Deep Cover | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 09-15-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 154
Reviews by mobyfann:
Photo of mobyfann
2.59/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paid $1.49 for a bottle...

The beer pours an amber-brown base with a medium white head, good retention and a few signs of lacing. The smell was not to my liking, it didn't smell good, can't explain it.

The taste just wasn't there; comparing it to other brown ales, I think this one was tried to hard, no distinct taste. The M&D both rate average, nothing positive about this beer.

Final Though: What is with Left Hand, highest std. dev. amongst their line of beers. This being worst, Jackman is the best.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber color with absolutely no head at all to speak of with looks of hardly no carbonation,alot of caramel and molasses with a lingering sweet douhyness in there not hop profile at all.Pretty sweet and caramelly up front with sweet biscuit but I pick up a touch of citruis (grapefruit) that hits and lingers well into the aftertaste,nice flavors going on.Outside of the lack of carbonation this is a better than average brown I might try again sometime.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the first Beer of the Month selection that I received; nice to get to try some beers from away. This is a very nice session beer. Amber color, small head that dissipated quickly. Caramel aroma, a little bit of nuttiness. The taste was similar to the aroma, but seemed to be a bit deeper. There was a touch of hops towards the end. Pretty decent beer, one I'd happily drink.

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Photo of Todd
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Bottled on date stamped on the side.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark copper beer with a sticky off-white creamy head. It settles to a patchy lace with decent head retention.

Smell: Rich caramel, pale malts, lots of grain and raw hop in the nose.

Taste: An ultra smooth and creamy on the palate beer. Very sweet, malty and full bodied with caramel, toasted, biscuit and dry grain malt flavours. Bitterness is mild with a light (almost rindy) twang, backed by a crispness and tingling carbonation. This is followed by a tea-like sweetness and a slight fruity flavour that can be likened to faint pineapple in character. Finishes with some more biscuit and dry grain flavours.

Notes: This is one hell of a brown ale! Most exceptional, spot on for the style and definitely one for others to follow.

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Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch big head, clear, leather brown

Smell: caramel, chocolate, and malt

Taste: nuts, brown sugar, and malts

Mouthfeel: a sweet start with a sharper finish, very smooth

Drinkability: This is another very drinkable brown, perhaps my least favorite in the mountain mixer, but I will be having this again

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 3/28/07. Pours a rich amber color, more red tha brown. The off white head is somewhat weak, though I think it maybe due to some residue on the glass.

The aroma is very malt, toasty, and a little sweet nip of brown sugar. The flavor is malty--hints of caramel and toffey--, a strong grain-sweetness, some cherry, a bit of dry barky-ness near the finish, and more of a hop presence near the finish than some Browns.

It's light-bodied, creamy and velvty, and shows good complexity for a Brown--yet still remains smooth and easy drinking. This exactly what a good Brown Ale should be.

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Photo of niknar
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep copper / reddish-brown color. Not quite as brown as I expected, but not bad. Head was very small and short lived, but it did leave some nice lacing. The smell is predominately that of roasted malt. Taste is pretty good, but not extraordinary. A little too strong on the roasted malt for my personal tastes. Finishes sweetly with some light bittering hop remainders. The mouthfeel is nice, although probably slightly over-carbonated for a darker beer. This is certainly a drinkable beer, and one that I enjoyed... but not something I'm going to search high and low to find.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown and copper, thin head. Tobacco aroma, slightly in the taste.

A bunch of nuts and thick earth feel to it. This is a chewy brown. I guess more enjoyable and has more body than what I tend to come across. Just the slightest degree of hops. Some yeast fruitiness ekes through.

Not my thing, but decent enough.

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Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear deep brown, head is a little poor, 1/4 inch and shrinking fast. Sweet smells, a little honey-like. Malty, malty flavors, lots of brown sugar characters that are nice, a little clovey hops zazz but there needs to be a little more for me. OK mouthfeel but it fades fast in the back of the mouth. As Browns cross over into other beer flavors, this isn't much of a stand out. Good drinkability but a lot of similarities to the Black Jack Porter...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a caramel copper brown hue with a light beige head that quickly dwindles leaving behind minimal scattered lacing. Aromatics offer up a touch of cookie dough with a light herbal and tobacco leaf quality. Flavor has a roasted malt sweetness a touch of honey nut almond like notes. Herbal and tobacco leaft hop bitterness in the finish works to balance it out, this is a nice mild brown ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with easy going smooth carbonation nothing wrong with this one in anyway. Drinkability is overall a nice session beer, I hope to get some mixed 12 packs of Left Hand fresh this can be a problemn in the Pittsburgh market so far these bottles from Boardman, OH have been spot on.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a good brown color that has some amber in it when held up to the light. Very clear, with a two-finger oatmeal colored head. Decent lacing.

Smells pretty good. Nutty with a good malt base. Smells slightly toasted too.

Tastes toasty more than anything. Some hearty malt with a mildly bitter ending. There's an aftertaste that's slightly off, kind of metallic.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. There's a good smoothness and thickness, but the carbonation is a little too much.

This beer is pretty drinkable. If it weren't for the aftertaste it would be better.

Overall this is a slightly above average beer. Worth a shot.

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Photo of pwoods
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks again Tayner for this trade

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint. Brewed 3/06/06

A: Deep brown pour with minimal visibility. 1 finger tan head with little retention and lacing.

S: Smells of grainy malts and sweet brown sugar.

T/M: Sweet caramel malts with a bit of toasted nutty flavor. Light body and medium carbonation.

D: Just an average brown. Not terrible but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of kendrahayes
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Zebus0
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Nice head, nice dark brown color. Nothing that exceptional, what I expected.

S- Really pleasant smell, nutty. Not very strong but nice and balanced. Hint of hoppiness, not that much.

T- I like the taste, especially for a brown ale. Nice body to it, not really bitter, nutty taste similar to the smell. I suppose a hint of dryness, hardly noticeable on the tail end.

M- Nothing good or bad, balanced.

D- Drinkable indeed. Really good beer to just chill in the pub with or make a staple for when you want a more medium body beer.

I think it's pretty good overall. Don't let my one line sections of the review fool you. The thing is that it's certainly not bad, pretty good in fact. Basically the exact amount of quality I have come to expect form Left Hand. Not really my thing but I would definitely go for it when it's not the season or I'm not in the mood for a stout. Good beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rootbeer brown with a tan 1/2 finger head and fine arcs of lace. Murky in thte middle with translucent light brown edges. The bottle is very film noir.

Milk chocolate and hazelnut nose that is thick in the malt department. A bit of whiskey EtOH becomes apparent as the beer warms.

Light nutty flavor, cola with a hint of vanilla. Outdoorsy hops at the finish that remind me of freshly cut hay. Nice progression from initial sweetness to a barnyard finish.

Slighty watery and light. Reminds me of sweet vanilla coke. Somewhat overcarbonated IMO. Drinkablity is pretty good, but nothing exeptional. I could sesion these no prob.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish copper color with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet biscuity malt that is slightly nutty with some caramel and a touch of hops. The taste is toasted malts with caramel and a nutty finish. The drinkability of this beer is very high, the low ABV would make this a perfect session beer. I could definitely see myself enjoying a few of these in an evening. Overall, Deep Cover Brown Ale is a solid English-style brown that is recommended.

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Photo of tempest
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It's plenty drinkable and I appreciate that it's a decent beer with low alcohol, but the flavor taste a little cheap and thin. Still, there's a decent cocoa and caramel flavor, but it's weak and surrounded by almost acidic flavors. Easy drinking I suppose, but I'd probably take a Newcastle over this.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of eggland
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tops Liquor, Phoenix Arizona

a - deep brown, little head

s - clean, smooth,

t - smooth, not too dynamic, clean

m - clean and cool, brown , slight sweetness to it, has a subtle carmel candy taste to it

d - not too bad,

I think I'll be avoiding Left Hand Brewery, this is my second, weird but not awesome weird.

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Photo of russpowell
4.57/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours light brown/caramel with 3 fingers+ of fluffed up sandy head. Some lacing & good head retention

Smell: Huge toasty malt & biscuitty notes

Taste: Fruitty & nutty (hazlenut??) with a slight dryness. Finishes slightly sweet, nutty& dry, wuth a good hint of hop bitterness

MF: Rich with great balance & very good carbonation

This went down like mothers milk, would make a great session ale. Easily one of THE best browns I've had

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Photo of jackndan
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Left Hand Deep Cover Ale: from a bottle. Very nice brown color, unfortunately I’ll have to take a couple of points off because it does not have a lot of head. The aroma is mild, but fairly malty. The taste is surprisingly chocolaty, in fact very much so. Much more like sweet Hershey’s as opposed to bittersweet. The taste is nice but mostly for the malt heads and not the hop heads.

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Photo of beveritt
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. The label sepcits a man in a suit and hat holding a pair of binoculars to his eyes. Hiding maybe? Hence, the "Deep Cover?" There is the typical Left Hand starburst behind th eman. Nice and visible is the bottled on date:110707.

Appearance: Pours with a massive 2 1/2 inch light tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind intricate, sticky lacing. The beer itself is less brown than I would have expected and more red. Crystal clear, there is a small amount of activity.

Smell: A nice, deep aroma of nuttiness and caramel sweetness. Hints of biscuit and spices.

Taste: Mellow and smooth, with a tremendous amount of flavor. Slightly sweet maltiness, chocolate, caramel, and breadiness combine perfectly. Finishes with a tiny bit of hop bitterness and a slight twang.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied. Carbonation level is perfect for the style.

Drinkability: Another great beer from Left Hand. What more needs to be said?

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Almond brown color with minimal head and very little lacing after a conservative pour.

S- Doughy and bready with a faint hoppy aroma.

T- Malty and buttery with minimal hop bitterness. Not much complexity and just not a lot jumping out at you.

M- Thin in the mouth and high carbonation.

D- Easy enough going down and low ABV to make it very sessionable.

Overall- Not very impressed. There are other American Brown Ales on the market that blows this one away, but it is very drinkable. Just a little above average to me.

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Photo of wspscott
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a very large head and a nice nose. The color is lighter than I usually associate with a brown ale, this is definitely on the lighter end of the scale. The nose has a hint of malt, smells very nice. The malts come through with not much in the way of hops. The tast matches the color, a little on the lite side. The mouthfeel could be a thicker/creamier. In the end, this is a nice ale, but not spectactular. I would not turn one down if someone else was buying, but I don't think I would go looking for this myself.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright amber. Thin, tan head, massive patchy lacing. The nose is comprised of dark chocolate, caramel malts, cocoa and hazelnut coffee beans. Razor crisp malts; carbonation is mild. Some pale hops, nutty flavorings and a decent mouthfeel. Warming reveals some bubble gum and cotton candy (the blue kind) tastings on the palate. Not too shabby.

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Deep Cover from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 179 ratings