Oaktown Brown Ale | Calicraft Brewing Co.

Oaktown Brown AleOaktown Brown Ale
BA SCORE
3.6/5
115 Ratings
Oaktown Brown AleOaktown Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Calicraft Brewing Co.
California, United States
calicraft.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by scottfrie on 07-10-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,625
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
115
pDev:
16.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of kitekid
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mnine
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMullet
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark, mahogany color.
Smell is a mix of cocoa and a bit of coffee.
Taste follows the nose, cocoa with a bit of coffee.
Cross between a brown and a porter.

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Photo of Rammed96
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thornburyslasher
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LeRose
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a very clear, lovely mahoghany with a thin cap of biege bubble that rapidly subside. Still, it looks nice in the glass with ample red tint.

Aroma of malts, some nut aroma, toffee or caramel. Typical brown, but very subdued, muted.

The flavor follows. It has the basic brown ale flavors, just not enough strength. There us also a metallic tang that gets in the way.

Feel is thin, astringent, and there is a big smack of bitter mid-taste.

Overall it is a drinkable, serviceable beer. Not something to seek out, but a decent middle of the road beer.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best by 1/25/17.

Pours deep dark brown, mahogany color. Quickly receded one finger head.

Smell is light nutty aroma with faint coffee. Overall, pretty muted.

Taste at first is a bit of light roast coffee and a touch of caramel. Some toffee. A bit of sweetness. I recently had some peanut brittle and this somewhat reminds me of that.

Body is sort of light for the ABV. Carbonation on the lower side of medium. Somewhat mouth coating, a bit sticky.

Decent brown ale. Malt bill feels right but missing something, not sure what though.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear brown pour with a small tan head that fades quickly. Aroma of nuts and a bit of earth. Kind of a strange taste upfront that has a bit of nut, roasted malt and earthy hops. Caramel and light bitter coffee flavors come out as the beer warms. Finishes with a dark bitter flavor.

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Photo of Mikey440
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried it from the brewery recently. Had a good balance of freshness and flavor. Didn't have a much hops flavor but wasn't bad either. Good for when I want a porter or something that has that coffee/cocoa/espresso taste. Wouldn't call it amazing, but overall enjoyable.

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Photo of Dillinger
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gaddabble
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of token_23223
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as part of a gift pack for the holidays...was excited to try as this brewer is not one we see locally. Thin coffee/cocoa taste with some apparent hops. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of batt6343
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bammer21
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cabindan
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of VashonGuy
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I was happy to find Oaktown Brown on tap at the Oakland Coliseum, for an A's game. I can't quite separate my rating from the overall experience: watching Big Papi in the final month of his career, and watching the Red Sox roll up a 16-2 victory. I was happy to find a decent craft beer selection, and particularly happy with the Oaktown Brown.

The appearance is nothing out of the ordinary. The aroma and taste are a combination of brown ale flavors, and flavors you'd associate more with a porter: cocoa (quite a bit) and a little coffee. Then there is a liberal dose of hops sprinkled in.

The body is pretty thin.

If you're a style purist, this beer might not be for you. It's not exactly a brown ale, and it's not exactly a porter, and it's hoppier than either of those styles usually are. But I liked the mix-and-match nature of the beer's flavors, and I enjoyed it overall quite a bit. I probably wouldn't seek it out as a special purchase on my visits to the Bay Area, as there are much better choices around here. But the next time I'm at an A's game, I'd happily have another.

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Photo of MtOrion
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrandonR
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark but shows a distinct deep red when held to light. Medium tan head that disappeared quickly. Very smooth mouth feel, just a touch of hops or bitterness. Touches of coffee and oak, but mainly a slightly sweet fruit taste.

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Photo of MrHolden
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Oaktown Brown Ale from Calicraft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 115 ratings
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