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Paradigm Brown Ale - Kelsen Brewing Company

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Paradigm Brown AleParadigm Brown Ale

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 82
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 10
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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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 82
Photo of deely213
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's my favorite brown ale. It pours extremely dark, which is a departure from the classic brown ale, but a difference that I prefer.

The nose is hop-forward, with notes of crushed cocoa and dark fruit. It's almost robust porter territory but not quite.

The taste is where the wow factor is in this beer. Huge dark chocolate and fig followed by a wave of hops that shine through, even in such a rich beer. The mouthfeel is full without being overwhelming. Delicious.

Overall, it's fantastic. There isn't a flaw to note. A top brown ale in the world as far as I'm concerned. Buy this beer.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of ETauntonMA
5/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of JasonHaviland
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of swalsh666
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's hard to wow me with a brown ale. This brown is decent but nothing amazing. Certainly has caramel and roasty notes, but they don't jump off the page. Easy to drink. Mild head.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours about as dark as I’ve ever seen a brown ale! Aromas of plums, raisens and burnt sugar – strange but pleasing! Taste carries heavy malt and still the burned sugar, but not too sweet. Overall interesting. Really want to try this fresh from the tap!Pours about as dark as i’ve ever seen a brown ale.

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Photo of theandyday
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paradigm is aptly named for changing the way you look at a brown ale. Like so many others I've spoken with, I'm not usually a brown ale drinker. This beer is rich and complex in mouth feel, aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Szopa258
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a tan head and has a dark, almost porter-like body to it.
A: Pleasant hops hit you first then you can smell the chocolate malt.
MF: Medium body and well carbonated.
T: My favorite part. Awesome balance flavors of roastiness, chocolate and a citrusy flavor of hops. An a great bitter finish.
O: Without a question my favorite brown ale because it is such an unique example of the style. Pairs well with any type of food. Especially burgers and pizza. Anyone who doesn't drink brown ale should absolutely give this one a try.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a Hoegaarden 0.33L glass.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced a puffy layer. It is an amber brown color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted, chocolate, bready, burnt toast, caramel, some light citrus, and piney notes too.

Taste: Same as above. Nice malt notes and simple hop flavor with some bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, some bitterness, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice brown ale. Will Revisit These guys again when passing through or heading up to my brothers cottage in Atkinson.

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Photo of Lusso
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%

Brown ale is a style that I don't choose first. This beer has changed my opinion. After 15 years of visiting my in-laws in New Hampshire, I finally found some micro breweries. At the suggestion of the bottle shop owner I grabbed a bottle of Paradigm Brown Ale.
Of the half dozen bottles purchased it was the first one cracked.
A bomber shared amongst four people, everyone had the same opinion. It was like no other brown they had tasted.
Incredibly smooth, beautiful head, great aroma, one bottle wasn't enough.
Chocolate, butterscotch, toffee, and hops.
Very well balanced. Very drinkable.
My only regret is not purchasing more.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of wreck
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery and then again in a growler. This may be my all-time favorite brown ale.

When you pour it, you'll notice that it is very dark, almost like a porter. The aroma gives you some caramel, chocolate, cocoa. The mouth-feel and taste are also excellent. It has a really balanced hop profile and is really smooth to the end of the glass.

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Photo of risendragon
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of datalager
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Paradigm Brown Ale from Kelsen Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.