Lost Trout | Third Street Brewhouse

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Lost TroutLost Trout

Brewed by:
Third Street Brewhouse
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by garymuchow on 07-12-2012

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Photo of Evilyak
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

looks like a brown ale. tastes like a brown ale. nothing about this is going to wow you. it's perhaps a bit thin, but that just makes it go down that much easier.

i've had this in bottles, 12oz cans, and now 16oz cans, and the bigger cans seem to be a bit better than i remember. a little more sweetness to the beer now.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Lost trouts pours a dark brown color with a small lacing head. Aroma is weak but hints of malt and hints of nuts. Taste is lighter, nice crisp malty backbone, with subtle hints of nuts, that finishes a little sweet. Watery body. Overall it s a solid beer, if only it was less watery.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 7/15/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/chocolate/coffee, herbal, light dark fruit, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/chocolate/coffee, herbal, light dark fruit, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nutty/chocolate/coffee, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a damn nice American brown ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of beertunes
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GaryMuchow for this one. Poured from 12oz can into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear medium brown color with about 1/3 inch of tan head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma had a very notable grain base, with just a light touch of roast, and an interesting tickle of hops in the background. The flavor profile was pretty similar, just amplified. The malts were nicely grainy, with just a touch of sweetness, and the hops added a different earthiness, without conflicting or dominating the malts.

The body was smooth, even, clean, and finished nicely dry, a rarity in the style. Drinkability was great. I could easily knock back a sixer of these, and would order it over the bar often during our typically wet PNW winters. Overall, a really well done example of a style that's being often ignored by a lot of my local/regional breweries. A must try if you see it.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours bright brown under a 3” light tan foam collar marks each drink. Rich malt and hop aromas, some light toast, hints of chocolate lead to a hoppy finish. Refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drunk from a regular pub glass at a local bar (from the tap).

Simple taste, not a whole lot of substantive flavors. Likewise,the smell was negligible. With that said, it was very light for a brown ale. I could definitely see myself drink this on a warm spring day rather than some semi-decent lager.

Disclaimer: I was battling a cold at the time of drinking the Lost Trout. Perhaps I will try it again sometime in the future, and come away with a better impression.

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Photo of enjambed
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Look: Dark brown, but still transparent. Creamy bone head with some good retention. Lots of lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, very lightly roasted and caramel malts

Taste: Very similar, but there are some more apparent notes of cocoa or maybe coffee, maybe a little nutty too. Very little bitterness lingers.

Feel: Light but somewhat creamy. Finish isn't that dry.

Overall: A pleasant brown ale, that's relatively flavorful but not overpowering.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass, I was greeted by a deep brown colored body that allowed very little light to pass through. Crowned by a tan, pillowy head that leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

The aroma here is simple, but not that of your typical brown ale. Cocoa nibs with vague hints of roasted coffee. Light traces of molasses provide sweetness. It's crisp, but reminds me more of a stout.

How does it taste then? Well.. like a delicious ale that shares qualities of a brown and qualities of a porter. A lot of bitter chocolate is present here. Light peat character and sweet molasses. Faint nuttiness, but not nearly enough for the style. Likewise with the hops, I'd like more presence.

I would also like more carbonation. The body is smooth and helping make this lightly carbonated ale go down easy. Clean, semi-sweet finish makes you eager to reach for another sip.

What we have here is an incredibly likable and easy to drink hybrid ale that I'm happy I grabbed on my last visit to Minnesota.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - low soda like beige head. Rouge brown clear body. Continued carbonation.

S - rustic earthy hops like jerky and leather sofa.

T - well balanced bitter and sweet. Molassus and allspice and sage. With a drop of honey syrup.

M - well done a tiny touch watery but I've had worse.

D - a good local find but not worth more than $2/bottle.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.41/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a deep auburn color. Some white froth and lacing.

(S)- A slightly nutty sweetness with subtle bits of honey.

(T)- Quite nutty with a chalky dry fig-like sweetness.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. It has a nice underlying sweetness to it, though it does seem to be a bit high for a brown ale. At the same time it feels even a bit thin too

(O)- Very nutty and fig-like. Almost like a brown ale was blended with a very very mild barleywine.

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

Aroma of sweet malt, pouring expectedly a hazy dark brown (about a PMS 469). A small but stubborn head with thick lacing. It has the notable flavor of sweet malt which I expect and it is a very nice flavor.

While I turned against english style ales sometime ago after too many disappointments - usually because they lacked body to match the bitterness. The American Brown Ale is the EXACT same style - except that it is just across the pond. One expects the BEST brown ales to have light or dark molasses color, full bodied mouthfeel with a high sweet malt content and either just a hint or a hard hammer of hop bitterness. I would not expect heavy or strong aromatics upon opening. This beer gets base hits on all counts - quite a relief actually, after so many disappointments in the Brown Ale field.

The Third Street Brewery offers 4 styles in their variety pack, including this one, and me thinks it is a good introductory selection for newbies, wannabees or for folks who want to test the styles next to each other. One of my previous brown ales was a dry-hopped version which was very good - but close to the foul line and nearly 'out-of-style'. This is a nice beer and because of it, I think I will revisit the Brown Ale category more often to see if I can remain pleased.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Third Street Lost Trout Brown Ale. Third Street Brewhouse, Cold Springs, MN. Alc. 4.9% by Vol.

Rich brown coloration, impenetrable haze, small head.

Aroma: big ol' sweet malt, notes of brown sugar and molasses, with plenty of cocoa.

Taste: More malt sweetness on the tongue, with a fresh blast of hops here and thee. Just enough bitterness to keep everything fairly balanced. Medium-boded. Long, malty finish.

I'm trying to figure what this beer has to do with trout, though. Let's look at the gobbledygook. "The Story: Lost Trout Brown Ale. Lost Trout. It's a real problem in these parts. Legend has it this species flowed aplenty in the brewery creek, while others say the trout left town years ago. Where have all the trout gone? Maybe to those fancy creeks in the city. Maybe to the local fish fry. Or maybe--just maybe--they're living a life of crime on the streets. The legend of the abundant trout in the creek seems a bit fishy. But you know what isn't? Lost Trout Brown Ale: Truthfully Delicious. Malts: Pale, Caramunich Barley, Hops: German and US (Magnum, Golding, Tettnanger.)

I know it's supposed to be "funny", but that pointless bit of poorly written drivel has to go down as one of the biggest wastes of ink on a beer label. Until the next time I look at a Stone label, that is.

The beer? Not bad, a bit too much with the cocoa and so forth, but I won't turn one down.

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Photo of TylerKohlhagen
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An all around excellent example of an American brown ale. Appearance is between deep Garnett and brown, very clear with a moderate off white head. Aromas of fresh malt, toast, caramel, and chocolate. Taste starts of with a combination of fresh malt and toast, and finishes off with hints of caramel, chocolate and coffee, with a nice crisp clean bitterness. Mouth feel is medium to full bodied, mildly carbonated with a fairly clean finish.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a clear, brown color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee and slightly nutty.

T - It tasted fairly nutty - almost like an English brown. Good roastiness and caramel with a slight bitter bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice brown ale. Very sessionable and tasty.

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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brown, good head.

Smell: Roasted malts, bit of coffee.

Taste: Mild sweetness, light chocolate, bit of coffee. Mildly bitter finish, light feel.

Overall: I'm not a big fan of brown ales, but picked up a single to try from this Minnesota brewery. I was pleasantly surprised, good roasted malt flavors with a bit of chocolate and coffee. Light mouthfeel lends to good drinkability, I could have a few of these in a sitting. Worth a try.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No freshness dating

A= Pours a deep brown color with a little skin of a head on top that holds little retention and lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is a little roast with a bit sweetness to back it up. No hop character to it and a little chocolateyness in it as well.

T= The taste is light sweetness with a light roast. Overall a very light character to it making it somewhat unimpressive.

M= A little high on carbonation but the weight is nice.

O= I dunno if this is what I would consider a great brown ale but then again there aren't many brown ales that are. This is an average beer for the average drinker. Nothing to check into twice if you wanna be blown away but nothing to write off if your looking for some beers.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New brewery, at least in bottles, so I'm trying to taste their offerings. And I like brown ales more than the average beer drinker, so I'm excited to try this one.

Pours a nutty brown color, clear at the edges and in the pour, but dark enough to be nearly opaque in the center of the glass. Half-finger of off-white head, fades fast, not much lacing. Meh.

Smell is sweet and lightly spiced. Smells like a desert, with brown sugar, nutmeg, and some smooth filling between those edges. Quite lovely, actually. Definitely light and sweet, with nutty hints.

Taste starts out nice, but very quickly fades into nothingness. Flat is the best way I can describe it. Tasting it felt like "ooh! wait, where'd that go?" Starts out half sweet and half nutty, but then the bottom just drops out. Unfortunate.

Mouthfeel is uninspiring. Again, flat is the word, though here it's both in the lack of carbonation, and in the relatively dull feel. Flavor is gone after half a second, and beyond that it just feels like water sitting on my tongue.

Reasonably tasty, particularly for a session beer. But the flavor falls flat, and the mouthfeel is dull. Hmph.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors. I don't often take notice of brown ale, but this has big cocoa and roasted barley flavors without too thick a body, like so many American browns. It's not sweet and fruity like an English, but also not as bitter as many craft browns. It's just a smooth, clean mix of dark grains that's appropriate in any weather. Check it out. Another fine beer from Third Street. It's great to see the folks in Cold Springs making solid beer.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Fisher's Club in Avon, Minnesota

A: Cola brown/black; thin, creamy head; good carbonation action
S: pleasant, sweet, toasted malt aroma
T: very nice porter/brown ale; sweet; dominated by the flavor of roasted malt; not very hoppy

Solid but not spectacular brown ale, more toward the porter side.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellant example of this style. the color and look of this beer is appealing. the aroma is great, smells very balanced with notes of nuts and more apparent malts and barley. taste is great! not too rich or complex but very well rounded yet very tastey , not lacking in flavor but not overboard either. Very smooth and balanced, great and simple, I would say this is a perfect session brown ale!

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Photo of sonata2008
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown in color, kind of rusty. Light creamy head but not much lacing. Looks somewhat like a coca-cola.

Smell: Roasted malt, but light. Some bread and biscuits. A bit nutty.

Taste: Very nice. Smooth. Roasted flavors with some coffee. A slight bitterness of hops way in the background, but very well blended. An interesting in-between taste. More roasted than some brown ales but definitely lighter than a porter.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouth feel. Very light carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, but I'm a big fan of brown ales. I would say that this is definitely a beer you should consider when you want a dark beer but one that's on the lighter side and more refreshing in taste than stouts or porters.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark brown with some hints of amber and ruby red. Big five finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet and roasty dark malts. Rich malts with good hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and burnt toast. Big hints of nuts. Subtle hints of dark fruit. A decent scent of earthy hops in the background. Smells pretty roasty and rich. Very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a very full and roasty tasting brown. Big taste of sweet roasted malts with big notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, nuts, and burnt toast. Subtle taste of dark raisin and prune add a little sweetness. The sweetness is balanced by a decent bitterness from some earthy and spicy hops. A very rich and balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy. Lightly syrupy, but finishes somewhat dry. Very smooth.

Overall: A really solid all around brown ale. Good sweet dark malts with a nice hop presence.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is brown in color with a khaki head. Starts off with sweet toffee and toasted malt, a light nuttiness as well. There's a mild roasted malt aroma and a hint of metal. Sweet caramel and toffee are the primary flavors of the beer, but there's a bit of nuttiness, roast, and chocolate. Light metallic notes on the palate as well.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown color with red hues along the edges. The head is on inch of light tan foam that recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, nuts, with a very faint hint of dark fruits. The aroma is amazingly strong for a beer of such low alcohol. The taste is similarly strong with a bunch of nice malty flavors. Toffee, nuts, baked bread, and molasses. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, I really like this beer, and can see myself drinking it regularly. It almost ventures into the realm of a Dark Mild Ale in both its flavor and aroma, and I really appreciate that aspect of this beer.

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Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich, dark brown with initial fizzy head but dies down leaving just a thin crest behind. Kind of expected for a low abv brown, so that's okay.

Smell: Very malty, with caramel, chocolate, some dark fruit and just a hint of walnuts.

Taste: Pretty much mirrors the smell, with caramel and chocolate and a nice layer of dark fruit. The malts never get too sweet. The finish is lightly hoppy, with some spiciness and a little nuttiness. Mild bitterness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium sized body (not too thin considering the abv). Finish is surprisingly dry.

Overall: Definitely a quality Brown Ale, and great for the price. The only downside is that MN has quite a few quality Browns already - the bigger Brau Brothers Ring Neck, the spiced Lift Bridge Chestnut Hill, and of course the cross-style Surly Bender.

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