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: 39 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of biboergosum
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Derek
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper/dark-amber; off-white head, very little retention, some lace.

S: Fruity esters, sulfur, caramel, toffee.

T: Sweet caramel up front with an earthy bitterness in the finish; toffee, some fruity ale esters and a hint of nuts.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.

D: Very approachable, but too much dark caramel/crystal malt sweetness for me.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured into pint glass oct30 2010

A clear brownish amber when held to the light with a fast falling two finger head that left no lace

S mild milk chocolate and not much else

T the same milk chocolate with a little nutty flavor, not too bad just a little basic

M a little silky with enough carbonation to give it some life

D OK beer, I might get board after a few but I could drink another one

decent beer, nothing about this one is going to blow you away but nothing disappointed me either

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Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(1 liter swing-top bottle served in an imperial pint glass)

A- Deep mahogany brown clear body with a thick rocky tan head. Nice gentle carbonation.

S- Faint toasted malt aroma with a nice crisp hop smell. Almost a hint of chocolate but it is very hard to detect.

T- Very nice crisp clean maltyness. Not pale malt but just a bit toasted. The hops are not a sharp taste but kind of build up to a slight taste at the end of the sip. Maybe just a bit of nuttiness and a hint of fruity tang at the finish.

M- Kind of a slippery mouthfeel with just a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

D- Although the alcohol is a bit higher than most English brown ales you don't really notice it. It is a well-crafted brew that is great for a session and I'm glad it came in a 1-liter bottle. Sipping this reminds me of chewing on malted grain and it really has a nice freshness to it. Definitely worth tracking down if you find yourself in 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 joemcgrath27
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark amber, one thumb tan head with decent retention and a nice lace up the glass
S - nutty and sweet caramel malt, hints of cherry and alcohol type sweetness, all very rich smells
T - the nutty and sweet malts are mixed with the extra sweet tastes right away, there is some of that sweet cherry pie filling flavour, but the alcohol flavour does seem to creep up on the finish
M - low carbonation, the feel quickly moves to a dry and tart sensation that isn't bad but doesn't quite fit
D - very rich flavours are interesting, more than I was expecting on that front, but between the sweetness and dry feel you probably wouldn't want to session

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Photo of canucklehead
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer starts out pretty nice but what kills it for me is the tinny finish with over carbonation. A beer that has potential but comes up short but compared to my first tastes of this brewery is an improvement but work is needed. We don't need another OK Springs

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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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Photo of IronDjinn
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Came in a 355 ml brown can, fitting enough colour choice for the style. Pours out a transluscent mahogany in appearance, red cola highlights when held up to the light, with a thin tan head that didn't retain very long. Toasted malt, coffee and chocolate wafer detected on the nose. The flavour is a much more watered down version of the aroma, cannot live up to the robustness of it. In fact it doesn't have much of a flavour at all except for subdued toastiness to it. A brown perhaps expected to be drank straight from the can. The mouthfeel at least is decent, holds its own without having to be propped up by the carbonation. In the end though it's a bit disappointing from what the aroma promises. A watered down brown for the macro market perhaps?

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Photo of Bunman3
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have always held a soft spot in my hear for this beer - it is one of FBC's longest-running and most consistent brews. For the longest time, it was a treat that I associated with our annual "Weekend At Fernie's" getaway, but it is now widely available. It's a decent brown ale, nothing more and nothing less. This beer is best enjoyed in a hot tub with a mountain view or at a slopeside patio while wearing ski boots. It won't let you down, but it won't amaze you unless you are in the right setting.

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Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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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Photo of 4ster
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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 hreb
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can served in pint glass. Beer pours a rich cola brown and forms a huge, sweet head. Aroma is sweet and faintly nutty. Flavor is much more neutral, i.e., bland. This beer is an English Brown Ale only in the sense that it doesn't have too much flavor, which is a shame. Drinkable, but not very interesting, and only a little better than nominally a brown ale.

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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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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 imfinished
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Noxious26
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml can poured in a pint glass. Thanks to my buddy Scott for the beer!

Clear, dark brown with ruby highlights. Dark beige foamy head is 1/4 inch on the pour and slowly recedes to a thin cap. Spots of lacing.

Aroma is malty, woody and slightly sweet. Subtle, but alluring.

Malty with a nutty undertone with hints of wood and caramel. Wet finish is brief with little to no aftetaste.

Thin and watery for a brown ale. Mild carbonation.

A decent brown ale. Lacks some complexity and the mouthfeel hurts the overall presentation and drinkability, but a decent brew none-the-less.

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First Trax Brown Ale from Fernie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 39 ratings