Brown | Good People Brewing Company

BrownBrown
BA SCORE
64.2%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 321 Ratings
BrownBrown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
goodpeoplebeer.com

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
Ranking:
#12,997
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
321
Liked:
206
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
10.47%
Alströms:
3.47
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
79
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 321 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of outoffocus
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of dar482
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Georgiabeer
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see Good People canning their product now. This one pours a murky brown with a very short head. Smells slightly roasty, with some gentle malt, and a clean bready aroma, as well as just a whiff of earthy bitterness. The taste has more of the same as well as a hint of bubblegum and a bit of a slightly grain sour finish. The hope are more prominent up front and fades toward the end. Could use a little more body and/or hops for an American Brown. Lots of breadiness throughout, and a lingering touch of malty sweetness. A fairly gentle brown, but pleasant enough.

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of tigg924
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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 TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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 harpus
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - dark brown with hints of red.

S - sweet caramel and hops.

T - caramel sweetness is beautifully balanced with a soothing blast of hops in the aftertaste, leaving your mouth feeling refreshed and happy.

M - Rich and filling in the mouth.

D - Very drinkable easy to have more then one

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 barczar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 BMMillsy
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pilsner glass. Stamped 01001A286.

A: A finger of creamy head tops a murkyish, red-brown beer, more red than brown. A wonderful hue in the light.

S: Nutty malts. An unfortunate metallic tinge.

T: Creamy-sweet main body, slightly nutty-bitter-dry on the endtaste. The metallic character found in the nose casts its baleful shadow over the taste as well. Fortunately, it often ignorable. Aside from that, it's really quite nice. An almost floral vanilla flavour is particularly fine.

M: Smooth, swell, and sweet.

O: Good beer. Might be a great one if bottled. I might have one again, but I won't be buying more, unlike Good People's canned IPA which I purchase by case, frequently. Recommended if you want an Alabama brown ale.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Gus's in Auburn, AL.

Pours a hazy brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of strongly toasted - though not quite roasted - malts with good amounts of milk chocolate aromas. As the beer warms very light hints of herbal hops waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust toasted malt flavors up front with more roastedness than the smell would intimate are followed by good amounts of milk chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip faint hop flavors enter into things but give way to the malt flavors before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass(es) and could easily have more.

Overall this is a very good American Brown and I wish I could have more access to Good People as I've yet to have even a subpar beer from them. Well worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: orange with a 2 finger off white head

smell: roast, malts, caramel,

taste: caramel, malts, smooth,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: smooth "brown" ale. not sure you can call it brown when I've had dark IPA's and Amber Ale's. But hey I give them credit it's highly drinkable and I'm glad I finally tracked down an Alabama Beer.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of khargro2
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbryan5
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Treyliff
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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 stephenjmoore
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Nunya
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Dissipating, light tan head lands a thin lacing; hazed rusty brown color. Aromas of light toffee, salt water, maraschino cherry, toasty bread and a vague yeast. Lightish but very creamy mouthfeel. Gritty, biscuity, with toasted husk, chicory and a hint of fermented molasses. Hop bitterness struggles to get through this maze of malt flavor for some balance but prevails eventually. Kiss of ripe fruit. Pretty dry finish, huskiness sort of dominates with a dried hay-like flavor, though does not go overboard. Bit of a toasted malt bomb here—a cleaner finish and perhaps we’d have a stellar beer in our glass. Aside from that, it ends up being a good drink.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Opaque mahogany body under a solid inch of creamy tan foam. Great retention and a strong covering of sticky lace. The total lack of clarity is the only thing keeping it from an even higher score.

S: Mmmm. Luscious. Richly toasty, nutty malts are front and center, with some vanilla sweetness and a solid dose of American hops - I'm getting plenty of grapefruit from the Cascade, as well as some grassier, herbal notes from the Willamette. The aroma is round, smooth, complex, and spot on for the style. Amazing job, Good People.

T: Grainy, nutty malts open things up, followed by some caramel sweetness. Bitter, dry, herbal hops finish things off. It's not quite as jaw-droppingly perfect as the aroma (the bitterness comes on without warning, and isn't as well-integrated as the fruity hops in the nose would have suggested), but it's still damn tasty.

M: A little thin and prickly at first, but the ample carbonation provides some nice smoothness after a moment.

O: I'm not the biggest fan of Brown Ales, generally, but this one manages to be both highly drinkable and highly interesting. The malt/hops balance works well, and the aroma is really spectacular. I'll be picking up another couple six-packs before I leave the state.

Cheers!

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of buckyp
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown from Good People Brewing Company
Beer rating: 64.2% out of 100 with 321 ratings
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