Brown Ale | Boxcar Brewing Company

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Brown AleBrown Ale

Brewed by:
Boxcar Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by garuda on 11-10-2010

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4/5  rDev +17%

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2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear copper, with several foamy fingers of light mocha head. This shrinks down into a foamy ½ finger, leaving back a decent looking smattering of lacing. The aroma floral airiness in the nose but also a bit of a medicinal feel as well. There is some extra leafy greenness here that works with notes of sweeter malt to impart some tang in the nose, while some light roast sits along the back.

Sweetness, light toastiness, and green citric fruit all meld together in the taste, while a gentle grassy bitterness lends some light crispness in the mouth. There is a flush of roasty caramel flavor towards the finish and trails some dry lingering bitter fruit. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a soft and bubbly carbonation on the palate but there is a touch of a prickly feel here and there as well. This overall though is coming off as a bit too light feeling in spots.

This was a pretty average take on style and while the flavors seemed to be there for the most part, the overall profiles just lacked a certain amount of tightness and definition. Everything just had a bit too much of a softness to it for this to be really enjoyable. This unfortunately wasn’t too terribly impressive.

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of hops. Taste is good, nutty, some caramel notes, a bit of hops, very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overallis an enjoyable beer.

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3.84/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear auburn color with a thin head and no lace. It's aroma is of toast, nuts, and hay. The flavor has notes of toast, roasted nuts, and a roasted malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium. Boxcar Brown Ale is a good beer, a good accompaniment for spaghetti. Recommended.

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3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It may be hard to fathom for some, but not all of my beer drinking is done in public. Some I save for the privacy of my kitchen and my keyboard. This is one of those times. It was getting onto Last Call at The Fridge and Jeannie was giving me the Evil Eye if I did not close out and get out. I closed out and got while the gettin' was good, but I took a mixed-6 just in case I might need a top-off upon returning to Abbaye de Chandler. It turned out that I was satiated as I awoke on the couch with a sixer at my feet. It is good to be king!

My pour created a finger of thin, light-tan head with (frankly) poor retention. Hey, where did you go?!? Krass Brothers, Store of the Stars?!? Color was a deep-amber/light-brown with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a chocolaty quality along with a light hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium with a cocoa flavor on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and the cocoa flavor lingered well past the finish. It was a so-so beer and I would recommend the Mango Wango Tango over this one.

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3.3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of justintcoons
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Dirty amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Very low carbonation.

Caramel, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Caramelized brown sugar and a healthy dose of nuts. Light dusting of powdered cocoa and cinnamon.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

A very refreshing Brown Ale more in the tradition of an English Brown.

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3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ap - Moderately dark rubyish brown. Off-white one finger head from a fairly rigorous pour. Slightly cloudy, ok head retention.

Ar - A bit hard to describe. It smells a lot like aged barleywine to me. Very sweet, a little fruity, maybe a little floral hops, but otherwise not much hop character. Some toasted bread. Dates?

T - Next to no flavor up front, maybe just a touch of chocolate, followed by sweetness, fairly low bitterness in the back but still present. Some floral flavors

M - Medium body, high carbonation. Leaves a slick feeling in the mouth.

Overall it's not really a bad brown ale, but it's not one that I would want to drink regularly. The flavors are there, but it's just too sweet and not blended very well. It's like there's all these individual flavors floating around and they don't end up forming a whole. Maybe it's just young still? It almost tastes like fermentation hasn't completely finished yet. I've got a case of this so if it grows on me as it gets older I'll update.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one finger fades gradually to an even covering of lace and trailing, hazy walnut brown coloring.

s- a touch belgian here, some warm chocolate, a bit of toffee, sweet, maybe a hint of coffee, ever so slight.

t- brown ale with a twist, starts off with a hit of belgian yeast and smooths out to a flavorful brown with notes of chocolate, a touch smoke, nutty, and a hint of light coffee too.

m- touch prickly turns smooth, medium.

d- good, goes down very easily - i could have a few of these. great offering from a great up and coming brewery here in west chester. let it warm up a bit - it only gets better.

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