Brown Ale | Tailgate Beer

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Tailgate Beer
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by seaoflament on 05-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

More tailgating! On to the beer:

This is a very dark brown colored beer with reddish hues at the bottom of the glass. The head is tanned, shows decent retention of itself after going down from its peak. Eventually there's no head or lacing. It has a smell that I like...well, initially. Fudge brownies come to mind and don't hesitate to grab your nostrils. I pick up lighter notes of cardboard, but it's not enough to completely throw off things. Right now we're looking at a very sweet smelling beer.

Like its amber ale sibling, Tailgate Brown Ale is just as the name would suggest, a watered down brown ale with little flavor getting in the way. Of the flavor it has, there's a whisper of chocolate brownie, fudge, and a grape flavor that doesn't seem to belong in the picture. The latter picks up steam and the rest of the beer becomes less enjoyable. The body is a skeleton, stripped of malty flesh. Seltzer-like carbonation tingles the tongue.

I'm not impressed. I'm going to shift gears and play video games.

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Photo of seaoflament
2.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap tonight (5/12/09) at La Bella, thanks for the pour Danny!

The beer was a dark brown, near black, color with some red on the edges. Nice inch of foam with good retention and lacing on the glass.

First I smelled some lightly roasted malts, soft chocolate notes, and some meaty aromas when the beer was cold. Later on it had some coffee and also some grainy aromas. Decent but it was still lacking in complexity and it just didn't seem "tight" or harmonized.

More boldly roasted on the taste than on the palate, also getting a bit of a sweet beef jerky flavor that was hiding in the aroma. Some bittersweet chocolate, nutty malts, and light coffee flavors in the finish. The finish and aftertaste where a bit short. Medium-low bitterness and dryness in the finish.

Medium-low carbonation and body which was easy to drink but I was wishing for more staying power on the palate.

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Brown Ale from Tailgate Beer
Beer rating: 2.68 out of 5 with 2 ratings
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