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
Photo of nsheehan
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TEdubbaD
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of SweJon
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Joey1566
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MylesMac
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerlover
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tavernjef
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite dark, very brown, almost black in lower light. A slight cherrywood deepness is cast across the body and more so around the edges. Medium capping of dark beige crowns the top with a firm creamy foam. Lots of lacing in thick spotty globs.

Aroma is quite soft, clean and light; quite the change from the Firkin Fest earlier this year when it was amazing. Obviously tamed down big time since then...why? Couldn't say really. But what's here now after my third glass of this stuff isn't much. Typical brown ale tone of light breadishness, a breeze of nutty sweetness, and whispers of vanilla, cinnamon, and all spice. A bit of dark sweetness of raisin and dates show as it warms.

Taste is a notch better if not more so then what the aroma hints to. A bit more complexity and a surprising length in tone creates a steady, easy going, sessionable brown. A bit dusty in the front with cocoa and darkly toasted malt bitterness which slips in a bit of coffeeness. Semi tangy in breads, milding, with a bit of dark jam spread across it edges of dates, raisin, and cinnamon toast. Carries a bit more of a darker roastyness emrging as you go.

Mild medium body with a dusty bite of cocoa, roast, and feathery spices floating about. Faint dryness builds as it finishes with a pinch of complexity within the dryness. Nice meld of spices and roasty/toasty grains.

A pretty solid brown as browns go. A nice take with adding a more darker character to what usually is a plain, light, and sweeter style.
About on track for what Lift Bridge has been doing. Hopefully they'll keep building bigger, better brews and emerge as another brewery this Minnesotan can be proud of.

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Photo of elec
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mdaschaf
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a small head upon pouring, but it was gone very fast and left behind no lacing whatsoever.

S: Very nutty with some chocolate. It is on the sweet side with a little bit of spice and no sign of hops. Lightly roasted malt.

T: Opens up with some caramel and roasted nuts. This is followed by a bit of sweetness and a bit of dark fruit and a bit of cocoa.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: A nice little brown ale, relatively high in abv, but you can't tell at all. Nice nutty flavor with a bit of cocoa. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Tyecko
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall, clear brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of nut, pale malt, hint of wheat, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of nut, hint of dark citrus, pale malt, hint of wheat, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, good feel and blend.

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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Lift Bridge night in Edina.

Served in a pint glass.

1 finger of fizzy tan head. Color is a hazy amber copper dark brown. Head fades down quickly. Leaves splatted lace.

Aroma: nut and caramel flavors with some sharp earthy hops and toffee.

Taste: Dry taste to it. Caramel with a bunch of roasted nuts. Bready malts and toffee as well.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp. A little bitter. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry with roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall, a decent seasonal beer. For the abv it is fairly drinkable. However, this was a one and done for me.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lift Bridge's Chestnut Hill is a rich brown color with only a wisp of foam, served in this instance from the tap. The mild aroma conjures wintery, spicy chocolate concoctions. The flavor follows the aroma with a bigger dose of cocoa chocolate and plenty of sweetness. Spice is certainly detected, but the sweetness dominates. The spice provides the balance here since very little hops presence is detected at the finish. This brew is a little sweeter than others in this category, but still solid and drinkable.

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Photo of happygnome
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a transparent deep brown color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass and top of the beer. Carbonation bubbles can be seen continuing to rise to the top.

S: Bready malt aroma, allspice, cocoa. The nose is a little sweet but there is some balancing

T: Strong roasted bready flavor, hints of cinnamon and all spice.

M: medium bodied beer with nice carbonation.

This is a very nice brew that I am sure I will pick up atleast one six pack of

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Photo of jera1350
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark amber brown color with a frothy tan head that leaves some lacing.

A small amount of sweet malt, but overall, very faint smelling.

Rich and toasty malts. Light chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts and a hint of allspice and cinnamon. Moderately bitter hops present as well.

Chewy and creamy mouthfeel. Medium body.

A really nice brown that I could drink several of. Makes a nice fall beer as well.

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Photo of Tracywithbeer24
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

very drinkable brown ale. Nice flavor and aroma. Just the right amount of caramel and nutty taste without it being too over powering for a brown ale. nice after taste. good beer!

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Photo of moundbz
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buebie
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle, producing a solid whipped top inch of off white head. Taking its time to recede, really sitting there for a long time actually. Leaving a solid cap with stick rings.
Color is a very murky non transparent unfiltered looking brown with a bit of red when held to light.

This was poured a bit colder then desired, so aroma seems muted. But some mild chocolate is present, with roasty grains and a dallop of malt.
Hops make a great appearance bittering well and throughout, lingering long on the swallow. Chocolate is modest, but bitters nicely along with hops. Its not a sweet hop either, pairing nicely with the other bitterness in flavor.

Mouthfeel is slick and creamy.

I cant really say I've had a beer like it. Very good, not at all what I expected.

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Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of pourmeadrink
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of troyvar
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of drop6301
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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