20" Brown | Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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20" Brown20" Brown

Brewed by:
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Named after the enormous Brown Trout found in Northwest streams, this beer lives up to the legend. 20" Brown is medium bodied and has an extremely complex malty character. Using 6 varieties of Northwest grown malt, we created a masterpiece of color, aroma and flavor. Set your hook in one of these and you won't be disappointed!"

Grains: 2-Row, Vienna, Crystal, Chocolate, Victory
Hops: Willamette, Centennial
Original Gravity: 1.053
Final Gravity: 1.013
I.B.U.'s: 35
Alcohol: 5.3

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-08-2003

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 48
Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a wonderful malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with an awesome hop aroma. It has excellent citrous hop notes. The taste is good. It has a complex malt palate and a smooth refreshing finish. It has a sweet, nutty flavor; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good brown ale. It has a complex flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The gargantuan ecru-colored head fills nearly the entire pint glass after the pour, remains domed in the center as it falls and looks like a melting scoop of coffee ice cream as it does so. Vertical strands of lace result in an interesting appearance. The beer itself is a mildly murky, reddish brown.

The nose is of lightly roasted dark malt with subtle notes of chocolate, nuts and apples. None of those secondary aromas jumps out of the glass, but they do make for a pleasant nose. My initial thought after tasting is that this is a good, straightforward brown ale. I haven't had too many in this style, but this is exactly what I think of, in terms of flavor and body, when I think 'brown ale'.

There's not as much roastiness on the palate. The flavors consist of dark caramel, light milk chocolate, toasted pecans and apples. The hops, while being relegated to the shadows, still manage to make a valued contribution. The body is a shade more full than medium with very little hint of creaminess or chewiness.

20 Inch Brown is a nice surprise. I hadn't previously heard of Cascade Lakes, but the name sounded interesting so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm certainly glad that I did because this is one well-crafted, delicious brown ale. If you happen to run across it, reel one in.

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Photo of isualum12
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NEW LABEL this year from the one shown here....

My first crack at this beer and I am impressed. Lots of chocolate on this one.

Poured with zero head for me. No fingers, no ring even. Odd... Color is a dark brown but not even close to black yet (that’s a good thing for me)
Smell was light but cocoa was the only thing I could pick up on it.

Taste- smooth wit a mild transition to the aftertaste which loses it's flavor a little. after my first taste the appeal for this beer really went from high to really high for me.

mouthfeel- no carbonization to get in the way.

I really enjoyed this beer and damn it I wish I would have bought more than one beer.

Thanks Cascade for the good beer....

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20” Brown was served at the Cascade Lakes “Lodge” in Bend. The beer was a brown-amber color, and was topped by a creamy, off-white head. The nose was roasty with coffee-ish malts, accented with a lightly spicy hoppiness. The taste presented nicely developed roasty coffee malts, great tangy transitional notes, and a dry, nicely bittered, lightly tangy, roasty finish. The body was a tad thin, but was smooth. Overall, 20” Brown is a pretty tasty beer that I would certainly enjoy again.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer its release from the 12-ounce brown bottle resides in the glass a somewhat murky mahogany color with the head Bunyanesque in size, creamy in texture and a toothsome light tan in color, as it slowly erodes the lace that forms becomes a thick and clinging sheet upon the glass. Nose is nutty sweet, fresh and crisp, hints of caramel and the start sweet with a personable malt presence, the top middling in feel. Finish is delightfully acidic, and the hops abundant but not overly so, a fine drinking beer, a nice thirst quenching beer on a hot Arizona afternoon.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my ol' roomate SurlyDuff who's now living in the PacNW he's within miles in any direction of fine craft brews. I guess he felt bad for me living in the somewhat desolate region for beer I live in the Ohio Valley. Anyway thanks Geoff and your beers are on the way. Appears a crystal clear mahogany brown hue with a very nicely formed beige head that forms thick and rises above the rim of my Fathead's pint glass. leaves even lacing all the way around with a nice collar of head as it dwindles down. Aromatics roasted malts bringing chocolate, caramel, and roasted mixed nuts to mind. A touch of metallic character with subtle earthy lingering hops. Flavor provides robust roasted malt, nutty dryness in the finish with pronounced hops that come off mildly piney and more so earthy or tobacco leaf like in nature. This would be a great cigar beer, that smokiness would be a great combo with these flavors. Mouthfeel carbonation very natural smooth yet ample in every way, medium bodied dry finish leaves the palate wanting another sip. Drinkability is solid although I'm never a huge fan of brown ales but this one is so textbook that you can't not like it, if I had session beers like this around me I would be a happy camper it might be time to relocate.

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Photo of Docer
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a nice little 6'er of this out in the boonies of PDX..

- Dark clear molasses brown... quick fizzing brown head down to only a couple of active spots on top... and quite honestly... all the good browns share this characteristic.

- Robust grain, roasted barley.. sweet malt... all present with a sharp hop bitterness.... pine, zesty...

- Taste is as it smells... large doses of grain, malt, barley... roastiness and a woodiness.. with a sharp hop punch of bitetr goodness... and a touch of earthy pine.

- Medium bodied, bubbly carbonation which lead to some massive belches.. little sharp and watering.

- Overall this is a great representation of the style... all things are balanced very well... but there isn't much that stands out other than the healthy dose of grain... reminds me of a Full Sail brew..

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a two inch head that leaves swathes of lace

Smell: Toasted grain, brown sugar and pecans, with a hint of honey and powdered cocoa

Taste: Toasted brown bread and pecans, up front, with brown sugar and bitter nutskins moving to the front; after the swallow, the brown sugar and cocoa powder elements move to the fore; the finish has a little too much raw grain and residual sweetness, however

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Kudos to the brewery for producing a flavorful English Brown as, most of the time, this is a rather boring style (to me); a little rough around the edges but still worth seeking out

Thanks, Docer, for the opportunity

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BA Mag Aug 2007

Brewed from a blend of six different malts, this beer is named after the legendary brown trout that live in many of the streams of the Northwest.

Light tan chunky head crowns the inside of the glass with a sticky lace. The deep amber color gleams from the light. Huge malty aroma, quite amazing with hints of toasted grain, caramel, brown sugar and dark raw honey. The medium body dons a thick, creamy, smooth mouthfeel, a bit more body than expected, which is fine by us. Robust toasted grain flavor that almost borders on roasted, with layers of unsweetened chocolate within. Big on malt, though not so much with the hops; they only lend a reserved bitterness and little flavor. Rustic toasted grain flavor goes from front to back and lingers long after with a semi-dry finish.

This gets a big thumbs-up from us; it's a sure pick for anyone who's into Brown Ales. This is a big fat one with loads of flavor--almost a meal in a bottle! But if you still feel hungry, try a rack of dry-rubbed baby back ribs with a side of slaw and beans.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub.

Look: deep dark amber body with a very good, off-white head; excellent lacing.

Pleasing aroma features sweet malts and spicy hops in about equal measure.
Flavor: follows the nose.

Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

20" Brown, named for Brown Trout, a popular fish around here I guess.

Having it on-tap at the CL Lodge in Bend.

Strong tan head and dark umbar body.

Roasty carmel and nuts. A coffee/porter twang in there too.

Very clean and almost watery, definitly aimed more towards the mainstream beer drinker. I would recommend this for someone just getting into craft beer.

I coincidently have had Bear Republic's Brown the other day too, and I must say I do not get enough browns these days! Keep em coming!

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Named for a trout, 20” Brown is a deep honey-crimson with seductive clarity and haunted lace. Its flavor profile is modest but is notably clean, assuring a wide appeal to casual drinkers. A malty caramel melody is accented with modest bittering harmonies and a sensuous mouthfeel.

I’ve had bad luck with browns in recent months. The style as a whole is neither widely produced nor especially well crafted in Oregon. 20” Brown stands out for its casual drinkability and agreeable nature untarnished by dour yeasty mayhem. Very friendly.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, from very friendly Boise, ID.

This beer pours a clear, medium reddish brown colour, with one finger of dense foamy pale beige head, which leaves some low-ridin' painted lace around the glass as it quickly settles. It smells of toasted nutty malt, and acerbic, zesty, yet nondescript hops. The taste is more roasted nutty malt, dark rye bread, mild sugary chocolate, and dry earthy hops. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium weight, a bit astringent, generally in the drying sense, so fairly smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the nutty malt holding sway over the less prevalent hop signature.

An agreeable enough brown ale, well-flavoured, balanced too, with the leaning to the nutty side, and if that's your thing, then, have at 'er.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tasty sessionable brown ale from Cascade Lakes Brwewing does almost everything right yet doesn't do anything exceptionally. It is a great beer to introduce someone into craft brewing due to its drinkability.

The aroma is pleasing and characteristic of a brown ale. Light chocolate malt, a touch of coco and brown sugar. There is also caramel and a mild toasted grain aroma.

A small to medium light brown head foams up and then quickly recedes. Lacing is minimal. This attractive brownish ruby colored beer is bright but not star bright, the slight haze lending a bit of mystery to the look of the beer.

Nothing much hits you up front but the middle has a very pleasing malt sweetness that stays around until the end. It's followed by a slight bitterness that urges you to take another sip of this medium bodied smooth example of the Brown Ale. Hops take a back seat, as they should in this style.

Just a bit watery towards the end with a very light lingering bitterness. Very drinkable.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium tawny-brown hue with no haze and a light-to-moderate effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy white foam which is not particularly impressive. Color is nice, though.

Smell: nice and malty with a caramel, biscuity and lightly nutty character. Kind of like a very nice mild; I like it because it's not over the top.

Taste: lightly sweet caramel character with a fair amount of biscuit and bread character. Usually I'm not a big fan of the biscuit but it works well enough here. Very little hop character, if any, but a light bitterness which rounds things out a little bit.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a pretty nice creaminess.

Overall: tasty and drinkable enough. Maybe not my favorite brown ale, but this would do in a pinch.

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Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The new label reads 20-Inch Brown, so I had some trouble finding this page at first. Definitely worth the hunt to review this brew, though.

Appearance: Nice colour. Clear, but not transparent brown. The head retention leaves a bit to be desired for 5.3% ABV.

Smell: Malty, yeasty, maybe a bit nutty. You expect the right amount of bitterness from the aroma, which I think is great.

Taste: Pretty darn good. Malty, but not overbearing or sweet. The hops seem just right for a brown ale (not overpowering the malt). The aroma shows you exactly what tastes to expect from the beer, which I think is an underrated characteristic of good beer. I like to be surprised with how good it smells/tastes rather than how different the two characteristics are from one another.

Mouthfeel: Exactly what I expected. Nothing unusual or exceptional here. Smooth. Does not overstay it's welcome. Not over-carbonated to mask any flavors.

Overall: If you're looking for an interesting brew, look elsewhere. This one hits the mark when it comes to craftsman ship, rather than novelty. It embodies what I wish more people would expect from their breweries. Not fantastic, but definitely better than the majority of what's out there.

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Photo of ccrida
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served much to cold in a shaker pint at Wyatt's in Albany, OR, the 20" Brown is a chill hazed cola brown with a thin, but long lasting bone colored head.

The smell is very neutral, even as it finely started to thaw, husky malt.

The taste in on the bitter side for a brown, pushing into semi-sweet territory as it warms, but is not astringent, and is generally inoffensive and enjoyable, with a clean finish.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, with a med-light body.

This was an easy drinking, sessionable brown, made for the masses, but ultimately forgettable.

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

Pours a slightly hazy copper brown color, thin off white head settles very quickly. Smells slightly of sweet maltyness, with hints of yeast. Flavor is fairly basic, a bit of malt sweetness with just a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, fairly light. Drinkability is quite good, due in part to the low abv, and the mellow flavor.

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Photo of hopdog
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium brown color with a large, light brown head. Lots of smaller floaters. Aromas of nuttiness and caramel. Tastes of the same; nutty with caramel. Creamy body. Nothing special...just your typical and drinkable brown ale.

Notes from and tasted on: 10/18/04

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Photo of flexabull
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light clear brown color with a nice head.

Aromas are of sweet malts, bread, and a bit biscuit like. Smells a bit "off".

Flavors are muted, a bit of a roasted malt quality, a bit sweet, and with a touch of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is about average. A bit lean in the mouth, but the finish is good.

Session worthy beer. Nothing special, but it is certainly drinkable.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium brown color. Small head. Aroma is nutty and fruity. A medium bodied brown ale. Malts are nutty and caramel, with a slight hint of chocolate. Hops are spicy and a touch floral. A touch harsh and a little too crisp for a brown ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of Reidrover
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light chesnut coloured ale, tan head.Some nice lacing. not much of an aroma. quite a thin taste even for a brown,very sweet..then some hoppy bitterness catches me by surprise near the end. very thin and sweetish on the palate. it drinkable but boring

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20" Brown from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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