Santa Cruz Brown Ale | Epic Brewing Company

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Santa Cruz Brown AleSanta Cruz Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 02-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
130
Reviews:
30
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.23%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, very dark mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very hoppy up front, which makes sense, as the beer is supposed to be a hoppy brown ale. I also get some notes of toasted malt and black pepper, mainly I get floral aromas of hops.

Taste: Ok. Very hoppy both up front and in the finish. I gets some malt and brown sugar-like sweetness, but they’re almost completely drowned out/over powered by the hops. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to almost slightly chewy. It has some pretty good carbonation, and with an ABV of 7.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I wanted to like this beer more than I do, as I love brown ales. However, the overly assertive hops that makes up the predominate flavors of this beer just doesn’t do it for me. Any flavors of malt and sweetness are completely overpowered by the hops. As stated, I find the beer disappointing, but hop heads should really like this beer…

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

One of the most attractive Brown Ales I've poured. Dark umber brown with an amber glow. Big frothy head piled high with great retention. Pleasantly sparkly on the tongue.

There is some malty sweetness to start, but this is all about the hops. Dark notes of roasted barley and a touch of burnt sugar. Lots and lots of bittering hops. In fact this gets quite bitter after a few swigs. It's better with food. Not a beer for the long haul unless you're warming up for a major IPA.

Another interesting and well-made brew from Epic. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in San Diego. Label says Release #3 and 7.2% ABV.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Santa Cruz Brown Ale from Epic Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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