American Brown | The Civil Life Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Civil Life Brewing Company
Missouri, United States
thecivillife.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of the coolest styles in the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) as its development came out of American Homebrewing! This is where our Brown comes from as well. We keep this beer riding a line between chocolate bitterness and coffee roast and support it with American Hops as well. Brown Beer is one of our favorite styles and has a lengthy history due to the fact that most malt kilning plants in ages past were using direct heat to roast and kiln. It was a lot harder to keep malt light in color back in the day, but we've got most of it down to a science now.

Added by DCon on 09-17-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,643
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
142
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
36
Trade:
0
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Photo of Machete824
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A strange booziness that I just didn't understand for a 4.8% beer. May revisit at some point, had it on draft and could be bad lines?

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dd53grif
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveFriday
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fatty_Mccracken
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beerucee
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bitterness in stead of sweetness in after treasure. Love it!

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Photo of andyjeigh
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heerboth
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours a medium brown with a bit of haze that is unexpected. The head is nice, lasts, and provides some lacing to counter.

Nose is between medium toasted bread and a light nuttiness. A longer whiff brings more nut and just a little yeast and/or hop bitter tang.

Heft is maybe just shy of medium, moth a decent boldness to the toasted malt. This plays the role it should in this beer. The beer has a woody bitterness which fits a brown ale, IMO. It’s strong enough to ensure it’s an American brown, though in some sips there’s a slight astringency in the end.

Classic American brown, IMO. Hits on the malt aspect and is damn close on the bitterness side.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to MastaaaGrillaaa for this brew, from NBS BIF#6

12 oz. Can
Canned On: 06/27/17

Pours a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee, vanilla, nice roasty/nuttyness. The taste is pretty nice, malty, pretty nice chocolate/toffee, some vanilla, pretty nice roast/nutty notes. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this one surprise me, very nice brew. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Nearly clear deep brown hue, love the lacing as it leaves a trail down the glass. Big toasted malt nose. Smooth within the medium body. With each sip its like my palate gets slapped with a loaf of toasted bread. Mild hopping is there to balance, suggestions of dried grass, grapenuts, chicory, cocao nibs, and mildly roasted grain in the finish. Such an amazing Brown Ale, loads of flavor and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of brocktune
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few pints of this on draft

Dark brown colored, cream colored head. Malty aroma - cocoa, bready, mild roast. Taste is fairly balanced, not overly sweet. Medium bodied.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breakingbland
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monty79_1997
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stlfatguy
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap locally. Very nice. The flavor pRofile is awesome. Smell of Vanilla bean, roast coffee hint, taste the same with add chocolate. Reminds me of a favored stout... Just thinner. Not usually a fan of Brown's. They often try to hard with chestnut taste and boarder on soap. This is something completely Different.

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Photo of Budlum
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wolverine0712
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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American Brown from The Civil Life Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 142 ratings