The Brown Note | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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3.77/5
Very Good
438 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
atgbrewery.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The brown ale to end all brown ales. Enjoy it, because there is no longer any reason to drink another. You’ve reached the pinnacle. A healthy blend of traditional British malts give this popular style a semi-sweet, biscuity, slightly roasted flavor. Oats thicken the mouthfeel, and a handful of specialty malts add complex chocolate, toffee, and caramel notes. The hops are mostly traditional, earthy British hops, but we cocked it up a bit with some Cascade late in the boil just to show those snooty Brits that we don’t approve of that Constitutional Monarchy crap.

Added by mrfrancis on 04-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,988
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
438
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
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13
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Ratings: 438 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of SaltofOH
4.9/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can, dated 1-15-18, I believe. Nonic pint.

A: pours a medium brown, barely translucent, with a thick and foamy two-finger head and highly active visible carbonation. That head lasted to the end of the glass. A giant sheet of lacing on the opposite side of the glass.

S: I can tell this is still too cold, but even with that I can smell loads of chocolate, nutty, goodness. There is a strong dose of Englishness to this; can’t chalk it up to yeast, so it must be the fuggles. This smells exactly right for an American take on an English nut brown. Perfect, did you hear me?

T: chocolate, Colombian coffee, bready middle, dry, earthy, woody hop finish. Not sweet. This is outstanding.

M: lightest possible end of midweight. Fluffy ale texture. Pretty clean finish, actually. Dare I say, a refreshing brown ale?

O: maybe I was just in the mood for a brown ale, but it is one of my favorite styles, and although there are lots, I think there are only three or four really good ones, and this is one of them. An absolute must try for lovers of brown ales or English-style beers. I’d love to do a side to side with Samuel Smith’s - it is that good. Low ABV and big cans mean this would be a great one for fall tailgating. Will buy again as soon as I can. My only detraction is the tasteless can art. Apart from that, this really is the epitome of what I look for in a brown ale.

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Photo of caitlinw94
4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nage37
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

four and three-fourths out of five

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Photo of Jasonchair
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of ta_hagen
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of porters4life
4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of seanzig
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This brown has perfect balance. Rich yet still soft and goes down easy

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Photo of AB71
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This (per the label) is actually an American Brown Ale. A vastly unrepresented style. Great beer, albeit a bit too pricey.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JustinPStewart
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Brown Note - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse. Poured from the bottle into a nonic tumbler, this brew's head is two fingers thick with lateral lacing, and a dark brown transparent body.

I smell nicely toasted malts and heartier grains.

Tastes like a nice balance of the roasted malts, to where the caramel taste is just on point here. Not too heavy on the senses, right on the money.

Mouthfeel here is smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll give The Brown Note - Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse a 4.5

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Photo of merock1402
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BoomKentucky
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ordybill
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. The appearance is a light brown color with reddish highlights. The head is small and white. The aroma is malt and coffee. The flavor is coffee and a yeasty dough. This is an excellent beer and the bottle art is a riot. The cap is all black

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Photo of cmsfish
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AngryDutchman
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - drank it out of the can, which is horrific.

Smell - sweet, malty. Very promising...

Taste - really great, smoky-malty, not too hoppy, not overly sweet. Balanced and that isn't always the case with brown ales. No fruitiness, just very clean.

Feel - pleases my tongue. Not overly carbonated, which I prefer.

Overall - I would definitely seek this out again. Cudos to Kif for picking this for the variety case. Just keep the ugly side of the can turned away and you'll be fine.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic Brown Ale. Really drinkable all around.

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Photo of Leever73
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of firkingroovin
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DangerDawg
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigWhale
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, nice nuttyness, roasty. The taste is really nice, malty, roasty, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is my first from this brewery, and it surprised me, very nice brew.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours a chestnut hue of brown with three fingers worth of head. The aroma is nutty and with notes of freshly ground coffee. There many be some notes of fecal matter but that's probably because I'm staring at the label. The taste is bready upfront with some lingering sweetness and a nice bitter finish. Medium body and a barely noticeable carbonation. This is a truly amazing brown ale.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Chestnuts. Rocky tan head.

S: Brown shuga, cinnamon. Very sweet. Toffee. Sugar roasted pecans and apples.

M: Med-High carb. Dry finish, med body.

T: Roast malts. Burnt caramel. Tart cranberry and espresso.

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The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 438 ratings