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Amsterdam Downtown Brown - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The object of desire, Amsterdam Nut Brown Ale is crisp yet subtle in character. A classic British-style brown ale brewed with a blend of Canadian and European malts (including chocolate malt from Belgium), this traditional deep chestnut coloured ale exudes a bold and attractive taste. Brewed with English Ale yeast and balanced by four varieties of continental hops, our Nut Brown Ale delivers an uncommon smoothness and distinct drink-ability.

17 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-08-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

beerhunter13, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Used to have this on tap ages ago, thought I'd give it another go in can form.

Poured dark brown colour into a nonic. Initially about a centimeter of off-tan head, but disappears entirely, and did so very quickly. Not even a ring left. Looks more like a poured out can of Coke to be honest.

Nose is typical, but mild, nut brown flavours. Chestnut, coffee, caramel, but unfortunately there's a bit of tinniness to the nose.

Taste isn't bad, similar to the nose but with a bit more caramel and cola taste to it. Kind of bland, but drinkable.

Mouthfeel is watery, a bit too carbonated.

Kind of a disappointment. Certainly, the can does not do this brew well, and I think I might have to amend my review later on if I have it on draught. Still, can't give this one a high grade in can. Try it on tap.

JohnnyBarman, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of BGDrock
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown with ruby tint; tan head sizzles away in a minute or two

Aroma: not much to it, a little tinny, whisper of chocolate

Taste & Mouthfeel: has the grain flavour of lager but with the light chocolate, nutty touch of darker malts; clean, well carbonated, and easy drinking make for a good sessionable beer that's a little different than the average; over time really wish it had more of the nutty/chocolate flavour, as it can't quite fend off a growing taste of aluminium that is drawing it into the territory of bland

Overall: had potential at the start, but actually grows less interesting over time and more metallic; may be a different story on draft; don't recommend

BGDrock, Apr 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

downtownbrown, May 21, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice-looking 16oz can from the LCBO - ok, that's at least a part of why I bought it...

This beer pours a very dark brown hue, with burgundy highlights, and two fingers of dense, soapy light beige head, which leaves but a thin band of lace around the glass in its hasty retreat. It smells bready - kind of sour, nutty, and somewhat smoky, in the vein of cold ashes. The taste follows quite faithfully - a bit of caramel malt poking through the ashy breadiness, and there is a mild earthy, floral hoppiness towards the end, as it warms. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, with more of a tendency to the dry burnt nutty side of things (yep, it's a 'side' now...)

A decent enough brown ale, weirdly smoky, nutty, a tad sweet. Works for me.

biboergosum, Apr 01, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Griffith, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was surprisingly decent. Deep brown colour with head. Bold Sweet malty nutty brown taste however appeared "essence" as in added not from the natural process. Alcohol in the scent could burn my nose. Some bitterness in finish balances sweetness. Would have again. Thanks Pootz

Sammy, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of eat
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks filtered; seems like it would be totally clear if the colour was lighter. Dark brown body with ruby highlights and zero head. Average appearance at best.

The nose is roasty, nutty malt with some slight vomit. Sweet malt with a little cherry and light molasses.

Decent nutty character with some good roasty malt. A bit of earthy hops and some sweet fruitiness. Not too bad, though I'd say the sweetness could be either toned down or balanced out with some more bitterness.

Alright medium body and medium-high carbonation.

Not too bad, really. I've had this on tap a few times and always felt it tastes like something in between a micro and a macro brewed beer. I don't think I'll be getting this one again and wouldn't really recommend it but it's not offensive.

eat, Jul 24, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty dark for a brown ale. I didn't expect a huge head and poured a little too fast off the bat. Now I'm waiting for four fingers of beige froth to settle so I can finish pouring the bottle.

Rich chocolatey malt aroma. Strong and sweet, more than I expected. Notes of caramel as well. Almost as though there is a melted Caramilk bar in my glass.

Taste is a little on the sour side, I was fooled by the aroma. Still some bitter chocolate in the second half of the mouthfull. Somewhat dry overall.

There is some body to this beer, but not overly much. Carbonation is about average. Works just fine for the style.

This one was all surprises to me. I like it a bit more than I expected. Not a show stopper, but a solid brown ale.

elricorico, Jul 18, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Boozecamel, Oct 18, 2013
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3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of nutty caramel malt is quite intense and enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by this medium sweet nutty caramel taste. Body is average with some spritzy carbonation which doesn't fir very well. While I don't need a full hops assault on my brown ale I would appreciate at least some hops inclusion which I can't say is the case here.

Phyl21ca, Apr 17, 2008
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2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can to pint glass.

A - Poured very dark brown, almost opaque with very small traces of ruby glow around some of the edges. Two fingers of cream coloured head formed and receded to about half a finger.

S - Sweet nutty malts with an off-putting metallic aroma that was very distracting.

T - Sweet roasted malts with big nutty flavours and a touch of chocolate. A slight dry bitterness is evident as well that lingers in the finish.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

WillAndSarah, Jul 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Xzfgiimtsath, Dec 25, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, 5.00% abv. Fridge temp, into a wine glass.

Super dark brown, hint of a head: tan cloud and collar. A bit of lace too. Nice.

Nose is a bit astringent, but very malty sweet; carmelized sugar, toasted malt. A bit of yeast.

On the sour side; a bit of funk on the palate. Watery feel. Finishes on toasted malt, chocolate, less sugary sweet. Mmmm, finish gets interesting - sort of cooked blueberrish sourness with baked pie crust, a little smoky. Not bad, I found it very refreshing.

Very decent. I'll get it again.

Antilochus, Apr 26, 2008
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3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown ale, poured in glass. Sweet flavour throughout, which for me isnt a great thing. Not a lot of head, about a finger and a half. Lots of roasted malts, very in your face brown, just too many sweet aftertaste notes for my liking. Easy drinking, not offensive at all, very good winter brew.

Derek69, Dec 20, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml plastic wrapped bottle, give them props for their unique labeling.

Pours a dark russet brown with cola highlights around the edges in the light. An extremely vigorous pour barely piles up a finger of loose bubbles which instantly dies down to a thin tan collar around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Nose has a light attractive cocoa, nutty, brown malt nose. Light but just a hint of a hop bite there too.

Not one of the best English browns out of Ontario, not even close. Weak coffee, a sugary brown bready malt base that is weaker than my little sister, light hop drying in finish, hints of cola. Pretty heavy carb, weak body. Not really anything here that would make me want to come back.

ritzkiss, Oct 18, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

DamageCase76, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark wood stain brown with light ruby tinge when held to the light, 4 fingers of light beige head, frilly lacing left on the glass.

S: Chocolate, earthy, like heather or fertile soil, light vanilla note, toasted malts.

T: Chocolate, light earthiness and heather, molasses, then a metallic note, like sucking pennies.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation.

O: Nice ale, not digging the metallic notes. Other aspects are great, smooth and chocolaty.

patre_tim, May 26, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - The beer pours a reddish brown colour with a small fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, roasted nuts, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and and a bit of a smokiness. There are also some notes of dark fruits and some roasted nuts. The beer finishes with a malty chocolate aftertaste.

Overall – A fairly decent beer that has enough flavour to keep it interesting. It just didn't really have anything exciting about it that would make me want to buy it again.

spinrsx, Aug 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Subliminal64, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

liamt07, Feb 20, 2014
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Amsterdam Downtown Brown from Amsterdam Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.