First Trax Brown Ale | Fernie Brewing Co.

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First Trax Brown AleFirst Trax Brown Ale
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First Trax Brown AleFirst Trax Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Fernie Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Go big with our First Trax Brown Ale! Brewed with eight specialty malts, we created a surprisingly smooth chocolaty and nutty brew. Refreshing and fulfilling, it's the perfect close to a day in the mountains all year long. Brewed with eight specialty malts this deep brown ale has a surprisingly smooth mouthfeel. Roasted malts result in a wonderful chocolaty & nutty brew.

Added by rhoadsrage on 03-15-2005

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Gumbo2go
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Trax - I found this Fernie Brewing Company beer to be an enjoyable and very drinkable beer. Not anything fancy or extreme, just a solid basic brown ale which I enjoyed drinking. Light roasted barley and chocolate flavor without being overbearing. Hops were behaving well too. Had a couple during the 2015 Grape Escape event in Calgary. The team is a friendly bunch and so is the little town of Fernie, BC.

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Photo of ZachT
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottWestmaas
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 355-ml can into a tulip glass.

Appearance - fine brown ale with a thing head with a nice lace around the edge.

Smell - nutty, almond aromas and a little fresh coffee scent as well.

Taste - coffee-choco flavours over a nice roasted malt taste. Very nice, calming and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - very smooth with the right amount of activity.

Drinkability - very easy going down. Could put away several of these very easily.

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Darandos
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MAB
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the best North American beer I've ever had from a can. While it can't touch a Holsten Festbock, it was a very nice brown ale and offered something that others don't.

It was almost buttery once you tasted the sour/ grain notes. Very complex, and very tasty.

Worth a try, any time.

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Photo of Shadman
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent looking EBA. Rich cola brown, clear, fluffy head that maybe died a little too soon. Some big chucnks of lacing left behind.

Toasted malts with a generous portion of nuttiness thrown in.

Nice effort! Nice gamesmanshipo between the toasted malt and the nutty malts. Neither dominates and yet they do a dance back and forth on the tastebuds. Slight, slight sourness mixed in and a nice hazelnut bitterness @ the end.

Maybe my pour was overly agressive, but found the the feel to be a bit flat and watery compared to other browns.

Easily their flagship beer...

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes: A warm, rich nutty malt flavor. Hazelnuts, toffee ... A little milk chocolate pudding. Slight molasses. Gentle grassy hops. Initial impression is quite sweet, but the palate is cleaned nicely after each sip. Body has just the right degree of chew (on the thin side of medium), perhaps more fizzy than is suitable for the style. High malt flavor marks, even if a few other aspects are a tad wonky.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of cknoch
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigBry
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We visited Fernie for a wedding, and although I missed the Brewery Tour (only on Friday @ 3:00), was still able to try all of their beers on tap at different venues.
Poured a dark amber brown, unfortunatley no head or lace left by the time the pint arrived. Nutty and sweet caramel malt smell. More of the same sweet malts, nuttiness, earthy bittering hops to finish. Low carbonation, smooth feel, but not flat. Dry finish. Sweetness comes through more at the end, a decent local brew.

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3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extended weekend ski-cation at Panorama Resort, and it appears that this is the current local craft offering/Kokanee beater in each and every of the numerous venues that populate said mountain village.

This beer appears a clear, rather gorgeous dark ruby hue, with one finger of reservedly foamy, and mostly creamy off-white head, which leaves a decent paint job of amateur webbed lace around the glass as it duly settles.

It smells of a faint oily nuttiness, some bittersweet cocoa notes, and a bit of staid toffee/caramel malt sweetness. The taste is mildly toasted bready caramel malt, underwhelming chocolate powder, and leafy, somewhat stale earthy hops.

The carbonation exhibits an average level of generally sedated bubbles, the body mostly smooth, with a subtle, mildly creamy offset. It finishes off-dry, the nutty malt doing well enough to persist, while the cocoa and hop notes skip out to an early dip in the nearest slope-side hot tub.

Whether at lunch in the lodge, hill-side mid-afternoon, apres-ski on the verily frozen patio, afterwards in the chic condo, or even later in the pub after finally warming the hell up, this proved to be a balanced, agreeable pint, an easy drinking brown ale for all occasions, it would seem.

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3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of souvenirs
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap while watching roller derby at the Royal City Curling Club.

Smelled and tasted of molasses. I found this overly sweet without much complexity. It wasn't really what I'd expect of a brown ale - I don't even really taste the roasted malts, it just tastes sweet. A bit disappointing.

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Photo of elricorico
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fairly deep brown with some reddish hues. Light passes through the thinner parts of the glass. A hard pour generated two full fingers of beige head, which is relatively slow to recede.

Toasted malt aroma is first that I note. Then chocolate malt (like the drink, not the ingredient). Mix in just a bit a sourness. Not bad.

In the taste, toasty comes first again, with a much more subtle chocolate. Nuttiness fairly pronounced in the finish. Can't find much hop flavour to comment on.

Pretty good mouthfeel for the style, there is a bit of creaminess to go with ample but soft carbonation.

The English Brown style is almost never a show stopper, and this is no exception. That being said, it is a fairly solid brew and would make a decent pub session beer.

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3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of csmrx7
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is like a light porter, not so much a brown.

Pours more Cola in darkness with a rich tight head.

Smells of caramel, coffee and chocolate, no nut.

Flavour matches the nose but with a touch of nutiness and some malt sweetness.

I like it just not what I expected.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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