Brown | Good People Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
36 IBU

Brewed with 2-Row Pale and 5 Specialty malts, it's malty in both flavor and smell. A heap of Cascade and Willamette add balance to this easy drinking ale. Hole up, have a few, and tell us what you think. We’re bettin’ it’s the best Brown Ale you’ll ever have.

Added by everetends on 06-29-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
306
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
19.22%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
70
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 306
Photo of tigg924
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, dark brown in color, with one inch head. Taste is dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and leather. Medium bodied and slightly bitter. Makes for a sold, sessionable, brown ale. Have had better in the style, but this one is good.

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Photo of AraBama
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like you just poured a can of Pepsi . Not much smell slight malt. Excellent honey malt taste. Medium body. Very good beer unless you are one that taste with your nose.

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much to say, hoenstly. This beer is fine, and worth a try if you see an individual can for sale, but not anything I would buy again or purchase a six-pack of.

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Photo of delta490
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown- cloudy with a thin, creamy light tan head. It leaves small soapy lacing. The aroma is mild and malty, with a hint of nuttiness and a little earthy hops. The taste is much the same with a more pronounced hops profile. The body is lighter, just shy of medium-bodied, with a persistent little carbonated tingle.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight piney hops, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, hint of yeast, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Brown. Tastes of strong sweet malt, piney hops, hint of caramel malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, decent appearance, body and aroma are identical, an average Brown.

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

Fairly nutty, toasted malt aroma, touch of fruity specialty malt and floral hops.

Flavor is fairly fruity malt dominant, with a toasted, nutty malt backbone and a floral, moderately bitter finish.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very solid offering style wise from a brewery with a great reputation. Smooth creamy feel with the sweet and slightly roasty flavor of the Brown ale style. Would buy again if it was in my distro.

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Photo of jimdalton
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours hazy, medium brown with a one inch tan head.
Smell: Roasted malt, bready malt, and nuts. There are some earthy notes here as well.
Taste: Follows nose. Roasted malt, nut, and toffee notes. Subtle earthy-pine hop.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy start with a sharp finish.
Overall: Solid brown ale. A little malt heavy, but still a wonderful experience.

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Photo of ordybill
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly hazy copper brown in color with a large off-white head. The aroma is full of roasted malt with a hint of nuts. The taste is malt with some caramel or toffee thrown in. A real good brown ale

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown color with tan head. Roasted malt, toast, and nuts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a nutty note.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Matt.
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a fairly dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light lingering lacing graced the sides of the glass nicely.
The smell had some rich sweet nutty to toffee malts up front sliding into fresh (what seems like maybe fuggles hops - I'm getting that almost "soapy" sort of aroma, but fairly clean and not overbearing like some fuggles hops come across). Light piney hops also slide in for a light balance.
The taste copied the aroma for the most part - sweet, yet lightly roasty with the hops bitter yet more leaning to the earthy side of the wheelhouse.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium on the body with a fairly sessionable trait to it. Carbonation felt right for the style and for me as there's just enough power from the hops to subside and allow some bitterness to show.
Overall, as an American Brown ale its a good one. I'd have it again.

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Photo of rushtopher
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful, deep maple brown pour with a light mocha head. Nutty aroma, fantastic winter beer. Chocolate and nutty undertones work immensely well with a strong hops edge.

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Photo of Lahoi
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though brown ales aren't my favorite, I thought this was an outstanding beer.

Deep, rich brown color. Creamy brown head.

Smells nutty, richly sweet (brown sugar, caramel, toffee?). Tastes similar.

Excellent feel. Medium bodied. Not too carbonated.

This is probably the best brown ale I've ever had.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours a hazy maple brown, eggshell head retains as a lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, biscuit, and woody and piney hops.

Tastes of brown sugar, biscuit, caramel, and hints of maple. Hoppy finish on the side of piney and dry bitter.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty great brown ale, nice flavor and body. Very drinkable and something worth a try.

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Photo of T_Hass
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a beautiful chocolate brown with a frothy mocha head. The smell was lack luster with a slight nutty scent. The taste had a slight roasty quality to it but overall not very flavorful. In the end I probably should have let it warm up a bit instead of drinking it right out of the fridge. All and all not my favorite brown ale.

Poured from a can into a mason jar.

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Photo of funkydrumma
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brown is just right in a lot of ways. So smooth but with just enough carbonation. Nice and malty but with some nice hop notes to spice it up. Lingers on the palate so I look forward to the next sip. Highly recommended for brown ale fans.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with a brown head. Aroma is pumpernickle, lemon zest, brown sugar, and pine. Flavor follows suit. A crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, not usually a hoppy brown fan but this one is great.

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Photo of keptman
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours out with nice head that disipatates easily. Has a nice medium brown tint.

S: Mild smell has slight floral hints with a little spice.

T: Carries a nice hint of nuts, toffee, spice flavor from hops. Gives a easy finish with little after taste. The bitters carry a citrus flavor through the end.

F: Nice medium body. Not overly carbonated.

O: After going through some different browns lately. This one has the best body of them. Taste was a little better then others. For being a brown ale it has my vote for another sixer.

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Photo of vincehayter
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great malty aroma with hints of nuttiness, with modest pale tan head retention with some lacing atop a dense, deep brown. Flavor and feel are both sturdy and lingering.

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This does a lot right. The dark bread and toasty malt flavors are right where they need to be, with hint of cocoa and ground coffee. The slightly bigger than average kicks in for a bitter finish with a bit of hops spice. It's a touch thin for flavor (I like the weight) at times, but that's my only complaint in an otherwise tasty brown ale. Give it a try.

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Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark brown copper, with some ruby red in the light.

The aroma hits of stewed apples, some candy and caramel sweetness.

The flavor hits of the earthy hops up front, then that apple flavor. Then there's a robust sweetness and toasted quality of Tootsie Roll, toast, candy sugar. Then the finish is that lingering bitterness and hints of toffee.

A wonderful balance of hops, sweetness, and fruity esters. Great flavor for an under 6% ABV beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly murky copper-ish brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate amounts of orange + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of toasted and toffee malts with a moderate amount of sweetness and a light note of nuts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and dark malts with a moderate amount of toffee sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of nuts. Hints of bitterness in the finish which fades very quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty interesting to have the sweetness, toffee, and nuttiness in the brown ale... and I like it. Pretty easy to drink and it kind of reminds me of a smaller barleywine or old ale in flavor but with a much lower ABV.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of toffee and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of nutty malts along with notes of toffee. Hints of malty sweetness try to peak out towards the finish, but these are overshadowed by the nutty malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the nuttiness and apparent sweetness in this brown ale, which made it unique for the style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Carolvs
4/5  rDev +3.9%

I think The Bros need to take a look at this one again. Beautiful, foamy caramel head and a strong but not overpowering malty taste. Definitely one of the better brown ales I've tried recently.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can from Adam from trade. Pours dark reddish to brown color with a little light showing through and a one finger off white to light khaki head. Aroma of sweet malts, dark fruits, some light grassy hops, smells like a malty pale ale. Flavor is some bock late, dark fruit, a bit of lightly biting hop at the end. Then there's a strange heavy metallic finish that ruins what seems to be otherwise very nice flavors. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad.

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