

par·a·digm \per-ə-dīm\ an outstandingly clear or typical example.

There are only a few moments in life where an opportunity arises that may possibly change the way you view the world. This is one of those moments. What you have in your hand is an outstandingly clear or typical example of what an American Brown Ale should be. Paradigm Brown Ale is a highly hopped brown ale that transcends the characteristics found in many examples of the style. The wonderful hop aroma will be apparent the second you pop the cap. Your first sip will present you with frothy foam and the taste of delicious chocolate malt that is more typical of a darker colored beer. The malt flavors will carry the hop bitterness through the entire sip and it finishes with a smooth texture that leaves your mouth watering for more. At this moment your view of the beer world has changed forever.
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Photo of gonzo000
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

l. Dark brown with a two finger foamy head when pouring a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Once settled, it has a bit of amber color as well. The head remains at about 1 finger throughout the beer.

s. Faint nutty sent. Not overpowering in the least. Some grapefruit notes as well.

t. I know this is more mouthfeel, but there is a creamy aspect to this beer that is something special, and it does loose that creaminess as the beer settles. I suggest pouring this beer 6 - 8 oz at a time to get a refreshed head and added creaminess throughout. The head will continue to grow. There is a bitter aspect to the beer that comes through a bit if you allow it to settle. If you like that, forego the suggestion above. Nutty, malty, well balanced, some hoppy pine on the finish. This is a very well crafted beer. Kudos to the craft beer cellar in Nashua NH for recommending this beer for me.

Mouthfeel is outstanding, as is the overall aspect of this beer. I have not enjoyed a brown like this since visiting breweries in Toronto in 1990. (1,046 characters)

Photo of JasonHaviland
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolute benchmark American Brown Ale. Smooth and complex with just the right ABV and balance. Not too hopy, not too sweet, not too much malt. They really nailed it with this one. I'm glad I live close enough to grab this on draft. A great beer. (248 characters)

Photo of Pjkutah
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Stellar American Brown Ale. USOBC gold Winner and deservedly so. Doesn't thin out like a lot of browns and has great roasty, chocolate, and hop flavors. Complex! (163 characters)

Photo of Al_C
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%

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 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! (1,087 characters)

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heymikeymo
4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KirkFrancis
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Shack_Daddy
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

This beer is excellent. I'm not usually into brown ales, but this one has changed my feeling towards them. Can't wait to see what they have in store for their stout! (165 characters)

Photo of raywilt
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

A stellar brown ale. Pours a beautiful medium maduro wrapper brown with a light tan head. Nice lacing on the rinsed glass and 1 inch of head after being poured into a large stein glass from a 22 oz bottle.

Clean up front actually a light mouthful despite its color . Very fresh. More roasted nut and light carmel flavors than coffee for me. Very creamy and lingering finish. Creme brulee like? Good hop balance but slightly favoring the malt side. Perfect fall beer.

Not my favorite style of beer but one of the best in its class. (535 characters)

Photo of ETauntonMA
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is not your typical Brown Ale. The first thing you'll notice when you crack the top is the hop aroma. From that moment on you are experiencing one of the best Brown Ales around. The hops are complimented by malts that present hints of nuts, cocoa and coffee. Carbonation rounds it all out to make this a brew to enjoy year round. Truly worthy of the awards it's won. (376 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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. (676 characters)

Photo of rjp217
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of hockeypuck
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Teta
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go-to brown ale. If you haven't tried this beer yet, you need to find it.

The aroma on this beer is subtle chocolate and mild, earth hops. This is an amazing aroma combination
The mouth feel is medium bodied with a subtle creamy texture.
The flavor is hard to dscribe but delicious, with flavors of tootsie roll, chocolate and hops rolled into one. (362 characters)

Photo of DrewRPS
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of d_brommer_nh
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ScottJergenson
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ScaryEd
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 ounce growler.

The pour is very dark, and has the appearance of soda with a huge, cream colored head that refuses to go away.

The aroma is slightly hop-forward, with subtle notes of caramel and brown sugar. Not overpowering, and extremely pleasant.

The taste is bitter hops, followed by sweet caramel malts. Like the nose, the taste is not overpowering, and is extremely well balanced.

Medium carbonation with a slight alcohol burn on the end finishes the mouthfeel.

Overall, an outstanding version of a style that hasn't quite gotten the love it deserves here in the states. (601 characters)

Photo of Ski4beer
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mmcdonald79
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Billybrewboy
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Cynthia38
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer!!! So flavorful!! (33 characters)

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Paradigm Brown Ale from Kelsen Brewing Company
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