1955 Double Brown | Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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1955 Double Brown1955 Double Brown

Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dwagner003 on 02-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 73
Photo of Jmamay22
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

Pours a very clear cola color with ruby red highlights. The coffee colored head is full and provides great lacing. The scent is mild with some notes of caramel and general sweetness. Slightly fruity. Tastes is more bitter than expected, but nowhere near hoppy. Gives the impression of an American brown ale vs English, but who am I to argue with the historical recipe? Soft and smooth tasting. Bready and caramel. Maybe a hint of roast, but fleeting. The finish is fairly bitter and semi dry. Good brown ale. No faults.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 6/6/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Brown to Amber in color. Good head retention with nice lacing as the beer is consumed. Allows some light in when held up.
Aroma: Moderate to moderate plus orange fruit hop aroma. Caramel and nutty malts. A hay/dank smell at the finish
Taste: Malt forward taste. Caramel, nuts, semi sweet chocolate. Hops fall back. Orange citrus. Very nicely balanced.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Creamy. Medium to High carbonation. Hop resins remain on my tongue. Malt coarseness roughens the throat.

Notes: Bottled Feb. 2014

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Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

22oz. bottle served in a tumbler. Bottled in Feb 2104 notched on the label. Pours a lovely mahogany hue with a translucent clarity and a dense, 2.5 inch khaki-colored head. Head eventually settles into a 1/4 inch cap with thick clusters of textured lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses fresh wort and a hint of caramel sweetness followed by a suggestion of noble hops aromas. Taste follows nose (no real surprises here) with a touch of sweetness towards the back that quickly yields to a light herbal/medicinal bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. Overall, nothing particularly stands out; however, this is a well-made English Brown Ale. I have to say that I had this on-draft a few months earlier and it was drinking better at the time. That said, definitely not for extended cellaring.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

huge head of caramelized, tan bubbles forms above the beer and mellows to about a fingers width, lasting well after the pour. When the head does leave, it splotches sticky patches of fluffy lacing onto the glass. In body the beer is dark, but not opaque, with a very clean clarity to it, and no sign of any floating particles. On the nose, the beer smells of rich toasted oat bread, caramel, and nuts. Wisps of roasted malt and apple juice tinge the edges of the scent alongside faint brown sugar, and fainter dark fruits. There is even a bit of tart plum on the nose. As the beer opens up, the tartness becomes more pronounced and intriguing, blending nicely with the other scents. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet with a quick splash of fruity tartness at the beginning of the sip. This is worked into nutty and bready sweetness, and then covered by aggressive, yet rich bitter roast and herbal and grassy hops. The bitterness is a touch too fierce for how I like my brown ales. The beer’s finish is bitter and dry. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet bread and caramel, blending with softly tart plum juice and then slowly morphing into a roasted nutty flavor with wisps of brown sugar. In the middle of the sip, this blends with touches of apple juice and then is quickly steamrolled by roasted malt bitters, grassy hops and a nice herbal bite that reminds me of nettles. The finish is a fruity splash of sweet raisins and plums dipped in brown sugar and blended with an assortment of nuts, sort of like a trail mix. Now that I think of it, I can also sense touches of strawberry jelly on the finish. The finish is of a middling length, but the aftertaste is quite rich and long, moving through a variety of flavors that make it nearly as complex as the actual sip. The aftertaste begins as harsh herbal bitters, but then pulls forward chocolate covered plums, then rich nuts, then peanut butter and jelly flavors, and then rich oat bread flavors. The more I think about the aftertaste, the more complex it becomes. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body (nearly light) with a middling carbonation that does prick the tongue. The beer’s mouthfeel is soft, but with a slightly out of balance crispness and enough prickle to keep the sweeter malt flavors at bay. The mouth is left wet, yet burned with a bitter shock from the harsher herbal hop notes. There is even a bit of a sticky, resin-like feeling on the roof and sides of the mouth. Overall, this is a nice, easy drinking English Brown Ale. I think the recipe’s bitters were a touch too aggressive without any nicely balancing hop character. I love the aftertaste of this beer and am still reveling in its complexity. This is a lovely recreation of a beer by Pretty Things and Ron Pattinson.

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Photo of Kendo
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Chestnut brown body with a small off-white head. No lace.

S: Mild - faint caramel malt and nuttiness.

T: Mild sweetness - caramel malt and hazelnut. Modest bitterness at finish provides decent balance.

M: Medium in heft, mild carbonation.

O: Good, nothing earth-shattering.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass the beer was a red/brown color with a tiny white head. There was no lace.

Sweet malt/caramel aroma. Floral hops.

Caramel and toffee taste. Late arrival of some floral hops.

A rather hoppy brown ale.
It was enjoyable.I would drink this again.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off tan head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate sweet aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of nutty malts and transitions to light to moderate flavors of roasted malts. Hints toasted caramel are also perceptible. A slight amount of bitterness is noticeable, which cancels out any of the sweetness that is evident in the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The roasted malts lend a little "bite" to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer is quite interesting for an English Brown Ale and seems to be much more complex compared to other beers in the style, offering several malty flavors and some roasted notes that linger into the finish.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always excited for a new PT beer, been sitting on this a couple weeks, so anticipation is through the roof.

Pours an off white slight creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, super dark brown colored beer with a little mahogany light sneaking through with bubbles streaming up.

Nose brings some toasty brown malts, mild molasses and caramel, little earthy root like based almost herbal molasses sweetener, into a mild earthy herbal hop with it, mild candy toffee like note. Toasty brown malts mostly, little creamy.

Taste brings more malty flavors, toasty brown malts, little candy like, more caramel, toffee, and a little earthy raw molasses like, little toffee nutty flavors, bit more nutty as it goes, with some mild biscuit and creamy malts. Fair earthy bitter herbal hops, little chewy spicy like, with fair sweetness but not overly, Finish is drier but a bit sweet and sticky, bit more toffee, caramel, molasses lingering, bit more earthy hops too.

Mouth is med bod, fairly creamy, decent carb, almost a nitro like creaminess.

Overall not bad, nice old English brown style with decent malts, decent hops, nothing too special, but nice balance and drinkable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours brown but when held to a light source it's more of a dark copper. Head, when swirled, grows into a finger-wide collection of tan froth. Webs and strips of lacing.

S-Lightly roasty. Nutty with rich caramel accents. Brown bread. An earthy, almost woody hoppiness. A tiny bit of metallic aroma.

T-A roasted nutty flavor that is very pleasing. Caramel, blackstrap molasses and toffee. A bitter, herbal hoppiness sneaks up on you. Pumpernickel. Bittersweet.

M-Surprisingly light and body. Easy to drink. Moderate carbonation. More bitter than I expected. No booze.

O-Another solid Pretty Things beer that brings plenty of intricacy and individuality to this beer.

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Photo of popery
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium brown in the light that surprisingly is somewhat darker otherwise. Well, I was surprised. It looks pretty clear, though the color makes it a tad difficult to tell, at least in a wide glass with thick walls. The head is a light beige. Fairly rocky. Fades to a sheet of bubbles after a minute and sticks like that for quite awhile. Aroma is caramel malt and herbal/floral hops. I wonder how much my preconceptions of brown ale factor into my thoughts because I initially put down nutty as a descriptor, and going back, I'm not sure about it. The hop flavor seems primarily herbal with a minty, vegetal note, but I can also find berries and pepper. The caramel is light and pleasant. No big cloying character, just rich, full toasted sugar. Taste is drier than expected. Pleasant and easy to drink. Fairly clean. Refreshing caramel with light spicy bitterness. Light mouthfeel. Pretty average carbonation. The creamy body of a ~%5 abv with a lot of flavor. Not at all watery. Aftertaste of herbal hops and caramel. Interesting stuff. I absolutely love trying beers brewed to actual historic recipes, and I'm a big fan of Pattinson. Ratings and reviews aside, it's utterly satisfying to get this sort of feeling for a piece of brewing history. Even though the contemporary beer was very likely not quite like this one, this is still much closer than we usually get to history, and that's a tremendous gift for anyone interested in the subject.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is dark brown with a red hue
Caramel sweetness and chocolate are in the smell, some darker fruit smell
Taste is darkly fruits and caramel that's not too sweet and then clicks to a bitter finish, good bitterness. Some earthy hop feel is there
Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation to carry style with nice spice, dry close
Overall a good brown ale

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Photo of mverity
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogany with fantastic lacing, thick foamy head that held extremely well and finally faded into a thick collar and lots of wisps when swirled. Aroma is earthy brown sugar, a little woody and nutty. Taste is bitter chocolate, molasses, and earthy hops. Full, rich mouthfeel, a bit silty. Low carbonation despite that huge head.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark albeit completely see through brown with a creamy head that doesn't seem to weaken at all throughout drinking. Maybe my senses are off but there's not much there on the nose for me except maybe a bit of malty brown sugar sweetness. As for taste on the other hand, there's a lot going on here, starts nutty with a brown sugar sweetness and roasted malt background and rolls into and ends with lingering piney hop bitterness. Extremely drinkable, smooth yet crisp mouthfeel... Reminds me a bit of Smuttynose Durty for comparison.

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Photo of Dope
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled February of 2014 so 1-2 months old.

A: Pours a nice medium brown with a very tall and frothy light light brown head. Great head retention and heavy lacing everywhere.

S: Nutty with a fair amount of toasted bread. Pretty subtle (this is only 5.1% after all).

T: Flavor is much bolder than the aroma. Surprisingly bold in fact. Strong nuttiness, almost over the top. Toasted malt throughout, giving it a toasted bread and pretzel-like flavor. Get some strong bitterness, this one is surprisingly hoppy. Kind of a piney and herbal bitterness I think? Primarily in the finish and aftertaste. Lingering pretzels and piney bitterness between sips.

M: Medium bodied, smooth. Fairly bitter and drying in the finish.

O: Very interesting and tasty brown. The aroma had me guessing but the taste caught me by surprise. Strong flavors, one of the most flavorful 5% beers I've had. Surprisingly hoppy too. Not a up-front west coast style IPA hoppiness, it kicks in much later and melds much better as well. Really nice in general, Pretty Things rarely disappoints and this is no exception.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled In: FEB 2014

A: Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown color with a fingers worth of creamy head that fades down to a thick cap that leaves great lacing

S: Rich toasty malts, some nuttiness, a light caramel sweetness, and some grassy and earthy hops all stand out

S: Follows the nose. Starts off with some toasty malts, a light sweetness, some nutty and woody notes, as well as the earthy hops. Unfolds slowly, eventually finishing with more toastiness and a very light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with soft, moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth

O: A very good example of an English brown, with plenty of flavor and great drinkability. Pretty Things definitely nailed this with the help of Ron Pattinson, who knows his stuff. Definitely worth picking up

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a golden dark-ish brown, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like nutty brown malts, chocolate, roasted malt, and toasted bread.

This is probably the best brown ale I've ever had. It's not really sweet at all, and focuses more on the toasty and roasty aspects of malt flavor, rather than the sweet caramelly malt flavor you usually get in a brown ale. There is some caramel, but it tastes toasty and unsweetened, along with toasted grainy bread flavor, hazelnuts, toffee, some bitter chocolate, leafy herbal hops, and lightly roasted malt. There's a lot of cool stuff going on here.

This is medium bodied, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a bready, crisp mouthfeel.

This is exemplary, and shows that a traditional brown ale can still be very interesting.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle with an bottling date of Feb 2014. Sampled on June 2, 2014.

The pour is an unfiltered darker brown color with a softy, silky beige head up top that stays around.

The aroma is typical of a good brown ale with a definite sweet and nutty malty character and a clean , crisp slightly earthy hop note.

Medium body.

The taste has big and bold nutty maltiness with a mildly bitter lingering finish. A tasty brown ale that is true to the style.

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1955 Double Brown from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
4.04 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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