Brown's IPA - Brown's Brewing Company
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2.63/5 rDev -24.2%
Appearance: After a foamy spew from the bottle, the beer pours a cloudy copper color with a stiff head that leaves plenty of lace
Smell: Rather sweet, but with a distinct earthy pithiness; hard to describe as it is very different but not particularly appealing
Taste: A rush of almost medicinal bitterness flows over the tongue and, while there is a sweet malt undertone that registers on the palate, the profile is totally unbalanced both before and after the swallow
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky, with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Not quite sure whether this bottle was indicative as I have never tasted anything from this brewery before, but this beer was just not very enjoyable
10-11-2009 18:13:19 | More by brentk56
3.54/5 rDev +2%
Pours a decent fizzy almost fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice soapy lacing too, hazy reddish orange amber color.
Nose brings earthy grassy hops, a touch of an orange peel, bit floral and fruity too, eventually floods the fruity faint citrusy hop note. Mild sweet malt base, touch of fruity esters I think.
Taste brings a mild grainy sweet malt to start, reddish amber malt and a bit toasty and grainy, a bit smooth and rich though. Then hops, herbal earthy hops, a faint spicy, bit leafy and quite grassy too. It has a mild citrus peel as well, and touch fruity. It has a mild slick feel to it, strange, with fair bitterness that really ramps on the finish, gets a bit astingent, spicy grassy herbal hops lingering.
Mouth is med bod, a little slick slimy like thing feeling which is meh, lower carb too somehow.
Overall OK, but nothing great, decent malt profile that's a bit much for an IPA, hops are OK but not great, some weird esters I think come though with fruity notes and that slick feel.
08-02-2014 00:33:01 | More by jlindros
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
This beer exploded out of the bottle. I lost about a quarter of the brew. Surprisingly, there's no overwhelming head but it lasts leaving some blanketing lace. The brew is very cloudy and has an orange-amber color.
Lots of caramel and very little hop aroma. Reminds me more of a British IPA than an American one.
This is a strongly malty IPA. Only the swallow and aftertaste are bitter. The broth is semi-dry with a richness I wasn't expecting. I'm warming up to this beer. There's a creamy flavor that reminds me of UK ales.
02-19-2011 02:46:39 | More by smcolw
3.85/5 rDev +11%
12 ounce bottle, w/o any sort of freshness info to be gleaned. Pours typical amber, but on the moderatly cloudy side. Nice long lasting khaki head, very slowly morphs to a thick film and leaves all kinds of elegant looking strands of lace. Grainy, piney hop notes, over a slightly thin malt base. Smooth mouthfeel, again perhaps just a bit on the thin side. Suprised by the ho hum ratings of this one. Nothing special, just an easy drinking better then average NY State IPA. Enjoyable brew.
01-20-2010 00:42:26 | More by Billolick
2.55/5 rDev -26.5%
12oz bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's in Albany, NY.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Pillowy head recedes very slowly, with plenty of chunky lacing. Aroma is citrus and tart, some off vegetal character. Taste starts sweet, piney in the middle, vegetal comes on in the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, but drinkability suffers as does the whole experience, from the off aroma. Unfortunately the smell reminds me of garbage, which is off-putting.
11-22-2009 22:48:20 | More by ppoitras
4.22/5 rDev +21.6%
Pours a nice dark golden color with a two-finger head into my glass.
Grassy hops with only a whimper of citrus. I was expecting it to be hoppier but that's alright.
Hoppier than I expected here with a beautiful citrus bite. Makes up for the deflated aroma.
Lingering citrus/grassy hops with buttery malt. Mmm. Not much else to tell here.
I like this example of the style. I'm usually a sucker for IPAs anyway but this is good as it is.
07-05-2011 05:28:43 | More by Brad007
3.45/5 rDev -0.6%
Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, pale, copper coloring with a sparse, frothy, white coating on the surface. Decent cling to the glass as you drink, too. Aromas of rich toffee and biscuit, with a touch of grapefruit and heavy cut grass scent from the hops presence. Smells similar to an English IPA. Flavors are rich and roasted, with a slight oily feel initially. Resiny hops forward, with a strong bitter and floral boquet, supported by a toffee backbone. The hops blast forward into the aftertaste, which is bitter dominant. Dry, slick finish. This becomes a type of English and East Coast IPA hybrid, but a bit unbalanced and clumsy.
12-22-2012 21:45:06 | More by GarthDanielson
3.48/5 rDev +0.3%
Enjoyed at the brewpub in Troy this IPA has a clear brass/copper color with a very solid off-white cap on top and a wicked layer of lace. The aroma brings a disappointing waft of metal biscuit with just a hint of lemon-lime. The flavor thankfully rescues things nicely with a more typical IPA blend of malt biscuit and grainy citrus hops. The feel is pleasantly crisp with a medium-plus carbonation and a slightly dry finish from the hop bitterness. It seems to have plenty of hops despite the nebulous nose hit up front. There’s some caramel and bready grains in there as well. All in all, if you skip any aroma savoring, this is a very decent and highly drinkable hop brew. Certainly a safe choice!
09-12-2012 17:34:59 | More by Durge
3.48/5 rDev +0.3%
a: hazy amber color, decent white head, some lace and retention
s: pale malt body holds a moderate dose of caramel, muddled earthy hops with notes of pine, a little rustic but fine
m: highly carbonated, not quite offensively so, but certainly on the high end, body medium-full and a touch slick
t: buttery caramel with a harsh, abrasive pine hop profile, well hopped but the residual sugars still impose, unbalanced, highly bitter finish, initially off-putting, but it grows on me after a bit
d: okay, too sweet for high drinkability
single from Westmere, Albany
07-08-2010 03:55:41 | More by blackie
3.68/5 rDev +6.1%
A - Served a bright and slightly haze copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head reduced down to a spotty layer and a ring and left behind some nice lacing on the glass.
S - Aroma has some nice pine hop aroma and a touch of caramel malts in the background. Touch of citrus hop also in the background.
T - Starts off with some nice pine hop flavor and some caramel malt backbone. Touch of citrus hops also mixed in. Through the middle there is a bit more hop coming through. The finish has a blend of hops with some nice bitterness and a touch of sweet malt that lingers nicely.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is nice dry finish at the end with the bitterness. Pretty crisp and refreshing.
D - Very drinkable. Decent hop profile, but it could use a bit more of a punch for an IPA. Otherwise fairly well balanced, it a little tones down.
04-02-2011 23:11:21 | More by ngeunit1
3.64/5 rDev +4.9%
Im sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a mug. Beer has been in my cellar for about a year.
Pours a clear chestnut hue and a slightly frothy beige head of 3 cm foams up and fades to a thick surface foam with a few larger bubbles mixed throughout. Some windowpane lattice after each sip.
The aroma is some husky malt and a bit of biscuit, this rolls to a floral hop presence and light pine. I suspect the nose may have faded a little, but the beer still smells pretty nice.
First sip reveals an average body with fine rolling carbonation that is gentle as it coasts across my palate.
Flavor is caramel and some grainy malt and then some dry bitter hits with citrus rind and some pine sap. I also get a little black peppery alcohol sneaking in, which I didnt expect.
The beer i very drinkable and may have been a little more hoppy fresh, but there is still a decent astringent bitterness on each sip.
No flaws and a well made IPA, without being over the top in booze or hops.
06-13-2014 02:16:04 | More by sulldaddy
3.43/5 rDev -1.2%
A-Clear orange, some lacing is left behind.
S-Some earthy tones, little bit of dirt, not much in the way of hops.
T-Earthy, little bit of citrus and dirt. Not much bitterness.
M-Medium bodied, decent carbonation.
O-A boring, bland semi-avoidable IPA.
10-27-2011 02:51:48 | More by rlee1390
4/5 rDev +15.3%
This is the regular IPA the NY hop harvest is the wet hop version.
A: Nice dark hazy copper color. About a finger and a half of white head with good lacing.
S: You can really smell the cascade hops in this one. There isnt really enough malt to balance the nose out but what is wrong with a hop dominant IPA?
T: A nice balanced IPA. It is really bitter but enjoyable. The malt is nice and sweet in the finish.
M: Little sticky in the body. Well carbonated for a growler fill.
D: I enjoy this beer. It is now in bottles which is nice. On tap is even better though. A great local beer.
03-07-2009 21:03:30 | More by aerozeppl
Brown's IPA from Brown's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.