Kichesippi 1855 | Kichesippi Beer Co.

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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 +4.2%
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 JakerLou
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of talbotjf99
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJ63
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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 -9.7%

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -3.9%
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 -2.8%

Photo of Yoozeo
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; the canning date is smudged and illegible. Served slightly chilled.

This brown ale pours a gorgeous, clear copper-amber colour, producing nearly an inch of soapy, off white-tinged head that fades continually over the next five-plus minutes. A smooth, uninterrupted coat of lacing is deposited, with a denser, creamy-looking cap about a 1/2 cm thick surviving atop. The aroma is subdued, yet nutty and intriguing - lightly toasted pecans and bready grains come through, with sponge toffee sweetness and a faint suggestion of coffee. Hints of leafy, grassy hops in there too.

A nice English-style brown ale - though probably a bit hoppier than average, giving this brew elements of an English bitter or even an American amber. Mild caramel and toffee sweetness is joined by toasted grains, hazelnut and doughy bread. Hints of cocoa, followed by a firm hop presence that imparts an earthy, leafy, somewhat herbal bitterness on the back end. Earthy finish that doesn't linger long, resulting in a mostly clean aftertaste - not getting much residual sweetness, if any. Light-medium in body, with restrained carbonation that gently prickles the palate, giving this brew a smooth texture and excellent drinkability.

Final Grade: 3.96, a B+. It may not be an exciting beer, but I think it's fair to say that a true English brown isn't really supposed to be exciting - it's supposed to be quaffable pub fare, and Kichesippi's 1855 is undoubtedly that. This brown is a little more assertive with the hops than most, but actually I find it has a balancing effect - giving the rich, nutty malts and toffee sweetness something of significance to interplay with. Possibly one of Ontario's best traditional browns, and worthy of a try. It took me quite a while to finally find some Kichesippi brews to review, but this was as good an introduction as any.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Idrankthat
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of byronic
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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 +13.3%
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 +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jordanian2
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nullbort
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Pmicdee
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coastal_Brew
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Kichesippi 1855 from Kichesippi Beer Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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