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Deep Cover Brown Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

Deep Cover Brown AleDeep Cover Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

177 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%


Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-15-2001)
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shouldn't a brown ale be brown? This beer is hazy dark copper with quite a bit of orange. It doesn't look like any brown ale that I've ever seen. The lid is beige, small and deflates way too quickly. No lace to speak of. So far... not impressed.

The nose is low on power. Nothing much is appreciated except a lightly roasted maltiness. The flavor is just okay, but is at least an improvement on the appearance and the smell. Specifics include brown bread, caramel and nuts.

The body/mouthfeel is thin and borders on fizzy. Drinkability is decent because the flavor isn't bad and the ABV is relatively low.

Simply put, Left Hand Deep Cover Brown Ale is a lackluster brew. One could do worse... and one could also do a heck of a lot better.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 01:13:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a very clear ruby tinited amber with a very thick andhigh tan colored head gracing the top. Nice slow recession left behind a suprisingly large amount of tan side glass lace. This was a very nice sight indeed. Smell was full and rich, lots of roasted malts and earthy grains offset by a large amount of caramel and sugar notes. The taste was classic english brown all the way. A full on malt assault mixed in with adequate amounts of sugar giving it a nice full session feel. Gret carbonation stayed throughout and a nice touch of hop in the finish. Overall this was a good session beer, and I really enoyed it. I have not had a chance to really get into the regualr left hand lineup. This is a good way to start.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 02:13:45 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Standard offering from Left Hand. A very clean brew with all of the necessary flavors and profiles to make the style work. Balanced properly and holds the appearance what wins awards. But at the end of the day, it's a conservative brew that might lack a little intensity in flavors, aromas, and textures. Pours a standard brown hue with auburn highlights, with brilliant clarity, subtle head retention and lacing that proves durable. Aromas remain mild, but pick up on a hint of chocolate, nuts, and sustain a firm, malty barley scent. Flavors pick up on the malty-ness, while floating layers of mild chocolate, nuts, and a slight caramel flavor. Textures are very smooth and creamy, while remaining crisp and clean. Finishes very clean with a linger of malty sweetness. Certainly nothing to fault with this brew, but no outstanding character. A good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 04:53:24 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a light tan head and a touch of lacing. Head falls down pretty quickly. The nose is a bit of toasted malt along with some nuts, chocolate, and some earthy and floral hops. The taste is a bit of toasted bread and light chocolate. Good, healthy body with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 03:16:04 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Toasted breadcrusts, nuts, and some chocolate shavings. Light English hop notes.

Taste: Sweet, toasty Munich malts with a light nuttiness and touch of chocolate. Very, very light bitterness. Toasted caramel in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pleasant, easy drinking from this brown ale. I'd have drank more than one if I didn't only have the one bottle. Oh well!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 05:36:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber color with absolutely no head at all to speak of with looks of hardly no carbonation,alot of caramel and molasses with a lingering sweet douhyness in there not hop profile at all.Pretty sweet and caramelly up front with sweet biscuit but I pick up a touch of citruis (grapefruit) that hits and lingers well into the aftertaste,nice flavors going on.Outside of the lack of carbonation this is a better than average brown I might try again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 19:14:01 | More by oberon
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance, a clear, bright red color, no "brown" to be found, with a smallish, but nicely retained head. Aroma: nutty, flinty, with hints of cocoa and cream, but arid afterwards.
A large charge of hops hops right off, and carbonation, but it swiftly fades. Palate is tasty and tangy, decent texture, but after that problems occur. Too light in the body, too thin. The initially rewarding mouthfeel now rings very shallow..
I can drink the rest of this bottle, but I won't be enjoying it much!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 02:23:16 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/25/07 at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malt, nuts and maple with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty but not too heavy and not too sweet, with flavors of caramel, maple and nuts. The hops presence is decent for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and pretty crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a beer that is worth sticking with for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2007 15:29:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oddly enough this beer is orange...creamy offwhite foam on the surface that sticks with little flecks of lace. Some nutty malt aroma, a little earthy maybe Ringwood yeast or just slight herbal hops. Taste is malty with a more nutty character, finishing dry with a slight hop bitterness. Good level of carbonation, but overall just not very interesting. Sort of a utilitarian brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 14:14:11 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours light brown/caramel with 3 fingers+ of fluffed up sandy head. Some lacing & good head retention

Smell: Huge toasty malt & biscuitty notes

Taste: Fruitty & nutty (hazlenut??) with a slight dryness. Finishes slightly sweet, nutty& dry, wuth a good hint of hop bitterness

MF: Rich with great balance & very good carbonation

This went down like mothers milk, would make a great session ale. Easily one of THE best browns I've had

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 03:23:37 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet crystal malt scent along with some roasted malt notes. The taste is decent also. It has a grainy pale and crystal malt flavor that is sweet on the way down and dry on the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking brown ale, but it doesn't exactly blow you away.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2006 14:58:42 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a small, tan, foamy head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of sweet roasted malt and caramel. There was a biscuity quality as well.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice brown. It would make a nice session brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 01:25:45 | More by zeff80
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but dark brown that has ruby edges when held to light. Nose is a woody cotton candy. Flavor is a bit too sweet I say. Sure there are some nice bark like characteristics there, but it is just a little too loud in the sugar department. Over time though that seems to calm down and you are given more of that earthy, woody, brown ale character. Still seems a little too light on the end though. Feel is fine. But the overall drinkability stays good at best. Just seems to lack the right edge that would send it to another level. There certainly is potential there, but it just doesn't come through.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 10:10:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a caramel copper brown hue with a light beige head that quickly dwindles leaving behind minimal scattered lacing. Aromatics offer up a touch of cookie dough with a light herbal and tobacco leaf quality. Flavor has a roasted malt sweetness a touch of honey nut almond like notes. Herbal and tobacco leaft hop bitterness in the finish works to balance it out, this is a nice mild brown ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with easy going smooth carbonation nothing wrong with this one in anyway. Drinkability is overall a nice session beer, I hope to get some mixed 12 packs of Left Hand fresh this can be a problemn in the Pittsburgh market so far these bottles from Boardman, OH have been spot on.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 03:02:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark amber in color with a 2" fluffy head that lasts a while. Thick lacing develops.

Smell:strong caramel and nuts.

Taste: caramel, bread, nuts, and a mild bitterness. There is a soft hint of earthiness to this brew too. Not a wimpy brown at all, and this bottle was very fresh. I could see this breaking down as it ages.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. A bit dry at the finish. Medium bodied. The bread, caramel, and nuttiness lasts a while on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: defintie session beer here. Overall a nice flavorful brown ale worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 13:12:04 | More by Gavage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It's plenty drinkable and I appreciate that it's a decent beer with low alcohol, but the flavor taste a little cheap and thin. Still, there's a decent cocoa and caramel flavor, but it's weak and surrounded by almost acidic flavors. Easy drinking I suppose, but I'd probably take a Newcastle over this.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 03:09:08 | More by tempest
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades to a ring leaving some lace. Nice clear red/amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Starts malty some cocoa nothing overwhelming, drying finish. Brewed Jul 27, 2005. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 01:39:54 | More by jdhilt
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown and copper, thin head. Tobacco aroma, slightly in the taste.

A bunch of nuts and thick earth feel to it. This is a chewy brown. I guess more enjoyable and has more body than what I tend to come across. Just the slightest degree of hops. Some yeast fruitiness ekes through.

Not my thing, but decent enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 03:05:13 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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glid02

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a good brown color that has some amber in it when held up to the light. Very clear, with a two-finger oatmeal colored head. Decent lacing.

Smells pretty good. Nutty with a good malt base. Smells slightly toasted too.

Tastes toasty more than anything. Some hearty malt with a mildly bitter ending. There's an aftertaste that's slightly off, kind of metallic.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. There's a good smoothness and thickness, but the carbonation is a little too much.

This beer is pretty drinkable. If it weren't for the aftertaste it would be better.

Overall this is a slightly above average beer. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 22:47:33 | More by glid02
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Gusler

Arizona

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the pour a cloudless deep mahogany to almost walnut in color, the head hefty in size with a bubbly texture, a winsome light tan in color, the lace forms a frothy sheet to cover the glass. Nut like sweetness with a hint of caramel, fresh and clean with the start sweet and nicely malted, top is skimpy in feel. Finish is bruising in its acidity, the hops mellow in their spiciness with the aftertaste droughty, drinkable, but not any thing special.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 23:07:55 | More by Gusler
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut brown with a relatively thin head that fades to a thin ring. Smells nutty and quite malty, but dry and even slightly astringent at the end. Taste is full and nutty with some nivce, relatively dry caramel malt and some backend roastiness that keeps the flavor fairly deep. Nicely flavorful for such a low abv beer. Rounded and malty. Mouthfeel is relatively full, smooth, and with a hint of sweetness without being sticky at all. There is a late soapiness that detracts a little from the feel. Pleasant and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 03:39:41 | More by Georgiabeer
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive beer from Left Hand, so far I have liked everything they have to offer. Sweet caramel aroma and nice malty/brown sugar flavor. Very easy to drink, and it is a good beer to keep on hand for when you have Bud drinking company and want to introduce them to something new. I'll definitely try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 09:34:15 | More by Dogbrick
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light brown color with a huge, fluffy light beige head that dribbles down the inside of the glass leaving a large plateau in the middle. Excellent looking beer.

Nose is creamy and nutty. Slight hints of caramel and cheap milk chocolate candies.

Taste is pretty simple, a better than average sessionable brown ale. Pretty light bodied and smooth. Hoppy bitterness is faint and mostly is just enough to help clean up the finish a bit. A pretty good brown ale for throwing back in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 06:31:05 | More by twiggamortis420
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is old apparently not being brewed since 2010 is my guess since the "bottled on" space is blank... really?

A - Wow for being old I got no sediment so it must have been in the cooler most of the time. Little to no head just a slightly sticky lace ring. Color is a hazy dark amber brown.

S - Typical nut ale I get some brown malts, sweet caramels, but this has a very good almond smell to it that catches my attention. Still bright and nutty for it's age.

T - Not bad finish is a bit underwhelming since I get some cardboard oxidation but it does have a distinct sweet body and nutty flavors which are fairly smooth. Hops are non existent.

M - Light to medium not skunked or soured in any way

Overall I am impressed this session ale held up at least a year or older in a cooler. A fairly tasty brown ale and some pretty sweet cover art. Worth the price even though it was old.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 23:36:53 | More by DrDemento456
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a shade of walnut with some pretty good bubbling. Good head right after the pour, but quickly fades. The aroma is a sweet malt of nuts and caramel. The taste fresh from the frige is very sweet, almost too much. But the sweetness balances out with some ery light opping. Very bnutty and caramel malt bill. Sweet start and a watery finish. Smooth, yet too much sweetness up front. Not too refereshing, but can still have maybe three for the whole day, and thats it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 03:29:49 | More by scruffwhor
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Deep Cover Brown Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.