Oaktown Brown Ale
Calicraft Brewing Co.

Oaktown Brown AleOaktown Brown Ale
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Style:
American Brown Ale
Ranked #575
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,802
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 15.3%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
134
From:
Calicraft Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
83
Good
Oaktown Brown AleOaktown Brown Ale
Notes: Not your traditional brown ale. This is a big, bad, bold brown. It's the intersection of a cabernet and an IPA. Or, say, 15th and Broadway. A blend of three oaks added during fermentation creates a red wine-like structure. California Cascade hops bring the local flavor that goes from roasted and bitter on first swig to a soulful, chocolate finish. Generally speaking, not for wussies. But who are we to say?
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 134
Reviews by kaseydad:
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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wifey picked this up for me recently. Passed by numerous times...but time to give it it's due.
Label looks like the bear is covering his nether-regions. I press on....

Pours a dark, dark brown brew with a big time off-white foamy head. Light lacing.

Getting a lot of chocolate here in the aroma. Nuts also included. Wood. Hot cocoa. Light smoke, but overall this aroma is on the sweet side. Fruity. Liking it.

Roasted malts is the main taste, but the flavor is big here. Smokey, more sweet chocolate and big hope presence. Light pine is peaking through as well. I like the addition of the Cascade hops. It gives it a bite that is oftentime missing in brown ales. Maybe this is a hybrid style??

Brown ales are not my favorite style, but this is something I enjoyed. Overall I really like what the boys are doing here. Turning a sometimes boring (imo) malty, brown into a hybrid brown/IPA brew. Sort of reminds me of a black IPA but with more chocolate. I know these dudes are starting up but the two beers I've had so far are pretty good and I look forward to seeing what else is in store and supporting them along the way.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of remingtonsteele1987
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've only had this beer on draft, and it's a nice all around beer. It's a very dark brown with very little head. Definitely has a burnt espresso aroma with the same flavors along with bitter chocolate. Although it's dark, it has a light to medium body and finish.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a dark brown color with a khaki head. Toasted malt and bread with some strong roasted malt aromas. There is a hint of chocolate, a touch of ash, and some earthy hops. The flavor is far too bitter for a brown ale. Some toasted malt, cocoa, and lots of roasted malt. A hint of coffee, some earth, and burnt nuts. Was not a fan of this beer.

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Photo of litheum94
1.97/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

22 ounce bottle with no bottling dates.

Body is a very dark brown, nearing black. Foamy, khaki colored head. Fizzles out to a very thin covering, with pools of bubbles.

Nutty nose, with aromas of almonds and hazelnuts. Sweet chocolate and cream. Light oak aromas.

Very, very bitter from the start. Flavors of ash and charcoal. There's some nutty, chocolate flavors hidden in there, but they are immediately choked out by a disgusting bitterness that tastes like aspirin. Tastes horrible.

First off, tastes nothing like a brown ale. Second off, it tastes like someone ground up some aspirin and added it to my beer. Terrible. Avoid.

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Photo of beepill
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at the bar at SOMA StreatFood Park. Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark brown, clear body with an off-white head that quickly disappeared before I found a place to sit down.

S - Light nutty bread, milk chocolate, and raisins. Faint hint of hops.

T - Seemed watered down for some reason. The smells were evident in the taste, but to a lesser degree than expected. For some reason, the back end and aftertaste reminded me of how floral fabric softener smells (think chemically synthesized flowers).

M - Easy-drinking, light bodied and light carbonation.

O - An okay beer, not that bad, but not that good. Though listed at 6.7 ABV, it seemed like a session ale. The strange "fabric softener" aftertaste was not appealing, and is what made me not really like this one. I suppose I would have it again, but only if there wasn't something better available.

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Photo of MIrvine
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samtrillo
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Karibourgeois
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
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 AaronOp
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of TruePerception
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Notes from tasting)

Calicraft Oaktown Brown:

Appearance: brown with red & yellow highlights;

Smell: light coffee, roasted oats;

Taste/Mouthfeel: slightly bubbly for a stout/dark style beer, hoppy, coffee, slight orange notes.

Pretty good.

Poured into a sample glass.

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Photo of tickingtimebomb
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of CJNAPS
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my go to Brown Ales very tasty.

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Photo of ironchefkook
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of garthbrennan
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopflyer
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Mike-Harms
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ScurvyDogs
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Gaddabble
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of brongladest
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of hozersr
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjrodriguez
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of f_raud
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of the_benskii
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dillinger
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Oaktown Brown Ale from Calicraft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 134 ratings