Brown's Pale Ale - Brown's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Brown's Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MTMugs on 11-15-2004

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Man of Kent,poured into a large pint glass a clear deep copper color with a thinner white head that was gone pretty quickly.Nice hop profile in the nose some what leafy and citrusy scents over top of firm lightly sweet biscuity malt,flavors were pretty much along the same line pretty balanced the hop winning out in a narrow margin the leafy citric malt lingers well in a long finish.Food friendly and quaffable a solid pale here.

Photo of ddean
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Brown's Brewing Company in Troy, NY.

Very nice....clear copper. You're not wishing for more carbonation either, lots of it with a long retention on the top. Many bubbles linger on the sides of the pint glass as well.

Not strong, particularly considering how nice the upcoming flavor will be. A little sweet malt and oddly enough, watermelon??

Quite delicious. That crisp watermelon at first, then malt, a little but sharp bite of hops, then back to the watermelon as the taste lingers in your mouth. One of the more interesting taste experiences I've had with a pale ale. The ONLY thing keeping me from giving it a 5 is that I'm wanting a little more malty sweetness in the body---There's a bit of a hole for me there.

Very smooth, though not sweet or syrupy like some other good pale ales. That watermelon lingering is also pretty cool.

Overall, quite nice, and something in the pale style with a genuinely different flavor. Nice job, guys.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours darker honey amber, cloudy and murky looking, minor light tan frothy head, that sticks around for a while and slowly goes to a thick film, leaves a near full collar and then fine respectable amounts of lacing. Mild malty, mint hop nose. Middle of the road craft brewed pale ale. Ample malt under coating and moderate grainy/minty hop note adds some balance. Easy drinking, respectable sessioner. Nothing more/ nothing less

Photo of SickGnar
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich coppery amber with some slight haze and a few streams of bubbles. Fairly large off-white head that turns rocky as it settles. Okay retention and quite okay lacing.

S: Nice American pale nose. Hops are citrusy and a touch spicy. Okay strength and balanced well with medium crystal caramel and toasty malts. Clean sweetness with a cookie component and a leafy softness (probably from the Mt. Hood hops). Increasingly herbal as it warms.

T: Hop flavor is more herbal than nose, but soft citrus is there as well as muted spicy notes. It has a minerally edge running throughout. Good strength to the pale US pub malt backbone with a fair bit of low & medium crystal and some toasty grain with a noticeable sugar cookie sweetness. Balanced hop bitterness that takes on a touch of resin at the end and into the finish.

M: Just a hair over medium with CO2 matched. Nice texture from both malt dextrins / sugars and hop tannins. But overall it is pretty smooth with a delayed drying in the finish.

D: Nice easy drinking standard US brewpub style pale. More malt focused and sweeter than something like an SN pale. But, hey, that’s the west coast. This has plenty enough hops and is fine in its own right.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge and a thin film in between.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of sweet malt extracts, nutty malts and toffee.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of nutty and sweet malts with bits of toffee, but these are mostly balanced off by a light amount of bitterness from the hops. The hops also contribute hints of spiciness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: From the smell and initial taste, you would expect this beer to be very malty and sweet but it manages to pack in enough hops to balance things out. It's a nice selection of you aren't looking for a pale ale that is overly hoppy.

Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, solid lacing.

S-Citrus, caramel, blandish. Nothing that jumps out at you.

T-Sweet with come citrus, grassy notes as well. Not the bitterness that you'd expect from an APA

M-Smooth with light carbonation.

O-An OK beer, nothing to blow you away but at the same time not horrible.

Photo of erosier
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer. I had it on tap at Brown's which makes it all the fresher. The color was a nice amber color with a short head that kind of stuck to the sides, like a good pale ale should. The smell was nice. Very nice aroma of sweet malt and fresh hops. The taste was a little bit decieving. It is hoppier than most pale ales I have had, and was closer to an IPA than the APA it is supposed to be. The aftertaste isn't bad, but it is closer to the hoppy IPA aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable, but it's hoppier taste threw me off a bit. It isn't a bad taste, it just threw me off. Still worth a try if you're down at Brown's.

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thin white head that leaves lacing on the glass.

The smell is earthy, almost musty. After initial aroma quickly settles, citrus comes through tied in with a candy sweetness.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt balanced by earthy hops. Late-entering citrus grows stronger as it progresses through to a grapefruity, dry finish.

Smooth in a fuller side of medium body.

A tasty "sessionable" brew that I liked the more it progressed. Letting it warm a bit more than usual reveals its true character. A hoppy pale ale with enough sweet malt to tie the hops (which seem to change character as it progresses, giving it a uniqueness) nicely.

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Frothy head lasts well, with sticky lacing. Aroma is lightly nutty, with pine and citrus hops note. Taste starts with citrus, goes malty sweet in the middle, and closes with a crisp piney hop character. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is very good as well. Nice representation of the style.

Photo of atr2605
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-purs a color with an off white head with good retention
S-caramel and a bit nutty, lower hop presence than expected.
T- the same in the flavor with a sweet malt start, some citrus hops, and the goes back into the caramel flavor.
M-Light-medium bodied with fair amount of carbonation
O-not a bad beer but needs some more hops. Would buy/drink again if the price was right.

Photo of potownbill
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So far, I have been mildly impressed by Brown's beers, but this one is a significant exception. I was almost able to finish the bottle.
Appearance:Yellowish orange with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: Some orange notes, but closer to a citrus cleanser.
Taste: All over the place. Some citrus hops, a little seltzer (carbonation with no real taste), flat out bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Dry
Drinkability: Not offensive, but not really worth the calories. I have recently tried a string of great beers (Three Floyds, Alesmith, Bells) and this beer isn't even close to keeping up.

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head that barely covers the top, but does retain well somehow, little lacing too, hazy reddish orange almost chestnut like color, column of streaming bubbles.

Nose typical English like bitter pale, grassy herbal hops, mild earthy and spicy, pretty grassy mostly and a touch fruity, mild sweet amber malt underneath.

Taste starts with malts, biscuity toffee little reddish candy malt, toasty and mild sweetness. Then mild spicy grassy hops, little herbal earthy, hint of pine and leafy notes. Starts mild to fair bitterness but increases especially on the finish which attempts to dry, but of earthy herbal hops mild spicy hop lingering, bit more toffee biscuit malts too.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall ok, fairly meh, more like English bitter and way on the malty side, which actually seems like what they were going for, so decent but not amazing.

Photo of mikeg67
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On Tap at the brewery in Troy, NY. Pours amber with long lived white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, ripe fruit and hint of hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Sweet caramel malt, ripe fruit on the palate followed by earthy hops. Finish is long and bitter. Too much sweetness in this brew for me.

Photo of smcolw
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle overflowed at opening--lost nearly half the liquid to the counter...grrrr. Interestingly, the head was modest, but it did leave a decent amount of spotty lace. The beer is an orange-gold color and cloudy.

Smells closer to a brown ale. There's darker crystal malt aromas along with a light floral hop. Lots of caramel.

This is a sweet pale ale...again, I would place this closer to the brown ale category. Lots of caramel on the tongue along with some nuttiness (almonds, hazelnut). I can detect some alcohol. The finish has some bittering hop while the swallow has a touch of earthiness. Good body and carbonation for the style.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler while getting a to-go order from the brewery. Served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, bright, crystal clear, orange-gold coloring with a frothy, tall, big bubbled, bright white head that starts around 2 inches, but settles into a solid half inch cloud of foam. Sparse lacing along the glass while the head settles. Aromas of subtle caramel, toasted grains, floral highlights, and a touch of hops spicing. Flavors are roasty all over the palate, with a buttered toast backbone supporting a grapefruit highlight, both tart and sweet, as well as some spice and bitterness from the hops presence. The beer is light and smooth in mouth, with a crisp, clean finish. Slightly hoppy, roasted aftertaste, with some resiny, bitter, and cedar characteristics. Smooth, flavorful Pale that maintains drinkability while challenging parts of the palate.

Photo of ecoboy
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Juicy Chinook, Mt. Hood and Cascade hops in a nicely balanced pale. Caramel malt says the beer menu.

Light in both color and aroma, with an apricot hue. 5.5% puts it on the sturdy side of abv, but the hops mask any extra alcohol presence. Brown's does have an array of ales that are higher in abv than their traditional counterparts.

Well done, if not unique. Mouthfeel is all about the hop finish, which would lean IPA, if it wasn't subtle enough. Firm flavor character balance must be subtle to those who can distinguish between hop nature, but is straightforward to this mouth.

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mildly bitter hop scent along with a slightly musty malt aroma. It seems to have pale and light crystal, possibly carastan, malts. The taste is decent as well. It has a weak malt flavor that seems a little watered down on the finish. It has a very bitter hop taste that goes down easy and finishes dry and a bit musty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, although it lacks balance in the flavor as well in the aroma.

Photo of Stimack
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, happy to find that Browns is bottling in 12 oz bottles now and looks like their beers will be available through out the capital district. I have had the Pale Ale before on tap but don't remember it and had not reviewed it before. This brew poured to a amber color with a good sized light tan head that has great retention and left chunky lacing down the side of the glass. The hop scent stands out and goes very nice with a solid sweet malt scent. The bottle says that Mt. Hood and Cascade are used as the finishing hop. To me the Mt. Hood hops stand out as it does not seem to be the strong grapefruit flavors from the cascade variety. The malt is there as well, quite in balance and really goes well with everything. Overall this is a fine brew, very drinkable and I am glad that it is now available in 6'rs.

Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a thin head into my glass. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Grassy hops and just a slight buttery touch of malt. Simple. Nothing really stands/jumps out.

Much less of the hops in the flavor and more of the malt. The balance is refreshing since the American version of the pale ale tends to place a bigger emphasis on hop bitterness.

Lingering buttery malt and not much of the hops. Not sure if it's fresh or not but I expected more.

Not bad but you can most certainly do better.

Photo of Capicu1987
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: poured coppery with a frothy head that didn't really dissipate much but left lacing on the glass

smell: very hoppy and bitter

taste: hoppy, bitter, and not too malty at all although some malt or caramel flavor does peek through

mouthfeel: full and thick and smooth

drinkability: finished the growler pretty quickly, i was disappointed when i ran out :(

I picked up a growler of this from Halftime Beverages in Poughkeepsie, NY and I was very pleased with it. Might have been hoppier than I expected it to be for an APA but I am satisfied.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a clear copper-orange color with a finger of white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring with some decent lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet caramel malts and with some subtle hop aroma mixed in. There is a touch of citrus and bread also in the nose.

T - Starts off with sweet caramel malt flavor and a touch of light. Through the middle some bread flavors and some light citrus hop come through. Finish is a blend of caramel sweetness and some bread flavor that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels fairly smooth and pretty crisp. The finish is a touch dry which is nice.

D - Very drinkable. Pretty well balanced overall. Could use a bit of flavor, in particular a bit more hops overall.

Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light reddish amber with a nice white head, but no good lacing. Aromas are more on the maltier side of things, but the 3 hop blend of chinook, mt. hood, and cascade comes through. Taste is juicer and hoppier than the aroma, but it still lacks a bit. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of things, drinkability is average. Not bad. Next.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle picked up at the brewpub.

Poured into a nonic.

This one pours somewhat foggy rustic copper hue with a two finger off white head that slowly dies down. Stickiness is pretty good, nice lacing left on the sides. Smell is a musty hay with a bit of woody and earthy hops. A metallic aroma finds its way blended with a faint citrus hop. An interesting spice flavor up front with a smooth caramel malt background. Some pepper and a apple cider like sweetness. Lacks hop flavors, but shows up towards the end with a tiny bit of a zesty citrus sting. Mouthfeel is pretty typical for the style, medium body with a solid carbonation. Overall, not a terrible brew but could use some tweaking. Brown's puts out some good stuff, lets hope they start to experiment more with new styles.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an solid amber color with a big tight dirty yellow head that resists fading. Bunches of Belgian lacing with each mouthful. The smell is good; sweet floral, almost citrus. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied and creamy. Full flavored, the sweet malt character is nucely balanced with a fruity floral hop. Very easy drinker and at 5.5% ABV stands to session nicely. Recommended.

Photo of drseamus
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber with a slightly reddish hue. Scattered head that looks a bit soapy.

S: I've smelled this beer hoppier but this particular pint isn't as aromatic. There is still some hoppiness, mostly of the thick piney variety.

T: Good bitterness up front. There is some hop flavor behind but it plays second fiddle. Some malt to balance but bitterness driven.

M: Med bodied but bitterness bites the tongue. Good feel.

D: This is a synergistic beer. The whole is greater than the parts, particularly because it could be an all day drinker.

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