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:
305
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
19.22%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
70
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 305
Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a mahogany colored liquid capped by an inch of foam; a few strands of lacing

Smell: Toasted bread, toffee, nuts and stone fruit

Taste: Malt forward, with a blend of toasted bread, toffee and nuts; adds a bit of stone fruit in the middle and the finish is slightly grainy and sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent brown though I would like to see a bit more balance as the sweetness started to get to me

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mahogany with a frothy tan head.

Not a lot in the nose other than some malt and sour yeast.

Taste is a nice malty punch with caramel and bread notes. If has a nice nutty finish that is left bouncing around your mouth. A very nice brown ale with good flavor.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

No freshness date, poured into a pint

A- pours a murky brown creek water color with a small foamy off-white head that reduces to just a bit floating on top

S- husky malt with sweet notes of caramel, chocolate, vanilla and raisin. Light fruity & herbal hop aroma

T- sweet earthy malt with flavors of toffee & chocolate, grainy and husky, light herbal hops with a medicinal-like bitterness that lingers, somewhat unorthodox for a brown ale

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- middle of the road brown, would like to see more of the chocolate/toffee, and the strange medicinal bitterness leaves a strange linger

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an amber reddish brown with a huge 3.5 finger dark tan head with excelant retention and lacing. The beer is cloudy in appearance

S - Very sweet smelling aroma. Slight caramel and raisins are present with maybe even a slight hint of coffee

T - Not nearly as sweet as it smells. It is actually even slightly bitter on the front. Has a nice caramel and nutty kick to it. Slight roasted coffee bean taste as well

M - On the lighter side of medium. Slick drinking. Very very very smooth. No burn whatsoever

O - extremely enjoyable brown. Great flavor and plenty of it. Sessionable for sure. Ready for another!

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Mahogany brown, opaque, with a tan half finger head that turns to small bubbles. Decent lacing.

S: Caramel malts, nutty and grainy.

T: Those nuts slide in with a sweet caramel fullness. Smooth and malty. A slight hop bite on the finish. Reminds me a lot of southern pecan.

M: medium with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: Very impressed with Good People. Especially this Brown. A very sessionable ale with rich full taste that's easy going down.

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Photo of Fuldner
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

Good People Brewing Company's Brown ale is a perfect example of craft brewing. Although this craft brew is located in a beautiful state, which has laws against home brewing, Good People Brewing Company's Brown ale brings home a great tradition is brewing, that is taste. This beer would have to be in the top five greatest tasting Brown ales. The rich, creamy, inviting, and masterful taste of this brew can be described in dreams of all brown ale or nut brown lovers. But with everything there are always some draw backs. The appearance and smell are nothing out of the ordinary and one can see they might have not been thought of in the brewing process. If you can get past the look of this brew, then you are in for a wonderful tasty treat. Then again, the only place to enjoy this brew is in upper Alabama and if your a football fan, nothing is better when watching football, RTR!

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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 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 Jacurdy60
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Beautiful, deep brown with a reddish hue. Pours with a thick, off-white 2 finger head with poor retention and minimal lacing

S-Earthy hops in the nose are all I noticed at first, but there was a malty sweet smell in the finish

T-Sweet caramel malts with just a touch of chocolate and earthy hops. A strong malty finish that leaves a sweet aftertaste of caramel and chocolate maltiness and is really drinkable

MF-More crisp than most brown ales, probably because of the pronounced hoppiness.

O-A good brown ale. Very drinkable and unique because of the hops. The maltiness balances well in the finish with the hops and makes for a good brown ale.

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Photo of richj1970
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into Founder's Bolt Cutter glass.

A: Medium brown with slight red tint. Nice 2-3 finger white head with lots of lacing.

S: Lots of hops. A bit of caramel and malts

T: Mostly hops with some caramel and malts at the end. Following the nose...

M: Fair amount of carbonation. A bit dry.

O: Decent American Brown Ale. A solid choice, but I would tend towards a nice stout, Saison, or Belgium...

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

12oz can in pint glass
no date

A: Dark copper/light brown color, with a very light tan head, the head is a little thin, but leaves a bit of lace.
S: Caramel sweetness
T: Caramel, toast, a definite shot of bittering hops, something that makes me think of a light roast coffee in the background. There seems to be a metallic taste by the end of the beer, not unpleasant, but I could do without.
M: A little too much carbonation, but not terrible. The hops seem to linger on the tongue, borders on astringent.
O: A nice, easy drinking brown ale. There is nothing truly exciting going on, but that is more the style vs. this beer. I would definitely recommend it to a BA who likes more malt driven beers vs. hops driven. Glad I got a chance to try, thanks JC. Worth trying.

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Photo of StuartCarter
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So fresh it was still in the bright tank this morning.

A: slightly murky medium-light brown with a stream of bubbles. Initially pours with a finger thick white head that recedes to a thinner covering. The bubble streams continued while I was drinking the beer, making for a very nice visual appearance.

S: citrusy hops, faint malt?

T: initial broad hop bitterness recedes to a softer bitterness with a gentle sweet note. As this is super fresh, the hops are a bit too dominant - a little age (a few weeks) will help shift the balance towards the malt, so it depends on your preference which way you prefer it.

M: smooth, silky.

O: this is a great sipping beer. I prefer it on draft with the higher level of residual sugars, but as super fresh as this batch is, hopheads will also enjoy this beer. With a little age on it, malt heads will be happier. Go buy some!

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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 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 darkstar12
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a can into a pint glass

A: standard brown color with a one-finger tannish head that didnt last long. no real lacing to speak of.

S: hops overwhelmed any other smells

T: hops, hops, hops. some caramel and malty flavor are hidden in there, but it's bitter hops from beginning to end

M: Decent mouthfeel; not much carbonation

O: To me it was more of an IPA than a brown ale, as it came across much hoppier than I expected. Probably a good beer if you're looking for that

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured maybe a half finger of light tan head. Some larger bubbles that sticks around. The body is an odd brown with slight red. Somewhat cloudy, but the color makes it look even more so.

S - Such a sweet cherry fruit leather that comes out strong and up front. It's a very nice aroma that I was not expecting. Almost some oak. Good.

T - Here is it much more of that brown ale flavor. Nice bitterness that comes quick and then ends with an earthy malt.

M - Very strong carbonation and decent body. Maybe a little over carbonated for this style.

O - The aroma was so great but then fell off with the first sip. The sweetness went away and it was just an average brown.

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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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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 barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured deep briwn with crimson highlights and asmall tannish cap and light lacing

S: Some citrus on the nose with some toffee and nuts

T: Has a nice toffee flavor with a light citrus hops, some nuts in the background with a hint of caramel stickiness

M: A nice medium body with good carbonation, some toffee dominates the palate

O: I am not a fan of this style whatsoever but I found this beer tasty, drinkable and balanced

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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 GPHarris
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger light tan head into an english pub glasss that left good sheeting and lacing throughout. the body was a bright brown with red tints.
s - nutty, chocolate, caramel, bread with a hint of hop bite.
t - bready and caramel with a more hop punch than the aroma.
m - medium thickness and slick, carbonation level is dialed in now.
o - great beer and one of my favorite browns.

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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 msubulldog25
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another fine Southern treat from unclejedi; this arrives in a 12 oz. can (no date) and gets poured to a standard pint glass.

'Legally Brewed Since 2008'. Label shows some faux weathering; thought my can was old and abused before a closer look reveals that those 'scuffs' are just part of the design.

A: Very 'light' for a 'brown ale' - I've seen ambers/reds with darker coloring. This is a ruddy caramel, pretty foggy clarity-wise. Pretty well-structured carbonation; some streams steady and regular, others more lazy and meandering. Makes me think of The Matrix. Healthy head, over a finger of khaki froth... but not long-lasting. Stripes of foam try admirably to hold to the glass. So what if it's a paler shade of 'brown'? - it's nice-looking otherwise.

S: Hmmm... really not much here. I let the can sit 15 minutes out of the fridge and waited another 5 minutes after the pour to take an initial sniff and... well... it's vaguely malty, nutty. A tiny cocoa sweetness, waning spice and jammy fruit. Just not much else. Not bad, just so weak.

T: Earthy, crusty bread, dark and nutty. A funn(k)y yeast that has a vague tanginess - not the 'tinniness' that sometimes comes with the style, more like 'vinous tart'. That tang makes this a little different and memorable, lending some citrus rind and a little sour grape. Enough caramel and cereal grain otherwise - a bolder and pretty balanced version of the style.

M: Light-medium body, a good carbonation prickle. A fair amount of bitterness in the finish, both from latent hops and dark/dry maltiness.

O: Pretty tasty, but falls short in aroma and (somewhat) in appearance. It's nice to have a canned brown ale (a style I've had plenty over the years, but not one I turn to much of late). Worth a try.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Huge, light beige foamy head. Bright amber, lots of bubbles.

S: Nutty and malty. Grainy. Alright, but nothing spectacular.

T: Lots of grains, nutty malts. Not much to say.

M: Kind of flat, actually. Thinish, disappointing.

O: It's ok, but it's very meh to me. I like it better on tap, but it's not my favorite Good People beer.

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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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Brown from Good People Brewing Company
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