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
Ratings:
124
Reviews:
15
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of Texasfan549
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
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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Photo of kjkinsey
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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 VeganUndead
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JohnParadee
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crobinso
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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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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