Casco Bay Brown Ale | Casco Bay Brewing Co.

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Casco Bay Brown AleCasco Bay Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Casco Bay Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 57
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fantastic brown hue! Poured into a pilsner glass a deep, rich, dark chocolaty, brown with a single finger of froth. Head does not linger. Sweet "dry-ish" nose. Sweet, sappy flavor. The bittnerness is of yeast & molasses, i like it. Not overly sweet. Nice balance. Slightly thin body with some fizziness.

I'm really missing the chocolate, toasty, nuttiness in this interpretation. I enjoy the hop/citrus elements, but maybe I just am a little bit of a purest with this style. It just wasn't "warming" for me. It's hard to critisize this interpretation as Brown Ales can be interpreted so broadly. I am giving the taste a "4" because while above average, it is not my favorite interpretation of the brown ale.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. Light brown head, some but not a ton of lace.

S- a nice malt character with a hint of chocolate, a good amount of molasses, brown sugar, caramel.

T- again, this is a moderately roasty and dark beer that is very malt forward, with toffee and caramel coming through along with a slight nuttiness.

O- a really solid brown ale that is working quite well for me. Just misses from being very good, could use more roasty dark flavors to get it that.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my sister for getting the beer of the month subscription that this came in.

This pours deep red to the point that I had to make sure this wasn't the Irish red I got in the package. There is good retention on a frothy sand-colored head. On the nose there are dark wet grains and deep nuttiness. In the mouth the nuttiness combines with some chocolate malt. The body is medium light, very drinkable with a short, somewhat spritzy finish.

Overall, this beer isn't extremely interesting, but it's doing a great job of washing down a spicy lunch for me.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very pleasant surprise this one was. It pours a brown the color of dark roasted coffee. Very weak head but don't let that fool you.

There is almost no lacing on the glass either so I was not sure what to expect.

The nose is decent with coffee, dark chocolate and rich malt hints. A nicely balanced nose on this one.

As for the flavor this one is complex. A bitter sweet quaff that is somewhat effervescent for such a dark beer too. Overall this is very satisfying. There are notes of dark chocolate and coffee just like the nose. The smell and flavor are very complimentary.

The underlying malt is properly balanced with the bitterness and has a really good mouth feel.

Overall an extremely good beer and I would love to have this one again.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark reddish brown with a one finger head. Quickly dissipates to a minimal cap and a light sticky lacing.

S - Heavy dark bread, like pumpernickel, and brown sugar. Light chocolate in the background as well, mild sweetness.

T - Slight sweetness at first followed by a heavy chocolate that is quickly replaced by the breadiness in the nose. A hint of bitterness as well.

M - Medium body and carbonation, good for the style.

O - A decent brown ale, though could be improved. It has minimal flavor at the beginning and finishes with an overabundance of breadiness. There are other dark ales out there that I would certainly pick up before this one.

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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/4" tan colored head. Some spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: caramel sweetness is dominant here.

Taste: caramel, hint of brown sugar, a bit of nuttiness and earthiness, and a mild bitterness makes up a basic brown ale. There is a bit of a buttery component to this too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start and a bit smoother at the finish.

Overall: an easy drinking beer that is a pleasant version of the style. A middle of the road brown ale that will not overly excite but it hits the spot.

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Photo of travMI13
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my quarterly beer club. Thought I would give it a shot. 2011 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep reddish-brown with an inch of fluffy white head. No lacing, but the head recedes slowly with some pitting.

S: Malty with some caramel. Not a lot to the nose.

T: Roasted and caramel malts, playing off each other. There is some bitterness from the hops as well.

M: Lingering bitterness from the hops, but some caramel lingering as well. I dig the mouthfeel of this.

O: To be honest, I am not the biggest fan of the brown ale style. That being said, this is not bad at all. I like the aftertaste, and it is actually pretty enjoyable. No idea what an experienced brown ale drinker would think, but I think this was worth a try.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before September 2012.

A: Fizzy. Head with little retention and no lacing. Good color though.

S: Dark nuttiness, bread, brown sugar impression.

T: Lots of dark nuttiness, a hint ot roast, same impression of brown sugar, earthy, drying and slightly metallic hops finish up and and cut the sweetness. Quite nicely balanced and a substantial, but not stout, flavor.

M: Somewhat creamy. A bit too carbonated, but that might be because I started at 55 F.

O: A very solid, interesting beer of a style that so many breweies seem to miss. I wish this were easier to get.

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Photo of dtivp
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium brown, ruby hues, with a half of a finger tan head that fades rapidly into a thin ring, very spotty lacing.

Aroma of brown bread, malt and some nuttiness.

Taste begins bready with malt then a ouch of caramel and brown sugar sweetness with a slight bitter ending.

Mouth Feel was medium body , moderate carbonation, good balance.

Over all a nice drinkable brown ale, worth trying but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a De Molen beer stemflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; it isn't a favourite style of mine. Served refrigerator cold.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a nontransparent brown-black.

Sm: Nuts and cream. Some toasted malts as well. A light strength aroma, but a pleasant one that's appropriate for the style. No yeast or alcohol.

T: Nutty, with a cream climax followed by a thin malty finish - the worst aspect of the beer to be sure. Balanced if a bit one note. Simple but effective and enjoyable. I wouldn't call it refreshing, but it doesn't try to be (nor does it need to). No alcohol comes through. It's got depth to it, just not complexity nor subtlety.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with nice cream on the open but moreso on the finish. It's as a brown ought to be, save for the inconsistency. Not too thick nor too thin, except on the finish where it's too thin. Never too watery. Complements the flavours generally.

Dr: A very drinkable little brown that won't be making the top of anyone's list. Sessionable, especially if browns are your thing. Would I have it again? Maybe on tap if I was in the mood for a brown I hadn't had. It's a pleasant little beer that warrants a try if the price is right and you're so inclined.


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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a transparent walnut color with a ruby tint throughout. A brisk, foamy eggshell head forms with an aggressive pour, lingering for a minute before fading to a film. No real lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt, softly bitter nuts, lightly spiced and earthy hops.

Taste: The start is some soft hazelnut and lightly toasted malt. Earthy hops add a touch of bitterness while there is some brown sugar in here as well. The flavor lingers on the bitter side, with the hop flavor developing further and adding an earthy flavor. The finish is lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Lightly creamy, carbonation is on the lighter side of medium. Medium body.

Drinkability: I didn't get enough complexity here to warrant another tasting.

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Photo of berley31
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small head that quickly dropped down to a thin film. Body is completely clear and a very dark brown.

S: Aroma is very sweet and malty... not a lot of roasted notes or anything else. Just... sweet.

T: Pleasant tasting, if not exceptional. Sweet and malty, with a roasted finish that becomes a tad bitter.

M: Body is slightly cream and thin-textured, with average carbonation that seems to be a little high for the style.

D: Definitely a decent Brown Ale, it may not blow you away but it's something that I could easily have again.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this bottle from a friend in the beer-of-the-month club. Pours a deep brown, appears to be fairly clear. Tan head did not last long, but persisted as a ring around my glass. Bready, caramel malt aroma. I don't discern any hop aroma. Flavor is malty sweetness, bready, caramel, maybe a hint of chocolate. Says it is an american brown, but hops are more earthy than the citrus you would expect. Fairly well balanced, medium bodied.

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Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Brown in color. Pours with a 2 finger head then settles quickly to a thin creamy lacing.
S) Toffee sweetness. Some caramel mixed in. Maybe just a bit of floral hop.
T) Malty sweetness - brown sugar, some molasses. A mellow hop zing in the end. Some earthy notes.
M) Bubbly. Fairly smooth. Medium body.
D) A decent brown. I'd drink another.

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Photo of brentk56
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear mahogany with a frothy ecru head that drops to a creamy film and splashes a bit of lace around

Smell: Somewhat toasty, with a brown bread aroma as well as a bitter nut skin aspect

Taste: Opens bready, but by mid-palate the nut skin bitterness takes over and persists after the swallow to the beer's detriment

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The nut skin bitterness is unfortunate as it mars the flavor profile and actually makes the beer somewhat unpleasant to consume

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a beer of the month club.

Poured into a pint glass, forming a very small light brown head that doesn't last very long. Looks brownish, but more like a very deep dark amber in the light. Red, orange, and yellow-brown highlights shine through. Pretty easy to see through in the light.

Smells surprisingly great, much more strongly than I thought it looked. Chocolate and maybe caramel, yes I think that's caramel, come right through to the forefront. Very exciting.

Not sure what I think of the taste. Nice caramel-like sweetness. Other than that, I don't think there's a whole lot going on. Not real hop aroma or flavor, just a bit of bittering I guess so as to make the beer not overly sweet. I think maybe I'm getting just a hint of burnt or roastiness in the finish -- in a good way.

Has somewhat of a light body, but not as light as I thought it would be by the look. A little slick feeling, kind of watery. A little bit of carbonation. Usually I'm looking for something a little more substantial feeling in a brown ale. Drinkability is fine, certainly wouldn't turn one of these down, could probably off quite a few.

Not typically what I'm looking for in a brown ale, but this could maybe be a good brown for a sunny day such as today where heavier beers aren't what I'm craving. Certainly isn't terrible, but definitely not better than good.

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Photo of MVotter
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma from the top of the freshly opened bottle: breads

Aroma after the pour: breads and malts

The Casco Brown Ale pours a clear, deep brown into a challis. A short tan head rises, and quickly dissipates leaving some lacing and a thin foam at the surface.

Delicious combination of breads and malts hit the palate up front. The finish features toast and a hint of burnt malts.

The mouthfeel is nice and dry; plenty of carbonation. This brew has a substantial presence in the mouthfeel ... the gravity is a great match with the brew.

This is an extremely drinkable offering. There is a lot of taste, feel, and character in this brew ... I must admit I was very pleasantly surprised. I had had Casco's Red Ale and enjoyed it, but this surpasses that.

Impressed ... and didn't expect it.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was an offering from my beer of the month club.

A: A decent light brown color, letting in a lot of light which yielded some reddish hues. Provides a thick tan head that settles into a very small long standing head.

S: Mostly toasted malt scents. Nuts, chocolate and caramel. Good combination, nothing overpowering or overwhelming.

T: Pretty spot on with the scent. Very sweet, almost too sweet.

M: Lots of carbonation which I believe took away from some the flavor.

D: Pretty simple brown ale here, easy to drink. A nice offering for a brown ale. Something to try if you enjoy this style but not really search out.

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Photo of BeachRez
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving from a bottle. Still trying to figure out the relationship to Shipyard Brewing.

Poured a light brown with a decent head. The smell was pretty light, nothing overwealming, but was slightly sweet.

Taste was a very standard Brown Ale. Carmel overtown with nice malty flavor. Mucb better than a big name brown ale, but nothing to set itself out.

Decent drinking beer. Kind of difficult to come across and would not put in the effort for it again. But would buy if sold locally.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer produced a two fingers khaki-colored head atop the dark copper liquid. The retention was decent, the lacing so-so. The aroma was of toasted malt, floral hops and had hints of earth and nuts in it. The flavors were similar, toasted malt and chocolate malt came through though without much hop depth or balance. The finish was of roasted malt. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and carbonation medium. OK, but forgettable. Wait, what beer were we talking about?

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a single finger of off white/tam head that appeared slightly creamy. This slowly settled back into the beer and left a thin slick of foam across the top of the beer. The color was dark brown with reddish tints that appeared clear as far as you could see into the deep color. Could not see any visible carbonation. No real lacing to speak of.

Aroma was mostly of chocolate with strong roasted notes. Actually quite nice. A bit of that graininess that you get sometimes.

Taste really followed the aroma, in that the initial flavor was a burst of chocolate. There was a sweetness and ever so subtle fruit background. But the focus was on the malt and the chocolate flavors. The lingering flavor was of roasted goodness and the subtle chocolate bitterness after the sweetness faded.

Nice flavor actually.

Mouth feel was slightly creamy and rather light bodied. Very drinkable with a touch of tingle from carbonation.

Not a bad brown.

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Photo of fostwal
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice clear (not cloudy) and brown. Little head.
Smell: Heavy malt aroma.
Taste: Smooth and full of malty flavor that gently fades away. I can't taste any hops at all
Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and light finish
Drinkability: This beer has a nice balance of flavors and is very drinkable.

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Photo of edchicma
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an excellent pillow head. Smell is slightly floral and grassy...root beer? undertones. Taste is mainly malt with some hop notes..root beer too..very different. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly dry at the end. Very easy on the palte..therefore very drinkable.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a marked 12oz bottle good until March 08

Pours a clear dark copper with ample head, fades fairly fast, no lacing.

Smell is predominately malty, hints of caramel.

Has a decent malty taste. A bit over carbonated for a brown ale though, highly detracts from the taste. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste, but can't make out any hops.

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