Deep Cover Brown Ale | Left Hand Brewing Company

154 Reviews
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown, auburn, copper colors, 1/5" off white head. Mixture of river wood, toffee and tobacco. Brown malt they say.

Nuttiness and earthiness in the taste profile. Chewy mouthfeel. Body approaching porter levels. Mildly hopped, this goes for the English brown style. Dark fruit in the mouthfeel in a small way.

Not a bad beer, but also a style people don't get jazzed up about so easy to see why its no longer around.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is old apparently not being brewed since 2010 is my guess since the "bottled on" space is blank... really?

A - Wow for being old I got no sediment so it must have been in the cooler most of the time. Little to no head just a slightly sticky lace ring. Color is a hazy dark amber brown.

S - Typical nut ale I get some brown malts, sweet caramels, but this has a very good almond smell to it that catches my attention. Still bright and nutty for it's age.

T - Not bad finish is a bit underwhelming since I get some cardboard oxidation but it does have a distinct sweet body and nutty flavors which are fairly smooth. Hops are non existent.

M - Light to medium not skunked or soured in any way

Overall I am impressed this session ale held up at least a year or older in a cooler. A fairly tasty brown ale and some pretty sweet cover art. Worth the price even though it was old.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this review while going through an old beer notebook of mine. The review is from early 2010.

I got this beer as part of the Left Hand sampler 12-pack.

This beer pours a clear orangish copper color. There is about two fingers of off-white head on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass. The color is lighter than I imagined it would be. The nose has a nice bit of caramel and toasted malt in the forefront. There are some aromas of nuts, toffee, and a little bit of hop presence. A pretty nice simple nose on it. The taste starts off with some toasted malt and caramel. There are some flavors of nuts, toffee, and a little bit of chocolate. Also, there is some hop flavor coming through. The taste is much more pronounced than the nose suggests, and it leaves some lingering toasted malt and caramel flavor on the palate. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some good sweetness here and a really mild hop bitterness. This beer has good drinkability. It is a really easy going brown ale, and the flavor is quite nice. This is a beer i can just sit back anytime and just enjoy. It isn't the most flavorful or complex beer, but it is good for what it is and hits the spot. I think this beer is worth trying, but unfortunately now I see that it is retired. Either way, if it makes a come back in the future you should check it out.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a light tan head and a touch of lacing. Head falls down pretty quickly. The nose is a bit of toasted malt along with some nuts, chocolate, and some earthy and floral hops. The taste is a bit of toasted bread and light chocolate. Good, healthy body with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well, but nothing special.

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Photo of climax
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep Cover poured a fitting deep amber with a chill haze dancing within it. The head was relatively modest, dropping fairly quickly leaving a drape of tan lace.

Overripe fruit and brown sugar made up the bulk of the nose. A bit of toastiness was overshadowed by sweet and fruity flavors.

The flavor had a bit of a hop snap to it, lingering through the finish. Otherwise, mostly buttered toast and brown sugar dominated for the most part.

The body was on the light side, with subtle, yet tingly carbonation. Easy to drink, good flavors, satisfying yet forgettable.

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Photo of eggland
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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 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 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 alli4051
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Clear dark copper with a thick foamy head that recedes slowly with good lacing.

S: Very malty and bready.

T: Lots of brown sugar and malt up front. Bready with hints of toffee and maybe black tea?

M: Medium bodied and clean finish.

D: Despite the amount of sweetness present this brew was surprisingly drinkable. At 4.3% would make a nice session beer.

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Photo of bernardus1212
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Ommegang chalis glass. THe smell is almost like wheat bread. Color is more of an amber red than a brown. bright white head. flavor is pretty soft. No finish. Pretty average brown ale. Not Left hand's best. Not much to say. Just have to fill in the rest to post.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Bottled on 09/09/09 indicated on the label. Poured a translucent brownish-copper with a frothy three inch, off-white cap. Head eventually settles into a solid skim with residual strands of lacing adhering to the walls of the glass during the session. Nose is very subdued; maybe a suggestion of chocolate malt and caramel. Taste is somewhat bland - a bit watery, considerable cereal grains and some strange fruity esters that seemed a little off. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even level of carbonation. Easy drinking and sessionable, but flavors seemed a little off. Lacking the malty/roasty/lightly hopped character of the style.

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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 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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 cagocubs
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: tobacco brown with a 1inch tan foamy head that dissipates rapidly, leaves very little lacing.

S: Weak. Toasted malt, caramel, sweetness from dark fruits/molasses

T: Coffee bite followed by sweetness from caramel/dark fruit, ended by a nice bitter aftertaste.

M: watery, flowed almost like water. Kinda threw me off for a brown ale. Decent carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, but the mouthfeel turns me off from this beer.

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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 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 Zebus0
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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 tronester
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a thin tan head. Lighter in color than many brown ales. Smell was of a bit of toffee. Taste was a bit of chocolate up front, with a dextriny sweet middle, and a earthy finish. A hintof tartness as well. Moithfeel was well rounded, slightly high carbonation. Very drinkable, a simple yet refreshing brown.

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Photo of Rayek
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Deep chestnut brown, with nice clarity. A creamy beige head has good retention and leaves a nice amount of lace.

S: Toffee, baking chocolate and a bit of walnut.

T: Fairly light. Bittersweet toffee up front. A black tea and lemon bitterness comes on with just enough intensity to provide balance. Finishes with a bit of chocolate.

M: The somewhat dry body has about the right level of carbonation.

D: A pretty decent beer overall. Low ABV makes it a good session beer. I'm glad I had the opportunity to have it.

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Photo of hossua34
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A thin-looking nut brown color. The head was, for me, very thin and fast-vanishing with little to no lacing.

Smell is sweet, caramelly and nutty. Burnt sugar. Very nice.

Sweet, malty taste. Caramel, biscuits and chestnuts. Great taste but could be stronger.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, almost flat tasting. Noticeably lacking in this department.

Very tasty, goes down easy. However this beer's wonderful smell and taste are brought down somewhat by a watered-down texture and appearance.

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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 clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with minimal head that dies slowly and leaves lace patches. A strong malt smell, picking up good amounts of roasted/toasted malts along with some sweetness and minor hops. Very smooth, creamy, hints of coffee and bread malt to go with caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Passes over the tongue with dryness thanks to malts and some hop bitterness, but passes oh so delicious. Finishes nice and clean and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the Mountain Mixer sample 12 pack
A clear rusty brown color body with a tight lasting two finger off-white head, some lacing left. Aroma of toasty malt,a little nutty and slightly sweet caramel.Flavor is of dry caramel malt a bit of toffee,nutty, a hint of hops, and malty but very little sweetness,crisp and dry ,light body ,medium carbonation, a refreshing light brown,very sessionable.

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