The Brown Note | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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BA SCORE
3.77/5
Very Good
434 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:
#22,552
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
434
pDev:
10.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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12
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Ratings: 434 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of Wizzle32
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wheels2532
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sir_Goatman
2.54/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jakecattleco
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into a nonic pint. Love the disgusting logo.

L: Pours partially translucent chocolate brown with 2 fingers of variable density khaki head with good retention and left some spotted lacing.

S: Mostly malt, lots of roasted and chocolate malts, perhaps some subtle caramel malt undertones.

T: Follows the nose but not overly dynamic. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and clears the palate quickly.

F: Thinner bodied with moderate carbonation, incredibly smooth and easy drinking.

O: I enjoyed the beer and the logo. It's a solid brown ale, when they're becoming harder and harder to find.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Clocker
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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 rangerred
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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 toscanoigor
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beernoobie
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

**
05/27/2017

Can to snifter, memorial weekend picnic.

LOOK: dark walnut brown, small beige head, fades.
AROMA: barley, oats, wet sidewalk.
TASTE: mostly mild barley, touch of grape/wine.
FEEL: medium carbonation. Medium body.

Ok, but nothing special. I do love the reference from "The League".
**

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Antg8989
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is toasty. Taste is sort of coffee-ish. Feel is medium bodied and medium carbonated. Overall, I wouldn't say "there's no longer any reason to drink another brown ale", except that nothing about this style has really excited me thus far.

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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 EMV
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip. Hilarious artwork... rather disgusting

L: Clear dark brown pour. 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Solid lacing.

S: Toasty malts and earthy. Faint toffee and coffee.

T/F: Follows the nose... flavors are mellow, toasted malts and grains give a bit of sweetness... a bit nutty/earthy. Very mild hops for bittering at the finish. Body is medium to thin. Decently carbonated. Clean finish and a bit roasty on the aftertaste.

O: Reasonably good English Brown ale... the most exceptional characteristic is probably the ridiculous artwork. Easily drinkable... but honestly not all that memorable. Very inoffensive.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kitschiguy
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pour from the 500ml can produced a nice fluffy off-white head. Some retention and lacing.

Nice deep malty aromas but nothing too distinctive - ok

Palate is well-rounded and balanced but nothing sticks out.

Mouth is quite nice.

Quite enjoyable - pretty good for the style.

Can design is straight-up retarded.

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Photo of wolverine0712
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leantom
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's a very enjoyable beer, minus the can's vulgar design art. Here goes:

A: Lovely color, but needs more in the way of head retention time and lacing. Beautiful, clear brown with an alright head. Little to no lacing, though. Still, very lovely color.

S: Very, very light. Couldn't really smell too much - maybe some toffee notes, but these are really faint.

T: Taste is very good. Mild hope bitterness succeeded by toffee, nuts, and caramel at the back of the palate - a very balanced brown ale. I would definitely have this again. It's quite enjoyable.

F: Nice and light; great to drink it you want to just kick back and relax.

O: Nice beer. Very little discernable scents, but the taste and mouthfeel make it very enjoyable.

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Photo of papposilenus
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 16oz can, date-stamped 22 12 17 which I guess means it's just over two months old. Purchased unrefrigerated at Spirit Haus in Amherst, MA. Served in a nonic.

Pours thinly, the colour of a strong cup of tea, with a three-finger head of soft, poufy foam. Retention is very good, leaving lots of loose, spotty lacing.

The nose is relatively uncomplicated, pretty much just roasted maltiness. A little floral, a little bit of leather.

Tastes of sweet roasted malt, cinnamon and leather, orange peel and ashtray. Starts with dry bitterness but finishes with sweet malt syrup tackiness.

Feel is medium-light bodied and slick, aggressively carbonated. Mouth-coating soapiness.

Overall, thin bodied for the style and not a heck of a lot of character. Not awful?

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Photo of AngusOg
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Brown Note from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 434 ratings