River Mink Mild Brown Ale | Weasel Boy Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Weasel Boy Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bluejacket74 on 12-01-2007

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 11
Photo of BDIMike
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy brown color. There is a good amount of levity and carbonation to the beer, but it does not create much of a head at all.
Smell is great for a brown ale. Browns never seem to usually have much of a smell to me, but this one is great. Strong smells of roasted malts with maybe a bit of a coffee malt too. Nice balance to the smell with a bit of a sweet toffee smell at the end.
Taste is good, but let me down without all of the complexity of the smells. Beer does have a good balance of dark roasted malts that are not overpowering because hints of coffee and toffee give it a sweet kick.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking, but very smooth.
Drinkability is nice on this beer. It gives a good balance of malts and the flavors of each malt variety can be tasted. A very nice beer that I would like to drink in multitude on a nice fall day.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Weasel Boy this past weekend.

Pours a nice moderate brown color with a good off-white head and some moderate lacing on the way down. The nose carries some light chocolate as well as a good nutty presence in the background. Very faint roast. Really well put together and has loads of character for a beer of this style and ABV. Flavor isn't quite as pungent and well-integrated, but the nuttiness is certainly nice. Light body with good carbonation; this went down really easily and I would have loved another glass.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bodega.

A- A ruddy brown colored beer that is slightly muddied up was served in a pint. The pour didnt have much head but that didnt stop this beer from lacing at least half the glass.

S- The aroma is pretty weird. It smells like wet dog and old grass clippings. There is a minerally tap water aroma as well. It actually smells like what I think a river mink would smell like. So in that respect they nailed it!

T- Extremely nutty. Sunflower seeds, some leafy, vegetal hops and earth. It doesnt taste bad but everything is pretty weak.

M- Quite dry with a nice even lighter body. Pretty quenching.

D- I found myself knocking back this pint much quicker than normal. Its a nice beer to session when you dont wanna be held hostage by flamboyant barleywines and arresting imperial stouts.

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Photo of nukem5
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: When poured and brought to table had 1 finger of head and that dissapeared rapidly..

S: Smell was good resembling a fresh pour of New Castle Brown Sweet malts mixing with a nice nutty flavor.

T: Nice smooth taste with a little bite of fresh hops.

M: Nice feel to the tongue and easy to drink.

D: very drinkable and have had several with dinner last night (Walleye) very well paired and tonight with ribs(pork BBQ) ok

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

Like the Weasel Boy blonde ale, this beer had a very crisp "Dortmund" maltiness that I found very tasty and refreshing, but at the same time sort of a miss as far as a "mild" went. Still, "brown ale" still can be synonymous with "boring" (beers like Palo Santo Maron excepted) and that dortmunder-esque quality certainly prevented this beer from falling in the boring-brown-ale category.

Body was a pleasant gold-brown color with a pretty sturdy head. Aroma was a lot like that of the Ornery Otter blonde ale, malty with the heavy-pilsner/dortmunder characteristic I've already mentioned. Flavor was more of the same with some really nice fresh cereal-ness that didn't come across to me as grainy (the way I would describe a bad bock). Mouthfeel was appropriate and that dortmund character helped add some crispness.

Probably the best beer of the sampler I had at the Weasel Boy brewery. Recommended.

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Photo of JamesS
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown color, fairly light, with almost no head or lacing. Nice sweet scent, but very mild. Good flavor, a very nice maltiness with a little hint of cocao and some jerky flavor. It does go down very smooth, very nice.

Fits the definition of an early Enlgish mild very well, and is more of an English mild or English brown, than an American, I think.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This a good beer. Not extraordinary but good. Reminds me a less complicated, but well balanced and cleaner version of newcastle. Pours a decent brown with a decent head that retains fairly well. Drinkability is above average as this is an above average beer. Better than most but definitely not the best from this establishment.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 16 ounce pint glass at Mulholland Brewing Company, Reynoldsburg, OH. The beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. The aroma was a bit weak, but I could smell roasted malt and some bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with average carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it seems to get smoother as the beer warms. I did drink this quicker than I planned to, so it couldn't have been too bad! Overall I think it's a pretty decent beer, hopefully I'll be able to try more Weasel Boy brews soon.

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River Mink Mild Brown Ale from Weasel Boy Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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