Bufflehead Brown Ale | Flathead Lake Brewing Company

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Bufflehead Brown AleBufflehead Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Flathead Lake Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by joemcgrath27 on 03-01-2012

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cracked open a can I picked up at the brewery. It has the fruit of a southern English brown ale, but ramped up like most American takes on British ales. Nutty, toffee malts roll in after cherry esters. And there's a light, dry finish. Great brown ale, check it out if you can.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - near black solid colour, tall mocha head dissipated slowly leaving some random lacing
S - toffee, dark chocolate, light fruity and nutty with a heat of alcohol
T - roasty and espresso malt flavours dominate, lighter caramel and chocolate aromas, subtle candied fruitiness and burnt sugars
M - medium to light body, somewhat on the thin side with a slightly dry finish
O - this is a tough one because it is tasty and easy drinking, but everything about it screams 'porter' rather than brown ale. Worth a try just to see for yourself.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

At first glance this brew appears perfectly opaque - this is misleading. It is a very, very deep russet. No real head or lacing to speak of but the colour is genuinely beautiful.

Flavor wise, it's thick and light molasses and very light hops and thick and smooth and has a light toffee flavor.

Very very good.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mad16019
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can bought in Montana.

A - Beautiful dark copper color, almost opaque in the middle of the glass. Got a half inch cream colored head, nice lacing during the sampling.

S - At first you notice a bit of caramel and malts. After it warmed a bit you can get a little toffee and sweetness.

T - initial burst of hops is surprising and unwanted, and the carbonation seems a bit excessive. Malty finish and as the beer warmed and lost some carbonation it got much better. Vanilla becomes more pronounced.

M - Not bad, but too much carbonation ruins the initial taste/feel. Finishes kinda dry.

O - This is a pretty good brown ale. Tastes much better the nearer it gets to room temperature. First beer I've had from Flathead BC, and will try others. Wish it was hopped much less which would round out the flavor quite a bit. I guess it's just a victim of the IPA craze bleeding into other styles. Overall, a decent beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of archyquaffer
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker. A moderate pour produces about 3/4 inch of tan head that contrasts nicely with the deep reddish brown color of the beer. The head sticks to the sides for awhile, leaving wispy, isolated pinwheel galaxies floating on the dark void...

Plenty of pungent malt aromas-flavors in this one, with a distinctive nuttiness. Also a bit of caramel, and maybe a very slight taste of something weedy- rather like lake vegetation (call it the power of suggestion!)- this is more apparent in the aroma. Very clean in the aftertaste, with just a touch of fruitiness. The beer doesn't have much hop flavor- not even of the earthy variety, but I find it very pleasant nonetheless. A fairly creamy mouthfeel is apparent.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this brown, and I think it compares rather well with some of the very best out there in terms of a malt forward profile (the nuttiness is especially appreciated). A wee bit more hops would be recommended, however.

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Photo of casapy
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Murrhey
2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger khaki head with low retention. Leaves a nice ring around the edge. Dark mahogany color with high clarity.

S- Chocolate and caramel malts. Slightly sweet. Not much else is ringing out.

T- Semi-sweet semi-bitter maltiness. Chocolate. Nothing much else here. Not bad, but plain. Maybe a bit acrid.

M- Biting carbonation, dry, smoky finish.

O- I was hoping for more, but this isn't terrible. Below average.

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Photo of Sark
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Appearance- almost non-existant head with light beige around the edges, deep red-brown

Smell- sweet notes of toffee and caramel, light hop aromas

Taste- Nutty, caramel notes with a sweet malt base

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and smooth

Overall- mild mannered and easy drinking

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4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.72/5  rDev +31.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigleague
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Bufflehead Brown Ale from Flathead Lake Brewing Company
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