Gnarly Brown | MadTree Brewing

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Brewed by:
MadTree Brewing
Ohio, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Specialty malts bring intimations of brown sugar and vanilla which meld into the Gnarly's character. Roasted coffee malt flavors and residual sweetness dance in harmony, obscuring the line between brown ale and porter.

32 IBU

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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by patpbr:
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4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark brown with a off-white two finger head.
S - Sweet and roasted with vanilla.
T - Malt and earthy. Roasted coffee and almost a porter flavor. Subtle bitter hops.
M - Light body and not to much carbonation.
O - A pretty good beer. Nice marriage of brown ale and porter. Used a can for my chili and really added to the flavor.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 11/10/2014. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear brown color with some reddish tints to it. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like brown sugar, nuts, vanilla and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some toasted malt and a light bitter hoppiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brown ale, I wouldn't mind buying this again. Nice to see the MadTree cans finally come to Columbus! $9.99 a 6-pack.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a focus on malt and a not toward the dark, Mad Tree Brewing takes on an ale that's worthy of English entitlement. The beer not only pays homage to its British roots but hits the recipe with authority!

Its appearance is dark bown and carries an mirror-like sheen. Not convinced its simply clear and opaque, it is close. A creamy sandy-stained head floats the ale and trails with intricate Belgian-style lacing. With retention build for the duration, the ale is as handsome with its final sip and it was its first.

Bold aromas are balanced, masculine and refined. Malty chocolate and nuts build at the beginning but then a sweeter greater-than-caramel but not-quite-toffee character creates the allure that you can't quite put your finger on. Perhaps a pep of brown sugar to float, a woodish tone takes hold and gives a glimpse into the broad and earthy hop character to be tasted. Starchy and biscuity, the beer leans coffee but never roast but is always supported by a malted-milk presence.

Its taste is robust with a regal blend of bittersweet chocolate, walnuts, toast, and seared caramel. Its semi-sweet taste is like "Whoppers" candies as it unfolds on the tongue. As the beer crosses the middle palate, it drops its heady sweetness and builds into a dry toast finish and introduces the broadly bitter taste of hops with all its grassy and woody glory.

Creamy and malty-dry to start, there's ample dextrin-type richness for the beer to retain its structure through the session. Yet it prefers to retract as it nears finish for remarkably refreshing finish for such a lush upstart. Medium warmth and a dry toasty tone closes the beer's mouthfeel without ever completely giving up on its brown identity.

Its flawless recipe formulation and seemingly effortless execution gives this ale a classy taste, even if a few yearning English yeast complexities are waning. But if striving for American Brown status, I pep of citrusy hops could really sell its taste. If anything, the beer is simply on the fence of what it wants to be.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Canned 6/10/2015 enjoyed 7/21/2015 in a pint glass.

Look - Light brown almost red body. Lighter tan very very fine bubbled head. Spotty lacing, no rings. It almost looks nitro.

Smell - Sweet, roasted malt. Faint citrus. Faint hops. Earth. Caramel.

Taste - I always say a a hoppy porter or stout is 1/4 IPA. Well, this is 1/5. Light hops. Caramel. Malt. Chocolate. Light coffee.

Feel - So creamy. Not too heavy. No alcohol or bitterness on tongue.

Overall - Up until this point I have gone for the rare MadTree beers. I've had the barrel aged version but not the regular version. I am trying not to be biased but this a really good beer.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that is slightly translucent. One finger of light tan head. Dissipated quickly some lacing.

Smell is coffee, brown bread, fusel alcohol, nuttiness, caramel, and vanilla.

Taste is coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. There is a nice nuttiness in the finish and some earthy bitterness.

Mouth feel is smooth and creamy.

Overall a very nice take on a brown ale.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jminch
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can at the Dublin Irish Festival.
This is no ordinary brown ale. Bold and rich with a well hidden ABV. This applies to both the aroma and the flavor.
This malt bomb also has a relatively full and nicely smooth feel.

O: recommended!

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Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of secondtooth
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours from the can a caramel amber, with a medium head of tan suds. Minimal lace.

Aroma: Nutty, caramel, malty, toffee. Fair enough.

Taste: Nutty sweet, with a touch of buttery toffee and a hint of citrus hops at the finish. A solid and very enjoyable brown ale, and a fairly stiff one at that (7%)!

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Photo of zimm421
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crewfish
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers in Cincinnati. It is full flavored and has a beautiful dark color. This beer makes the perfect gift for an out of town friend. I recommended stopping by the brewery and filling up a growler to take home. Madtree has an exceptional selection. I celebrate this brewery's entire line-up.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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Gnarly Brown from MadTree Brewing
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 211 ratings