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 Strix
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange-brown, small head with weak lacing.

Smells of malts and cola, nice, but muted.

Tastes mainly of malts. Flat cola in the mix too. Little aftertaste, sort of watery in the finish.

Slightly weak mouthfeel contributes to watery finish.

Simple easy-drinking brown, here. Though the individual pieces aren't impressive, this wasn't a bad beer. Worth a try. I wouldn't mind seeing the flavors come out and getting some more aftertaste into the mix.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in Union...
Pours a deep-copper, dark-brown hue with a decent-sized foamy head...
Smell: Unassertive, mild, nut-brown aroma...
Taste: Surprisingly good, nutty, caramel flavor with hints of bread, butter, and a slight tinge of vanilla thrown into the mix...
Loose, watered-down mouthfeel along with an unspectacular level of drinkability...
Nothing above and beyond...

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish-amber with a off-white/tan head that falls to a thin ring. No lacing left on the glass.
Aromas of milk chocolate, hazelnuts, grass and caramel.
The milk chocolate tastes darker and gets mixed with some light coffee flavors. Caramel and hints of dried dark fruits.
Somewhat light mouthfeel. A little oily, but gets watery farther back on the tongue. No real lingering bitterness.
Pretty drinkable. Good flavors and low ABV would make this a good night at the pub/bar beer.
Not a bad beer. It seems perhaps a little light for a brown ale. I would still buy this again, but it's not at the top of my list.

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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 Natural510
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, cloudy amber color with thick, pourous head.
Smells of malts and an easy caramel/brown sugar note.
Toasted malt flavor with a noticable hop kick...leaving bitterness at the back of the mouth & throat. A bit of a citric orange/lemon kick as well. Sweetness (but not too sweet) of caramel apples rounds out the flavors.
The aforementioned hops & cirtus blend together leaving quite a kick in the mouth; carbonated but not overly so....this would likely make an excellent cask beer.
Differing characteristics from other brown ales I've tried, but this one stays true to form nonetheless. Could do without a little of that harsh aftertaste, otherwise a fine drinking American take on brown ale.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a good brown color that has some amber in it when held up to the light. Very clear, with a two-finger oatmeal colored head. Decent lacing.

Smells pretty good. Nutty with a good malt base. Smells slightly toasted too.

Tastes toasty more than anything. Some hearty malt with a mildly bitter ending. There's an aftertaste that's slightly off, kind of metallic.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. There's a good smoothness and thickness, but the carbonation is a little too much.

This beer is pretty drinkable. If it weren't for the aftertaste it would be better.

Overall this is a slightly above average beer. Worth a shot.

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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 Drew966
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep Cover Brown Ale pours a copper color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I like the aroma, it is malty all the way. The flavor isn't quite as exciting as the aroma. It's malty and a bit sweet, hops aren't really noticeable. I like a nuttier taste in a brown ale. Just kind of so-so overall.

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Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew bottled on April 13, poured into my Sammy freebie glass. Clear, but hazy brown, tan head that died pretty quick. Surprising pop of caramel in the aroma, mixed with the woody hops. Smooth quaff finishes with a raspy hop kick. Nice brew for any weather. Tad on the watery side.

Bottle part of a mountain man summer mixer with the Sawtooth, Porter and Milk Stout.

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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 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 cvstrickland
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint glass yields an amber body with a sparkle of red topped with a fuzzy tan sheet of head that quickly shrivels to a broken sheet, but leaves a few bands of lacing.

Smells like sweet iced tea with caramel and sticky, fruity hops.

Tastes earthy sweet honey smooth and rich with a dry note in the middle; shifts gears with minerally character, grassy hops, a dash of lemon rind bitterness, and a nice toasted maltiness. Juicy finish.

Really succulent and drinkable.

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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 beveritt
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. The label sepcits a man in a suit and hat holding a pair of binoculars to his eyes. Hiding maybe? Hence, the "Deep Cover?" There is the typical Left Hand starburst behind th eman. Nice and visible is the bottled on date:110707.

Appearance: Pours with a massive 2 1/2 inch light tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind intricate, sticky lacing. The beer itself is less brown than I would have expected and more red. Crystal clear, there is a small amount of activity.

Smell: A nice, deep aroma of nuttiness and caramel sweetness. Hints of biscuit and spices.

Taste: Mellow and smooth, with a tremendous amount of flavor. Slightly sweet maltiness, chocolate, caramel, and breadiness combine perfectly. Finishes with a tiny bit of hop bitterness and a slight twang.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied. Carbonation level is perfect for the style.

Drinkability: Another great beer from Left Hand. What more needs to be said?

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Photo of Tbn2
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from pint glass into bottle.

A-A transparent brown that. White head that disapates rather quickly. Let some lacing at the bottom of the glass.

S-Very toasty malts. A little bit of yeast smell is present. Not to much by way of hops.

T-Very toasty again that fads to a good balance between pale and sweet malts.

M-I would like this one to have just a little heavier of a body. Good carbonation.

Overall this is a good beer. I would recommend this to someone who would like to try a Brown Ale for the first time. Very clean tasting and true to the style I think.

Drink em' if ya got em'...

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very light shade of brown, more amber than brown really. One of the palest brown ales I've ever had. A very small 1/2 inche white head formed at the top intially but dissipated quickly away. Virtually no lacing.

It was hard to smell much of anything, slight earthy scent, maybe a little nutty.

The taste was much more pronounced than the scent, very nutty and a caramel malt.

A bit watery in the mouth, goes down like water. It's been said before, but I'll reinforce the view, it tastes very similar to Newcastle Brown, save it's a bit easier to drink and a bit more flavourful.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer was much lighter than I expected, being a dark orange-brown but not a solid brown. The aroma was ok but hard to detect. The flavor was very nutty and surprisingly easy to drink. This reminded me of Newcastle but tastier. Nicely done session beer.

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Photo of kurtissellen
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another brew from the beer of the month delivery. Poured a reddish amber with a ½ inch light golden head. Smelled like a mixture of yeast and breadyness. Light flavor compared to what you would expect for your average brown ale. No flavors really jumped out at me, and I had a difficult time trying to identify them. Smooth drinking and didn't notice the alcohol that much.

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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 PhageLab
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Nice, mellow brown coloration, two fingertip head of froth sat on top the whole ride down. Left decent rings of lace.

S - Sweet aroma of brown sugar and malts, pleasant, but not too overpowering.

T - Mildly bitter nut profile. Exceptional balance, the sweetness was paralled by the bitterness exactly. Tasty, refreshing, and not overly complex.

M - Light bodied, low carbonation, and an amazingly clean feeling and finish.

D - Very good, excellent session brew, well constructed and easy to enjoy. Will definitely revisit this one, recommended.

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Photo of vurt
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle received as part of my first package from Micro Beer Club (Thanks, Adam and Susan!). Enjoyed in a nonic pint glass.

This is the lightest brown ale I have ever seen. Color is more copper than brown. A finger of off-white foam dissipates to a thin layer which clings nicely to the glass before settling back.

Makes me think more of a vienna lager than a brown ale, but it's still nice. Malty sweet and slightly nutty, with a touch of milk chocolate and some earthy English hops underneath. Yum.

Caramelly, malty sweetness up front. Dries out in the middle, and the nutty character becomes prominent while some dried fruit notes emerge. Earthy hop flavors lead into a tasty, biscuity finish.

Thin for a brown ale, and slightly over carbonated. This beer would be fantastic on handpump.

Overall this isn't much of a brown ale (too light, rather thin, not very roasty at all), but I'm not sure what else to call it. Maybe a less fruity/more malty English bitter. Regardless, it's a tasty beer. I may lower my scores a bit because it misses the style it claims to be, but I'm still glad to have a couple more of these waiting in the pantry.

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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 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 shaebs99
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark copper with thin head that leaves little lacing

Aroma is nutty toasted malts maybe hints of darker roasted malts

T&M: large crisp carbonation, but still thin mouthfeel. Taste is nutty and sweet flavor, caramel.

This beer would be much more sessionable if the carbonation were a little lower. That being said it isn't a bad beer. Low in alcohol with decent nutty flavor. I tend to like my browns a bit fuller and darker, but this is still enjoyable

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