Chestnut Hill | Lift Bridge Brewery

Chestnut HillChestnut Hill
BA SCORE
44.2%
Liked This Beer
3.6 w/ 147 ratings
Chestnut HillChestnut Hill
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mothman on 12-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
147
Liked:
65
Avg:
3.6/5
pDev:
12.78%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
26
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of warnerry
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy brown with a tinge of amber. One finger of tan head dissipates quickly, leaving only scant lacing.

S - Quite nutty with some brown sugar, spices

T - Spice is quite apparent initially, with cinnamon, allspice and faint cloves. Malt quickly catches up and is mostly nutty, but a bit of bread i the taste as well. Finish is a mix of sweet, dry and somewhat bitter. The bitterness detracts from the taste slightly, but this is still pretty good.

M - Medium mouthfeel, starting a bit sticky sweet, changing to bitter and semi-dry.

O - Pretty good spiced brown ale, but doesn't stand out in any particular way.

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Photo of argock
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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 tavernjef
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
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 FosterJM
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

300th review on BA
Bottle to pint
12oz bottle

Thanks to Tmcelvain for this extra.

App- Dark caramel brown with a quick receding one finger head. No lacing at all.

Smell- Slight spice, brown sugar and a toasty nutty scent.

Taste- Spicy, nutty and a bit sweet. The malts balance out some nice underlying sweet flavors.

Mouth- medium bodied with a medium carb level. Slight sugary after taste.

Drink- A very welcome extra from a great BA in MN. Sweet, malty with nice flavors. I can see good things from this young brewery.

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Photo of mhaugo
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chestnut Hill pours a dark brown color, with a nice tan head. The aroma has just a very slight nutty sweetness to it. The taste is lacking, just hints of a roasted malt, mostly flavorless, but not bad tasting. Easy to drink, but weak flavors. Overall a pretty average brown, weak in flavors, but its certainly not a bad beer.

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Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dheldman
1.25/5  rDev -65.3%

Photo of Beerlover
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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 einman
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josephwa
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Cramerican
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served from the taproom.

Poured dark brown with a tan head.

Smelled light, malty, and nutty.

The taste was nutty, grainy (in a good way), and sweet-malts. Overall pretty clean and very drinkable.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely.

Had it mixed with their Farmgirl and the sweetness paired very nicely with it.

Also had a special brew with pumpkin, ginger, and cinnamon.
A = 3.25
S = 4
T = 4
MF = 3.25
OA = 4

The additional spices blended very well with this brew. The pumpkin was more apparent than the other spices, but very balanced.

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Photo of Tyecko
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Dark brown, good head.

Smell: Chocolate, not too strong.

Taste: Dark chocolate, a little nutty. Leans a little towards the bitter side with the dark chocolate.

Drinkability: Doesn't seem as strong in abv as listed, I suppose that's a good thing.

Brown ales are hit and miss with me. I had this a year or so and was pretty impressed by the nut flavor. However, this bottle was more like a mini-stout with the dark chocolate bitterness overtaking the nut flavor. Still pretty decent beer though.

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Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Chestnut Hill from Lift Bridge Brewery
Beer rating: 44.2% out of 100 with 147 ratings
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