Hoptown Brown | Arbor Brewing Company

Hoptown BrownHoptown Brown
39 Ratings
Hoptown BrownHoptown Brown

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brown IPA

Added by Holland on 11-07-2011

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 5
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3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Michigander
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Waveoff
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerOps
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with big citrus hop presence and light dark/bready malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, pine, caramel, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, light nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange peel, pine, caramel, toast, brown bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of big citrus hops and light dark/bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice brown IPA. Good complexity and robustness of big citrus hops and light dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. I would have liked to see more malt presence in this for a brown IPA; but it was nicely enjoyable otherwise.

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3.88/5  rDev +4%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We pour a brew of shimmering chocolate brown into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It puts forth a flowing, foamy head the color of eggnog. This retains well, leaving dripping cratered lacing around the glasses. A light haze clouds clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is incredibly fresh and zesty, showing hops of oily grapefruitiness, juicy pine, and earthen florals. Other accompanying notes include chalky brown and toasted caramel malts, plastic phenolic bitters, dripping pineapple and kiwi fruitiness, lactic creaminess, molasses sugars, postum roastiness, flaked oats, raw grassiness, and light biscuity butters. The flavor comes through with sweetly fruity, nectary hoppiness, continued pineapple tropicals, green resinous plant sap, aloe vera, chalked brown and coffee maltiness, eraser plastics, printer ink, gingerbreadiness, coin, soy sauce, sweet booziness, lime zest, and mineral water. The end and aftertaste shows especially dark roastiness of black and brown malts, and smoldering campfire smokiness. The body is medium and a half, and carbonation is on the higher side. Each sip affords foamy slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is left creamy and coated, as if from milked coffee, with that same roasty dryness streaked across the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back nicely.

Overall, what a surprisingly fantastic beer!! This is the juiciest brown ale we’ve ever had, due in huge part to its generous hopping. There is a wonderful interplay between this intense smoky roastiness of malts on the far back, with puckering, juicy, fruity, and earthy hoppiness packed tightly atop it. With all the beautiful black IPAs getting churned out these days it is great to see people hopping the hell out of other, darker styles, especially with that curious smoke to it. While this is certainly dark for a brown ale, generally speaking, it really doesn’t come close to touching the depths of those black ales. What we are trying to get at is that this is a unique offering. As an aside, the label art is awesome, making it even more exciting and inviting. We wish this was a year round brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Hoptown Brown from Arbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 39 ratings
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