Brown Bear Ale | Catawba Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
catawbabrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by homersimpson on 11-26-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,114
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
56
pDev:
14.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of jbehlar
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jwclt
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can.
Clear, dark brown body with a decent white head.
Aroma: fine toasted grain with faint spicy hops.
Flavor: moderately strong for style with more hops than the aroma suggests. Mildly bitter.
Feel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of VomHans
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cafequaid
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at Buffalo Wings and Rings in Franklin, TN. It poured a nearly opaque dark amber with off white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of sweet bread. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zekenyce
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: brown in color with a one finger head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: some bread and earthy tones rise from the glass.

Taste: moderate malt profile with some hints of nuts, hint of chocolate, and an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Short aftertaste here.

Overall: a decent brown ale that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldSwampy
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My second beer from this brewery, and another winner. Dark brown, as dark as a stout, and a light tan head. Lacing minimal. Nose and taste also in some ways like some porters or stouts. Nose dominated by caramel malts. More malt than hops, more nutty than floral, but altogether a solid flavor, though not extravagant. Mouthfeel simple, clean, a little dry, a minimally bitter finish. Just a nice solid dark ale package without being truly complex or outstanding. From a can, poured into a nonic for drinking, bottom dated 117-16 (i.e. 25 April 2016).

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Photo of aleckpa
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gregu2
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Uncwest96
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of slvv11
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of target88
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of jaswilson2
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of KG710
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Brown Bear Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 56 ratings