Brewers Special Brown Ale | New English Brewing Co.

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Brewers Special Brown AleBrewers Special Brown Ale

Brewed by:
New English Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by HalfFull on 12-09-2008

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by yonnie:
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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New English is apparently a relatively new brewery, attempting to combine the best traditions of English brewing with San Diego-style American craft beer. I wish them the best.

A - Poured from 22 oz into mug. Nice deep dark brown, slightly reddish in light, with two full fingers of cream colored head on top. Moderate lacing.

S - Roasty, malty, nutty. A little sweet, sugary smell, too.

T - Lots of malty goodness up front, nutty and coffee flavors dominating with an surprisingly big dark chocolate taste that lingers for a long time after swallowing.

M - Slightly thicker than your normal brown ale, with moderate carbonation. Not very bubbly feeling on the tongue. Easy to drink.

O - One of the best brown ales I've tried. They call this an Imperial Brown, but its not quite heavy enough to be called Imperial, IMO. Its your standard American Brown with some English characteristics. If they took this recipe and packed a little more hops and upped the alcohol, then they could have a nice Imperial. Very good overall, would drink again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Barrel Republic.

A: Nice deep amber-brown with a decent head that leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: Nutty dark bread with hints of caramel and malts.

Flavor: slightly sweet; moderately rich malty base with some complexity.

Feel: Medium body; good carbonation level.

O: A tasty and very easy drinking brown.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gthornton
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice medium to deep brown with amber/red rings when held to the light. 1/2" head resides within a few minutes. Minimal lacing.

S: Pleasant mixture of maple/nut/caramel/and ever subtle coffee.

T: Almost like a buttery chardonay. The hazelnut with the slightly tannic coffee profile seems to be contributing to that.

M: Again, sort of buttery. Medium body, a bit tannic on the end.

O: A pleasant drink. I don't consume very many brown ales, but I enjoyed this very much. I might get back to exploring this style again bc of it.

I think it would pair great with a roast. I would almost treat it like a very good (not too buttery) Chardonay.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of quantumcipher
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of samturner
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at 5 Points

A: The pour is a slightly muddy brown color with a quickly vanishing tan head.

S: The nose has a bit of olive to it along with a fair amount of nuttiness. Decent toasty and sweet toffee malt aromas, along with a touch of chocolate.

T: The flavor is certainly quite nutty, including some nutshell kind of flavor in there that's a bit off-putting. A bit bitter for the style and the sweet malts do not really come through that much.

M: The body is medium with a slightly creamy carbonation and mouthfeel.

D: A decent brown ale, but a bit harsh in terms of the flavor. Hopefully this one can be smoothed out in future batches.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rather raw mouthful of a very brown ale.

Very dark and murky in a tall glass. Stronger in flavor than any brown ale I've encountered. Not much head and modest carbonation. Quite hoppy. OK for a taste but the muddy flavors are not particularly pleasant. I don't taste roasted malt, it's more of the cooked cereal taste with a lingering bitterness.

Tasted at Blind Lady Ale House in San Diego.

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Photo of BDeibs
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of theteleman
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of HopHead84
2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


Bottle into snifter.

A: Burnt umber with a maroonish tinge and an inch of beige foam.

S: Notes of biscuit with faint toffee and caramel. There's a light nuttiness with evident earthy notes.

T: Bread and biscuit with a persistent and slightly off-putting mineral note in there. There's an upper low bitterness with a strange astringency. Nuttiness is light.

M: Lower medium body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: The beer smells okay but the flavor is unpleasant due to the strange mineral note that's so prominent.

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Photo of the_encinitan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jeysun23
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of funkel81
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TK5150
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice clear dark amber with a light beige head and nice lacing. It looks a bit like dark amber maple syrup, which is excellent, but a bit light for what I consider a "brown ale."

S- Smells of caramel malt, light chocolate and biscuity/bready malt. Smells fairly sweet; not picking up any hops.

T- Brownies hit me first, followed by a nice caramel malt presence, with the biscuits and bread following. A hint of some herbal hops in the background. Maybe a little alcohol at times acting as some additional balance, which is weird considering this is only 6.6% abv. Lingering chocolate. A nice brown ale for sure.

M- This beer has a nice mouthfeel for a brown ale. As far as brown ales this is full bodied, but in the grand scheme of beer, I would say a full medium body. Low carbonation and smooth.

O- I'm not a fan of most brown ales, but this is one of the better commercial examples I've had. A very nice drinking brown ale with some bolder flavors compared to most in the style.

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Photo of BrewCaveDweller
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of rawfish
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billshmeinke
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown/amber color. Retention and lacing are both solid.

Smells roasty and dry. Hints of caramel/toffee. Some floral/herbal hops.

Tastes of caramel/toffee. Roasty. Decent floral/citrusy hop undercurrents.

Bright, well carbonated, lively.

Solid overall.

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Photo of Cold_1
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow they must have really changed this beer since the other two reviews were posted.

Poured a solid brown with off white head.

The smell was sweet but roasty, maybe a hint of hops or tickle from the bubbles.

The taste was very nutty. Some caramelized roast flavor as well as a little bitterness from the roasted malts.

This was SPOT ON for a brown ale. I would drink it all the time if I was able and I hope it starts popping up a bit more.

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Brewers Special Brown Ale from New English Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 41 ratings