Santa Cruz Brown Ale | Epic Brewing Company

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130 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Brown-ish red body with a thick, creamy, light tan head; spotty clumps of foam cling to the glass. Spicy, dark roasted malt aroma; cinnamon and mocha. Slightly charred grain flavors; burnt toast; acidic and bitter overtones. Medium body; clean and dry finish.

Nice hodge-podge of flavors with some nuttiness and chocolate tones in there as well. The mouthfeel is slightly weak in the body. Overall, a rather intriguing if slightly uneven brown ale.

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Photo of Zorro
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells of cocoa and toast grain and faint coffee. Slight sour scent from the patent malt but it smells pretty tame.

Starts out sweet and strong on the patent malt with a smoky after taste. Lots of chocolate and toasted grain with a middle level of bitterness. Some coffee flavor but it is quite mild.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall a very tasty brown ale /porter.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of orm56
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I found this at Court Liquors in West Long Branch, NJ. It was only $5.99 for a 22 ounce bomber. This was release #5.

It poured a deep brown almost mahogany. The foamy head was uneven and creamy colored.

The smell was faint in my bottle. When I opened it, nothing too distinctive came out except earthy/roasted malt-like scents plus a bit of something floral.

The taste was the best part of this beer. I was simply expecting a typical brown ale but this one had a hint of chocolate to go along with the roasted taste. The kicker was the hops profile that showed up as the beer warmed. A hoppy brown ale indeed. Well done.

The mouthfeel was fine. But the taste was the star of the show. This was my first Epic beer. Count me impressed.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark, chestnut brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass. Fine two finger light brown head with great retention and chunky lacing. Aroma of light caramel and toasted malt and fresh piney hops. Flavor starts with fresh piney and floral hops with mild toasted malt developing to back up the hops. Finishes with distinctly floral hops and a fruit flavor probably most similar to melons and moderate hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A rather distincly flavored brown ale that leans towards light fruit and floral herbal hops. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of brown and nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that it also has flavors of roasted malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink and seems to be a little happier compared to other beers in the style.

Note: Release #5

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Chaney
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Release no. 3; 7.2% ABV (which is slightly bigger than the record for it here on BA.

Served in a Port City glass.

A: Saturated brown color, pretty much chocolate milk-like, with a slight off-white head and lots of lacing.

S: Sort of a CO2/rye cracker composite. I got a bit of brown sugar, but not much. Is there rye in this?

T: Good stuff. This is definitely not dessert-like, quite the contrary. Lots of hops in this thing, but it never claimed anything to the contrary.

M: Pretty bitter, but not too. The lacing was ridiculous.

O: The best non-dessert brown I've ever tasted.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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