Paradigm Brown Ale | Kelsen Brewing Company

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Paradigm Brown AleParadigm Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Kelsen Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
par·a·digm \per-ə-dīm\ an outstandingly clear or typical example.

There are only a few moments in life where an opportunity arises that may possibly change the way you view the world. This is one of those moments. What you have in your hand is an outstandingly clear or typical example of what an American Brown Ale should be. Paradigm Brown Ale is a highly hopped brown ale that transcends the characteristics found in many examples of the style. The wonderful hop aroma will be apparent the second you pop the cap. Your first sip will present you with frothy foam and the taste of delicious chocolate malt that is more typical of a darker colored beer. The malt flavors will carry the hop bitterness through the entire sip and it finishes with a smooth texture that leaves your mouth watering for more. At this moment your view of the beer world has changed forever.

Added by puboflyons on 03-01-2014

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Photo of gonzo000
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

l. Dark brown with a two finger foamy head when pouring a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Once settled, it has a bit of amber color as well. The head remains at about 1 finger throughout the beer.

s. Faint nutty sent. Not overpowering in the least. Some grapefruit notes as well.

t. I know this is more mouthfeel, but there is a creamy aspect to this beer that is something special, and it does loose that creaminess as the beer settles. I suggest pouring this beer 6 - 8 oz at a time to get a refreshed head and added creaminess throughout. The head will continue to grow. There is a bitter aspect to the beer that comes through a bit if you allow it to settle. If you like that, forego the suggestion above. Nutty, malty, well balanced, some hoppy pine on the finish. This is a very well crafted beer. Kudos to the craft beer cellar in Nashua NH for recommending this beer for me.

Mouthfeel is outstanding, as is the overall aspect of this beer. I have not enjoyed a brown like this since visiting breweries in Toronto in 1990.

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Photo of JasonHaviland
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolute benchmark American Brown Ale. Smooth and complex with just the right ABV and balance. Not too hopy, not too sweet, not too much malt. They really nailed it with this one. I'm glad I live close enough to grab this on draft. A great beer.

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Photo of hybo11
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best brown ale I've ever tasted. It's a truly world class beer. I've stopped buying other Browns now because everything else pales in comparison. This is the Heady Topper of brown ales in my humble opinion.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours clear, chestnut in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is toasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and citrusy hops. Nice balance of bitter and sweet. First beer from Kelsen and it has me curious to try more from them. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heymikeymo
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KirkFrancis
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of doremite
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ETauntonMA
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is not your typical Brown Ale. The first thing you'll notice when you crack the top is the hop aroma. From that moment on you are experiencing one of the best Brown Ales around. The hops are complimented by malts that present hints of nuts, cocoa and coffee. Carbonation rounds it all out to make this a brew to enjoy year round. Truly worthy of the awards it's won.

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Photo of Ben1313
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trevorpost
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle #14200666. Sampled on March 1, 2014.

The pour is a deep rich looking brown color with a modest off-white head that lingers on and leaves lacing clinging to the glass.

The aroma has several interesting characteristics not as common in a Brown. Of course I am picking up the nuttiness and caramel maltiness but I am also catching a hint of cocoa and a modest earthy hop nip.

The body is around medium.

The taste is rather remarkable because of the way it evolves. It begins sweet and malty, then nutty, and there is a dark fruit-like eruption which blossoms into a solid bitterness that lingers on at the end. A nice start for this brand new brewery.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of imbibehour
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Light tan one finger top, slightly creamy with a Swiss cheese like bubbled collar. Dark walnut brown body and straightforward appearance and thick sheets of lace.

Muted toasted malts and more of a sweet nutmeg quality on the nose. Hints slightly maple sugar as well. Earth like hop presence.

Palate brings some interesting qualities. Black iPad hop flavor slightly juicy but also floral. Stinging hop with a touch of milky chocolate but some very boozy sweetness. Quite a bit of a warm finish, hitting also phenolic clove and alcohol.

Some very good character but hits just a bit too alcohol hot and sweet.

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Photo of hockeypuck
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of DrewRPS
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Al_Bundy
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of d_brommer_nh
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of ScottJergenson
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Photo of ScaryEd
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 ounce growler.

The pour is very dark, and has the appearance of soda with a huge, cream colored head that refuses to go away. Leaves a ton of cobweb lacing around the glass.

The aroma is slightly hop-forward, with subtle notes of caramel and brown sugar. Not overpowering, and extremely pleasant.

The taste is bitter hops, followed by sweet caramel malts. Like the nose, the taste is not overpowering, and is extremely well balanced.

Medium carbonation with a slight alcohol burn on the end finishes the mouthfeel.

Overall, an outstanding version of a style that hasn't quite gotten the love it deserves here in the states.

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Paradigm Brown Ale from Kelsen Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 146 ratings