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:
304
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
19.22%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
70
For Trade:
2
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Photo of drabmuh
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Good People shaker pint because I can, this is on the Top Beers - South list so that's sort of exciting.

Beer is brown and mostly clear, a little darker than expected, walnut, this tan head, low retention, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is nutty, mildly roasty, a little malt.

Beer is medium in body, mildly sweet up front with a nice, mildly bitter finish, bitterness is all grain, no hops. A decent little brown, I might have it again.

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Photo of ddarden
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally got to drink a pint of Good People Brown at the J. Clyde. The appearance is very nice, but the head falls fairly quickly. I spoke with someone at J. Clyde about the draft system and they have been having issues with their CO2. The carbonation did not last very long, but I am going to blame the draft system for that. The smell is very nice with a dose of hops and sweet malts. The taste is very good. I was very happy that Good People have created a unique beer. It had a nice and different sweetness to it, not overly sweet, uniquely sweet. Followed by a perfect dose of hops for bittering. Mouthfeel is very nice and the drinkability is excellent. Good People have created themselves a winner in this beer. It is different from most beers in this catagory and is worth seeking out. Cheers to our new Birmingham brewery!

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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 mattsdenney
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into NB globe glass.

A: Dark and murky brown. Two fingers of off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving a slight lacing.

S: Black cherry, malt, grassy grains, and molasses.

T: Sweet maple syrup, chocolate, and nuttiness, some mild hop bitterness but mostly malts.

M: Medium bodied, slick and frothy, light carbonation.

O: Overall a good brown ale, hope they start distributing to Nashville soon.

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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 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 Jcschrock
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark brown color with a light tan head. The smell of hops dominating the aroma. Not the most complex beer I've had but the straight forward flavor of hops and brown sugar make for a smooth refreshing taste that won't overwhelm you. Think of Guiness with less of a bitter taste, not as much carbonation, and easier to draw on. Over all I would drink it again if it was the only craft brew on tap.

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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 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 PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My very first secreat santa gift from 2011- 12 oz can split with my boyfriend. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A- Body is a nicely translucent light brown hue. Pours with a massive 3 finger or so foamy head. Head fades to 1/2 finger but retains perfectly from there.

S- Hoppy, lots of earthy hops, with a nice sweet caramel malt backbone. A good dose of floral hops is there too.

T- Flavor is very similar to the nose. Slight citus and some floral with a smooth malt background. And a mild bitterness lingers.

M- Medium carbonation and a nice full oily hop body.

O- Overall this is a great brown ale. It is atypical for the style and has a very nice malt hop balance. A very good local to try!

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

I live in the state to the left of Alabama and it's taken me this long to get my hands on a few six-packs of this.

A: Whew! No carbonation issues here. Pours a medium amber brown color with a large light khaki colored head that recedes slowly and then floats around gently on the surface for the entire duration of the glass.

S: Slightly toasty with ample bready yeast and nuttiness. Hints of caramel and chocolate, and even a subtle earthiness to it as well. Nothing spectacular, but enjoyable.

T: Malty, nutty, bready, much like the smell. Again, hints of caramel and chocolate with just a touch of hops at the finish. Nicely balanced and very tasty.

M: On the thinner side of medium-bodied, but still a bit creamy. Pretty highly carbonated, but not to an off-putting degree, as others have noticed.

D: Extremely drinkable. Balanced, flavorful, and no trace of alcohol making it very easy to put these down, one after another. I'm glad I've got a couple more sixers of these.

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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 Janderson91
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another good Alabama beer, good times ahead for our state! No freshness info on the can. Enjoyed on 07/05/11.

A - Poured into a DFH snifter. A very very dark red color with a one finger off-white head. Leaves pretty good lacing. Just slightly above average here.

S - Nutty malts, milk chocolate, soda, floral hoppiness. It's good but just a little hoppy for my taste.

T - Begins pretty balanced. A nutty, chocolatey sweetness and a light hoppiness. This taste remains through the middle. Finishes with a very nice milk chocolate sweetness. This is good stuff. Could be a little more complex.

M - Mouthfeel is almost perfect. Pretty creamy with good carbonation on the back end.

O - Overall, this is another good one from Good People. I enjoyed it just as much or more as their IPA. Keep em coming Good People!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a light shade of brown, or a dark shade of copper with a decent ivory head that dissipates to a cap and leaves spotty lace. Smells of toffee and brown sugar, a hint of chocolate and a touch of butterscotch. Very clean sweet malty aroma with a hint of earthy hops deep underneath. Taste is toffee brown sugar malts with a hint of chocolate and caramel. Sweet and malty. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation, medium body. This is a nice little session ale. There's enough flavor here to keep it interesting and light enough to have a couple.

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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 zhanson88
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to Rbald42 for hooking me up with this. I really enjoyed this beer.

Appearance: Pours out a very murky brown color, but I can detect some very high carbonation in there. About an inch of light khaki colored head forms. Very good head retention, with moderate lacing.

Smell: Very malty. Toasty and bready malts, and a great deal of nuttiness comes through. Faint hops as well, but this brown ale is definitely malt driven.

Taste: Once again, very bready and sweet malts. Very nutty as well....a nice hazelnut flavor. Some hops peek out on the back end. Very smooth and pleasant.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Pretty light bodied, but the high carbonation makes this beer extremely smooth and creamy. Overall, I was a pretty big fan of this beer. A nice solid brown that really hits the spot when you're looking for smooth malts.

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Photo of everetends
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this initially on tap while I was hanging out with the guys from Good People at the Magic City Brewfest and I have also had a few pints at the J. Clyde.

A: Poured a nice, clear, medium brown. Had a touch of head but I was drinking out of a sampling glass. Edit: having had more of this at the J. Clyde, I have to say that this shows up far better in a pint (of course). Has a good amount of thick and long lasting head, lightly brown in color and this beer throws up some nice lace for a Brown Ale. Pretty damn good looking if you ask me.

S: Smells of nice, varying malts and has some floral and spicy hop notes in the nose. Just a lingering scent of caramel in there. Edit: further inspection over time has left me with notes of nuts and very light but present cocoa aroma. Just enough to add a touch of sweetness to a good Brown Ale.

T: Tastes a lot like the nose. There is some heavy malt presence but it is easily balance with the hop notes. Caramel comes in on the back end and it also has some nutty undertones to it as well. Edit: Glad I picked up on the nutty flavor in the first review because it was absolutely there. Maybe a touch of pecan. Little bit of milk chocolate presence but nothing too sweet or over the top.

M: A good, crisp brew that is not to heavy and not too light. Finishes pretty clean and can still be used as a nice thirst quenching brew. Edit: Carbonation falls into a light side of medium. Not too much carbonation to take over the feel of the beer, still allowing it to be a little heavier and creamier. Aftertaste is mostly the caramel and chocolate malts.

D: Very much so. This is a fine representation of the style and a great first brew to come out of a new brewery. Very happy with it and can't wait to try some of their newer offerings. Edit: Now I know I should not have based a review off a sample in the past. Bit of ashamed of myself and my noob presence at that time. Still this beer proves to be better than I remembered from that day. Just a very nice and hefty Brown Ale that really shows some dynamics and wieght in the flavor department. A very good brew.

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Photo of Mojo
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first offering from Good People. Their brown ale pours a deep caramel with a ruby tinge. Not much head to speak of and no lacing. Smell is not overpowering. I mainly pick up notes of honey. Mouthfeel is awesome. It just feels "right." Not really sure how to describe it better. Taste is well balanced. Upfront there are some very sweet notes of malt and syrup. The finish is well balanced with some bitter hops, but in both cases they are mild. This would make a great session beer. very drinkable, and very tasty. Good People: you done good!!!!

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Photo of CrookedStill
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Dogfish Head signature glass.

Pours a very deep mahogany with a two finger off-white head that leaves a nice lacing as it falls.

Aroma of roasted and caramel malts and a slight nuttiness in the background.

Coffee & toffee flavor upfront. Roasted malts are really present along with a slight smokiness that's in the background. Mildly bitter but very well balanced against the sweeter elements.

Medium about of carbonation with a body that's just a touch short of full. Really coats the palate. Very enjoyable.

Some surprising elements but really just a solid brew. Nice sweetness that isn't cloying paired nicely with a slight earthy bitterness.

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Photo of Vestlake
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a local beer for me and, overall, is an outstanding brown ale. I've tasted many brown ales to compare, but this one beats them all in my opinion. The aroma is nutty with a decent tan head. A very nice malt flavor and the hops stay well hidden. This is my go-to brown ale.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer especially from a can. Not that I discriminate can or bottle but wow I was surprised. I was also surprised to find out this is brewed in the county next to me and in Alabama. The beer has a brown suger sorta caramel taste to it. Slightly carbonated great head and steady taste that leaves a smooth mildly sweet taste that suggest you try another. I also loved the 6-pack holder which is recycled and the beer truly seems like a couple good people to their time and made a great brew.

This beer will also be at the Beer Fest in Birmingham June 3-4, 2011 at Sloss Furnace

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Photo of forsakenpariah
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light brown pour with a finger of off-white head, which falls quickly to a small patch in the middle of the glass and leaves no lacing.
S: Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and some citrusy and floral hops up front. Some toffee and a maybe a little caramel bring up the rear. A faint bit of alcohol comes out as it warms. Smells nice but a little subdued for my taste.
T: Taste is nice and malty. Bits of roast and sweet light roast coffee mingle nicely with light hops and bitterness. Nicely balanced and fairly complex.
M: Body is moderately heavy and silky smooth. I could stand a little less carbonation though.

Overall a pretty nice malty American style brown ale. Definitely worth a try if you stumble upon it.

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Photo of nhudson
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked this up at highland package on Christmas day. I needed something to help pass family time, this did the trick. I have really come to love this beer. Since the new brewery opened this beer has really come into it's own, being more bold and hopped up in the nose than in the past.

a: very rocky/pillowy off white head that didn't go away, beer was very clear from what I could see. Nice light/med dark brown with ruby and copper highlights

s: smelled of hops and caramel malt. Very good balance between the two. Slight chocolate aroma comes out as the beer warms up a bit.

t: very firm bitterness which is backed up by some of the same flavors that are in the aroma. Caramel, Toasty notes, Chocolate, a little bit of toffee maybe?? Once again very well balanced.

m: I can only describe it as a smooth thickness. The beer drinks pretty good. You can almost chew on it, but then it smooths out allowing the beer to be easy drinking.

d: with the lower gravity and smoothness of the beer, you can pound these pretty easy. Very good session beer to have around. I can't wait for the cans!

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Photo of Akfindlay
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I first had this beer fresh in the Good People taproom and it was delicious. It has a nutty, almost pecan flavor, and seems like it would go great with some good southern cooking. The color was a nice amber/brown color with a thick head. Very refreshing beer!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Reaper16 for the extra!

A- Deep mahogany body with no transparency. Thin tan head that leaves no lacing.

S- Nice blend of sweet caramel malt and a faint aroma of hazelnut. Just enough sweet aroma in the nose, but not overwhelming.

T- Nice deep caramel malt taste with a sweetness mixed through. Almost tastes like hazelnut coffee mixed in.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very smooth with a sweet residual aftertaste.

O- Very impressed by this brown ale. Personally I think brown ales are typically underrated, and this one is a great subtle representation of the style.

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Brown from Good People Brewing Company
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