Chestnut Hill | Lift Bridge Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States
liftbridgebrewery.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by mothman on 12-18-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
147
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 43
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of CraigP83
4.49/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brown ale with more hop profile. A little sharper but still good

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Dark and somewhat cloudy brown with tints of amber red and lots of bubbles. Big three finger light tan head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and toffee with big hints of cinnamon and dark berries from the allspice. The spices make themselves known well and are not overbearing.

Taste: Sweet kick from the roasted malts and chocolate with a bit of cinnamon spice from the allspice. Spices are followed by more roasted malt sweetness and light hints of earthy hops in the finish. Well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a brown ale. The allspice ads a nice kick of spice.

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Photo of tmcelvain
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at the Muddy Pig and Groveland Tap

L: dark brown with a medium sized red head.
S: fruity malts.
T: Creamy fruit maltiness, very complex and pleasing, much sweeter than your typical brown ale.
M: Creamy, warm and thick from the cask pour. Still retains some carbonation and sweetly spicy on the back of the mouth.
D: oh, yes.

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Photo of TCMike
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. It produced a 1 finger beige head. The color of the beer was a dark brown/amber.

The smell was nice, not over powering, and not too faint. It was of roasted malts, brown sugar, nuts, and some spice.

The taste was similar to smell. Very good. It is a little sweeter than some browns, but I like it. The carb was med-low, and it had a medium body.

Thank you Heritage liquor guy for the recommendation. This is a great brown, and locally brewed.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This roasty, nutty smelling brew pours a clear, dark brown with a finger and a half of lacy, off-white, rocky foam that dissipates to a fine lacing on the glass and ring around the edge of the beer.

The taste follows the aroma with lots of nutty, toasted malt on the palate and a nicely balanced, hoppy bitterness beneath. The toasted malt is definitely the backbone throughout the beer.

The moderate body on this brew is smooth to creamy.

I fully enjoyed this offering from Liftbridge and it complimented my flatbread pizza with chicken, tomatoes, feta, herbs and balsamic dressing nicely. Would I have it again? Oh, yes, most certainly.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this into a clear teardrop beer glass. It pours a dark brown with a 2 finger head. It's on the heavy side for a brown ale, but I love it! Great beer!

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjanega08
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Deep brown color with hazy amber highlights coming through on the sides. The head is a tan color rising to about a finger but looking thick and steady sitting on top of the beer. Nice lacing and retention.

S= Toasty and bready for sure. A nice malty doughyness to it. Cinnamon is in there but I get none of the allspice mentioned on the bottle. Sort of resembles a more pungent spicier fat tire to me with the amount of breadyness to it.

T= The taste is excellent. Sort of pushes on the porter teritorry with the roast flavor. The breadiness starts to ooze away a bit but is still there and the cinnamon comes through a little more. The all spice is still undetected.

M= A nice spikey carbonation to it. Zippy.

D= This is the best beer I've had from these guys I think. Everything I try from them gets a little better and with their own brewery I'm excited to see what they can produce. The profile on this beer enters the porter area a little more than brown ale I think but I'm not complaining it's great no matter what you call it.

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Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Consumed thanks to the generosity of my brother Greg.

A: Murky thick dark brown with soft, tightly bubbled light beige, 1-finger head with decent retention and a few spare lace forms.

S: Chocolaty with a solid dark malt backbone with some burnt raisin and fig aromas. Hops are very muted. The spice sneaks in, mainly cinnamon.

T: I generally do not like spiced beers, usually because the spice is brought to the forefront and covers the maltiness. Not so with Chestnut Hill as they use spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to accent the dark maltiness, vanilla bean, and cocoa flavors. This is a really well-crafted brown ale, using complementary flavors to bring the whole up a notch from the sum of its parts.

M: This brew is very smooth and creamy with muted carbonation to give it a substantial feel without heaviness.

O: I am impressed with Chestnut Hill, and with the Lift Bridge beers I had a chance to try this week. I think this is the best of the bunch, with its nuanced spice maltiness and vanilla and cocoa notes. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of morimech
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with two fingers of dense head that had very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. An attractive enough looking brown ale. Nice malty aroma with hints of nuts, graham crackers, and molassas. I do pick up on some cinnamon but it is subdued. Solid brown ale flavor as well. Good malt flavor with hints of nuts again. Hops make an appearance giving some grassy elements. The added spices are detectable in the finish but let the malt and hops do most of the playing. Surprising amount of alcohol is also detectaed. Quite dry overall. Not the largest body for a brown but has good carbonation and texture. A humble brown ale turned out to be my favorite Lift Bridge beer to date.

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Photo of WMbeer
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Murky orangish-brown with thin off-white head.

Smell: Sweet caramel and fruity malts, some coffee accented roasted malts, English hops and a touch of cinnamon.

Taste: Caramel and fruity malts at the forefront, but fairly dried out compared to the aroma. Some nut flavors underneath. Becomes bitter and spicy toward the end, with nice English hops augmented by the cinnamon and allspice. The spices are a nice subtle addition.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, pretty dry finish for a Brown Ale.

Drinkability: Great traditional Brown Ale with a nice addition of spices to add to the complexity of the finish. Very nice job overall. Lift Bridge does well with adding spices and other flavors to traditional beers to make them their own.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Bright dark brown with a 2” cream colored foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Toast, light roast and caramel.
T: Nuts, toast, caramel, and light roast flavors. Starts slightly sweet and gradually dries out.
F: Very creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: A dependable, easy to drink brown ale.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a slight hazed deep brown "chestnut" color with some red striations a nice tan collar and lacing is left.smell is spicy,toasty,malty and nutty,,baked bread in the back,very nice..taste is much the same its nutty with baked bread some roasted malts a little allspice/and or cinnamon some nutmeg..mouth feel is like a winter warmer it a full taste that fill the beer buds with nice warm roasted flavor..i liked this brown alot..to me its like a winter warmer,,good and recommended,,just an all round solid good brown ale

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Chestnut Hill from Lift Bridge Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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