Ring Neck Braun Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Ring Neck Braun AleRing Neck Braun Ale

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Chaz on 10-14-2007

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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of BigAl18
2/5  rDev -46.8%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of Czequershuus
2.27/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This beer pours a quite hazy muddy brown color with a fizzy but small head. The nose leads with a sweet, caramelized bread, followed by hint of chocolate. The flavor is really quite sweet, with notes of chocolate, golden raisin, and sweet brown bread. The mouthfeel is full and sticky. This really does not hit the notes I am looking for in a brown ale, it is too full, much too sweet, and out of balance. I could not get through the whole thing. I am not saying it is terrible, but it is just not working for me.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of Metz
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mkh895
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of KAF
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of sweemzander
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a burnt sienna brown color. Some tan froth.

(S)- A slightly smoky oatmeal and cocoa driven profile. Slight hint at a rustic nuttiness.

(T)- A bit of a honey and nutty sweetness to it overall.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. Quite sweet overall with a mellow nuttiness.

(O)- A bit sweet, particularly for the english variety

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Photo of darentson
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disclaimer: I blew it, I let everybody down. I did not pour but drank straight from the bottle. A pour would have lent a slightly different experience, but wouldn't have changed the nature of the beer enough. For that reason I gave it a 5, as it would be unfair to rate the look as seen through brown glass.

Smell: In a word, forgettable. The aroma is mostly fruity, with a hint of caramel. While there isn't much to it, the aroma is pleasant.

Taste: Sadly, as forgettable. Very bland from start to finish. Speaking of, there isn't much of a finish. I could detect some nuttiness, as well as subtle hints of raspberry and chocolate as the description claims. However those hints were very distant. The flavor just seems to abruptly drop off rather than provide much of a finish.

Feel: Medium/light. The beer was very smooth with noticeable, but limited carbonation. As far as I'm concerned, the light character works well if the carbonation was boosted a skosh.

Overall: All told, it is an inoffensive, drinkable beer that won't fill you up. While the flavor and experience is largely pleasant, I leave wanting more from it. The ultimate downside is there is little to pull you in, and even less to bring you back.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of melikesbeer
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of TStout
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of mattmarka1
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Mgcarney
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a layer of beige tan head. Color is a clear copper brown.

Aroma: Toasted oats, nuts, caramel, toffee, and raspberries. A pleasant nose.

Taste: A big amount of toasted oats, followed by the similar flavors in the nose. Really nutty. Some chocolate. Ends a bit bland.

Mouthfeel: Toasty and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little charred and bland.

Overall, I liked the nose the best, but the taste and mouthfeel dropped off a bit. Very average.

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Photo of ProChorus
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of superspak
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours with instant head that takes forever to settle. Hazy reddish brown color with a very dense 2 finger off white head with insane retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice thick soapy lacing on the glass, with a ton of carbonation streaming up. This is probably infected. Aromas of huge apple skins, caramel, molasses, toasted malt, bread, light chocolate, and light herbal hops. Way over the top apple notes makes finding anything else difficult. Taste of chocolate, caramel, biscuit, toast, nuttiness, brown sugar, light herbal hops, and light fruitiness. No bitterness on the finish with lingering notes of chocolate, biscuit, caramel, toast, nuttiness, and light herbal on the finish for a good bit. Good balance of malty flavors with no cloying sweetness. Low noticeable infection traits in the flavor. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming after the finish noticed. Overall, despite the obvious infection, this was still a pretty tasty brown ale. Good balance of some pretty robust flavors, and quite easy to drink. I am sure this is a great beer without bugs in it.

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Photo of herman77
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Light to medium brown with a bone white head that dissipates quickly. Fairly clear appearance, just a touch of sediment. No lacing.

S: Nutty and toffee malt. Big hints of chocolate.

T: Lots of carmel and chocolate. A hint of cherry/raspberry sweetness. Finishes very smooth with a subtle malt sweetness. Very malt forward, just a hint of bitterness near the end. A little too chocolaty and sugary/carmel sweet for my taste. It seems like the flavoring is too artificial.

M/D: Medium to lighter body, lighter carbonation, fairly smooth feel as it rolls around the tongue. Drinkability is not the greatest. I grow tired of this pretty quick. Too much fake chocolaty and fruity flavoring.

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Photo of jt31914
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle

A: Brown with little to no head or lacing. Not very carbonated.

S: Coffee and dark chocolate malt aromas.

T: Taste is char flavor with coffee malts and a little oakish flavor. A bit watery on the finish.

D/M: Very drinkable with a nice bubbly mouthfeel.

Overall this is decent, drinkable, but mostly average.

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Ring Neck Braun Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 198 ratings