Drift Line | Kane Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by xnicknj on 11-26-2011

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 107
Photo of devinoconnor
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My least favorite beer from Kane thus far, and somewhat disappointed to be honest. After absolutely falling in love with their Head High IPA, the Drift Life Brown Ale didn't live up to my hopes/expectations.

Pours dark brown color with ample tan head. Lots of malts, chocolate roasted aroma on the nose.

Taste is coffee, caramel with little citrus from the hops. My problem is that the flavors are light, and weak. Body is too thin and overall it's a very boring ale.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from growler into tulip glass

Pours a chestnut brown color with some brighter reddish hues. Thinner tanned head fades out into some spotty lacing with wispy film on top.

Nice roasty, nutty malt character in the nose. Oatmeal with bread crust and light sweetness from dark chocolate.

Nutty and bready up front with a light sweetness. Chocolate and caramel with a decent oatmeal maltiness. Medium backbone, not overly sweet. Finishes a little dry.

Medium body, decent carbonation, pretty smooth and easy on the palate. Another nice beer from Kane - I'm excited to see what's next.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a growler from the brewery.

Drift Line pours a stout like black with only ruby red highlights at the edge of my glass. The mocha colored head shows nice retention. Smells of subdued roast with a touch of chocolate. Faint herbal hop scent.

Nice smooth mouthfeel from the oats. Begins with a chocolate and slightly sweet flavor that gives way to a moderate level of roast and slight hop bitterness. Well balanced brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From 11/16/13

a - Pours a black color with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, toasted malts, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate. Light cream as well. Very nice nose; a decent amount going on and everything smells great.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, burnt malts, toasted malts, and light bitter coffee. A step down from the nose, some bitter notes throughout the taste.

m - Thin, light body and low to moderate carbonation. No heat and easy to drink, but too think for a stout.

o - Overall a decent brown ale. Not my favorite Kane offering but a solid brown ale that could be good for people new to craft beer.

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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Shepherd and the Knucklehead Pub in Haledon, NJ

Looked auburn with about a half inch tan head. Smelled nice and malty, with hints of coffee and chocolate. The taste was about the same but the hops came through a bit more on the palette than on the nose. The mouthfeel was pretty thin... the only letdown for an otherwise stellar beer.

Overall this is a solid offering from a really consistent brewery. Happy to have these guys representing the NJ craft beer scene. I hope they'll get their beers distributed to areas outside of NJ really soon.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Office in Summit. Pours a deep, dark, mahogany hue with moderate frothing. Nut brown aroma with chocolate and espresso nuances. Light and drinkable.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice brown color, good head, leaves lacing

Smell: Dominated by roasted malts

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Pretty good, but this is a bit more like a stout. Not the most balanced flavor wise, drift wood (BA version of this) is much better and more balanced

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Photo of bs870621345
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap a few times now, about time for a review.

Pours a deep brown Color with a mocha head and nice lacing.

Smells of oats, chocolate, caramel, and hints of earthy hops.

Taste follows smell, really no progression. Nice sweetness with a clean dry finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy although it seems slightly too prickly on the carbonation.

Overall, it's good. I'm really enjoying the new New Jersey brews

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Photo of q33jeff
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
samsmith33 (727) - - SEP 24, 2015
On tap at blend. Smooth smooth beer. Dark black pour. Very black for a brown ale. Creamy off white head. Taste is Very Malty. I get brown rice, brown bread.

Very Nice.

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Photo of Act25
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Could be my top brown ale. On tap at the Annex in Asbury Park. Great taps here. Fast burgers, able to get a table.

A Pours like a stout, with a 1 finger tan head, but not enough lace or retention. Ruby highlights in the pitch brown body.

S: Nutty, with breakfast highlights: coffee, malt, cereal, nuts, prunes. Porridge.

T: Roasted malts along with a nutty cream overtone. Some sweet coffee. Roasty nuttiness, with cocoa dust.

F: Medium bodied and carbonation. Pretty creamy and chewy. A roasty nut bar of a beer. Fresh.

O: As good as any Brown Ale including Smutty Nose.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased 9/17/16 at brewery. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Good light tan 3f head with long retention, lacing, ring, cap. Beer is a very dark brown.

S: Coffee and roasted malts mostly. Maybe some cocoa.

T: Roasted malts dominate. Some coffee. Unsweetened cocoa. Bitter chocolate. Roasty nuttiness, for lack of a better term.

O: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation. Pretty chewy, if that makes any sense. Good construction.

O: This is the brown ale we've been waiting for, I think.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at George street alehouse in new Brunswick. Arrives in a pint glass with a finger of foam. Rings of lace coat the glass as I drink.

Aroma is fairly mild but you do get a whiff of citrus hops and pale roasted malt. Flavor is a nice malty brown sweetness with a moderate dose of happy flavor and bitterness. This is nicely balanced with the hops breaking through to announce this is an American style brown. Awesome smooth creamy mouth feel.

Kane is consistently putting out great beers and this is no exception. Maybe a touch more mild than other offerings, but a flawless representation of the style.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body, reddish highlights, topped by a creamy tan head. Dense but not thick lacing.

Cafe au lait aroma is highly inviting.

Taste has good chocolate, milk, with maybe some dark mixed in. Coffee follows, with a little cream in it. Oatmeal rolls in next. Finally an earthy hop overlay before all the flavors melt together in the afterglow.

Smooth and light mouthfeel, not heavy, but no holes or prickliness either.

The oatmeal is a really nice touch, raising this brown ale up a notch.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a growler at the Brewery yesterday and can't say enough good things about this brew and Kane in general. Pours dark black with hints of red. Nice foamy head and wonderful aroma. Extremely complex flavor that's go's on forever. I will be visiting Kane more often going forward. Outstanding brew. Jersey is about to become a go to in our craft beer world.

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Drift Line from Kane Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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