Dirty Squirrel Hazelnut Brown | Phillips Brewing Company

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Dirty Squirrel Hazelnut BrownDirty Squirrel Hazelnut Brown
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Dirty Squirrel Hazelnut BrownDirty Squirrel Hazelnut Brown

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2006

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Photo of canucksBC
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. Squirrel! And a quite tweaked-out looking one at that.

This beer pours a clear dark golden brown hue, with two fingers of laid back foamy pale beige head, which leaves a weeping ring of lace around the glass as it settles. It smells damned good - lightly toasted hazelnut, sweet biscuity malt, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is nice and nutty, though less hazelnut, and more generic oily, with some soft bready, grainy malt, a bit of medium cocoa, and sedate earthy, weedy hops. The carbonation is quite low, the body just a tad on the thin side, but still smooth, and slick at moments. It finishes off-dry, the nuttiness, faint chocolate, and indistinct malt (not a bad thing here) not facing any serious bittering counterweight.

Make this a wee bit heavier, and I could drink this for the better part of the night. Yeah, it's not that complex, but it's a decent brown ale, the hazelnut is applied with a deft and reserved hand, and it goes down rather well. Recommended for those with even the shortest of attention spans...

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear deep cedar brown, thumb of tan head dissipated slowly and settled for a time at half a finger
S - very strong hazelnut aroma along with bready grain, and some earthiness
T - nutty but not as much as the aroma suggests, some sweet and earthy flavours, bready, with a light oily hop flavour on the distant finish
M - fairly light for a brown, some sticky sweetness with a mix of bready and light bitter
O - an enjoyable and slightly unique brown ale, although there is something just slightly artificial about it, never the less well worth a try and maybe even repeat purchases

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Nice name and labeling on this one....quite unique! The brew itself pours a clear, cola brown color, with a tinge of red hue throughout. The head is dense and caramel in color, and the retention is quite well, eventually settling into a thick cloud like layer over the beer. Lacing is good too, albeit modest to a degree....the carbonation appears to be somewhat lumbering but plentiful!

S- This has a heavy malty/nutty aroma about it with chocolate hints overall....brown sugar, molasses, toffee and slightly fruity vanilla pod....a very flavorful smelling brown ale!

T- Ok, the flavors follow the aromas quite well, and the nuttiness is actually quite smooth and creamy, rather than like the raw nuts that the smell more suggested. Rich and generally sweet in smell and heavy in the caramel tasting malts. The finish is just slightly bitter from the hops used, but it is very muted.....almost stout like1

M/O- This is medium bodied and velvety smooth carbonation, this is trending towards a dessert beer than a regular drinking brew. No alcohol burn, and highly drinkable....I recommend this one and think Phillips as always, did a great job on this one!

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Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear brown-amber with a finger of thick off-white head.

Smell. Toasty malts and sweet caramel, nuts and chocolate. Nice.

Taste. Wow, big nuts dipped in chocolate!! (yeah, I know) Some toasty grains and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Seriously nutty, yo.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a translucent dark brown hue, with a tight frothy light beige head.

Toasty and nutty notes on the nose, chocolate, coffee and hazelnut can also be discerned. Covers all the bases of an enticing Brown.

Sadly things tend to bottom out in the flavour. The taste is certainly clean, no doubt about that, but comes across as watered down. Mild toasty malt up front, dries out in the middle, with some chocolate sweetness popping up near the finish, some hazelnut, while a drier mocha character carries things into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, with a silky smooth texture, moderate carbonation.

No offensive flaws in this brown, but very mild and watered down in the flavour department, which also takes away from further enjoyment. When reaching for another from Phillips I'll stick to Amnesiac personally.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Gravelle. A deep brown pour has one finger of beige froth. Nose of nutty malts, milk chocolate, toffee, some vanilla, with a smidge of hops. Tastes quite sweet, of caramalized malts, very nutty, as per the style, lots of milk chocolate, earthy and bready. A bit of tinny hops towards the end. Very good overall. One of the best nut browns I've ever had. Thanks a lot Jon!

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Photo of Grunewald
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours clear burnt umber. The head is off-white and leaves some lace before disappearing all together.

S - as Graham5161986 mentioned, this smells exactly like a tootsie roll

T - slightly sour fruity malt followed by a tootsie roll finish

M - medium carbonation, medium-thin body and a neutral finish

D - if you like tootsie rolls and beer, get this

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Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown in colour, almost like a cola. Bubbles are visible. Creamy light beige head that remains after pouring. Slightly opaque.

Smell - Nuttiness is detectable, predominantly hazelnut and almond. Sweet toffee notes are also picked up on.

Taste - Hazelnut is very present in flavour, as is the sweetness of the almond and toffee. Slightly bitter towards the end, but it is quite mild. A little bit of piney taste in there as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with smooth creaminess from the bubbles. Very enjoyable.

Overall - Very nice brew from Phillips Brewing Company. Flavours are very well balanced, as is the sweetness to bitterness ratio. This is my first bottle of Phillips Brewing Company and I'm looking forward to sampling more of their brews in future. Nice beer for someone to try if they are wanting to slightly step out of familiar territory (especially if they like hazelnut flavour).

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Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip 20/11/11

A looks brown but has a ruby red glow when held to the light, thumbs width of cream colored head retains for a couple minuets leaving a partial ring followed by some patches

S nutty toffee with a little hops and milky chocolate, decent but a little faint

T has a Nuttella thing going for it with what I smell but just a little stronger but not better

M enters silky and almost too carbonated with it nearly turning to foam, flavors linger faintly

O decent but not mind blowing, I like a nutty ale but this one's a little too nutty

not the best beer I've had from the Phillips lineup but still nothing to be ashamed of, worth a try but I may not buy a second bomber, not with Hoperation Triple Cross being cheaper anyways

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with a fizzy off-white head that dissolves into a thin film the whole way down. As for the smell, two words: tootsie roll - it really smells like tootsie rolls! Lots of chocolate and some dark cherry flavours as well. Good carbonation, slightly creamy texture and a nice clean finish. Another nice beer from Phillips - I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boy this beer is really nutty in a good roasty way. I wish this was easy to find ( lack of rep in van area hurts) but it is well worth the effort buying. Very dark and malty with a big nutty nose this beer slows you down and makes you sip( It tastes bigger than the alcohol shows). A standout from Phillips stable,

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Photo of BDTyre
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this may be my new favourite Phillips. Nice deep brown colour with a thin, dense off white head.

Nutty, malt smell. Yes, you can definitely tell there are hazelnuts in here. Smells reminiscent of a Ferrero Rocher.

Strong hazelnut flavour, with a mild chocolate taste. Malty, with very little hops.

Good all around brew, and significantly better than some of Phillips' other beers. Good job! Glad to finally get ahold of one of these.

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Photo of jkurtz002
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to be incredibly fragrant and smooth, with a fairly strong hazelnut flavour. Not particularly heavy or bold, and would probably not be easy to drink more than one because of the powerful almost coffee like flavour. The hazelnut flavour and aroma isn't quite overpowering, but it's close.

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Photo of phys1028
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of MAB
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice dark colour, with a thin head.
S- Smells good. Nutty and a bith malty. Not much hop aroma that I could discern.
T- I really liked tis. Definitely nutty and kind of grainy. The sweetness balances out some of the nuttiness, and it really works.
M- A good level of carbonation and not too watery; a common complaint I have with brown ales.
O- between a 3.5 and a 4 for me, but I settled on 3.5.

Well worth a try, if you're at all interested.

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Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Dirty Squirrel Hazelnut Brown from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 17 ratings