Coopersmith's Not Brown Ale
Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing

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Style:
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #184
ABV:
5%
Score:
82
Ranked #38,114
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 10.19%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
24
From:
Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  3
SCORE
82
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

english brown all the way through, comes across a bit sweet, and in fact, i could stand a little more hop balance on it, but i like it the way it is too. a thick red brown color with a short tan head, minimal retention, but a foamy and bubbly feel which flatters it. the smell is sweet chocolate malt, with that amber beer sugar left over. medium roast at most, but all the body makes it seem heavier than it is. a woody, almost root beer complexion to the finish, maybe that birch syrup flavor, its subtle, but its a cool layer to have in here. a little sweeter than i like my browns to be, and probably better fall and winter beer than in warmer weather, but i genuinely like whats going on here. coopersmith is yet to blow me away, but they also continue to do justice to all the basic styles. underrated brewery i think, and some awesome food for beer like this brown.

Apr 24, 2014
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beergoot from Colorado

3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer arrived in the pint glass, dark in body but clear. The head was white but not overly thick and dissipated quickly to just a thin layer on top. It did leave some nice lacing along the glass.

The aroma was coffee, roasted malts, and bisquity with the taste following suit with a slight bitterness. Body-wise, it was thin.

An okay brown ale that doesn't break any new ground. I see it as placing in the lower-middle of the brown ale pack for overall desirability for this style of ale.

Jan 08, 2012
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emmasdad from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We tried this one with friends Saturday afternoon (many Saturdays ago) at the brewery in Fort Collins. Thanks dougie. Poured a chocolately brown color with a small cap of foam. Aromas of chocolate, nuts and malt. On the palate, this one was smooth, medium bodied and good with pizza.

Sep 16, 2011
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JayS2629 from Alabama

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with some cloudiness and a rich tan head that fades slowly and leaves rings of lace.

The aroma is of burnt chocolate, caramel, toasted malts, and floral qualities. honesuckle and freshly cut grass.

The taste follows with mild chocolate, caramel, toast, and hints of toffee. Grassy and floral hops balance it off in the finish.

Medium bodied, slightly watery.

Overall a nicely balanced and drinkable treat.

Aug 21, 2011
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ScorpyX from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, nearly black with a small, white head. Redness shinse through when held before the light.

S: Smells of burnt chocolate overwhelmingly with some smokiness, too

T: The chocolate is at the forefront. Some roasted coffee and malt in the aftertaste.

M: Not overwhelmingly heavy, but definitely a lot of body in this one.Creamy feel on the swallow.

D: Definitely one of the more drinkable brown ales I've had, with its good taste and decent body. One of my favorites at Coopersmith's.

Feb 22, 2011
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notes of May 9th, 2009:

The pour starts with a 2 finger head of foam but quickly shrinks to a fine layer. The colour is a very dark brown with some hues of red.

The smell is sweet/malty with a light note of chocolate and some roasted malt with a touch of some nutiness.

The taste Roasted malt, caramel, some nutty tones, and a bit of chocolate..tasting very good. It finishes with a light dark chocolate bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation...makes it very smooth.

Drinkability? Typical of a well made Brown Ale. Easy drinking and tasty enough to demand another pint. Easily. I didn't because I had other things to do.

May 12, 2009
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Domingo from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown and loaded with sweet nutty, cocoa, and toffee flavors. It's one of the sweeter browns I've had, but it really works with this one.
Simple, but done way too well to ignore. Coopersmith's has a great selection, but this is arguably the best of their day-to-day line up.
Way too quaffable to ignore.

Mar 22, 2009
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pmcadamis from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown and semi-transparent. Has the color and clarity of a mild brown like Newcastle. A little white head goes away pretty quickly. Looks a little boring really.

S - Mixed nuts (emphasis on the almonds and hazelnuts), and black bread like pumpernickel.

T - Malty, bready (black bread with whole grains and husks and all that stuff), and some chocolate chip flavors.

M - Medium bodied and firm. Lush carbonation. Feels a bit heavier than it really is. A really nice easy drinking and uncomplicated brown ale.

Oct 09, 2007
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Crosling from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown. A variety of dark malts (coffee, chocolate, roast), maple, toffee and nuts in the nose. Lovely, malt driven flavor with hints of caramel, toasted malts, coffee and butter. An above average nut brown for sure and something I will definately be having again.

Apr 30, 2006
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Not Brown poured a ruby-brown with an off-white, fluffy head that quickly went to a film and left a little lacing.

The aroma was toasted caramel malt.

The flavor was toasted malt, some coffee and chocolate, with a crsip finish. It was kind of over-balanced on the malt side. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side.

Overall, a nice drinking brew. It reminded me of a scottish ale.

May 15, 2004
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jcalabre from California

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on draught at Coopersmith's in Fort Collins, CO
Appearance: This pours a clear dark brownish/red color.
Aroma: You get a schauzola full of roasty/toasty aromas
Flavor: this is a very drinkable session beer. It pairs well with food. When in doubt, a good choice at Coopersmith's

Aug 27, 2003
Coopersmith's Not Brown Ale from Coopersmith's Pub & Brewing
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 24 ratings