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Deep Cover Brown Ale - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Deep Cover Brown AleDeep Cover Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

178 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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biggred1

Indiana

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

Dark amber with a nice looking fine tan head that leaves pretty lacing behind. Smell is mainly roasted malt, vanilla and toffee. Tastes malty and english with subtle hop bittering in the finish. Light bodied with creamy carbonation. Refeshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 02:24:33 | More by biggred1
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with some lacy off-white head the rims lightly.
There is some hints of roast and caramel on my nose.
The flavor is a bit watery in places, but the roasted malt, caramel, and nut flavor is solid.
There is not a lot left after wards but this brown is very drinkable and smooth, no bite.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 18:15:38 | More by ThaBobfather
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deeo, clear chestnut brown with ruby highlights on the edges. Poured a 1 finger tan had that dissipated to an even skim. Splotchy lacing throughout.

S: Roasted malts, caramel and nuts. Also some fruits and bready yeast.

T: Roasted nuts predominate initially. Toffee and caramel in the middle. Also a bit of an almost smokey or musty fruit flavor. Bitter in the finish nicely balances.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy (just lacked the body).

D: Nice flavors and well balanced. ABV makes this easily sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 00:09:20 | More by Haybeerman
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PaleAlien2

Nebraska

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper in color. Off-white head. Slick lacing slides quickly down the sides of the glass.

Smells great. Caramel and chocolate. It literally smells like a Tootsie Roll.

Flavor is roasted malt and lots of caramel.

Mouthfeel seems flat and very watery.

Except for the mouthfeel this is a very good beer. Taste is very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 03:26:57 | More by PaleAlien2
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch big head, clear, leather brown

Smell: caramel, chocolate, and malt

Taste: nuts, brown sugar, and malts

Mouthfeel: a sweet start with a sharper finish, very smooth

Drinkability: This is another very drinkable brown, perhaps my least favorite in the mountain mixer, but I will be having this again

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 16:36:52 | More by tigg924
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TehAnkh

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a perfectly clear medium brown/amber with 1 finger of off-white head that receseds fairly quickly. Lacing is attractive but not abundant.

S: Smells of walnut, raisin and bready yeast on the nose. Perhaps a bit of pecan. Smells like a nut-brown.

T: Pecans and roasted walnuts immediately appear in the flavor. Bits of toffee and caramel also come through. The taste is more or less the same as the smell, but with a few nice additions. There is one flavor in there that I can't quite put my finger on, though it's pleasant and faintly fruity.

M: Relatively light bodied with low carbonation. The hop bitterness is just enough to round out the finish. It's not bad, but it's not fantastic.

D: Easily sessionable, the flavor and smell are pretty nice, but the mouthfeel left me wanting. I could easily drink several of these in a night. Tasty, refreshing, and with the low alcohol content and the lower level of carbonation, this beer is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 19:45:43 | More by TehAnkh
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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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webbcreative

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color, sort of a dark nut brown.

Smell is light but pretty good. I get a little hops, some sweetness.

Taste is really really good. get some caramel, a bit nutty, malts, get some light hops. A really smooth beer, and has a nice creamy mouthfeel.

I really am enjoying this one, one of the best brown ales i have had so far.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 03:01:33 | More by webbcreative
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skrib09

Missouri

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

deep cover has a rich brown darkness to it. the head has a light tan color with good lacing.

smells malty-sweet.

there's a carry over from the smell here that's hard to describe. the sweetness is subdued; it's there but it's hard to master.

mouthfeel is neutral...

ok drinkability... brown ales get to me after a few.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 05:07:08 | More by skrib09
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Fairly clear with slight haze, light red tinted oak brown with yellowish tints viewed through the edges, virtually no head at all, a few bubbles remain on surface but that's it and almost no lacing.

S = Strong smells of cocoa powder, macadamia nuts, earthy hops and very light maple in the background.

T = More bitterness than I expected from the smell but balances well. Lots of nutty flavors, macadamia, pistachio and even a little almond, light chocolate notes but very light, much less than I expected from the strong cocoa smells, some bitter, almost sour, flavors too as of a roasted green tea that has steeped too long, also running through the middle the taste gets a little watery. Hard one to score since it has very mixed elements some of which I think are outstanding and some of which are much more mundane. Must say it is pretty good overall though.

M = Lighter body than I would normally look for in the style, just a touch watery even, carbonation stings too much on the tongue and mouthcoating is pretty average. Nothing really drastically wrong here, but it could have been better.

D = I think the mouthwatering smells and decent aspects in the taste pull this one through on the question of drinkability. It does go down pretty easily and there enough pleasurable elements that I definitely want to keep taking sips. In the end, I would be happy to drink this again, so I guess it is above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 00:00:42 | More by Traquairlover
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nick76

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is OK, its got hops which is not all that common for the style. It is quite metallic, with chocolate, toffee, malt and paper. The flavor is like the aroma but tastes watery and bad. The palate is this. Overall this is a disappointment. I would keep it under deep cover too.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 19:05:36 | More by nick76
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Tolnik

Colorado

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

Poured this blackish brown beer into a pint glass. The foam is decent amount when poured out into the glass. The lacing wasn't all to impressive. While the aroma of cooking chocolate greets the nose it doesn't really follow through on the taste. Overall, not too impressed buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 00:28:34 | More by Tolnik
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TheDeuce

New York

2.25/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep Cover Brown Ale...

Appearance-pours a dark brown with a thin head, lax carbonation.

Smell-malt, chocolate, alcohol aroma mixed in, took some effort to smell, not very pungent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-malty, light and sweet, a little chocolate but not much else, smooth but not that enjoyable.

Drinkability-blah, it's not bad but doesn't do anything for me.

Overall-doesn't measure up to other versions of the style, the worst beer in the Left Hand Sampler for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 01:23:27 | More by TheDeuce
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HomebrewPgh

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent brown ale. Aroma was dark malt, toffee and nuts. Pour was a dark brown with a one finger tan head. Taste was nice. Burnt and roasted malt, caramel and nuts with decent carbonation and a nice chewy aftertaste. There's just a hint of coffee as the beer warms up. A lot of flavors here but nothing that jumps out. Seems a bit muddled.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 10:03:13 | More by HomebrewPgh
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argock

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Brewed on date stamped on back label.

A: Dark brown-cola colored with pitted soft tan 1-finger head with scattered lace

S: Strong toasted dark and caramel malts with leafy hops contribution

T: Solid toasted caramel and dark malt flavors with accents of chocolate and mocha with a highly drying leafy hops finish

M: Drying effect gives a clean feel. Aftertaste is a bit short but sweet.

D: A delicious brown ale that characterizes the American brown ale style very well with its sweet, toasted malt flavors with a heavy accent of leafy hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 05:27:48 | More by argock
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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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stewart124

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sweet caramel smell along with a faint chocolate note. Little to no hop presence in the nose.

The color is a deep mahagony with a light tan head.

The taste is crisp and soothing. Nice blend of malts and a noble hop note. Very easy to drink and leaves a great sweet taste on the tongue. Dries out at the end but that caramel note is still there. There is almost a vanilla feel and the smoothness of this english style brown ale is delicious.

I'm really pleased with this one. Just a solid interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 01:56:40 | More by stewart124
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RobH

Maryland

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

12 oz. bottle.

I'm a malt-forward beer fan, and thus was looking forward to a nice English Brown. I came up disappointed in this one.

A: A nice enough brown color.

S: Seemed to lack the sweet malty smell I have experienced from other Craft Brown Ales. Hmmm.

T & M: Tasted a little light on the caramel brown malts I was expecting. My example seemed to have a sort of black licorice underlying flavor to it which was a turn off to me.

D: Not one I will rush back to. For my palate there are some far better Brown Ales out there that I've tried and others I have yet to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 21:38:23 | More by RobH
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Smells of brown sugar, molasses, lightly roasted malt. Pours to a light reddish brown. Not too much head and quickly disappears. Taste is also light not much hopping, what hopping there is, is definitely under "deep cover". Mouthfeel has good texture, carbonation is good. Taste overall seems real thin for an ale. Taste is consistent throughout, however with a sweeter start and a more biter but not lingering finish. Drinkability is high, these won't knock your socks off. I would look to drink this on a hot day looking for a lighter beer with good flavor and high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 23:52:29 | More by mooseisloose
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Domingo

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the Landmark Theater in the DTC of all places. It's one of those beers I tend to walk past and never notice.
Pours a medium brown color with amber'ish highlights. There's a thin layer of head, but it's pretty subdued.
Medium to dark chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel, lots of maltiness, and a hit of UK style hops finish. Reminds me a of a slightly tweaked UK brown, but with everything (especially the hops) boosted a little bit.
This is a thick brew that has chracteristics that remind me a little of a cask or nitro brown even straight from the bottle. Rather than having a carbonated feel, it's got a milk-like texture.
This is a great example of a US version of a UK brown ale. It's definitely still in the vein of an English brew, but you'd certainly know it's non-native.
I'm going to have to start picking this up.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 16:18:44 | More by Domingo
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have had mixed results from this brewery but the weather is finally changing and I'm feeling brown ale as the temps are dropping. The head dies in the first few minutes to a soapy cap but lace remains and a pleasant dark amber color persists. The nose is the story here, with a tidal wave of delicious milk chocolate malt tones alongside a roasted nuttiness that is positively scrumptious. Looking inspired thusfar.

Nice, balanced chocolate malt with light roasted nut tones and a tiny hint of dark fruit. Fairly mild in the flavor department, and a little watery to boot. The aftertaste is pleasant and tasty but overall this is just a little softer than I was looking for. Extremely sessionable but for just having one or two I'd go for something with a little more muscle and attitude.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 01:38:07 | More by daliandragon
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rather enjoyed this offering.
The appearance decent, with a deep brown and amber color. Not a lot of head, and virtually no lacing. Smell is good, some nice dry malt comes through roasted nuts. Lightly hopped and wel balanced. Taste is very good. Very similar to the smell but the dryness and thickness of the nut flavor is wonderful. Mouthfeel is good, medium in body and light on carbonation.
Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 04:58:24 | More by supercolter
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Seanibus

California

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not, perhaps, the best Left Hand offering, but a pleasant enough brown ale, with the distinctive Fat Tire-like biscuity character that is something of a passion in Colorado.

Pours deep amber with a frothy but quick dying head. The aroma is rich and bisuity. The flavor is roasted and biscuity, with a hint of chocolate, vanilla, and woodiness. It has a slight bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel is thin with a slight sting of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 21:16:51 | More by Seanibus
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is caramel.Taste is buttery caramel and toasted malts.This ale is very smooth and goes down easy.Nice rich flavor that makes you want another one.I will buy again and recommend to anyone who cares what I say!!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 06:59:42 | More by matty
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange-brown, small head with weak lacing.

Smells of malts and cola, nice, but muted.

Tastes mainly of malts. Flat cola in the mix too. Little aftertaste, sort of watery in the finish.

Slightly weak mouthfeel contributes to watery finish.

Simple easy-drinking brown, here. Though the individual pieces aren't impressive, this wasn't a bad beer. Worth a try. I wouldn't mind seeing the flavors come out and getting some more aftertaste into the mix.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 02:35:41 | More by Strix
Deep Cover Brown Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.