Brown Bird Brown Ale | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
captainlawrencebrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after the little birds that fly by the brewery looking for grain after the weather turns cold, this was originally to be a Fall/Winter seasonal. Clearly we underestimated the market for this smooth and malty brown ale, and we have decided to keep it for year round enjoyment.

Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 05-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
119
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: When held up to the light, this beer appears clear very dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that gradually died down that gradually died down, leaving large wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of nutty and toasted malts in the nose; smells of chocolate also become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of chocolate, nutty and toasted malts in the nose.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a flavorful brown ale that is easy to drink and would probably make a good accompaniment to a burger.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film, a thick patch, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: There are aromas of roasted malts with some light hints of chocolate and brown sugar.

T: The flavors start with toasted malts and some nuttiness. There is a light earthy flavor from the hops. This beer is well balanced and not overly sweet.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light smoothness.

O: Easy to drink and quite sessionable, this is a very enjoyable beer and one that I would enjoy having again. Nice complexity and balance.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/13/12 notes. Had on tap at Pony Bar on the UES in NYC. Poured in a 14 oz. pint glass.

a - Pours a medium nut brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, caramel malts, roasted malts, toasted malts, toffee, and some burnt malts. Nice and malty; really nice mix of caramel and nuts.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, nuts, vanilla, toasted malts, bready malts, roasted malts, burnt malts, and toffee. Even better than the nose thanks to a tiny bit of wood and vanilla.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smootha dn easy to drink at 4.8% ABV.

o - Overall a really nice brown ale. Aside from the Frangelic Mountain Brown I had last week, one of the better brown ales I've had in a while. nice caramel and nuts in the nose, and than some vanilla mixed into the taste. Very easy to drink and something I would like to have again.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure how I have missed reviewing this great beer that I have been enjoying for years from my favorite brewery... oh wel here goes...

Enjoyed on draft at the brewery and now froem a 1/2 growler (squeeler?) at home an hour later.

Pours the expected darker brown, mocha cap and leaving nice looking low sheeting and ample fields of sheeting all over the glass.

Milk chocolate nose...leads to the yummy first sip...I love this stuff...more chocolate, smooth an creamy mouthfeel...simply delicious brown ale...more chocolate, soft and smooth dark malts...sadly the Captain does not bottle this nectar anymore...gotta get it on draft at your local bar or at the source...go get some

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium amber-brown hue with a very light haze and a light effervescence. Head poured a very thin layer of ivory foam, but this dissipated quite quickly.

Smell: rich aroma which is nutty, chocolatey, caramelly and overall very brown ale-y. Quite good.

Taste: flavor is a little bit more subdued on the lovely chocolate from the aroma, but there's still a caramel and nutty quality to it. Hops come in here but are also subdued, and bitterness is low but balanced. There's a little bit of a tartness as well. Not bad, in general, but I would like to see this beer with a taste more like its aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with a good level of carbonation developing a respectably creamy texture. Pretty good!

Overall: a tasty enough and quite drinkable brown ale. I could see myself having this again; I'd like to try it on draft.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Looks beautiful. Illuminated brown body.When held up to a light source, the body almost looks crimson. Body is transparent. Head is massive and sticky. It laces incredibly well and retains throughout.

S-Very roasty and nutty. Quite a rich nose. One of the better smelling Brown Ales I have come across. Nice brown sugar and caramel along with bread crust and some light happiness in the finality of the aroma.

T-A very quaffable Brown Ale with many dimensions. It starts off very roasty and almost smoky. Then after is a mixture of bread and smooth, rich sweetness. A brief splat of mixed nuts. It ends out in a lightly bitter grassy hop flavor. You can actually taste the beer's flavor changing and shifting towards different flavor directions.

M-Light bodied and very sessionable. Perfect six-pack brew. A bit creamy with excellent carbonation levels.

O/D-Rarely am I impressed by a Brown Ale. This one is not epic, but it is incredibly tasty and very, very solid. This is one of the better Brown Ales I have come across. Happy with my purchase.

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Photo of CharlesK
2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: chestnut brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: caramel and coffee

Taste: nut, light toasted malt, caramel, and coffee

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, nice mix of sweet and bitter

Overall:Nice and malty. The nut comes through in places and it drinks like an English Brown Ale at times. Above average to good and certainly sessionable. There are others I would choose first in the style, but this is a quality brew.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pretty dark brown quite clear with a 1/2 inch of sticky head that settles to a thick lace ring.
S - Ah yea brown malts, toasted almond, and a touch of roast.
T - Sweet and rather balanced with toasted almonds, toasted breads, chocolate cococa, and some roasty twang.
M - Medium bodied and chewy very on par with the style.
Overall again I am impressed with Captain Lawrence they make very good beers, on the cheap. This one is a great brown ale.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to cosmicevan for the extra. Served in a standard pint. Pours a reddish-brown with a slightly hazy clarity and a loose, quarter inch, tan-colored head that sizzles and pops and recedes into a broken oily slick and a tight band around the edges. Nose is light and malty with a touch of sweetness as well as a slight nutty quality. There's also a trace of something metallic as well in the background. Taste consistent with nose - sweetness is not readily apparent; however a roasted coffee/earthy quality comes out in the flavor profile with a bit of noble hops and char the lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a prickly carbonation. A solid brown ale but nothing really stands out per se. That said, if you are a fan of the style, it's worth trying out.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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Brown Bird Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.75 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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