Misty Mountain Hop Brown | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by TCgoalie on 10-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by nickadams2:
Photo of nickadams2
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Founders.

A_Dark brown pour with ruby red highlights. Thin of white head.Good retention.Good lacing.

S_Strong malty,brown sugar and spice aroma.

T_Same as nose.Caramel,nuts,brown sugar and spice.Nice hoppy dry finish.

M_Medium bodied with a great finish.

D_A bit high on ABV but overall a great brown ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32 oz. growler. Deep brown body. Smell is hoppy even as I pour it into the glass. Grapefruit and resiny pine. A little bit of nuttiness and toasted malt in the nose. Taste is still aggressively hopped. Grapefruit mostly. Bitter toasted malts accentuate some of the more piney hops. Chocolate malt and a strong bitterness in the back end. Medium body. I wasn't enthused by the description, but this drinks really nicely. Aggressive malt backs up an aggressive hop flavor.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Capone’s (Norristown, PA) on 6/9/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, topped with a thin frothy covering of eggshell-white head. This retains with a creamy look that skims the surface, keeping some rich edging, and leaving back some nice looking patches of robust lace.
The aroma is freshly floral and piney in the nose, which sits on top of a delicious underlying mix of roast and burnt sweetness (molasses is heavy), while green citrus flavors round out the corners. This is very nice.

The taste is sticky and roasted on the palate, with lot of caramel flavor that is coming off as borderline maple syrup at times, brown sugars, dark malt, a fresh citrusy bitterness, and some strong pine notes. This finishes dry, resinous, and very pithy with bitter fruit on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm carbonation that tingles the tongue but then gets smoother and creamier along the back of the palate. None of that nearly 8% ABV is readily apparent here at all, further adding to the accessibility of this.

With its rich and delicious mix of hops, roast, and sticky malt flavors here, this is not only a very good beer from Founders but probably the best IBA that I’ve ever had. I loved the overall balance and robustness of this. Well done Founder’s. Well done.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dfclav
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at blue dog 6/10

A - towering soapy 3 finger head that hung around forever. The beer itself is a beautiful golden brown, or very very light chestnut with plenty of active carbonation.

S - smells extremely hoppy. Pine and grapefruit stand out, with slight notes of floral and earthy hops. Similar to a well hopped IPA, not a brown ale.

T - very refreshing citrus bite with a pretty aggressive hop twang for a brown, more like an IPA. A bit grassy, with a very subtle roasted finish. Nothing very complex about this beer, but it is a refreshing brown.

M - about medium bodied, leaning more toward the lighter side. Good twang from the hops and the malts hold everything together well enough from being a mess.

O - good beer, not great but I am glad I got the chance to try it. As with pretty much every founders beer I have had, I would probably have it again.

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Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Manboy21182
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Christierocks
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Blanco
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjd315
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoshVandy
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes:

6/25/2011- 64oz. Growler from my recent trip to the brewery into a Founders snifter.

A- Pours a hazy redish brown with a 1 finger off-white head. Pretty good retention and great lacing on the glass.

S- Nice maltiness with some hop resins, subtle caramel, coffee, some chocolate, maple

T- Nice hop presence that isn't overpowering, followed by a clean maltiness. Slight caramel, espresso and more chocolate.

M- Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly smooth and somewhat creamy for a brown.

O- A hopped up brown ale. Not what I'd call my favorite, but fairly decent overall. Stands in the huge shadow of its Mountain Brown brother, Cashew.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smokeypeat
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's

Held up to the light the color reminded me of the red clay soil we had for dirt growing up in the south. A muddy brown with highlights of red throughout. White head was about 1 finger in width. Smell has a toast quality to it, with some pine resin coming through. Really liked the uniqueness of the taste. It really is just a hopped up brown ale, but I love the interplay of that toasted, nutty, earthiness with the piney resinous hops. I didn't get much in the way of citrus. Definitely more herbal or grassy with the pine more prominent. Solid mouthfeel with a good carbonation level for the style. Founders has yet another good one here. I would like to see this bottled at some point. I'd definitely pick up a 6er.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FedExPope
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

Pours a medium brown color with a thin off-white head. Some spotty lacing. The nose brings strong pine and earth with a moderate amount of semi-sweet brown malt and a higher amount of lightly-roasty malt. The flavor offers a good balance between slight roast and toast plus some piney and earthy hops. The hops dominate, but the malt provides a nice backbone in a way that works here that wouldn't with a traditional IPA. Good balance all around. Strong hops in the finish. Quite solid.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to see a new one on tap, 10/17/10

Pours brown with a red tint. When held up to the light you can't see through the middle, but some light peeks through the sides of the pint. The head is a white film that lingers on the edges. Some bubbles get stuck to the sides of the glass, but in general, not much lacing.

The smell yields pine hops, dark malts, and a bit of roasted barley. I'm not a big fan of smelling beers at breweries as it is always difficult to catch the nuances.

It tastes almost like a brown IPA, a great pine hop presence backed by ample dark malts. The balance is good and also includes a slight roasty note.

I believe the mouthfeel is the best part of this brew. Despite being a medium feel in the mouth, it manages to create a creamy full feeling that doesn't overstay its welcome. The taste has a bite and the mouthfeel comes in to soothe...very nice.

Often times brown ales are too malty for me. I was pleased to drink this as it is a hoppy brown. Definitely one of the better browns I've had and extremely drinkable. Given that this is a class 1 Founders beer at 7.7%, it is a 5 for bang/taste for your buck.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SHDoyle
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Description: A rich brown (surprise!) color with a fluffy slightly off-white head, about two fingers worth in a pint glass. Left a ton of lacing. I expected a malty, sweet aroma from a brown ale, but piney hops were the most prominent aroma. Also some earthy, smoky scents. The taste is similar and it's hoppier than a lot of IPAs I've had. But even with that, the flavors were still pretty mellow and had a clean, slightly bitter finish. The feel was smooth, creamy and light with low carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Pot roast

If you like this beer then you should also try: Uranus (The Magician)

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely have it again) I was surprised to see this show up at my local growler spot. Judging by the other ratings, this hasn't been in circulation much over the last few years. Might just be a one-off from Founders or they lost a few kegs of it somewhere in the back of the brewery and it's been marinating for four years. Either way, this was a nice treat. I think it could/should find a spot in Founders regular rotation. I don't think the category exists, but I would call this a 'Brown IPA': like a Black IPA but a bit lighter.

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish copper with ruby edges and a half finger of head. The nose is super piney and hoppy. The hops are the start of the show here while all the traits that make a brown ale a brown ale are muted.

This is tasty but style should matter to some extent.

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Photo of epyon396
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of craftaholic
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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Misty Mountain Hop Brown from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 60 ratings