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Schlafly Sessions American Brown - The Schlafly Tap Room

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

JSchock7, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

KYGunner, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of ToddHolder
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

ToddHolder, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Cris4545
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Cris4545, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Why-P-A
2.39/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Why-P-A, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Darkmagus82, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

barczar, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of russpowell
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
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

russpowell, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
3.69/5  rDev +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.

secondtooth, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Jayhawk
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Jayhawk, May 29, 2013
Photo of powerss13
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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).

powerss13, May 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Eaglefan344, May 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

bigred89, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

spycow, May 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Whiskeydeez, May 18, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, canned on April 4, 2013. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/brown color with about an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like toasted malt, chocolate, nuts, and some grassy and herbal hops. The taste is the same as the aroma, I don't pick up any additional flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating, and it also smooth and goes down easy. It's a solid overall brew, nice and sessionable. $7.99 a 6-pack, I'd buy this again at that price.

bluejacket74, May 18, 2013
Photo of jacewg
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

jacewg, May 13, 2013
Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -13%

Schlafly33, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

dt_gbpackersfan, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

zeff80, Apr 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Jamison85, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate throughout, Schlafly's new American-style Brown Ale hits home with all the classic flavors found in English Brown Ales, except with a pleasantly heightened hop character to better balance the beer. And with higher attenuation, the beer's drier mouthfeel allows for greater ease of drinkability. Less fruity and an overall simplified palate gives this beer a lot to celebrate.

The beer pours with the stallwart brown color and with nearly perfect clarity, showing off garnet highlights. An off-white head of creamy stature caps the beer with great persistance and moderate lace. A solid but expected appearance for American Browns.

Medium aromas of chocolate, toast, nuts, and a grassy citrus note emits from the glass. The balanced nose never allows dominance from one aspect of the beer, but carry the scent in a melded and focused sense.

Flavors become a very direct carryover from the scent. Initial toffee sweetness from malt develops into an overall 'malty' taste that's accompanied by coco-rich chocolates, medium toast, walnuts, and somewhat rich taste of malted milk at mid palate. The hop flavor of citrus and freshly cut grasses also develop at the mid point and continutes a transition to clean grassy/citrusy bitterness to finish the beer. Where I would have preferred more attention from the hops, this beer stands just beyond what English versions perscribe.

Medium mouthfeel to start allows for the creamy carbonation to carry the beer into the mid palate. but the fleeting carbonation and quickly drying finish leaves an empty feel just before the finish. Though drinkability is high, I wish that the malty-rich body extended further and that the citrusy hop flavor and bitterness had greater showing to help round out the beer and a higher sense of dryness in the end.

Overall, Schlafly's American Brown Ale is a very easy drinking Brown Ale that's likely to complement a wide range of food pairings. Clean, crisp, and casual the beer is effortless in drinkability but yet somewhat forgetable.

BEERchitect, Feb 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -71%

jdtinthelbc, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

SAbeerME, Jan 16, 2012
Schlafly Sessions American Brown from The Schlafly Tap Room
79 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.