Hook & Ladder Backdraft Brown | Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)

236 Ratings
Hook & Ladder Backdraft BrownHook & Ladder Backdraft Brown

Brewed by:
Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)
Maryland, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 01-21-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a amber highlights with a thin, tan-brown 1-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace leaving s nice trail down the glass.

S: Solid malt aroma with a hints of caramel and coffee.

T: Dark rich ale with a generous sweetness and a great coffee flavor. Slight chocolate and caramel overtones.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Very good brown ale. Excellent profile and flavors.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a light cola brown with a a light tan, 1/2 finger head. Retention is poor, and the resulting lace is sparse but clings to the side.

Smell - Faint aromas of toffee and some classic dry euro hops.

Taste - Slighty roasty, nutty malts with a touch of toffee sweetness. Hops are floral and finish dry.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Carbonation causes a fair tingle in the mouth. Again, English hops leave it with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Classic English brown ale. Not big on browns like these, but it's better than Newcastle. Just not enough interesting flavors going on here.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of budgood1
2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours out a nearly opaque brown colour with crimson edges. very little head and little lace. subdued aroma...some cocoa notes can be detected. the flavour is equally uninspiring...weak malt flavours, strained hop notes, a watery mouthfeel and light body make for a ho-hum experience. at least there is little of the diacetyl that plagued the other offerings from H&L. drinkability has some seesion aspects to it.

overall i'm glad to get through this sampler pack. although the sale of this beer provides some funding to a local burn foundation, it doesn't make the beer any better.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of dexterk1
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured int o a pint glass from the bottle. Head is nice and thick. Color is dark brown.
Odor is malty, sweet with some caramel. I get coffee as well.
Taste is of malt with toffee/caramel. Some coffee notes as well.
Mouth feel is about medium. Lighter than the dark color might indicate.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Giovacchini
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a 16 oz. triple karmeliet glass.

A- dark dark brown with tan head that doesn't stick around.

S- coffee, malt, caramel, toffee, chocolate.

T- a well balanced beer. Not overly malty. Coffee, chocolate, and caramel malt. This beer taste very similar to a porter to me.

M- Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Slight carbonation.

O- I have never had a English style brown and this beer wants to make me try some other to better understand the style. It has some of the same qualities of a good porter or stout. Overall this a good beer and for a "fireman" themed brewery I was impressed.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Hook & Ladder Backdraft Brown from Hook & Ladder Brewing Company (No. 2)
3.59 out of 5 based on 236 ratings.
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