Bacon Brown Ale
Uncommon Brewers

Bacon Brown AleBacon Brown Ale
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From:
Uncommon Brewers
 
California, United States
Style:
American Brown Ale
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
73
Avg:
3.13 | pDev: 19.81%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
82
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 23, 2018
Added:
Feb 12, 2010
Wants:
  17
Gots:
  4
SCORE
73
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Bacon Brown AleBacon Brown Ale
Notes: None
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Rated: 4.1 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Apr 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by dcmchew from Romania

Sep 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.61 by vfgccp from New York

Sep 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.29 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California

Sep 24, 2016
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Reviewed by jeffjeff1 from California

3.78/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A- dark brown color, thin head
S- malt, kind of a maple syrup, bacony smell too, that was a bit light though but you could make it out
T- malt, maple, bacon, a lot better than I thought it would be
M- medium bodied
D- pretty good, I would actually drink it again. I liked it.
Sep 19, 2016
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Reviewed by whatthehull from California

3.77/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine hybrid glass from a 16oz can

A - Pours a hazy mud brown with two-three finger creamy tan head and some leg/lacing. As a side note the head is insane. I cracked open the can poured maybe a finger and the head overflowed the glass. Took around 5 minutes for the head to dissipate and when I went to refill the glass it overflowed again. Carbonation level EXTREME, haha.

S - Dry grains right of the bat, tons of nuttiness, some sweet/toasted malts, lots of yeast and of the cracker/bread veritable, non fertilized soil, some living and dead earth notes, maple, sugar and caramelized bacon.

T - Slight synthetic hop note, lots of dry grains and malts, semi-sweet sugar note, brown earth tones, lots wood (presumably from the curing and/or smoking of the bacon), crisp bacon, drowning in nutty notes and really quite creamy.

M - Medium body, medium plus carbonation, medium plus acidity, nice balance, nice complexity and a huge nut brown ale with a side of bacon finish.

D/O - Didn't really know what to think when buying this one -- except BACON! Enjoyable enough for sure. Has its nut brown ale quality with a hint of sugar and bacon, really nice. The nut notes are a bit over the top but adds to a creaminess at the finish. Perfect for any time of year or occasion. Had this one with an all American Sub and it paired brilliantly. The only downside of this beer is the crazy head as was stated before.

Final Thoughts - At $4 per can and a 6.8% ABV this is for the lover of ale and of course for the fan of bacon. Worth a go or three and if you like Brown ale, you may really like this one.
Jan 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.15 by wethorseblanket from California

Dec 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.25 by Canada_Dan from Colorado

Nov 12, 2015
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Reviewed by samtrillo from California

3.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I feel like this is one of those beers that got a bad first couple reviews and the subsequent reviewers consciously or not, aligned their reviews towards the mean.

Anyway, I like it. Gimmick aside, this is creamy, semi-sweet brown ale with a sneaky hint of smoke and salt. Didn't get any bacon, per se (or umami), but I think this is a well rounded brown ale. It's full body despite a medium amount of alcohol was a real treat.
Jun 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.4 by jwswigs from California

Apr 14, 2015
 
Rated: 3.56 by CJNAPS from California

Jan 23, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by Alpha309 from California

Nov 27, 2014
 
Rated: 2.75 by aj_tuna from California

Nov 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

Nov 20, 2014
 
Rated: 2.5 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 18, 2014
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Reviewed by Fatehunter from Oregon

2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
Pours two and half fingers of tan head on a brown body.
The aroma is mild: toasted malt and lemon.
The taste is fairly lemon hoppy, sharp bitter, slightly metallic and just a little nutty.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
An okay brown ale.
Nov 07, 2014
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Reviewed by TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Served from the can in a cervoise at Beelow's.

Yeah, this fourth step is probably enough to keep "The Best of Me" from haunting me any further. It pours a clear garnet-russet topped by a finger or so of khaki foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, light rye toast, mild candied orange peel, and a hint of greenery. The taste brings in more of the same, the maple and rye really taking control. There may be a slight whiff of umami on the tongue, potentially a result of the pork addition, but it's likely a result of my expectations. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, the buckwheat lends this beer a unique character, but it's not enough to elevate this brown ale very high. It's not bad, but not great.
Oct 25, 2014
 
Rated: 3.08 by mostfadedone from California

Oct 18, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by aquazr1 from California

Aug 03, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by cnbrown313 from Illinois

Jun 18, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by rowbow from California

Jun 06, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by NRo from California

May 29, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by mpenning13 from Ohio

Apr 18, 2014
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

3.09/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Canned 9/18/13.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nut, and smoked meat aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain, smoke, and slight bacon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a pretty subdued bacon presence in both the aroma and flavor.
Mar 06, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by wl0307 from England

Feb 25, 2014
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Reviewed by VincentFrey from Maryland

2.07/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2
Pour / Appearance: Actually ends up much more ruby red than brown, with very high clarity. Nice head but no real lacing or any retention. The head that is there is a light mocha color and is appealing. There’s not much else to talk about here; it’s pretty but run of the mill. Eh.

Aroma: Oddly, it smells very artificial for an organic beer. Caramel notes and wisps of smoke are there, but there is this lingering touch of plastic that is just very off-putting. Maybe a little bacon? Smells more like burnt hog flavored liquid smoke.

Taste: The taste is the same as the note. Perhaps more caramel than I expected, and the smoke starts to come up in the back. No bacon to speak of; peat or oak smoked wheat would probably have been just as interesting. The gimmick is, very sadly, a gimmick.

Overall: A run of the mill brown ale for a higher price. Smells and tastes somewhat artificial, and the “specialty” ingredient doesn’t have a real place.

Bottom Line: No real reason to bother with this one. If you’re ticking off brown ales to try, go ahead, or if you’re one of those “le epic bacon” jackasses from the internet.
Dec 18, 2013
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a frothy ecru head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Buckwheat pancakes topped with a hint of cane syrup

Taste: Buckwheat pancakes and cane syrup, up front, with a nutskin character developing, in the middle; very phenolic, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: After a good start, the beer fell apart in the finish; if only the advertised bacon was there instead of the phenols, this might have been decent

Thanks, bytemesis (from the other site), for the opportunity
Dec 14, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by humulusphile from California

Dec 13, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by drewone from California

Dec 07, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by leprakhan from California

Dec 05, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by flexabull from California

Nov 15, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by mctizzz from California

Nov 13, 2013
 
Rated: 2.75 by Exeter from Canada (AB)

Oct 29, 2013
 
Rated: 3 by GraduatedCashew from California

Aug 29, 2013
 
Rated: 3 by timjim1327 from New Jersey

Aug 18, 2013
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.46/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear brown color, with just a bit of a reddish tint, and had 1/2 inch of light tan head that good retention and low-to-moderate lacing.

The aroma was all sweet malts, no real hop presence, sadly no bacon scent either. There was just a hint of a slight sour/funk smell though. On the tongue, The story was pretty similar, sweet malts, barely there hops, a complete lack of bacon:( , and that sour was just barely there. Maybe if I hadn't smelled, I wouldn't have even tasted it.

The body was good, though pretty typical for the style, medium-full, smooth, and even. Drinkability was good, the beer went quickly and easy enough. Overall, a pretty nice take on a basic brown ale, not special, but worth grabbing a single and giving it a test drive.
Jul 17, 2013
 
Rated: 3 by Kirk from England

Jun 23, 2013
 
Rated: 2.5 by tommyguz from Pennsylvania

May 30, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by jrempel from Canada (BC)

May 27, 2013
Bacon Brown Ale from Uncommon Brewers
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 132 ratings