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:
#5,663
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
138
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of kjkinsey
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Broadway Brewery in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a one-finger, tan head of long-lasting foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very nutty with some mild floral notes.

T - It tasted very nutty with toffee, caramel and some mild chocolate. Subtle hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is another tasty brew from The Civil Life. Looking forward to more beer from these guys.

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Photo of Boone757
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong pale malt, hint of dry hop, and a hint of toffee. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, strong sweet malt, slight pale malt, toffee, and a hint of dry hop. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma and body, but the blend is too sweet (almost cloying).

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Photo of Wasatch
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black in color. Can't see through it in the glass. Nutty. Malty. Hints of vanilla and grain. Light bodied. This is a nice brown ale, but it's still a brown ale, albeit a very good iteration.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev -2%
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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American Brown from The Civil Life Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 138 ratings