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 jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

First beer from this brewery, gonna see how it is before I buy more from them. No bottling date.

Pours a nice foamy fizzy bubbly 1+ finger mocha head that fades at a med to slower pace, decent lacing, super dark almost black color, prob too dark for a brown ale.

Nose brings some roasted malts, a little biscuity cocoa, a little char, caramel brown malt notes, a hint of yeast, with some spicy earthy hops in the background, and then turns to mostly cocoa.

Taste brings creamy brown malts, mocha notes with a little roasty hint coffee like and creamy milk chocolate, a little biscuity cocoa as well, chewy nougat, touch of char and faint acrid late on the palate. Earthy spicy hops cut in there, with fair bitterness, and an earthy hop taste, that turns a little herbal even, and a little booze comes through with a touch of warmth and a little alcohol phenol thing. Finish is a bit dry, little creamy, lingering earthy hops, little roast and cocoa, char as well.

Mouth is med bod but creamy and a bit smooth, nice carb.

Overall eh, it has some nice points, nice cocoa, creamy, smooth, etc, but the dark malt either the chocolate malt or some roast or black malt in there brings too much roasty char and almost acrid like character, especially for a brown, but even a porter that would be unpleasant. So if that were dialed back I would really enjoy this.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with light passing easily. Small head that leaves nearly no lace.

Semisweet chocolate. Lightly chalky with just a touch of burnt aromas.

Starts with a darker malt that is subtle and soft. The swallow brings out strong bitter burnt malt and strong peppery hop. The finish is full of cocoa and bitterness.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/26/14 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, caramel malts, toasted malts, sweet dark fruits, light cocoa, and burnt malts. Nice nose, lots going on and it all works.

t - Tastes of nuts, caramel malts, earthy notes, burnt malts, toasted malts, bready malts, and light cocoa. Lots of malts, lots of burnt malt notes.

m - Medium body to it and low to moderate carbonation. Light bitterness from the burnt notes.

o - Overall a decent brown ale but I found a little bitterness to the taste. Liked the nose, worth checking out if you like brown ales.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery.
Pours a fairly clear deep dark brown with a decent sized fluffy beige head that blankets the top for a good long time. Aromas of hops, shit yeah lots of earthy citrusy hops atop a solid base of bready, chocolate, and caramel maltiness. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Rich caramel and chocolate countered with a solid earthy citrus hop flavor. Moderate hop bitterness is never harsh. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy silky velvety mouthfeel. Wow, I'm impressed! This is a damn fine brown ale from a brand new brewery. I look forward to sampling more from this upstart.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
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 puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle # 16102190.

Chestnut brown body with tall white head that has good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of toasted, nutty, and roasted malt with an earthy and light pine hop aroma. Good balance between hops and malt, but the bitterness wins over and lingers on in the finish. Nutty and toasted grains in the malt profile with a hint of brown sugar. Mostly earthy hops and some pine resin. Overall this is a well made brown ale, but I wouldn't mind if the hops were dialed back a little bit to let the malt profile be the star of the show.

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Photo of Dope
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 15102015

A: Dark brown pour. Enormous frothy light brown head. Great head retention with a huge fluffy island that remains forever.

S: Light toasted bread and nuts. Smells hoppy but indistinct at this point.

T: Huh, it's hoppy. Kind of a mix of citrus hoppiness and toasted malt. And...chocolate? Definite cocoa in there, especially in the finish. More toasted malt and light hoppiness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: Definitely an interesting take on a brown ale. Hops and chocolate dominate here, typical toasted malt flavor is practically an afterthought at points. Very nice if I'm honest - it works.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a Hoegaarden 0.33L glass.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced a puffy layer. It is an amber brown color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted, chocolate, bready, burnt toast, caramel, some light citrus, and piney notes too.

Taste: Same as above. Nice malt notes and simple hop flavor with some bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, some bitterness, light to medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice brown ale. Will Revisit These guys again when passing through or heading up to my brothers cottage in Atkinson.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of gonzo000
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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 tekstr1der
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours about as dark as I’ve ever seen a brown ale! Aromas of plums, raisens and burnt sugar – strange but pleasing! Taste carries heavy malt and still the burned sugar, but not too sweet. Overall interesting. Really want to try this fresh from the tap!Pours about as dark as i’ve ever seen a brown ale.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks great, brown with copper veins. Tannish head. Minimal aroma, a little brown sugar. There's some sweetness, but the bitterness from the hops is the most prevalent character. It's actually very nice drinking, but not sure it's the most to style brown ale. I like it though.

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Photo of datalager
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, this is what I like to see. A small brewer tackling a difficult beer right out of the gates. Kelson has done this style justice.

What do I mean by a difficult beer? Just look at the average reviews for browns right here on BA. They tend to score significantly lower than IPAs, Stouts, Belgians, etc... It's just one of those styles that gets a lot less lovin'. Why? I don't know, exactly. I think much of it comes from the trend in craft beer to deliver favors in mass quantities. Don't get me wrong, I love DIPAs, Quads and Baltic Porters like the next guy, but sometimes it's nice to have a beer that's just, well, a really good beer. I for one am a sucker for browns.

The color of this ale, from Kelsen, is perfect. It gives a precursor to the flavors within.

Aroma is rich. Smells of fresh bakery air, with those warm breads and roasted sugary pastries, almost a cross of caramel and butter.

Flavors are balanced and bold with a fresh pour. Dominant tongue is bread and smooth malt. Moderately spiced hops become apparent as my tumbler warms. Just a great all around beer.

Sip is a touch bitey, and swallow is medium bodied.

Overall quite excellent. Bravo for this newcomer. I'm looking forward to trying their other offerings.

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Photo of JasonHaviland
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Thomas_Wikman
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A friend of mine sent me this hoppier version of a Brown Ale (but not stout), and it might be the best brown ale I've had. I can really taste a paradigm shift happening.

Look - It has a cloudy golden hue with a very thick and frothy white head.

Aroma - It has a nice toasty aroma with caramel and a tad of citrus.

Taste - I can taste toasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, maybe a hint of coffee.

Overall - It is light/medium and easy drinking.

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Photo of selecter70
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draught. FANTASTIC. Get this one! An amazing take on brown ales; definitely not the lighter bodied simple brown/copper ales you've had many of. This stands alone. A deep amber pour with creamy head & sticky lace. An aroma of sweet sugar cookie malt, some hop and powdered hot chocolate (?). Medium bodied with a creamier than expected mouthfeel but not cloying. The taste similar to the aroma rounded out in a stunning way with some slightly bitter hops, making this feel like an Imperial Bitter, crisp refreshing, delicious!

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Photo of dippy
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bit hoppy for a brown. It was a pleasant brown. Poured a nice dark brown with a finger of head made up of tightly knit bubbles. This beer brought with it some expectation having a reputation as one of the better beers from Kelsen.
The hoppiness was different and appreciated. It created a nice balance to the beer. But in a time when breweries are adding crazy hops to everything , they managed to have a delicate touch with this, not overpowering and staying true to the style.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks. Very dark brown with ruby tints and frothy head.
Smell. Nice blend of high citrus and lower, robust earthiness and maltiness.
Taste. Springy hops slightly mellowed out mid-palette by malts, with a wet smooth finish.
Feel. Medium-full body with a nice sparkle and a pleasant, balanced feel.
Overall. Very nice well-balanced ale, but I like 'em maltier.

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Photo of risendragon
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nanobrewery from Derry, NH. Having only been in existence for three months, this place is off to a stellar start! Erik and Paul are the owners, very personable and eager to talk about beer. Now on to this brew!

Appearance- Dark brown towards the bottom but lighter up top with a nice foamy head.

Smell- Dark grains, chocolate, coffee, toffee, hops, faint spice (clove, cinnamon). Perfectly in balance.

Taste- Just short of amazing, a little too much hop for the style though. Earthy notes and hops mingle with coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of hazelnut (very faint), and toffee. Feels nice and velvety on the tongue, very smooth.

Overall- A great addition to the local canon of craft beers. It is very unique, being one of the few breweries in the area to do a Brown Ale. Highly recommended!

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Photo of wreck
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery and then again in a growler. This may be my all-time favorite brown ale.

When you pour it, you'll notice that it is very dark, almost like a porter. The aroma gives you some caramel, chocolate, cocoa. The mouth-feel and taste are also excellent. It has a really balanced hop profile and is really smooth to the end of the glass.

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Photo of seanzig
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's hard to wow me with a brown ale. This brown is decent but nothing amazing. Certainly has caramel and roasty notes, but they don't jump off the page. Easy to drink. Mild head.

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Photo of theandyday
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paradigm is aptly named for changing the way you look at a brown ale. Like so many others I've spoken with, I'm not usually a brown ale drinker. This beer is rich and complex in mouth feel, aroma and flavor.

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Photo of ETauntonMA
5/5  rDev +19.9%
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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Paradigm Brown Ale from Kelsen Brewing Company
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