Newburgh Brown Ale | Newburgh Brewing Company

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Newburgh Brown AleNewburgh Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Newburgh Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our version of a London Style Brown Ale. In the south of England, they prefer their brown ale maltier and lower in alcohol. Here in Newburgh, we tend to agree. Verging on black, this beer pours with a light tan head and beautiful ruby highlights in the glass. The flavor is dominated by malty sweetness and gentle hints of chocolate and toffee. A nice and sessionable 4.2% alcohol content and medium to light body begs for an evening by the fire at your local pub.

Added by Jason on 07-14-2012

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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Gajo74
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had it on tap at George Keeley, NYC.
Pours a dark brown color with a smooth and silky layer of film. It soon dissipates . A thin ring of lace throughout.
Toasty aromas of brown bread, toffee, wood and even dark fruit.
A slightly sour taste eventually settles down and yields a modest sweetness that is complimented by wood, mild earthy hops bitterness and nutty malt. The finish is clean and dry.
Medium bodied, smooth and very sessionable.

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Photo of Ceallaigh
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Best Brown Ale

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Photo of Branlott42
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a fairly dark brown color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off mildly. Some sporadic semi-stringy lace slid on into the beer.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet to roasty nuts, caramel/toffee malts, some milk chocolate and ended with a little bit of earthiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet through the blend of the prior mentioned aromas and brought in that earthiness for a sly balance. Moderately sweet in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par. Nice smooth malty and semi-roasty finish.
Overall, pretty nice as an English brown ale and well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of Chipotle
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kelly10359
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tappangordo
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1/2" tan colored head that quickly falls to a thin surface foam.

Smell: earthy and some chocolate tones rise from the glass.

Taste: nice bready malt profile with some dark bitter chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, a bit of maple syrup, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and luscious at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a very enjoyable brown ale that is malt centric with good flavor profile. Easy to drink this one, several can be had in a session.

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Photo of mamaraza
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LeRose
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint, this beer appears to be very dark brown but held up to the light is is more of a mahogany color with ample reddish tints. I was a little surprised by a lack of head, but OK. There is a raft of micro-bubbles on top that look like a spider web. There wasn't much of a hiss when I opened the can.

Aroma is very nice and quite intense - sweet toffee, roasted malts. Chocolate comes in and it's reminding me somewhat of a Heath bar, so toffee and caramel. A touch of lightly roasted coffee. Very nice.

Taste follows along pretty well, but is not quite as rich as the nose would imply. The flavors are sweet, toffee, coffee, cocoa in the background. Maybe a bit of vanilla, caramel, maple (?). Not overwhelming, just a nicely blended profile that is almost dessert-like except it is pretty light and not as dominating as the aroma led me to think.

Feel...well, the carbonation is low, that is for certain, almost flat. The body is light to medium, the flavors clean and well-defined. So it tastes great, smells great, just lacks carbonation. I can't really knock it for that - reminds me of some beers I have tried on cask, but I think it is an error of some sort. A bit more carbonation would have livened up the flavor.

Overall, a very pleasant drinking beer, true to the style with the emphasis on the malts and minimal hop presence.

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Photo of Alphakitty
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy tan cap over garnet-brown. 4
Brown soda loaf, cranberry, and brownie. 4
Big earthy carob, brown malt, speck of anise, touch of caramel and hazelnut edge. 4
Chewy, fizzy, lt-med. 4

Cocoa more than dark chocolate - very brown. Fizz lifts it. Characterful, if not much in range. 4

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yay cans

Pours a huge frothy head that forms a bit of a nitro like upside down waterfall, fades slowly nice lacing, clear but very dark mahogany brown color.

Nose typical creamy brown, biscuity toffee caramel, toasted brown, creamy malt, touch of an almost coffee like toasted malt, nice malty aroma.

Taste brings more caramel toffee biscuit, toasted brown malt , creamy toasted with big caramel, coffee syrup, little nutty biscuity toffee, little burnt condensed milk, hint of grassy hop. Finish dry little creamy, lingering caramel and condensed milk, coffee syrup.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, creamy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, good malt but slight burnt flavor and condensed milk is meh, little thin too.

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Photo of Tony_T
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of runeatdrink
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Lakeside tallboy to a goblet with a very dark brown approaching black body. A thick and foamy nutty tan cap rises up over one finger high with good retention. Occasional sheets of lacing.

S- Toasted and lightly roasted malts create a strong aroma that doesn't suggest anything overly sweet or caramelesque. Rides the dessert line between milk chocolate and smooth medium roast coffee with toasted nuts, cocoa nibs, vanilla sweets, brownie, toffee and slight raisin notes to round it out.

T- Flavor isn't as rich as I expected from the aroma but again the saving grace is flavorful malts with a delicate in check sweetness. Cocoa powder and coffee combine with toffee, a touch of caramel, cookie, raisin and nuttiness.

MF- Very light body but a frothy and foamy texture. High end carbonation tickles the palate and really provides crispness.

A very good use of the powerful toasted and borderline roasted end of the malt spectrum. A great aroma with a light body to allow for easy drinking without sacrificing too much of the decadent grains.

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Photo of DonBowman
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, more black than brown. Darkish cream lace and foam. Roasted and chocolate taste.

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Photo of TheGent
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neil104
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of braican
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The coffee colored liquid foams up with a beige head; decent retention and a few strands of lacing are left behind

Smell: Brown bread and toffee malt, with hints of nut and chocolate

Taste: Brown bread forward, with nut and chocolate tones developing; some toffee sweetness builds underneath and becomes more pronounced through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation (fuller body than I was expecting)

Overall: Brown ales are almost an afterthought these days so it is nice to see a brewery do a great job with a style that is often insipid

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