Renegade Brewing Company

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American Brown Ale
Ranked #379
Ranked #28,183
3.78 | pDev: 9.52%
Renegade Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 55 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light brown color forming into a nice shade of light ruby coffee. Head is grey-beige with lots of yummy lacing left behind.

Aroma of chocolate chips, brownie tin, and light cashew.

Flavor is blood, oatmeal, cocoa, peanut hull, hints of coffee, herb/grass, and a finish of brownie batter.

Feel is perfect for the style. Nice and light, refreshing, great carbonation with a hint of dryness/roast on the finish.

Overall a really good brown ale. Glad I could pick more up.

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Photo of superspak
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malt, coffee, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/spicy hop and roasted coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, chocolate, cocoa, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, coffee, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.5%. Overall this is a very nice American brown ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, coffee, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Great nutty/fruity coffee presence, and a great well rounded base brown ale malt profile. Just enough hops to balance. A very enjoyable offering, and great style example.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Groovin on a 12 oz can in a pint glass via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!
This most excellent brown ale pours a clear medium brown with an astounding head of foam that settles to a thick ring, thick rich layer, and righteous lacing. Nose of subtle coffee, sweet caramel malts, and subtle hops. Flavors exceed the nose with coffee and moderate caramel malts on the front and sides, middle features more dark roasted coffee and finishes with a nice herbal hop and lightly bitter roasted malt note. Great mouth feel, light carbonation, and a lightly dry finish. Excellent. The best brown ale I have had in a long time.


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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight coffee, hint of yeast, hint of chocolate, hint of hops, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of coffee, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight hops, hint of yeast, hint of caramel malt, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.71/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy brownish amber with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is burnt roast chocolate malts and a little coffee.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with heavy acidic burnt roast that masks any coffee. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, too much burnt roast with little coffee.

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Photo of SamN
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A sort of bland dark ruby brown color. Very thick head, 2+ fingers of khaki-tan, soapy and sticky. Nose is appealing, with a big hit of creamy cold coffee, toasty, vaguely nutty., pine sap. Taste follows a similar trail, with coffee upfront, dry and almost over-roasted, a good dose of hop bitterness. Kind of bland, actually, without much depth to the beer. Probably some black malt in the grain bill. Lots of coffee with a decent brown ale underneath. Bigger body, active but subdued carbonation.

As a coffee brown ale, it's not bad. I just with there was more distinct characteristics. The similar flavors are so similar that they hard to differentiate, so it ends up being a bit boring. I think this can be made better. I mean, if Surly can do a great coffee brown ale, Renegade can, too.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear brown color with a small, tan, foamy head. It smelled floral and hoppy. It also had rich roasted malt aroma. This is a very hoppy brown ale with a great bittersweet kick. Some nice burnt toast maltiness, too.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nice coffee brown ale here, probably an oatmeal brown, as there is plenty of sweet fluffy body to this, and a richness not derived from the barley malt. great to see renegade putting all this new beer in cans for the general market. really heady pour from the tap at park house on colfax, with a tall tan head, very creamy looking. drip coffee nose with its mildly astringent bitterness and earthy properties balanced only half way by sweet crystal malt in the middle and by a darker chocolate malt on the back end. i say oats because this is so long and large feeling for what it is, a property oats often give in a mash. i think the coffee is well dosed in the flavor, but something seems to be missing a little but, like it needs a dash of cream or a sprinkle of sugar to be a complete cup. cant quite place it, but it finishes a lot less bitter on the coffee side than it smells, and the caffeine kick in this is tangible. overall a tasty beer, not sure how many i could drink in a session, but i like what they did here. all the body really makes it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a clear mug.

Appearance: medium brown hue with a touch of haze and a pretty active effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Not bad.

Smell: big coffee aroma right off the bat along with a toasty malt character. There's just a hint of toffee sweetness too, which I like. I feel like the coffee overwhelms the other character just a bit, but overall quite good.

Taste: much like the aroma, although the flavor lacks some of that nice toffee sweetness that was in the smell. Not bad, and certainly good if you like coffee beers, but a dash of that sweetness would be nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: a decent beer all around, but just a hint of caramel/toffee in the flavor would do wonders here.

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Photo of beergoot
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although listed as an oatmeal stout in BA, I'm not reviewing this as a stout, especially since the brewery itself doesn't designate as such. It would probably do better being listed as an American brown or black ale.

Very clear yet dark copper-colored body; foamy, thick, off-white head. Charred grain and coffee ground aroma; cigar ashes. Taste mirrors much of the aroma; bitter. Weak, watery body; dry.

No, this isn't a stout despite utilizing coffee and oatmeal in the brewing process. The coffee presence makes itself known pretty well, but the oatmeal is lost in the flavor and, especially, the body. This is a great idea that needs some work to make it truly unique. Enjoyable but flawed.

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Photo of 14erFan
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The coffee smell is just great as you prepare to taste it - really clear and bold. I know this is listed as an "oatmeal stout" but it is on the lighter side and the server called it an "ale". Great flavor, really easy to drink, coffee and oatmeal complement each other very nicely.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 4/4/15. Comes in a 12 ounce can from the Renegade Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a pint glass.

Brew pours a very dark amber in color with a thin beige cap. A good amount of lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts, caramel and light coffee notes. Pretty much is said for the taste with a light hint of spice in the mix also. Unlike some 'Coffee Stouts' this one isn't overpowered by the black coffee bitter taste. Really tasty and goes down easy. Really liked this one. Lighter to medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. A really good brew! Cheers!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A hazy, murky dark brown body holds up a cream colored cap. Large patches of foamy lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma: Spicy notes from hops and a little bit of sweetness from malts. A faint caramel sweetness, very weak watered-down coffee notes.

Taste: A sweet beginning with caramel coming to mind, then more of a blend of bitter coffee and spicy hop notes. The finish is bitter with coffee grounds and piny hops playing well together.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body.

Overall: A really weird beer. It looks like an amber ale, and the taste profile fits more of a brown ale description. I didn't experience as much coffee as I expected either.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 55 ratings