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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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of hosehead83
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, mud-puddle brown color, with a nice two-inch collar of tan foam.
Aroma-Citrus hops and subtle chocolate notes
Taste-Tangy citrus hops, toasted malt, chocolate notes. Very well-balanced and flavorfull. A Brown IPA that would match well with a loaded cheeseburger or a big slice of meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy.

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Photo of Travisnin
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with pine hops with a bit of citrus hops, and some molasses and brown sugar.

T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts with some brown sugar and touch of grapefruit hop. Through the middle, some pine hop and bitterness come through with some molasses and more bready malts. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel and bready malts with some brown sugar and pine hops.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy brown ale. Good overall balance.

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Photo of superspak
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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Photo of lovindahops
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Santa Cruz brown ale has been staring at my for the last few weeks so I figured I would tap into this

A- a very opaque body that shows mild carbonation coming to the top of the glass. The head of foam is the most impressive aspect about this brew. It's a fluffy mocha head that lingers and creates layers on the side of the glass. Very glossy and impressive with the duration of the brew staying around

S- very hoppy with caramel and piney hoppy flavors becoming present at the forefront. While the scent profile is not intense, it's still fresh and hoppy

T- massive caramel malt that is enrobed in dark piney resinous hops. Very pungent with spicyness cleansing the initial flavors of dank hops. The caramel malt and sweet sugar flavors are at the exit as well

M- very coating and creamy flavors

O- good hoppy brown ale that I wish was more readily available

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Photo of Ryan1423
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the nose I get fresh hops with a chocolate undertone. The hops come through as this earthy, grassy type scent. Very nice if you ask me.

The beer looks phenomenal! My attention is immediately drawn to the head which retains very well! It it a light tan color and laces incredibly well! The beer itself is brown to the naked eye, but when held to a light source ruby highlights shine through.

Chocolate with light roast is the first thing I pick up. Midpalate brings some bite from the hops in a floral kind of taste. The finish brings the chocolate back and a slight bitterness rounds out the beer.

Lightly carbonated, and a medium body make this beer pretty easy to drink. It's smooth, and finishes just a tad dry. Overall, I really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Docer
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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Photo of quetzal013
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, Release #2,

A: Pours a deep brown with a full light tan head, great head retetnion, thick lace.

S: Piney notes, grapefruit, hint of mocha coffee.

T: Rich nutty flavour with quite a bit of hop bitterness on the back end. Floral character, melon rind, minor dark chocolate undercurrent throughout.

M: Medium-bodied, very creamy and soft, frothy, long bitter aftertaste.

O: A very good ale that is reminiscent of Stone's TBA. The perfect brown for hopheads, this is not bashful, and the hops just keep on coming.

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Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of hyoung41
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GilGarp
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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Photo of savagepm
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of imbibehour
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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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky chocolate looking color with a tan head. Very hop forward aroma of pungent pine, hop resin and grapefruit peel. Toasty malt aromas blend in with cocoa, kola nut and mocha tones. Finishes with a woody hop character. Very nice nose. Toasty malt hit the palate up front with bakers chocolate, cola and creamy mocha coffee with cream. Pine and woody hop flavor blends in with a great balancing bitterness that lingers throughout the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slick and bready with a medium body and average carbonation. Good drinkability. Overall a wonderful example of what the American brown ale can be.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into std pint glass at Fireworks pizza Leesburg, VA. Pours a deep hazy brown, slight amber. Little head but sticky lacing.
Smells very hoppy, sweet, and malty.
Taste is fantastic. Chocolatey, coffee, hoppy, and malty. Very unique and well balanced. Really a great brown and very unique of the style.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of beerFool28607
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of kiki3drt292
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Santa Cruz Brown Ale from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 131 ratings