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Brown Bird Brown Ale | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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3.74/5
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121 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#24,024
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
121
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Clear ruby chestnut body. Fat finger of creamy, dense, light peanut brown. Nice lacing. Toasted grains, singed caramel, nutty malts, and a bit of rummy fruit. Nice!

Nutty, toasted malt up front. Tobacco and scorched caramel figure into the middle palate, along with light roasted coffee, a little dark chocolate, and maybe a hint of hazelnut. Toasty, herbal bitterness throughout, but it doesn't get in the way of the malt. Lingering caramel and caramelized fruit malt in the finish. Moderate body with a slightly over-carbonated, gushy feel. Still, a very nice brown ale.

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Photo of Gmann
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure if this is the same beer that I had on draught earlier this year.

Pours a clear brown color, some ruby highlights. The head is dense but short settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma has a nice nutty wood aroma. Some brown sugar and a raisin bread (minus the raisins) scent. Sweet and earthy.

The taste is bright for a brown ale. Honey and brown sugar sweetness are forefront. Good bready brown malt base with some light woody and nut notes. Some tea flavors but not strong enough to make this brown dry. No real evidence of a hop presence, which is ok.

Moderate feel with airy carbonation. Sweet on the palate. Finishes slightly dry.

This is a very flavorful brown, exactly what I think a brown should taste like. Not very hoppy like most American brown ales but I rather have this malty flavor that Brown Bird brings. Go get some.

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Photo of mrfreakybig
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Captain Lawrence is a local brewery for me, so when I saw their bottles start to appear in stores, it was an exciting discovery. So, I bought a six pack of this one, which I had never tried before. It pours a great, deep brown, sort of burned caramel color, with a fantastic aroma to match. It’s thick, it’s malty, and very, very good all in all. I figured the Brown Bird would be a good beer, but it was better than I expected.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Fahz
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear brown with a two finger white head, good deal of carbonation as well.

S-Roasted malt, nuts, caramel with some spice.

T-Starts with roasted malt, some nuts and a tad bit of caramel, not much bitterness though.

M-Light, a little watery, some carbonation.

O-A decent brown ale but not upper echelon, a tad too watery and could use some bitterness.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: At first when I poured it, it looked like a stout, but when I moved it into better lighting the dark brown, almost mahogany colors came out. Huge off-white head with small amounts of lacing.

S: Clean roasted malt and freshly ground coffee aroma.

T: Very malty with a roasted coffee flavor. Slight chocolate tones.

M: So light for such a malty brew. Low to medium carbonation. Nice long toasty finish.

O: A very nice, easy drinking brown from CL. Sadly, this tastes a little watery. If it had more concentrated flavors it would be awesome.

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Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of blmar311
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of bsimms
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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 cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not sure if this is the same as the captain lawrence brown ale, but this is the newly bottled brown bird ale, enjoyed out of a captain lawrence taster tulip. based on appearance descriptions alone, i'd imagine that this is different from the brown ale since i really don't get the clarity called out in the brown ale reviews.

a - brew poured deep brown with a generous head that left a finger worth and sticky chunky lacing. the beer is opaque but shows signs of amber along the side of the glass when held to the light.

s - really nice. brown ales aren't always this pleasing, but plenty of brown sugar and sweet malts. nutmeg and holidays. really pleasant. the sweetness offsets the malt dominance and makes it really nice. very appetizing.

t - wow, paint me impressed. possibly one of the best brown ales to cross my palette. extremely well balanced if not offset by sweetness...the malt presence is strong, but the sweetness comes in hardcore to take what could be a marzen and slams it cleanly into a brown ale. i LOVE this brown ale. far superior to smuttynose which is one of my favs.

m - medium bodied, a bit fizzy, but even carbonation. really unassuming and enjoyable.

o - overall, i really thought that the capt had found my 6 pack sweetspot with liquid gold or freshchester, but this one takes the cake. one of, if not THE best brown ale i've ever had. i am a fan of this style when done right and the captain done knocked it out of the park. i will 100% be revisiting this beer time and time again. i'm extremely impressed.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard (CL) pint glass.

L - clear deep amber color with a beige head that settled as a thin layer leaving streaks of lacing.

S - delightfully rich and roasty malt aroma.

T - the roasted malt is the star of this show.

F - medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink.

O - a good example of the style.

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Brown Bird Brown Ale from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 121 ratings
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