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Kichesippi 1855Kichesippi 1855

Brewed by:
Kichesippi Beer Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The beer is 5.2% alc. and offers the palate a balance of dark malt notes with a clean, short bitterness on the finish. The name, 1855, is our way of saluting the great city of Ottawa that has been so good to us.

Added by spinrsx on 06-06-2011

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Reviews by laituegonflable:
Photo of laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Darcy McGee's in Ottawa.

Pours a deep burnished copper, big off-white fluffy head. Sparse webs on the side, good retention. Looks good.

Smells like a good amber ale. Malty, with fragrant floral hops on the side. Touch of toffee, rosewater and coffee crisp. Pretty appealing.

Starts nicely. Brown light-roasted malts giving rich chocolate and roasty notes, before some hop oil bitterness comes in, slightly soapy but with grapefruit edge. Finishes with a slight yeast note, slo a touch of butter. Not bad, but some flaws in there for sure.

Decent body, but a little sharp midway.

Nice start to Ottawa beer for me. Big flavour, well-constructed.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJ63
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at LCBO for around that magical $3.00 mark for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high off white head that lasts for nearly 5mins before film out. Dark amber colour and filtered clear

S- Nice malty base

T- Lots of malts and almost a honey hint in there. Not all that complex but a nice balance to it though. Mild and smooth

M- Creamy going down then dries out a bit

O- Nice brew. Not great and will not buy again but nice to try.

Food Pairing

This pretty good brew went well with......... Lasagna!


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Photo of Ryften
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a small foamy head with light retention and limited lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt with light sweet nutty notes as well. Taste is a mix between some nutty caramel notes with some semi-dry caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not overly complex and easily drinkable.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - Clear copper colour with a small size fizzy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, hay/straw

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. There is also a fair amount of hops and a bit of a straw/hay taste. The beer finishes with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer and will be on the look out for it in bottles. The taste was well balanced and it would make a really good session beer.

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Photo of SebD
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice clear orange/copper color to it. It has a thick creamy off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet bready/toasty malts, some nuttiness, sweet caramel and light herbal hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet bready/toasty malts, caramel undertones, some nuttiness and faint herbal/grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: can

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Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Yoozeo
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Idrankthat
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of byronic
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

473ml can served cool into a Mill Street pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $2.95 CDN.

Appearance - clear dark brown color with loads of carbonation. Plenty of tan coloured head resting on top amounting to a finger and change. Some lacing left behind too.

Smell - grainy notes, caramel some corn sweetness. Nice and easy aromas that pair well with the beer in question.

Taste - clean any grainy with less caramel flavor than expected. Instead mild bitterness and light grain flavor. Nice but not quite as intense or as easy to drink as some of the finer brown ales out there.

Mouthfeel - smooth and very well carbonated, almost to the point of over carbonation. Body is reasonably light and finish is moderate.

Overall - kichesippi 1855 is a reasonably priced reasonably drinkable English brown ale. While I was hoping for some bolder flavours and a little smoother and better drink ability, it is still a reasonably priced and also ably tasty quaff.

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Photo of Chessmaster
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in pint glass at bar

A: dark brown with red highlights. White foamy head receded to thin cap. Plenty of lacing

S: caramel, crystal Malts with hop floral accents

T: malty backbone with hoppy pretension

M: medium mouthfeel

O: good beer, would drink again

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jordanian2
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nullbort
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Pmicdee
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coastal_Brew
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%

Kichesippi 1855 doesn't look so old. In fact, it has a freshly-polished shine and lacquered mahogany wood colour. The complexion is something like (and just as fetching as) autumn foliage. Head exists like scattered clouds. This is a mighty good-looking beer to have as your flagship brand.

The nose boasts bravado notes of toasted hazelnut, pecan, and almond; few Brown Ales even can muster this kind of roasted nuttiness. I'm impressed. Seriously impressed. There's all the brown bread crusts and malty richness of Austria or Germany's best lagers plus a pinch of piny hops. And it avoids any superficial notions of caramel sweetness - just clean toasty grain all the way.

The only companion to all this nutty, rich maltiness is - just maybe - a hint of purple plum (though that may just be my imagination trying to compensate for my futile attempt at accurately portraying the beer's understated complexity). It's rich for an everyday Amber Ale.

I can, however, say for certain that there's just a smidgen of herbal, flower petal-like hoppiness that leaves super subtle notes of hibiscus and pine needle on the finish. It's hardly bitter (27 IBU), though it is unquestionably dry; sweetness here is like water drops in the dessert.

No wonder Kichesippi chose this as their first offering to sell commercially: they have a real winner here. (Literally, it won a gold medal at the World Beer Championship in 2012.) I'm not normally one to put much stock in awards but clearly those judges knew what they were talking about. This is a simple but solid amber ale; all the convincing I need to know this is a brewery worth supporting.

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Photo of Simon212
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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