American Brown | The Civil Life Brewing Company

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American BrownAmerican Brown

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

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

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Burgieburg
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Cih26d
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gary63
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of wolverine0712
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Roast House. Surprisingly good. Good roast in the aroma, very tasty malt with some roast, very smooth and lip smacking. Rolled through a pint. Excellent brown.

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Photo of DCon
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Civil Life Brewing Company in St. Louis, MO for $5 (@ their 1st "Soft Opening"). Tapped from the line w/o a tap handle on it yet (too soon to have their tap handle branding), into a 16oz German Seidel Glass.

Aroma- Very clean with tons of malt and coffee in the nose. Has also a ton of toastiness and is very robust. Perfect!

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, off white head that has good retention. Is an extremely dark brown color body that is clear. Leaves TONS of lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Has a high malty sweetness and roasty character from the beginning of the drink that lasts all the way through! Tons of coffee seem to be added into this one. Medium-High bitterness and can't get any better than this taste!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied (could use a bit more body), Medium Carbonation, Bitter all the way through, and has a small warming finish that makes the palate think its an 8% abv beer or higher.

Overall Impression- This American Brown is going to be giving all of the rest of the browns a run for their money! Very strong, malty, and filled with tons of coffee. Will be coming back to Civil Life to be getting a growler of this! While this brings back my liking to the American Brown style, I'm certainly going to be promoting this one from here on out!

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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.32/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

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4.27/5  rDev +6%
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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4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really tasty. Balanced chocolate, roast, & light hoppiness. Looks good in the glass with a nice tan head with good lacing. Smell is roasty and coffee forward.

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4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

seemingly their most popular beer here, and for good reason, its one of the better brown ales ive had in a long time, nearly flawless with the execution and just a great recipe. brewed on the easier drinking side of the brown ale spectrum, a deep mahogany color with over an inch of white lace head on it, pretty in the dimpled mug they serve it in at the brewery. it smells a little sweet, not overly hoppy for something deemed to be american, and with a little more yeast character than i am used to in this particular type of brown ale. great chocolate and ruby type malt presence here, this is rich and flavorful without being overly roasty or bitter from darker malts. very very smooth beer, odd in such a light bodied brown, but this has a mellowness to it like no other, just carbonated enough, rounded edges, great balance of flavor and feel. nutty for a minute, like almond flour or something, its earthy and dry, impressively layered for avoiding the darker grains. overall a really splendid brown ale, sort of between american and english in style, despite the name, and one of the best beers they make at civil life. not to be missed!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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American Brown from The Civil Life Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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