Chucktown Follicle Brown
Holy City Brewing

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #560
Ranked #38,293
3.69 | pDev: 12.2%
Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States
Chucktown Follicle BrownChucktown Follicle Brown
Notes: If you’ve ever seen a professional, male brewer, odds are you’ve seen a beard. There is some magical, unspoken connection between folks that make beer for a living and folks that dig on facial hair. We could dig a little deeper on that but we’re busy making beer…and mostly having beards.

Hooking up with the Holy City Beard & Moustache Society is therefore a natural fit for us. Chucktown Follicle Brown was named by said society, and was made to commemorate their hosting of the 4th Annual Southeastern Beard & Moustache Championships.

This hairy* beast is a 6.8% ABV brown ale with a heavy dose of Nugget & Amarillo hops. A smooth mouthfeel is followed by a bitter bite, both riding under a citrus aroma that is sure to smell great through your lip hair.

*NO hair was used, or abused, in the making of this beer.
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metter98 from New York

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very dark brown in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left a patch of bubbles in the center, a narrow collar around the edge, lacing on the surface in between, and some streaks of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty malts and herbal hops.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of nutty malts with bits of herbal hops and a light amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This brown ale has a nice amount of nutty malt flavors in the taste.

Serving type: can

Jan 18, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is a well made brown ale, sturdy and super nutty as they go, more flavorful than many, but it didnt hit me like their porter did, as unique and rather complex for the style, and radiating quality. this is a step below that in all categories, and coming in from a hot day, this probably wasnt the right beer to start with, as it has a lot of body and some sweetness too, and drank a little heavier than i probably needed at the moment. that said, it has a nice chocolate malt complexion, plenty of earthy toasted depth, and some yeast character here as well. i get roasted almond, dry cocoa powder, bran muffin, and just a little molasses sort of sweetness in the middle. there arent much hops here, but this isnt english to me either, its bolder than that. a long flavor arc, it keeps on going, really stretched out, nice in the style. i had this with some spicy bbq shrimp and then some creamy shrimp and grits, and this worked fabulously in both contexts, a great food beer for sure, but i still think i like their porter better on their dark side though...

May 12, 2018
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CMEG from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an under-rated beer! I am not really a brown ale guy. This beer is surprisingly tatsty, and has a rich flavor that surpasses most browns I have ever had. Look is solid, hazy brown - makes it look like a beer with substance. The smell is pretty light. Does not actually give you enough anticipation of the taste- hints of hops and malt -wanted more! Taste is wonderful. Solid, roasted malt taste- very full , with a solid, lasting bitterness that is rare in a brown ale. Mouth feel is exactly what i'd expect from a good brown - not too light, and not too heavy! Overall, I would buy this brown again and again. Wish it were available in my neck of the woods- if it's on your shelves you won't be disappointed.

Oct 26, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this down in Hilton Head at the house my bestie rented. It poured a deep amber with slightly off-white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had bitter hop. The taste was bitter leaning and closer to sour dough. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall it was ok...not sure I'd go out of my way for it.

Sep 07, 2017
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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a snifter glass:

Look: Pours a dark brown with about an inch of head! Lacing is present with ok retention!

Smell: Plenty of roasted malts, caramel, and even some hops popping thru!

Taste: Taste follows the nose for me! This has a bit more hop bite than most of the other browns I have had!

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Decent brown ale but nothing outstanding that would make me want to grab this again! Glad I picked up a bottle while here in Hilton Head to give this a try!

Aug 10, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Dark brown, with 1 finger of head and some lacing

S - Slightly hoppy, roasted malts. Everything is light

T - roasted malts and hops, but nothing dominates

F - Light carbonation, not much going on here

O - An ok brown, but not going into a regular rotation

Jun 11, 2017
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a can in Charleston, SC. Pours as a hazy brown with a one-finger tan head. Aroma of caramel and hops. Taste is a nice balance of sweet malts and a tangy hops. Some nondescript citrus tastes. Body is a bit watery; not horribly so just not great.

Mar 17, 2017
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JayQue from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good Brown Ale. Pours a dark mahogany color from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Lots of ruby highlights coming through on the glass. Medium size tan frothy tan head with good retention and frothy bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt and some fragrant hops. Taste is more of the same, a mostly malty beer with some nice aromatic/floral hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, goes down real easy even at 6.8% abv. The hops presences makes this anything but a "boring Brown Ale". Well worth a try.

Feb 03, 2017
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark brown with a good sized head that leaves a bunch of lace while it recedes to a persistent film.
Smell is roasted malts, tea, light hops.
Taste is roasty, Darjeeling tea (nice) brings in floral and light smoke notes. Balanced nicely.
Body is a bit weak, effervescence is reasonably restrained. A good, solid brown ale. I like it.

May 07, 2016
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ChopperSmith from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can. Gift from a friend who was down South recently.

Appearance: Deep hazy brown. Thin head with very little lacing and a small white cap that didn't last long.

Smell: Sweet, hoppy and herbal. An almost soapy aroma, but not in a bad way.

Taste: A little thin and semi-sweet malty flavor up front, followed by a unique bitter hops flavor from the Amarillo and Nugget hops. This is a unique tasting beer, and I like the originality of the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a bit thin. Semi-sweet with a little bitter bite on the finish. Not bad.

Overall: This is a good and original interpretation of a Brown Ale with the extra hops thrown in. The use of Amarillo and Nugget hops give it a unique and herbal flavor profile that I like. I would drink this again.

Oct 26, 2015
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sijc from Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this happens to be my current favorite. although, I will say the last 6 pack I bought was a little off, irony tasting, and waaaay over carbonated. each can I opened nearly exploded as if someone had stood and shaken it for 30 mins. im giving them the benefit of the doubt though since I like it so much. ive had black ipa's that taste pretty close to this but the cleanness/smoothness ive experienced with this beer in the past (not this last 6 pack) has put it above and beyond all others. it pours really well, in the past, and typically has a really nice head on it similar to a good porter.

Sep 22, 2015
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Gote from South Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Seemed pretty bitter for a brown ale. More like a really hoppy IPA. Without that it would have been a flavorful beer. Nowhere near as good as their Pluff Mud Porter.

Jun 24, 2015
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dheldman from Minnesota

2.47/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very earthy, almost rank finish. Good initial toffee but then tons of alcohols, diacytls, and fussils with a hint of sourness. Could be infected but overall not good.

Jun 20, 2015
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Zach136 from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Typical American brown. A touch too much burnt toast flavor comes out between the specialty Malts and earthy hops. Lingers a bit too long as well. Solid otherwise.

Apr 08, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Holy Follicles, Batman! It was noticed that I Wanted this for The CANQuest (TM) and so one was sent to me. I had it in abeyance for no particular reason other that I was awaiting pic approval for other Browns and wanted to drink them together.

From the CAN: "We hooked up with the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society for this beer. Chucktown Follicle Brown was named by said society, and was made to commemorate their hosting of the Southeastern Beard and Moustache Championships."; "This hairy beast is a brown ale hopped with a heavy dose of Nugget and Amarillo hops. A smooth mouthfeel is followed by a bitter bite, both riding under a citrus aroma that is sure to smell great through your lip hair."; "'No hair was used, or abused, in the making of this beer.'"

The Crack! let loose with a loud Phffft! as though it were under heavy pressure. I initiated an inverted Glug, but it quickly foamed up and I had to back off. The overflow did not come from the glass, but instead, from within the CAN! Yes, it was actually foaming up and out of the CAN and I had nowhere to put it as the foam of the initial pour was slow to settle. Settle it did, into two fingers of dense, deep-tan head that simply hung around obstinately. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with a slight cloudiness and cola highlights at the edges. Nose smelled of roasty malts, coffee-like, with an accompanying lemony citrusiness. Interesting and since I am not a style maven and I am a self-avowed hophead, this was right up my alley. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, almost (but not quite) creamy. The taste was quite bitter, what with the hops and the dark malts having a chance to interact. This was definitely not a sweet Brown ale and I was glad of it. The finish was dry, thanks to all of the bitter flavors inherent in it it, but not to the point of being gasping.

Jan 02, 2015
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Apellonious from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can from sixer at fmcds poured into a standard pint glass. Unable to determine canning date.

A - Black with brown and red highlights. One finger head that hangs arround for a while. Good lace retention.

S - Amarillo hops/citrus at the forfront, with some toasted grains and malts in the background.

T - Taste follows the aroma. You pick up some more "smoke" and chocolate notes than in the nose. Burnt grains, but they are mild and take a back seat to the citrus hops.

M -Trends towards the thin side, medium light carbonation.

O - Great aroma, and moderately tasty, would have liked to get more of the traditional brown ale flavors out of this, but it is worthy of sampling.

Jan 02, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a large head. Has a strong malt aroma and has an excellent hop/citrus flavor. The palate is a medium bodied American Brown Ale. Excellent beer with an eye-catching can. Highly recommended

Nov 18, 2014
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +22%

Man this stuff is really good; weed flavorEd brown ale. Poured At a perfect temperature with a short-lived light tan head, good lacing And a clear brown color. Aroma is very fresh hops and dark Malt. Flavor is like aroma very well balanced between the three major flavor characteristics. Body is chewy & excellent. There is just an ever so slight hint of medicinal flavors between hop malt combination here but basically it's just an excellent beer. Like to try drying it out & smoking it.

Oct 06, 2014
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

12 oz can, poured into pint glass

medium brown in color, not much head. as for the smell and taste - it's okay, but can't put my finger on it, but the high level of hops don't seem to blend well with the malt flavors. on the thinner side for a brown ale.

Oct 04, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7%

A big shout out to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Despite zero agitation, this can came gushing out, spilling out of the glass and onto my Reggie White throwback jersey. Has a dark chestnut color with several inches of head. Smell is malty, nutty, some hops as well. Taste is surprisingly hop forward, some citrus, malts are present but take a back seat. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, a bit different for the style, but an enjoyable beer.

Sep 16, 2014
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is chestnut brown with a mild haze, sporting a quarter inch of soapy tan head. Aromas include toffee, chocolate, coffee beans, nuts. Chocolate flavors up front with a subtle earthy quality. hazelnuts and semi sweet chocolates with a robust malt profile. Hop bitterness and pine resin in the finish, more than is customary for the style. Well balanced and flavorful. Good stuff.

Jun 08, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown coloring, slightly muddled, with a thin, low profile, light tan head. Aromas of coffee, roasted and sweet hazelnut, toffee sweetness, and a underlying hops citrus and bitterness. The nose is more balanced and substantial than a lot of browns out there. Flavors are nutty and roasted forward, with an immediate blast of resin and citrus hops in the backbone. This is a unique take on the brown style; much hoppier than usual. Some chocolate notes are in there, too, but just about all of the sweetness is cut by the heavy dose of hops character at the end of the palate. The body is smooth and light, and the beer has a hoppy aftertaste of bitterness, citrus sweet, and pine. Smooth, slightly drying finish. Interesting brew, almost getting into the realm of IBA.

May 27, 2014
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arlingtonjoe from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy red-brown with big khaki head that takes its time settling down and leaves some great lacing behind.

S: Aromas of coffee, toasted grain, sweet bread a light floral note and a hint of citrus.

T: Taste of chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, a light herbal note from the nugget hops, with a slightly dry bitter finish.

M: Smooth mouthfeel with medium body and decent carbonation and a resinous aftertaste.

O: A good american brown (with some porter-ish roots) and a nice hop character. Will be looking for more for sure.

May 19, 2014
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours a medium brown color with a large soapy head. A bit too aggressively carbonated; pour with caution my fellow beer advocates.

SMELL: Bready and doughy, slighly nutty and has a nice piney hop smell from Nugget and Amarillo hop varieties.

TASTE: An ale with good character, there is plenty of toasty malt along with strong hop bitterness. Pine, grapefruit peel, wood, and toast. The malt bill holds up well to the hops, and is pretty tasty all in all. Definitely top heavy in the resinous hop category, but that works well here.

FEEL: Light bodied and overcarbonated. A bit dry, and even some char on the end.

OVERALL: A decent hoppy brown, and one I might get again down there road if perchance it was there. Could use some cleaning up, but has some redeeming qualities.

May 16, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Closed for Business. Served in a goblety pint glass.

Appearance - Deep brown. Excellent lacing from a small off-white head.

Smell - Nutty and chocolatey. Not a very intense aroma. Some earthy hops behind it.

Taste - Very chocolatey. Caramel and chocolate dark malts. The hops come up aggressively behind it. Overly bitter, but it does cut a bit of the sugars. Lingering sharp hop bite.

Mouthfeel - The finish is a little abrasive. Too bitter and sharp. Medium bodied.

Overall - Enjoyable, but a very different beer in the front and the back end.

May 26, 2013
Chucktown Follicle Brown from Holy City Brewing
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