Oaktown Brown Ale | Calicraft Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by scottfrie on 07-10-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
114
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
17.14%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Photo of halusin8r
1/5  rDev -71.4%

Photo of litheum94
1.97/5  rDev -43.7%
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 Tuckersmth
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of DrunkenMonk
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of mactrail
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

While I have to say this is more flavorful than the average Brown Ale, I wish it wasn't. There is an intense back of the throat catch that is very peculiar. Severely roasted grain, burnt oatmeal, and a bitter finish.

Why is this so bitter? There is a little resiny and piney hop flavor, but mostly it's a bitter harshness that burns the throat.

Innocuous appearance-- clear brown color with a modest head. Spritzy on the tongue. Undrinkable. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

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Photo of JHB-510
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of DSkilling
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Karibourgeois
2.64/5  rDev -24.6%
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 ipadiehard
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of Offa
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This is all right but a bit hot, spicy, boozy and thin in character.

Deep red-brown, medium-small tan head, slowly shrinks to foamy ring.

Aroma is nice, caramelly nutty and toasty, nice woody element and hint of citrus and coffee, then caramel and chicken or tuna hint.

Taste is up front light, thin, roasty and bitter woody-peppery character with lingering burnt coffee bitterness. It is a bit watery and thin in feel and character, spicy, overly boozy and hot.

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Photo of beepill
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
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 largadeer
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Covocali
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ScurvyDogs
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Rammed96
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
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 322wingedfoot
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dertyd
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Rick778
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of flexabull
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear brown color with a small white head.

Aromas are light cocoa, nuts, and dark bread. The nose is faint but pleasant.

Taste is nutty up front. Creamy sweetness, light breads, then the beer fades to some light mineral hops and not much less. Not a bad tasting beer, but kind of boring.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but on the thin side.

Overall, an OK brown, but kind of boring and basic. Not bad, but nowhere near worth the $6 price tag, you could probably brew your own instead.

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Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of sjrodriguez
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of MrHolden
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LeRose
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Oaktown Brown Ale from Calicraft Brewing Co.
3.5 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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