Rural Brewer | Phillips Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by biboergosum on 12-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of MilkLeg
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigBry
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

341 ml bottle, part of the Phillips Showcase Mixed 12 Pack, Freshest before Feb 7, 2016.
This beer pours clear, dark reddish brown, with a short foamy head. Good retention and lace lines.
It smells of roasted caramel malt, mild chocolate and coffee, also a bit nutty.
The taste has some caramel sweetness, slight cocoa, coffee, and earthy hops to finish.
The carbonation is smooth, the body is medium, slightly nutty and hop after taste.
A solid and flavorful brown ale.

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Photo of mistahmojoryan
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BcCraft710
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Long813
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZachT
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alew_os
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of adhallick
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Svingjo
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like it's name says it poured a nice dark brown colour with a quickly dissipating head that left thin floating islands. The nose was a caramel malt with a hint of coffee and hops. the taste was much the same with the hops barely coming through the maltiness

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Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Never seen this beer before but it came in the Snowcase mixed advent calendar. It is a simple Brown ale that hits the marks with mouth feel and the balance between hops and malt. Actually tastes a lot like Dr Funk with an ale base. The finish is not too sweet and the toasty caramel notes work well as expected from the style. It sits somewhere in between British and PNW in profile. Nice beer that hopefully is seen again.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle, day 17 of the Phillips Snowcase Calendar. Also available in a recent Showcase mixed pack, I believe.

This beer pours a crystal clear, dark red brick brown hue, with two fingers of softly foamy, somewhat silken, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some drooping tendril lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, an oily nuttiness, some further cereal graininess, dry cocoa, a hint of day-old coffee, and bitter leafy, weedy hops. The taste is biscuity caramel malt, a laid-back mocha cafe essence, some mild hard water flintiness, a touch of yeast, and earthy, grassy hops. Simple, but agreeable.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, but mostly just supportive and subtly fizzy, the body a decent medium wight, generally smooth, and ethereally creamy, of the air-infused sort. It finishes off-dry, the nutty malt, chocolate notes, and sedate hops still playing it out that way.

Like many things from this particular island, there's an American/English hybrid thing going on here - the hops are present, but restrained enough to let the biscuity malt shine on its own. Not sure what the name of this offering is referencing, but if you're a fan of brown ales, this one is worthy of a try, if you can overcome its difficulty to come by.

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Rural Brewer from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 13 ratings