Heritage Coffee Brown Ale
Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #16
Ranked #17,272
3.9 | pDev: 8.46%
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Very Good
Notes: English malted oats, English chocolate malt and pale malt roasted with coffee beans at Heritage coffee company; Cascade and Calypso hops, and additions of hand-picked Brazilian coffee.

19 IBU
Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 232 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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RyanK252 from California

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an Alaskan Brewing Pilot Series glass

A: Pours chestnut brown with a frothy khaki head that settles to a thin layer and laces lightly.

S: Nutty, toasty, slightly roasty, smooth coffee, a hint of chocolate, slightly earthy, faint fruity notes, and caramel sweetness.

T: Toasty, nutty, roasty, smooth coffee, milk chocolate, a whisper of smoke, faint fruity notes, a little earthy, rounded out with caramel cream sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I wouldn't mind waking up with a cup of this every day. Perhaps a touch too sweet, but overall really nice.

Jun 01, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 6 pack of this in the summer of 2017, has a best by November 2017 date on it, but I saved one beyond that. Simple summary, it stays delicious beyond its best by date. Pours a chestnut and reddish brown pour, good clarity, isn't dark, gets lighter and brighter towards the edge, off white head, you would think it would be darker but no there is basically a white head on it, 1/4" but then it dies down to the thinnest of rings.

Nice coffee nose, it isn't pungent but its respectable and pairs well with brown malt truly enjoyable, just like the taste, which is quite refreshing and better than expected. Brown ales pair very well with coffee and this is a solid example of a coffee brown. I think its solid stuff and makes a brown ale plenty drinkable and dare I say first tier.

May 14, 2018
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Michelleroo from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh! I should not have shared this bottle with my SO! Chocolate smell, strong coffee flavor and delicious coffee aftertaste. So, so good! Beautiful nutty brown color!

May 11, 2018
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, a brown ale, one of our favorites and sometime hard to find a good one in a world of IPAs.

Rich,dark brown pour seems promising. Clear, a little light comes through. Light head & lacing. Light aroma, faintly sweet and bready, and iced coffee overall. A light mouthfeel, coffee of course and a chocolate background. Overall, a little one-dimensional with a single medley of taste that fades away, lacks depth. Nothing wrong with the beer, it just doesn't excite us as to the coffee or the brown ale style.

Jan 05, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a clear, light brown color with a small, thin head of foam. It smelled strongly of coffee with hints of chocolate and toffee. It tasted of roasty coffee with chocolate, caramel and toffee.

Dec 23, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Khaki head. Copper brown color.

Lots of fresh coffee. Light roast. Caramel and chocolate malt. Reminds me of coffee bender. Very easy drinking. Really solid.

Dec 19, 2017
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RJLarse from Washington

4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a couple of bottles of Heritage Coffee Brown in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a mahogany brown color, translucent, with a modest white head.

Smell is a coffee aroma with a candy caramel sweet scent.

Taste is a lot like the aroma. Sweet caramel flavor mixed with coffee. Mild bitter sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Slightly cloying.

Overall a very good brown ale. One of the best I have had.

Dec 18, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great cocoa aroma with light earthy roasted coffee undertone. This is nice take on a brain coffee beer. Alot of coffee stouts out there. I would like a little more coffee flavor but the balance here is spot on, so no need to mess with a good thing

Dec 03, 2017
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deebo from Michigan

3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-Bottle with a BB date of 1 14 18 poured into a pint glass. A 1/4" of light tan tight head atop a light brown clear beer.
S-Notes of coffee are most prominent. Lightly roasted and slightly sweet malt notes.
T-Coffee taste with a significant sweetness to balance any bitterness from the coffee.
M-A little bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. A touch of coffee bitterness in the finsh. No alcohol bite.
O-Nothing objectionable, but also nothing stands out. Decent enough flavor without any off.

Dec 03, 2017
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best by 011418
Deep copper colored ale with a creamy beige head. Nice coffee aroma with caramel malt, toffee, and chocolate with some earthy hops. Nice balanced flavors with light roast coffee at the forefront along with sweet caramel and toffee, toasty grain, a bit of chocolate with earthy hops adding some needed bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation, finishing semi-dry and excellently balanced.

Nov 26, 2017
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gandres from Philippines

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thursday, November 23, 2017 7:12 PM
Bottle 12 ounce poured to wine glass
Sight: dark amber, appears clear, small foam
Smell: fragrant, strong coffee aroma
Taste: medium bitterness, some sweetness, no depth, no bold taste
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, creamy, sweet follow through, long finish, bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, very fragrant, ok to repeat,

Nov 24, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bb 12/14/17 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 7% ABV. The beer pours bright light brown with minimal khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and cap leaving little lacing. The aroma is coffee first but not overpowering. The flavor is a nice mix of chocolate malt and coffee with a pleasant bitter end. There is a touch of alcohol in the finish that is minimal, but noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, very good. Just enough coffee to be present while remaining an easy drinking English brown ale.

Nov 19, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz serving tasted in a pint glass from draught at Firkin on November 10, 2017. A rich English-style brown ale with light , earthy roasted and gourmet coffee notes.

Nov 11, 2017
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AustinWadkins from Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from a bottle unfortunately

Smell is cocoa, roasted coffee, roasted malts, almost candy like

Taste is sweet chocolate,sweet coffee, almost milk chocolate like, roasted malts blend beautifully

Overall a fantastic beer! Not the biggest fan of Brown's but this changes my mind! Wish it was a little more bitter

Oct 20, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel mug. Best by December 14th 2017.

L: Beautiful russet brown, quite clear, finger width light beige head has average retention.

S: Smells richly of coffee and chocolate. Faint roasty note. A little lactic too.

T: Rich, roasty coffee, chocolate is just a backnote. Quite as advertised, very nice flavor.

F: Light-Medium, crisp, lingering roasty note.

O: Pretty good beer, solid Brown Ale.

Oct 19, 2017
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Redneckwine from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into tulip

Look - Dark mahogany brown, still fairly clear, not much head to speak of despite an aggressive pour - just thin wisps remain.

Smell - Big hit of coffee immediately, roasty and toasty maltiness, cocoa, dark fruitiness and a little booze. Nice!

Taste - Follows smell closely - Coffee slap to the tongue right up front, toasted bread, dark fruitiness, and then also an interesting hoppiness... Grassy and slightly herbal. Alcohol is definitely playing a role - warming, fruity, and vaguely astringent. A moderate bitterness creeps into the finish for good balance.

Feel - Medium-full body, very smooth, mellow feel thanks to very modest carbonation. At 7%, dangerously easy to knock back. I find myself wishing the carbonation was a bit more aggressive.

Overall - A pretty kickass coffee-themed brew, this beer will be a winner for any coffee lover out there. It has a few body flaws in my eyes, but it's chalked full of flavor and pretty dang good nonetheless.

Oct 08, 2017
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G-R-Fracassa from Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not normally a fan of brown ales but the winey flavor of the coffee really goes well with the bitterness and makes the malt flavors into a creamy compliment.

Sep 13, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brief impressions from a bottle purchased at a Colorado beer store as part of a sixer for $9.99 USD.

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz format. Brown glass. Black and white branded pry-off crown cap. Generic label art.Best by:: 113017.

7.0% ABV. "Ale brewed with heritage coffee(R)."

APPEARANCE: Pours a transparent translucent amber (NOT brown) body with an off-white coloured cap sitting atop...not the most robust head, but it does last a good 3 minutes.

I expected a brown body and a fuller creamier frothier head, but this is decent outside style conventions.

AROMA: Muted hazelnut. Obvious coffee. Brown malts.

The coffee is adequately pungent, but it isn't as expressive, vivid, or nuanced as the most interesting coffee ales out there (whether brown ale, stout, porter, or even IPA). Slightly roasty, but it lacks the depth of coffee flavour observed in the best expressions of the coffee _____ ale category.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Matches the aroma. Brown malts provide the simplistic malt foundation, with generic albeit pungent coffee additive and hints of hazelnut lending needed intricacy to this otherwise straightforward simple brew. Not as earthy or roasty coffee-wise as would be ideal, but it scratches my coffee ale itch.

No overt hoppy or yeasty flavours. No off-flavours or faults.

It's well-balanced.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, slightly acidic, well-carbonated, not unrefreshing, aptly medium-bodied, and of apt moderate thickness on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is good, though it could be softer and creamier.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: A nice straightforward coffee brown ale at $10ish a six-pack, but fans of either great traditional nutty brown ales or vivid expressive coffee ales alike will need to look elsewhere for the best in those respective categories...this ticks the boxes of a coffee brown without delivering anything unique or special. I'll happily work my way through my sixer and it's more competent affordable work from a brewery I love, but it won't dazzle the discerning drinker in spite of being well-executed. There are no flaws here, but there are many shortcomings and missed opportunities. A more robust malt backbone, more interesting coffee (single origin might help), more commitment to the coffee, and more of a traditional nutty flavour profile are needed to bring this to the next level. Still, in terms of widely available well-priced coffee brown ales, it's tough to do better than this, and it's absolutely well worth picking up.

B- (3.43) / WORTHY

09.13.17 2nd impression from another bottle:


Sep 13, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is dark roast coffee and toasted malt. Medium bodied, high carbonation and roasty. Makes for an above average coffee beer and a nice seasonal offering....Could certainly get lost in a daydream and see myself sipping this in the fall in Alaska. A nice and clean sipper for anyone who enjoys coffee.

Sep 11, 2017
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 03/21/17:

Fairly rich brownish copper, hazy but mostly clear. Large, lasting fluffy head of somewhat lighter tan. Okay lacing. Very sweet and nutty aroma, some toffee, some light vegetal and even banana characteristics, but not so much coffee. Palate is as much roast and spirity booze and earthy, leafy, and just barely metallic hops as it is sweet nuttiness, but that is still pretty forward. Not distinctly coffee, but passable as such. Rich and delicious, but a hair too generically sweet for me in the balance. Mouthfeel is evenly velvety to creamy throughout, with some tingles, within a medium to full body. Too soft, I really do enjoy the abundance of this carbonation but the bubbles are too fine, and not sharp enough. Doesn’t quite work with a Brown Ale as well as it might a porter or stout, but taken on its on it is top-tier. Warming only really kicks in after palate is saturated about halfway through.

Apr 08, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark blonde color with lots of beautiful lace. As off-point as this is for a brown ale, I have to say it's really nice.

Lots of fresh coffee and nutty aromas on the nose. Light chocolate shavings and malts.

Flavor is off-putting to start, with some really odd bitter sourness, but the finish turns to pure nutty chocolate. Still that's hard to get to in each sip. As it warms the coffee becomes more noteworthy.

Very creamy feel with a nice tight carbonation. Coffee dryness on the finish.

Overall, I knew this was not my bag from the beginning - I don't like coffee too much and I don't like brown ales; but to STYLE, this one is gold. Very very nicely done. Recommended.

Jan 09, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours light clear amber thin tan head not much lacing.

Aroma - Very nice coffee aroma, roasted malts some very sweet malt and biscuit as well.

Flavor - I really enjoyed the cold coffee flavors much more pronounced than the aroma, little bit of bitterness and nice roasted malt flavors.

Feel - Slightly thin feel for a brown ale I thought good carbonation and just a hint of dryness.

Overall - Decent brown ale I really liked the coffee flavors they wee well done.

Dec 30, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent caramel with a thumb of tan head. Below average head retntion & average lacing

S: Coffee, toastyness, & mocha

T: Folllows the nose, some woody hops as well, some vanilla slips in up front. Dryness, hazelnut & mocha, plus toastyness as this warms. Finishes toasty, sweet & a little dry

MF: Medium bod, slight carbonation

Drinks easy, a nice offering , nothing earth shattering though

Dec 22, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Albertsons. I’m not a huge fan of coffee beer, but try them anyway, for the tick. So I’ve been avoiding thus one, and it’s actually pretty good. Dull flat pour, dark brown, tiny ring of head. Light coffee aroma, taste also features the coffee, but adds some nuttiness and a light sweetness. A really solid brown ale with light coffee notes. Smooth with a lingering bittersweet finish.

Dec 12, 2016
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champ103 from Texas

3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

There are way to many listings for this beer. At least I found one with the same bottle pictured, so that is the entry I'll go with :)

A: Pours a dark ruby brown color. A two finger beige head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Lightly roasted malts, with pungent cold coffee. The coffee comes off a bit astringent and overly bitter. Not much else I can pick out.
T: Like the nose, lightly roasted malts. Astringent and bitter coffee that becomes a little acrid as well. A bit of sweetness, and the is it. Cold, not very appealing coffee is the show.
M/O: A medium to full body. Firm and crisp carbonation. Smooth at the same time. The coffee character is not to my liking, and since that is basically all there is here, not something I am likely coming back to. Though I do get a little acclimated to this after a while and if goes down quick.

A pretty one dimensional coffee brown ale. Not among my favorites of this kind. The coffee flavors aren't my favorite, and that is all that is brought to the table here.

Dec 05, 2016
Heritage Coffee Brown Ale from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 232 ratings