Davy Brown Ale
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #216
Ranked #20,800
3.86 | pDev: 11.4%
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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TryThemAllOnce from California

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into pint shaker, date on bottle is 4/17/2020 (bottled or best by? no idea, it doesn't say.
ABV has been upped to 6.7% since introduced by the way.

It's a pretty beer in a glass, very dark yet allows some light. The head is small and recedes quickly, Soapy lacing and foam comes back a bit if swirled.

Smell is toasty roasty malt yummyness. Hint of dark fruits - raisin, fig, etc.

Taste same as the smell, really delicious on the tongue. Feel is medium, typical for the style.

I like this one quite alot. Every few months I grab a sixer, and am seldom dissapointed.

May 17, 2020
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just1cho from California

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*Poured into a Teku glass at 50F*

When looking at the color of this beer, it immediately reminded me of freshly brewed medium-roast coffee. The kind that you would see in your morning brew. The brown wasn't too dark and was translucent. The ale had a half-a-finger thin lace of head which had a slight tan color to it. The head retention was decent, as it didn't disappear too quickly, but at the same time it didn't last very long.

On the first couple of times nosing my glass, I can definitely smell the roasted malt which is typical of this style, but I also found there to me a nice balance of other aromatics such as chocolate, burnt caramel, coffee, plum, raisins, and a slight hint of grapefruit.

Upon first tasting, the notes of the roasted malt were definitely more prominent in the beginning, then the ale started to develop flavors towards the middle--reminiscent of Hawaiian rolls, dark chocolate, and pine nuts. Towards the end, flavors of walnuts and grapefruit lingered on the tongue, all leading to a nutty and acetic acid filled finish.

With a light body to little carbonation, I found the mouthfeel to be a bit lacking in my personal preferences, although this isn't a bad thing. It has a nice smooth finish with little to no lingering bitterness.

Overall, I would say that this is a good beer if you like the roasted/malty characteristics found in stouts, but the flavor profiles and mouthfeel of stouts are too rich for your personal tastes/mood. Sometimes stouts can overwhelm your taste buds so I can see the sweet/roast-y characteristics of this brown ale as something you can balance well with foods containing savory and robust flavor profiles.

Apr 19, 2020
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Radome from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a bomber bottle into a wine glass. It's an attractive, dark brown beer that shows beautiful ruby highlights when held up in a glass. Very clear. Off-white head is thick and rocky with huge, sticky lacing. Nice roasted coffee and chocolate aromas, with some grain and a bit of smoke. Hops are only there as a faint flowery and earthy fringe.

The flavors are not as distinct as the aromas. I get a bit of chocolate and low coffee over sweet graham-cracker-like malt. Hops are not a major flavor contributor. Clean fermentation with no yeast notes. Low to medium body. Low carbonation. No alcohol presence. Low to medium hops bitterness.

Overall, this is a very good American brown ale. Lots of great aromas; I just wish the flavors were a bit more prominent.

May 15, 2018
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brown ale pours a dark brown, milk chocolate color with a thin, sudsy, white head. The smell is of caramel malts and maybe a little chocolate. The flavors are caramel, toasted biscuits, and maybe a little coffee and dark chocolate as well. The body is medium. With all of these sweet malts, the beer is bound to be a little sweet, but it’s actually pretty well balanced by a noticeable bitterness in the finish. This is a really nice brown ale. It definitely plays to what I like in brown ales in that it is a little bit rich and a little heavier bodied than the average brown ale. Good solid beer from a good solid brewery.

Jun 08, 2016
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Offa from California

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very enjoyable brown ale.

Dark chestnut brown, medium pale tan head slowly shrinks to foamy ring and wisps, some lace.

Aroma is nice rich chocolate toffee caramel and rich whole wheat bread.

Taste is balanced, firm sweetness but not too sweet, similar in bitterness. It has caramelly whole wheat toast.

Apr 05, 2016
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tempest from New York

4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't impressed by Figueroa's hoppy options, but this is a lovely brown. The malt character spans the distance between roasted barley, with a hint of smoky cocoa, to toffee and dark bread, with a caramel finish. Though one quibble: the aroma doesn't stack up to the flavor's complexity. It's not that heavy, medium weight, and an excellent example of how to make a malt-forward beer.

Jun 23, 2015
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%

a: its a mix of dark dark purple and dark ruby red. only a hint of brown in the center of the glass. 2 finger white solid head

s: sweet caramel malts, raisins, plums, a nice toasted chestnut aroma. nose finishes with a nice clove spice and a hint of grass. a little alcohol in here as well

t: there is a much bigger roasted malt in the flavor than i picked up on in the aroma. also a nice amount of chocolate - milk & bittersweet. there is just the slightest hint of plums, which is a nice addition. all the rounded out and by a nice mellow chestnuty flavor. as in the nose, the very faintest hint of alcohol. there is some bitterness and astringency at the back of the tongue which lingers a little bit - i could do without this

m: its a creamy medium mouthfeel. not much carbonation, but not flat

o: liked this more than i expected to. i enjoy the chestnut flavors i'm perceiving in here. my biggest problem is the lingering bitterness and astringency at the back of the tongue that i didn't really taste until the aftertaste. still though, worth a try

Aug 24, 2014
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EchoParker from California

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Davy Brown is a very solid brown ale that gives me everything I want when I order a brown. Nice rich roasted malt flavors with just a hint of a hop bite.

Looks like coca cola with a head. Smells a little nutty and a little cocoa.

Taste is less pronounced than the smell but much the same.

finishes smooth and good like a good brown should.

Feb 11, 2014
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Nugganooch from California

3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle split two ways – standard pint glass
Notes from 10/19/13

A: Pours a deep dark chestnut brown with near opaqueness. Creamy half finger of persistent khaki tan froth. Mild dots and lazy lacing attempts made down the glass after each sip.

S: Smells of nutty toasted malts with a soft suggestion of chocolate. I am getting a touch of pine and spice hops in there as well.

T: Toasted bread with nutty grains and just a slight hint of chocolate noted. More spicy hops than pine here with a dash of earthy minerals. There is a moderate amount of perceived bitterness and the alcohol is almost completely masked. A decent Brown with nice toast flavors.

M: Lighter weighted body and just a hair on the watery thin side. Even carbonation and smooth texture. Light drying towards the finish. Very clean finale.

D: Another solid brew from Figueroa Mountain. Hard to get excited about this style but this one has some nice toasty qualities and good drinkable balance.

Oct 24, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dry toasty, and borrowing a page from IPA, this Cascadian Black Ale does all things that American Brown Ales do but with a racy smack of hops for extra measure.

Deep brown in color, the beer doesn't try to hard to look black- but does release a creamy tan head that caps the beer with firm retention and random lace. The beer looks like a substantial Brown Ale.

But sharp hop aromas project notions of citrus peels, fresh-cut grass, and pine needles. Backed by a stern malt base of heavy toast, cocoa, coffee, nuts, and a tinge of campfire and grape; the ale is as much Brown Ale or Porter as it is IPA.

Semi-firm sweetness of burnt caramel, toast char and walnuts set the stage while wood coffee grounds and cocoa powder become the earthy elements that reign in the hops. At the middle, hoppy citrus taste is dry and more of the pith and peels of oranges and grapefruits than the juicier pulp. As the beer finishes, it becomes dry with smoldering bitterness and light sourish bite.

Medium bodied, the malt textures are lifted by zesty carbonation and helps to deliver a quick and dry finish. Mild warmth and slight grain-derived astringency bring rise to the bitter resins that continue in aftertaste.

As a very hoppy dark ale, there's a lot of hop-malt embattlement going on, but in the end, the hops win. But the beer's conflicting tastes keeps the palate confused but also intrigued right down to the last drink.

Apr 12, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown with a golden cast. Looks nice enough in the big Duvel tulip with a very nice foam-up on every pour. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel.

There is a distinct chocolate aroma, though they don't brag about any additive flavorings. Even a touch of Mexican cocoa with the cinnamon. A bitterish rasp makes it all go down easier. Brewery says this is 29 IBUs with Northern Brewer and Cascade hops. A little thin and sharp, with a hint of butter and nuts, but certainly more flavorful than the run of the litter with this style. Bitter aftertaste of old coffee and walnut skins.

This brewery seems to be out of the gate and running. We'll see how they do, but this is really a decent Brown Ale. A credit to its race, as they used to say. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's in San Diego.

Mar 02, 2013
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McStagger from California

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: two finger cappuccino head. Brown bordering on garnet. Excellent clarity.

S: toffee, Burnt sugar, milk chocolate, touch of dark fruit. Bit of leather.

T: light chocolate, raisined fruit, woody finish with more dark fruit in the end. Borderline BBQ in taste.

M: Runs on the thin side for a brown. Light bodied, but fairly subdued carbonation.

O: good brown ale. Runs a tad thin in the body, but otherwise very flavorful.

Feb 22, 2013
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: BevMo in Goleta, Calif.
Price: $5.99
Misc.: Had on Dec. 24, 2012

Nutty brown color with 1-2 fingers of tan head. Average lacing on the sides, wet and foamy. Better retention.

Smelled chocolate, Cascade hops, caramel, toffee and lots of bitterness.

Tasted dark chocolate, regular chocolate, toffee and caramel, backed my Cascade hops.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Above average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

A pretty good debut (for me) by Figueroa. I love the brown ale and hoppy mixes. Try it.

Dec 26, 2012
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sides Hardware & Shoes (it's a restaurant, not a hardware store)! On to the beer:

Leather brown colored in the glass, dots of lace sticking around as the beer's level goes down. The nose is a very attractive thing. There's a big dose of toffee crisp and caramel, and there's a sqeeze of hops which adds an extra layer of goodness to the aroma.

And it continues into the taste. Perhaps not as seductive as the aroma, but the idea of a brown ale with a sweet body and a sqeeze of hop juice holds in the flavor. It's a little heartier than medium, yet not full bodied. But it is easy to drink.

Inspiring, whether it's for a cold winter envening by the fireplace or with a summer afternoon lunch. Add this to the list of brown ales which to turn a Newcastle fan towards.

Jul 01, 2012
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BeerManDan from California

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice medium dark brown with a reddish hue, little tan foam and some lace on the side of the glass. The smell of roasted malts and mild hops with a hint of chocolate had a pleasant aroma. The taste was of dark roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate and a kind of nutty flavored finish. Not overly bitter or sweet. A nicely balanced brown ale and a pleasant find. Would buy this again when in the area!

Jun 22, 2012
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DocJitsu from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, medium brown color with a quickly attenuating, even. The aroma consists of dark roasted malt, notes of chocolate, and coffee acidity. The mouthfeel is magnificent. Perfect balance between the carbonation and creaminess perfectly accentuate the woody chocolate, ripe, dark fruit, and coffee acidity flavors. Neil loves this beer. So do I.

Jun 17, 2012
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FosterJM from California

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1229th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

Thanks to my bowling teammate Chris for this one

App- A amber/brown mix in the glass and a bit of a clearer brown ale. Had a good depth of color as it sat. A puffy long lasting two finger head formed and then slid gently in the glass to leave some nice sticky lace.

Smell- A pretty standard brown ale. Was a bit malty and nutty but balanced. A touch of hop bitter in the nose was a welcome aromtic treat. Nothing really amazing but solid.

Taste- Again, like the nose this flavor profile was the standard brown ale. Malty, nutty, a touch roasty and a touch of hoppy bitter to make it all blend well together.

Mouth- A nice medium full body with a medium carbonation. Had a good residual malty, nutty flavor.

Drink- A pretty good brown. Nothing outstanding, nothing abnormal either. Solid brew and nice to try a new brewery.

Apr 23, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 2nd Anniversary event at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, nuts, and a slight fruity aroma. Taste is of roasted and toasted malt and roasted nuts. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale with some very roasty flavors.

Apr 22, 2012
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Retsinis from Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one in a flight @ Figueroa Moutain back on Labor day weekend. Have also since had a few pints at Instant replay locally.

Review is from notes.

A: The beer is cola brown in color, with a ruby red hue on the edges when held to the light. Solid half inch of bubbly head, faded to a consistent ring & film of bubbles.

S: Scents of toasted almonds, sprinkle of coco, light chocolate, and brown sugar. Slight earthy aroma as well.

T: Mirrors the nose for the most part, flavors of caramel, lightly toasted almonds, dry chocolate, and brown sugar. Not too heavy or light. Mineral flavor is also present, as it has been in all of their beers, seems to be a signature in their beers. I like it. Maybe it's the Santa Ynez water or something.

M: Mildly sweet, lightly carbonated, and clean.

O: Balanced, and pretty good in my opinion for a brown ale. I'd put this one up against a Lost Coast downtown brown or similar caliber. This brewery is closer to me, so I get this pretty fresh.

Dec 10, 2011
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McD0uche from California

2.71/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bomber of Davy Brown into a glass:

A: Pours a medium brown that allows plenty of light through. Visible carbonation. This stuff looks just like rootbeer. Head is about a finger thick. Medium retention, very pronounced lacing.

S: This stuff smells very organic. Earthy comes to mind. Roasted malts persist.

T: Taste isn't very strong. Similar to the smell, it tastes very earthy with some hints of roasted malts. Pretty bitter. Ends on a boozy note.

M: Oily, with light carbonation. Kind of a wet finish.

O: Overall, I wasn't all that impressed with this one. There's definitely better stuff out there.

Nov 06, 2011
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Franberry from California

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22ounce bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

appearance: Pours a dark brown with a very light beige head (less than an inch). Surprisingly not too carbonated.

smell: light and nutty. Not too much character coming from the nose.

taste: slightly bitter on the mid-palate with caramel and toasted nut notes. Mildly sweet with a long finish.

mouthfeel: light, easy to drink, clean.

drinkability: a good brown ale from a very young brewery. A little lighter than my usual taste, but is smooth and easy to drink.

Jul 26, 2011
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HoppyMoth from California

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured form an undated bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful dark ruby-amber red with a nice 3/4 inch head that doesn't last long but leaves nice lacing.

S: Not a giant aroma, but the nutty - caramel malt and hop is obvious. I might pick up a light chocolate smell and it reminds me a little bit of a porter.

T: Impressed, a beautiful balance between the bitter hop and toasted caramel flavor. There is a hint of a sweet aftertaste that turns slightly bitter as it lingers (in a good way).

M: Light bodied, very smooth and creamy with a perfect level of carbonation.

I'm really loving this brown ale and I'm headed back to the store tomorrow to stock up for my trip back to San Francisco. I'm not usually one to pick this style of beer off the shelves, but it's made me think I might be missing something. In the end it really reminds me of a lighter, more refreshing porter or stout.

Really looking forward to trying more of these beers soon - especially that Stagecoach Stout that took gold! I hope they get distributed to Berkeley...

Jul 21, 2011
Davy Brown Ale from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 139 ratings