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Bald Eagle Brown Ale - RJ Rockers Brewing Company

Bald Eagle Brown AleBald Eagle Brown Ale

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180 Ratings

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 02:32:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Reagan1984


2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Label says 06/01/09, which I am assuming is the bottle date.

Really fluffy and aggressive head forms atop this beer. Off white with lots of structure. The beer itself is a lighter brown/amber color than I had expected. Good clarity with some visible carbonation. Head slowly begins to settle.

Fairly standard aroma with some sweetness, some caramel a bit of grain and some light citrus.

Truthfully, not much excitement here. An initial moment of fruit interrupted by roasted malt, then an acidic moment and some graininess. Rather straight forward and lacking a lot of complexity. The aftertaste is a little burnt.

Mouth feel is a bit light carbonation is very light.

It's drinkable, yet forgettable. Not much in the way of depth here.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 17:51:22 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of squirrelpirate


4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

RJ Rockers Bald Eagle Brown poured a clear dark brown with a pillowy off-white head. The aroma consists of a lot of sweet, dark notes including molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and chocolate. Maybe a little hops in there as well.

The flavor starts mimicking the brown sugar and molasses found in the aroma, and transitions into a roasted, slightly hoppy finish. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste.

Medium-bodied with a thicker mouthfeel. The roasted, bitter taste lingers on your tongue and makes you want to drink more, which I would gladly do. It's still a little heavy and awkward, though. I would drink many of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 01:46:41 | More by squirrelpirate
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4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 14:43:47 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Slightly murky medium brown cola color... The thinnest of slight tan colored heads quickly fizzes away... Lacing is thicker in middle of glass, then fades slightly and builds again around the edges of the glass... Lots of tiny fast paced carbonation rises throughout...

S - Toasted malts... Brown sugar... Caramel... Nutty... Butter... Fig... A faint hint of dark chocolate... Pleasant, but mildly understated...

T - Roasted malt... Coffee mixed with artificial sweetner... Bitter chocolate... Slightly nutty... Some decent components, but the flavors don't seem to compliment one another or work together well... Sort of a muddled mess of flavors...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly thin... Lots of fizzy carbonation on the tongue... Chalky in a bland sort of way...

D - A good looking and good smelling brown ale that falls a little short in the taste and mouthfeel departments... Drinkable, but not memorable... Not bad, but there are many a better brown ale out there...

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 00:54:44 | More by philbe311
Photo of argock


3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Standard chestnut brown with 1-finger sandy colored head with decent retention and some lacing.

S: Aroma is distinctly earthy and herbal, on par for the style, with some toasted dark and caramel malts laid down with herbal, leafy hops

T: Flavor parallels the aroma with toasted caramel and chocolate malts blending well with the light herbal, leafy English-inspired hopping.

M: A little too light for the style and for the fairly robust flavor. Carbonation is a bit to much.

D: Nothing wrong with this offering from RJR although I like their 1.5 APA a bit better. This one could benefit from some more dedicated malting to produce even a finer brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 02:41:40 | More by argock
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice solid brown color that looks a bit watery, but nice tan head and thin lacing.

Smell is nothing short of phenomenal. Tastes like fresh wheat bread with a little bit of burnt espresso bean and caramel molasses.

This is a good brown ale. A touch watery, but the smell makes the whole beer. Tastes floral and welcoming.

Well carbonated and finishes easy, but not great. A bit of residue on the back end and a bit too watery of a finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 02:00:27 | More by TLove
Photo of tempest


3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pulled from a variety 12-pack I picked up at State Line in Maryland. Appears a clear red-brown in glass with a tall head that quickly disappears. While I thought the Patriot Pale was a good simple beer, I think this is a bad simple beer. The flavor is a little watery, which is a kiss of death when you're looking for a great session beer. Instead of being full-flavored yet drinkable, it's a little thick and not very tasty. The aroma has a pleasant dry cocoa note, but the flavor is just simple dark bread crust with a touch of juicy caramel, not much else. I'd pass.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 02:14:43 | More by tempest
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New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brownish amber with a one-finger light tan head that fades quickly to a sticky ring.

Smell is toasted bread, some almonds, and a bit of burnt caramel.

Taste begins with that burnt caramel before notes of toasted almonds and bread crusts. There is a hint of floral hops.

Medium-bodied, well-carbonated mouthfeel.

Nothing spectacular here, but a crisp, easy-drinking brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 22:30:59 | More by MrRetardedMonkey
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West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice deep chestnut color, with a two finger tan head that rises fast and settles slow. A fairly nice ring of sticky lacing is left behind to show where the head used to be.

A nice roasted malt profile, a bit of spice and maybe even cough medicine in the nose. Tingly. The taste has some roastiness, a touch of hop spice, caramel and even a splash of alcohol in the end. It does finish cleanly with no bitterness at all, and instead a slightly lingering sweetness.

This beer has some body, smooth and creamy feel, and all around tasty. An easy session beer choice any time of year. I'd go back to it for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 20:33:26 | More by ZimZamZoom
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South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 23:55:40 | More by LauraAlberts
Photo of chilly460


3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very plain brown ale. It fits the profile very well, but nothing exceptional. Nice malty body, with a cleaner hops finish. Grades as average in aroma and appearance with a nice medium brown color with cream head, and predominately malt scent with some caramel. A decent beer, good for non "micro" folks being introduced to new beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 14:13:06 | More by chilly460
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had a few different RJ Rockers beers recently and I think they are much improved overall. This brown is solid for the style. Relatively understated but balanced and tasty. Pours a coppery brown with a moderate head that fades to a ring. Nice color, but the head could be a bit thicker. Nice dry toasty aroma with some nuttiness. Quite dry. Similar in taste, with a nice nutty dryness, some nice moderate toastiness and a touch of coppey metal in the finish. Quite nice. Smooth, medium bodied and drying on the finish in the mouth. Quite respectable. I enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 03:20:37 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of kimcgolf


3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a light brown with thin off-white head that lingered awhile and left little lacing. Nose was a combination of malty nuts and chocolate and the taste represented the same. Motuhfeel was flat and somewhat watery, ut the finish was smooth. I'm going against the grain some on this one, in that I thought it was a decent beer, especially for a beer I had never heard of.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 02:14:37 | More by kimcgolf
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3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap and a two toned brown label.
The body is dark mahogany and topped with a tan creamy head with several small to medium bubbles.
The retention and lace are both pretty good.
Earth, nut and mulch are the dominating notes in the scent of this brew. To a lesser degree there are elements of light brown sugar, nutskin, pinewood and vegetable.
Very sweet upfront flavor that is quickly balanced by a bittering hop rush that evens everything out and stays as the malts retreat and the flavor enters the aftertaste which has a pleasant lengh and intensity.
Medium body with a light to good coating and a dry finish.
Pretty good drinkability. I've always considered the brown ale one of the toughest ales to brew well and this one reiterates this. While this is a good brew it has a lot of room for improvement.


Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 19:29:50 | More by oelergud
Photo of deereless


3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium layer of cottony head, acorn brown, quite clear - 4.25, S: Very quintessentially a brown ale, touch of nuts, brown sugar, slightest hint of coffee grounds and cocoa powder - 3.50, T: Some bitter hops on the tongue, orange rind, some dark chocolate - 3.00, M: Mildly gritty, medium to thin bodied - 3.00, D: A solid beer, nothing that will not your socks off but nicely crafted - 3.00

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 01:46:48 | More by deereless
Photo of theghost3


3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bald Eagle pours a transparent dark brown with some ruby highlights. Head is really thin & dissapates quickly into a thin white ring. Almost no lacing.

Smell is nice--caramel malts, earthy with some sweet chocolate, maybe some whiskey. Not much to the taste, just some faint caramel & sweet malts. The mouthfeel is somewhat acidic yet smooth. It's thinner than I expected.

Overall, this is a moderately drinkable beer, but there are a lot of other browns out there with fuller tastes & better feel.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 04:20:56 | More by theghost3
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle and sampled with the Charlotte Beer Club.
Pours a dark redish brown with good retaining carmel colored head.
Nice subtle malty nose. Smells similar to nut brown ales.
Very rich caramel malty flavor. Little chocolate flavor, especially at the end. Tart finish with very faint hop hints. Very smooth mouthfeel and good drinkability. Really enjoyed this as a session beer, good character and good flavors on every level.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 01:27:57 | More by chaz410
Photo of StarSAELS


1.6/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The appearance of this brew is about as good as it gets. I'm reminded of the "sweet" tea I had at the Bull & Finch some years ago -- they joked it was water straight out of the Charles River.

Really, really disappointing. No smell (ahem... river water). Taste is barely there. Mouthfeel is promising at first, but lightening to near-nothing.


Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 05:39:04 | More by StarSAELS
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4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 02:06:13 | More by pablot71
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3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy bark color with a one finger head that quickly settles to a thin cap.

Lightly toasted malts, burnt walnut, and a higher amount of chocolate than I can recall in most beers of this style.

The malts taste a little roastier than they smell, and compliment the burnt walnut well. The flavor mellows out toward the end, showing mostly toasty grain and a little bit of butter. Full bodied, with a slightly acidic feel.

Not the best Brown Ale but it's certainly decent, and one of the better offerings I have had from R.J. Rocker's.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 22:38:29 | More by BeerSox
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3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, brown body with a small, though sustained, white head. Very coating lacing.

Smell: Fairly restrained maltiness smelling only of some vague, nutty brown malts.

Taste: Dry, dark caramel and shelled nuts make up the malts with only a minor sweetness. Small, small hint of scorched grains. Slight, lightly earthy hop bitterness. Dry, crisp, short finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Just a tad watery.

Drinkability: Sure, it's very drinkable, but I certainly would appreciate a heft to both its body and overall malt character.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2009 07:24:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear reddish brown liquid, very small bone white head that quickly resolves into a thin foam layer covering the surface, light lacing, lots of large carbonation bubbles (almost soda like).

S = Good complex smells of walnuts, almonds, light maple, slight floral and earthy hops notes. Well balanced.

T = A little too bitter without a sweet malt balance and a little too thin tasting. Not bad, but just not enough there, a litle too watered down in the tastes. If it could have carried some of the nutty scents from the nose into the taste it would have scored far better.

M = Light bodied, carbonation is a mix of foamy and stinging bubbles, fair mouthcoating though.

D = This is a very approachable beer and I could definitely see drinking it again. Its faults are really just that it doesn't quite bring enough flavor to the table. Otherwise, it is a fair enough little beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 22:45:47 | More by Traquairlover
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South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 00:44:11 | More by anexetastos
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3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a malted milk, inch thick head. took several minutes to subside.
firm and abundant lacing.
smells of, well, not much of a nose. melting ice i suppose.
the palate suggests slight coffee-ish notes, obviously from the malts, a solid nudge of chocolate, again, as the label mentions, from the malts. kinda has the bitterness of a female's juicy sexy-sweet seventeen year old rectum. and then the same aroma. mouthfeel? you got it. drinks like a champ as much as it tastes.

any man will agree-drinkable till the day we die.

i give this beer a thumb and a hard right hook slap up!


Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 04:38:25 | More by CNeilP09
Bald Eagle Brown Ale from RJ Rockers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.