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Schlafly Sessions American Brown - The Schlafly Tap Room

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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our American Brown Ale starts with a classic British brown recipe crafted with caramel and chocolate malts for sweetness and color. Then we fortify it with the bold flavor and aroma of American hops.

Like many of the progressive beer styles seen today, American Brown Ales developed out of the culture of home brewing in the United States. Often home brewers would begin with the traditional British brown ale recipe but replace the milder English hops with the more aromatic American varieties.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: nogoodreason on 07-28-2005)
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

09-22-2013 18:47:39 | More by Hellpop65
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Almost black in the glass, clear ruby around the edges, one finger off white head that doesn't stay around for too long.

S-Good deal of caramel, roasted malt, toffee, candied sugar.

T-Starts with slight coffee, caramel, toffee and grass. No bitterness or hop presence.

M-light, watery and flat.

O-No where near the best brown ale out there, only benefit is that it comes in a can.

Serving type: can

09-21-2013 14:33:02 | More by rlee1390
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BierStein711

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, this is the American Brown! I thought it was very pleasant.

Can into shaker pint, three finger tan head, with thick lacing as the beverage is consumed. Body is thick, and the carbonation is hardly present

Smells: Malt, toffee, and carmel

Taste toffee, chocolate, and carmel malt

Overall, this was a very pleasant beer with a thick mouthfeel. Although this isn't my favorite beer style, I'd have this again!

Serving type: can

09-19-2013 18:17:49 | More by BierStein711
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a clear copper amber color with a thick creamy off-white head that reduces, leaving lots of lace behind. Definitely the lightest brown ale I've ever seen. Maybe they intended it to be consumed from the can?

S- very faint aromas of nutty toasted malt, a trace of hop bitterness and some skunk

T- nutty malt flavors with a toasted backbone, faint herbal hop bitterness with a touch of caramel, dry and toasted finish

M- medium body and carbonation with a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- I get that this is a session beer, but it drinks more like an amber than a brown ale. It certainly can serve its purpose though, just not something to go to when looking for a lot of flavor

Serving type: can

09-19-2013 02:31:28 | More by Treyliff
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fredmugs

Indiana

3/5  rDev -14%

09-13-2013 13:00:23 | More by fredmugs
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MSandahl23

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

09-12-2013 03:11:47 | More by MSandahl23
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tpaetow

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-29-2013 01:03:30 | More by tpaetow
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Metz

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

08-21-2013 20:27:02 | More by Metz
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

08-15-2013 20:44:37 | More by Boone757
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Kahlstrom

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-12-2013 04:34:43 | More by Kahlstrom
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creepinjeeper

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

08-08-2013 13:30:41 | More by creepinjeeper
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emottram

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

07-30-2013 11:49:09 | More by emottram
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callmeishmALE

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +14.6%

07-30-2013 02:37:14 | More by callmeishmALE
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Johann68

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14%

07-29-2013 04:07:48 | More by Johann68
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JSchock7

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

07-21-2013 06:52:47 | More by JSchock7
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KYGunner

Kentucky

2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

What can only be described as the lightest coloring I've ever seen in a Brown Ale, the head built nicely but dissipated quickly.

The scent is so weak that I'm not sure what aroma I get. I think it's caramel malt but there's a lot of metallic undertone.

The taste is sweet caramel malt flavor with some prune and plum. Strong metallic bitterness rakes the tongue.

I am one who is sceptical about canned beer, despite the improvements in technology, but this seems to have been hurt by the canning process.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 23:50:12 | More by KYGunner
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ToddHolder

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

07-07-2013 14:13:29 | More by ToddHolder
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Cris4545

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

07-02-2013 11:32:57 | More by Cris4545
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Why-P-A

Maryland

2.39/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Schafly American Brown

A: Very light in color for a brown and a light airy head when poured from a can.

S: A noticeable pine aroma, doesn’t seem like a normal hop aroma from a piney varietal like Cascade and seems odd for this style.

T: Some malt flavor with a hint of caramel, no roasted or smoky character. The main contribution is a bitter finish from hops which reinforces the pine aroma. The lighter color also justifies the lack of malt body.

M: Very light and almost watery, head dissipated quickly.

O: Not a great example of the american brown ale style. Drinkable but more similar to an amber or even ESB. Not sure if it’s a result of the canning process, transport, or just Schafly having a different take on brown ales. They make lots of great beers and are welcome to experiment as they desire based on their reputation.

Serving type: can

06-26-2013 01:14:16 | More by Why-P-A
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.09/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance-Pours a very light brown/ deep amber color with a big and billowy two finger just off white head. The head fades quite slowly over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is mainly of a caramel sweetness mixed with a bit of a toasted malt aroma. Along with these smells are some light pine and earthy hop aromas producing a bit more of a hoppy smell then would have been expected for an American brown of its strength.

Taste – The taste starts out with a lightly toasted malt flavor with a little bit of caramel sweetness. The sweetness fades more toward the middle of the taste giving a rather dry profile to the brew. The toasted malt flavor is next met with some hop flavors of a slightly earthy and grassy nature more toward the middle of the taste. Toward the end a very light amount of a brown sugar flavor comes to the tongue. While the brown sugar arrives, the taste is still rather dry and, in the end, with a bit more hop flavors coming to the tongue, a dry, lightly roasted, and relatively thin and crisp hop flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The average carbonation level helps with keeping it crisp and refreshing, although the thinner body was not too great for the roasted malt flavors of the brew.

Overall- It is on the more refreshing side and does fit into the session style that it is going for, but really a brown ale is not the best to be looking for a session with as I think it is tough to support any real toasted flavors with such a weak body. Not a go to for me.

Serving type: can

06-15-2013 00:18:59 | More by Darkmagus82
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barczar

Kentucky

3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant medium brown with a frothy one inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma is comprised of toasted malt, nuts, and lightly floral hops.

Flavor reveals more nutty malt backbone, with a minerally, almost metallic finish. There's a slightly roasted taste at the finish, which leaves the palate with a bitter feeling.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

Fairly roasty and bitter, considering the style. Nothing extraordinary, but a flavorful brew. The metallic flavor is a bit offputting.

Serving type: can

06-08-2013 06:06:20 | More by barczar
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Canned Apr 15 ,pours orange no where near brown with 2 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Faint toastyness, some sulphur

T: Pears, leafy & grassy hops, some sulphur up front, seems more like a bitter or ESB to me. Leafy hops, a touch of oxidation & a little toastyness finally showing up as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops & astringency

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation turns creamier as this warms

This doesn't seem like a brown to me. I will not buy this again, reminds me more of an average ESB

Serving type: can

06-04-2013 02:54:33 | More by russpowell
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a caramel-amber from can. Huge, oversized head of foam, and some thick, ornate, and detailed lace.

Nose is caramel and nuts. Very malty, and pretty well spot-on for a brown ale.

Taste is toasty and malty, with a hint of roasted nuts. I get a snappy hops presence at the finish. Overall, solid, but not world class.

Serving type: can

05-31-2013 23:19:11 | More by secondtooth
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Jayhawk

Kansas

2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another entry into my crafted can tour, I found a six pack of cans at the liquor store. The box (nice touch to box it instead of using those bird killing plastic rings) claims it is based on an English brown with American hops and trial tested at their taproom. I'm not sure what those wacky St. Louis folks across the state think, but this so called American Brown Ale is much, much closer to an Irish red ale than ANY sort of brown. Therefore, I rated some areas lower because it so clearly does not represent any form of brown ale I've ever had.

A: Nice color for an Irish red or even many APAs...just not dark enough for a brown ale. Appears to lack sufficient malts.

S: Fruity, with almost no malt smell. Very nice smelling for an Irish red.

T: Weird. Initial impression is fruity, ale-ish goodness...but leaves a lingering taste of lawn in your mouth - not hoppy grass taste but kentucky blue taste. Where's the malt? Did they forget it in this can?

M: Thin, watery...not what you expect from a brown ale be it American or English.

Overall: Well, it's not so bad that I'll toss it, and I'll re-write my entire review if the next can is great. Really, either this is bad or Budweiser snuck over and brewed this for Schlafly. I normally really like Schlafly's beer, but this is one truly weird, yet unremarkable, beer that also is not representative of it's style at all...or any style really.

Serving type: can

05-28-2013 23:36:11 | More by Jayhawk
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powerss13

Kansas

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

ST: In can, poured into glass

A: Darker brown look with little head

S: Roast aroma, some nuttiness to it. Get more of a malty aroma than hops

T: Roasted malt flavor with little hops. Taste light for a brown giving it a decent beer to have in hot weather without having to get too heavy of a beer.

MF: Smooth and has a good dry finish to it, making you want to take another swig.

O: Good beer to have. For a brown ale, at least comparing it to other browns that I have had, this is a lighter body making it more versatile (ie going out on a hot day).

Serving type: can

05-20-2013 22:39:47 | More by powerss13
Schlafly Sessions American Brown from The Schlafly Tap Room
80 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.