Big Ditch Brewing Company

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American Brown Ale
Ranked #274
Ranked #23,247
3.84 | pDev: 8.07%
Big Ditch Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Excavator incorporates seven different malts to achieve a rich, yet smooth flavor and balance. It is highlighted by judicious amounts of chocolate malt, with a subtle, spicy finish from the use of flaked rye.

MALT: English Pale Malt, Victory, Caramel, Munich, Chocolate, Flaked Rye and Special B.
HOPS: Nugget, Willamette
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 56 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From tasting notes 6/13/19
Had on-tap at Big Ditch Brewing in Buffalo, NY

Appearance - Served up into a 5oz taster. Cola brown in color. Thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Chocolatey aroma with light hints of earthy character.

Taste - Mild chocolatey base with hints of rye spice and roast. Mild earthiness joins the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair, tingly carbonation. Drinks easy enough before a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good brown, but not as much rye as I was expecting.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In every large American city, there are crafters who love beer (but who are still figuring out how to be a successful brewery) and then there are the few crafters who have been at this long enough to have learned how to be successful. As near as I can tell after an hour of study, Big Ditch is the leading crafter in Buffalo and has the most success among a host of wannabes.

As for Excavator, I can taste why this makes them money. It Looks average in a near-ugly style. But it steps up its game by Smelling of mostly well-blended malts. It Tastes like one of the better American Browns I've had: malty (a few well-roasted and I can taste the spicy affect of the rye) and just enough hops to keep this from being a sweet drink. It finishes with a nice dry roastiness. Well done.

I give even more points to Big Ditch for contributing to this once-dynamic early industrial city and helping it find enough happiness to compete in this new, very different, era.

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Photo of Brewforme
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed two pints of these at the World of Beer. It reminded me of a Coldspresso, but a little thicker feel and a little more cocoa flavor. Not sure of the IBU, but I would guess no more than 10-15. I definitely would have this again.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

canned 12/15/17

L- The beer pours dark brown, almost black. The head is a good 3 fingers of tan foam. As the head recedes some legs of lace are sporadically left behind.
S- The nose is of modest intensity and consisting of a cross between chocolate and root beer. That said it isn't overly sweet, just the impression it leaves behind.
T- On the palate it's a pretty typical brown ale. It's pretty well balanced. There are notes of chocolate that fade behind a soft hop presence. Bitterness after 4 months in the can is on the lighter side.
F- Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. The beer finishes lightly dry making it an easy drinker.
O- This is pretty standard fair for a brown ale. Good enough to drink without hesistation, but not a stand out to seek.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Blu Wolf Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark brown color, with a small head, and a good bit of lacing.

Smells like creamy milk chocolate, light rye spice, and pumpernickel bread.

This is a bit watery, but still quite tasty anyway. There's a really nice creamy sweet chocolate flavor, some very light rye spiciness, and a big breadiness. It's definitely a brown ale- doesn't try to be anything else.

This is medium bodied, but finishes a tad thin/watery on the finish. It's super drinkable, however.

This is not too bad. It's not the best brown you'll ever have, but it gets the job done.

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Photo of 360BeerReview
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tests: Goes down mostly smooth and has a toasted Rye bread taste as well as a mild Coco or Chocolate taste. Finishes with a medium after taste lasting for 10 Seconds.

Look: Dark Brown with a nice tan fluffy head

Aroma: Toasted rye bread aroma with a hint coco.

Every gulp you take will fill your pallet with lots of tests.

360 BeerReview.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with a lightly tanned head; good retention and some nice lacing. Aromas and flavors are appropriate to the style: sweet dark bread, caramel, some raisin, spicy rye, and earthy wheat. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. A nicely balanced and super drinkable brown ale

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.87/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is a fairly bland brown ale. The rye compliment is nice, adding a spiciness to the beer but otherwise it is overly sweet and fairly tame for the style.

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Excavator from Big Ditch Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 56 ratings