Davy Brown Ale
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Davy Brown AleDavy Brown Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #216
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,814
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 11.4%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
139
From:
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews by McD0uche:
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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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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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2beerdogs from California

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

Jan 19, 2015
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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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hayesjw from California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Jul 02, 2014
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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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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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banger7 from California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Nov 30, 2014
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largadeer from California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

Nov 23, 2013
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EinWeizenbitte from California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Feb 22, 2012
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bespin15 from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

May 26, 2013
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kornkid8600 from California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Feb 03, 2013
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tbeq00 from California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jan 12, 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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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Mar 12, 2013
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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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sandiego67 from California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Mar 29, 2013
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Ryan1423 from Alaska

5/5  rDev +29.5%

Nov 26, 2011
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Dirksen from California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

May 24, 2013
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MarvinSnyder from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jun 14, 2013
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wethorseblanket from California

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

Jan 04, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Mar 18, 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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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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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
Davy Brown Ale from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 139 ratings