Institution Ale Company

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #96
Ranked #11,943
4.12 | pDev: 8.5%
Institution Ale Company
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: An American Brown Ale aged on hard maple. This beer balances complex flavors of nuttiness, chocolate, roasted coffee, and sweet maple. A full bodied yet refreshing dark ale.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 22 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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oggg from California

4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Old San Luis BBQ. Listed as Restraint Maple. Totally under marketed as this beer knocked my socks off. Totally surprised. Beautiful dark brown with a nice sweet hazelnut caramel nose. Beautifully balanced with a hefty hop bitterness playing off tasty toffee, deep maltiness. Great balanced finish. Probably the best brown ale I've had. This is what I tried for years to homebrew and here it is!

Dec 09, 2017
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MichaelMarks69 from California

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This year round offering is the only dark beer always around. Smooth feel to this. It reminds me of an inspired version Newcastle Brown. I usually leave with a growler of this one.

May 28, 2017
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crob3888 from California

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into an imperial pint glass; a clear mahogany with a moderate khaki head that settled to a fine film throughout the drink and left tons of sticky lacing on the glass. Smell and taste are of caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, cocoa, toffee, and a hint of earthy, wood-like characteristics. Mouthfeel was excellent, medium carbonation and very creamy and drinkable. Overall probably the best brown ale I have ever had, the maple and wood flavors really add to its complexity.

Oct 16, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Institution Ale Company in Camarillo, CA.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, brown sugar, cocoa, maple, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, and maple flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice maple wood presence that comes through slightly better in the taste.

Apr 13, 2014
Restraint from Institution Ale Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 22 ratings