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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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of MadTown1000
2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very, very dark brown, approaching black. Held up to the light, it's actually a very deep ruby red. Only maybe a quarter inch of creamy, stout-like foam. No apparent lace as the beer disappears.

Smell is sweet, with almost a maple syrup quality to it. The flavor doesn't match. There is some coffee-like sweetness, but it's overwhelmed by a strong smoky flavor. The malt tastes burnt. This could be good if it weren't for that, but as is I don't really want this stuff in my mouth.

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Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Rmbr2
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of abrand
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle obtained via BIF. Poured into a pint glass.

This pours a deep copper color with a small head up top. Smells of grains, some sugar, and caramel. Taste is pretty light but nice. Grains, toffee and malts on the palate. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 07/21/08.

Pours a dark mahogany brown color with about two fingers of tan head, which left no lacing. Aromas of toffee and chocolate malts.

Taste is very malty with lots of chocolate malts. Roasted nuts and some floral hops finish it off. Slight bitterness to the finish. Feel is a bit thin and watery, though I guess that's fairly typical of the style. Plenty of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. The ABV is low and it goes down pretty easily.

Overall not my favorite beer from St. George, but still good.

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

Brown body with some slight ruby tinges. Light brown head about a finger in height, not a whole lot of retention or lacing.

Smells of some sweet malts mostly.

Tastes like a nice blend of malts, with chocolate and sweet molasses. A little bit of spicy/nuttiness in the finish. Light bodied.

Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Cyrano41
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, nearly black body with no real head to speak of and very little lacing.

S: Toasty malt and coffee notes, not very powerful. Little bit of a chocolatey and clean profile.

T: Smooth toasted malt flavors with a mocha and slightly hopped tinge for a decent finish. Not extremely robust, but flavorful nonetheless.

M: Light on the palate, almost a bit watery. Adequate carbonation level, not too much.

D: Would have another, and more if used as a session beer. It's not an incredible brown ale, but definitely above average. It does the job in the smoothness department, which enhances its drinkability.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown, but with an anemic head ( a fault of most products from St. George...) No appreciable lacing.

S: Floral notes first. Then toasty malt. On the third, deep sniff, I could pick up hoppy notes.

T: Powerful sweet malt initially, yielding quickly to burnt grain. Bitter hops rounds it out, and grows even more bitter -- almost astringent -- in the finish.

M: Moist, but rather flat. Pretty "meh" to be honest.

O: Not as good as others from this brewer, IMO. Not quite a drain pour, but not worth repeating.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: OK carbonation; purplish black (like a porter); no head
S: pleasant caramel aroma
T: nicely sweet; roasted barley plays the biggest role; medium hopped; it does seem to play the role of a porter or stout

A good, solid beer from St. George.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iam not sure if this is the same as the brown ale listed here but it says American Brown Ale on the label so I went with it,poured a deep chesnut brown with a thin somewhat fizzy light brown head,aromas of bitter chocolate and raw earthy nut keeping with the American hop profile.Pretty smooth and easy going down lightly sweet up front caramel and roasted nut becomes more raw and earthy in to the finish.A nice brown like I said not sure if it is under the already mentione brown ale review but this is no English brown and says American right on the label.

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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear brown in color with a thin one finger head that fell apart quickly. A spotty surface foam lingered a while. No real lacing developed.

Smell: malt sweetness, caramel, and a bit of an earthy tone are picked up by the nose.

Taste: bready malt base here with some caramel candy, brown sugar, and a bit of earth tones. Bitterness is soft but works within the style.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start while the finish is smooth. Aftertaste is short and bready. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: a nice session beer is all you can say here. Not an overwhelming beer, but a nice offering worth giving a try.

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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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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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American Brown Ale from The St. George Brewing Company
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