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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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192 Ratings

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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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South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -13.4%

Look I am a local, and I love local beers. I buy them and want them to do well. If I were honest, however, I can say avoid this one. It's average at best. The appearance has all the hallmarks of a brown ale. The smells okay.. what I would expect from a brown ale. Taste-wise uninspired. Okay, yes. It tastes like a brown ale, but nothing really interesting. Nothing different from anything else. Mouthfeel is fine with okay carbonation. Overall, I just have yet to be WOWed by an RJ Rockers brew. They don't blow my socks off.

06-10-2011 22:07:36 | More by SFrankBrew
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2.1/5  rDev -40.3%

This beer pours a hazy, dark rust color with orange in the light, half-inch head and lasting lace. It's aroma is fruity, nutty, and a bit of vanilla. The flavor is begins with caramel and a fruity malt sweetness quickly taken over by a hop bitterness that lasts through the finish. The mouthfeel is thin. R J Rockers Bald Eagle Brown is an ok beer, Not recommended.

04-23-2011 23:39:50 | More by B967ierhunter177
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3.95/5  rDev +12.2%

This was included in the variety case.
A- Deep leathery brown with a tan head that turns into those moldy looking froth clumps.

S-Smells like a delicious Brown should, caramelly with a slight hint of roastiness.

T- Smooth and malty. I do detect a small hop bitterness in the finish.

M- The finish is dry and watery.

O- Not a bad beer and a pretty good Brown Ale. I preferred this beer to their Patriot Pale.

04-03-2011 19:20:20 | More by confer
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3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It's a hazy dark brown with a one-finger white head. A little lacing but not much retention.

The smell is kind of a one-trick pony, but it's a good trick. Rich caramel malts dominate.

The taste is a good follow up, but I was hoping for a little new flavor introduced.

It's a good brown ale. Very easy to drink and would make a fantastic pitcher to order amongst friends.

03-31-2011 01:49:51 | More by theboozecruise
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3.45/5  rDev -2%

"The old age of an eagle is better than the youth of a sparrow."


Light pecan brown that becomes muddy pumpkin when backlit with the rising sun. Despite generous visible carbonation, the head maxed out at one single finger of toasted almond colored foam. Lace is acceptable... no more than that.

The nose has the brown malt and nuttiness of the style, but isn't hugely aromatic. No appreciable hoppiness is fine. Slightly more boldness with warming is too little, too late.

The use of darker malts (chocolate and black in this case) should result in a deeper brown ale. Sorry, not happening here. More total malt would have fixed it right up. Tough call on the taste score, but it'll probably end up where the other two Rockers beers that I've had so far ended up (3.5).

Specifics include brown bread toast, a subtle fruitiness, lightly sugared nuts, and hints of tea leaf bitterness. Nothing is very bold in this brew, which is a shame given the taloned raptor that it was named after. Yet again, a bulkier bottom end would have done this offering any number of favors...

... especially with respect to the mouthfeel. BEB is too light for the style and the bubbles aren't as well-integrated as they could be. Nothing too out of line, but nothing special either.

Bald Eagle Brown is pretty much par for the course when it comes to RJ Rockers beer. In other words, it's slightly better than average, but does nothing that would elevate it into the realm of even remotely special. Sparrow Brown, the more appropriate name, would be unlikely to sell as well.

03-15-2011 12:29:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz brown bottle recently received as an extra in a trade. Bottle has a stamp of 6/29/10 I am assuming to be the bottled on date and not the best buy.

Poured into a pub glass, this brew appears an amber brown color that contains some fine particulate. A finger of creamy tan head sits atop the brew and quickly fades despite rising bubbles of carbonation trying to support the cap. Fine strings of patchy lace cling to the glass when swirled and sipped. A light swirl revives the cap that again quickly dissolves.

The aroma contains a pleasant scent of chocolate and caramel malt somewhat toffee-like that is also a bit fruity and contains a scent that is almost raisin-like. The sweetness and fruity aspect being to dominate the aroma as it warms which changes to a bit of a brown sugar note.

The taste of this brew includes all the scents of the aroma but in flavor form. It starts off with a flavor that is somewhat toffee-like with a bit of fruity esters that taste somewhat reminiscent of raisin. It has a pleasant herbal bitterness to offset the would-be sweet aspect of this brew. It finishes dry yet with a grainy must taste that lingers in the mouth. As this brew warms, a bit of a fruity aspect comes out that tastes like apples. While interesting this is not something I was expecting.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is easy drinking and a decent representation for the style. It comes together with the favorable aspects slightly edging out but overall trying it once was enough for me. I probably wouldn't return to this brew again.

03-01-2011 02:03:27 | More by stakem
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3.45/5  rDev -2%

Pretty good example of an English Brown here... Very strong nutty quality to the aroma and taste... Dark maltiness with hints of cocoa aspects and the merest hint of hops... Easy drinking brew.. Not mind blowing by any means but a good go to beer for pizza or pasta...

01-05-2011 20:25:34 | More by Tilley4
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3.88/5  rDev +10.2%

A - Nut-brown and rather clean and clear. Thin, light tan head quickly fades to a thin film on top of the beer.

S - Nuttiness and just a touch od dark breads. As the beer warms an earthy aroma comes through. A faint hint of fruitiness comes through as well.

T - Nutty maltiness with just a hint of sweetness. Faint chocolate notes come through along with just a touch of dark fruit. Finishes with a sweet nuttiness. Very classic brown ale taste.

M/D - Medium bodied, maybe a touch on the thin side of medium. Creamy feel and very easy drinking. All in all, a nice example of a brown ale.

12-14-2010 19:35:36 | More by ckeegan04
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

Clear tawny color with a dollop of off-white head. Smells nutty with some brown bread, sun-dried grass and a vague ripe apple fruitiness. Crisp medium body. Fresh toasted malt runs from nutty grain to toasted bread, grassy to light caramel. Quick kiss of cocoa powder and light roasted coffee in the middle. Modest hopping here, with a lightly balancing bitterness. Hint of fruitiness in the back of pears and ripe apples. Finishes semidry with a long trail of toasted malt.

Bald Eagle has "session ale" written all of over it, with its down-to-earth style. Hard to tell if it was brewed in the US or not, which shows that this is a damn good Brown Ale.

09-20-2010 19:38:12 | More by BeerAdvocate
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South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%

Served from bottle into a shaker. Pours a dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained good lacing thoughout. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt and nutty notes. The flavor followed the nose with light roasted malt and nutty characters. It was light on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew. However, the flavors of this one were quite muted for some odd reason, as it warmed up they came out a little more but were still not pronounced. Still a nice brown ale that is worth trying.

09-12-2010 17:45:43 | More by thagr81us
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South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +35.8%

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.

08-11-2010 21:09:35 | More by cdizinno
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3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a nice dark slightly hazy mahogany with a VERY thick tan head - my sample fizzed like crazy. Decent aroma is malty, fruity and a little yeasty. Malty flavor has a faint caramel undertone as well as cloves and cinnamon hints. Texture is smooth and somewhat fizzy, leaving a tingly and malty finish.

04-15-2010 01:30:19 | More by Cyberkedi
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

A half inch of fine to rocky head sits atop a clear chestnut brown beer with red highlights and lots of carbonation. After a short appearance, the head drops, leaving little to no lacing.

This is a sweet malty beer with some toffee and toasted nuts.

The roasted malts are much more prominent than suggested by the nose, with nuts in the background. Wheat bread and some bitterness come out just before a lingering finish. This one is well balanced, and a fine beer, but rather one dimensional.

From a pint glass, this is a light to medium bodied ale, with little alcohol detected and modest carbonation. Ultimately it is dry and pleasant.

Bald Eagle Brown fits nicely with the style, and is unassuming. I wish it were more memorable, but still, it is very easy going down, and one could make a long afternoon with this and friends, perhaps while playing pick-up football.

03-02-2010 16:00:52 | More by SLeffler27
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New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -16.8%

Fairly aggressive pour only gets you half a finger of off-white foam, gone in a flash with zero lacing left behind. Filminess deepens the mahogany brown color, stronger orange tones come out around the edges along with more clarity. The nose has a light touch, caramel, maple evidence of the malts yet there's also a somewhat bitter grassiness to it, almost a saline quality too, blanched almonds, whiff of mixed white citrus, that's about it. Light-bodied, the light carbonation not doing much to activate what's there. Again, starts off with caramel, toffee, chocolate powder and maple syrup, here the grapefruit, lemon citrus component more pronounced. The roastiness is generalized, more feel than flavor. The leafy hops keep it clearly on the dry side of things. A few notes of cherry or blackberry fruit. Mild clenching through the finish. Not horrible by any means, just not something I'd be interested in tasting again.

02-15-2010 04:02:55 | More by farrago
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

01-31-2010 16:18:04 | More by mikesgroove
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3.73/5  rDev +6%

Pours an amber-tinted chestnut brown, topped by a foamy light tan head.

Aromas of nutty, toasty malt, brown sugar, and a touch of earthy, leafy hops. Toasty and smooth on the palate, showing very light hop bitterness, with light notes of molasses. Finishes dry-ish and earthy, with a hint of fruitiness. Medium bodied and somewhat soft.

01-27-2010 23:14:07 | More by wnh
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3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

Light brown pour with a tan head.

It has a rather nutty aroma with a faint oaky note.

Light-medium bodied, not terribly complex, it's nutty with a fairly dry finish.

Overall, not bad but could use a bump in depth and body. It's better than some of their other beers.

01-22-2010 00:06:44 | More by brownbeer
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4.2/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

01-16-2010 15:35:28 | More by Zekezilla
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2.95/5  rDev -16.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/13/09

A - pours an almost clear brown with just a few bubbles on the surface

S - light malt, some caramel and floral notes

T - brown sugar, malts, a bit of a burnt taste with a slightly bitter finish

M - sort of smooth, creamy, good carbonation

D - not bad, but not as smooth and drinkable as others

01-08-2010 18:40:54 | More by mikereaser
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South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +27%

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

01-05-2010 16:07:14 | More by upstatewoodie
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2.98/5  rDev -15.3%

I poured this beer ito my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice brown color with with a tan head. The beer looked good at first but then the head really went away fast. The beer did have good lacing though which was odd since the head wet away fast. The taste was too hoppy for me to be a brown ale. Thats just my opinion so my opinion is that I will not buy this again.

10-30-2009 14:08:59 | More by Minkybut
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3.88/5  rDev +10.2%

A= dark amber-copper brown, poured slowly, a light rim of head and plenty of lacing.

S= noteable, very nice caramel and some floral notes; light liquor scents at times, smoky hints.

T= slightly dry and grassy, lightly sweet taste with roasted malts, some chocolate and caramel evident. Much better when it's warmed to room temperature and left to settle.

M= slightly dry and astringent on the tongue with modest sweetness and dry chocolate, maybe some caramel to savor.

D= fine for a few or a session.

10-27-2009 02:17:05 | More by therica
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3.18/5  rDev -9.7%

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 07/22/09

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper orange color with yellow highlights. Slow moving carbonation yields a cakey, 2.5", pillowy, ivory head. Great retention and lots of coating, spongy lace.

Smell: Biscuits with butter, caramel malt, fruit nuttiness and a total lack of hops.

Taste: A basic flavor profile of pinchy, vegetal hop bitterness over caramel malts. Some almond flavor resides in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, creamy texture and reasonable carbonation. An alcohol bite mixes with some bitterness.

Drinkability: Again, this is a middle-of-the-road beer that doesn't pull any surprises. It is solid, but not spectacular. A worthwhile session brew.

10-22-2009 19:24:56 | More by Risser09
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3.3/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a medium, opaque brown with a slight white head and modest lacing. The aroma is a little off-putting, kind of earthy, a bit of barnyard. Fortunately, I broke my usual habit and didn't inhale deeply before taking my first sip - it might have spoiled my appreciation. The flavor has a little of that earthiness in it, but not offensively. It is lightly roasted, with a little strangely-placed hop character, a little flowery, in fact. The mouthfeel is thin with a sharp sting of carbonation and a slightly chalk, dry finish.

I guess I made this beer seem awful, and it isn't, actually. Not outstanding, but not terrible. So while I would rate it fairly low on any particular category, I find the sum is better than the parts and the drinkability is fairly high.

09-24-2009 20:17:42 | More by Seanibus
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Rhode Island

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%

Acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of the Little Guy 2 BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, maple and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of caramel, chocolate and maple that are quickly followed by a heart malt character. There's a mild hops presence that brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are better brown ales that I would choose first.

09-21-2009 02:32:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
Bald Eagle Brown Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
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