Davy Brown Ale
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

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From:
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #145
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,662
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 11.43%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
120
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 20, 2022
Added:
Jun 28, 2011
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  35
SCORE
87
Very Good
Davy Brown AleDavy Brown Ale
Notes: None
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Ratings by McD0uche:
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Reviewed by McD0uche from California

2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
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
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 3.88 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Jun 20, 2022
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Rated by pkalix from California

4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
this stuff tastes and smells great! hardly any carbonation like the last one but i like this! and this bottle says 6.7% !!!
Feb 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by irishevans from California

Feb 15, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look - Dark brown with a great lasting slightly tan head and sticky lacing
Smell - toffee roasty malty
Taste - nice toffee roasty malty with a slight caramel
Feel - Medium body with a medium light carb
Overall - Pretty nice brown
Jun 06, 2021
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Reviewed by TryThemAllOnce from California

3.89/5  rDev +1%
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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Reviewed by just1cho from California

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.71 by Trueprinceofgotham from California

Apr 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

Apr 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.9 by Dsimenson from California

Mar 30, 2019
 
Rated: 3.83 by michiganmatt from California

Mar 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.34 by Mayhewbc from Nevada

Sep 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.56 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Jul 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.81 by Furlinator from California

Jan 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.8 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jan 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Nov 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.91 by GaryColeman from California

Nov 01, 2017
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Rated by Beerucee from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Perfect brown in cold mug. In orcutt.
Jun 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by andyjeigh from Oklahoma

May 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.85 by WickedBeer from Alabama

May 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by Vlaminck from California

Apr 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by JuiceMan818 from California

Feb 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by SGR1220 from California

Feb 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by Yogi_Sanandy from California

Jan 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.71 by ER527 from New York

Sep 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4.11 by wc94wc from California

Jun 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.98 by Lingenbrau from Oregon

Jun 07, 2016
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Reviewed by Offa from California

4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by Marvicsin from California

Jan 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.06 by MattSlem from California

Dec 22, 2015
 
Rated: 3.57 by CJNAPS from California

Dec 12, 2015
 
Rated: 3.51 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Dec 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.63 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Nov 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by Spreetaper from New York

Oct 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4.51 by BeerGainz from California

Oct 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.58 by BeerBucks from New York

Aug 07, 2015
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Reviewed by tempest from New York

4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
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
 
Rated: 3.84 by Darkman89

Jun 22, 2015
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