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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 563 | Ratings: 708
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light cola color with a frothy tan-ish head that leaves quickly with a one-finger lace left around the inside of the glass.

Smell: Caramel malts with a buttery, toasty aroma.

Taste: Starts sweet, finishing with a toasted flavor. A bit of hops at the end; well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and sticky, with a light medium body.

Drinkability: Another solid beer from Sam Adams. Again, not the best of its style, but still well worth the drink. Very sessionable beer.

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Photo of LukeD23
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice brown ale. Pours a gorgeous dark mahogany I would give this beer a 5 on appearance if it had some head retention.

Aroma is so nice for a brown ale. Toffee, caramel, and really interesting hop aroma, cant put my finger on it.

The flavor is nice, but has a subtle tartness, maybe from a dark roasted malt or english ale yeast. Complex malt bill perfect for a fall beer. Very nice smooth tasting brown ale.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful appearance - chestnut brown, no haze, light tan head that retains well. Good stuff.

Nose is modest & light with baked brownbread and light caramel. The caramel comes through on the palate as well, with more of the bready component that was noted in the nose. Finish is medium and somewhat sweet.

Easy drinking.

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Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown, nice creamy head that dissipates to a cappucino like froth. Smells of mostly caramel and toffee malt, quite a bit of cocoa and chocolate, little brown sugar, little vanilla and amaretto. Tastes of semi sweet caramel and chocolate malt that is quickly countered by a fairly earthy bitterness. Ends with some nice toasted grain along with more caramel sweetness. Some chocolate on the backbone. Fairly think mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

This is a very well put together brown ale. The flavors aren't super bold, but there is definitely a few layers that work together to create a great sessionable ale. Very impressive.

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Photo of bsp77
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into English beveled mug.

Appearance: Clear medium brown with a reddish tint. Very, very thin head.

Smell: Toast, biscuit, caramel, fruit and nuts.

Taste: Semi-sweet malts with a mixture of toast, biscuit, caramel and dark fruit. Maybe a very slight nut taste, but not what I would call a Nut Brown Ale. Very mild overall, with very low levels of bitterness, just a slight kick at the end.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body but slightly thin.

Drinkability: Very standard example of the style. Easy to drink but uninteresting. Just barely better than Newcastle.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged from a judging event.

A - Pours a light amber, with a nice fluffy and chunky 3 fingered cappuccino head. Dissipated moderately slow and left beautiful lacing.

S - Lots of toffee, some nuttiness, sweeet malts, and cinnamon on the nose.

T - Light roast coffee, toffee, light nuts, light bittering hops, and light cinnamon.

M - Moderately bodied, especially as the beer warms up. Well balanced, roasty, and mild.

D - Great overall. I really appreciate this beer.

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Photo of Domingo
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a neutral medium brown color with a lot of carbonation. Seems pretty unusual to have such a highly carbonated brown ale, as the typically creamy texture isn't there.
Smells like what you'd expect. Nutty, malty, a little milk chocolate.
The flavor is a bit of a letdown. You get a mild bready, nutty flavor with a bitter finish...and that's really pretty much it. The depth from the smell is muted, and I dare say it tastes like too many other SA beers. While it's not a bad flavor, it's nondescript and not much like a brown ale.
Mouthfeel is okay, but not really to style. Again the creamy texture isn't there.
I'd call this a miss for Boston Beer. It's not much of a brown ale, but it isn't horrible or anything.
It's in a few of the mix packs and certainly nothing to avoid, but I don't think I'll ever buy a 6'er of it.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A chilled bottle into a mug.
Appearance- A brown body with an amber hue. A lot of carbonation and a violent head. Beige in color there was some lasting lace but poor head retention.
Smell- Some sweetness from caramel and something damp. However there still something herbal.
Taste- A nuttiness with a balanced sweetness very much opposite of the English styles. Breadiness.
Mouthfeel- A lot of carbonation and a thin feel.
Drinkability- Not stellar and not something I would have morw than one of.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A reddish/brown color pour with a small light tan head,medium carbonation,small amount of lacing. Aroma is toasty ,slightly nutty,hints of hops.Flavor is of toasted caramel malt, slightly sweet,nutty, a bit of yeasty fruit type notes, with a slight bitterness, a dusty fruity finish. This was better than expected but nothing special, a good sessionable brown ale with solid flavor.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm on a Sam Adams reviewing binge lately. Had this one in a 12 oz bottle at Louisville Slugger Field while watching the Louisville Bats take on the Pawtucket Red Sox. Since I'm at the ballpark and glassware is restricted, the bottle was poured into a tall, clear plastic ballpark cup.

A: Body is a light brown hue with burgundy and amber colored highlights depending on how you look at the cup. Pour creates a foamy, beige head that quickly reduces to at thin ring of tiny bubbles.

S: Some sweet malts; a caramel-like note; a touch of earthy, hoppy bitterness; slightly musty. The nose is not very powerful, but its also more challenging to pick out some of the notes with all the other smells of the ballpark in the air.

T: Much like the nose - a lightly earthy hop bitterness at the start moderated by a hefty dose of a nutty, grain flavor and a lingering caramel sweetness. Mid sip is all malts - sweet and bready which lingers well into the finish.

M: Carbonation gives a light crispness, but otherwise this beer feels thin - almost too thin to me.

D: Drinkability is solid - you could drink a couple in a sitting, making it decent for a drinking session, but I can think of other brown ales I would opt for first (Sam Smith's Nut Brown being my first choice).

A decent English brown from Boston Beer Company, but nothing exceptional. A good, workman-like effort, kind of what you would expect out of a brown ale.

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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 ThaBobfather
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear, light brown color with some light, thin head.
Smells kind of like un-fizzed rootbeer with some cocoa and nuts.
Tastes fairly nutty with some watery caramel flavor.
Finish is muddy, not particular in much of a way, but the nutty flavor is pretty ok.
Drinks very well as a result of its watery nature.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: A refreshingly clear brew that with a mahogany center and hits of red around the edges. Tight pillow which recedes quickly to thin later that remains throughout the session.

S: Caramel sweetness, biscuit, and roasted toasted malty goodness with a hint of citrus hops.

T/M: Light to medium body, creamy and smooth. Not overly carbonated. Caramel malts and toasted buttery biscuits again. A hint of spice and some mild bitterness in the back from the hops.

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Photo of steanu
4.57/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was given to me as my 21st Birthday present and I think this is the beer that got me to love Samuel Adams. After I tried this I went on and tried as many Sam Adams beers as I possibly could.

A-It's got a nice brown color to it. Hence the name

S- It's got a nice caramel smell to it.

T-You can taste the malt and caramel and also taste the hops. It's not too strong or too weak, it's a happy medium.

M-It feels great in the mouth and it doesn't leave an aftertaste.

D-It's a great drink!

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Photo of Beefeater57
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear brown with a thin head. Spotty lacing.

S: Nutty smell, mostly cashews. Some toasted malts.

T: Nutty flavors coming through with some toasted biscuit malts. Some bright acidity up front as well. Biscuit flavors linger in the aftertaste with some mild citrus flavors. Not picking up any hops.

M: Watery, but very smooth

D: I really enjoyed the malt flavors from this one, just wish they were a little richer in flavor. Also craved some sort of bitterness, which I didn't get. Good beer though...

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes:

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

A- Decent head that leaves a thin lace, but only a few rings stay on the glass. Deep brown color that is very clear.

S- A whiff of caramel and whoppers. Small spice note as well.

T&M- A balanced toasty and caramel malt flavor with a balanced bitter hop bite. Medium body with some crispness.

D- Tastes like other American stabs at this beer, good for a session, but not a homerun

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Photo of BierBreath305
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. First off, the head looks great, retention is really good and the lacing throughout is amazing for a brown ale. The smell is of caramel malt with some nuts and a slight buttery buiscuit. Taste is malty with a slight hop finish. I wish I could speak more on the taste but my palate is compromised.

Now, drinkability-wise, this is one of the best beers in the SA stable. Low carbonation (less fizz, more cream in the head) and a lower abv make this an easy beer to drink 6 of without feeling bloated. Wonderful.

This is not the best Brown Ale on the market but Sam Adams did a hell of a job with the style, its tasty and very easy to drink. For someone wanting to get a taste of what brown ales are like this is a great place to start, definitely another quality brew from the Boston Beer Co

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Photo of TommyW
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber, brown body that's a touch cloudy. Off-white head that fades to a thin lace.

S- Molasses, caramelized sugars and some nuttiness.

T- Caramel malts with some slight nutty flavors coming in. Nice touch of bitter hops to balance that malts.

M- Medium body and medium carbonation.

D- It's a little on the sweet side, so I wouldn't drink too many of these in a sitting.

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Photo of theghost3
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Brown Ale pours a clear reddish brown with a slightly off white, one-finger head. The head stays almost throughout but minimal lacing.

Smell is some slight choclatey malts with caramel and brown sugar; sweet. The taste is underwhelming--roasted malts, slight hints of biscuit & chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth but much thinner than expected of a brown.

Overall, a fairly sessionable beer, but dont' expect much of the taste or feel.

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Photo of climax
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured a nice mahagony brown with excellent clarity, a finger of offwhite head faded evenly

pleasant nose, pretty straight-forward though. bready sweet caramel, and banana/ripe fruit dominate

taste was as straight forward as the smell. caramel, grassy/earthy finish. smooth and good but not too challenging

pretty light bodied for a brown, however it was crisp and smooth

this is a real easy brown ale to drink. it's not heavy enough to fill you up quick, and you could session it. however there are more exciting browns out there that i would chose even if they're not as easy to throw back

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Photo of goblue3509
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very easy drinking and a very good taste. Taste is on the light side, very enjoyable and not heavy at all. The color is a very good brown color. Not much for aroma. The aroma is very week and not quite that detectable. A beer that you can enjoy on cold days without worrying about feeling full and bloated.

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Photo of Jablonski
2.46/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mahogany color with a small head.

S: It has a nutty smell with sweet malt notes; nothing else that I can pick up, which is a bit disappointing.

T: The tastes I can pick up are honey, nuts, and spices. None of them are that strong though.

M: Way overcarbonated.

D: The beer is a bit light, making it decently drinkable. Overall I'm a bit disappointed, as Sam Adams generally is of a higher quality.

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Photo of mattster
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a low quickly dissolving head atop a clear tea brown brew with some bubbles floating to the top.

Smell is a nutty but light maltyness. Taste is light caramel with a bit of spice. A round mouth feel and a firm, easy to drink finish makes this a great choice for a beer to have with a meal. Aftertaste is pleasant and short and the bubbles make this a very easy brew.

Another great one from Samuel Adams and Boston Beer.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown in color. Formed a 2 finger head that hung around for a little while. Pick up a little malt on the nose, as well as some nuttiness. Mouthfeel is medium. Tastes a bit nutty, get a touch of bitterness from the hops, very little malt sweetness though, but enough I guess to where its not real bitter.

This is an okay brew, nothing outstanding about it. A solid effort, but i wouldnt search it out.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Poured a medium chestnut, amber brown color with great clarity and a two-finger head of frothy white foam. Carbonation was stead and lace was slight.

S: Smells a bit toasty and buttery, with caramel malt notes and a little English spiciness.

T: Taste is smooth, slightly bitter buttered brown bread with some light floral and sweet hop spiciness. A steady drinking malt flavor with a bit of a nutty, spicy hop balance.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

D: A good flavor and sessionable ABV make Sam Adams' Brown Ale a pretty decent ale. Not the best brown out there, but a bit maltier than some true English brown ales out there.

A solid brown ale, but there are more interesting takes on the style out there. Not something to seek out on its own, and fairly pedestrian for Sam Adams.

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