Beertown Brown | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 01-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of Japerrault
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown with red showing through when held to the light. The beer was clear with a cream colored head which held at about 1/2 inch for quite a while.

S: Rich malts, toasted bread and caramel.

T: Beautifully made beer. There is a great use of malts in this one. Mostly toasted grain, caramel, and toffey flavors, but this is not really a sweet beer. Hops are not perceived much, but lend themselves well to the balance.

M: Nice carbonation with medium body.

D: Very drinkable beer. Nothing harsh. I will be buying more of this.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 07

Word is, brown is the new black, or maybe it's just that Brown Ales are gaining some headway and popularity among brewers and consumers. This one is going for that malty Northern English Style Brown Ale feel to be exact. It's great to see a beer from the PNW that's not on hop overkill.

A good amount of foam provides a thick, off-white head, and a brilliantly clear henna color. The head retention is quite impressive. Aroma is thick of toasted malt, mild fruitiness and faint spicy hops. Creamy smooth mouthfeel; medium-bodied with a gentle carbonation. Copious amounts of malt flavor to start; toasted and slight caramel flavors seem to be the most predominant. Hint of spicy herbal hop lays down a modest but balancing bitterness. A tad fruity with a twang from the yeast in the middle. Finishes semi-sweet with some faded toasted grain.

A phenomenal beer. It's so refreshing to see another Brown Ale on the market. Cheers to Bridgeport for this one! Try a minimalist pairing approach, like sweet Italian sausage on a plain hoagie roll.

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Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of skeetermoses
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is now my go to english ale brown. Loved it, sweeter than most but reasonably priced beer, very tasty indeed. Would go good with some goulauch or even rocklette. loved it definitly going to by this beer again, very tasty and reliable.

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4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this tasty brown had a wonderful light caramel head and a nice brown glow. Real clear brown in the glass with a nice alpenglow-esk appearance.Real malty nose with a slight hint of hops and coco. Mouthfeel was real light and airy. Good carbonation that faded towards the end of the glass.

Smooth, Smooth, Smooth. This one slide right down the back of your throat. Even malt throughout with very little bitters. This is a tongue carresser and I'd make her dinner.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz Bottle it poured a dark brown with a small, frothy, light brown, quickly diminishing head. Nose is light and mostly malt, nuts, caramel, toasted bread, with some hops. Mouthfeel was smooth and flavor an interesting combination of sweetness with a slightly bitter.finish. Easy to drink.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big light brown long lasting head just sort of sits there above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Full aroma of caramel malts with a hint of chocolate coming through.

Similar taste with the rich caramel malts and hints of chocolate coming through.

A quite pleasant aftertaste with a bit of the malts tastes remaining with this medium bodied brown.

Good stuff, buy a few extras and stop by.

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Photo of stephens101
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had a brown ale in a while, so am looking forward to this one for a change of pace. Pours a reddish-brown with a good and thick but fairly quickly fading tan head. Smells of slight caramel, tea and chocolates. Tastes a bit spicy and sugary with some roasted malts and a hint of bitterness finishing things off. A tasty, light-to-medium bodied brown that fits the style perfectly and twists your arm to enjoy a good session together.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kinda skeptical about picking up this beer. Thought that it would be kinda like piss because of the name and label. I am shockingly pleasantly surprised.

A: Decent carbonation, brown in color (true to it's name). Light tan head that leaves good lacing with every pull. Head went the distance for the life of the poor (which really wouldn't set any records for longevity).

S: Sweet brown sugar, then i unfortunately farted and ruined this part of the review. Sorry..

T: Creamy, sweet. Kinda like those candies with the white frosting in the center of hard caramel. Umm good. I also think this would have been better if I let it warm up a bit.

M: Smooth, tingly from the carbonation and a medium body. All the things an English should bring to the table.

D: I wish I had more.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one nice little brown here...

Pours much darker than most browns I've had... huge head also...

Smells of sweet malt and maybe a little chocolate.. I know that sounds crazy but that's what I'm getting....

Nice pleasant taste of sweet malt that is very smooth and drinkable...

I could easily session this brew.. I liked it a lot...

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a rich mahogany color with hints of ruby. A small, tan foamy head left behind small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of nut, coffee and malt.

T - It tasted quite nutty, maybe even some hazelnut flavors. It had a grassy bitterness and a strong roasted malt quality.

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

D - This is a very nice brown ale. Yet another solid offering from Bridgeport.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer town brown poured a clear brown with a single finger foam head with very little head or lacing. The aroma was caramel malts with a slight hop aroma.

The taste was really unique and was malty through the drink. To me I really got a root beer taste which I enjoyed. In the mouth it was thin and lingered on the tongue. Overall a very enjoyable brown ale.

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Photo of jwc215
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with a very thin head that becomes a slowly vanishing patch.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with hints of chocolate. It has an earthy/nutty background. Fairly robust.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with hints of chocolate. The brown sugar-like sweetness is balanced by earthy, slightly fruity hops in the background that lend some depth and complexity to the rich maltiness. There is some balanced sweetness in the rather abrupt finish.

Medium-bodied, it has an astringent note, but nothing to really complain about though I would have liked the flavor to linger on the tongue a bit longer.

This is a brown ale that is enjoyable. Nice maltiness with a fair amount of balance, but would like it to have a bit more .... well, something to hold on to a bit longer. Overall - I do recommend it.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this one back from his trip to the Pacific NW!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronzed rustic orange with a hint of red. The lightly creamy cap is two fingers after the pour and is an attractive mixture of ivory, pale gold and ecru. Soap sudsy streamers of froth are beginning to be laid down, but the lid isn't disappearing fast enough for entire lace story to have been written yet.

The nose is more robust English pale ale than English brown ale. According to the neck label, 'roasted chocolate and pale malts' have been used, but I can't appreciate the first of those no matter how many times I try. Earthy, lightly musky hops are at least as prominent.

As expected, there's very little 'brown' maltiness on the palate. The flavor profile consists of lightly buttered, lightly toasted wheat bread sprinkled with almonds and a pinch of shredded tea leaves. Fruity esters from the ale yeast contribute as well. Beertown Brown definitely tastes English, even it doesn't bring to mind the stated style. A pale version of it... maybe.

The beer is growing on me as the ounces pass. As long as I don't think about style, I'm fine. The bottom line is that Bridgeport BC, more often than not, brews well-constructed, balanced, drinkable beer. I'm not sure how anyone could have a problem with that. It occurs to me that this offering would go well with any number of foods and would be great to session as well.

I've gone back and forth on mouthfeel and have finally decided to go with the higher score. I'm impressed that such a light-bodied ale can be so creamy and so expansive; yet more evidence that these guys know what they're doing.

I've never had a bad Bridgeport beer (and I've had most of them). They've been either above average or well above average. Beertown Brown isn't a stunner by any means, but it's such a joy to drink that I decided to reward it accordingly. Solid all the way around.

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Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer leaves the 12 ounce bottle a brownish orange with a moderate off white head that evaporates quickly leaving a velum like covering on the glass. Nose has a black walnut like aroma, backed by sweet malt and caramel, start is malt sweet, slight tartness, with the top medium in feel. Finish has a determined acidity; the hops pleasantly spicy, dry aftertaste clings to the palate. Brown ales have been one of my favorite styles, since I sampled my first Newcastle Brown Ale, many years ago, a style I think over looked by many.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beertown is back in '08... 12oz from the Coop for about $1.30.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Nice long lasting head that drops leaving sheets of lacing... color is a clear polished chesnut.

Smells "English". Light brown and caramel malts with a touch of diacetyl ... fruity esters are present and fairly out front.

Flavor is pretty much all toasted malts.. fairly heavy on the toasted malts.. the ale fruitiness is ever present... lighter than expected caramel.. earthy hop flavor.. finish is a nice mix of earthy hops with a lite chocolate hint... light/medium mouthfeel and good carbonation.

This is a great session beer... and a very good take on an English brown from a PNW brewery.. I pick up Beertown fairly frequently when it's around.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very thick head, about 3 finger widths but quickly fell down without much lacing on the glass. A reddish brown color.

S: Had aromas of molasses, caramel, a very faint smell of dried blueberries and barley grains.

T: Had a camouflaged taste of dark semi sweet chocolate, a nutty taste, with much of the taste residing in the malts. A very slight bittering taste hits the back from the hops deinitely could've used more hops.

M/D: Quite watered down, maybe slightly grainy but to notice if you do. This is quite disappointing considering the look of the beer. The drinkability is good though and doesn't hit you hard with a strong amount of alcohol so you can have several of these in a day. Not my favorite but still was good.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear caramel brown with thin off-white head. Slightly sweet malty grain smell. The initial flavor is clean and malty with a light hop bitterness and a relatively short-lived bready malt aftertaste. It is medium bodied with a soft to active carbonation that is just about right for a brown. This is a relatively mellow full malt flavored brown in the english style. It is tasty, smooth, and very drinkable. I buy it pretty regularly.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, good dose of toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, some toffee/caramel, slightly sweet. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty Brown Ale, another underated brewery in my book.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decided to try something from Bridgeport beside their IPA.
A- A light brown, with red-orange on the edge and a small head that faded quicly.
S- The scent reminded me of walnut and brown bread. The scent was of moderate strength.
T- The taste matched the scent, sort of nutty and bready. It finished with a bit of floral hops, but the nut and bread tastes did not suffer as a result.
M- It had kind of a strange mouthfeel for me. I don't know how to describe it, but I think it was probably a result of the fairly strong carbonation.
D- A pretty solid beer, that would be good with a meal. It was a pretty solid choice with an appropriate abv. The carbonation was the only real negative. Worthy.

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Photo of Spikester
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a tan head, good lacing.
Aroma is chocolate malt, herbal.
Taste is dark chocolate with a good amount of hops. Nice brown ale. Palate is slightly better than average.
Overall a very tasty brown ale.
Will try again when available. Well recommended.

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Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear brown colored beer with a decent brown head that fades fairly quickly.

The smell is sweet and malty with a trace of peat and smoke to the aroma.

The taste begins sweet and a little malty with a bit of grassy flavor and a decent bitter finish. Bit of vanilla and coffee flavor this is on the mild end of the spectrum. Earthly flavor there is a lot of peat and mushroom flavor here with faint chocolate.

Mouthfeel is OK.

This scores quite highly on the drinkability scale. Nothing complex just a good brown ale.

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Photo of tbeck
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, dark brown with a decent white/brown head that collared nicely. Aroma was malt and sugar. Taste was malt, slight hint of hops and coffee in the aftertaste. Very smooth but a hint of bitterness. On the thin side, but good body. Good overall, good flavor, nothing offensive. I could easily handle a number of these in a sitting and enjoy them.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with a modest head that declines to a pancake while leaving a few shards of lace

Smell: Brown bread, caramel and just the mildest hint of piney hops

Taste: Opens with a brown bready and caramel flavor that moves in a fruity direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, it develops a slightly spicy but woody aspect that is quite dry, but a touch buttery on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium, almost creamy, body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy to quaff and a decent representation of a style that is straightforward and uncomplex

Thanks, younger35, for the opportunity

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a dark pale orange almost brown color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off fairly quick. Some stringy lace. The aroma had some walnut/chestnut sweet roastiness rolling around some caramel/toffee malts. Some wood, light hay, cereal and a little bit of earthiness round out the edges. The flavor was a nice blend of sweet to roasty nut to caramel/toffee maltiness. Aftertaste was the blend of it all. The finish was the same. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, pretty good English styled brown ale that I could come back to.

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Beertown Brown from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 58 ratings