Chucktown Follicle Brown | Holy City Brewing

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Chucktown Follicle BrownChucktown Follicle Brown

Brewed by:
Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kylehay2004 on 05-11-2013

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 160
Photo of ordybill
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
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

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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.

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Photo of sijc
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had this beer on-tap at Gene's Haufbrau, poured into a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a thin creamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, something sweet and sugary, and a nutty quality.

T: Tasted of malt, the ubiquitous brown ale nuttiness, light hops, and a hint of toffee as well. A vibrant, well-rounded, surprisingly forceful flavor.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a slightly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A bit different than the typical American Brown Ale, but tasty nonetheless. Drinkable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger slightly tan head on a hazy brown body with nice lacing. Aroma is excellent with sweet toffee, caramel malts, brown sugar. Flavor is simple but incorporates the brown ale caramel malts and brown sugars well without being too sweet with a subtle earthy hop presence. Medium body's bad light to moderate carbonation. I admit I had this after a very piney and tart pale ale so it is hardto judge but it was excellent overall.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

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Photo of dheldman
2.47/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

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Photo of Gote
2.4/5  rDev -36%
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.

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Chucktown Follicle Brown from Holy City Brewing
3.75 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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