Hooligan Brown Ale | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Hooligan Brown AleHooligan Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
5.3% ABV
13° Plato O.G.
3° Plato F.G.
31 IBU

Added by RedDiamond on 06-27-2008

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Photo of tbone1384
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of harrymel
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Phelps
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a shaker pint.

Cranberry-brown, very clear. A thin head of silky, mocha cappuccino foam is sticky, leaving nice spatters of lace.

Nutty aroma. Peanuts and pecans, lightly roasted; sweet caramel and brown sugar, balanced with a subtle earthy note.

The flavor leads with apple cider notes — bright red apples and earthy hops. The swallow brings waves of hazelnuts and toasted biscuits before a dry finish.

Body just a notch under medium. Moderate, pinching carbonation. Smooth fizz.

Decent. Good, nutty flavor. Very drinkable.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of zeledonia
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle ~9 months old, so age may play a factor.

Pours a clear, deep mahoganny red-brown. Two fingers of pillowy cream-colored head, nice retention, and sticky rings of lacing.

Smell is nutty (hazelnut) and soft, with some hay-like hops and a touch of graham cracker. Once the head dies down, there's some nice brown sugar. Overall, the smell is pleasant but rather faint.

Taste is quite a bit sharper, with a kind of twang that I can't place. A mid-level hop bitterness comes on pretty early and lasts throughout. There's really not much flavor to it, at least not much that recalls a brown ale. Pretty weird, actually.

Mouthfeel is decent. Medium-light body, carbonation a little on the low side. Watery finish.

An okay beer, but the taste falls flat, and I find it generally uninspiring. Don't think I'll be finishing this bomber. There are better beers to drink.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the airport, again.

A - Served a dark, almos amber brown with a light tan head. Good retention that fades to half it hangs on thought. Good lacing left on the glass.

S - Very nutty an roasted malts. Not much here.

T - Ahh, roasted malts, sweet roasts nuts an some light hop grass.

D - Good carbonation and a thin body.

O - decent all around. Not sure how I feel about the hop presence in a nut brown.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Laurelwood Public House, Portland, OR

Poured a light brown with a small cap of off-white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles. Roasty malts on the nose, toasted bread and coffee notes. More of the same in the taste: roasty brown malts, coffee grounds, biscuity, nutty, mild grassy hops. Not too impressed, but then again, it is a brown ale, so I didn't expect much. Medium body, and fairly drinkable, but I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Hooligan Brown Ale is tasty. The beer poured a nice rich brown with thin white head that is lacing. The smell is powered by caramel malt. The taste starts with good caramel malty notes, but the finish has a bitterness that clings on the pallet. The mouthfeel is ok, lighter in body...i would prefer a heavier brown. The carbonation is decent. Overall it is a good beer and for all you Brown lovers....it is worth a taste.

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Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dgilks
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber colour with a nice small off-white head. Nice lacing.

Moderately intense malty aroma with some good earthy notes. Slightly fruity.

Clear crisp caramel malts with a toasty finish. Nice hint of fruitiness and citrus hops.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice ale. Solid flavour and pretty good malt profile.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice amber-brown hue with a touch of haze and two fingers of frothy light-tan foam. An attractive beer.

Smell: nutty, biscuity and somewhat yeasty aroma. Pretty well put-together, although a little bit biscuity for me.

Taste: nice malt flavor with caramel notes and a little bit of bicuity nuttiness, less than the aroma. It's also got a bit of an unwelcome tartness, though, which offsets the better malt character.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent level of carbonation. Not perfect, but reasonably good.

Overall: this is a pretty decent beer. It has some flavor imperfections but overall I find myself rather enjoying this brew.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super aggressive pour yields a two finger head into my english pint glass. The head is just slightly off white and is mostly medium sized bubbles (do to the height of my bottle when I poured the beer). Now that the initial foam has settled down it is showing the smaller, creamier bubbles underneath. Head retention isn't bad, there is still about one finger of head left in the glass. Lacing looks ok right now, not amazing, but we'll see how it goes to the bottom of the glass. The body is pretty classic brown look, it has hints of dark red, but for the most part it's brown in color. Do to the darkness of the beer I can see very little on the other side of this beer, but I can see a few tiny things. Maybe the darkest beer that I can still barely see through. Carbonation looks extremely low, but I can't quite tell because of the darkness of the beer. Overall the look is pretty standard, but also pretty nice, the head and lacing now remind me of a nitro beer, very creamy looking, and the head has left a pretty nice layer of foam on top of the body. We'll see about the lacing throughout the glass, but for now I like the look of the beer. The smell is pretty one dimensional, super malty, super super malty. It smells like a pretty standard english brown, almost no hops to be found and a huge malt smell. There is also a pretty big caramel smell, probably from the malts, but that is also pretty dang standard for english brown ales. I wish I had more to talk about on the smell, but I really don't, kinda disappointed. I know english ales aren't supposed to be super hoppy or anything, but a more complex smell or something would have been nice. The smell isn't small, it's medium, but it's just way too ordinary, it smells almost like a Newcastle. Maybe some toffee here too? I dunno. Overall an ok smelling beer, not bad, I'm sure it'll be tasty, but very ordinary overall. Yeah, the taste is no different from the smell, very ordinary, nothing exciting going on here at all. If you got tired of Newcastle in the clear glass, then buy this, otherwise, there isn't much appeal that this beer has to offer when compared to a really awesome english brown. I get a lot of malts, some caramel, maybe a tiny tiny bit of toffee, and a little bit of hops. I'm getting more hops on the taste than I did on the smell, and frankly, they got that part right. A brown ale shouldn't have to much hops, but it should have some, and I think they got the hop amount just perfect on this beer. With that because said, it's still very ordinary, and nothing too great. Also, the hops really aren't giving a bite at all, which I suppose they shouldn't because this beer is a smoother style, but still, it's just a little irritating that all I'm getting from the hops is bitter, nothing crisp or anything like that. It is a pretty smooth ale, even with the hops in there to disrupt everything, it goes down pretty smooth and there aren't any real problems with it, it's just really boring and ordinary. Anyways, I'm rambling, it's a good taste, but nothing more. The mouthfeel is very interesting, it's a very smooth feeling beer when you first drink it, but upon further analyzation I realize that is it a little watery and the hops make it bitter and a tiny bit rough around the edges for the style. When thinking about past experiences with brown ales, I remember them being a little watery, but not quite like this, this beer is pretty watery. I know the style is a little lighter in the mouth, but I would still rather have a thicker brown than a waterier one. As far as the bitterness, it's not a huge problem, and it's good that they put noticeable hops in the beer, it's just a little unwanted on some sips. Overall not a bad mouthfeel, it's smooth, but it has some noticeable problems. Drinkability is pretty good, it's a light beer and like I said it's pretty smooth, I wont have any problem drinking the rest of my 22oz. Overall this is a good beer, but absolutely nothing more than that, super standard and ordinary overall, and a little boring, nothing super wrong with it, but nothing that great about it either.

The lacing turned out to be ok, it was extremely patchy, like ridiculously patchy, but at least I got lacing out of the beer. The rim of foam hung around the outside of the body for quite some time, and that was good, and the body looked good from the beginning. I'll give it a 4 for looks, but it only barely mad that grade. Also, I forgot to mention when talking about the mouthfeel, there is almost no carbonation in this beer. It works for the style, but it may be the lowest carbonated beer I have ever had.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Bobby.

A: The pour is a light brown color with a thin off-white head.

S: A nice bit of nuttiness on the aroma along with sweet toasted and bready malts. Light hop aromas that are earthy in nature. A touch of tea on the nose, making it truly English.

T: Strangely grassy on the flavor. Moderately bitter, which isn't really appropriate for this kind of beer. Slightly nutty with some floral notes and a touch of toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: Not a terribly good brown ale, especially not an English one. Would pass on this one.

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Photo of scootpolute
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours cloudy light, dark amber, with thick cream-colored head...- some great lacing.

S - Mocha-like with some hopiness- some hints of creaminess.

T - Very smooth start, following by an immediate richness from the coffee like flavor...Some hopiness ending with sweet & some spicy-like flavours...

M - The carbonation appears more than what you actually get, There's a realative fullness . A bit too sharp of a bitter 'punch' after the initial smooth tones...

D - This good brown...I appreciate the unfiltered...Also, the full-head was impressive. A bit sharp and over-bitter in the second half of flavors...but not bad.

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Hooligan Brown Ale from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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