Brown Trout Brown Ale | Great Waters Brewing

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Brewed by:
Great Waters Brewing
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2003

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 29
Reviews by GeezLynn:
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3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a standard dark brown without much of a head. Aroma is nicely layered with hazelnut, light cocoa and a bit of woody spice.

Flavor is sweet and very malty and more straight forward than aroma. Chocolate and caramel are primary players and there's also light nutty character. It is lacking spice that the smell had me expecting. Seems to be well classified as an English Brown as the light bitterness is subdued by the malty sweetness. Just a bit sweeter than I'd prefer. Mouthfeel is delicate with moderate carbonation.

Not the best I’ve had from Great Waters but a nice beer. I'd expect that cask is the best form for this one.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the brewery. It pours bright brown. Chocolate and caramel flavors and aromas with a touch of roast and a moderate hop bitter accent on the finish. An easy to drink brown ale good malt with good hop balance.

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Photo of ADR
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap (but not cask)...

Somewhat chill-hazed medium brown appearance, quite a bit of light transmission at the bottom, though. Pock-marked head of over 1/4 of an inch with good duration. Nice complex laces. Nose is mostly a maple syrup type of maltiness, a touch of far off lime. Gravelly and grainy mouthfeel and flavors, malt sense is of undercooking and lacking in distinctive profile. Hops are not strong but show as slightly burned resin. No, we don't have a winner here, malts fall down when they may have been a much better counter to the more-than-expected bitterness. And at the same time, this is still not a "hoppy" beer...

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of edbeered
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Over the years there have been many different recipies for this beer. Some have been too sweet. Others were too thin. The current brewer seems to have gotten this one just right. It pours a dark rich brown hue, with a minimal head that dissipates quickly. One can smell a pleasant malty aroma. There's not a lot of lacing on the glass, yet this tastes rich and full. There is a nice nutty biscuity malty flavor that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is full without being syrupy. Nicely drinkable!

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffe like brown in color that I might try and describe as a mahogany color, but more like black coffee.

The nose has hints of nut that I didn't get from the cask version. The nose would most likely be described as malty however.

The flavor is definitely on the malt side of the house. It is smooth and easy drinking and leaves your mouth clean and ready for more. Very pleasant. On-tap this is probably in the top two for "most drinkable beers" at Great Waters in my opinion. Mr. Smooth (cask) would be my other if you are curioius.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of BigBry
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a pint, served in a Great Waters glass at the brewpub. Dark brown in color, lots of carbonation. Thin, off white head, that looked nice but didn't last. Lots of malty caramel smell. Full flavored taste of caramel and roasted malt, quite sweet with just a touch of hop in the background. Also some taste of molasses and nuts. Medium bodied, sweet and sticky, yet still creamy. Not the best brown I have had, but it is right up there. Glad I had a chance to try this one.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Strand
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown Trout was the only beer I had the opportunity to try while I was visiting Great Waters Brewing Co (St. Paul, MN), but it was a wonderful brew. Thick, rich head coupled with a smooth caramel and chocolate finish make for a grade A brown ale. The only negative thing about Brown Trout is that I have to go to St. Paul to get one.

I will make Great Waters a regular stop next time I'm in St. Paul.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a caramel-colored head of foam. It left some patchy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and caramel. Nice but nothing was too powerful.

T - It tasted of caramel, toffee and chocolate. It had a nice bitterness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice brown ale. I could have more of this one.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ALifeWellWasted
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tavernjef
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a very average brown, but needs some, no, alot of help. The color is a hazy light brown with a amber tint, some head stuck around and was very lightly laced. This had no real smell to me. Very light of a hop presence. Taste is watery, clean, and smooth. With a light hint of hop and malt, not much to it. Felt very empty. Drinkable, sure, so is water.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Brown Trout Brown Ale from Great Waters Brewing
3.65 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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