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Bald Eagle Brown Ale - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

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Bald Eagle Brown AleBald Eagle Brown Ale

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194 Ratings

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
RJ Rockers Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A traditional English-style brown ale, but with more body. Its deep brown color comes from a combination of Chocolate and Black malts. Tall, dark and smooth – the perfect cure for the domestic beer blahs.

(Beer added by: Loki on 04-29-2003)
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5/5  rDev +42%

captainbearcat, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of cdizinno
4.78/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint gleass at the local Flying Saucer.

A: Ever so slightly hazy dark amber-mahogany with a thin, light tan head.

S: Lots of malty caramel and toffee. Mild fruity hops.

T&M: Very nice creamy, medium body. Caramel roasted malt flavor. Very mild hop bitterness but flavor is mainly malty, caramel, and toffee tastes as the smell would indicate.

This is definitely one of the best brown ales I have had and better fresh on tap. I could actually drink a few of these.

cdizinno, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of beertours
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

beertours, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of dirtysanchez843
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

dirtysanchez843, Nov 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

khargro2, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of upstatewoodie
4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this nice brown ale was a great suprise from the guys at RJ Rockers. I went into this Pint thinking it would be really heavy like other Dark Ales i have had and it was suprisingly lighter in its feel. The nice head it created when poured left a lasting ring as it was drained which i enjoyed. the faint taste of Chocolate hops was a very nice touch. the drinkability of this beer was one of the best ive had in a dark beer, usually can only enjoy 2 or 3, where with Bald Eagle all 6 went down smooth, leaving me looking for more in the fridge. i did notice though that the warmer the beer got the better it was.

Great Job Rockers! keep doing what you are doing

upstatewoodie, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of anexetastos
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: spot on. color was a perfect dark amber/reddish tan, head was low (appropriate to style, but also possibly because it was served too cold -- this was the pub's assumption that American's want frozen beer).

Smell: The hop presence was appropriate, but it lacked a bit of the maltiness i would expect in this variety.

Taste: Excellent nuttiness, maltiness more present in the flavor than in the aroma; there was a hint of biscuit-type malt (but not nearly Belgian).

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, but again, probably because it was served too cold.

Drinkability: i had more than one!

anexetastos, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of pkalix
4.34/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE head. could hear the release/escape of carbonation as the cap came off. nice looking head, tight and medium weight. typical dark color liquid.
smell is kind of chocolate-y, some malt....
cant taste the darned thing cuz it aint settled STILL. still possesses a beautiful head, though.... creamy.
first taste is very good. I like the carbonation in it. it feels like a coca cola in drinking it. some twang in the flavor; like another said, some 'medicinal' taste to it and a bit of bitter at the end, but I thoroughly enjoy this brew. I gave to give it a 5 on mouthfeel- I don't believe I have ever enjoyed the way it feels in my mouth as much as this one does. I have read the others' reviews and I agree with a lot of what was said- it is light, there is a medicinal taste, etc,,, and I do prefer higher-abv'ed brews, but this one struck me well. it may not be comparable as a traditional nut brown (and my next is Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale for comparison) but I really enjoyed this one. I like something a little different, a little adventurous in experimentation (although not TOO experimental or adventurous) and I am not a fan of the American commercial garbage. this has the qualities of the American commercial garbage in that it is light and easy to drink, but it has a lot of character also.
I gave it a 5 in mouthfeel because I love it.
I gave it a 4.5 in appearance because it was beautiful but I didn't like waiting for it to settle.
smell was average; taste was very decent. I would very much drink this one again....

pkalix, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is a nice deviation as there are not enough really good brown ales in the world. This one is rather excellent and an extremely nice beer to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon.

The beer pours a beautiful dark brown with a light tan a luxurious head that fades slowly leaving a fine lacing down the glass as it fades.

The nose is a tad smoky with strong malts and subtle hops and a tinge of caramel blending together. The nose is a tad weak for my tastes but after tasting the beer I am forgetting the weakness of the nose.

The flavor is the best part the smokiness continues to be a dominant component but that is a good thing. It is extremely well balanced and matches well with the maltiness that is rich and flavorful that is perfectly balanced with the hops. There are notes of coffee and dark chocolate along with a touch of caramel to match the nose. Overall a very well balanced beer and very enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is rich and full and combined with the flavor results in an extremely satisfying beer.

AtrumAnimus, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of pablot71
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poored beer into pint glass.
A Poured a thin head that leaves a little lacing. Has tanslucent medium brown color with some reddish hues.

S A little floral, slight citurs in the aroma.

T Drier malty flavor with some toasted and slightly nutty note. Finishes with a balanced bitterness.

M- A little fuller bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

D This is nice English brown that pushes the style envolope just enough to give it some character yet still remains true. Goes down a little too easy. Enough to be dissappointed when it's finished. I've been exploring English brown's and this is my personal favorite so far.

pablot71, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of LauraAlberts
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown with a ruby hue with an off white head.

Smell: Italian herbs/Spice. I honestly smell pizza.

Taste: Nice brown character - with a roasted coffee finish. Italian herbs come out in the peppery aftertaste. This is not a quiet/or boring brown. There's a lot to this beer - if you just taste.

Mouthfeel: full bodied with nice soft tannins.

Drinkability: I love brown ales and I highly recommend this as a shining example of the style. If you can get this beer - try it!

LauraAlberts, May 05, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

edraz1224, Apr 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Starkk00, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

FATH3RH0P5, Apr 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

PalmettoPyrat, Aug 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

swimfire, Sep 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

cbyrd4088, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Zekezilla
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd never heard of this beer or brewery but heard a complete stranger recommend it as "one of the best browns out there." Took a chance and tried it. So glad I did. I've not found a brown ale that I like as much as this one. Smooth, low carbonation and nice coffee/caramel richness.

Zekezilla, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Loki
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Modeled after a traditional deep brown English Brown ale. Pours a deep brown. Couldn't judge the head because I was tasting in a 2.5 oz shot glass. Has a nose of chocolate and malt. Has a taste of malt, chocolate, and a slight hops for balance. Great beer.

Loki, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

RJ Rocker's delivers a tasty, malt brown ale in their Bald Eagle. It's a clear deep-chestnut brown beneath a creamy head of light tan foam.

The aroma is cocoaish and chocolatey, with a little bit of yeasty fruitiness and a touch oof leafy hops.

In the mouth it's creamy smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation level.

The flavor displays the maltiness upfront; it's chocolatey and a bit toasty with a very subtle edge of roastiness (think of the slightly burnt edges on the crust of a loaf of artisinal bread). Leafy and mildly grassy hops appear across the middle, and every once in a while you get a flash of yeasty fruitiness. It's well-rounded, and well balanced, and it finishes dry with some swirling hops, a thin bit of residual malt, and a lingering, firm bitterness.

A very solid rendition of an English style brown ale with a bit of an American twist: a little more malt, and a little more hops to balance it. Nicely done!

NeroFiddled, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never thought I would be as big of a fan of this one as I ended up being. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/30/2010.

The pour was simply great. Rich dark brown in color with some nice bits of light shining through on the bottom of the glass. A smallish head rises up from the bottom of the glass and gradually settles down into a thin, but nicely placed pad of foam. Aroma is caramel malts, hints of roasted nuts and a nice shot of piney hops. Well put together and definitly more robust then I thought it would be. As I take the first sip a light to medium body washes over me and thoroughly impresses with its depth. Caramel, bready tones, hints of light hops all seem to come together nearly perfectly as it fades in and out of the palate. Really easy to drink and superbly sessionable, I had no issue at all with finishing this one off.

Overall a very, very good offering from them. This could be a regualr session beer for sure.

mikesgroove, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of drowninginhops
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass.
A: Dark brown, white head
S: Lots of Chocolate and a plethora of other malts.
T: Low hops and bitterness.
M: Well balanced and well carbonated
D: Glad its made in my home state so I can just go down the road for a six pack

drowninginhops, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of gatorbreath
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is solid..

Dark brown, light colored tan head.

Smells of chocolatey malts and malts in general, caramel maybe...definitely malty

Taste is of chocolate and dark malt, typical of a good brown ale, and mouthfeel is smooth and finishes clean, no carbonation issues.

Stable, solid brew here, pick one up - a go-to brown ale..

gatorbreath, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of wcudwight
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Terry's Taproom
Color is a dark brown. Just a little light gets through and shows some red hues. Thin head that doesn't last very long.
Smell is great. It's a nice mixture of smokey and nutty.
The flavor is very balanced and was more complex than I was expecting. The roasted malts are the first thing that I notice and are dominate. But there is also a smokiness that adds complexity. The finish is a nutty chocolate flavor. The chocolate is more pronounced than you would think. It leaves a lasting nutty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but doesn't really stand out to me in any way.
This is a great beer that is easy to session and just may be my favorite RJ Rockers beer.

wcudwight, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of jabocu
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass.

A – Color resembles a strongly brewed tea with red hues. Very clean look. Cap was thin and dissipated to very light lacings along surface. However a little swirl brought a ¼ inch cap back briefly.

S – Sweet and malty immediately come out. Floral and citrus are faint, and hints of chocolate and hops. Smell is very enticing and medium in strength.

T – Sweet and floral at first, then hops mellow things down, and finishes with light coffee and hit of chocolate. Hops have average bitterness.

M – Thin-Medium body with good amount of carbonation that fizzes up right away. A little watery, but finishes nice and dry. Leaves a light refreshing feeling in mouth.

D – A good thirst quencher due to it’s light wateriness, but still a great flavor. This is a good summer beer and maybe a good beer for starters in hops. And a good representation of a english brown ale.

jabocu, Feb 24, 2006
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Bald Eagle Brown Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.