Hotbox Brown Ale | Perrin Brewery

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72 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perrin Brewery
Michigan, United States
perrinbrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mcrawford on 10-17-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
12
Avg:
4
pDev:
7.25%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn fine brown ale. Served on tap in a shaker pint. Cola colored liquid with a small ring of foam. Nice big aromas of coffee, some cocoa, caramel and bread. Underneath the coffee is the base of a damn fine brown: nutty, toasty and sweet, caramel, toffee and cocoa swim around with a beautiful coffee flavor. Perrin has become a brewer I'm kicking myself over not having tried sooner.

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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a translucent coffee color with a beige head that rises an inch above the liquid; adequate retention and splashy lacing

Smell: Toasted brown bread, baker's chocolate and coffee

Taste: Toasted brown bread and chocolate forward, with coffee flavors developing, through the middle; a metallic tone comes along, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I don't often drink brown ales, but this one has some nice chocolate and coffee flavors; not crazy about the finish but still a good beer

Thanks, daniels79, for the opportunity

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Photo of Timc32
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tjb14
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Remmy800
4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gemini6
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kuges
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of loganburgh
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MTKATL
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jauhlinger
4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dr_Fox
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ITDoc
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from Rick. Smoky, peaty, nutty. Body kind of comes off as thin. Wood, dirt. Brown’s not necessarily my thing., but was a nice break from sour beers.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a can of Perrin's Hotbox Brown Ale for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I'm continuing on with the new Perrin cans and it's time to try this one, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a clean look that's just a little eye catching. It poured a darker brown color that took on a little bit of a crimson hue when held to the light with a finger and half worth of creamy and slightly fluffy lighter tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the coffee being the first to show up and it imparts a big and bold black coffee aroma that dominated the aroma. There's a little bit of Brown Ale aroma with a little bit of nuttiness, but other than that it's the coffee that takes over this beer. The aroma is pretty nice, but I wish it was more balanced.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but more balanced and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the coffee still being the first to show up, it's a little lighter than it was in the aroma. but it imparts the same black coffee aspects. Up next comes a little bit of that Brown Ale base with a slight nutty flavor. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and more coffee flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, I like that it's more balanced than the aroma.

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, I was getting a little worried when I got to the aroma and it was pretty balanced, but luckily it was more balanced in the taste and that made for a pretty good beer. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but that would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer was the taste and mouthfeel, they were good and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the aroma. it was very unbalanced. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a Coffee Brown Ale. All in all I was happy with this beer, and it lived up to it's description. It's not my favorite Perrin beer, but it's good example of the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty beer.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Muss42
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cb8282
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hotbox Brown Ale from Perrin Brewery
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