Founders 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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Photo of Blanco
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 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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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the good old bluedog.

A- comes to me with a good finger or so of off white head that holds for a good bit and leaves a great spray of sticky chunky lace on the glass. Dark red brown in color that glows nicely in the light.

S- nice earthy herbal hop with on top of a nice dark toasted malts.

T- opens up with a slightly grassy earthy herbal hopping that rolls slowly into the toasted malts without completely being lost in the mix. Mildly bitter grapefruit rind hit.

M- about medium in body and a bit below medium in carb. Dry finish.

O- nice twist on the brown ale and not hopped in a fashion that will clash with the base beer. Awesome to say the least.

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

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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4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tracker83
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brycevolk
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BARFLYB
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Blue Dog,

Misty Mountain Hop Brown is a very brown beer. Chestnut brown that cant be seen through and a nice beige head about an inch up leaving sheets of lace. Great retention, this one is alive. Smell is fairly simple with herbal hop scents mixing in with lucious maltings. Earthy and somewhat citrusy. Taste consists of toasted malt and bread with a nice amount of earthy hops with a small, a small, a small amount of citrus. Some caramel/toffee with even a smudge of roast in the middle leaving for a hop kick at the end oh so small. This is a good thing by the way. Feel is right on the money, not to heavy, not to light, id say a step below medium with adaquate carb. Goes malty finishes hoppy, a nice transition. I gotta say, this was easy to drink and I coulda had another, no problem. Overall, it's not a complex beer but it is balanced and pulls no punches. I think Founders have this brown ale thing on lock. I have never seen a brewery experiment with a style that is normally a fart in the wind, and for that I thank them.

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

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 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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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 sideshowe
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

America's upper midwest region has always flirted with maltier, heavier, and more robust taste. But with the influence of hops come knocking, the American brown ale is taking a bitter turn.

Founders Misty Mountain Hop Brown comes out of the gate with a medium-dark brown hue and a sturdy frothy sand-stained head that crowns the ale. Robust aromas of toffee, nuttiness, coffee and cocoa pale in comparison to its citrus and pine overtones. While its taste is rich with toffee and caramel, that sweet balance will give way soon.

That's because over the middle palate, the sweetness gradually fades and the hops begin to rise. As the savory character of pecan, toast, caramel and butter pecan retain, their associated sweetness retracts and the bitterness sets in swiftly. Coffee-like with the shavings of fresh pine, the grassiness of a fresh mowed lawn and bright citrus rinds all complement the bitter finish.

Medium-full on the palate, the beer's rich upstart is slow to relax and keeps the taste richer and fuller late into the session. A mild coffee-like astringency balances the sweet finish for a session that's as robust as it is bright.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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