Briefcase Brown | COOP Ale Works

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85
very good
23 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
COOP Ale Works
Oklahoma, United States
coopaleworks.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Briefcase Brown is a rich and malty ale with notes of caramel, chocolate and light roast. Brewed with local sorghum molasses, this distinguished ale will quench the desire of those looking for something a little more uptown. Get to work!

Added by Justin8mypants on 11-24-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
23
Reviews:
5
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of dbarny76
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mojohawk21
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eddiehop
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Edie
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jonbonfondle
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice little brown ale. Beautiful dark color. Light tan foamy head. Very subtle smell: balanced malt, hops, and maybe some yeast. Not a big flavor, but perfectly balanced. Very, very drinkable.

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Photo of leadpaint76
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an average brown ale. There is nothing great or bad about it. This is a beer to introduce a friend to the style. Have a great day my friends.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andyjeigh
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ssippisam
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Decker
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeeZee83
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great full flavored lower gravity ale for us folks in oklahoma! Pours dark brown, head fades quick with slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, very inviting. Taste is smooth with caramel or molasses sweetness and slight roast. Very simple, but enjoyable. Perfect as a go to beer.

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Photo of wallbj
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alexrdvz
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice refreshing brown beer. Not very heavy, so it is easy to have more than one or two.

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Photo of bakkerman1
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MatthewD4
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKCNittany
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amp
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B-Land
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmbranum
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to see this beer for sale at Homeland Grocery in OKC. A locally brewed craft brew that is 3 point (ABW)!

Now to the tasting...

Pours a hazy medium brown liquid with a short tan head.

Excellent malty aroma.

Flavor is very malt heavy. Fairly sweet with a little bit toastiness on the edges. Good bit of brown sugar and caramel. Low hops but this is appropriate for the style.

This is an excellent beer for its style and niche - a sessionable American Brown Ale. It does not compare with my favorite Brown Ales (i.e. Real Ale's Brewhouse Brown, Brooklyn Brown Ale, or Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale) but given the limitations of doing an Oklahoma 3-point (3.2% ABW or 4.0% ABV), I'm impressed. Please note my scoring is based on these limitations (a good .5 bump on the flavor scale for sure).

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a thick creamy beige head that lasts and laces. Hazy brown color. Aroma is subtle roasted malts, Munich malt, brown sugar and chocolate. Flavor is smooth and balanced with mostly caramel and chocolate and just enough hops to keep it in check. Mouthfeel is big and creamy for its gravity, almost like a nitrogen-dispensed beer. Overall an extreme positive outlier in the "low point" beer market in Oklahoma and a perfect introduction to full flavored session brews to macro drinkers in OK who buy grocery store beer. Regardless, this is an outstanding brown ale in general.

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Briefcase Brown from COOP Ale Works
3.95 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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