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Organic Dread Brown Ale | Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

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Organic Dread Brown AleOrganic Dread Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 06-18-2006

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Forb
4.63/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cyclingdad
4.24/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very well balanced beer of this type.

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Mneme1984
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Beerswag
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of baybassboy
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of charlzm
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed June 30th, 2012 at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

Slightly hazy caramel color. Long lasting off-white head

Aroma is dark caramelized malts.

Flavor is a little sweet. Caramel and a touch of molasses. Low bitterness. Not much going on here.

Properly carbonated with just a little tingle.

A relative win for this brewery, sadly. This is the best beer they had on when I visited the tasting room; faint praise.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of flexabull
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a decent off white head, and pretty good lacing.

Aromas are quite nutty, roasted malts, toast, and mixed spices.

Taste is a lot like the nose. Light roasted nut flavors, some light cola, mild creamy sweetness, and a little bit spicy. Finish has a dry like crispness, as well as an earthy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Full, with good carbonation, but this feels slightly thin.

Drinkability is good. Pretty good brown ale all in all.

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Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interestingly, I found this beer to be really very good, although I had it very fresh on tap (unlike almost all the other reviewers so far), and slightly on the warmer side.

Anyway, it was very dark brown with hints of reddish, nice, medium creamy tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving a little nice lace.

Aroma is light caramely, strong toast, leafiness, hints of coffee, and overall very nice, firm, well-rounded, and very pleasant.

Taste is strongly caramelly with firm toast, light winey-plum character, and plenty of light but well-rounded leafy-peppery-toasty bitterness coming on at the finish and lingering. It is very easy to drink, but pretty characterful, well-rounded, and with good flavour, if perhaps slightly on the sweetish side and not overly complex.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.17/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 17 Jan 2008. Courtesy of my brother, thanks again (I think).

Medium sized lacy tan head. Opaque dark brown color. Aroma is a bit roasty with hints of licorice. Tastes a bit chocolatey, some roasty sweetness followed by a slight bitterness. Aftertaste is somewhat sour and smoky. Touch of clove and nutmeg as well.

Like all of the bottled offerings from SCMB I have tried to date, can't really recommend this.

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Photo of tyanow
2.87/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is an unspectacular beer in every sense. That being said, it's also not a particularly offensive beer - as long as it's cold. Once mine warmed up a bit I lost all desire to drink it.

Looks like a diet coke.
Smells like a watered down Newcastle.
Tastes like a tamed down and bland Sam Smith Nut Brown.
Feels kinda like a fizzy Newcastle.
If it's cold and your hot its very drinkable, otherwise not so much.

It is Organic, so kudos for that, but this is not SCMB's finest. They have a lot of other good brews.

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Photo of ibbjamin
1.68/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Paid $4.59 for a bomber from BevMo in San Jose, CA. Shared with my girlfriend. Poured my half into a pint glass. There is what I believe to be a date stamped on the UPC of this one; 052708.

Leaves a frothy, massive head of light tan large sized bubbles. Head retains VERY well. Opaque and very cloudy dark brown color. Good lacing.

There is a different aroma to this beer. I'm not fond of it, but it is unique nonetheless. Reminds me of something chemmy, like a cleaner or something. Now I'm making it sound terrible...well it's not that bad. It's hard to get past that to figure out what else is going on here.

It is funny to me that this is an organic ale that has a chemmy smell and taste. I hate to bash a beer, but this just is not very enjoying.

Mouth is rather watery and lighter bodied. Good carbonation. Luckily there is a crisp finish.


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Photo of magictrokini
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but, as with all organics it seems, its missing something. Pours clear brown with a small bubbly head. Musty, earthy caramel malt and nuts. Taste is watery caramel, nuts, some roasted malt, and cola. Mouthfeel was average... for an organic. Watery, loose, sad. Below average.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Stamped over the UPC is 040308 (just bought this a few days ago).

Poured a deeper brown color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, and somewhat earthy. There was something else there I just can't put my finger on. Tastes of roast, chocolate, caramel, and 'root beer'. Maybe that rootbeer'ish is what I was also getting in the aromas.

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2.76/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It isn't tying himself to one woman that a man dreads when he thinks of marrying; it's separating himself from all the others."

--Helen Rowland

Black cherry with thick slices of tangerine at the edges of the glass. While it isn't opaque, this is one of the darkest brown ales ever. That *should* be a positive thing. The golden beige cap looks like mounds of sticky bubbles piled nice and high. An extensive array of lace that follows the beer down the glass helps as well.

Although the aroma isn't spectacular, it gets the job done. The more I sniff, however, the more the negatives begin to surface. Underneath the brown malt there's a spicy, phenolic character that just might ruin things if it's a major part of the flavor profile.

The good news is that Organic Dread Brown is at least as good as Organic Devout Stout. The bad news is that ODS isn't that good. I might have to give the edge to this offering since its flaws are more easily overlooked. It isn't enough of an improvement to earn a higher score, though.

There are two main things going on. One is a thin brown ale with a flavor profile that isn't anywhere near as rich as its dark color would suggest. Some cocoa powder, a handful of roasted nuts, a few drops of lemon juice... that's it. The second is peppery, medicinal phenols that are just prominent enough to infect every mouthful. Not literally, but you get the idea.

The website says that the mouthfeel is 'surprisingly light'. Did it surprise them... or is it supposed to surprise us? If it's the latter, I don't like those kind of surprises. In the final reckoning, the beer is too light (taking both style and ABV into account) and is decently bubbled.

Even though I don't dread finishing this bomber of Organic Dread Brown Ale, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery should be careful when using words with negative connotations when naming their beer. Especially when that beer struggles to be considered average. On the other hand, if they'd improve the quality of their products, the name wouldn't matter a bit.

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Photo of illidurit
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample flight on tap at the brewery. Dark brown color with a tan head that leaves some appreciable lacing. Aroma is pretty weak, earthy maltiness (obviously organic) and some nuttiness. Flavor is average, bready malt, some caramel sweetness, nuts, and an out of place over-roasted finish. Not bad on the palate but I wouldn't want any more of this.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, obtained from Draeger's in San Mateo. This is only my second beer from this brewery.

Good appearance, fairly good head. Aroma is mostly of alcohol esters, not picking up much else in the nose sensor. Taste seems to be missing some of the caramel notes I usually expect with a brown -- they're there, just not as front and center as I usually expect. Hops are barely noticeable. Smooth, if alcoholic finish, a bit thin on the mouthfeel, but pretty darn quaffable.

It's okay, but not blowing my doors off. I'd try it a second time to see if it improves.

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Photo of TheLiterati
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Loved the rich, velvety brown color of this ale as I poured it into the glass. Not much of a head, though.

Roasted malt, nutty nose, with notes of burnt caramel or vanilla translates to the taste. Detected some mildly spicy undertones as others have noted.

All in all quite malty, and very smooth.

Hard to describe, but for some reason this beer seemed to be somehow incomplete - as though they're still working on it, or that it needs to "mature" somehow.

Mostly drinkable, though I'm not sure I'd ever have more than one.

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Photo of x35068
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I came across this beer at a local store, and decided to try since I usually like brown ales.

The appearance is very dark, almost black, with only a small head that dissappears shortly after pouring

Smell is not very noticeable.

Taste is smoky with a crisp afterfeeling.

Mouthfeel is thin.

This beer is highly drinkable, but I have had better ones of its type. I am glad I came across it, but not sure if it is striking enough to buy again.

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Organic Dread Brown Ale from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
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