A-Town Brown Ale - Red Brick Brewing Company

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A-Town Brown AleA-Town Brown Ale

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stockingcpl on 04-20-2009

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Photo of oberon
2.79/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a nonic a full amber/bronze with a nice tight formed 1/2 finger slight off white head,downhill from there.Faint caramel in the nose and thats about it and its very faint at that.Thin prickly mouthfeel almost to the point of watery,flavors are well watery with a bit of roast and faint caramel sweetness with a touch of butter in the finish.I thought this might be a decent lunchtime brew but in all honesty its just not very good.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

Lacing beautifully tops the reddish brown beer, inviting you as it displays its clarity. Toasted bread hints toward a mild roasted aroma in the nose, even mild chocolate, perhaps? Flavors jump from caramel to chicory, to toasted grain. Hops dig in a little bit with a citric twang and a mellow spicy bitterness that seems to grow with every sip. A hint of fruit and a kiss of alcohol rest in the middle of the palate. Toasty flavors leave a long trail of flavor in the semidry after taste.

A big Brown Ale that keeps to the lighter toasted and slightly roasted malt spectrum. Very pleased to run into this beer, as there are not enough Brown Ales to be had nor great versions like this one.

Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a clear chestnut body with a small beige head. Nice spiderweb lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate and soft citrusy hops. Light medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste has a bready brown sugar maltiness. Earthy hops lend a restrained bitterness. Not bad.

Photo of nem2006
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is clear and brown with an amber hue. There was a small head that did not last for very long. A little carbonation is visible in the glass.

This is a malty beer with bready hints. There is also a hint of nuts in the brew.

There is a malty start with a bready middle with a hint of nuttiness. The finish is a slight hop finish. This is a medium bodied beer. The hop finish lingers a little on the tongue which I am not wild about.

Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, light brown in color, 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and nut

Taste: toasted malt and nut

Mouthfeel: smooth, sweet start that gets slightly bitter in the body and sweeter end, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: My last beer of 2009. A nice and drinkable nut brown that really is just kind of there. It tastes good and will have it again, but there is nothing remarkable about it.

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the brewery.

A: hazy brown body with a decent off-white head that had moderate retention but left some sticky patterned lacing on the glass.

Feel: Soft, near medium carbonation. Medium body.

Aroma: Herbal, floral and mildly hoppy with a biscuit base.

Taste: Average hops for (American) style. Hints of dark fruits. Bitter and sweet in almost equal balance. Well crafted but lacks complexity.

O: on style and modestly above average.

Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Atlanta Brewing Company.

Pours a nice dark brown with a one-finger tan head. When held up to the light it has a slighly red tint around the edge of the glass. Head dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top with a ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells pretty good. A good malty breadiness with some nuttiness and even some spices. Pretty nice.

Taste is a little less complex than the smell. Mostly bready and nutty. A decent amount of bitterness to finish it off.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit thin, and the carbonation is a bit much. Still goes down pretty smoothly though.

Drinkability is good. It's not that heavy, and overall it's a pretty solid tasting beverage.

This beer isn't great, but again, it's pretty solid. Worth a shot.

Photo of richkrull
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark reddish brown color with lots of tan head on it.

Smell is full of malt with maybe a hint of spice as well.

Taste is taste is extremely malty with notes of nuts, cocoa and toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall a pretty decent beer despite the fact that brown ales aren't my favorite.

Photo of LXIXME
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bit above the glass gave this beer a big light brown head above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Very dark roasted caramel malts with hints of dark fruits like apricots and maybe prunes aroma on this brown.

Dark fruits and heavily roasted caramel malts taste, very dark and heavy tasting almost borders on a dark roasted to burnt wine taste.

A heavy dark fruit aftertaste that is quite dry on this medium to full bodied beer.

Not sure about this beer, it's totally different and not in a good way, just a way I'm not used to.

Photo of awester462
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer on the brewery tour.

I was impressed, the coloration was nice with some amber hues and a lacy head.

I was very impressed by the taste, it was better then what I expected. Drank a lot of beers on the tour so forgive me for my lack of descriptive words, but i highly reccomend it, it is definately a good beer. Impressed overall by this company.

Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper colored brown with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and caramel with very little hops. Not bad but a little on the faint side.

T- The taste mirrors the aroma with a good malt presence with caramel, a touch of chocolate and a moderate amount of hops in the finish. Not overly complex, but tasty and very drinkable.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The drinkability for this one is pretty good, it would make a solid session beer. Worth a shot.

Photo of Mavajo
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper color with a tremendous tan head that retained nearly the whole way. Lacing was abundant. Even after sitting for about 15 minutes, there was still a thick film of head that completely enveloped the beer.

Aroma reminded me a bit of a barleywine - dates, figs, bit of a sting to the nostrils. Taste follows suit - there's a sweetness with figs, dates, raisins, as well as a distinct bitterness. Bitter chocolate or coffee too.

My smell and taste experience seems to differ greatly from what the other reviewers here have stated. I got absolutely no notes of biscuit. I have no explanation for that. I even went so far as to double check my bottle to make sure I was reviewing the correct beer.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium to heavy carbonation. Definitely tingles going down the throat. Alcohol isn't especially noticeable, but did have a warming sensation.

Drinkability is somewhat low. It's a well-crafted beer and interesting to drink, but tends to lend more to sipping.

According to the brewers website, this beer comes it at just under 7% ABV.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.71/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip beer glass. Brown/amber in color, almost transparent, light head, big bubbles. Not quite as brown as I thought a brown ale should be.

S - Smells like a barn filled with hay.

T - Toasted malt, a little nutty. Ends a little bitter.

M - Light and carbonated. A bit more body and less carbonation would be better.

D - If you are not expecting a brown ale then this beer is not too bad, just do not smell it and watch out for the carbonation.

Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with a beige color head, decent retention and lacing.

S: Slightly on the sweet side. Some spice ovetones.

T: Sweet, with caramel, brown sugar and a hint of nutmeg. Overall, a very nice (not erxceptional though) tasting Brown Ale.

M: Good mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation. Medium-bodied, with a malty aftertaste.

O: A good solid American Brown Ale with all the right characteristics that one would expect from this style of beer. I would definately buy this again.

Photo of Southernbrew
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber, decent head.

Slightly sweet and malty aroma.

Thin body, slight maltiness, slight bitterness. Dry finish with some graininess. Almost smoke like aftertaste, very strange.

I just don't see a whole lot to this beer. I've never been the biggest fan of red beers and this does nothing to change that. Worth a try, I guess.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz Bottle via footy. Aroma wafts of indistinct plain malt, just a bit woody and toasted. Pours deeply amber with a crazy rocky head of tinted foam. Flavor is dominated by too much caramel malt. It's kind of like sucking on the grain itself. There's mostly caramel, toffee, browned sugars and similar flavors. Then some rather estery fruit character, which I'm guessing comes from an incorrect mash temp. Extremely overcarbonated. All the flavors wash away very fast, making it hard to appreciate anything in the beer. Not nearly enough brown in this ale. Could have used more earth and nuts. Finishes without any discernible hop character. A bit of a mess.

Photo of beveritt
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is very simple with the name a a pint of beer. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 2 finger of tan head. This settles slowly to a thin, incomplete cap of foam,leaving behind pretty nice lacing. The beer itself is the color of burnished copper and perfectly clear. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Lightly toasted caramel malts with mild sweetness.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt upfront with biscuity undertones. Long lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Average, nothing spectacular, but an enjoyable beer.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish brown/mahogony color. Transparent. Head is beige and 1" after easy pour.

S- Very malty and nutty. Malts are roasty and rich like caramel.

T- Same richness of the caramel malts and a litle roasty; maybe a tad burnt. Hop bitterness is quite nice but maybe a little off balance. Alcohol is quite present too.

M- Medium to thick and high carbonation.

D- Decent. A little rich to me for a session beer.

Overall- Actually, I am quite impressed with this beer. This is only the second brew (I know it's bad since I live in this town) from these guys I have had. I plan now to visit the brewery soon and give 'em a shot. Nice brew and pleasantly surprised.

Photo of maleman
3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating apparent on bottle.

A - poured a clear dark amber with an off-white two finger head with good retention. thick, clingy lacing all the way down.

S - a heavy biscuit smell with a hint of alcohol. was surprised the aroma was not stronger with the attractive appearance the beer had when it was poured.

T - heavy bread, pine resin, the alcohol was as apparent in the taste as in the smell.

M - a heavy wallop initially that lingers with that alcohol tinging in there. average carbonation that fills the mouth.

D - really disappointed after the nice pour. not what i have come to expect from brown ales, which are some of my favorite brews. this is one offering that i will not repeat.

Photo of 2KHokie
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber color that reminds me of tea. The head was a light brown and was not retained for long. A malty odor with what seemed to be a slight sourness. Light and crips mouthfeel with a high level of carbonation. Maltiness is overpowered by the hop bitterness. Slight taste of bitter fruit peel and bread. Overall not the worst version of the style, but probably not a beer I will go back to.

Photo of mscudder
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark amber brown with minimal head and lacing

S - Light spices, some malts and a nutty scent

T - Very strong on the malts and quite sweet. This is very sessionable an easy drinker.

M - Again very light and the malts just barely keep it away from what I would call watery.

O - I find this beer to be average. For a brown it may replace the Newcastle on occasions but deserves no accolades. To be concise, this is a smooth sweet brew that does not have very much complexity, but certainly may be enjoyed.

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a pint glass:

A: The beer was a reddish-brown with a very thin off-white head that was not retained, which I think may have been more due to the draw from the tap.

S: None to really speak of, but slight malt aroma that was slighly sweet.

T: The taste is average at best, but a little complex. Malt is the overriding glavor, but it also had hints of toffee, which made it somewhat nutty and a little sweet, with maybe a hint of cocoa. It was interesting, but...

M/D: The beer had too much carbonation and felt watered down and thin. It had a slight bitter aftertaste and it went down pretty easy. Overall, not a beer that I will be seeking out.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a clear light brown color with a finger of light brown head that doesn't hold or lace very well.

S: Hazelnut, caramel, cocoa, and a little hoppiness.

T: Lots of dessert-like nut flavors, chocolate, and a little of bread malt.

M: It has medium body thickness with slightly below-average carbonation and long-lasting flavors.

O: This is a tasty brown ale and light enough to drink two or three.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with Phatz.

A: The ale is a deep amber color, looking like the bottle that accompanied the beer. The head was not sizeable but has maintained nicely, lacing the first 1/3rd of the glass.

S: The nose is toffee malt, touched with caramel and nut aromas.

T: The taste takes the brown ale up a notch. While the nose was bland and average, a great deal of flavors jump out as I sip the ale. Caramel malts add depth, a sweetness that has darker, fuller flavors that could easily pass stronger ale. Dark malts linger in the mouth for a long time after the sip is gone, giving the ale a taste that could be taken for a stout. The finish keeps the long malts flowing, lingering long after the glass is empty.

M: This is a real surprise, a solid beer with a nice taste that keeps the tastebuds jumpin'.

D: I'd gladly sit and drink a few more, this is a nice quaffer.

Photo of jmarsh123
2.66/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark copper with a big airy sticky white head.

Aroma is very sweet and malty with bread and cinnamon.

Starts out very bready and malty and that strange cinnamon spiciness comes through in the end. Almost taste more like a winter spiced ale than a brown ale.

Mouthfeel and carb are good although a touch on the light side.

This one doesn't do it for me. I've liked some of Red Brick's other offerings, but not this one. Just very strange for something classified as brown ale.

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A-Town Brown Ale from Red Brick Brewing Company
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