American Brown Ale | The St. George Brewing Company

American Brown AleAmerican Brown Ale
37 Ratings
American Brown AleAmerican Brown Ale

Brewed by:
The St. George Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by asabreed on 01-19-2006

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear dark brown color (mahogany to light) with a nice pillowy light brown head and good carbonation. Very nice hoppy aroma with robust chocolate malts underneath. Perfectly balanced robust malts and citrusy hops. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice robust finish.

Would definitely buy 6-packs !

Per Label: 5.5% ABV

'6176' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 05/17/07

($9.99 / mixed 6-pack "Dragon Pack")

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Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown glass bottle, classic style with the usual St. George label, this one on a golden background.
Opaque brown deep ruby body. Tan head of small to medium body. Good retention and great lace.
Sweet dark bread scent, really good and inviting.
Light mulch and sweet malts.
Burnt and roasted malts, heavy and strong. Just a hint of nutskin. Good hop presence and a mild aftertaste of roasted hops.
Full body with little coating and a slightly dry finish.
This is a very drinkable brew. Tasty and strong without being overwhelming.


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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a glass.

A - Rich caramel colored head. Mild carbonation - bubbles moving up throughout the liquid. Reddish/brown cola-colored appearance.

S - Flavors of roasted malt, with a mild coffee undertone.

T - Big, bitter flavor from start to finish. Dark malt, coffee are there big time, with some light hoppyness on the way down. Outstanding.

M - Heavy and full bodied - definitely chewy. Delicate on the tongue.

D - A great beer, very representative of the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Based on notes from my trip to Va late march; been a busy spring

Pours chesnut 1/2" of sand colored head. Above average head head rention & lacing

S: Nutty with toasted malt

T: Roasted malt, chocolate, & nuttyness up front. Finishes toasty, with some hop bitterness (herbal) & a little coffee

MF: Medium bodied with low cabonation & real good balance

A nice session ale, despite the ABV, one pf the better browns I've had in a while!

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S = This beer had a very nice sweet caramel aroma.

T = The taste had a mild caramel, chocolate malt flavor with a hint of roasted nuttiness coming through.

MF = It was crisp and smooth with medium carbonation.

The finish was very nice with only a small hint of hops bitterness which quickly disappeared and left a sweet bread taste to enjoy.

I will certainly buy this again.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Dark ruby colored brew that made a decent one tip head of froth. Decent retention and some spotted lacing.

S - Caramel malts and dark fruits make up the nose. Sweet and roasty aroma, very pleasant.

T - Sweet malty body with a perfect level of bitterness. There is a slight hop tinge near the end that dries and rounds this brew out nicely.

M - Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation level, crisp, dry finish.

D - Very nicely crafted and enjoyable brew. This has quickly become a favorite brewery of mine. Highly recommended.

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Photo of atsprings
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a good crisp brown with a thin head that diminished to a ring and left no lacing. The aroma was strong on brown and chocolate malts. The taste was dominated by chocolate malts. There was a decent hop backbone hiding in the background, but chocolate reigns. The beer is light and crisp. Out of the mixed six pack, this is the best I've had yet, with only the lager and porter left to try.

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Also found this in the Dragon Pack - Poured into a teardrop - Nice dark color - not much head but nice lacing - Nose of dark chocolate carries into the palate and continues with a nice finish - OK so its an American English Brown but it is quite acceptable - I just might have another

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear chestnut brown with ruby highlights.A thin creamy tan head forms and recedes. Mild spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a very pleasing toasted nuttiness with nice caramel and cocoa tones.

Toasted nutty taste upfront leading into a nice blend of caramel and cocoa flavors. Very mild bitterness midway as all of the complimentary flavors combine and lead into a satisfying finish.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

A very solid brown ale, a good example for what the style should be. Quite effortless to finish the bottle, and completely redeems this brewery for that poor golden ale.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

This beer was purchased as a single in a Dragon Pack from World Market in Charlottesville, VA - poured into tulip

Pours a beautiful mahogany brown with good head and good lacing. Smells like a perfect brown, complex hoppy roastyness like an am brown is supposed to be for me. Taste follows, a bit more on the malty end but it's a good one.

Overall this is the best brew from St. George that I have had. The others were lackluster. I would get this again

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

Pours a color almost the same as the pour bottle into my glass. The beer is probably a touch darker than the bottle. Nice dark tan creamy head.

The taste is mostly a good hop bite with little hop flavor. This is backed with some very rich (slightly) roasted malts. Overall a medium body and not very sweet. Hint of roasted malts. Dark, astringent side of brown ales.

I'm not a huge fan of brown ales, but this felt like almost a cross over between the porter/stouts and browns. Definitely in style, however. Pretty good. Straight 4s pretty much.

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

This is on the darker end of the Brown Ale spectrum, almost drifting into a porter.

Pours black with a lively white head. The smell i s dominated with roasted malt. The flavor is strong with roasted malt, chocolate, and dark cherry, with a little bit of bitterness. The mouthfeel is satisfyingly thin. Not bad, though more like a porter

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Photo of gpcollen1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich chestnut brown into my Imperial Pint leaving a nice 1/2 inch head to slowly settle down. Aroma is nice and rich and malty with a some nice hops shining through. Definitely has that Brown Ale nose.

A slight hint of hops with a roast toasty malty beginning. A hint of sweetness in the middle with some moderate carbonation and finishing with the hops, slightly drying out the mouth. Every single sip is wonderful.

I will definitely drink this again when the opportunity arises. Thanks to Santa for this one.

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

Purchased in the mixed Dragon Pack, this was the second best brew in there next to the Porter. Dark mahogany brown with a densely knit cap of wheat hued froth that retains well and leaves some patchy lace.

Aroma is dark, roasty malts, toasted nuts, caramel, cocoa, hints of leather, and some piney hops.

Flavor is well balanced between roasty, caramel malt, chocolate, and a pleasantly bitter nip of pine and floral hops.

Body is between light and medium, with a slick, creamy texture and fizzy mouthfeel from the high level of carbonation. Definately easy to drink and quite a solid offering.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no date anywhere on bottle) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Vigorous pour gave a very dark, almost black beer, which shows some hints of ruby red at the edges of the glass when held up to the light. Head was nicely dense light tan foam about 1/4" thick , but this died down to give a thin film across the top and a ring at the edge. Persistent strands and big sheets of lacing noted.

Smell: With a swirl, the beer has sweet fruity notes - grapelike in smell. Otherwise the smell is faintly that of roasted and charred malts.

Taste: If the label didn't say "American Brown Ale" I would swear I'm drinking a porter or stout. Roasted malts with chocolate and coffee flavors dominate this beer the whole way through, with something of a mild citrus hop and bitter coffee/burnt sugar finish. Overall a beer on the sweeter side of things as the malt flavors dominate.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue and a creamy mouthfeel. Very nice combination.

Overall / Drinkability: Another beer from this company that went quickly. The flavors are not what I was expecting in a brown ale, but I'm not complaining mind you. It's just that this beer makes me think more of a porter. The beer's sweet flavor and creamy mouthfeel make me think this one would be a perfect dessert beer, but by's a little too sweet. Good, just a little much by itself. Still, a good looking and tasting beer.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a pint glass, it pours a dark brown mahogany color with very little tannish surface layer with just a bit of cling to the glass. Nothing spectacular, but on par with the style.

Pleasant nose. I first sense some nice toffee and chocolate malts, and then a bit of floral and bitter hops, which balance out the sweetness of the aroma. Very nice.

At first, sipping reveals a nice toffee flavor along with a nice smooth maltiness, but quickly gives way to a burnt roasty flavor that reminds me of dark roast coffee. A bit of hops also comes through, but the roasty, dry taste comes through on the finish and aftertaste.

Feel is decent. At first the sweetness makes this one smooth, but a bittering dryness comes on the swallow. The finish is rather dry and suprising with just a bit of tingly alcohol hitting the tip of my tongue on the finish.

Very flavorful brew with nice characteristics. This would make a nice session brew that you could drink all night long, if the sweetness doesn't bother you. Well done!

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Photo of likethetaste
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a variety 6 pack from Farm Fresh.

Now this poured a very dark brown color. Almost black. Smelled richly of chocolate. Taste is pretty good with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The lager and pilsner from this brewery do not seem to be that good but St. George does a very good job on Porters and brown ale.

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

Pours a dark brown with a slight copper hue. Small but retentive frothy beige head. Lots of bubbles throughout the glass.

Very warm and malty aroma. Lightly roasted biscuity, caramel and bread-dough malts with just a subtle hint of nuttiness which increases as it warms and also a touch of floral hops.

The flavor is fairly mellow and excellently balanced. I'm picking up a hint of chocolate I didn't catch earlier in the nose and a bit of piney hoppiness.

Fairly thin body but a lot of carbonation. Very crisp with a decent flavor profile. This would definitely make an excellent session beer.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep dark brown color, almost black but not quite. The head formed a creamy one finger thick and faded into a thick lace.

Aroma: Roasted malts dominate throughout. There's just a hint of some floral hops but barely.

Taste: The roasted barley is the first thing I got from this, along with some caramel and coffee flavors. Some hoppy bitterness gradually materialized in the middle, and strengthened towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick, almost chewy. The carbonation was in good balance.

Overall: This is a pretty good American brown ale. I'd like it to be a little more sweet, but even with that it's definitely worth trying if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the Dragon Pack, labeled "American Brown Ale," into a pint glass (though yes it's the English style -- I think? Unless I'm wrong this review is for this beer, but we shall see I suppose).

Appearance: Lots of darkness, bubbles, and, again, dark a huge dark amber hue permeating the brew. A vigourous pour but the head dissipates quickly but quietly. Lacing's splotchy, spotty, from the top to the middle, and makes some kickass and crazy patterns. Why is this so damn red? Liking it a lot.

Smell: Some dark malt, slightly toasted, dark bread, yeast, and heavy nuttiness without the sweetness.

Taste: Starts out at a nice and somewhat unexpected meld between malt and hops. Lingering malt sweetness, yeastiness, nuttiness, breadiness, finishing with a fainting hop tinge on the tongue. Quite a balanced but not going out-there-for-the-complexity-and-getting-too-crazy Brown.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation seems just right, but there's a little too much slickness going on, taking away from what I wish was a more full brew in the mouth. Body is medium, and again that makes sense with the carbonation being not overpowering but nearly just right. But the overall slickness factor just seems to take a bit away from it.

Drinkability: Definitely a tasty brown ale. This is personally not my favorite style, but I could surely drink one of these again. And though the complexity's nothing astounding, it's balanced enough to be tasty for what I imagine many people would deem as a session-worthy brew.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost entirely opaque brown. Sweet molasses aroma. Toasted grain, caramel and some nice bitter burnt coffee notes. Whatever hop flavor might be in there is drowned out by burnt bitterness.

Did a side-by-side comparison of this one with their Nut Brown. The American Brown was much roastier with more assertive burnt notes. The Nut Brown featured a lighter overall flavor (though not by a whole lot) with much more reserved toasted notes and a sweeter caramel malt flavor. I recommend both of them!

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Photo of argock
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Dark brown/cola colored with 1-2 finger light brown head and lots of lacing. Love the St. George bottle labels too.

S: Pretty underwhelming with most earthy hops aromas and a tad of caramel thrown in.

T: A really nice brown ale with slight charred flavor which melds micely with the sweet caramel and mild bittersweet chocolate/cocoa. It finishes with a strong hops bite to give a lot of character. It tastes like a subtle version of DFH Indian Brown Ale.

M: A little underbodied but very smooth and no sense of big carbonation others have disliked. Sweetbread aftertaste and a touch dry rather than chewy.

D: A very drinkable ale that keeps the trend of solid and sometimes spectacular brews from St. George.

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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown color into a pint glass. The head was cream colored and about 1/4th of an inch tall, and it left a significant bubbly lace.

The smell was of sweet roasted barley, and this was predominant. I was able to smell some hops, but they were very well masked by the roasty scent.

Taste, The body was very big roasted flavor, but the hops kick in for a nice long lasting bitter finish....this finish toward the end turns slightly sweet and a subtle but present coffee flavor reveals itself.

M/D: This was pretty heavy for a brown ale, and had an almost chewy mouthfeel. The carbonation was on par for what I was expecting from a American brown. I was a little heavier on the stomach than I was expecting as well.

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