Beertown Brown | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Beertown BrownBeertown Brown

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 01-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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 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 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 russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber/red with one finger offwhite colored head. A little lacing& head retention

S: Sweet malt & caramel

T: Dryness & toasred malt up front. A little chocolate, fruittyness & some cirtus hops follows. Some toast & grainyness & dryness in the finish

MF: Light/medium bodied with slightly prickly carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, but a pretty run of the mill brown IMO, certainally have had worse

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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 Jason
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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 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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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 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 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 Bitterbill
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in a mixed six pack

It pours a clear medium brown red with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has a nice caramel malt profile with a bit of citrus hops peaking through that's a bit off putting.

The taste is of caramel, some bread, light roasted malt, and a very mild hop bitterness near the finish. Good taster...solid Brown Ale though on the light side when it comes to overall flavour.

It has a light mouthfeel and the carbonation is medium.

Drinkability? This is meant for sessioning but I figure one bottle is enough for me at a sitting. I would have liked a bit more oomph in the flavour. The abv was what it needed to be.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bridgeport sixers are on sale for $5.49 at the local and I was about to grab some IPA as it is my old standby but I thought "Why not try something new?" Nice brown-red color with a very helathy, foamy head. The smell is at first has a similar component to the IPA so maybe that is the yeast but its followed by a distinct malt smell. Nothing too special but still good. Nutty, brown flavor that is about average for a brown. Not sweet like Newcastle but actually has a bitterness. This would be an interesting

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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 illidurit
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Clear medium brown with a fluffy off-white head. Not much lacing, decent retention. Aroma is bready malts with a sweet citric hop tinge. Flavor is bread crusts, cocoa, light roast, and a bit of earthy hoppiness. Mouthfeel is overcarbonated and a little too thin. Comes up a bit short in every category.

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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 Reidrover
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, typical Bridgeport bottle bur label is different. Very handsome looking ale brown, clear with amber tones, large tan head, its tight and thick. Aroma is quite shallow, malty and with a touch of creamy oats. Nice semi-bitter malts at first then a touch of hops balances the account at the end, slight coffee accents, and a bit of treacle . Thin on the palate but quite OK for traditional brown ale. Overall an easy drinking beer, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The problem with this beer is it lacks any real lasting resonance on the palate. The balance is right and the typical brown ale notes show up including a little sweetness but the beer is dialed down in the flavour department. I kinda got bored after a bottle and wished for more ummph in the finish. I like brown ales but want body in the beer

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Photo of RedDiamond
2.56/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On the day of its release there was a ceremonious recognition of Portland as “Beer Town” replete with proclamations from the mayor, lots of elbow rubbing with high society folks, press releases, photo ops, and so on. But my God! If you’re going to coordinate the release of your new beer with the mayor’s office, at least release something worthy of the hoopla. Beer Town is just plain lame unless you like a dour yeasted taste with wilted bittering and an anorexic body. There’s no nuttiness here and only a mild, sequestered wash of caramel backbone.

Beertown Brown is at least a pretty thing to look at. It’s actually more red than brown, and features the kind of filtered polish that means so much to big-barreled brewers. So it’s pretty with no character, lots of polish, and an anorexic body. Well, that’s the Pearl District for you. And get this – the promotional coaster exhorts us to “Loosen That Tie.” (It really says that.) Heads up, Bridgeport – tie loosening is for martinis.

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Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving size: 12oz bottle.

Apperance: Poured a medium and clear brown color with a small sized off white head.

Aromas: toasted nuttiness with some caramel.

Tastes: the same nuttiness, caramel, and lighter chocolate.

Notes from and tasted on: 11/25/07.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm happy to see this new offering from Bridgeport hit the markets (in early January 2007). Poured my 12 oz. bottle to a standard pint.

A: Fairly light chestnut brown, clear and with a little visible carbonation when held to light. Just a sliver of dense white head, less than 1/2 finger, which fades to a razor-thin ring. No lace.

S: Surprisingly robust roasted malt & rolled oats, a little smoky.

T: Good semi-sweet roasted maltiness, quite nutty and with an aftertaste of toasted whole wheat bread. A little cocoa and smoke in the dry finish. Gently bitter finish.

M: Just the slightest metallic-sour taint in the mouth - apropo in a brown ale. Medium body with bitter & clean finish. Faint carbonation.

D: A solid, if unspectacular, brown ale. It certainly went down easy enough and went especially well with an oyster po-boy. Worth giving a try and good enough to pick up some more.

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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 woemad
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased on sale at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.09. No freshness date. I keep finding myself coming home with brown ales despite not really being a fan of the style.

Poured a dark mahogany color that takes on a reddish look when it is held up to the light. Small, light tan head that dropped at breakneck speed. Tiny, insignificant looking drops of lace are left on the sides of my glass.

The smell is of caramel sweetness, backed up by a nutty scent and the smell of mildly roasted malt.

The taste is predictably of malty sweetness. This beer has a noticeable nutty component, which I prefer to the brown ales that are nothing but suggary sweetness. A slight dryness at the swallow seems to be the only place hops are making their presence known. There's not a lot of depth to this, though it's by no means unpleasant to drink, just nothing earthshattering.

The mouthfeel of this beer is a litle more carbonated than I would have thought, considering the retreat performed by the head. I suppose it could be considered within the confines of average for the style.

This is drinkable in the way that I find most brown ales drinkable, and would probably make a decent session beer. People who like brown ales that aren't nuty might have a problem with it, but it's be a safe pitcher choice for a lot of people. I don't think I'll go out of my way for it, though.

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Beertown Brown from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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