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Seven Bridges Brown Ale - Lake Superior Brewing Company

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Seven Bridges Brown AleSeven Bridges Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
79
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12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Superior Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 05-05-2004)
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, almost brown, clear ale. Decent half finger pale tan head, recedes to leave a good collar and has somewhat decent retention with its finely bubbling mild level of carbonation. Leaves decent enough thin sheets of lace that mostly dissipate but leave some whisps to cling to the inside of my glass.

Grassy hops are quite noticeable and leap out at the nose before the more subtle malt aromas appear. Mildly bitter nuts, like walnut, and touches of treacle and cocoa powder present. Almost some creamed corn as well, seems slightly out of place, but overall this one smells good and has me interested in seeing just what flavours lie within.

A decent enough brown ale. Flavours much like the nose, although the malts move to the fore, and are much like described above. Some grain husk character shows up in the finish along with a touch of wood alcohol as well as the vegetal corniness, which all detract somewhat from the overall enjoyment. Some hop bitterness, but mostly grassy with a mild floral character present at the finish.

Somewhat thin and watery in feel. The slight harshness associated with the hint of tannins and wood alcohol detract from the otherwise smooth and slightly creamy but watery feel. Nicely balanced malts and hops.

Drinkable enough, although there are many other brown ales i would rather session. This one is worth trying for fans of the style, especially if one has a decent tolerance for tannins and wood alcohol, and to be fair these qualities are muted and almost serve to add an aggressive depth to this brew. From peaking at old reviews i suspect that some refinement has been occurring as the years pass.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 01:51:10 | More by demcorhip
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gford217

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Beubie poured into a pint glass.

Pours an iced-tea amber brown with a cream-colored head that stuck around as a solid ring for a while and left hints of lacing.

The aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts and a slightly toasted nutty smell, which, when mixed together, smell almost like iced tea.

The taste is slightly sweeter than the aroma would suggest with the caramel malts dominating with hints of toffee. The nut aroma doesn't carry to strongly into the taste and the finish has some earthy hop bitterness to it, though not much.

The mouthfeel is fairly light with good carbonation and goes down very easy. This is definitely a drinkable brown ale and I could get through a few of these in a sitting easily. Simple but tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 04:22:05 | More by gford217
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an oversized snifter. No freshness date on the bottle.
A nice dark brown in color with hues of golden ruby red highlights when held to light.
1 finger of fluffy bubbly off white head. A good bubbly retention cap, all assorted bubbles milling around.

Aroma is prodominatly nutty with a good dose of floral hop grassyness. Lots of cereal grains in there, mixing with some malty sweatness. Bits of chocolate grain aroma as well, some corn and a bit of oats.

Flavor is quite malty, alot of that cereal grain aroma really comes into play for the flavors. I like that burnt caramel flvaor mixed with the taste of grains as if I were to take a handfull and taste from the mash.
Carbonation is just right, keeping the mouthfeel thin and watery with a hint creamyness from the carbonation. Overall mouthfeel is thin though, which is true to the style.
If there was a bit more hops I'd say this would make one mean esb.

Hops are for the most part mia in flavor.
This is a good solid brown ale with great grainy flavors and those hints of chocolate grains are a nice touch. Solid brew for the style. I cant understand why this was so lowly scored.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 23:31:30 | More by Buebie
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lake Superior 7 Bridges Brown Ale (one of their rotating seasonals)
pours a finger of off-white head over a cloudy deep amber brew. There
are a few particles in suspension, and carbonation is slow and steady.
The nose is fruity, slightly toasty, and with a pleasant herbal quality as
well. The flavor is light toasty malt up front backing up against that herbal
hop. Mouthfeel is pretty thin for a brown ale, but crisp, finishing dry. It's
pretty drinkable, but with that watery mouthfeel it's not quite to style. Worth
a try though.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 08:03:08 | More by shadow1961
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edbeered

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap(at The Sample Room in Minneapolis), this pours a clear coppery brown color with a 1/4 inch white head. There is a faint sweet caramel smell. The taste is of caramel malt with a sweet nutty finish. There is no hop taste to speak of. It's a bit light in mouthfeel, but is smooth and quite drinkeable. This is a fairly average British style brown ale. I found it a nice undemanding thirst quencher on a hot summer evening.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2007 14:03:30 | More by edbeered
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benito

Oregon

2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The late spring seasonal from Lake Superior. I must have got some of the final bottles before they move their next rotator onto the market.

Light brown with a thin, though persistent, head. Tea and toffee aromas are pleasant and well balanced. The flavor and mouthfeel are thin: the nuttiness is so slight as to be almost absent, and the flavors don't really develop into anything beyond a watery slurp. There's a lingering bitterness that doesn't really mesh with the other flavors or textures as well.

Seven Bridges--named after the road at the northern end of Skyline Parkway in Duluth--is both inoffensive and unremarkable. Stick with their more impressive offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 04:14:01 | More by benito
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umustdrink

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drunk a few weeks ago at Old Chicago, these are the notes from my cellphone:

A - Light amber color. Offwhite head fades to an eighth inch.

S - Smell is pretty faint but its mostly bitter caramel malts with piney hops.

T - Light and bitter with an oily caramel hop finish.

M - Thin consistency with medium carbonation. Very light drinking.

D - Nothing terribly outstanding about this beer. Taste is slightly below average for a brown, would have liked to have seen more depth or bigger flavors at least.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2007 19:52:50 | More by umustdrink
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd call this one a dark amber, not so much a brown. The flavor isn't terribly rich, and what there is tastes more of caramel malts with only a touch of cocoa as the beer warms. There's really nothing to not like about this beer, it just doesn't have much too it.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 02:23:06 | More by tempest
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed April 28, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Very clear and fairly thin orangish brown pour, topped with one finger of foamy off-white head. Aroma is fruity malt and roasted whole grains, with a hint of alcohol. Very watered down, lacking much depth. Light caramel and nut flavor, but doesn’t sustain. A light aftertaste of orange and hops. Leaves a light lingering hoppiness on the palate. Average.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 14:28:42 | More by CharlesDarwin
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dfried

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Superior guys were nice enough to hand out samples at the liquor store, so I responded and bought one of their products. This has an average appearance, a light carmely brown, very see through, slight head that retains only a bit around the edges. Smell is not pungent, but crisp and sweet. The taste is not too complex, but there are layers to it. Lightly toasted carmel/toffee malt flavor, that finishes with a slight hop presence, a bit of a nutty flavor, and a bit of a metalic flavor that's not quite a turn off. It has average carbonation for a lighter bodied beer. They go down easily, not the best but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 15:36:54 | More by dfried
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, dark, copper-tinged brown, with a small, off-white head.
Not overly aromatic. Clean, toasty malt comes through with a mildly sweet/nutty notes detectable (faintly).
Lightly toasted malt flavors start out, and then are joined by a mild toffee sweetness and a slight, latent nuttiness. Minor hops play in late for some balance. Finish is lightly bitter. Medium-bodied, with excessive carbonation. Not L. Superior’s best brew by far.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2004 03:09:44 | More by alexgash
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, mahogany hue, solid foam above, creamy white.
Gentle nose, soft and nutty, creamy and light.
Light on the tongue, too, softly landing on the palate, and playing very placidly among the senses. To the point of meekness, actually. Lacks any overt caramelly sweetness, like you'd find in a Newcastle, not a bit cloying or transparent, either.
My initial assessment changes some, with subsequent sips. There's brisk, crisp hops at the fore, fading gingerly away, but the malt is big enough, and contributes a light sweetness, a little caramel and cocoa, a bit o' nuts. A well-balanced beer, here, mild enough to afford high drinkability, yet with sufficient flavor to make it worth your while. And that's a darned good thing.
I didn't know how to classify this for availability, as I'd never seen it before, no information exists anywhere, and I really don't picture browns as "summer seasonals."

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 01:23:20 | More by feloniousmonk
Seven Bridges Brown Ale from Lake Superior Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.