Chucktown Follicle Brown | Holy City Brewing

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Chucktown Follicle BrownChucktown Follicle Brown
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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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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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 WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +9%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -6.5%

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 sendbeer
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzeilinger
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of avalon07
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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 wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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 rjp217
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Zach136
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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 drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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 threedaggers
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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