Face Down Brown
Telluride Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #221
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,267
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 10.13%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
154
From:
Telluride Brewing Co.
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  14
Gots
  28
SCORE
86
Very Good
Face Down BrownFace Down Brown
Notes: A beautiful hybrid of an English and American style Brown that explodes with toffee, chocolate, and nut flavors… don’t be afraid to get down with the best Brown around!

This beer is one of our best, and the critics agree – a FOUR-time award winner, taking the Gold Medal in 2012 and 2014, and the Bronze Medal in 2016 at the Great American Beer Festival for “American Style Brown,” and also nabbing the Gold Award at the 2012 World Beer Cup!
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Photo of GarrettB
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

December 17th, 2015- Enjoyed at Perry's Pizzeria, I've been trying to find new styles to pair with pizza, especially a relatively clean pie like the one at Perry's. It comes fresh from the waitstaff with a notably pillowy head, and a light cocoa smell on the nose. Sawdust and a touch of chocolate malt poke through the crust of the foam, too, giving this a chalky aroma. The flavor stands out as solid and reliable, soft and velvety, and with a shaggy, malty goodness. The aftertaste is long and pronounced, with a bit of pine touch coming in as a surprise and final note on top of that roasted chocolate that this ale puts off so clearly.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Looks the part. Pours a dark brown ale with a pleasant frothy head visible.
S- Toasted malt, that brings about a mocha aroma. Very nice.
T- As expected, a bitter hop presence followed by a mocha/chocolate toasted nut finish. Very nice.
F- Medium bodied beer. As expected.
O- Not the biggest brown ale fan, but this one holds true to the style and brings more to the table than most. This beer scores what it is because it is what the style is and more. Again, I usually do not like this style, but for what it is... Well done.

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Photo of KLHBB
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown, ruby highlights, small head with sticky lacing. Smells of dark toast, caramel. Tastes also of nuts, a hop kick but well balanced. Full bodied mouthfeel just shy of creamy. I like it a lot!

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

This was a very good brown ale, and even though I'm not a big brown guy, I'd drink this one again. It's weird, because I really like most porters, and this one tastes a lot like a porter. Maybe that's why I liked it more than most browns I've had. Anyway, you get the strong toffee notes right away, and the chocolate and nut flavors come later, as do the hops. A bit of malt balances this out nicely, so you don't get overwhelmed by any one flavor. Nice work here.

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

12 oz. Can

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, nutty. The taste is malty, nutty. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Reddish dark amber when held up to the light. A thin off white head that quickly settles to a ring that sticks to the glass.

Smell - darker malt aromas are subtle but dominant with little hop presence.

Taste - toasted malt flavors are finely balance by hops. Finishes pleasantly dry with a great caramel aftertaste that lingers.

MF - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall - Very easy drinking brown.

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Photo of Flocculate_It
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(L): Brilliantly clear, amber/brown, low off-white head that quickly fades to just a collar in the glass.
(S): Sweet caramel and toffee with some light dark chocolate/roast over a bready and toasty base. Low citrus hop aroma.
(T): The caramel/toffee quickly gives way to roast and hop bitterness. Smooth bitterness. Hop flavor is resin and grapefruit that lingers.
(F): Medium-Low carbonation with a slightly thin body.
(O): A solid hybrid Brown with an English malt bill and American hops. The complexity of the aroma gets a little lost in the flavor with the hops taking center stage. Overall a good American Brown with a complex tasting malt bill, moderate bitterness and American hop aroma and flavor.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.
Appearance- a lighter shade of brown, though hazy and clearly unfiltered. Mild carbonation and a thin beige head. Lacing is decent, considering the thin head.
Smell - pleasing combination of chocolate, toffee, caramel and hazelnut!
Taste - flavor profile is far more English than American with an almost overpowering malt core that masks some of the sweetness from the flavors present in the nose.
Feel - a slightly watered down feel at first sip, but the body fills out as you drink and finishes off with a touch of bitter and dry.
Overall - surprisingly this is the first time I've tried this, considering it is fairly readily available here in CO. Once I saw it won another gold at GABF, I had to try. In all fairness, brown ale's aren't my style, so I'm harsh with my taste score. Perhaps I should pack one in the backpack during ski season for a chair beer and my opinion might change?!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Drevis.
A nice toasty/roasty malt character. Rounded off with the pale malt. Really malt forward. Only a touch of sweetness.
Nice brown color and and tan somewhat sticky head.
Well balanced flavors, but I 'd say a touch thin. Again malt forward holding similar features of the aroma. Again not that sweet and it is really cut by the grassy hop flavors that that slowly morph into the smooth and lingering bitterness.
A nice enjoyable brown ale. Hops largely in the middle to finish of taste.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Berkshire restaurant in Denver. Very dark walnut color. Burnt gran smell. Toffee smell. Toasted grains, some toffee. Kiss of medicinal hops, almost cough syrup like. We'll carbonated. Great brown ale. Would have again

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Photo of mpk_tx
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Admittedly not a huge fan of browns, but this has got to be almost as good as it gets for the style. Silky smooth, chocolately malt all the way through. Wonderful winter beer, even if you don't normally seek out browns.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Finger of off white head dissipates relatively quickly. Beautiful deep dark brown in color. Barely any light gets through this one.

Smell: Dark chocolate, freshly percolated coffee, some other roasty malts. Smells to me what a cabin deep in the woods smells like.

Taste: Super roasty toasty coffee and toffee. Nice chocolaty sweetness. A little nutty.

Feel: Its a little creamy but still feels a little thin to me. Roast really lingers in the back of the throat.

Overall: I love this beer. It really reminds me of camping, where everything is dirty and or burnt. I'm also really not great at camping.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is dark brown with a red hint and a bubbly tan head. Nose is heavy roast with coffee notes. Taste is similar, lots of roast and coffee, a bit acrid and coffee bitterness. Lighter body, a bit empty with soft carbonation. Simple and singularly roasted.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a fingernail of khaki colored head. Brussels lacing. Enticing aroma of caramel, chocolate, and dark malt greets me. There's plenty more chocolate and caramel with a toffe like finish packed in with each sip. The mouth is creamy and rather chewy. This is a real treat.

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Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome amber-brown color in the Ciney snifter. Lots of foam and lacing along the glass. Mouthfeel is appealingly sudsy while light and gulpable. Great aroma of chestnuts and spice cake.

The nutty roasted flavor is more robust than you usually get in these Brown Ales. Rather sweet, but it goes along with the warm malt and java taste. Some hoppy bitterness provides the balance along with a dark grainy flavor. A great example of the more mellow style of Brown Ale. Some butterscotch taste along with toasted filberts. Just a touch of bitter coffee.

Totally drinkable in a sweet and malty way. This is what a Brown Ale should be. From the 12 oz can purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Vine Street Pub. Dark brown, good head, served in a pint glass. Aroma was slightly malty. Flavor was a pretty good brown, malty, slightly rich, super easy to drink. I'm not a huge fan of browns but this one hit the spot. I'd probably order another on tap.

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Photo of TwoLips
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Caramel cola-brown with a nice creamy head.

Aroma: Sweet bready malts, nutty, sweet yeast.

Taste: Autumnul, sweet but not overwhelmingly so. Breakfast coffee with a nutty chocolate bar and a tad toffee too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: One of the most delicious brown ales ever. This is a fall fever type of I love coffee and beer and sweaters and liquid slightyly sweet nutty yum. With a lowish ABV you can drink a few of these, and I have!

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Photo of beergoot
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cola brown body with a thick, lasting head; decent lacing and rings of foam cling to the glass. Charred, roasted grain aroma; nearly hidden spicy hops; wood and earth. Taste mimics the aroma with added, light hop bitterness; some cocoa notes. Medium body; creamy and smooth feel.

A very tasty malt-centric ale, rich in caramel and toffee malt flavors, deftly offset with a mild yet crucial hop bitterness for balance. Very appealing.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Small light brown head settles to a quarter inch froth above a clear dark brown to black colored beer.

Very light dark roasted malts aroma that seems to have a light sweetness to it.

Vary dark roasted malts with some dark chocolates in a the taste.

Dry aftertaste with quite a bit of the dark malts taste remaining behind with this medium to full bodied beer.

Pretty taste brown ale, I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: The muddiest, murkiest brown color. A cream colored head that retains well. Light rings of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet bready malts, nutty, chocolate fudge.

Taste: Sweet bread, toffee-like sweetness. Nuts and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Mefium bodied.

Overall: One of my favorite brown ales so far, really complex.

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Photo of birchstick
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a caramel, chestnut brown color with a small white head that leaves some lacing down the side of the glass

S - nose is toffee, light chocolate and coffee

T - taste starts off with sweet caramel malts, which takes on more chocolate notes as it moves down the palate. A nutty caramel flavor comes in on the backend and finishes it off. Very nice flavor profile...might be the best ABA I have ever tasted.

M - a little light bodied, but complements the style

D - awesome American Brown Ale in my glass here. Very rich without being fatiguing, complex, yet well balanced and subtle. Really enjoyed it and will look for this again!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am currently in Denver, touching base, but not much more, with The Old Lady aka Ma Petite Abeille and the preponderance of CANned craft beer is astounding! It is enough to send The CANQuest (TM) into overdrive, but the problem is a lack of singles and I CANnot lug that many beers around, so a CANundrum arose. Fortunately, I am an old school pen & ink type of guy and if I CAN drink and review it at the bar, then so be it, geekery be damned!

Fresh Craft on Blake Street became my source for three such CANs, so this is transcribed from notes dtd Tuesday, 30 July 2013.

From the CAN: "Brewed High - 8750'"; "A beautiful hybrid of English and Ameri[CAN] Brown Ale that explodes with aromas of toffee, chocolate, and nut balanced hop forward with German Noble and big Ameri[CAN] aroma hops ... don't be afraid to et down with the best Brown around! Cheers, Chris Fish, Brewmaster/Co-Owner"; "Snow Melt, Malted Barley, Ameri[CAN] & German Hops, Yeast"; "GABF Gold Medal 2012 Aeri[CAN]-Style Brown Ale."

My server made the initial pour, so I was only a party to the Crack & Glug, rather than being directly involved. He produced a finger of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with limited light penetration only at the edges. Nose was rich, chocolaty, slightly smoky. Ooh. Mouthfeel was medium with a taste like liquified Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate. A slight bitterness cut through the intense smoky charcoal taste. Wow! Finish was very chocolaty with an interesting lingering smokiness. I wish that the mouthfeel had been a bit creamier, but that was my only ding on this beer.

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Photo of Dmart1223
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn good brown ale. It brings a sense of fall to the middle of summer.

Face Down pours a dark brown with a hint of ruby, with an excellent semi-lumpy tan head. Does it stick around? Well enough, and the lacing absolutely coats the glass.

This might sound strange, but I think it smells like a gourmet version of Sugar Smacks cereal. It has the nutty roast malt, the sweet chocolate and a whiff of buttery toffee.

But the kicker for me is that this beer really isn't my style, but I like it anyways. It hits right up front with a strong roastiness, and continues to deliver it through a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. There's a hint of sweetness and just enough bitter to balance it, accentuated at the end with a touch of hops.

It's bold and balanced -- very good overall, and perfect for sessioning.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours brown with a medium frothy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is nice roasty chocolate malts.

The flavor is roasty chocolate malts, nuts and some brown sugar. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid brown which is not my favorite style. I remember liking it a bit better on tap.

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Photo of BlackHoleBrew42
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its better than good. Its gooder. Best brown ale I've ever had. Find it. Elegant, hoppy, smooth, delicious, sessionable like no other, pairs amazingly with everything from dessert to steak to cheese to sitting on the porch with a guitar. A clean and magnificent example of the Colorado Craft beer scene and an homage to just how important water is in the brewing process.

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Face Down Brown from Telluride Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 154 ratings