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Brown AleBrown Ale

Brewed by:
Saw Works Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by firkinhophead on 10-09-2012

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 50
Photo of MacMalt
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into pint glass. It pours a cola color with a thin, ecru-colored head and lacing. It smells of bready malt, nuts, and a whiff of chocolate. Unfortunately, all of the aromas were subdued. The taste largely followed the nose with nuts and bready malt. The chocolate was fairly noticeable. It finished with a rather unpleasant sourness. This ale is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and with an ABV of 5.8% it is very easy to drink. In fairness, there was no date on the can and it may have been beyond its proper drinking life but it is not a distinguished Brown Ale.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks the part of a light bodied brown ale, big bubbled off-white head that dissipated a bit too quickly. Has small particles floating around. Smells complex, nutty and of toffee/caramel. Tastes strong of a wide range of anything you'd think possible in a brown ale. A lot of caramel and a hint of oak taste. Not much in the form of hops flavor, I'd probably say they are Earthy and Woody. Nice mouth-feel, not too thick like many brown ales. Overall Tastes pretty good, gets better as you drink down the glass.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As the hunt for experimentation, uniqueness and intrigue often leads brewers astray, its easy to forget classic styles. But in the hands of Saw Works, the brown ale is alive and well.

Dark brown and firmly headed with a creamy, mid-statured crown, the lightly hazed beer casts a host of robust aromatics. Chocolate, nuttiness, coffee and caramel give the scent a rich and savory perfume. Its taste is sweet with bold caramel, light toffee, toast, chocolate milk, roasted peanut and fresh columbian coffee.

Across the palate, the robust sweet and toasted character begins to favor a drier, drinkable path as the moderate carbonation carries away a bulk of sweetness and allows the mild char of toast, peanut skin, coffee ground and cocoa to become earthy and mildly spicy. As estery apple and slight butterscotch linger onward, the final taste is one of candied apple.

Medium-full and creamy, the lush and velvety upstart is met with a light thinness that precedes any dryness and exposes a dull albeit brief cola-like taste before the broad and woodsy bitterness of hops close the session with earth, herb and pepper.

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Photo of Prager62
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Alamo Steakhouse in Gatlinburg served in a nonic pint glass.

Look- A cola brown color with a small amount of light tan foam.

Smell- A nutty/sweet mix of chocolate cake batter, faint coffee, cashews.

Taste- Nutty up front with walnuts and cashews. A malted milk flavor follows along with slight coffee and floral notes.

Feel- Light, creamy smooth and easy drinking.

Overall- Nothing special but worth a try if you're in the area. The creamy malted milk nutty taste paired perfectly with the filet mignon.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The gold standard of London-style brown ales!!! A perfect brown, maybe just a hair darker than a nut brown with a nice light tan head that laces nicely. The malt and hops both come through nicely in the smell with undertones of hay and apples. The taste is just perfectly balanced where neither the malt sweetness or hops bitterness overwhelming. I just live this beer.

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Photo of esetter
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good brown / mahogany color. Light head. Smells of caramel and malt. Malty taste , no off flavors or presence of alcohol. Not over powered by hops but good amount of bitterness. Decent mouth feel. Good brown.Little bit better as it warms.

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Photo of east_tn_gk
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious Brown. Not too malty, not an aggressive tasting beer. This is a great beer if you like to just sit at a tavern and enjoy a good tasting beverage. it is almost as good from the growler as the tap, drink it that night. Would recommend to anyone who walks in & doesn't want an IPA.

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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saw Works Brown on tap at the Tupelo Honey Cafe (Greenville, SC).
5.7% ABV

Great looking, with a deep, dark brown body and a thick, durable head. Excellent clarity and lacing.

Good aroma and flavor, with neither noteworthy flaws nor anything exceptional.
Likewise for the medium-light body.

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Photo of firkinhophead
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Holiday Inn Worlds Fair.

Pours clear chestnut brown with a tight one finger head. Leaves a bit of sticky lacing, but not very active carbonation.

Aroma of faint cocoa and toasted malt. A bit of herbal, grassy hops.

Taste of toast, walnuts, hint of toffee. Very little residual sweetness. A dull, paper-like finish doesn't help doesn't boost the flavor at all. Pretty much one note.

Mouthfeel drags this one down. Thin, dull, and lacking carbonation (draft system may be to blame here). Finishes dry, with a decent hop bitterness for the style.

A decent local beer when macros are your only other choice. Don't know if keg has been sitting for awhile, which may have contributed to the oxidation notes.

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Brown Ale from Saw Works Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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