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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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 vfgccp
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Zaphog
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BARFLYB
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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 epyon396
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is very citrus dominant initially, with grapefruit and tangerine opening the way for deeply toasted, nutty malt and resiny, earthy hops.

Flavor is a bit more muddled, with citrus clashing a bit with the deeply toasted/lightly roasted malt and resiny hop bitterness. Bitterness lingers a bit much in the finish.

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Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at King's Head

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Photo of Nunya
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of JoeMans
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbcrunch
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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 ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer is a fairly clear rich copper color with a half finger of off-white head. The head fades to at thin ring leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is a mix of some lightly toasted caramel malts and a touch of brown sugar and pine hops.

T - There is some sweet lightly toasted caramel malts and some brown sugar. Through the middle, some hops and some richer caramel and a bit of spices come through. The finish is a mix of caramel sweetness and some hops that linger.

M - The beer feels medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It feels very smooth and crisp. The finish is sweet and semi-dry.

D - Very drinkable. There is a nice balance of sweetness and other flavors and the hop addition is quite nice.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.13/5  rDev +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 +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Founders Misty Mountain Hop Brown from Founders Brewing Company
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