Boathouse Brown | Sebago Brewing Company

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Boathouse BrownBoathouse Brown

Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Boathouse Brown Ale is an easy drinking beer. Peering through the glass you will find a deep mahogany color and luscious tan head. The sweetness of the malt in our Brown Ale is offset by just enough kick from the hops. Boathouse Brown Ale will be your "everyday" beer. Pop the cap, pour it off and enjoy the ride!

24 IBU

Added by kaia on 02-24-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by Marty:
Photo of Marty
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extremely carbonated, dark brown and slightly hazy. Thick, fizzy head that demanded a slow pour. Carbonation persisted after pouring. Dissipated quickly, though. Smell is malty, with hints of caramel. Taste, however, is somewhat thin and lacks complexity. I've had better browns.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better browns I have had in quite awhile,nice pour of real deep brown with a light head,aroma is nutty and more nutty and slightly chocolaty.Flavor is very earthy and nutty with light sweet malt finish,in my opinion this is the way browns should be dark and earthy.Very well made.

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Photo of tigg924
2.61/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: minimal head, ruby dark brown, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and some cocoa

Taste: wood, toasted malt, and a touch of nut

Mouthfeel: slightly watery, bland, with a bitter aftertaste, dry, and light bodied

Drinkability: A below average brown ale with a bitter ho-hum middle taste. This is a bit too bland for a brown ale. A disappointment coming off their amazing hefe, I will pass on this one.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sebago- Boathouse Brown

A- Ruddy brown with a small 1 ring lacing head.
S- Nutty and grainy malt.
T- Light caramel malt with hints of oatmeal, sunflower, toasted 12 grain bread. Slight touch of hazelnut and almond.
M- Big malt dominates with a dry earthy finish.

Overall- A decent Brown. Middle of the road but enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark coffee/like color beer.A very large two and a half finger head makes this a very good looking beer. The smell is light with malt and nuts.The taste is chewy,nutty, with coffee flavors and sweet malt.This isn't bad, a pretty good tasting brew with a medium m/f thats well balanced. A damn good brew.

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Photo of asabreed
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Shipyard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber body with a mocha-colored head, and decent raindrop retention around the top of the glass.

Smell: A lot of roasted malt and nuttiness at the forefront, and possibly some oxidation's happened, as there's some metallic tinges going on too. And maybe some minor acrid coffee aroma too.

Taste: Initial roasted flavors, with some acrid coffee and nuttiness showing up. Nice balance of hops to balance the roasted flavors, so there's not much sweetness here. Finishes fairly dry, with a coffee ground-like bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: For the concentrated look of the carbonation, I was slightly surprised that this was a little more watery than I'd expected or anticipated. But the carbonation does kick in a bit at the end -- it's just the initial feel that's a little light and slightly watery.

Drinkability: A solid and sessionable brown overall. Only around $6 for a six pack also, if you get it from Sebago, which is a great QPR.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This dark brown brew had a decent off-white-tan head and had a great aroma of a charcoal/smokiness to it, in which was balanced very well. There are some light sweet malts that also come out in the smell. The flavor shows this as well. The palate was about light and very drinkable. Overall, I liked it for the most part.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle with no noticeable arkings or dates. Sampled on April 25, 2009. The pour is a handsome brown with a tinge of ruby red. The foamy beige head is easily two fingers thick and very puffy. Nutty and malty aroma. Carbonated mouthfeel. The flavor is sweet like caramel and deep like licorice. Overall it was a decent experience.

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Photo of DrewKid4
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served: From tap at New England BrewFest

A: Dark brown with hint of red

S: Dark nutty malts. Stronger than many brown ales.

T: Some chocolate undertones to full roasted malt/nut flavor.

M: Dry with earthy feel.

D: Drinkable if brown ales are your thing.

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Photo of u2carew
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A) Pours with an active head - up to an inch - then settles. Very nice lacing around the edge of the glass. Brown in color with a touch of red.
S) Earthy root vegetable scent, touch of yeast, and roasted grains.
T) Somewhat bland taste - not sweet, not bitter. A touch of sour on the backside, but not much else.
M) Medium body, a little light feeling the middle. Creamy & bubbly.
D) Just an OK brew. Very weak body and taste make it hard to dig this beer.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A foamy consistent two finger head, with a creamy tan colored top. Body gives a classic chestnut brown, with cola sized looking carbonation on the top sides. Doesn't appear opaque but you can't see through it since it is so dark. Kind of cola like in appearance.

Great classic bouquet. Mild whipped up milk chocolate, and nutty sense of malt. Sense of some bitterness, but this smells really good and inviting.

Kind of sweet lactose tasting, hints at more of a milk stout like feel. Kind of wet palate, a bit dry feeling with not much flavor. Some decent roast character, but being taken over by wet sweetness and a little bitter finish. Comes across as weak wet bitter coffee.

Overall not too bad, but probably not my favorite or one I'd want to have again.

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Photo of hockeypuck
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the sebago collection I recieved from my good friend Matt up north. Decided to do the vertical/horizontal/ whatever it is of all of them. Poured into a pint glass,lol.

brown with a huge creamy head and a huge lace down the side, this looks very inticing to say the least! Smell was of roasted nuts with a hint of hops. Caramel sweetness undertones as well, smells thick and very fresh. The taste was very full. Nice roasted tones and caramel was the predominant flavors. Very complex though as there was much hoppiness at both the beginning and the finish. The finish was very nice

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass

Nice initial nose, sweet with dark brown sugar, a little earthy, raw malts, crackers, a nut quality grows as it warms, maybe a whisper of milk chocolate. Head was a finger's worth of almond hued tight foam that faded quickly into a thin filming cover.

Color is a beautiful, ruddy toned burnt umber, with a deep crimson tea-like accent, slightly hazed, a slow cascade of bubbles rising vertically to the residual foam.

Ahhh, its even, subtly rich, a little earthy, wood, tannins, and deep roasted (maybe burnt?) malts, a little smoke quality, a trace of bitterness but only a trace. I was expecting more of a sweet start based on the nose, but this is nice. Its a sophisticated initial taste, which primes my senses for more. This is very nice. The tastes join together on the tongue with a subtle creaminess, a little sweeter malt tone, roasted nuts. It finishes straight out with a no nonsense bittersweet slide down the throat, leaving a pleasing, slightly filmy bittersweet, nutty aftertaste. And, after your mouth rests, a nice dried cherry/fruit echo...wonderful.

I am impressed. This is one well crafted and sophisticated Brown Ale. I know Sebago puts out a solid portfolio, but I wasn't expecting this level of sophistication. This is everything one could want in a "session" beer. Usually beers with lower ABVs are lacking in oomph, some body, no meat on the bones, or, if you will, some "stones". This is well crafted and I thoroughly enjoyed the non-sweet ride. This will become a 6 pack figure in my fridge and will be an easy recommendation for a great session beer. Highly recommended. If you enjoy a non-sweet Brown Ale, check this out.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into English pint glass. Needs to be poured very slowly as it developed a thick foamy head. Lingered during drinking with bubbles left on the flass. Color was a nice dark brown, and the head was slightly brown. Smelled slightly bitter with a touch of malt. Tasted slightly bitter on the back end. Easy to drink, with a good feel in the mouth. Coated well with a touch of carbonation.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice reddish brown, nice froathy head that left some lace.

smell - Smells of nuts, malt, grains,and caramel.

taste - Sweet caramel and hazelnut present. Hints of grains, and nuts.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer. Very good for a brown ale, worth a try.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown with a sandy head. Not exactly a dazzler in the foam department.

Smells like tamarind, fruit, nuts and cocoa. Tastes about the same with most of the tamarind up front and cocoa and crust in back.

One of those beers that the sum of all it's parts is better than any one aspect.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, nuts, maple and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by mildly sweet flavors of maple, caramel and nuts. There's also a touch of smokiness. The hops presence is mild but is about where it should be for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid brown ale that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this!

Pours deep brown with a tan head that thins and stays. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with roast/light toast, nuts and some general (berry-like?)fruitiness.

The taste is of toffee/caramel with nuts, roast and a fruity/herbal bitterness in the finish. Nicely balanced, with hops putting it into the "American" version of the style. Nicely balanced.

It is medium-bodied with carbonation a tad too bubbly at first, but soon evens out. Smooth.

A nice "sessionable" brown. Not too complex, but complex enough for an easy-drinking brown with a nice aroma and flavor. Malty, roasty, with a bitterish touch rounding it out. I liked this one! Very easy to drink.

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Photo of hopheadsal
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great mahogany color, poured with a thin lacy light tan head. Lots of malt with a tiny touch of sweetness...little tastes of caramel and nut. Not too much to smell, but it is a little hoppy for a brown/ copper ale. Very drinkable, like newcastle on steroids.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Boathouse Brown from Sebago Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 99 ratings
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