Pointer Brown Ale | Court Avenue Brewing Company

22 Ratings

Brewed by:
Court Avenue Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.88%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Southern English style of brown ale. Caramel, chocolate, slightly roasty flavors dominate the profile of this beer. Brewed to be flavorful and highly drinkable at the same time.

Added by bditty187 on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by jt31914:
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3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is brown with decent lacing and a cream flavor. It tastes like dark malt with a watery aftertaste. Once again the mouthfeel and drinkability is great, but it really doesn't have much taste and isn't as complex as I'd like. Overall an entirely average beer (which is why I have very little to say about it).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jayiz
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of AndrewBV
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of styleisking
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of growlerpower9
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - It poured out a deep brown color with a one-finger head. Leaves small amounts of lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and nuts.

T - The taste was quite sweet with a nutty/hoppy kick.

M - It was soft and creamy. Light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a really good brown ale. I thought it had some complex flavors and tastes.

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Photo of RelentlessLefty
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of bpkrippner
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of manddkidd
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.94/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer that I'd get again

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of AlleywayRover
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had as part of the tasters rack at the brewpub.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. Kept a slight head even though this was one of the last beers I got to.

Smell: I got some chocolate, coffee and roasted barley.

Taste: Lots of roasted malt of the top with hints of chocolate. This fades to a bitter coffee flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with slight carbonation. Dry at the end of the palate.

A good brown ale. Nothing spectacular, but good. I wouldn't mind a few of these now and again.

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Photo of yankees27
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice sweet brown ale. Great feel and aroma.Highly recommend

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Herky21
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of BikingDutchman
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of smithj4
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tree bark brown that became crimson-infused dark orange when held up to the fading light slanting through the brewpub's front windows. The head was small in size, simple ecru in color and transient. It deposited a piddling amount of lace that melted into nothingness within several minutes.

The unimpressive nose smelled of weak dark malt with mild cocoa-like notes. There may have been a meager dark fruitiness as well. In a blind smell test, I'd have had a hard time coming up with the correct style.

Pointer Brown Ale was too malt-deficient to be a successful brown ale. It tasted more like a dark lager because of the lack of flavors that one usually associates with a beer of this style. There was a barely discernable cocoa powderiness and an extremely faint, probably imagined, coffee flavor.

It seems to me that most poor-to-average brewpub beer is poor-to-average because of a simple lack of ingredients. Although I'm not a brewer, I wonder if adding a decent amount of malt would (in most cases) improve the thin, weakly-flavored beer that is too often served in this city. How do the brewers expect the malt to impart flavor, sweetness and body when they use so little of it?

The preceding rant is a little unfair to Pointer Brown since it's far from lousy and is actually inoffensively drinkable in its own way. But it's also a classic example of a beer that shoots itself in the foot right out of the gate by being insufficiently malted. I wish I'd paid a little more attention to the English Pointer Dog on the poster. Now that I think about it, I believe he was pointing me toward a different beer.

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Pointer Brown Ale from Court Avenue Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 22 ratings
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