Maple Brown Ale | Upper Canada Brewing Company

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Maple Brown AleMaple Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Upper Canada Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 08-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by pootz:
Photo of pootz
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The unique characteristic of this brew is supposed to the addition of Maple syrup to the recipe. It comes through in the aroma but not in the taste to any degree.....and I'm not so sure that's a bad thing seeing how strong a taste Maple syrup can provide to a beer.

This brew poured a crystal clear medium tawney brown with a medium head that went down fast to a glass clinging lace. Higher carbonation than other UCB ales. Distinct maple aromas ...sweet malt, slight waft of hop but the overpowering aroma is of maple (and slightly smokey at that).
Starts with a watery sweet malt taste and then the let detectable maple flavor to the tongue....except what your ofactory picks up...and a sourish yeasty finish. I'm not nuts about this one but some may like it. I don't think it is brewed to be a staple in anyone's fridge, but it will do for a one time change for change sake.

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Photo of oberon
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a fizzy deep golden with not much head just a fizzy mass on top,aroma is sweet more of brown sugar than maple with some faint nuttiness.Taste is sweet and nutty with an odd soapiness to it the aple comes thru more as it warms but that odd soapiness kinda ruins the other nice flavors that do come thru.Average beer here nothing stands out is close to being good with its nutty sweetness but the other oddities keep it from being a real good brew but glad to try it.

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Photo of tatterdash
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a wonderful golden brown with a slightly off-white head which unfortunately dissipated quickly. Smell was primarily fruits with a bit of citrus almost. Taste was very good, slightly sweet and fruity with a very nice malty finish that lingered a while enjoyably. Mouthfeel was smooth and not overly-carbonated. Overall a great Canadian version of an English style. I could definitely drink this all day, and I probably will.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Upper Canada's Maple Brown Ale sounds like a delicious prospect, especially if you're a fan of maple syrup - as any self respecting Canadian should be - so it's no surprise that it may very well have been my first "real" excursion into craft beer. However, it would quickly be surpassed; yet I still hold a certain fondness for it in my heart, and it still likely remains the second best english brown ale in Ontario (that I know of), even though it is a distant second to Wellington's entry in the style.

The Maple Brown Ale pours surprisingly light for a brown ale; in fact, it bears a similar colour to its namesake substance. Hazy (from chilling?) brown-amber-chestnut sort of colour; an aggressive pour grabs two fingers of head that quickly subsided to a faint ring and only a touch of lacing. Heavy carbonation is plainly visible.

Smell is nutty; cashew notes are prominent. Caramel malts are dominant, with a faint grassy hop character in the background. Despite the brew's name, only the faintest hint of any kind of maple is noticeable. Simple, but respectable.

Taste is similar. Nutty at the fore - again, cashews dominate - with a caramel sweetness and a faint hoppiness. Initially quite sweet, but ultimately balances out fairly well. A touch of bitterness toward the finish, with perhaps the slightest hint of maple (am I kidding myself?). As the brew warms, the maple character does become a touch more visible, but is only plainly apparant on the back of the tongue after swallowing. Finish is otherwise a touch hoppy, faintly bitter, dry and grainy. Again, not too bad, and much better than Muskoka Lakes take on the style (though it lags behind Wellington's).

Mouthfeel is average. Body is fairly light, but heavily carbonated, making this at times a challenge - tasting becomes difficult in the face of the biting spritziness. That aside, drinkability is quite good - this is a crisp, refreshing brew that goes down well once you've dealt with the heavy carbonation. Not a very subtle brew, but tastey and flavourful enough that it's still respectable.

Upper Canada, though owned by Sleeman, still produces some nice, solid - if, admittedly, unspectacular - brews that could provide a good introduction into craft beer. Their Maple Brown Ale is no exception.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This offering is a little to sweet for me but it definetly has some very nice qualities about it.....pours a light brown colour with two fingered head....aroma is crisp and clean and the body is medium...
Very smooth and sweet, almost of honey........

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am reviewing a 12 oz chilled bottle split with fellow BA Stopper.
Pouring into a pint glass the beer exhibits a clear chestnut hue with a creamy and fluffy off white head of 2 cm foaming up easily.
Aroma of maple syrup and some grainy malt caramel are present.
Flavor is sweet like the nose with a hint of maple but mostly caramel and some fruitiness, berries? The graininess comes through even more here.
Average body and mild carbonation. The beer is very easy to drink.
Overall, a decent session beer, but also not a very complex brew.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

--regular brown bottle with no freshness date.
--Poured a clear brown 'watered down cola' color. Had a nice head that dropped to a small one. Nice bubbles and slight laacing.
--Had a sweet smell with mild malts.
--My first impression of this beer was that it was way too sweet. But as it warmed up to room temp the sweetness disipated and left a rather impress brew. I would definetally drink this one again, but not really cold, just with a slight chill.

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Photo of changeup45
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-brown color with a nice foamy head and quite a bit of lacing on the glass. The overall look was quite appealing. A lot of maple syrup in the aroma along with some malts. Didn't really taste like a Brown Ale. Some sweet malt, little spice, but not nearly as much maple in the flavor as expected and overall this seems a little weak.

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Photo of steelreign
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this because it said brewed with maple syrup, which I happen to like, but I was somewhat let down. The fact is, the only maple you get out of this one is with your nose. The aroma out of the bottle was decent enough, but the watery, somewhat sweet taste yielded little to no sign of maple. Oh well, if you are looking for an almost nut brown taste, this may be for you. I can drink it easily enough - it goes down quite easily. It's just that there are so many more brews out there deserving of my time and money..

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Photo of DrJay
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, pale amber colour and very fizzy. The 1-inch head from the pour quickly dropped to 1/4-inch. The carbonation helped the head persist and gave it decent retention, but stickage to the side of the glass was poor.

Smell: Caramel sweetness and maple aromas combined with grassy and spicy hop aromas quite well.

Taste: Malty sweetness with just a bit of maple and caramel were balanced by moderate bitterness. Crisp finish with a bit of hop spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied (a little on the thin side) with high carbonation. The texture was a little dry and grainy.

Drinkability: Light and refreshing with some decent flavours. Not a bad transition beer for trying to switch your friends over to more daring microbrews or imports.

341mL brown bottle with no freshness date.

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Photo of biegaman
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One thing for certain the beer has a beautiful appearence. It's colour is almost orange with a brown overdub, very lovely. The rest unfortunately not so much... Hardly any real flavour, but not to say what little taste was bad. I found it a quenching beer. In fact, I was unsure whether to consider this beer a new session beer (it is as good or perhaps better than the other "all-season, every day" kinda brews) but at the same time couldn't help but feel the beer was on the same level as most value brands. For one, its title is misleading; wasn't much of a brown ale and maple flavour was absent. It's aroma was far from pleasent and rather distasteful. Like other Upper Canada products this one somehow leaves you with an impression that its close to something real good. As for now though - it isn't really...I understand that's what happen to the company and their products after being bought out by Sleemans. Well, a little disapointing

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Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at The Beer Store (Terry Fox North of the 417: Kanata), a couple of days in the trunk, a couple of days in the fridge.

A medium-large, cream-white head settles slowly with lots of fine activity. Tiny bubbles rise slowly through a clear, amber-gold beer. Lacing is sweeping curves plus spots. The smell is fairly faint: sweet, a bit of caramel maybe. The front is creamy (?), malty with some faint chocolate. A full middle is tangy, creamy, malty. Lots of zing in the finish, plenty of hops and some chocolate. Some nuts in the aftertaste.

This is a very good light brown, but I didn't really pick up any maple.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An above average beer. Maple brown pours an autumn leaf colour with a decent, two finger head. That head does slowly go away. Smells of maple, malts and cashews. Pretty sweet. Taste starts out a bit nutty. Has a crisp malt middle, with a bit of a mellow maple taste. Leaves slightly bittersweet, with the maple and hops blended together. The warmer it gets, the more pronounced the maple flavour and less the nutty flavour. Crisp, clean, carbonated mouthfeel. A pretty good beer, excellent as a session brew.

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Photo of TerryW
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hey. How 'bout that. It's the colour of Canada No. 1 light. Appropriate I suppose. Pretty colour, decent carbonation. Pours a small head that evaporates to a thin ring in short order.

Drink it cold and you'll find it sweet and a little nutty tasting up front. Some lingering sweetness, but precious little else. Smell is very slight, mild malt, an indistinguishable sweetness. I wouldn't have tagged this as maple without seeing the label.

However, if you let it come to room temperature or thereabouts you'll be rewarded. Have a swallow and count to three and – voila! A clear maple aftertaste helps the beer earn the name on the label. A pleasant surprise in that regard. Give it a swirl in the glass and then inhale. Maple again.

So, let it warm up and then try it. Otherwise forget it, it'll be just another undistinguished ale.

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Maple Brown Ale from Upper Canada Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 14 ratings