Backpacker Brown
Tallgrass Brewing Company

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American Brown Ale
3.81 | pDev: 10.76%
Tallgrass Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Our taste for dark, malty beers and hop-forward beers join together in Backpacker Brown, a hoppy, Northwestern-style brown ale that highlights the best of both worlds. Dark malts give it a rich, robust mouthfeel and a toasty, caramel-like aroma, with a generous dose of Northwestern hops providing a tasty balance of resiny and citrus hop flavors. A beer for hikes, trails or wherever you may roam.
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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 34
Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark brown color with a thick bubbly head of foam. It smelled of roasted malt and pine. Big piney hop bitterness with a touch of heat. Nice roasty malt backbone.

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Photo of Squire
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep ruby red/brown color with large tan cap and good lacing.

Aroma of dark roasted barley with a hint of spicy hops.

Dark toasted bread flavor with some resinous hop influence. More of a dry roasted malt flavor than caramel or toffee. Fairly simple flavor on entry that remains consistent to the finish. Hops sort of pop up, in and out, without actually blending in. Both a roasted malt bitterness and a hop bitterness linger in the aftertaste.

A thinnish medium texture that could use a little more carbonation.

It seems this one is pulling in different directions at the same time. Is it to be dry or rich? Hop accented or darkly smooth? I can follow either thread but can't tie them together.

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Photo of Evilyak
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

backpacking with beer always seemed silly to me. that said, i would pack a sixer of these for an overnight, especially around a campfire.

shockingly enough, it's brown. thin, creamy head with lots of lacing. smells woody with some resinous hops. taste is woody with a bit of bread base. afterwards, it moves towards pine notes - not a lot of sweet in this for me, but that's ok.

creamy mouthfeel, with a dry aftertaste.

lives up to its name in that it tastes like the outdoors. i do love a good, brown ale and this is no exception.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big two finger off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and earthy aroma with a scent of caramel, toast, and grass. Good earthy hop scent of grass and pine resin with some floral hints. Citrus hints of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Pale malt scent of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, grains, cracker, and nuts with some yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and earthy hoppy Brown taste with notes of caramel, toast, and grass. Strong hop presence with earthy notes of pine resin and grass. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Pale malt notes of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, cracker, grains, and nuts along with yeast. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice hopped up Brown Ale. Nice mix of earthy hop bitterness with the toasty caramel malt.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut color with a creamy 1 finger head in this nonic pint.

Aroma of lightly roasted and caramel malts with quite a citrus presence. Slight oatmeal.

This is definitely a brown IPA more than anything. Tons of citrus rind, lemon peel, lemon grass, with some caramel and toasty malts. The malty sweetness does tend to weigh in handily, but it's still not out of IPA territory. Tons of grapefruit rind on the finish.

Feel is creamy, yet very zippy and carbonated.

Overall this is a bit too hoppy to be completely enjoyable, but it's still better than a lot of brown ales I've had. I'll probably dump the rest to save calories.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright, hoppy, a medium jewel tone brown, smells of caramel and hops, taste the same with some fruit as well. Medium mouthfeel, overall really good.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought a can of this off the single shelf at Binnys. It poured a deep mahogany with ecru head that is leaving some lace. The scent had bread and bitter hop. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There is good bread malt base and some bitter hop finish. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 ounce can, this is a mostly clear, but very deep chestnut brown color. The head is tall and a creamy-light tan color. The aroma is initially hoppy...spicy hop presence, although there is just a little malt background and roastedness...could probably be more pronounced. The taste is balanced, if not a little dry, and the hops are dominant. Underneath, there is a nice roasted malt flavor, and a bit of slickness on the tongue. Full in body and worthwhile.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent crimson-hued brown with 3 finger of khaki colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Faint toastyness & brown bread

T: Toasty, dry, woody hops & a little caramel up front. Caramel, toastyness, dryness & herbal hops as this warms, some pineyness as well. Pineyness & leafy hops, brown bread & dryness with a kiss of grapefruit in the finish

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, pretty good balance

A super-solid brown in the American vein

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Backpacker Brown from Tallgrass Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 34 ratings