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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Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 180
Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Standard offering from Left Hand. A very clean brew with all of the necessary flavors and profiles to make the style work. Balanced properly and holds the appearance what wins awards. But at the end of the day, it's a conservative brew that might lack a little intensity in flavors, aromas, and textures. Pours a standard brown hue with auburn highlights, with brilliant clarity, subtle head retention and lacing that proves durable. Aromas remain mild, but pick up on a hint of chocolate, nuts, and sustain a firm, malty barley scent. Flavors pick up on the malty-ness, while floating layers of mild chocolate, nuts, and a slight caramel flavor. Textures are very smooth and creamy, while remaining crisp and clean. Finishes very clean with a linger of malty sweetness. Certainly nothing to fault with this brew, but no outstanding character. A good session beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oddly enough this beer is orange...creamy offwhite foam on the surface that sticks with little flecks of lace. Some nutty malt aroma, a little earthy maybe Ringwood yeast or just slight herbal hops. Taste is malty with a more nutty character, finishing dry with a slight hop bitterness. Good level of carbonation, but overall just not very interesting. Sort of a utilitarian brown ale.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a small, tan, foamy head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of sweet roasted malt and caramel. There was a biscuity quality as well.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice brown. It would make a nice session brew.

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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 oberon
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/25/07 at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malt, nuts and maple with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty but not too heavy and not too sweet, with flavors of caramel, maple and nuts. The hops presence is decent for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and pretty crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a beer that is worth sticking with for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shouldn't a brown ale be brown? This beer is hazy dark copper with quite a bit of orange. It doesn't look like any brown ale that I've ever seen. The lid is beige, small and deflates way too quickly. No lace to speak of. So far... not impressed.

The nose is low on power. Nothing much is appreciated except a lightly roasted maltiness. The flavor is just okay, but is at least an improvement on the appearance and the smell. Specifics include brown bread, caramel and nuts.

The body/mouthfeel is thin and borders on fizzy. Drinkability is decent because the flavor isn't bad and the ABV is relatively low.

Simply put, Left Hand Deep Cover Brown Ale is a lackluster brew. One could do worse... and one could also do a heck of a lot better.

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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 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 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 RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but dark brown that has ruby edges when held to light. Nose is a woody cotton candy. Flavor is a bit too sweet I say. Sure there are some nice bark like characteristics there, but it is just a little too loud in the sugar department. Over time though that seems to calm down and you are given more of that earthy, woody, brown ale character. Still seems a little too light on the end though. Feel is fine. But the overall drinkability stays good at best. Just seems to lack the right edge that would send it to another level. There certainly is potential there, but it just doesn't come through.

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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 Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark amber in color with a 2" fluffy head that lasts a while. Thick lacing develops.

Smell:strong caramel and nuts.

Taste: caramel, bread, nuts, and a mild bitterness. There is a soft hint of earthiness to this brew too. Not a wimpy brown at all, and this bottle was very fresh. I could see this breaking down as it ages.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. A bit dry at the finish. Medium bodied. The bread, caramel, and nuttiness lasts a while on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: defintie session beer here. Overall a nice flavorful brown ale worth trying.

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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 WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet crystal malt scent along with some roasted malt notes. The taste is decent also. It has a grainy pale and crystal malt flavor that is sweet on the way down and dry on the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking brown ale, but it doesn't exactly blow you away.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut brown with a relatively thin head that fades to a thin ring. Smells nutty and quite malty, but dry and even slightly astringent at the end. Taste is full and nutty with some nivce, relatively dry caramel malt and some backend roastiness that keeps the flavor fairly deep. Nicely flavorful for such a low abv beer. Rounded and malty. Mouthfeel is relatively full, smooth, and with a hint of sweetness without being sticky at all. There is a late soapiness that detracts a little from the feel. Pleasant and easy to drink.

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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 jdhilt
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades to a ring leaving some lace. Nice clear red/amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Starts malty some cocoa nothing overwhelming, drying finish. Brewed Jul 27, 2005. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Haybeerman
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deeo, clear chestnut brown with ruby highlights on the edges. Poured a 1 finger tan had that dissipated to an even skim. Splotchy lacing throughout.

S: Roasted malts, caramel and nuts. Also some fruits and bready yeast.

T: Roasted nuts predominate initially. Toffee and caramel in the middle. Also a bit of an almost smokey or musty fruit flavor. Bitter in the finish nicely balances.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy (just lacked the body).

D: Nice flavors and well balanced. ABV makes this easily sessionable.

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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 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 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 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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