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Great Lakes Cleveland Brown Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Cleveland Brown AleGreat Lakes Cleveland Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 41
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2002)
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Reviews by Blueribbon666:
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Blueribbon666, Dec 16, 2012
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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown with a drink before date clearly marked.

Appearance: Dark brownish amber with a frothy mass of off white lace hovering on top.

Smell: Dark toasted bread ... hint of coffee also.

Taste: Medium to full in body with soft and smooth mouth feel. A bready malt sweetness flows all the way through ... though it gets slowly cut by the roasted / toasted malts and hops. The toasted biscuit malt seems to be dominant and a chocolate flavour comes forth as well as a pinch of sweet oily hop flavour and a ghost like fruitiness. The after taste has a faded yet lingering hop bitterness with a toasted / roasted flavour. A slight warming alcohol is felt about half way down the glass.

Notes: A yummy brown that Great Lakes a given birth to ... a proud beer to have in their seasonal (fall) line up. A real pleasure to drink.

Jason, Apr 01, 2002
Photo of NilocRellim
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the tap a dark clear orange colour. Smells very sweet and malty with a hint of toastiness. Tastes malty and toasty with a hint of burnt and and slight bitter hop finish and aftertaste. Lingering roasted flavour for the finish.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

NilocRellim, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of pwoods
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at the brewery during dinner after the bourbon event. Had it with Fish and Chips with plenty of malt vinegar, yum!

A: Pours a deep brown with some ruby highlights in the light. Decent clarity. Short frothy head on the pour with a bit of retention and some lacing.

S: Not a ton of aroma. Some toasty malts with pleasant sweetness.

T/M: More of the toasty malts with a bit more sweetness that the nose. The sweetness balances the hops out. Hops are a bit citrusy. Body is medium or so with decent carbonation.

D: Manageable ABV and drinkable. Not the most interesting beer, though.

pwoods, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of cokes
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unretired, brewpub only special, the new version clock in at 6% ABV.

Amber-glinting brown with a tight ecru foam.
The nose is modest, exuding cocoa, burnt toast, roast, and vague pine traces.
Tastewise, it strikes that delicate Brown Ale toasty/roasty balance between dusty coca powder, burnt grain, and carob. There are sweeter elements here too, more persuasively a trickling hazelnut sweetness and a flash or two of dates. The close strikes another balance between the more acute hoppiness of pine, and a staying herbal dryness.
Medium bodied, with a subdued CO2 level. It teeters towards the filling side for the style, but remains a quaffer.
Exactly what I'd expect a Brown Ale from GLBC would be like, this is an Edmund Fitzgerald for the style...classy and classic.

cokes, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Busy Bee

A - ruby amber with a thick, off white head that has great retention

S - caramel, nutty, bready

T - big citrusy notes, caramel, faint nuttiness

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent brown ale though it is far more citrusy than it is malty. This is clearly a more Americanized version of an English classic. Nonetheless, this is a really nice offering that is both enjoyable and sessionable. It's definitely worth a try.

tdm168, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of norinco
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

norinco, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Gonzoillini, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Chrixsus
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Chrixsus, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of alleykatking
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 64oz growler.

A- Pours a brown color with a light red tint to it when held to the light. One finger light tan head shows light retention. Some specks of lace and not much else.

S- Light overall on the nose. Roasted malts with a hint of nutty ending in the front of the aroma. Caramel malts come through a little more toward the middle with some piney/earthy hops in the ending of the aroma.

T- Earthy hops in the front of the beer show this isn't a typical brown ale. Caramel malts with a light toasted character to this end the front end of the flavor. Middle of the beer shows off some nutty like flavors along with some light green apple like flavor. Ending showcases the caramel malts along with earthy hops. Alcohol is light on the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is light for the style. Caramel/toasted malts, nuts, and earthy hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, caramel malts, hint of toasted malt, and light earthy hops. Flavors were a little underwhelming in the balance..with the hops showing a little more than it should have. No real off flavors although there was a light green apple flavor to this. Light alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- Overall I thought this beer was above average but far from being on top. A typical brown ale with a non-typical hop presence would be how I would describe this beer. ABV is really not there and doesn't really sneak up on you. A nice try for the style and like I said a little above average.

alleykatking, May 25, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

mikeburd1128, May 10, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

buschbeer, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Hacksaw99
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Hacksaw99, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

pathman, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of TravelinJones
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Rich brown ale with toasted malt notes" according to the board hanging above the bar. ABV 6.0% $3 for the pint glass during happy hour.

A Light brown 1-inch head slowly dissipated. Medium brown slightly hazy appearance.

S Medium roasted malts, caramel aromas, along with some yeasty/fruity esters. Hint of piney hops.

T Medium hop bitterness and flavors with subtle malts. Expected a more malty, roasty brown ale flavor. Some bready, yeasty flavors as well, with lingering sweetness on the finish. Maybe some acetaldehyde (green apple) which indicates fermentation issues or new beer. May improve with some aging.

M Medium bodied, smooth.

D Not as good as expected for an offering from GLBC. An ok beer to wash down a burger or pizza, but not one of their best.

TravelinJones, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of Richie24CLE
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Richie24CLE, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of buddydubbs
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

buddydubbs, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a very limited edition bomber at the GLBC last week. They are $10.00 a pop and according the the GLBC website there are still some available in the gift shop at the time of this writing. Poured into my pint glass. I drank this on September 30th as a toast to Michael Jackson. Anyways this beer pours a clear deep reddish amber brown color. White head is about 1/4 inch when poured before quickly settling to a decent sized surface layer with some good lace. Smoky, malty aromas are present along with some roasted nuttiness. Hints of cocoa and coffee are also present in the nose. Flavors of sweet, roasted malt and nuttiness are present along with a hint of chocolate Also some bitter hop undertones here. A simple, yet complex flavor. Has a crisp and smooth, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beer should be.

Eric

neenerzig, Oct 06, 2007
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

BrianTheBrewer30, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

throwback, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at Firkin.

Solidarity continues with another random Great Lakes keg that I know Dave's connections helped to secure for this event. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises straight barley, light biscuit, grass, light orange peel, light maple syrup, and brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the grass is a bit stronger and is joined by some mild greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice little brown ale, one that doesn't excite or impress, but one that succeeds at providing a generally tasty beverage.

TMoney2591, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of kels
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Grabbed one of these with dinner at the brewpub last week.

Beer pours into the pint glass a ruby-hued brown. It is fairly clear, with no head to speak of - just a floaty white skim. Beer appears to be pretty light, and there's not much visible throughout.

Aroma is not much to speak of, as with many GLBC beers I've had. There's the slightest trace of toasted grains and a hint of citrusy hops.

Beer turns out to be a well-hopped brown, with some sticky piney hops and bitter grapefruit hops really adding dimension to the well-roasted and not sweet malts. The balance of the two leads to a well-balanced toasty and crisp ale. The body is smooth and moderately carbonated. I would say the drinkability is all-day baby, but that's strangely unlike its namesake.

kels, Oct 19, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Lamdawg420, Aug 17, 2013
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Great Lakes Cleveland Brown Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.