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Lift Bridge Brown Ale - Keweenaw Brewing Company

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Keweenaw Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Reportedly the widest and heaviest double-decked lift bridge in the world, the Portage Lake Lift Bridge connects the cities of Houghton and Hancock here in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. So get a lift from this American Brown Ale; a rich, dark brown color, complex malt flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel and a mild hop finish.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 03-03-2008)
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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tjsdomer2:
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance: Excellent white lacing and decent white foam. Carbonation is extra active and bubble. Bright beautiful ruby Red. My only issue is that it is red and not brown...

Smell: Roasted toffee and nuts. Very fresh as well and slightly mineral-like.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bitter lemon rind with a sweet caramel finish. A bit too bitter and first, but it mellows out nicely in the finish with a honey-like mouthfeel. Overall, the mouthfeel is a tad thin, but much better at the end.

Overall Drinkability: A beer that just gets better.

03-24-2014 00:58:36 | More by tjsdomer2
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

08-04-2013 13:49:33 | More by DanGeo
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.23/5  rDev -6.6%

The beer is presented as a dark amber brown with a decent head forming to start it dissipates to a wisp cover

The aroma is is buttery full of crystal malt and a slightly roasted malt.

The taste is an average brown, has slightly roasted with crystal maltiness. a slight nuttiness in the finishes but nothing special.

01-14-2011 20:23:13 | More by bishopdc0
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cmwilliq

Missouri

3/5  rDev -13.3%

01-23-2014 03:18:20 | More by cmwilliq
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degerbah

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a medium brown color with lots of head that settles quickly. Huge malt smell, sweet with a tiny bit of roasted malt flavor. The taste is almost creamy with a ton of malt flavor. Slightly over-powering aftertate, but light mouthfeel makes the beer very drinkable. Just a little bit less malt taste would be better for me but still excellent.

11-28-2009 18:47:52 | More by degerbah
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Reappropriated

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

11-27-2013 04:07:43 | More by Reappropriated
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LeeW

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

03-04-2014 19:14:29 | More by LeeW
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

Picked up a can from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor.

I can't say I'm terribly impressed. If I wasn't looking, I'd have assumed this was just an amber. Sure, it's plenty malty with lightly roasted caramel and a bit of toffee, but the flavors fall flat and don't inspire me to drink more. The only good thing I can really say is that it basically tasted good and was easy to drink.

09-08-2008 01:15:48 | More by tempest
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.6%

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear deep amber, with 1 1/2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Good retention here, with a thin foamy layer that skims the surface, leaving back some solid spotty lace. The aroma is sweet with toffee and cocoa but also has a nicely balancing smoky roast character going on with it as well. Fresh floral hops, a light smack of citrus, and just a bit of spice round this out. This has a nice robustness to it.

The taste is light chocolate, toffee, and a bit of green citrus up front, followed by some darker roast and a sharp tingle of surprisingly aggressive spicy hops. Finishes tangy with lingering notes of smoky malts and bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly feel to the carbonation that nicely meshes with the sharper feeling hops. Underneath, it gets a little smoother, carrying the sweeter notes. Good easy feel to this.

This was a SOLID American Brown. Nice balance between the roast and sweetness and the hop-forward bitterness really surprised me with its aggressiveness. I'm digging the can portability as well. Nice stuff!

08-18-2009 16:56:49 | More by Kegatron
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Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

02-21-2014 06:13:19 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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beveritt

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -9.5%

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz can into an Imperial pint glass. Picked this up when in Michigan to visit a friend last weekend. Label depicts, what else, a draw bridge, and contain a description of the brewery, the beer, and the bridge. Stamped with 10/06/03 on the bottom. Not sure what that means; hope the beer is not 7 years old.

Appearance: Pours with 2 finger is light tan foam. This settles to a thin, almost complete layer of foam. The beer itself is perfectly clear mahogany with a slight orange hue. No sediment in the can.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt aroma with hints of toffee.

Taste: Significant carbonation bite upfront, followed by a slightly sweet caramel malt more mellow than in the aroma. Hints of baker's cocoa and mild coffee. Vegetal undertones with a mild sweetness lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly above average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Nothing over the top, but not too bad. As it is unavailable in Ohio, don't imagine I will be revisiting this one.

08-08-2010 23:58:50 | More by beveritt
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

02-14-2014 02:48:14 | More by jduprey007
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redleg64

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

09-03-2012 03:17:01 | More by redleg64
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deadbody

Minnesota

2.6/5  rDev -24.9%

Drank straight from the can on a camping trip with the family. Picked this up because it is not in MN and was in cans which are good for the camping trips.

Opened a bit of head right off the bat, looking kinda creamy, and then dissapating to a reddish brown ale. Smell was pretty weak bordering on non-existant. Taste was interesting. Super sweet, the chocolate and toffee were really prevelant. Mouthfeel was thin, like kate moss on a 3 week heroin binge thin. Overall, meh. I wouldn't buy it again, but if I was offered it at a party I don't think I would turn it down.

08-08-2011 14:00:23 | More by deadbody
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emerge077

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +2%

Single from Woodmans in Oak Creek WI, $1.89

Dark mahogany color, with a puffy cap of foam that has a meringue sheen to the surface. Head retention is good, after a few sips the surface breaks. At first there was an apple juice whiff of yeast, some underlying nutty, musty malt. Malty body, minimal roast, some mild nutty flavors. Fairly dry with a woody flavor in the aftertaste. Light bodied, wet feel. Not hard to have a few without thinking too much about it, other than knowing it's a decent brown ale.

04-06-2009 01:15:55 | More by emerge077
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%

A: slightly orange/red medium brown with a large and rocky just off-white head. Keeps a nice ring with okay lacing. Has a bit of haze, but is pretty clear for the color.

S: Rather restrained. Thin whiff of caramel malts with a hint of sweetness. Some faint fruity esters. No hops or much of anything else.

T: Steely caramel flavor. Not super malty, it more of a biscuit base with some low level sweetness. Some toasty and nutty notes. A bit of toffee, but really not much in the way of roastyness. Only some light chocolate hints. Actually, it is more toward being hop forward. Not super bitter, but quite flavorful. Earthy, herbal, & woody flavor up front gets grassy in the finish. As hops linger a bit, some more (though still reserved) roasty and chocolate notes emerge.

M: Just under medium body with CO2 over-matched somewhat. Not bad, but could use some more body. Rather dry and just barely enough body to carry hops and carbonation.

D: Approachable and drinkable. Nicely balanced, and with a bit more body and malts (especially in the nose) it would shine even more. No flaws and quite nice.

12-09-2010 21:05:22 | More by SickGnar
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BierFan

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

Big fat tan head, clear reddish brown body. Good lacing and head retention. Not much carbonation. Chocolate aroma with some floral hops. The taste is of the chocolate malts, butterscotch, and floral hops. The mouthfeel is hurt by the lackluster carbonation.

06-05-2009 20:36:06 | More by BierFan
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kynap55

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

07-22-2012 02:45:39 | More by kynap55
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%

12oz can that I recieved as an extra in a trade. Had me perplexed as I had never heard of the brewery before, but since when did that stop me! Grabbed this one out of the fridge for draft day and poured it into a Middle Ages imperial pint glass

A - Poured a very nice and clear hazelnut colored brown. Some nice ruby tints along the sides and the bottom which added a little bit of depth. A nice two finger high head of off white colored lace then rose up from the bottom and graced the top for a few moments before finally settling down to just a small thin veil of bubbles across the top throughout the remainder of the session. Some decent side glass lace presented itself throughout as well.

S - The aroma was very sweet. Lots of hints of caramel and especially maple syrup coming through on this one. The aroma though was thin in depth as once you got past this maple like aroma there was not much else to be found. Maybe some slight roasted grains and a touch of nut like aroma but that was about it, still, not half bad.

T - the flavor followed along the aroma very closely and honestly reminded me of another brew, the Tommyknocker maple brown in that level of sweetness. Tons of maple sugar here and alot of nutty flavors as well. Some nice roasted malt notes as well in here. A slightly grassy and earthy hop flavor in the finish, but everything was completely dominated by the maple syrup like sweetness. A bit too over the top for me to be honest.

M - The feel was very carbonated with a load of bubbles racing through giving it a very soda like feel, nice to see coming out of the can for sure. Light in testure without much of a follow through it came in ok for me, nothing really special, but nowhere near flat in anyway, nor did it really feel very thin.

D - This could easily be a session beer. There is no ABV listed on it, but I would be shocked if it was much over 5%. Very crisp and drinkable with some more then decent flavors to it. This was really quite sessionable.

Overall not terrible at all and a nice brew to see come from a little local company. I am sure if I lived up there I would drink alot more of it and anything else they offered as well.

03-03-2008 01:11:07 | More by mikesgroove
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

08-31-2013 23:06:59 | More by tommy5
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

I poured into a pint glass to a generous, tan head. This beer is uniformly brown in color. I just get the faintest of sweet malts on the nose. Now the taste is quite surprising. I get some caramel flavor but it is quickly replaced by moderate hops. The hop presence is that of a weak pale ale. It adds something unexpected to this beer. Otherwise, it would be a rather bland, run of the mill, brown ale. I would drink it again based on this uniqueness.

Cheers!

12-22-2009 18:06:30 | More by buschbeer
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minterro

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

12-23-2011 22:28:06 | More by minterro
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NodakEric

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

11-17-2013 16:40:31 | More by NodakEric
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oline73

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with two fingers of off white head that disappears completely.

Smell: Very bread like and malty. Some sweetness and a bit nutty.

Taste: A very mild flavor. Some malt with hardly any sweetness. Mildly nutty and there is some hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, tingly carbonation and a very dry finish. Almost too dry.

Overall: A very average brown ale. Not at all unpleasant, but not a whole lot of depth. Probably won't search this out again.

09-12-2011 01:41:28 | More by oline73
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StoutHunter

Michigan

2.83/5  rDev -18.2%

I picked up a can of Keweenaw's Lift Bridge Brown Ale last week for $1.19 at The Lager Mill. I haven't tried any beer from this Michigan Brewing Company yet so I thought I should stop procrastinating and give this beer a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible freshness date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks good and has a nice picture of a lift bridge on it to go with the name. It poured a hazy amber/light brown color that took on a ruby red copper color when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some lacing. The beer looks good.

S- The aroma starts out with large amounts of pretty sweet malts that impart a sweet, bready, and grainy aroma along with a slight toasted malt aroma that imparts some light caramel aromas. At the end I pick up a slight nutty aroma. The aroma was pretty on par for a Brown Ale, but it was a little boring.

T- The flavor seems to be where this beer starts to fall apart. It starts out with a lot of lightly toasted malts that have hardly any sweetness to them and impart a mild and bland, bready, and stale grain flavor. It had hardly any bitterness and the only other flavors that I picked up were a mild nuttiness and some faded earthy hops on the finish and aftertaste. This beer tasted watery and it had a pretty bland and boring flavor, I didn't like the flavor that much.

M- Smooth, dry, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a high amount of bubbly carbonation. I wish it was a little thicker and that the carbonation were a little tamer, average at best.

Overall I didn't really like this beer and I thought it was a below average American Brown Ale, it was just too bland and boring, in the end it just tasted watered down and none of those great American Brown Ale aspects got to stick out. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down smooth but that was it, the flavor was too bland to hold my attention and I wouldn't want another, I kind of have to force myself to finish this one. What I liked most about this beer was the way it looked, it looked like a proper American Brown Ale, to bad that was the only thing proper about this beer. What I liked least about this beer was pretty much everything else but it was the taste that stuck out as the worst, it way to bland and watery tasting. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it was cheap, but pretty tasteless, if that's what I wanted I would grab a case of Bud Light and be done with it. I don't recommend trying this beer, it's not a worthy example of an American Brown Ale. I wasn't impressed with this beer and it didn't make for a good first impression of this brewery, but I already bought their Black Ale, so I will have to wait till I have that to form a more solid opinion about this brewery but for now I am not too interested, better luck next time guys.

04-04-2012 03:18:09 | More by StoutHunter
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Lift Bridge Brown Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
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