Brown | Good People Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 jsprain1
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Murky reddish brown. Thick head disappates down to an inch. Plenty of lacing.
S- Smell is just a touch sour, a bit of toasted malt, and a bit of nuttyness.
T- Toasted bread, roasted pecans, just a touch of green apple that's offputting. Just the ever so slightiest rum type character in the finish.
M- Slightly full, somewhat undercarbed, lending a bit too much heaviness to it given ABV.
O- A quite good brown. It's got a really nice toasty character and a relatively unique to style rum character that I liked.

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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 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 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 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 JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12ox can.

A - Pours a nice light mahogany brown with some slight copper and amber edges. There is a nice light cream colored head that is about 0.5 inch tall and has some nice dense bubbles to it.

S - Hints of walnuts and almonds with some nice fresh baked bread and some toasty malts. There is some nice roasty malts perceived with some chocolate notes as well.

T & M - Taste starts out with some nice grainy malt and some freshly baked toasty bread. Nice grain profile to this beer. There is some slight nutty notes to it with almonds and some oat notes as well. Slight chocolate sweetness and bitterness is perceived. As the beer warms the nut and roasted malt bread character comes out. It is quite delicious. Awesome brown ale. Good carbonation and some nice hop grassy bitterness on the back end makes this a delicious brew.

O - Delicious brew that was very surprising. Well crafted overall with some great roast and some perfect malt grain profiles. Yum.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to kirkpjr for this fine alabama beer.

poured cold from the can a semi-opaque deep nutty copper brown to a sun king shaped pint with a nice, big bubbled, foamy tan head with nice retention that leaves a thick film of slowly receding lace after each sip.

aroma of sweet, melted, buttery brown sugars, graham crackers.

nice, nutty, sweet sugars, toffee.

medium bodied, big carbonation, sweet.

drinkable - way.

overall - great american brown.

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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 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 JayS2629
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome brown. Medium brown color with a thick white head, nice retention, and sticky seafoam lacing. Aroma is of brown sugar, toffee, and light chocolate with earthy back tones. The taste is full and balanced with brown sugar, toffee, caramel and light chocolate notes. Earthy hops in the background. Very awesome balance and great taste. Nutty notes balance this into a nice malty, chocolate toned drink that has a good sweetness but nowhere near cloying. Excellent beer.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. Thanks to RC0032 for bringing this back for me.

Appearance: This pours a full brown color, hazy with a creamy white head. The head retains nicely and leaves a little bit of lace down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Chocolate malt, a bit of coffee, nutty malts, and a bit of peat as well.

Taste: The flavor is very malt forward. Cocoa, hazelnut, and toffee malt up front. A bit of peat and then a soft earthy hop presence. The light bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light tingling carbonation turns creamy for most of each sip. Fairly clean with a soft grainy texture. A mild stickiness is noticeable at the beginning of the sip and a mild oiliness is noticeable at the end.

Overall: To me this is just not that exciting of a style, but I think it was executed well and I am glad to have tried a beer from Good People in Alabama.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: mahogany/chestnut color is a little lighter than expected. Clear. Nice creamy tan head is lasting w good lacing.
S: brown sugar, caramel, light molasses w/some earthy piney hops.
T: medium sweet malts are almost balanced out by smooth hop bittnerness, finishing almost clean.
M: nicely carbonated and frothy. Medium body.
O: very nice brown that its canned...good stuff, nice and drinkable.

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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 elgiacomo
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, no date, but a fresh batch. This is WAYYY over-carbonated!!! Pour took forever and the head kept growing and growing. I hear this is just isolated to one batch. Eventually settles down to a light brown cap on a reddish brown body.

Aroma is pretty mild, featuring light bread and toast, some yeast, nutty, grass, hint of caramel, a little fruit. Low to moderate strength at best. Improves slightly as it warms.

Flavor is quite nice, fairly sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, bread & toast, nutty, hint of chocolate. Quite a flavorful Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel, after the carbonation bomb settles down, is quite smooth, almost creamy.

Carbonation issues aside, this is a very tasty Brown Ale. Weak aroma hurts, though.

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Photo of sommersb
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 ounce can; served in a nonic pint glass.

Something was definitely wacky with the carbonation on this beer. When I popped the can, foam started to come up out of the opening. A small pour of about 2 fingers of beer gave me 7 fingers of off-white foamy head. I opened another the next night and got similar results. Color is a bright, dark copper. Clear beer with lots of bubbles seen in the glass. Lacing was good.

Aromas are of caramel in the malts, plus hops smells that are floral and earthy. Taste is bitter, with a little nutty sweetness to counter. This one might seem more of an amber ale than a brown, due to the diminished malt profile.

Mouthfeel was highly carbonated - not a surprise considering what was seen in the pour. Medium body, with an aftertaste that is nicely balanced, but leaning to the hoppy side.

Overall a good beer, despite the over carbonation I got in my 6-pack. Given that they have a brand new canning operation, I'm sure there are tweaks they'll be making to prevent future issues.

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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 Reaper16
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Wilhagan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a color that is more red than brown: ochre tones throughout a cherry cola base. More than two fingers of head sat heavy on top of the body. Light creme in color. Lacing was spectacular; notchy all through the drink. Really nice looking.

The aromas seemed pretty much on-par for the style. Nothing stood out as being original or particularly strong. Some browned malt: tiny degrees of chocolate and coffee grounds with a nice roasted nut sort of smell. A faint flourish of steely hops comes across every few whiffs. Nothing poor by any means but pretty average for the style. The score is affected by the diacetyl aromas that become heavy as the beer warms.

The flavors are certainly above average, however. This is a pretty unique brown ale. It tastes mostly like bread crusts with some Cocoa Puffs cereal sprinkled on them. Like the bread chips in a bag of Chex Mix, but specifically the chocolate variety of pre-packaged Chex Mix. Some earthy hops clean up the finish and compel further sips. It is all pretty darn good. As the beer warms, though, I get a stronger sense of diacetyl. The buttery flavor sort of goes with the flavor profile at first, but let this beer get up to room temperature and you will regret it. The diacetyl is the only reason this doesn't get a 4.0 in taste.

Good mouthfeel. The carbonation level seems on-point and the body size is just about perfect. This is a comfortable session candidate in terms of mouthfeel. Also in terms of drinkability; before the diacetyl starts spreading is butter taste over everything this is a nicely quaffable brown ale.

I am sure that this keg is old or that the lines aren't run enough or something. Surely the heavy diacetyl wasn't a mistake made at the brewery. Still, it was present in the aroma and taste of the beer, so I have to account for it. If I find a fresher batch on-tap here in Tuscaloosa then I'll re-review if necessary. For now, my experience with this brown ale is that it is still one of the better brown ales I've ever had. Even despite the diacetyl.

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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 jettjon
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 5 Points Grill, into a pint glass a nearly opaque chestnut color with a light brown head that quickly fades to a thin cap with some pretty solid sheeting. Nose of faint malts and hints of chocolate. Not a whole lot on the nose; too bad. Taste is of pleasing, sweet toasted malt with hints of chocolate and cocoa. Again, nothing spectacular. On the palate, it's somewhat thin and seems a bit flat. Drinkability is decent; it's easygoing with good flavor. I would probably have another.

Overall: A decent brown ale, though a bit watery and flat. Worth a try, especially since it's from a true "micro" brewery in an area not historically known for beer (Birmingham, AL).

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Brown from Good People Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 306 ratings.
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