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Paradigm Brown Ale - Kelsen Brewing Company

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: puboflyons on 03-01-2014)
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3.16/5  rDev -24.6%

BierBliss, Sep 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

sdaly3, Aug 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

d_brommer_nh, Oct 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

nmann08, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

mdfb79, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

hockeypuck, Oct 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Billybrewboy, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

mklisz, Mar 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

dphillips, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

NHguy, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Mikeypnh, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

huddyball, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Kelp, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

RRC03, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Kinger86, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

johnnnniee, Mar 02, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

datalager, Apr 01, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

puboflyons, Mar 01, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -1%

Auror, Oct 29, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

gonzo000, Sep 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

JakerLou, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

KirkFrancis, Jul 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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!

Shack_Daddy, Oct 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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Paradigm Brown Ale from Kelsen Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.