Brown Eyed Squirrel
RJ Rockers Brewing Company

Brown Eyed SquirrelBrown Eyed Squirrel
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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #241
Ranked #44,861
3.6 | pDev: 15%
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
Brown Eyed SquirrelBrown Eyed Squirrel
Notes: A traditional English-style brown ale, but with more body. Its deep brown color comes from a combination of Chocolate and Black malts. Tall, dark and smooth – the perfect cure for the domestic beer blahs.
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MetalHead7734 from South Carolina

4.87/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark brown. Not much head retention.

Smell: Dark and roasty. Dark chocolate. Slight coffee.

Taste: Roasty dark chocolate

Feel: Good heft. Almost silky mouthfeel.

Overall: My girlfriend picked this out at Ingles and I'm kicking myself for not trying sooner. The aroma and flavor might could be a little stronger but it's a great beer nonetheless.

May 08, 2021
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

About the color of root beer. Very thin, light tan head. Not much happening aroma-wise. A decent brown beer though, all by itself, I'm not doing cartwheels. Paired up nicely with some snacks: crackers, cheese, peppers, dip.

Mar 03, 2019
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MeatBagTheDog from South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A caramely creamy head dissipated quickly. dark brown color but you can still see light through the glass. Smell isn't very strong but it's got sweet notes of coffee and caramel. It's sweet to the taste but gives way to a toastd malt finish. There is very little hop presence. the after taste is pleasantly coffee. let it warm up some to really let the malts shine. the carbonation is slight, but the beer feels heavy. because of how sweet it is, this is definitely a sippin' beer for good conversation. I'd pair it with a coffee rubbed steak.

Apr 02, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solidly brown but allowing for light to shine through the center of the glass. Decent and lasting head which leaves streaks and spots for lace.

Darker caramel malt aromas. Definitely sweet to the nose. Some refrigerator smell in the background.

The mouthfeel is thick, probably because of the high sugar content. The swallow comes across as drier than the initial sip but I don't pick up much in the way of hop bitterness. The carbonation is low which enhances the richness of the brew. medium lasting aftertaste which features the a near toffee-like flavor, bordering on the burnt side.

Brown Ales are typically basic--this one fulfills that expectation adequately.

Oct 27, 2017
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DrMullet from Florida

3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium mahogany with moderate lacing.
Smell is roasted malt.
Taste is roasted malt caramel. A flash of coffee and chocolate.
Fairly mild in a good way. Smooth.

Oct 01, 2017
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have to admit, the label made me buy it. I have been exterminating squirrels for a long time, and this is another one that got put down! If they all tasted THIS good, they might be endangered.
Beautiful chocolate brown appearance, with nice foamy light tan head...
Caramel chocolate toffee-nut maltiness, balanced wonderfully with a well-executed balance of carbonation and edgy finish.
If you love brown ales, don't miss a chance to down this Brown Eyed Squirrel. Highly recommended, IMO.

May 23, 2017
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CitizenGrain from Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Medium dark brown with off-white head, nice retention. Nose is fresh bread. Flavor is slightly sweet, tasty brown and dark malts, full bodied. Hop balance and carbonation makes this a refreshing beer with clean finish. Fairly typical in style, but superior in balance and quality.

Jan 20, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Medium brown body with a cream head. Nuts, brown bread, and general maltiness but also macro adjuncts affect the aroma, but very light. Taste adds roasted cocoa and light brown sugar, but still watery. Feel is medium bodied but finishes watery, malt led the entire sip. Just mediocre, but the name is funny

Apr 19, 2016
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a typical pint glass. Pours a nice chocolate brown color with about a 1/2" tan head. The head stays with you almost the entire length of time that you enjoy this brew. The lacing is very good and really clings on for dear life. Carbonation is there but not that noticeable. Smells kind of nutty, like a typical brown ale. Initial taste is full of roasted malty flavor but not overpowering, with a nice slightly dry finish. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Would love to have another try of this beer on draft.

Aug 18, 2015
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ThaneMcC from Germany

3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant reddish brown with a bit of off white head and fine carbonation. Smells of toasted malts, bready. Tastes sweet nutty malts forward, unsweetened chocolate, caramel and hint of piney hops at the end note with a clean finish.
Body is medium with mild carbonation preventing this malty beer from becoming syrupy. Nice finish
Overall, a solid brown ale, enjoyable and easily one of the best of the American Brown Ales.

Jun 20, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours brown! Thin, tan head. Smell is mild. Some sweetness and bread. Brown malt. Smells like a Brown Ale smells. No frills, nothing new. Flavor is also particularly restrained. It lacks richness and the flavors seem thin. Bread, meager chocolate, caramel, toast and the like. Body is rather light and also thin. Medium carbonation. Wasn't good, wasn't horrible.

Feb 21, 2015
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JohnnyI from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a 4 oz pour at Homegrown Brewhouse in Summerville, SC. Even in the sample glass it pours with a nice frothy 2 finger head. The transparent, light brown brew demonstrates a nice degree of clarity. The cream colored head has just a hint of brown color, and it lingers throughout. Great head retention. After every sip, residual soapy lacing also clings to the little glass. The smell of pecan nuttiness & toasted grain greets the nose. A hint of malt sweetness and a biscuit like backdrop round out the aroma. The flavor is mildly sweet and nutty, with an earthy toasted character. It finishes pretty clean. Perhaps the best element of this beer is the texture. It's incredibly smooth, creamy and easy on the palate. The understated carbonation enhances the mouthfeel. While there's nothing exceptionally remarkable about this one, it's a great example of the style. Very sessionable. Very accessible. Experienced or intermediate drinkers can enjoy this with equal measure. Years ago, prior to reviewing beers, I'd tried another brown ale offering from RJ Rockers. Bald Eagle Brown. Not sure if this is the same stuff, re-branded with a more clever name, but I seem to enjoy this iteration more than the other.

Feb 14, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brown Eyed Squirrel becomes my afternoon beer of the day. Out of a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

A short head forms on the pour, and even that drops to a thin lacing on top. Below is a beer that is darker than mahogany. The aroma captures my attention with a sweet nuttiness, toffee, dates, and overall joy. It's a malty beer, no question about that, with a maltiness which doesn't tip the balance. For this afternoon, Brown Eyed Squirrel hits the mark.

Feb 07, 2015
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a0lbudman from Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L-brown color with a small head
S-roasted aroma with a light hop smell
T-roasted tasted with a light hop aftertaste that leaves a light roast taste in the finish
F-light carbonation and light body
O-this has a good finish that leaves a good a good taste in your mouth

Dec 27, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

RJ Rockers Brown Eyed Squirrel nut brown ale has a thick, beige head, a murky, standard brown appearance, a plethora of tan yeast chunks swirling about, and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of brown bread crust, nut shell, and sweetness, but a big inhalation is required to pick up any scent. Taste is of the same elements, with low-level bitterness and a touch of sourness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and RJ Rockers Brown Eyed Squirrel finishes fairly crisp and quite easy drinking. But, it is also a bit dull.


Dec 27, 2014
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Popped open the bottle and got a gusher, let it sit for 5 minutes; Poured into a standard pint glass:color is brown, transparent on the edges, head is tan and light that dissipates to a thin top.

Smell is more approachable than the presentation would suggest, nice chocolate and light toasted malt, subtle grassy hops

Taste is also better than expected, no obvious signs of infection from flavors, chocolate and toast and caramel are present and pleasing.

mouthfeel is abundant on the tongue, pleasant and lightly full, not overcarbonated or sharp/biting

This brew is best of the variety pack that I picked up, better flavors and presence, but poor presentation.

Sep 28, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

On tap at the brewpub.
Clear dark brown body with a decent head.
Modestly appealing aroma features medium and caramel malts but is not matched by the bland, malty flavor.
OK feel.

Aug 30, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours reddish brown, tons of head, had to wait and pour this in three sessions to get all the beer out of the bottle. thick khaki colored head, lots of bubbles, thick lacing.
S - Aroma isnt too good here, you get some toasted nuttiness to it, and a little herbal scent, maybe the hops? But there's also a tad bit of spice, I can detect a little bit of cinnamon, maybe some honey or maple, but very faint, smells sweet.
T - Taste is very sweet at first as it would seem, then backs off. There's definitely some dark fruit in here, a little plum, then you get some pecan flavor, and more of that cinnamon. It gets a little floury in the end, with a touch of floral hop bitterness which is nice.
M - Still it has a good refreshing quality to it, but its a little on the drier side, even a little watery.
O - Not a bad brown by any means, just missing the mark. To me brown ales are best in fall, and it kinda makes you feel the season if you get me. But this one has off center traits that pull it away from being great.

Sep 20, 2013
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pi Pizza. Served in a pint glass.

A decent beer for my pizza meal, but not one that I will keep around for some serious beer tasting enjoyment. Better than Avery Elle's Brown but not by much.

A – Poured a clear dark reddish brown, with a rocky beige one-finger head (always difficult to judge the head when you get a bar pour). Very good lacing.

S – A malty roastiness with a bit of floral hoppiness.

T - Roasted flavors with some malty sweetness. Maybe even some nuttiness but no bitterness associated with the roasted flavors found in a stout for example.

MF - Medium light bodied. Thin with a bit of creaminess (seems contradictory, I know).

Sep 12, 2013
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Mojo from Alabama

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head Glass

A -Pours up with a huge unrelenting tower of khaki-colored foam which eventually recedes leaving good retention and pretty good lacing. Color is medium brown.

S - Roasted nuts and chocolate dominate.

T - fairly mild flavor as expected with notes of chocolate and a mild charcoal finish.

M- lots of carbonation, but fairly thin.

O - the foam is a deal breaker for me. Everything else is fine but I don't like having to wait ten minutes to finish filling a glasss.

Sep 02, 2013
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours clear and brown with some ruby hue, enormous light tan foamy/creamy/pillowy head that eventually reduces, leaving some lacing behind

S- Lots of nutty notes up front with some dark bread, apple peel with some other fruity esters, a whiff of cocoa powder and some caramel on the back end

T- nice and malty up front with some bready notes, some light chocolate notes kick in mid-palate with some nutty flavors, a bit of apple skin leads to lightly tart near the end with a nice malty backbone lingering on the finish

M- medium body with medium-high carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- This style is known for being uninteresting when it comes to flavor, but this one is quite complex; bready, malty, fruity and nutty. This is a solid session beer and a good change of pace from the typical bland brown ale

Aug 30, 2013
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witster18 from Tennessee

3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smells like a coffee porter/lager.. Kinda metal choco..

Tastes the same.
Looks nice. Bold flavors are nice. BUT, there's something off-putting here, and it may be the same source as the metallic smell.. Its got an almost limey/metal paulaner hefe finish goin on, and it is a bit odd considering the style.

The initial taste is good. Choco, coffee, toffee, and then a chutes n ladders venture into limey metallic hop land, and I just don't know what to think about it.

I'm good for one or two of these, but after that not so sure.

Again it looks great, but there's something odd, almost soapy goin on here.

Flavorful, but thin and a bit astringent. Rather have a Guinness black lager to b honest.

Not trying to pile-on this brew, its my first RjR review. I like the initial flavor, but the aftertaste is a bit too reddish metal bitter for my liking. A lack of "earthiness".

Aug 18, 2013
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pkalix from California

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE head. could hear the release/escape of carbonation as the cap came off. nice looking head, tight and medium weight. typical dark color liquid.
smell is kind of chocolate-y, some malt....
cant taste the darned thing cuz it aint settled STILL. still possesses a beautiful head, though.... creamy.
first taste is very good. I like the carbonation in it. it feels like a coca cola in drinking it. some twang in the flavor; like another said, some 'medicinal' taste to it and a bit of bitter at the end, but I thoroughly enjoy this brew. I gave to give it a 5 on mouthfeel- I don't believe I have ever enjoyed the way it feels in my mouth as much as this one does. I have read the others' reviews and I agree with a lot of what was said- it is light, there is a medicinal taste, etc,,, and I do prefer higher-abv'ed brews, but this one struck me well. it may not be comparable as a traditional nut brown (and my next is Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale for comparison) but I really enjoyed this one. I like something a little different, a little adventurous in experimentation (although not TOO experimental or adventurous) and I am not a fan of the American commercial garbage. this has the qualities of the American commercial garbage in that it is light and easy to drink, but it has a lot of character also.
I gave it a 5 in mouthfeel because I love it.
I gave it a 4.5 in appearance because it was beautiful but I didn't like waiting for it to settle.
smell was average; taste was very decent. I would very much drink this one again....

Jul 13, 2013
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kots84 from South Carolina

2.72/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Brown in color with a cream color head.

Smell - All I getting is yeast nothing is standing out.

Taste - Bitter chocolate with smell malt.

Mouthfeel - Heavy carbonation like a coke.

Overall - I like R.J. Rocker other beers but this one I will not be looking to get again.

Jul 07, 2013
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TeamMathis from West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Translucent dark brown. Sediment visible when viewed against light. Nice head lace.
Smell: Some dried strawberry (I think that is the tart I'm getting), light chocolate, and nut.
Taste: Some dried strawberry (I think that is the tart I'm getting), light chocolate, and nut..
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation. Slightly watery.

I'm not sure what to think of this brew. It has an interesting smell and taste. However, it's quite light in both regards, and perhaps too blandly balanced. There is a slight hollowness or watery taste that makes this appear rather weak. It's a decent drink, however, I wouldn't get it again.

May 28, 2013
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 283 ratings