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Deep Cover Brown Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 180
Photo of TheDeuce
2.23/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep Cover Brown Ale...

Appearance-pours a dark brown with a thin head, lax carbonation.

Smell-malt, chocolate, alcohol aroma mixed in, took some effort to smell, not very pungent.

Taste/Mouthfeel-malty, light and sweet, a little chocolate but not much else, smooth but not that enjoyable.

Drinkability-blah, it's not bad but doesn't do anything for me.

Overall-doesn't measure up to other versions of the style, the worst beer in the Left Hand Sampler for me.

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Photo of phisig137
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label has a white blank where the bottled on date should be, but there is nothing printed there. Pours an amber color, with little head and no lacing. Pretty light for a brown, light for an amber even.

Aroma is sad. Smells of lightly roasted malts, a hint of caramel, and corn.
The flavor is sadly worse. tastes like adjuncts, corn, and DMS. Hints of caramel show through, but no hops..
mouthfeel is decent for a brown ale, and drinkability is average simply because it is light, but not very enjoyable.

I'm sorry that I've got a 6 pack of this.... I definitely won't be buying it again. Shame too, I like some of Left Hand's other stuff.

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Photo of mobyfann
2.59/5  rDev -27.7%
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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Photo of afordney
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

seemed a little off color, a pale red shade. Hardly any head, a little bit of lacing. looked a little flat.

smells a little grassy almost. kind of sweet, a little bit of toffee.

sweet, real malty, not very inspring however.

has a flat mouth feel. really bitter no carbonation.

This was very unimpressive, but I think I might have gotten a bad bottle. It didn't do alot for me espeically with so many great brown ales available.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Received in my Malt of the Earth (Beer of the Month) club, today, as part of an October shipment.

Pours a transparent, reddish honey brown body, with an effervescent head that falls quickly. Cascade of carbonation. Nice looking brew.

Sweet aroma, smells of raspberries, with some malt presence. Very fruity. A touch of nuttiness, and maple syrup.

Very nutty brown ale taste, fruity sweetness seems to dominate the malt profile. Raspberry, again, with a touch of orange/lemon tartness. Thin mouthfeel. Carbonation and alcohol are really not well regulated. Nutty, dry hop finish.

Heavily fruity beer with nuts and malts as an afterthought. Carbonation is overpowering from the rush at the start to the linger at the finish; this one doesn't settle with me all too well.

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Photo of battlekow
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a gross, cloudy caramel color with little head. Smells like buttery baby food, rotten fruit, and carmelized vegetables, with undertones of brown sugar and cake icing. This beer is in deep cover for a reason: it smells like a dumpster. Taste is pretty much the same, but at least the rotten baby food assault doesn't last as long.

Ugh. I propose Deep Cover be buried even deeper.

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Photo of nick76
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is OK, its got hops which is not all that common for the style. It is quite metallic, with chocolate, toffee, malt and paper. The flavor is like the aroma but tastes watery and bad. The palate is this. Overall this is a disappointment. I would keep it under deep cover too.

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Photo of orangemoustache
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-pours a transparent amber(not brown?brown ale?),thick tan head does'nt hang around very long nor does it leave behind any lace to speek of

S-the smell is probably this beers strongest attribute,caramel malts,banana,and some spice that I can not identify

T-a little sweetness upfront,some cinnamon,like a watered down version of a winter ale(maybe this got labled wrong at the brewery,it's not brown and it does'nt taste anything remotely close to other Brown Ales I've enjoyed in the past)

M-a very thin body really hurts this brew,as well as lack of carbonation

D-its got some flavor but it teases with an intriguing smell but just dosn't deliver what it could(I really think that they have the style wrong on this one,it just does'nt fit the profile)

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Photo of Tolnik
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this blackish brown beer into a pint glass. The foam is decent amount when poured out into the glass. The lacing wasn't all to impressive. While the aroma of cooking chocolate greets the nose it doesn't really follow through on the taste. Overall, not too impressed buy this beer.

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Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Left Hand's tap room in Longmont, Colorado.

Appreanace: This pours a reddish brown color with a quickly diminishing white head
Aroma: The schnauzola on this puppy is somewhat malty.
Flavor: It's malty, with some bite from the hops. Decent, but not outstanding.

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Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear dark brown color with a small foamy tan head that leaves some lacing in my glass, roasty nutty-bready aromas. Nutty caramel flavors, finishes on the sweet side. Light to medium bodied with a kind of watery mouthfeel, a decent brown.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance, a clear, bright red color, no "brown" to be found, with a smallish, but nicely retained head. Aroma: nutty, flinty, with hints of cocoa and cream, but arid afterwards.
A large charge of hops hops right off, and carbonation, but it swiftly fades. Palate is tasty and tangy, decent texture, but after that problems occur. Too light in the body, too thin. The initially rewarding mouthfeel now rings very shallow..
I can drink the rest of this bottle, but I won't be enjoying it much!

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Photo of pwoods
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
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 BadRockBeer
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12 fl. oz. brown crown top bottle with brewed on date.

Appearance: Pours a nutty brown with gold hue. Very little head with poor head retention.

Smell: Grainy malt, Grassy hops some dried fruit.

Taste: Green olive esters hit the palate first, followed by caramel malt and mild grassy hops. Mild bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin in body, lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Good.

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Photo of tempest
3.08/5  rDev -14%
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 Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the pour a cloudless deep mahogany to almost walnut in color, the head hefty in size with a bubbly texture, a winsome light tan in color, the lace forms a frothy sheet to cover the glass. Nut like sweetness with a hint of caramel, fresh and clean with the start sweet and nicely malted, top is skimpy in feel. Finish is bruising in its acidity, the hops mellow in their spiciness with the aftertaste droughty, drinkable, but not any thing special.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a very clear copper, decent head at beginning, no lacing. Aroma is weak, slightly nutty, lightly malty. Taste is likewise, light malts and nutty, weak, basically boring, with average mouth and such. Pretty much, its drinkable, and I feel like I'm bashing, I'm really not, just disappointed.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. "Bottled On:" spot is conspicuously blank.

A- Deep copper / amber and clear. Pours with 2+ fingers of creamy tan head, which fades slowly to a solid cap.

S- Bready, slightly caramel malts, and mineral odors.

T- Quite roasty, with a lightly charred coffee like flavor. Vague tea-and caramel sweetness. Very feint hints of wet cardboard. Sweetness is minimal. Charcoal bitterness is fairly pronounced.

M- Moderate carbonation with a fairly thin/light feel. Some mild astringency.

D- Fair. Flavor and nose didn't really come together for me enough to want more than one of this.

Future outlook: Mediocre. Not a huge brown ale fan, but perhaps this bottle was past it's unknown prime, so perhaps I'll give it another go someday...

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A light brown with thin had and some okay (but little) lacing.

S: Nice and malty, also a strange hint of fruity.

T: Malt up front and something odd in the background. Honestly, tastes almost like watermelon.

M: Not that carbonated, and too thin.

D: Probably will not be purchasing this again, unless included in a variety pack. This was a rare miss for Left Hand, in my opinion.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice walnut brown color combines, unfortunately, with a scant head that disappears easily as it's consumed. The aroma is nice, with caramel and a nutty air gently emanating from Deep Cover. The texture is smooth, but I was left wondering what, exactly, it was I should be tasting. The caramel and nutty flavor are mild at best, and little else grabs me about this. It's not hopped, the carbonation is about average, and overall I'm left wanting.

After a nice start, Deep Cover lacks identity, unfortunately living up to its name as an overly subtle, if nice-looking, brown ale. I've found Left Hand's rather uneven thus far. This wasn't awful by any stretch. Yet it wasn't memorable, either.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a medium brown with good carbonation. The head is nice 2 fingers tan and leaves good lace.

The smell is light toasted malt, yet faint.

The taste follows mild toasty malt, and faint hops. Not very interesting, average but not bad.

The mouthfeel is ok less then medium body yet good carbonation.

The drinkability is ok nothing to love or hate, just a easy drinking brew. MK

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Photo of HomebrewPgh
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent brown ale. Aroma was dark malt, toffee and nuts. Pour was a dark brown with a one finger tan head. Taste was nice. Burnt and roasted malt, caramel and nuts with decent carbonation and a nice chewy aftertaste. There's just a hint of coffee as the beer warms up. A lot of flavors here but nothing that jumps out. Seems a bit muddled.

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Photo of glamphetamine
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - One-finger head that dissipates quickly. Leaves no lacing and a very light smattering of foam on the top of the beer. Color is a translucent reddish brown.

S - Smells of floral hops and warm malt, as well as an earthiness that I can't quite pin down.

T - Slightly sweet, with a very noticeable (but not overly powerful) toffee twinge. The malts seem to outdo the hops slightly.

M - Leaves a pleasant malty aftertaste with a hint of toffee sweetness.

D - I dig it, and would gladly grab one again at a party or order one at a bar, but it's not the most remarkable beer I've had. Better than your run of the mill convenience store beer, definitely, but not my favorite. Try this one out, but don't commit to a sixer.

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Photo of jackndan
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
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 beveragecaptain
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Left Hand's Deep Cover Brown Ale pours out a mostly clear light brown color with little head. The aroma is molasses, grain, and a little nuttiness. The flavor is less malty than I expected from the aroma. Just a little bit of malt, with some cocoa and banana. Herbal hops in the finish. Leaves a slightly unpleasant iced tea like flavor in the mouth. Light to medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation. This is just another unmemorable, mediocre brown. I'll most likely pass next time.

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