Brown Cow Brown Ale | Carson's Brewery

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3.74/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carson's Brewery
Indiana, United States
carsonsbrewery.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,535
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
132
pDev:
11.5%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
33
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 132
Reviews by UrbanCaveman:
Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.87/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Beer House in Lombard, IL.

A: Arrived in a pint glass as a deep clear brown with vaguely reddish highlights, with a relatively thick head that dissipated rather quickly. No notes on lacing, because I didn't get more than three sips in.

S: The nose opened with some sweet malt underscored by dark chocolate...and then a barrage of floral hops. This was disappointing on several levels, mostly because every bit of the description for this beer stated "mild hop presence" and "balancing hops", while discussing for several sentences the seven types of malt involved. Even the bartender had advised me that he personally found this to be deliciously malty and chocolatey. Filled with trepidation and apprehension from the perfumed bouquet, I sipped...

T: Pure floral perfume. Nothing but pure floral perfume. No malt got past that to my palate at all, on any of the three sips I took. If you are a malthead averse to beers with enough floral-pine hops to break into the foreground, this is not a beer for you.

M: To be honest, I couldn't particularly tell, on any of the sips. I was too distracted by the hop presence.

O: Not a brown ale I shall repeat. It may very well have the advertised wonderful malt complexity with chocolate notes, but for those of us who are not fans of a "mild hop presence" that seems more on the heavy side of moderate at the very least, it simply isn't there.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dface
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jared_Guillaume
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent ruby-burgundy with two fingers of khaki foam that bubbles up quickly. Head formation is dense, landing a long retention period. Aroma is lactose, caramel, toffee and roasty, nutty, earthy malts. It has a sweet characteristic which balances out well against the roasty and then more bitter nutty and earthy malts. Flavor profile is toffee, caramel, lactose, and milk chocolate for a lightly chocolate milk start. Roasty, toasty, nutty, earthy malts add shades of bitterness and boldness, balancing out and brightening the flavor profile. Mouth feel is velvety with a very fine, silty texture. Overall, flavorful and balanced, albeit leaning towards sweet. Well crafted and tasty.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz can.

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Photo of Andy1010
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love this beer! Brown ales don't get much better than this.

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Photo of lawlmartz
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Laudyman
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of peachesphg
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tommyboy985
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 ounce pour - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, brown body with some ruby-tinted hues at the edges. Slim, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Caramel, brown sugar and cocoa atop toasted breadcrusts charred and burnt at the edges with some mild, lighter fruity hints underneath.

Taste: Toasted malts with nutty caramel and brown sugar. Lightly fruity, hint of raisin, and, maybe some cherries, too. There's an underlying burnt roastiness that overrides the more pleasing 'brown ale' tastes. Backdrop of floral hops and some light bitterness. Drying finish with that roastiness having latched on.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While it's not bad it's not overly likable with the sustained roasted kick.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a dark brown color with a foamy, tan, one-finger head. It smelled of malt, caramel and toffee. It had a bold malty flavor with a strong dose of nuttiness.

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown color. 1.4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of chocolate, hops, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, hint of euro yeast, sweet malt, slight hop, hint of toffee, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, feel, and blend.

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Photo of boxvic
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very good brown ale. Not my favorite beer from Carson's (that would be Red Dawn) but it is probably #2 for me. Honestly I'm not a huge brown ale fan.

This one has great chocolate and malt flavor and tremendous drinkability.

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Photo of tykechandler
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigJim5021
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JamesS
4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby-brown, with a thick and sudsy head of off-white bubbles. Lace is detailed and lovely, too.

Aroma is chocolate malts up front, with a little woodsy spice (cedary, almost). But it's the chocolate that gets me front and center. Excellent!

Taste is deliciously malty chocolate and a hint of bittering hops at the finish. It's like a rich bittersweet cocoa tone. I also get a touch of a slight burnt flavor, as well as the wood hinted at in the aroma. All-in-all, a distinctively complex, flavorful, and an excellent (even noteworthy) brown ale.

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Photo of headyhopzhead
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Brown Cow Brown Ale from Carson's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 132 ratings