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Brown's IPA - Brown's Brewing Company

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Brown's IPABrown's IPA

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brown's Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aerozeppl on 03-07-2009)
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Photo of SickGnar


3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark golden amber with lots of rising big bubbles and just a hint of haze. Big, rocky, light-ecru head with good retention and super lacing.

S: Sweet caramely malts and pine & citrus rind hops. A soft bit of diacetyl as it warms. Pleasant, but not very forward.

T: Quite a lot of medium to light crystal caramel and sweetness – sort of honey impression. Almost too sweet. Some toasty grain & biscuit round out the malts. Touch of diacetyl. Fairly firm bitterness & hop flavor, but still pretty balanced for an IPA. Pine and grapefruit rind push the sweet malt aside with a sugar drizzled effect. Middle to end goes increasingly resin and rind. A significant amount of sweetness makes it into the finish to mingle with the lingering hops that show a firm pine/resin/earthy aspect.

M: A bit over medium body with CO2 matched to keep it from leaning heavy feeling. Lots of coating, tacky sugars, a mild bit of chewy dextrins, and lots of hop tannins. Despite all the sweetness, the hops eventually manage to take the finish drying.

D: A tad too much sweetness that slows you down a bit. The diacetyl seems rather out of place with the US pine and citrus hops. I had no issue finishing the glass, but probably would not go for another right away.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 00:07:51 | More by SickGnar
Photo of DoctorB2B


4/5  rDev +14.6%

11-20-2011 20:41:26 | More by DoctorB2B
Photo of rlee1390


3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 02:51:48 | More by rlee1390
Photo of ikats

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, light amber in color with a substantial slightly beige head. Grassy hops fill the aroma, but there is also sweetness of malt. Taste is not terribly bitter, but hops are evident. Malts also play a significant role. I personally think it's a little too much malt, but I am not sure it's out of style. Fairly balanced. There is some bitterness in the aftertaste, but not unpleasant. Medium body. Seeing that I am almost done with my pint while writing this review, I'd say it's drinkable.

I believe this is my first Brown's beer. Based on it I wouldn't mind trying more. It's local beer for me (NY state), and that's important to me. Freshness date on the bottle would be nice to have.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 04:42:58 | More by ikats
Photo of Brad007


4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 05:28:43 | More by Brad007
Photo of atr2605

New York

2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a slightly dark copper with a creme colored head about 2 finger widths with above average retention
S-nice citrus and a little pear aroma and a touch of malt
T-a little spicy with a burnt kind of bitterness. I'm not getting really any of the fruit coming through in the flavor, or crispness from the hops. Quite bland with only the burnt taste really coming through.
M-Medium to full bodied. Right on par.
O-Color is great, aroma is really pleasant, but the flavor really fell through. It didn't have alot of character in the hop flavor, it was just very bland. Not the worst, but I wouldn't get it again

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 01:44:33 | More by atr2605
Photo of erosier


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clear yellow-orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of caramel malts, a mix of some citrus aromas and some earthy, citrus hops at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts with a hint of caramelized malt, and then a nice mix of citrus, pine, earthy, and floral hops that are clearly there but not overpowering. A nice change from the hop-bombs everyone expects with an IPA.
M: Lighter bodied, crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Overall a pretty decent IPA and it was nice to have something that didn't feel so acidic going down, real nice mix of flavors and feel.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 13:01:11 | More by erosier
Photo of Jazzcrop


2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Tastes are brown sugars, sediment, fake caramel, vegetable hops and tastes, paper, apple pits, kooky bitterness, onion rings, malt extract, beef sirloin gravy, plastic tubes, green tea, gingery spice, pickled pears, medicine and rotten fruit. Not my forte.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 23:25:58 | More by Jazzcrop
Photo of ngeunit1


3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 23:11:21 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of Tartarus


3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S: When I popped the cap off this one the head was already bubbling. When I poured it had about an inch or more of head with a translucent copper color. Smell is underwhelming, you get more malts than hops.

T&M: This might be the most balanced IPA I've tasted. You get a reasonable bite from the hops and the malts even it out. Doesn't taste like your stereotypical IPA but it's a nice change of pace. Mouthfeel is smooth with little carbonation.

D: Milder flavors make this one more drinkable than many other IPAs. I could see myself drinking a couple of these if I weren't worried about the 6.5 abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 01:57:22 | More by Tartarus
Photo of smcolw


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 02:46:39 | More by smcolw
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got a 12oz single of Brown's IPA at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY for $2.65.

With a moderate pour this hazy copper colored brew gives a nice 1" of hearty light tan head that creates craters and thick globby lace as it slowly slowly settles. Great retention and great lace. Nose is candied pine, diacetyl, and raw grains. On the tongue it's a bit heavy with diacetyl for the style, bordering on offensive as it clashes with the hops. Trying to ignore the butter they're tangled up with, the hops are a nice bitter resiny pine and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is good all around- enough carbo to temper the bitterness, moderately thick, finishes dry.

The diacetyl here is a major flaw, it seriously clashes with the hop and muddies the whole thing up. A damn shame. The smallest change could make this a great beer. So close, yet so far away.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 23:49:51 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of mjaskula

New York

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. The color is a hazy copper, a little darker than I expected. The medium off white head thins and leaves a film of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is well balanced between the sweet malts (honey?) and assertive piney hops. Hop bitterness is strong, but hop flavor is lacking, a faint bit of grapefruit and pine. Malt flavors balance the hops nicely.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are fine. A well balanced easy drinking IPA, but nothing about it stands out as special.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 00:47:50 | More by mjaskula
Photo of blackie


3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hotel beer

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

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 03:55:41 | More by blackie
Photo of TangTKE402

New York

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a glass mug from a 12 oz. bottle. A 1-finger head developed with some fairly decent lacing. The standard-issue IPA ring of foam persisted throughout the duration of the beverage.

Minimal nose, mostly floral and piney in nature with a hint of yeast.

The flavor is loamy and muted behind a muddy texture. It's not bad, but largely tastes like earth and leather, without that nice floral flavor that exists on the nose. It swallows well with some brighter hop characteristics, but leaves the flavor of mushrooms in your mouth on the swallow (but I like mushrooms.)

The mouthfeel is heavy and flat with a nondescript silt texture.

Overall it's not a bad beer, but for the bucks there are many better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 23:41:03 | More by TangTKE402
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 00:42:26 | More by Billolick
Photo of lansingj24

New York

4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

A: Reddish color that yielded a good white head. The head quickly disappeared and left a pretty good lacing.

S: Hops are right up in front and they smell great! Spicy, piney hops. A hint of malt in the back but the hops really come out nicely. I really did enjoy the smell.

T: As with the smell, the hops come through first. Citrus and pine. A spicyness lingers afterwards that was quite nice. Crisp finish also present that complimented the flavor profile nicely.

M: Thicker mouthfeel, which is what I always appreciate in an IPA. It wasn't too thick though as to make a labor to drink. Crisp enough to make it a good beer to relax with.

D: Great beer. Didn't even realize the ABV was at 6.5%. Would make it a session otherwise. One concern is that I feel like the spicyness could be cumulative as you keep drinking it, making it overwhelming in the end. Still, great beer and great style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 15:15:39 | More by lansingj24
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a little surprised at the low ratings for this brew but for me this is a very good brew. I have been enjoying this brew for a good while know and am actually surprised that I had not reviewed this in the past. Poured to a slightly hazy copper/amber color with a thick pillow white head that leaves great lacing. The aroma has a inviting mix of hops, Chinook and Cascade with malts peaking through. The hop aroma for me on this one is very nice, not domineering but enough of a presence to be up in your face. The flavor, again for me, is very good. Nice malt flavors peak quickly and break to an enjoyable hop flavor. Finishes on the sweat side but is nice, hop flavor lingers on the tongue. Now this is not a favorite style for me but IMO this is a solid offering and I am glad to have it in the 12 Mix pack. Again, IMO, another good job from Browns.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 18:48:32 | More by Stimack
Photo of ppoitras


2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 22:48:20 | More by ppoitras
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 18:13:19 | More by brentk56
Photo of HopHeadHerman


2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Beautiful copper cloudiness

S - Definitely some distinct hops. Unlike many other IPA's i've smelled.

T - Sweet towards the end. Didn't really dig this that much.

M - Good. A little sticky.

All in all, not one of my favorite IPA's, but drinkable, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 06:27:17 | More by HopHeadHerman
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2009 21:03:30 | More by aerozeppl
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Brown's IPA from Brown's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.