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Great Lakes Cleveland Brown Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Cleveland Brown AleGreat Lakes Cleveland Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2002

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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 21
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1.08/5  rDev -72.3%

Photo of adamette
2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Rich brown ale with toasted malt notes" according to the board hanging above the bar. ABV 6.0% Poured from tap at the brewery by Steve, afternoon bartender at Great Lakes inside into a clean, clear glass. $4 for the pint glass.

A Generous light brown 2 inch head over a translucent medium brown body. Head took 2 minutes to dissipate down to a trace amount on the top of the beer. 4.0

S Medium roast malt brown ale smell with some muted hops to the nose. 4.0

T Hops dominate in the typical Great Lakes Brewing Company way. Here was a chance at a nice, classic brown ale and the floral hops just come in and ruin the taste spectrum. Really, there might be a nice brown ale in there somewhere but the hops just make all of that less able to be tasted. 2.0

M Bitter hops grapefruit tartness dominates. As mentioned there is the possibility of a nice, rounded brown ale underneath but the hops take over here again, eclipsing the mouthfeel and making it less desireable. I suppose hop heads may like this but could they like hops taking over every beer? 2.0

D I finished the pint but really, would have been more drinkable as a straight ahead Brown Ale. This leaves me wondering what a Brown Ale from Great Lakes could taste like. This one here tastes like too many of their other hop centric offerings. 2.0

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of TravelinJones
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Rich brown ale with toasted malt notes" according to the board hanging above the bar. ABV 6.0% $3 for the pint glass during happy hour.

A Light brown 1-inch head slowly dissipated. Medium brown slightly hazy appearance.

S Medium roasted malts, caramel aromas, along with some yeasty/fruity esters. Hint of piney hops.

T Medium hop bitterness and flavors with subtle malts. Expected a more malty, roasty brown ale flavor. Some bready, yeasty flavors as well, with lingering sweetness on the finish. Maybe some acetaldehyde (green apple) which indicates fermentation issues or new beer. May improve with some aging.

M Medium bodied, smooth.

D Not as good as expected for an offering from GLBC. An ok beer to wash down a burger or pizza, but not one of their best.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the tap a dark clear orange colour. Smells very sweet and malty with a hint of toastiness. Tastes malty and toasty with a hint of burnt and and slight bitter hop finish and aftertaste. Lingering roasted flavour for the finish.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

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3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 64oz growler.

A- Pours a brown color with a light red tint to it when held to the light. One finger light tan head shows light retention. Some specks of lace and not much else.

S- Light overall on the nose. Roasted malts with a hint of nutty ending in the front of the aroma. Caramel malts come through a little more toward the middle with some piney/earthy hops in the ending of the aroma.

T- Earthy hops in the front of the beer show this isn't a typical brown ale. Caramel malts with a light toasted character to this end the front end of the flavor. Middle of the beer shows off some nutty like flavors along with some light green apple like flavor. Ending showcases the caramel malts along with earthy hops. Alcohol is light on the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is light for the style. Caramel/toasted malts, nuts, and earthy hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, caramel malts, hint of toasted malt, and light earthy hops. Flavors were a little underwhelming in the balance..with the hops showing a little more than it should have. No real off flavors although there was a light green apple flavor to this. Light alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- Overall I thought this beer was above average but far from being on top. A typical brown ale with a non-typical hop presence would be how I would describe this beer. ABV is really not there and doesn't really sneak up on you. A nice try for the style and like I said a little above average.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of pwoods
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at the brewery during dinner after the bourbon event. Had it with Fish and Chips with plenty of malt vinegar, yum!

A: Pours a deep brown with some ruby highlights in the light. Decent clarity. Short frothy head on the pour with a bit of retention and some lacing.

S: Not a ton of aroma. Some toasty malts with pleasant sweetness.

T/M: More of the toasty malts with a bit more sweetness that the nose. The sweetness balances the hops out. Hops are a bit citrusy. Body is medium or so with decent carbonation.

D: Manageable ABV and drinkable. Not the most interesting beer, though.

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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at Firkin.

Solidarity continues with another random Great Lakes keg that I know Dave's connections helped to secure for this event. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises straight barley, light biscuit, grass, light orange peel, light maple syrup, and brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the grass is a bit stronger and is joined by some mild greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice little brown ale, one that doesn't excite or impress, but one that succeeds at providing a generally tasty beverage.

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3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bamadog
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to try this on tap at the 2009 release of GLBC Barrel-aged Blackout Stout. Review is from notes taken on 10/13/2009. Pour is from the tap to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a rich caramel brown with nice ruby highlights; comes with a thin skim that is uneven and far from full; body shows no signs of carbonation; thin washes of oily lacing cling loosely to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very faint like most GLBC beers are, slight grassy hoppiness to it, but that's it, and it strikes me as kind of odd as I find most browns are a little nuttier in the nose.

Taste: Hops are very prominent and add a great dimension to something that I expected to be a bit maltier and sweeter; a bit of a metallic bite in the aftertaste; really no malty backing at all like I would expect from a brown, and as it warms the alcohol (while a bit lower than other beers that I had over the course of the night) becomes much more prominent.

Mouthfeel: About what I would expect - not what I would call thin but not thick or chewy either, just about right for a brown and it's filling like I wanted; provides a moderate coating; very slight carbonation keeps it pretty smooth; a nice cooler weather drink.

Drinnkability: I would typically expect something a bit nuttier and sweeter in a brown, but the hoppiness is really amped up in this and provides a certain refreshing quality to it. I would gladly drink it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a milky brown color with a finger’s worth of eggshell white foamy head that dissipated at a mild pace. Slight lace. The aroma had some roasted nuts, some caramel/toffee malts, light brown sugar. Ends with some earthy hoppy smells. The flavor was sweet with a touch of bitter and allowing the earthy hoppiness to round it out fairly nice. Aftertaste had some of the nuts, somewhat sweet and a mild roast. Light nutty finish. The feel was almost medium bodied, but sat just a tad under. Carbonation felt fine. Pretty smooth all around. Overall, nice brown ale worthy of coming back to if I could get it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Hoppyman49
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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