Oaktown Brown Ale | Calicraft Brewing Co.

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3.62/5
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126 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:
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?

Added by scottfrie on 07-10-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,101
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
126
pDev:
15.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a loverly firm khaki head.

Nose is assertive esters, chocolate, malted milk and creamed sugared coffee - very nice.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, elegant, wonderfully balanced and very inviting.

Flavor profile is delicious coffee, malt, chocolate malt and burnt toast, all wonderfully balance with a rich burnt toast bitter.

Another very drinkable Calicraft beer. These guys are doing something right as all three of their current bottle offerings are very good and wonderfully drinkable, along or with food. Whether you like them or not is up to you; but, these are very well made brews.

Finish is dry malt, coffee and bitter chocolate, all long lasting and memorable.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is brown in appearance and when held up to a bright light it is clear dark brownish red in color with a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light tan colored head that died down, eventually leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge of the glass, and sone specks of bubbles clinging to the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of nutty and chocolate malts are present in the nose along with hints of oak.
T: The taste starts off with some initial flavors of chocolate and nutty malts but these are quickly replaced by strong flavors of oak along with hints of floral hops and a light amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops lend some dryness to the finish.
O: The oak aging completely changes the taste and mouthfeel of this brown ale, making it very unique.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of smithj4
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
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 womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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 rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
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 Haybeerman
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a reddish deep brown colour, with a frothy and rather vibrant head of yellowish-white. Lacing is good. Body looks solid. No visible carbonation, although the body is pretty opaque, meaning it'd be hard to see it even if it were there. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is pleasantly rich, sweet and deep, with pronounced brown malty characters giving sweet biscuit and sugared oatmeal goodness. There's an organic, grainy kick to it, but it's just a lilt to the rich deep, sweet brown characters. Yum.

Taste is lighter, especially in the feel, but the brown, grainy goodness sticks around, with a mildly roasted character lengthening the palate to a dusky finish like toasted brioche. Clean grain for the most part makes it feel good and wholesome. It's very pleasant. Feel is perfectly suitable. Only mildly carbonated, letting the malt coast through the slickness.

Really nice beer, and an impressive first effort from this brewery for me. Tasty, well-made stuff.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MDDMD
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-medium brown color with an off-white head and good lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, hint of citrus, cocoa

T-dark malt, coffee, pine, hint of cocoa, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent drinkable ale, flavors ok but not overly compelling

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Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into SN tulip shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruddy brown with three or four fingers of thick dark tan head that slowly faded into a thick greasy film leaving tons of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Very roasted smelling with hints of toasted nuts and smoke. Caramel and sweet malts poke through, and I get a hint of toffee and cocoa as well.
T: Follows the nose with clean and smoky notes of sweet malts, roasted grains, toasted nuts, light cocoa, toffee and caramel. The finish is bitter with notes of leafy, piney, hops. Flavors are all well balanced and smooth. The aftertaste has the suggestion of coffee, but it’s light.
M: Medium-full body, smooth and easy drinking mouthfeel, and soft and clean carbonation. Drink very well. Chewy enough to satisfy but not too heavy to not have with a meal.
O: A very flavorful and easy to drink beer. Flavors are rich and easy and the go down smooth. A brewery I will definitely keep my eye on.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is dry cocoa, roasted malt and wood.
The taste is burnt wood, chocolate, milk, and pine bitter at the end.
The texture is crisp and thick.
Tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red, murky. Head is beige, bubbly. Pleasant enough, nice colour. Not spectacular.

Smells grainy, sweet, with a bit of roast on there giving a touch of coffee, caramel and vanilla. Quite sweet, malty. Decent.

Taste is more roasty, but plenty of that sweet vanilla flavour, caramel, particularly upfront, then finish is nicely dark, bitter territory. Smooth transition from sweet to bitter though. My kind of brown beer.

Bit dry at the back, leaves a touch of sandy tongue on the finish, but OK.

I like a well-made brown ale a lot. And this is a well-made brown ale. Good dessert pairing.

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Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Oaktown Brown Ale from Calicraft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 126 ratings