Face Down Brown
Telluride Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #221
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,066
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 10.13%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
153
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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Reviews by pvibeer:
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A new(er) one to the metro area of Denver from the Western slope. This won a medal at GABF I think

While this beer isn't a flavor-bomb or contain some interesting combinations of hops, it is a solid brown. Simple yet robust enough to give it meaning.
An average pour, nice head, good lacing.

Aroma is nutty up front, a little tinge of pine. Baked caramel and toasted bread underneath.

Flavor is nut-forward, but it is not an overpowering taste. Some hints of leather and pine. Solid malt, but not overly sweet. A really great drinking brown. Would be nice to have on the slope.

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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 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 JMBSH
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mikehillman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of deanhead
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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 Budlum
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 largadeer
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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 n8opot8o
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 jds16
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from tap into imperial pint at Euclid hall Denver. Nice creamy head over a deep amber brown. Some nice roasted coffee malts and sweet chocolate aroma. Flavor of sweet chocolate but mainly roasted bitter malt. A bit over bitter but it plays nice with the sweetness. Its super dry...but overall a damn good brown. Would love on cask...

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Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of navin
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Face Down Brown from Telluride Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 153 ratings