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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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 304
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 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 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 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 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 theghost3
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent copper with a thick 4-finger tan head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is nutty, spicy with some tobacco. The flavor is roasted malts and earthy with a surprising spicy character--allspice, black pepper & cloves. Mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied, carbonated & dry.

This is an OK American Brown. It's spicy character is just a little too much, and the carbonation could be toned down some. I like the earthy and caramel flavors, and it does go well with a variety of meats and desserts from apple pie to chocolate cake. Just a note: the six-pack rings used by Good People are ridiculously hard to pop off the cans.

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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 BamaBeerBuff
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A light brown with light cherry tint. Thick head for a brown ale that retains very well. Great foamy patterns of lace on the glass. Well done.

S: A smooth and inviting aroma of cocoa, nuts, caramel, and some hoppiness.

T&M: Wonderful taste for a brown. Full flavored with a smooth caramel and chocolate malt flavors. A kind of nuttiness stood out to me, as well. Hops on the finish. It's robust and full, but still within the confines of the style. The body is medium with a very silky-smooth mouthfeel.

D: Flavorful yet drinkable. The best session brown I've had, bar-none. I hope this gets over to Tuscaloosa soon.

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Photo of stxSS07
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Killian's Pint

A- Pours a murky, muddy brown with a 2 finger tan head that sticks around and leaves excellent lacing. Looks like muddy river water.

S- Grainy and bready, big nutty character, and maybe some sugary toffee/caramel?

T- Sweet and malty. A little bit of the bready character from the nose carries over, but I'm not getting much else. Maybe a hint of chocolate on the back. Also has a bit of a metallic twinge on the end.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel.

O- Not a bad beer by any means, but it's a bit one dimensional. Looks great, but the nose and taste fall flat for me.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 biglobo8971
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a can into a pint glass. Nice light mahogany color with a slight head that cascaded slightly for most of the glass. The smell is mostly of malt and yeast, the most prominent is a "bread" smell. Taste is solid, a very good brown. Not my favorite style, but this is a very drinkable beer. Taste mostly malt, with a faint chocolate after taste. Mouthfeel is really easy on the tongue. I could see myself drinking this all year long. My overall impression is that this is a very solid beer in a style that is not my favorite. But I would not have a problem enjoying this beer in the future.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Brown from Good People Brewing Company
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