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:
#8,259
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
141
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
36
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0
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Photo of Tafyob41
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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 crobinso
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PHBoiler
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of tourdot
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gibgink
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received 5 oz pour. Pours a light brown with a little light coming through around the edges. Coffee and bitter chocolate notes on the nose. Packs so much flavor for a beer being under 5%. Good, roasted malt and bitter chocolate flavors with a slightly hoppy finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
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 ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bmf5581
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of frothy_80
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DraughtJunkie82
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Burgieburg
4.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MissGreen1987
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong coffe taste, high carbonation feel and smell

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Photo of aratcliffe
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bconsidine
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bnes09
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of davidanastas
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joe_sf
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Brown from The Civil Life Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 141 ratings