Santa Cruz Brown Ale | Epic Brewing Company

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Santa Cruz Brown AleSanta Cruz Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Fall

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-01-2012

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brewski09
4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Release # 3 poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head standard pint glass.

A - a deep, dark mahogany colored brown ale. This looks kinda like a Newcastle Old Stock Ale portion of the recipe. The head pours a tight 1.5cm beige color. the head fades quickly, but maintains a thin covering of foam over the entire surface with heavy foam lacing left on the side of the glass from each sip.

S - This is where the beer really got me. I got a hop forward aroma as soon as I opened the bottle. The aroma is solidly hoppy, but with a curious earthy tone to it. There is some roast that is pretty unique too (reminiscent of a mild cedar), but its really the earthiness that I keep coming back too. maybe a little black pepper too.

T - sharp earthiness like a good french cheese that's been aged several years. That sharp earthiness melds into a unique hop combination with a firm bitterness that is balancing with the high residual sugar. The roast is more developed here. I am picking up some chocolate notes with light caramel sweetness too. There is some specialty malts here too, but I can't tell which ones. The hops are reminiscent of Bravo.

M - this is a very full mouthfeel. Quite probably the most pleasing quality of the whole beer. the carbonation is fine on the tongue and the oils and sugars coat the palate as well.

O - a surprising smash hit for me. One of those beers where you are done with the first half a pint before even noticing it and pouring the rest of the bomber trying to remember where you found it so you can get more. Not a beer that really tastes like anything I've ever had before, which is really why I find myself liking it so much. If this tasted like other stuff on the market, it would be unremarkable. its uniqueness elevates it.

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4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Release #2.

Wonderful forming pinhead sized bubbles for the head on formation, very uniform and a nice light off white whispy cream brown, and settles to three fingers. Body is classic dark walnut brown, with a little bit of clarity looking upward. Beer clumps heavily, with lots of islands and valleys, hanging lacing and all. This beer looks real inviting and delicious. Top ups make the head almost nitro in character.. heck with this I gave it 4.5 it gets 5 now.

Nose is a wonderful milk chocolate, nice great toasty aroma of whole wheat bread, maybe even feeling like a little spicy rye bread, it smells great. Not a particular sense of hop coming though but who cares.

First palate riches with a faint sour but luckily never returns, then rolls to a sugar malt, hinting at light brown sugar. Texture is quite velvety and rich and silky. A real nice controlled mellow citrus hop on this, grapefruit just barely peaking out but noticeable, however the malt gets into almost classic char and porter roast territory, but dials down enough to stay like a brown. Toasty, charring, grapefruit hop juice, dialed brown goodness, really balanced.

Overall this is a very impressive brew here, I love the mix and balance here it's just practically perfect.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (4.5)

- This is a nice dark molasses brown brew, cloudy, can't really see through it in my imperial pint glass. Big fluffy tan head slowly settled to a thick layer of fluffy and foamy goodness all about. Big lace, and lasting head.

Smell: (4.0)

- Nice bready malts. Sweet caramel, molasses, light sugars, and a lot of yummy malts. Certainly a nice bitter grassy pine hop, like fresh cut grass.Slight roasted sugar aroma, like a toffee. Overall quite a nice and subdued aroma.

Taste: (4.5)

- This is one hell of a good tasting beer. Perfect balance with malts. Very bready, and only slightly sweet. Great roasted sugars, light toffee, pine and some citrus hops hiding in balance. This is just as solid as can be. Love it.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Nice full body without any sticky syrupy feel from what would be an overly sweet beer. The yeast has done its work with this beer, and very well. It's a tad chalky overall, but well carbonated, and super smooth and lightly creamy.

Overall: (4.5)

- This is a beer that shows that somebody knows what they are doing. This is damn tasty, easy to drink, and is one I will certainly buy again if I can. Unfortunately it is a rare release I guess. Get it if you can. It's smoothness and balance will blow your mind.

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4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; batch #2 bottled 3/1/2012, 6.8%. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, chocolate, nuttiness, toffee, and molasses on the forefront; with grapefruit, orange, pine, herbal, floral, and grassy hops in the background. Very nice aromas with a great balance of maltiness with a nice amount of balanced hop aromas; very pleasant and enjoyable. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, chocolate, nuttiness, toffee, grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, earth, and grassy hops. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, toffee, citrus, pine, herbal, and earthy hops on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic malt balance with the hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal alcohol warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding hoppy brown ale! Great malty flavor balance with hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. Highly enjoyable stuff, I would easily get this again.

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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Release #1.

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Deep brown color with thick off white head. It settles slowly leaving thick spotty lacing.

Aroma is rich in malt but not as hoppy as expected. Still very nicely done for an American brown ale.

Flavor is beautifully balanced with caramel/toffee malts and mildly bitter earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and softly carbonated.

Overall a really enjoyable hop-forward brown ale.

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4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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