Deep Cover Brown Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

180 Ratings
Deep Cover Brown AleDeep Cover Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 09-15-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 154
Photo of SpencerT
4.88/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a translucent brown with a tan 2 finger head. Had great lacing.
Sweet bready scents with a hint of chocolate.
Hazelnut, chocolate, and caramel flavors all meld for a great taste. Well-balanced flavors leave you ready to have another sip. Smooth with a good clean finish.
This is one of best Brown Ales that I have found thus far.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.72/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light brown/tawny color with a decent-low beige head and decent carbonation. Very nice cocoa powder-ish chocolate aroma and flavor. Light-medium bodied with a malty dry cocoa powder finish.

Fairly robust for an English style brown ... very nice and very sessionable. A re-buy / must try !

Per LH website:
Malts: 2-Row, Brown, Chocolate, Crystal, & Munich
Hops: East Kent Goldings
OG: 11.5P (1.047)
IBUs: 12

Bottled: 04/20/05
Tasted: 11/02/05

($7.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of dfillius
4.69/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger of head. Liquid is a deep cherry red-brown. Slight chill haze that clears upon warming. I'd like it to be darker for a brown ale.
S: A lot going on here. Toasted nuts, maple syrup, medium malt, little hops - I can't smell the hops actually. Hot cocoa, and vanilla bean notes are in there, though it takes some investigation to identify them.
T: Hazelnut and cocoa. Tastes almost portery! Much darker flavor than the appearance lets on. Vanilla and creamy flavors linger on the periphery.
D: Wow, so much flavor for a 4.3% beer. This is stupendously drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of russpowell
4.57/5  rDev +27.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Toasted breadcrusts, nuts, and some chocolate shavings. Light English hop notes.

Taste: Sweet, toasty Munich malts with a light nuttiness and touch of chocolate. Very, very light bitterness. Toasted caramel in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pleasant, easy drinking from this brown ale. I'd have drank more than one if I didn't only have the one bottle. Oh well!

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Photo of rkinsella
4.41/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic glass, bottled date was 5 months ago.

Color of iced tea, slightly hazy, off white head with average retention and lacing.

Smell was fruity with carmel goodness. Sugary cracker notes.

Taste had some berry-like sweetness, followed by biscuity maltiness. Mild with a delicate complexity. Ultra soft trail of hops on the finish.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

This beer was a total surprise to me. I really enjoyed it, and I want to try it on tap right away. Very drinkable, easy going and wonderful.

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Photo of noslenwerd
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange brown... off white head

S: Sweet and nutty

T: This tastes similar to new castle, but much more smooth and tasty. Very sweet, brown sugar taste and a little bit nutty. Even though it is sweet it is very light and easy to drink.

Summary: Haven't had many brown ales in my day, but this so far is my favorite. I will definitely be drinking this one again.

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Photo of Buebie
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 6'er on sale for $5 at Heritage.

Poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pub glass. A solid 1'' + head of sudzy delight forms up. Slow to recede. Very foamy with a great visual appeal. Leaving thick sticky huge lace drapes down the glass. Retention is commanding as well, with a solid cap hanging on for deer life.
Color is a transparent ruby brown amber.

Aroma is nutty with mild chocolate grain and a solid toffee malt backbone. A touch bready as well as a mild herbal spice kick subdued mostly by malt, but still hops are present in aroma.

Taste is true to style with delicious grain flavors, special b and a touch of chocolate with an almost oat like protein and mineral water flavor. Leaving behind mild leafy hop flavors of earth and mild spice.
Mouthfeel is fuller in feel with a good amount of non-stinging carbonation. Leaving a touch of slickness after the swallow. I presume from oats.
A truly delicious English Brown that must be tried.

Drinkability is exceptionally high in overal flavor and low abv. A great sessionable brew for any time of year.

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Photo of billybob
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a medium copper color with a two finger light tan head that holds at a quarter inch and nice lacing to the finish. aromas of sweet caramel and hint of fruit. taste bready, sweet caramel, cane sugar. very smooth mouthfeel with light to medium body. nice and smooth beer go,s down real easy.

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Photo of hyland24
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time reviewing a beer. Just got it today from my beer of the month club.

I drank it out of a pint glass poured from a frosty bottle. It poured well with about an inch head of off white. The ale was golden brown in color, slightly cloudy similar to a fresh poured iced tea.

The smell was sweet and mildly fruity with hint of toasted nuts.

The taste was excellent. Sweet and slightly fruity, overpowered by toasted malt.

The mouth feel was very creamy for a brown ale. Not heavy, but not too light. Smooth and perfectly carbonated.

Great beer. Awesome taste, great feel, definitely worthy of being called a session beer.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, there was a spot on the label for a bottling date but it was blank (?), poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark amber color, head formed about 1/2 finger and faded quickly into a lace. I would have liked a darker color and more head retention.

Aroma: Caramel malts exclusively, pretty strong too.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts with some nutty flavors as well up front. Not as strong as the smell would suggest, though. I picked up some dry hops in the middle as well. The finish was all malt, caramel and some chocolate. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, carbonation was in good baalance as well.

Overall: One of the best brown ales I've tasted to date. Brooklyn's has been my favorite for some time, this one might even top that. If you're a fan of the style this one is a must.

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Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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 kboett77
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first Left Hand Brewing Company beer, and so far I am pretty please. It pours attractively. But the first thing I really noticed about it was it's smell. It has a remarkably cocoa odor which again is born out, I can unsurprisingly, in its flavor. Definitely a brown ale, malty and sweet, but with bitter notes that in really recall, cocoa powder. Really quite delightful, although, I probably wouldn't want more than one at a time.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into my new beer mug (one of the anniversary gifts my awesome girlfriend recently gave me! She also gave me beer too, but I digress). This beer is a clear light to medium amber brown color. The off-white head is about an inch thick when poured. Settles to a very nice surface coating about 5 minutes after being poured. Good lace here. Has a sort of toasty, sweet malty, biscuity, nutty, aroma. And that's just fine! Has a sweet toasted caramel malt flavor upfront followed by the biscuit and nut flavors. The back end is rounded out with a very slight hop presence.Has a crisp and smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink. A great summer session brew!


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Photo of scoobybrew
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

A - clear copper color with a decent head that settles but is retained well in a chunky lacing

S - rich toasted malt scent, faint trace of hops

T - rich toasted malt flavor that has a nice balance to it as there is very little overall sweetness

M - medium body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a really tasty brown. Left Hand is fast becoming one of my favorite US breweries that I can regularly get my hands on. This one doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of ajmoody76
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thought i would try a sixer of this beer. i like brown ales. bought it at the local beer store. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. clear brown with an amber hue. thin tan head which thins out. some lace.

toasty and nutty aroma. faint earthy hop in the background. no off odors.

sweet caramel. toasty taste. low hop bitterness. good balance though. fits style. toasty bread like aftertaste.

mid body. enough carbonation. i like this beer. i am a fan of brown ales. i would buy this again. my wife calls this beer "undercover brother". i guess from the movie- got me? i could do a session. another good offering from the south paw.

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Photo of supercolter
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rather enjoyed this offering.
The appearance decent, with a deep brown and amber color. Not a lot of head, and virtually no lacing. Smell is good, some nice dry malt comes through roasted nuts. Lightly hopped and wel balanced. Taste is very good. Very similar to the smell but the dryness and thickness of the nut flavor is wonderful. Mouthfeel is good, medium in body and light on carbonation.
Drinkability is good.

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Photo of iceball585
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden brown color, cloudy, half finger thick fluffy head that lowered to a thin layer

S- Caramel malts, brown sugar, grains, citrus hops

T- Creamy, caramel, pale malts, toasted grains, woody, biscuits, sugar, hints of fruit

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, sweet and tangy

D- Definatly worth trying

This is an interesting english brown ale. It has a slight tangy bite to it that is not common in this type of ale (but in a good way).

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a brown color with a small head. The aroma was malty but faint. The taste is sweet and quite malty with light hops noted – very nice. The mouthfeel is full and a bit creamy. Overall, I think that his is a great drinking beer that would be considered good for sessions.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brilliantly clear copper-red with a moderate white head. The aroma is highly malty, intense caramel and raisin and rather sweet. The flavor is moderate-high malt; caramel flavor along with a bit of hop flavor. The subtle hop bitterness provides adequate balance. The body is medium-full with a silky smooth mouthfeel and medium-low carbonation. Overall a tasty brew that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a very clear ruby tinited amber with a very thick andhigh tan colored head gracing the top. Nice slow recession left behind a suprisingly large amount of tan side glass lace. This was a very nice sight indeed. Smell was full and rich, lots of roasted malts and earthy grains offset by a large amount of caramel and sugar notes. The taste was classic english brown all the way. A full on malt assault mixed in with adequate amounts of sugar giving it a nice full session feel. Gret carbonation stayed throughout and a nice touch of hop in the finish. Overall this was a good session beer, and I really enoyed it. I have not had a chance to really get into the regualr left hand lineup. This is a good way to start.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer

Pours a clear nice brown color... it's a brown ale, duh!

Smell is kind of nutty, malty.

Taste is just like the smell, nutty malt flavor, very light on the hops.

Mouthfeel is good, light and sweet, clean finish.

At 4.3% or 4.4% as listed on the left hand website, this is a very drinkable beer. I will buy this beer again. Priced lower than most other craft beers, this one is a bargain.

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Photo of McStagger
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish orange red with about a finger of mild reddish white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Beautiful milk chocolate, mocha, hazelnut and vanilla latte with a very mild fruitiness. Stellar.

T: Nice creamy note that underlays all aspects of the beer. It dominates the beginning with the hints of light chocolate and mocha leading into coffee with cream and one sugar. Hops play a little but integral part in this beer, imbibing just enough bitterness to keep things balanced.

M: The taste almost betrays how the beer feels in your mouth. One would expect a much "thicker" beer given the taste. The carbonation balances the mouthfeel, much like the hops balanced the taste.

D: Very drinkable. This beer approaches Newcastle for pure drinkability of a brown.

While no Sam Smith Nut Brown, this beer is also half the price. This has become my new late summer/early fall beer.

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Photo of beerphan
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> pint
bottled on: 02 14 07, stamped on the label

Pours a oranged chestnut brown with a modest slight oft white head that settles to a thin film and holds. A few random dots of lace. Carbonation appears rapid.

Nose: Sweet caramel, pale malt grains, and a fruity scent i just can't quite put a finger on...

Nice full body with a little lingering dryness. Malt flavors dominate, caramel, cocoa, chocolate, some nuttiness. Fruity esters mentioned in the nose and sweetness on the back end. Low bitterness, but enough that it doesn't go unnoticed.

Overall, i really enjoyed this take on the English Brown Style. Sessionalbe fo sure.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Selection of the Beer-Of-The-Month Club
Poured a light brown color with moderate slightly off-white puffy head.
Smell is notable for roasted malt, caramel amd toffee.
Taste matches the smell with a medium caramel flavot and some sweetish malt.
Finished with a very thin mouth feel.
The low alcohol makes it a great session beer with good drinkability.

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Deep Cover Brown Ale from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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