John Brown Pale Ale | Great Adirondack Steak And Seafood Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Adirondack Steak And Seafood Co.
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 03-12-2004

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by soju6:
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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap the the Great Adirondack.

A: Served a clear copper color with a head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Has a clean citrus and fresh grain aroma.

T: Crisp clean citrus taste and a good bitterness with a cleam finish.

F: Fairly medium body, very smooth with a well hidden ABV. Very well balanced brew.

D: Easy to drink and goes down easy. Have to give this brew an edge over the UBU. Best beer I've had while traveling in upstate New York.

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Photo of sponberg
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gem hidden in the Adirondacks. Tried this on tap and came back for a growler. Now the growler is half empty.

Bright copper-gold with a soft white head that ends in lace that hangs around for the full pint. Aroma of toasty, caramelly maltiness with a subdued Cascade citrus hoppiness. To style.

Such a perfectly balanced pale ale - just soooo drinkable. Starts with a fruity/caramelly/biscuity/toasty malt paired with a traditional Cascade citrus overtone, then a solid bitterness comes in to hold on to the tongue while the brew does its magic. Finishes with a toasty bitterness and clean citrus hoppiness with a faint alcoholic burn. GREAT hop burps. The beauty of this one is that it never goes over the top with its hoppiness, yet it's a hop lover's dream and the aftertaste has you reaching for the glass in your sleep. Appropriately light/medium mouthfeel for a 5.4% ale. More please!

Most beer lovers go to Lake Placid for the Ubu and the Frostbite. You owe it to yourself to take a walk along Mirror Lake to this place and try this brew, along with the Abbey Ale, which is a Dubbel with Aventinus overtones. Trust me on this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Adirondack Steak & Seafood Co. "John Brown IPA"
on tap @ The Local Pub & Tea House, Sarasota Springs, NY on 8 June 2016

Notes: Listed at 6.5% abv. Hazy deep amber/copperbody beneath a finger-thick head of off-white. Average head retention and lacing - probably a non beer-clean glass from the bar. Bright aroma of soft pine & citrus over a caramel malt base. The flavor follows and it's well-balanced leaning towards maltiness but with a solid bitterness to anchor it. The malt lingers in the finish, fading to reveal spicy/piney & citrusy hops.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a golden amber with a thick two fingers of white head. It lingers leaving some nice thick lacing caked all the way down the glass.

S: Citrus, Pine and floral notes. It's incredibly fragrant.

T: Follows the nose with a bit more pine. It's fairly bitter but in a great way.

F: Moderately carbonated, medium body.

O: An excellent IPA and well named. Been wanting to try this one for a while. It went great with the duck wings.

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Photo of mikerems
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nyrblue2
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was balanced rather well. A very good citris hop aroma coupled with a good grain element.

The taste featured a peppery grapefruit hop character cut well by a biscuity grain flavor. Pretty well balanced.

The mouthfeel was average with a nice peppery tingle.

This is a hopped up example of an APA. A strong ABV as well.

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Photo of Bustersuess
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of heffnate77
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shiloh
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my favourite brew coming from an exellent establishment.
This beer arrived a dark amber and was just a little murky.
The carbonation was limited as the head was short but a mountainous glass cling.
A very hoppy beer consisting of the infamous cascade hops of which I dearly love and respect . A light back in the middle is of short duration but interesting. If only I lived next door!

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this from the brewery in Lake Placid, NY. When poured into a pint glass, I get a nice clear almond-brown color with no major head (though the pour was a touch off) and a touch of lacing.

Smell is hop-forward with some nice floral/pine notes. The back of the aroma has some crystal malt notes that sweetens the nose a bit.

Flavor is hoppy for a Pal Ale, yet well-rounded and pleasant for even the hop-averse. It starts out wi

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Photo of adami212
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Stobss
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

boy does this beer grow on you. it introduces itself in a clear copper fashion, tall and frisky with carbonation. not much to look at, but nothing about it turns me off, either. looks nice and refreshing for the 90+ degree weather. nice smoky caramel aroma mingles with hops and a raw graininess creating something a little denser, darker, and fresher than i imagined from a backwoods ny pale ale. crisp bitter hop bite is full of cascade life. piney and citrusey for a quick second, then botanical oils slap you silly. still, the beer maintains a drinkability and homebrewy freshness that refreshes while it keeps my geeky attention. the finish is bready with such a fresh level of green spiciness. perhaps a tiny bit thicker overall than i would like, but a awe-inspiring noble effort at a usually tame style.. and from the least expected place. recommended, especially for a hot day.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gold/copper colored beer with nice clarity. Moderate white head that settles down fairy quickly; good lacing on the glass. Strong aroma of citrusy cascade hops, grapefruit and pine, grainy and lightly sweet malt.

Flavor is also very hop forward, showcasing the cascade prominently. Again there’s a grapefruit and pine resin flavor balanced by some gentle caramel malt sweetness. Overall very much in the west coast style.

Medium bodied and carbonated; finishes fairly dry. An easy drinking and well-made pale with bold hop flavor and aroma.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an outstanding hop aroma that's full of citrus hop character. It's also well balanced with a full lineup of pale and Carapils malts. Wow, what a hop nose on this one! The taste is great as well. It has a near perfect balance of malts and hops with a bit more weight in the hops department. It's got a big bitter bite that's great all the way through the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a top notch APA. Again, the hop character is really special here; a damn fine beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very good beer.
Clear amber color, a desent size foamy head that lingers on and on with plenty of lacing. Well carbonated too.
The beer is quite aromatic with pleasent aromas of citrus, pine and floral hops.
Taste was refreshing with loads of hop flavor. Plenty of malts too, to round out and balance the hops. hops have a citrus and pine flavor and malts are rich and bready.
Runs over the tongue with ease and is quite smooth.
Overall i gave it a 5 because it excelled in all catagorys. It was fresh and it looked like you wanted to drink it. Smelled great, tasted great, slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Now listed as an IPA (about time) by the brewery. This is a pretty stiff IPA with an excellent hop aroma and a very present and sharp hop bitterness. If you're a hoppy IPA person, this is a great beer.

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Photo of JeffKowalek
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Nunya
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nzerbe
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of rbastone
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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John Brown Pale Ale from Great Adirondack Steak And Seafood Co.
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