Samuel Adams Brown Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Brown AleSamuel Adams Brown Ale
Samuel Adams Brown AleSamuel Adams Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 563 | Ratings: 708
Reviews by beerwolf77:
Photo of beerwolf77
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for tossing this one my way.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is chestnut brown with orange highlights. About two fingers of light beige head recede quickly leaving a very nice coating of lace.

The aroma is rather nutty with toasted malt and just hint of hops. Maybe a touch of spice and even a bit of chocolate.

The flavor is real nice. Roast malt blended with nuts, coffee, caramel, and even a touch of bourbon like character. This really surprised me with an emense flavor.

Medium body with just light to moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall a very good brown ale. It's a shame this ones retired. I would love to pick up more.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a brown ale alright. Nice milky tan head with tight creamy bits of lacing. I think I like the aroma most of all here. Its nothing extreme but nice and sniffable. Full, sweet and soft malts, like caramel glazed bread perhaps, light spicy hops, and some nuttiness. Flavors are light, following the smells, and have enough well balanced impact to make this beer enjoyable. Very light and immediate bitterness right at the finish. Mouthfeel has a nice dry lightly gritty texture and the body is light, but approaching medium. Drinkable over and over again.

A solid unexciting but pleasing brown ale. Easy to have.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of FloppyDog
2.26/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Deep brown color with a finger tall head.

Aroma not too significant, leaning more towards the hops than the malt.

Taste is initially of flavorful malt with an astringent finish that was not enjoyable at all. It tasted almost tannin-like, in a bad way. This astringency lingered in my mouth even after the sip was swallowed.

Mouth feel was fairly light, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, the finish ruined the beer for me.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a Brewmaster's Special Mixed 6 pack of Black Lager, Brown Ale, and Honey Porter; $10.99 at LaBodega in Riverside, CA.

Pours a decent brown color with a nice off-white head that sticks around as a thin cover. Aroma of toasted malts, slight smokiness, and molassas. Flavor has these characteristics, but the hops also bring in back-bite and astringency, in an otherwise malt-dominated brown ale. Very nice balance, and the hops give it an interesting flavor.

Brown ales really aren't my cup of tea (so to speak), but this is a nicely made one.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a light brown/reddish with a head of about 1 inch that soon dissolved. Nice bit of lace around the glass that tends to hold.

S: Clean smell. Has a hint of buttered biscuits and toffee.

T & M: Subtle at first with a little bit of pinch at the end, which probably has something to do with the nutty quality. The taste is very light and refreshing.

D: Easily could take a few of these out for drinking session and be quite happy with them.

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Photo of berley31
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small, tan head. What head there was dissipated quickly to a thin foam. Body is clear, but a dark brown color.

S: Smells of roasted malt... maybe a slight coffee twinge in there.

T: Dominating malt flavor with some roasted flavors to it. Hints of chocolate start to come through but disappear before I can identify them for sure. Short duration of flavor.

M: Actually comes across as kind of thin, despite some initial oiliness... not much to the body, really.

D: Easy to drink, but not a spectacular English Brown Ale. Nothing to set it apart from others of its class, but it's still a decent beer, if slightly disappointing.

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Photo of Zorro
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light brown colored ale with a good tan colored head. If this was a little darker I could have given this a 4.

Smell is pleasant and intensely fruity smelling as a English style ale should be. Underlying smell of chocolate. Charred and roasted aromas are missing or minimal. A bit of scorched sugar scent here that is what became of the malt. Still a very pleasant brew for your nose.

Taste is lots of carbonation and a strong fruity flavor with a strong malt flavor. Lots of caramelized sugar flavors in this. Yeast produced fruitiness might be almost over the top but I liked it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty and inviting brown ale here. Not going to win any medals but you certainly will want to finish this beer. To bad it isn't a new beer for Boston Beer, way better than that cursed fake Lambic in the Holiday Pack.

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Photo of Clockwork420
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.
Nice amber reddish brown color, little 1 cm head turned into none. Small amounts of lacing. Smell was light. Kinda smelled like spice and bread. Or biscuits. The taste is sweet and tarty, high carbonation. Very easy to drink. Mouthfeel was light, and smooth.

Not to be bias but Im not a huge fan of the Ales I have tried. One being hobgoblin. So I went into this one very slow.

And I was taken off guard by this one. For a not so ale guy Im diggin this one. I do like it alot.

Thanks Sam.

Another winner in my eyes. :P

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Photo of Mdog
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brown, good head, good lacing.

Smell: Nutty, toast aromas.

Taste: Toast, a little nut flavor, and a little sweetness.

Drinkability: Not too heavy, could have a few in a sitting.

Working my way through the brewmaster's collection 12 pack from Sam Adams. I've noticed pretty much all the beers are solid, if unspectacular representatives of their styles, and all are quite easy to drink. The Brown Ale fits this bill, some nice flavors, not too heavy, so it's easy to drink.

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Photo of choyhosoi
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A-Brown colored drink that has a little head that fizzles away quickly. It does leave just a little string of head at the top of the glass.

S-Not too strong of a scent.I did pick up some sugaru tones and a fruity smell but overall nothing too prominent.

T-Considering the color I expected more flavor to this. It is a very easy-drinking and probably a crowd pleaser.

M/D-Overall this is very easy going down based on what I usually drink. I could take this to a get together and drink it for awhile without complaining I hope somebody else feels the same way. Cheers!

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Photo of maleman
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an SA glass. Freshness dating was on bottle.

A - poured a darker brown than I was expecting. Started with a one-finger creamy, tan head that recede quickly into thin cap. Tight lacing all down the sides.

S - nothing overbearing. some hops with a slight hint of alcohol.

T - could detect the phenol up front, then some nuttiness settled in. a little bit of clove, or some other neutral spice. not as much bread as i would have thought. some grass.

M - light to medium-bodied with decent carbonation. smooth beginning and finish with little aftertaste.

D - not on par with a Sam Smith Nut Brown, or maybe even a New Castle, but is session-worthy. I could knock back several of these and not be a lesser man for it.

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Photo of msolar
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice, dark amber - beautiful color. Nice head with heavy lacing. Smells like caramel with a citrus hint. Medium or Medium-to-heavy bodied beer with a good mouthfeel. Caramel flavor with a nice flavor on the palette. I really like this beer, but would recommend Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale for the perfect English Brown Ale.

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Photo of pumarocks
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up this badboy in a sixer mixer at the local grocer in symmes twp. it pours a nice dark brown color. good head and lacing. it has a great toasted bread/biscuit after taste that is enjoyable. sammy has done it again. well done, boston brewery, well done.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nvsblman
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown color with about a finger of just off-white head. Nutty aroma along with some cloves. Earthy hops also. The flavor is also nutty and has some nice brown sugar notes. The earthy hops provide a nice balance. Pretty medium mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink, this is a nice session beer!

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pub glass,dark copper with brown and ruby hue,almost clear just slightly cloudy.
The head was off white a bit towards tan,very creamy,very tiny bubbles,a lasting head.
The aroma was a bit spicey,not real hoppy,but a very complex malt aroma of caramell,toffee,roasty,chocolaty,nutty very good malt aroma.
Caramel,chocolate,roasted,burnt malt tastes,a woody,slight citrus hop flavor.a complex balamced taste.
The mouthfeel was light to medium,very smooth,creamy,with a clean sharp finish and a slight cloyingness.
An exceptionally drinkable beer,very balanced and very enjoyable.
A session brown ale if there ever was.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wedge
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear reddish copper with a small creamy head. Rich, toasted caramel aroma with hints of nuts. More malts in the flavor with the addition of some leafy hops - finishes with some bready grain. Bitter, nutty-dry, toffee.

Not bad at first, but after a while it loses me. The bitterness doesn't really fit in and it seems to be somewhat unbalanced. I kinda lost interest by the end of the glass...

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Photo of TechMyst
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Not my cup of tea. Kind of like a porter and a lager mixed together...but not the good parts of either. Laces ok, little bit of head. Like I said, all these beers they are developing are not very impressive. My taste buds are attuned to these guys or something.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty darn good brown ale.

Has a nice dark brown, almost non-see through, with a good head that laces well.

Smells of roasted malts and esters.
Has a taste of roasted malts and a little sweetness. Aftertaste is a good clean finish.

I will buy it again, and I will drink it...

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Photo of smcolw
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Impressive head with some rocky staying power--leaves good ring lace. This beer is clear but still solidly brown.

Crystal malt, cut grass and the subtlest of skunk best describes the aroma. Relatively mild and nearly no hop.

Brown sugar and some latent hop when I swallow. Closer to the English style than most of the American offerings. There's an element of the "roundness" I have tasted in the Samuel Smith offering, but I'd describe the body as something akin to Newcastle.

This is an easy-to-drink brown and it doesn't add anything that shouldn't be there. It's a beautiful looking beer, but the taste is far more middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being poured the beer was an amberish tone of brown. The tan head was of decent size with great retention. The foam held on to the glass throughout consumption.

The smell was very faint with a hint of roasted nut, and a lingering scent of bubblegum.

It had a roasted taste, with some sweeter caramel flavor. The finish was a bitter kick.

The body was definately medium with a good amount of carbonation. It leaves the bitter kick in your mouth after consumption.

Samuel Adams Brown Ale was really easy to drink. The taste was great for a brown beer, and I would definately have another.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a very deep brown color with a thin head at the top.
Smell: A roasty malt scent that melts well with a slight hint of a hops aroma. The malt almost has a scent of chocolate or caramel.
Taste: Very crisp with a nice toasty flavor. The malts aren't overpowering and they give a nice full flavor to the beer.
Mouth feel and drinkability: Nice weight to it, and very easy to drink. Has a nice subtle carbonation which makes the beer easy to enjoy.

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Photo of tommy78
2.36/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one out of a brewmaster's collection pack. Poured it out of the bottle, and it was a typical copperish color. The smell wasn't very strong. In fact, I really couldn't pinpoint a specific aroma. The taste wasn't very impressive either. In fact, I wouldn't have more than two. It just doesn't settle well in the belly. I wouldn't go out of my way to pick this beer up again.

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Samuel Adams Brown Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 708 ratings