Kentucky Hop-Brown | Apocalypse Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Apocalypse Brew Works
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Fall

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Added by rapayn01 on 10-10-2012

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 7
Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Playing of of the regional culinary (and artery clogging) delight- the "hot brown", Apocalypse Brew Works is efforting a campaign to make a memorable mark in beer with the Ky "hop" brown. (I see what you did there!)

Solid brown in color, the lightly rust-stained ale pours with a frothy rise of foam that recedes into creaminess while lacing lightly on the glass. Good overall foam character gives the beer a little more confidence over many English more traditional brown ales.

Its aromas are woody, toasty, chocolaty, and caramelly at first. But just as quick as the sweet notes project, the strong hop presence of citrusy grapefruit, oranges, and herbal grasses invade the malts and give the beer a spirited, albeit aggressive tone.

The flavor of the beer definitely favors brown as the rich toast, toffee, maple, and peanut brittle- at least to start. But the quick rebuttal of hops strike with the sharp pungency of grapefruit, orange peel, and fresh cut grass. The balance favors hops as the taste of citrus, pine, and toast ride off in the sunset.

Medium bodied, the ale quickly sheds its early creaminess and encourages dryness, resin, and lightness in finish. This healthy and hearty ale retains its ease of drinkablility and quickly becomes an IPA with toasty character.

Apocalypse does this style right- much as cascadian IPAs have carved out a niche, so can Indian Brown Ales, such as these with their focus on dark grains, hop-forward experiential nature, and and clean bitterness.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a sample of this tonight at the local River City Drafthouse. It smelled like a Brown Ale with extra hops, which is exactly what the brewers are going for, apparently. I found the taste to be somewhat balanced between the hops and malts -- and I picked up a distinct coffee and/or caramel taste as well. The beer is a fairly deep brown and poured with a significant and slightly golden head. I selected fall availability, but I do not know how frequently it will be brewed. Update: had a full pint tonight. Definitely coffee or even chocolate. Not much head or lacing.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

Where some got balance I got an aggressively hopped brown ale that did not work for me. The hops seemed to be a tangy, bitter, dish watery, pine cleanser and medicinal type. Hidden in the deep recesses of this brown were chocolate malts that wanted to be noticed but could hardly make an appearance. This never worked on my palate and I hope it was just MY palate as I really route for these guys.

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Kentucky Hop-Brown from Apocalypse Brew Works
3.16 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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