Mischievous Brown Ale
Helltown Brewing

Mischievous Brown AleMischievous Brown Ale
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Helltown Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #16
Ranked #14,933
3.92 | pDev: 11.22%
Mar 19, 2022
Aug 06, 2011
Very Good
Mischievous Brown AleMischievous Brown Ale
Notes: This traditional Southern English style brown ale combines a generous amount of European malts with minimal American hops. The result is an award-winning rich, malty ale brewed true to style.

HOPS: Nugget
MALT: UK Pale Ale, German Munich, Chocolate, Crystal

11 IBU
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Photo of BFCarr
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BFCarr from New Jersey

A solid easy drinking English Brown. Smooth and malty with good mouthfeel.

Mar 19, 2022
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3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the can into a nonic(k) pint glass.

Burnt rusted dark brown and red. Looks slightly sludgey and hazy not terribly though, with just a bare hint of noticeable carbonation. Short head, but creamy, reaching two fingers and a very light colored khaki.

Good toasted aroma, even slightly hinting some crust and char. Bit of a hinting banana like estery note it seems which seems a bit of a surprise. Small touches of dark bread and malted caramel, with a faint hint of milk chocolate.

Palate seems to keep it simple. Light bodied but with a bit of mineral girth and hinting rich malt base for a supportive flavor. Touches spicy hop notes with a good milk chocolate touch of malt flavor in the mid palate. Faint very small banana in aftertaste which makes for a nice touch, but a real sense of rocky mineral flavors in the finish too.

Quite a nice simple easy drinking brown.

Mar 14, 2022
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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

Pours a dark amber leaning towards mahogany with a tan head.

Caramel nutty malt and whole grain bread with slightly fruity floral hops.

Taste follows nose with some spicy grain.

Mar 07, 2022
3.79 by curlybird from Pennsylvania on Nov 19, 2021
4.21 by George2744 from Pennsylvania on Aug 28, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

This begins by pouring two twelve ounce cans into a clear glass liter mug. Now, the dark caramel color of the ale is revealed. Dark, as almost stout dark it be. There's a tremendous amount of carbonation that, despite two deliberate pours, have contributed to an oversized biege head. Still the bubbles keep coming. As the head recedes, it leaves little glass lacing. The aroma is malty, but missing that heavily roasted character that accurately separates a brown ale from a stout. This is a very good brown ale. The malt, although not roasted to the point of becoming astringent, is the featured flavor. The hops are there only in a dose that you'd get from an American commercial lager. In other words, just enough for a marginal taste. Brown ales aren't supposed to be hop bombs, so this is true to the style. This has a good brown ale malt flavor without being too sweet. For all the malt, it does drink thinly, but not to a great detriment. Brown ales are a much neglected style, but this is good enough, although not great, to create more interest in the category.

Jun 14, 2021
4 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on May 29, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

12 oz. can (BB 7/15/21) poured into a pint glass with a dark brown (deep red in direct light) color, quickly fading cream colored head and minimal lacing. Smells of sweet malt, toffee, caramel. Taste follows aroma with a strong malt balance, also hints of nuts, plum, toffee. Medium body with good carbonation that finishes a tad sweet. Good example of an English Brown ale, very good for what it is.

May 08, 2021
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3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz can - best by date of 6/29/21

pours a dark chestnut brown color, cream colored head that fades to nothing. light gets through the edges of the glass. aroma is fairly mild - dark caramel, but not overly sweet smelling. taste is similar - dark malts - brown sugar, toffee but restrained flavor. not overly sweet. medium bodied, a little fizzy - could be smoother mouthfeel for the style.

Feb 25, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is dark amber, brown where its thick, head is very light tan with fine bubbles and dissipates to a thin top and ring on the glass with some lacing.

Smell is malt forward and very pleasant though maybe a touch light and sweet - toasted malt, light nuttiness, hint of cocoa, limited hop character.

Taste is similar - malt forward, toasted bread, light cocoa and nuttiness, then clean hops with hint of earthiness. Very nice easy drinking malt forward flavor.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, moderate sweetness, low bitterness.

Overall a good brown ale - great change of pace and nice find.

Feb 21, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

12 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Impervious dark brown color with a fluffy off-white head that had nice lacing.

S---Sweet, malty & nutty. A proper brown ale.

T---Follows the nose...nutty, brown sugar.

F---Light for a dark beer. Very well carbonated.

O---A damn fine brown ale. Not breaking anything new or exciting, but damn solid.

Jan 07, 2021
3.52 by BigMike from Pennsylvania on Dec 26, 2020
4.06 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania on Dec 09, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by beergoot from Colorado

Muddy reddish-brown body; somewhat fizzy head yet lasting. Very nice caramel and light toffee notes on the nose. Caramel and brown sugar taste; no real hop bitterness to speak of. medium body; a tad watery and fizzy; fine brown and dark malt warmth.

Overall, this beer tastes great. It comes across a bit over-carbonated but didn't gush out when opened. If the carbonation issue could be tweaked I think the appearance and mouthfeel would be greatly improved and add stronger appeal to a fine brown ale flavor.

Jul 17, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bigdeuce from Pennsylvania

Pours a nice clean almost clear brown with a nice craggy head. A bit of copper on the nose, slightly twingy. The taste is clean and smooth. Medium bodied and a nutty taste. Some slight chocolate, nuttiness, plums detected. Easy drinking for an anytime of the year brew.

Jun 24, 2020
4.25 by rickklein9 from Pennsylvania on Apr 08, 2020
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3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

Just OK for me, not bsd but nothing groundbreaking with this brown.

Mar 30, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

12 oz can poured into a tulip pint.

Mahogany brown. Excellent clarity. Light carbonation. Short head.

Caramelized brown sugar, toffee, molasses, and brown bread.

Brown breads, molasses, and caramelized brown sugar. Slight toffee and earthy roast.

Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy.

A perfectly balanced English Brown Ale, just swinging slightly to the sweet.

Dec 19, 2019
3.75 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Nov 10, 2019
4.1 by ovaltine from Indiana on Oct 25, 2019
3.43 by shreead from Pennsylvania on Sep 19, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Arrives a burnt caramel color with ruby highlights; the two finger head fades to a ringlet but leaves splashy lacing

Smell: Toasted Bread, chocolates and a hint of caramel

Taste: Toasted Bread and chocolate forward, with just a hint of caramel developing ; earthy, through the middle, with a relatively clean finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A mighty fine English Brown - don’t see this style brewed much these days, particularly with this level of care to make it interesting

Aug 20, 2019
3 by caahare from West Virginia on Aug 05, 2018
3.56 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Jul 10, 2018
4.59 by lovindahops from New York on Jun 21, 2018
3.88 by YinzBrew from Pennsylvania on May 13, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

Solid all-around Brown - good hop bite but not overwhelming, malt has a good bready / nutty quality to it, everything else is what you would expect but very drinkable

May 02, 2018
3.89 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on Apr 15, 2018
4.04 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania on Dec 12, 2017
4.25 by brutalist from Pennsylvania on Oct 29, 2017
Photo of jaimeee
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jaimeee from Pennsylvania

creamier than expected. dark color for a brown ale. like it!

Sep 04, 2017
Photo of Wilcox39
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Wilcox39 from Illinois

Wonderful nose that serves as a precursor to great nutty bourbon notes throughout start to finish. Effervescent almost club soda like feel.

Aug 11, 2017
4.16 by tuowl74a from Pennsylvania on Jun 09, 2017
3.73 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia on Oct 30, 2016
4.17 by DeutschesBier from Maryland on Sep 06, 2016
Photo of mjgpy3
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mjgpy3 from Pennsylvania

I've only had this on tap. They tend to have it at local joints even far out from Mt. Pleasant. Nice, brewery, nice beers.

Aug 07, 2016
5 by Irishman_Scott from Pennsylvania on Jun 07, 2016
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

On tap at the Back Porch Restaurant in Speers PA poured into a pint glass:

Look: Pours a very nice dark brown with about an inch of head with some lacing present.

Smell: Aroma of caramel, toffee, and nutty goodness. Also some roasted malts present.

Taste: Taste follows the nose for me on this one. Lots of caramel, toffee, nuts, and roasted malts. Maybe a hint of chocolate or cocoa as well. Very tasty brown ale!

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Very solid brown ale from Helltown! This is one of the better brown ales I have had and I am glad this is a local brew and can be obtained on a regular basis. These guys make great brews all around. If in the Pittsburgh PA area I recommend checking these guys out!

Jun 06, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Boto from Connecticut

Draught @ Tapped: This one pours an opaque dark brown color. There was about a finger of a tan head.Nice nose. Mainly malty and nutty. The taste is good. Malts, faint chocolate nuttiness. Nice.

May 14, 2016
3.77 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Mar 11, 2016
Mischievous Brown Ale from Helltown Brewing
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