Wall's End | Northgate Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.82/5
45 Ratings
Wall's EndWall's End
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Northgate Brewing
Minnesota, United States
northgatebrew.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Northern English Brown harkens back to the beer that started it all - a brew that we simply couldn't keep in the keg. Smooth, Sessionable, Malt focused, English hopped. Refreshing enough for summer drinking, substantive enough to enjoy in the winter - we love this beer year-round.

Added by Jason on 01-30-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,267
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
45
pDev:
10.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Photo of Turbo
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krowman2652
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Northgate Brewing Wall's End English style Brown Ale. 4.8% ABV. 19 IBU. SRM 22. 16 oz.

Appearance: light brown coloring, clear, off-white head above, leaving somelace.

Aroma: caramel, nuts, some toffee, some cocoa, a likeable malty nose.

Taste: Sweetness first, with hop bitterness cleaning up swiftly thereafter. Just bitter enough to balance. Tasty malt profile continues to deliver on the palate. Actually a little more than balance, spilling over just a touch. Medium bodied. Drinkable. Likeable. Just like a brown ale oughta be.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sparx1100
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamesMN
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No canning date.

Appearance: Murky dark brown body with a tan head that fades quickly but leaves a bit of froth behind.

Aroma: Light chocolate and nice toffee/caramel coming through. The aromatics are soft but effective.

Taste: Great mix of classic dark mild flavors; bready and crisp marris otter, chocolate, light dried fruit notes. The hop character is a bit grassy with a light bitterness that simply serves to balance the malt. Casual finish with a last burst of hops in the aftertaste followed by caramel. Respectable flavor for a sessionable 4.8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light in body but not watery. Carbonation is not overdone. Good drinkability but not as thirst-quenching as I expected.

Final Thoughts: I really like Northgate and their English ales are all very good. This one is a solid example of the style and a worthy flagship. Would I drink it again? Sure, it's great on cask.

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Photo of Dave2234
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MNAle
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color, somewhat ruby red. Active carbonation. 3/4 inch off-white thick creamy head. Aroma is not too strong, but is nice: roasty, bready, hint of dark fruits. Substantial mouth feel, not at all thin, smooth and creamy. Pleasant initial taste, hint of fruits, not sweet at all, with some dry bittering asserting in the middle and a mild malty finish with just a touch of bittering hops. The finish is not exactly dry, but it is not sweet either. Nicely balanced as expected for an English-style brown. Very much a malt dominated beer. This is a top notch brown ale, roasty, bready, slight fruit and just enough bittering from the hops for balance, and very good tasting. This is a highly recommended beer. Northgate is really nailing the traditional English style ales.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taybeh
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery and was so surprised by how much I liked it, decided to pick some tallboys up a week later to make sure I wasn't imagining things...so, from a tallboy into a nonic.
Pours a slightly murky umber with a big foamy 2 finger khaki head that subsides after 2 minutes...some lacing. Nose is bready, a little chocolate (but not sweet), some nuttiness and also some kind of earthy spice...very nice.
Taste is really good, following the nose with even more layers of malty goodness, and again, some light spice and also gentle floral hops. I am getting a little yeast on the end, though, which seems out of place (didn't get this on tap). Mouthful is really good. Medium carbonation, lively on the tongue, substantial body, but also nice and creamy.
I hardly ever look for Browns, but this could convert me. I'm curious to do a side-by-side with Bender.

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Photo of JLC60
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bsp77
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Chestnut brown with good sized head and a trace of lacing left behind.

Smell: Chocolate, bread, cherry. More of a dry and spicy aroma than a sweet one.

Taste: Strong malt backbone of chocolate, bread and some light fruitiness. Surprisingly isn't sweet. Some counterbalance in the form of spicy, earthy, floral and nutty notes at the finish.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation. Fairly light body but ridiculously smooth and creamy for a sub 5% beer. Mostly dry finish.

Overall: This is definitely one of the best English Brown Ales I have had. Very impressive. In fact, Northgate seems to excel at authentic English Ales, which is hard to do properly and adds a lot to the Minnesota beer scene.

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Photo of elec
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of beige head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty, sweet, and bready malt forward aroma with hints of caramel, chocolate, and nuts. Toasted barley malt with hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate, grains, biscuit, nuts, and yeast. Hints of cream. Mild earthy hop hints. A pretty solid Brown aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet, toasty, creamy, and bready malt forward taste with notes of caramel, chocolate, and nuts. Toasted malt with notes of caramel, chocolate, toffee, biscuit, grains, nuts, and yeast. Sweet notes of cream. Light backing presence of earthy hops. A nice creamy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid session version of a Brown Ale. Nice toasty malt notes with a light creamy body.

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Photo of morimech
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pug
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsprain1
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattmarka1
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of kraticus41
2.25/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Didn't taste like a brown to me.

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Wall's End from Northgate Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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