Mischievous Brown Ale
Helltown Brewing

Mischievous Brown AleMischievous Brown Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #13
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,987
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.39%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
106
From:
Helltown Brewing
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  29
SCORE
87
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
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 106 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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beergoot from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +1%
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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bigdeuce from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a tulip pint.

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

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

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

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, and creamy.

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

Dec 19, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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
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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Boto from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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dawgpound433 from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz glass at Brunzies bar at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Not much lacing. Beer has a distinct sweet taste to it like an English Brown Ale should. Goes down smooth with a neutral aftertaste. Enjoyable beer.

Feb 12, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft poured into shaker pint


A: deep caramel color can almost see through it but not quite not much head


S: Sugary, sweet toffee a little nutty a little roast


M:  fairly thin pretty standard for a brown ale but this almost seems watery


O: while a solid beer and one you can sit and session it really isn't mind boggling either, you want something lighter but with a pleasant but forgettable taste grab one. 

Nov 07, 2014
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium brown color with a light tan head and little lacing

S-roasted malt, light coffee, cocoa, earthy

T-roasted malt, cocoa, earthy, light coffee, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-very flavorful and easy drinking brown ale, could drink a lot of this

Jan 06, 2014
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sturdy mahogany color with a head that gushed over the glass and left little trace behind.

Toasty and malty sweet nose with a spritely hop presence. Toffee, molasses, and scorched earth with the flair of floral British hops. Light notes of chocolate and herbs. Smells great.

Bolstered by a strong elixiry malt base, Mischievous carries sweetness past bitter roast and earthy hops with cocoa notes and brown sugar. Still has that English toffee nuance that works well with the rest of the beer pushing drier flavors of grain, toast, and herbal bitterness. Floral hops are boosted, more so, than typical of an English Brown Ale. Tasty.

Low carbonation, but a good bit of body to it. Soft and giving.

A very good beer for the style. Appreciating this very much on a languid Saturday afternoon, over lunch.

Oct 15, 2013
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a chocolate brown with about a finger of head that dissipated quickly. There is a malty and bready nose – exactly what I might expect in a standard brown ale. The flavor is hearty with a mild and slightly sour bitterness on the finish. The light roasted malt character is pleasant and makes for a solid, but not exceptional brown ale.

Jul 07, 2013
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at the blue dog.
Came too me very much looking like a stout. Deepestbrown black with a tall mocha head dense and long lasting with plenty o' lacing.
Aroma was roasted malts fruits caramel sugars. Maybe some hops.
Taste was good. It was full bodied smooth and easy drinking. Lots of roasted goodness in there with hints of fruits and nuts.
My first from helltown and I'm happy to say not my last.

May 26, 2013
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GreenJetta912 from Pennsylvania

4.91/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a pint glass-Pours brown.... I was expecting that. half finger of head, not much lacing. appearance is normal for brown. slight red edges to the beers color.

Smell is toast. like a fresh honey wheat bagel in the toaster. brown sugar sweet, slight coffee note.

Taste: Wow, who knew a brown ale could taste this good? Extremely quaffable but with a shitload of flavor. At first its slightly toasty, a little brown sugary sweetness and then a lil' tiny roasted m alt starts talking to ya. I could have one of these for breakfast.

Finish is perfect. a little bit of coffee on a maltly sweet canvas. Leaves you begging for more. MMmmmm, get in my mouth.

Overall: I'm a hophead. Before I had this beer, I always told everybody I didn't like any example of the style. This is the only brown ale I've ever had that I actually enjoy. It's a tad more roasty than other examples and much more depth. It's Awesome in every way. Doesn't look all that impressive but who cares?

Mar 06, 2013
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Seaba from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darker than expected, very dark red held up to a light.

Smells a little roasty, malty, nutty. Certainly seems that an English yeast was used.

Tastes of caramel, minimal coffee, slight sweetness.

Lighter on the carbonation side, very drinkable/session-able. Very smooth

For a brown ale this is very good, would buy again.

Jan 09, 2013
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2x10 from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brown, with a small head that dissipated instantly. Grabbed this straight from the brewery garage from a growler straight into a tulip glass.

It was extremely fresh with a small amount of carbonation. Very drinkable with a toasted nut, caramel and light coffee flavor. The taste did not linger but the coffee essence continued throughout. This goes down way to fast and tastes too good! I could probably drink the whole growler (if I could stand-up). This could easily become one of my favorites, if the draft version at the local pubs tastes as good as this.

Nov 20, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was very happy to see this (the only obscure-enough beer on a quite extensive list) available while out at lunch.

Ah. So this is an English brown ale? Well then, that kicks it up a notch even further.

Even though this beer came out extremely cold - way, way too cold - it still was able to exhibit some very nice and smooth characteristics. Thankfully, it was an imperial pint, so I was able to try some of it at a more appropriate temperature. Great characteristics. Subtle and smooth and delicate. The only downside is that it was a bit thin and I certainly could have dealt with a longer lasting flavor profile. However, who cares. This is an excellent beer.

If this is indicative of what Helltown can do, then they are dead center on my radar from here on out.

Nov 06, 2012
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a ruby bronw hue with a light tan head, leaves behind tiny flecks. Poured at Piper's Pub at the perfect serving temp. Aroma has roasted malts with floral herbal hop presence, but mainly a nice caramelized sugar in the base malt. So far, an excellent representative for new craft breweries in Western PA. Flavor brings out malts with caramelized sugars blended well with a roasted nut character and herbal hop notes that collide beautifully. Best brown ale I've had in quite sometime definitely a winner. Motuhfeel is medium bodied with even carbonation slick hop oils nothing cloying easy drinking Helltown ales. Overall the type of beer I could drink in number excellent brown ale from Mt. Pleasant, PA.

Feb 05, 2012
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this brew. Rivertowne in Verona had this for a 3 dollar pour. Score!

A - What a nice shade of dark brown, a touch hazy. First pour resulted in no head but second had a nice creamy mocha colored one. As you swirled the glass carbonation is good enough to create one.

S - Slightly roasted nuts, mild bitter coffee's and sweet toffee or caramel in the nose.

T - Transitions the nose pretty well being more sweet than roasty. A nice blend of nuts, caramel, coffee, and overall brown malts make this a great brew.

M - Light to medium very drinkable.

Overall not sure of the ABV (see site) but this is a solid brown ale almost like Duck Rabbit's if not better. Creamy, nutty, sweet, and delicious. Couldn't get a better beer for 3 bucks.

Dec 02, 2011
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Helltown Mischievous Brown Ale

Pours a dark brown color, decent clarity, absolutely no head. Carbonation bubbles are noticeable. Smells of roasted, sweet malt. In the taste, there is a nice nutty maltyness. Well balanced, with a modest bitterness and little traces of hops. There are very pronounced roasted, caramel, brown sugar, nutty flavors. Pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. This is a good brew.

Oct 27, 2011
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OneDropSoup from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to see this newcomer on tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a shaker: Deep brown, approaching black, with deep ruby edges. Thin wisp of head across the top. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is just what I'm looking for in a brown: nutty, caramel, malty sweet but restrained. Curls up in the nose, not strong but deep & satisfying.

Taste falls right in line with the nose: caramel, nuts, a little cocoa, slight dark fruitiness, & some lightly roasted coffee. There's a sharpness around the edges that's slightly tart & very good.

Mouthfeel is active, a little on the sharp side. Very reminiscent of cola at first.

Overall pretty impressive. Very drinkable American brown, not a style I'm a huge fan of but this did quite right by me. One of the better local offerings I've had lately.

Aug 29, 2011
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to brown color with a small tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and somewhat fruity. In the taste, a caramel like roast and notes of fruitiness. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small sticky sweet caramel in the aftertaste. A nice brown, nothing to jump over a fence about, but not bad either.

Aug 06, 2011
Mischievous Brown Ale from Helltown Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 106 ratings