Foundation Brewing Company

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English Brown Ale
Ranked #15
Ranked #13,297
3.92 | pDev: 7.4%
Foundation Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Burnside is our traditional brown ale. It is layered with roasted notes of coffee, burnt sugar, and chocolate, but balanced by a touch of malty sweetness and Maine-grown oats for a smooth finish.
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Photo of vinicole
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can. Dark brown with a frothy tan head.
Nutty aroma. Hints of chocolate.
Over toasted brown bread to taste. Sweetness apparent but not intrussive.
Light to medium body.
Reasonable American take on a Brown Ale.

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Photo of beertunes
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thebeers for this one, from NBS BIF #8. 16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured an appropriately dark brown, with just about 1/4 inch of light tan head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

Slight roast aromas were the first thing to hit the nose when I cracked the can, followed by some sweetness, and a nice grain scent. Pretty similar on the tongue, the base was a very nice combination of grain and sweetness, just barely a hint of hop, and a touch of chocolate.

The body was maybe a touch on the light side of medium for the style, but nice carbonation carried it pleasantly across the palate. The finish, while not "dry" was comparatively dry for the style, and had a nice finish. Drinkability was very good, I would knock these back on the regular were it local to me. Overall, a very nice beer, certainly worth your time if you get the chance.

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Photo of thebeers
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light caramel-tinted brown with a finger of tan head. Spotty sheeted lacing.

Big sugared coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts in the nose.

Sweet chocolate, coffee, nuts and roasted malts in the taste as well, while still managing to be pretty dry. Moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation.

Easy drinking, pretty sweet version. Would go good with Mexican food.

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Photo of smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brown color and clear. Moderate head with a couple of streaks for lace.

Dark, burnt malt aroma. Some ash to the nose.

The flavor starts like a dry brown ale but finishes with an ashen, dark chocolate taste. The body is neutral as is the carbonation, like a Brown Ale. The taste is NOT like a Brown Ale because the malt is more bitter and burnt.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a ruddy burnt brown color with a soft carbonation rising at a moderate pace. Light stringy lacing glazed the sides of the glass. The smell had a decent blend of sweet to roasted nutty coffee and caramel malts. The taste copied the smell gracefully and had a nice sweet blend of roasty coffee to nutty aftertaste leading into a semi - dry nutty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium with a decent sessionability about it. This nicely carbonated brown ale left a lingering dryness rolling over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good English Brown ale, everything is there going nicely.

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Photo of Devinci1206
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice reddish brown color with a complex flavor, yet very easy to detect the coffee and chocolate undertones. Browns seem to get ignored so I glad Foundation did something creative with it.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass. Dark brown body with a light, bubbly head that dissipates. Solid web of foam slides down the glass as you drain the beer. Aroma is light chocolate, nutty and roasted malt. Taste is nutty, toasty, baked bread, roasted malt and a touch of carmalized sweetness. Finishes on the lighter side which is in line with the moderate ABV but was looking for a little more malt. Nice beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap at central provisions Portland

Light fluffy creamy head nice lacing, hazy chestnut brown

Nose big toasted malts, caramel, toffee, biscuity, almond, nutty, a little herbal earthy hops, toasted brown malt sweetness,.

Taste more biscuity malts, toasted brown malts, caramel, toffee, nutty almond, biscuity toasty toffee candy, fair sweetness, some mild bitter earthy herbal hops. Finish sweet, fair bitterness, lingering toffee caramel candy, toasted brown malts.

Mouth is med bod, candy chews, nice carb.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid Brown Ale - nutty, with a pleasant nose, decent body. Carmalized sugar complements the nuttiness. Smooth - with just enough roasted malt bite on the finish

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Photo of dee4maine
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

awesome take on brown ale with loads of rich malty profile with caramel, nutty and coffee aromas. very elegantly hopped and creates this rich brew with lingering flavors!

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Photo of illpass78
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint on draft at Flatbread in Portland. Served in Bunker glassware.

Appearance: A somewhat murky brown with sheets of white lacing.

Aroma: Hoppy and malty. Brown toasted bread, citrus, floral hops.

Taste: Delivers. Great mix of malty and hoppy flavors. The brown bread, toast and caramel are there, and so is citrus and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium depth. Good as a slow drinker; too much flavor to plow through it.

Overall: Great brown ale. Complex flavor profile and terrific presentation.

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Photo of Lonborgski
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From growler filled at brewery.
Deep brown, thin head in pintglass.
Unremarkable smell.
Robust taste. Full bodied, but the hops come through. Lingering aftertaste.
Smooth feels, but with enough bite to get your attention.
Overall, a tasty winter brew.

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Photo of Erockss
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After having this several more times,I'm going to revise my rating an raise it up from the original 3.75 I gave it. I seem to enjoy it more each time I have it. ( draught from Bonobo in Portland ME)

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Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Foundry, Northampton, MA.

A- Served from tap to tumbler with a deep brown body and a one-finger white cap. The head has good retention and a frothy, foamy texture dropping a few rings of lace at the top with spottiness below.

S- Toasted grains, nuttiness and medium caramelized sugars. A hint of dark fruits and bread from the yeast which definitely feels English.

T- Smooth and toasty malts bring notes of toffee, caramel, slight roast, nuttiness and a touch of sweetness. Raisin, medium candi sugars, earthy and citrus hops.

MF- Medium bodied, perhaps a bit toward the light side with a foamy texture that is ever so slightly creamy. Carbonation on the medium-high side and it ends bittersweet.

Solid all around English Brown brewed on American soil. Has the classic fruit esters and nutty malts complimented by medium sweetness and a smooth body.

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Photo of jhavs
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Growler purchased at the brewery into a snifter.

A= Brown with a red tint, thick off white head that was a bit creamy, settled to thin layer with ring around the glass.

S= A bit roasted malts and caramel/toffee.

T= Get the malt sweetness and caramel flavors up front with a bit of roasted flavors coming through, little bit of hop bitterness to give the malts some balance.

M=Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= An excellent brown ale. It is not one of my favorite styles, but had a taste at the brewery and brought this growler home. Rich flavors, good looking, and very well made. Have had only great beers from this brewery.

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Photo of scotorum
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3/15/15. Not that it matters much for a low IBU brown, but it's nice to see the date included.

a: Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Samuel Adams nonick. Clear dark copper with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s; Caramel malt.

t; Same as nose up front with slight balancing hop bite. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Light to medium, good body, decent carbonation tingle.

o; A fine traditional English brown, well made and tasty. Rivals my onetime favorite brew, Woodstock Inn's Pig's Ear.

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Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown, hazy, wispy, almost ruby. Dry roasted malt, light coffee, multi grain breads sweetness, awesome balance. Pretty much spot on for a sorta boring style.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can. Poured a clear brown. Tiny head. Aroma is very mild. This style isn't easy to describe. Burnside doesn't necessarily depict chocolate or coffee or the like but I feel like the makings are apparent. It's lighter and softer than that. The beer is enjoyable to drink. It depicts subtle flavors of caramel, tiny roast and tiny chocolate. Light nut. Bread crust. Light bodied. It's hard to describe but I love this style and want more offerings like this. Brown Ales are awesome. Especially chuggable ones like this.

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Photo of mynie
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased about three weeks ago direct from the brewery.

Pours dark brown with a nice head and a bit of a haze. Smells rather like American hops for an English brown, but the hop aroma is backed up nicely by a light nutiness.

Flavor is American hop first and foremost--high acid citrus nodes dominate. The middle is a straight English brown, with sweet nutty malt, and the finish is a pretty good balance between the two along with some light nodes of peat and smoke.

Tastes like a bit of a cross between an English brown and an American black APA. Weird, but tasty.

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Burnside from Foundation Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 130 ratings