Mr. Brown
People's Brewing Company

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American Brown Ale
Ranked #109
Ranked #12,895
3.95 | pDev: 10.38%
People's Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 86 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of AlanBottomley
2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I think this beer is a bit confused. Calling it a brown ale is also a bit of a misnomer. Up front, it has plenty of sweetness and malt flavor as one would expect, but the hops dominate the finish enough to taste like a pale ale. Instead of striking a balance between bitter and sweet, it seems to be both just at separate times, making for a very odd and confusing flavor that I did not enjoy. The people I tried it with were also a bit confused by the dichotomy of flavor, and none of us went for a second bottle.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am enjoying a 2-week "spring break " a close -to- retirement- age teacher with nobody here because the wife flew with one of our sons down to see our other (Navy pilot) son off for deployment from NAS Jacksonville to Sicily...... and then up to see her parentals in South Carolina. SO... I have been splurging on the " pick a variety of individual beers to put in a 6-pack" deals. .....explaining how you will see so many new reviews in the near future. Sorry about the personal history here. I thought Bells Best Brown could not be beat, but this one is Soooo dark (major head if not very carefully poured) sweet smelling/tasting and smooth. This, like the Bells brewery, (also 3 Floyds) is an outfit within a 100 mile radius from my location....I'm lucky to get brewery fresh stuff from all of these guys.

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Photo of mlockman
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The malt backbone of this brew is incredibly well-attenuated by hop-flavor. While very malty on the palate, it is not sweet on account of its hopping. Rather than cancel each other out, however, hop-bitterness and malt-sweetness dance in harmony, neither overshadowing nor overpowering the other. The nose follows the palate, and this beer is almost as dark as a Porter and features a creamy mouthfeel. This beer is incredibly well balanced and as interesting as it is delicious.

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Photo of bwood06
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - A moderate pour produces a thick foamy, almost creamy, head that is dark tan in color and dissipates very slowly. The remaining head, after dissipation, forms a creamy ring around the glass with a very light creamy layer over the top of the beer (slightly more than a lacing). Beer itself is an extremely dark brown, borderline black with small carbonation bubbles visible rising moderately quickly towards the surface of the beer. 4.25/5

S - The aroma is very heavy with roasted notes but there is some sweetness that comes out as well. Notes of milk chocolate, caramel, leather, brown sugar, and dark roasted cereal grains come out rather well. Slight herbal hoppiness as well provides another earthy character to the aroma. 3.75/5

T - Brown sugar and toffee sweetness up front immediately transition into a milk chocolate note along with espresso. Roasted cereal grains come out along with the espresso in the middle prior to the hops come out. Lingering herbal hopbitterness combined with a black coffee bitterness provide an interesting fresh versus roasted dichotomy to the end of the flavor profile. 4.25/5

M - Slight carbonation burn along with a pop rocks sensation showcases the carbonation in this beer. Despite the carbonation there is an element of creaminess throughout the profile that provides a smoothness to the beer. Medium-full bodied with a lingering dryness that is not overly dry, but enough. 3.75/5

O - Well balanced brown ale that strikes a fine line between sweet and bitter. Roasted flavors really come out with a bit of sweetness that cuts the bitterness. Fairly heavy but not too heavy to not have a couple. 4/5

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

A - Dark brown, with a slight transparency at the edge, a small, light tan head that reduces quickly to a ring, with significant lacing.

S - Bitter roast, a bit of char, a touch of hop, but mostly toasted grains.

T - As promised by the nose, with well-rounded roasted flavor that comes across as dark bread that has been toasted, closing toward a mingled hop bitterness and sweet molasses bread flavors.

M - Moderately carbonated, smooth, somewhat light for the style, but just lush enough to satisfy.

O - I'm a sucker for a good brown, and this qualifies. Tasty and drinkable, with just enough bite.

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

Mr. Brown, an "imperial" brown ale pours with a very thin head, light foam after dying down, with little lacing. Smell is of rye, chocolate, medium roasted earthy malts, and spicy hops. Taste is solid with a rye like character, chocolate and light caramel notes up front, and a spicy hop taste that is more towards the bitter side of a typical porter on the finish. Decent mouthfeel, silky but bracing at the same time. Overall a decent porter, although reminds me more of a rye porter. Not the best I have tried, but a good middle of the road style beer. The hops throw myself off, but for a hop head it is a good one.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4.98/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

a perfect taste!

I've been getting growlers of this for over a year now & it's never disappointing.

Lafayette may be famous for Axl Rose and Shannon Hoon but Mr.Brown is also a rock star!

L - brown (almost black) with smallish head that drops quick.

S - Malty smell with some alcohol and are not overwhelmed at all by the 7.00% ABV.

T - what hits you first & in what order? Coffee,malt, caramel, toffee, roast ,hops, earthy, sweet roasted flavor and then don't forget our Indiana water!

M - Medium mouth-feel as if with a caramel/very slight coffee like finish.

A unique american brown ale that seems to almost want to be a porter. The malt/hops mix make it perfect. I really dig this one in the winter...but anytime is nice too!

Also,going there on Wednesdays and getting a $2 off growler for this beer always puts you in a great mood...(in bottles,it also rocks!& like "mound builder",the label/artwork are very cool)...& the latest issue of "Beer Advocate" is always there on the counter to read while waiting on the growler...


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Photo of Tickman
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, rich, moderately thick pour with average light tan head, some lacing. Notes of cocoa, light roast coffee and piney hops hit the nose. Taste is like a marriage between a rich porter and a black IPA; roastiness, mild tannins, coffee beans and raisins overplayed with resinous, slightly citrusy hops. Silky mouthfeel with lingering hop bitterness; no acrid or sharp notes. Relatively smooth and very drinkable...could double as a dangerous session beer.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tried many times and one of the best browns.

A - Deep brown almost black color with brown head.

S - Malty smell with some alcohol and hops.

T - A complex mixture of malt, caramel, toffee, roast, and hops. The hops give a typical dark brown ale a unique twist by giving the brew a more earthy, spicy note that most browns don't have. Has lingering sweetness and some alcohol but is balanced by the roasted flavor and the hops.

M - Medium mouth-feel with nice caramel finish. Fine carbonation for brown.

Overall, the most unique and favorable american brown I've tasted. If you like brown ales you have got to try this one. The malt makes it good and the hops make it memorable. After 3 pints everything starts to become nice and warm so I really like this one in the winter.

Glass- Pint

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Photo of maxwelldeux
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate tan head on it. Nose some some roasting to it with a slight malty sweetness coming through underneath. Taste is actually a little toasty with some elements of coffee to it. Definitely has a bit to it, but is fairly inviting. Interesting...

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Photo of secondtooth
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, this "imperial brown ale", pours a very dark, almost black. Head is limited, and I get no lace whatsoever.

Nose comes across as boozy at first (it is a sturdy 7%, after all), followed by some dark chocolate and fruit notes. Nice.

Flavor is chocolate, with some roasted nuttiness in the finish, as well as a slight alcohol heat.

This heavy-bodied brown ale isn't bad, but left me unimpressed in the end. Not one I'd pursue again.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 7% abv. Deep mahogany, chocolate color. White head provides a nice contrast, but fades a bit too quickly.

Toffee, milk chocolate and a touch of roasted malt in the nose. A dark bread aroma from the malt. Love it so far.

A little more roasty up front. Chocolate feel is a bit more bittersweet and dark. A bit of toffee. Good amount of bitterness at the end, as it dries out.

Medium body, a much fuller feel than I anticipated. Maybe some slight warmth from the alcohol.

Overall, a nice beer. Nice complexity here. Worth a try.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying out the local fare in Lafayette, once again. After having the wonderful Flying Duchess IPA, I was in a People’s mood once again. This time around: Mr. Brown, their brown ale.

Poured from a nitro-tap into a pint glass at Chumley’s in Lafayette, IN.

A: Say what you want about nitro-tapped beers, but they sure look great. This one has a slow, reverse-cascading head that build to a ridiculously creamy three fingers. The retention stays for as long as the beer sits in the glass, a tan inch of what literally looks milk (with just the slightest hint of tan color). Thick lacing covers everything over the deep mahogany body, which shines with a reddish light.

S: Smells a bit like chocolate milk, but with an even subtler aroma: chocolate-covered caramel and a pinch of lactose sugar. It’s probably the mildest nose I’ve ever experienced on a brown ale; just a touch of floral hops and toasted graininess, with minimal roast undertones. Slightly earthy.

T: Great mix of bitter and smooth sweet tastes, but the first hit is all hops: piney, spicy, and popping with light, resiny earthiness. A quick movement of the roasts causes a nice melding of the brighter bitters with dark chocolate, dry coffee, and bread crust astringencies of the body underneath. It keeps the palate in a constant state of sizeable bitterness, only to be extinguished by the caramel, chocolate soft-serve ice cream, and creamy malted milk sugariness. Good balance, but with a tangy Milk Dud aftertaste that leaves a little more to be desired; finishes creamy other than that hang-up.

M: Very rich, very creamy, so much that it can a little hard to drink at times. It has a milky taste and aroma, so the feel of lukewarm milk doesn’t help the appetite. I’d probably like it better from the bottle.

O: A pretty good brown ale from People’s; not stellar, but tasty and inoffensive. This is one of those brews that I’d give to someone who wasn’t familiar to craft beer, and I’m sure they’d like it.

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Photo of warnerry
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown with almost two fingers of brown head. Head has great retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Chocolate and roasted malts. A bit earthy.

T - Taste has a nice intensity. More roasted and earthy malts than the smell, with less chocolate. A bit of noticeable alcohol but not bad. Some light hopping. Pretty enjoyable.

M -- Medium-full mouthfeel that finishes earthy with light lingering bitterness.

O - My first beer from peoples and they are off to a good start. A very flavorful brown ale with some minor flaws. I'd have it again.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Chocolate color with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Again chocolate with some caramel notes.

T - A lot hoppier than most browns. Has a slightly sweet taste upfront and then the bitterness from the hops follows. Good tint of alcohol throughout.

M - A bit lighter than similar beer in this style, but still has a bit of bready thickness to it.

D - Browns aren't my normal style, but this beer went down incredibly smooth. Would've gladly had another if I didn't have to drive later.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Mark.

A- Pours a rich milk chocolate color. Half finger tan head dies quickly to just whisps of foam on the top of the head. Light sheety lace is left on the glass.

S- Chocolate malts with a light roast to it in the front of the aroma. Stale alcohol notes in the ending of the nose cuts into the light bitter sweetness of the aroma. The hops didn't really come out much but in muted bitterness.

T- The front of this beer as some light roasted malts with sweet alcohol and bittering hops. Middle of the beer has more sweet chocolate tones to it with some more roasted malts come in the backend. There is a very light bitter hop in the ending with medicinal alcohol really breaking through the backend.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is light for the beer and style. Bitter hops and alcohol is left on the palate. Aftertaste is medicinal alcohol, faded bitter hops, and bitter baker's chocolate. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. This beer is balanced fairly well to the style with the malts coming out on top very lightly. No real off flavors were present while drinking except for hints of strong medicinal alcohol notes on the ending at times.

D- This beer had some good things going for it and at the same time was lacking some things that could have made it taste a lot better. The ABV although low (I am guessing) seems to taste a little higher with the medicinal taste. Not my favorite brown ale but this one wasn't bad at all.

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Photo of JamesS
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(on-tap at Black Swan Brewpub)
Poured an excellent bark brown color with great head and nice lacing. Very deep malty aroma, slight biscuit in the nose. Excellent deep woody flavor, great deep malt tones with just enough hop to balance it. Went down very, very smoothly. A wonderful ent-draught.

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

Nice Reservoir Dogs reference, also nice that the name conveys no perfunctory pretensions to nuttiness.

Pours very dark for a brown. Nice shade, actually; not the dark ruby of a porter, just a really, really dark brown. Offchocolate head sticks around for a while, good lacing.

Smells nice, aggressively hopped for a brown and little ashen and peaty. Rounded and polished.

Tastes like it smells only a little bit better. Starts lightly sweet, then it moves quickly into dry hops and scorched earth taste of burning leaves. Only pleasant. Nice burning leaves, ones that are being burnt several blocks away and all you get is a little whiff of them and it reminds you fall. Ends on a more traditional brown node of sweet malt and then dry, lingering hops.

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Mr. Brown from People's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 86 ratings