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 Fish113d
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish-mahogony color with 3/4" of tan, fluffy head w/ decent sustainance. Clean appearance.

Aroma up front hits you with some maple syrup along with some slight caramel and just a tad bit of grassy hops. Nothing real exciting, but decent.

Sipping is mostly sweetened brown caramel malts along with some very little hops hitting on the swallow. I am surpised there's not more to this. Very mild ale. Maybe a bit of roasty malts also.

Mild carbonation with a fairly thin body. Very basic and average, but well balanced. Fairly drinkable ale. Decent flavor, and easily drinkable due to the thinness of the body. I'd recommend a try and it'd be a good session brew.

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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 GeoffRizzo
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
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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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 SupaCelt
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the pour revealed a ruby coloured brew of pristine clarity...a head of white billowed up after the pour but obliterated into little more than a light surface dusting...the beer is hanging some lace...very little effervescence...the nose carries the perplexing brown ale scents of malt and perhaps some oily nut impressions along with some other tones that seem to defy a description...musty...brown sugared, etc...this one, however, also possesses some unique tones that remind me of the vagueries of an amber ale as well...somewhat of a fruity, possibly apple reminiscent notion...the taste is interesting in some regards has qualities similar to other browns that I have tried, but the fruitiness that came through in the nose is also apparent in the taste...this one seems to be much more wet and juicy than the brown style I have encountered previously...mouthfeel here is light to medium...not thick, but tastily heavy feeling at times...drinkability factor I would rate as pretty good...I believe this is my first experience with an "English" brown ale that was laden with fruity esters...this variance is not my preference in a "brown," but this is not a bad beer...quite quaffable.

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Photo of heyitsbyron
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a single from Woodman's in Madison ($1.25) into a pint glass. Said it was bottled on 7/27/05.

Deep amber color, very clear. But, zero head. None. It was a nice pour and a clean glass, wtf?

Smelled awesome even though it was very faint. Sweet, yeasty, malty. I think the fact that the aroma was so light made me want to drink it more.

Taste was not as good. A bit nutty, a bit yeasty, but generally way to mild to impress me. Got nuttier as it warmed up. I don't know what else to say but unimpressive.

In the mouth it was rather thin and bubbly. Not unpleasant, but not satisfying either.

I'd drink this again, I just wouldn't pay for it. Not enough booze, not enough flavor.

I had high hopes after trying the Left Hand Sawtooth Ale. But Brown Ales like these make people not appreciate the style and that's a shame because when done properly, it's one of my two or three favorite.

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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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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 sevineyes
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from brown bottle depicting a "deep cover" agent looking through binoculars.

A: Nice head with good lacing. Good balance of color and superb clarity. Ruddy walnut color.

S: Light hop smell without much complexity.

T: Nicely balanced between a caramel malt aspect and some hop flavor and finish. Clean finish with almost no aftertaste. Taste fairly weak without much complexity.

M: Almost nonexistent. A little tart at the end, but very watery.

D: Very drinkable. Could drink this all night with no problem. The glass disappears a lot quicker than you'd think.

Overall: The flavor and appearance really make this beer. Would be a good session beer, but the smell and mouthfeel just don't bring it up to par for being one of my preferred brown ales.

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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 palliko
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is red-amber, cloudy and has ivory foam that sticks around. Aroma is brown sugar and malt, barley and hops. Initial taste has some smooth moves: sweet toffee and malt, crackers and roasted bread. Lots of carbonation and a finish that leaves a taste in your mouth like a cross between a Mai Tai and sweet Southern iced tea. Nicely brewed.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich orange-mahogany color. Half-inch off-white head fades quickly but leaves a nice lacing. Bottled 12/21/04

The smell is sweet of cherry-raisin flavor with a malty-crunchberry background.

The flavor is mellow with a subtle hop kick. Nice mix of fruit and malt. A bit of a burnt' oak aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, but substantial.

This is very drinkable. Smooth and tasty.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Part of a 10-beer gift pack I received for my birthday. Many gift packs are kinda blah, but these (from Cost Plus) are a nice variety of tasty selections.

Appearance - not very brown, more of a reddish-brown. Cream colored head has some staying power.

Aroma - a malt aroma, mostly, with some light bready yeast notes. Nothing too complex but it's appealing.

Taste - malt and milk chocolate flavor. Wasn't expecting it to be that tasty! It's one-dimensional, but a tasty dimension, no complaints here. Not rich or intensely flavored, but still good.

Mouthfeel - thin for the style, it has a dilutive effect on the flavor. Average carbonation.

Drinkability - tasty, but other factors pull it down to just a middle of the road offering from LH. I'd drink it again on the merits of the flavor, though.

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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 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 niknar
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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 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 Tballz420
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a dark red/brown color, with a almost non-existant white head, i think, its gone before i got a second look. The smell is a roasted scent, slight hop presence. The taste is dominated by bitter hops, some nut-like flavors as well. Not a bad beer, but nothing id be looking for in the future.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, this beer had a small sized tan head with large sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was clear with some carbonation observed and the hue was reddish-brown. The nose was lightly malty with a caramel and malty flavor to it. The mouthfeel was smooth and there was a fair amount of lacing with this beer. All-in-all, not a bad Brown Ale.

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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 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 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 Wildman
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brownish amber color and formed a small light tan bubbly head that left some circular lace. A small amount of carbonation is present. A heavy aroma of caramel, malt and other sweet smells I couldn't place, or just an overpowering caramel aspect perhaps. A flavor of of malt and a caramel. A fairly light body and also light finish. Not a bad brown for a session night.

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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 Jarod
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured into the glass a rusty golden orange color that was very clear and well carbonated. The head was beige in color that was semi-foamed and slightly creamy in nature. The head did not last vary long and did not leave much to any lace behind. The smell big smell that hit my nose was vanilla, followed by sweet malt, nuts –hazelnut and sweet almonds, caramel and some hops. The taste started off slightly bitter with a hop bite, then turned creamy in nature. Flavors of roasted nuts and malts, sweet caramel, light subtle fruits were present in the mid tongue then it finished crisp with a snap of roasted nuts that lasted after the swallow. To be honest the smells that came off of this beer were better then the taste, and the tastes were good. I enjoyed most of the aspects of this beer with the smell being the highlight. I have yet to have a bad beer from this brewery.

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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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