Mischievous Brown Ale
Helltown Brewing

Mischievous Brown AleMischievous Brown Ale
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Helltown Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
English Brown Ale
Ranked #13
Ranked #14,769
3.93 | pDev: 10.94%
May 06, 2023
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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Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

May 06, 2023
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L - Poured dark root beer brown with a one finger tan fizzy head that dissipated to none quickly. No lacing.
S - Light chocolate malt
T - Rich malty taste with a hint of chocolate. No detectable hops.
F - Medium body, smooth with light carbonation.
O - Very nice. One of the better brown ales that I have had.
Feb 12, 2023
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this at the Walnut Grill in Wexford, PA poured from tap into a shaker pint. Clear dark brown color with good beige head decent lacing. Nice chocolate and toffee smell and taste. Earthy but pleasantly sweet. Nice brown ale.
Dec 24, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by flgimp from Pennsylvania

Dec 20, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by travelguy from Ohio

Aug 23, 2022
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Rated by BFCarr from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A solid easy drinking English Brown. Smooth and malty with good mouthfeel.
Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.79 by curlybird from Pennsylvania

Nov 19, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by George2744 from Pennsylvania

Aug 28, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

May 29, 2021
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Reviewed by RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
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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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.52 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Dec 26, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania

Dec 09, 2020
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by bigdeuce from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.25 by rickklein9 from Pennsylvania

Apr 08, 2020
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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Just OK for me, not bsd but nothing groundbreaking with this brown.
Mar 30, 2020
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Reviewed by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 3.75 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by ovaltine from Indiana

Oct 25, 2019
Rated: 3.43 by shreead from Michigan

Sep 19, 2019
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3 by caahare from West Virginia

Aug 05, 2018
Rated: 3.56 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Jul 10, 2018
Rated: 4.59 by lovindahops from New York

Jun 21, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by YinzBrew from Pennsylvania

May 13, 2018
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.89 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Apr 15, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania

Dec 12, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Oct 29, 2017
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Rated by jaimeee from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
creamier than expected. dark color for a brown ale. like it!
Sep 04, 2017
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Rated by Wilcox39 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.16 by tuowl74a from Pennsylvania

Jun 09, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Oct 30, 2016
Rated: 4.17 by DeutschesBier from Maryland

Sep 06, 2016
Mischievous Brown Ale from Helltown Brewing
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