Junc Town Brown Ale | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Junc Town Brown AleJunc Town Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by Skidz:
Photo of Skidz
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Edited review:

Pours out golden and sits deep amber in the glass with a big fluffy off-white head. Definately not on the normal color sprectrum for a brown ale, but still looks fine.

Smell is nice and malty. Brown sugar aroma preceeds and herbal spiciness and light hints of licorice and caramel and a semi-grassy back to it.

Bitter up front but a very smooth and clean bitterness, nothing harsh. Nutty all the way and brings in great hoppings. Spiciness is very evident in the hop laden finish.

Smooth and rich, boasts a medium body. Isn't thinned out like many Browns I've had. Small, bubbly carbonation works out very well for this beer. Tasty and hoppy; very pleasing. An excellent brown.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Burnt auburn with an off white head. Aroma of biscuits, sweet malts, faint caramel and chocolate. Tastes off, sweet, way too sweet. Light bodied too, and not in a good way. Toasted malt base with slight amounts of caramel, chocolate, nuts, and lingering sweet fruits, i.e., pears, apples, strawberries, rhubarb, grapes, etcÂ…that mold together into a nasty bubblegum sweetness. Plenty of carbonation but otherwise too sweet and light. Easily drinkable but not for me.

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Photo of cokes
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber bodied with a tight creamy beige head.
Likeable nose full of chocolate and hints of burnt popcorn.
Body is simple, yet fulilling. Healthy dose of chocolate, along with some dark toasted bread notes (bordering, but ultimately fall short of burnt). Underlying carmel sweetness is not a factor in itself, but helps temper the dark bitterness. Some fuggle hops in the finish. Not much of a factor overall, but they do add another dimension.
Medium-full in the mouth.
Could use a little more heft all around. But still quite good as it is.

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A one-dimensional brown beer--it's molasses you know--in the aroma, inthe taste...nicely done for molasses, dominating the taste of the brown. An attempt at appropriate carbonation. There is the brown colour, and good thick foam lace. Thank you JPM30.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my brown ale kick of late, picked up a single at Riley's in Madison.

Poured a rusty orange-red, a little light in color for a brown. Nice off-white head that fades fairly quickly. Nose is buttery (strangely remeniscent of Main St Brown) and nutty with a slight hop note. Taste starts slightly buttery and then transitions into a strong nuttiness and then finishes with a hoppy, alcoholic bite. Mouthfeel is good for a brown, nice body - not too watery. Could definitely see this as a session brown, up there with my old fave Newcastle. Very pleasantly surprised by this small Wisconsin microbrew. Highly recommended for nut brown lovers.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: certainly looks more the part of an amber, if not a very light brown...a light tan bubbly head forms and leaves slight lacing throughout..odd looking brown

smell: a little more on style with the nose...as Cokes mentioned, i get a whiff of burnt popcorn, but not in an offensive manner...herbal hops, lightly toasted caramel malt, some faint chocolate

taste: toasted malt sets the backbone, some caramel, some faint chocolate, a little nutty, grassy/herbal hops definitely present. some sweet fruit - apple, pear present. nice beer, but nothing special

mouthfeel: well carbonated, perhaps a little thin

drinkability: easy street

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Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/4" of light tan head over the copperish brew. Lacing is average. Aroma is malty, with some hops character as well. Taste is reasonably well-balanced, leaning towards the malt a bit, which in my mind is appropriate for a brown. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good to great. Nice session brown.

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Photo of battlekow
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, unattractive cloudy brown color. Does have a nice head and good lacing. Smells faintly roasty. Taste is a mix of buttery and bitter, with an alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel is good, nice and thick. Unremarkable brown ale. Reminiscent of the Harbor City Main Street Brown.

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Photo of brakspear
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very light brown almost amber body with a soft creamy head that disappears quickly. The beer has a nice malty aroma, with slight notes of chocolate over a very present herbal hop backdrop. The last is sweet initially, with some chocolate and caramel notes, and then a nice balanced bitterness. Medium to light body make this beer easy to drink. A nice brown ale for a change of pace in your beer selection.

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Photo of heyitsbyron
2.89/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12oz single at Riley's in Madison for $1.39 (minus a 10% six pack discount.)

I poured the beer into one of my dad's old glasses that is sort of a cross between a pint glass and a tulip glass. The head was minimal, probably less than a centimeter even though the glass was freshly rinsed and dried. A real nice medium brown color though, transparent too.

The smell was quite unique. I was expecting a yeasty, mild nutty smell that would fill my nose. Instead it had a very thin sour and artificial-fruity smell, much like a strawberry-banana Starburst candy. Very little roastiness, but if I smelled it more, I would concur with other reviewers. Unusual nonetheless.

The taste was a bit better than the smell. It could be called nutty, but generally it was a sour yeasty taste. It's not unpleasant, but it was pretty weak. Not at all what I expected.

The mouthfeel again was thin and perhaps a bit overcarbonated. It just didn't thrill my senses as it should have.

I could drink several of these, willingly, though it's not something I would seek and purchase myself. Again, not unpleasant, but very underwhelming.

I love brown ales, I love Central Waters, but this beer was a poor choice. I had hoped it would be a nice upgrade from New Glarus Fat Squirrel, but unfortunately it was not. Perhaps it was a stale bottle, but I think it's just a brand I don't care for.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Large full head on pouring, with good staying power. Dark gold to light amber in color and clear. Soft malt aroma with some fruitiness, with slight hop backing, and pleasant. Little thin on mouthfeel with lower carbonation noted, especially considering the size of the head. Fairly dry with noticable bitterness, especially on finish. Actually a little light on the malt flavor for style. Not much sense of nuttiness, either. I've enjoyed this brewery's other offerings more.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a light brown color with a small head. The aroma is chocolatey and burnt. Burnt malt and nut flavor. Some caramel too. Just a bit of hop flavor, but is not unbalanced. Mouthfeel is just a little thin. Good drinkability. This beer has a very nice brown ale flavor. It would be a great example of the style if it were a little thicker. This is the first beer I've tried from Central Waters, and it makes me want to try more.

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Photo of terrabyte
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown with medium white head.

Aroma is very faint. There is a butterscotch and molasses sweetness.

Surprising flavor. This is probably not what you'd expect from a brown ale. The taste is very mellow with amusing subtle flavors. There is a rich caramel sweetness and smoothness. There is hint of toasted pecans. There is a small bite of alcohol in the aftertaste. Most of the flavor comes out through the nose after swallowing. The farther down the glass you get, the more you can pick up.

Mouthful is excellent. It's low on the carbonation. It seems thin but instead of watery, more like apple cider. Very inviting to swallow and repeat, which makes this very drinkable.

A very enjoyable beer. The first few sips are peculiar. Might seem watery and lacking in typical brown ale flavor. It doesn't take long to catch its rhythm and really enjoy its subtleness. Excellent combination of flavors and spices.

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Photo of Flippindiscs
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great brown ale with a light head. Very nutty and carmel for a first whiff. Light hop aroma and bitternes with a smooth and thick palate. Great beer to take fishing with you in the northwoods. I like to serve mine around 55* to bring out the caramelized and brown sugar flavor the beer hides when it is to cold. A very well-balanced brown ale!

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Photo of Goliath
2.97/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed, dark amber/light brown color with a one inch off white head. Good retention and some lacing.

The aroma is ok. Slightly sweet, caramel, iced tea, and buttery.

The taste is weak. Iced tea like, with a bland malt profile. Nothing special going on here at all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. Not a whole lot going on in this beer, but it's drinkable. Just boring.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange with a 2 finger off white head.

S - Very light aroma. Biscuit, toffee and caramel with a slight nuttiness.

T - Toasted malt, biscuit, caramel and a slight nuttiness. There is a somwewhat chalky taste present that is not very appealing.

M - Light bodied and well carbonated. The chalky tastes leaves dryness that lingers.

D - Somewhat easy to drink but not very good in my opinion. I won't be tring this one again.

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Photo of ZAP
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color....great chocolate nose....body is medium thin...great taste...some of that chocolate...also some nice earthy hops......very well balanced...a very enjoyable brown...maybe just a tich thin in the mouth but a great taste and nose...

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of this beer is a light shade of brown, almost a true amber color. A soft beige head tops the brew. The aroma is of rustic malt and hebal hops. Very subtle though. Taste is muddy and thick. An herbalness is present from the hops and a distinct malt profile really gives this beer a nice taste. The beer has a medium full body and goes down the chute easily. Nice effort from Central Waters.

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

Transparent burnt orange with ripe pumpkin trim. I hope it isn't a bad sign that this brown ale isn't brown and looks nothing like I expect beer of this style to look. The cap resembles gooey, sticky, lightly toasted, pale orange marshmallow and is a thing of beauty. It assumes a melted mesa look and leaves a respectable amount of lace on the upper third of the pint glass. Unexpected, different and classy.

The nose is also unique and is also good. Rather than being brown malty, it smells sweet and dark butterscotchy. I can't appreciate the hops (Fuggles) at all. No big deal, considering the style. If the beer tastes like it smells, I'll be thrilled.

JuncTown Brown doesn't come all that close to the Brown ale template that I carry around in my head, but it's delicious beer all the same. It tastes like an amalgam of an especially malty amber ale, a brown ale and a peat-free Scottish ale. The dominant flavor is bruised orchard fruit (apples especially) studded with oven-toasted pecans and drizzled with caramel and butterscotch sauce. There's quite a bit of carob as well.

Sweet, bitter and sour coexist on roughly equal terms and each is easily identifiable if one chooses to look for them. I'd prefer a touch more sweetness, though the beer is more than fine without it. Unlike the nose, hops definitely make a contribution, especially on the finish. This is a session brown if I've ever had one.

The body/mouthfeel was built for 'drink... don't think' consumption. It's medium for the style and holds up well all the way to the end of every mouthful. The carbonation is behind the scenes quiet, while still being effective. Just how I like it.

JuncTown Brown Ale is a somewhat different take on the brown ale style and is a journey that is well worth taking for lovers of good beer. I can't say that it's the equal of my all-time faves (Bell's Best Brown, Samuel Smith's Nut Brown), but it's an enjoyable, quaffable version that should satisfy all those who are fortunate enough to get ahold of a bottle or six.

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Junc Town Brown Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
3.74 out of 5 based on 19 ratings.
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