Amsterdam Downtown Brown | Amsterdam Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The object of desire, Amsterdam Nut Brown Ale is crisp yet subtle in character. A classic British-style brown ale brewed with a blend of Canadian and European malts (including chocolate malt from Belgium), this traditional deep chestnut coloured ale exudes a bold and attractive taste. Brewed with English Ale yeast and balanced by four varieties of continental hops, our Nut Brown Ale delivers an uncommon smoothness and distinct drink-ability.

17 IBU

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Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 62
Reviews by wizo:
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Amsterdam Brewhouse: This one pours a dark caramel color. It has a thin light tan head. Good nose. Malts, biscuit, toffee and some grasiness. The taste is good. Malts, biscuit, toffee, some nuttiness. Nice!

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

The beer that opened my eyes into what craft beer was capable of. I believe this was my first ever ale after a couple of years of being a macro lager drinker and had started to look for different lagers to try. At the time, I was blown away by the sweet malt and nutty flavours in this beer. I was blown away and recommended to all my macro lager drinking friends to try it. Of course now when I have it, it is simply an enjoyable yet only above average English Brown Ale, but the approachability of this beer to a macro drinker combined with the solid flavour profile to satisfy a craft beer drinker make this a strong offering from Amsterdam Brewing Company.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of talbotjf99
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Used to have this on tap ages ago, thought I'd give it another go in can form.

Poured dark brown colour into a nonic. Initially about a centimeter of off-tan head, but disappears entirely, and did so very quickly. Not even a ring left. Looks more like a poured out can of Coke to be honest.

Nose is typical, but mild, nut brown flavours. Chestnut, coffee, caramel, but unfortunately there's a bit of tinniness to the nose.

Taste isn't bad, similar to the nose but with a bit more caramel and cola taste to it. Kind of bland, but drinkable.

Mouthfeel is watery, a bit too carbonated.

Kind of a disappointment. Certainly, the can does not do this brew well, and I think I might have to amend my review later on if I have it on draught. Still, can't give this one a high grade in can. Try it on tap.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BGDrock
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown with ruby tint; tan head sizzles away in a minute or two

Aroma: not much to it, a little tinny, whisper of chocolate

Taste & Mouthfeel: has the grain flavour of lager but with the light chocolate, nutty touch of darker malts; clean, well carbonated, and easy drinking make for a good sessionable beer that's a little different than the average; over time really wish it had more of the nutty/chocolate flavour, as it can't quite fend off a growing taste of aluminium that is drawing it into the territory of bland

Overall: had potential at the start, but actually grows less interesting over time and more metallic; may be a different story on draft; don't recommend

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Photo of downtownbrown
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice-looking 16oz can from the LCBO - ok, that's at least a part of why I bought it...

This beer pours a very dark brown hue, with burgundy highlights, and two fingers of dense, soapy light beige head, which leaves but a thin band of lace around the glass in its hasty retreat. It smells bready - kind of sour, nutty, and somewhat smoky, in the vein of cold ashes. The taste follows quite faithfully - a bit of caramel malt poking through the ashy breadiness, and there is a mild earthy, floral hoppiness towards the end, as it warms. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, with more of a tendency to the dry burnt nutty side of things (yep, it's a 'side' now...)

A decent enough brown ale, weirdly smoky, nutty, a tad sweet. Works for me.

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was surprisingly decent. Deep brown colour with head. Bold Sweet malty nutty brown taste however appeared "essence" as in added not from the natural process. Alcohol in the scent could burn my nose. Some bitterness in finish balances sweetness. Would have again. Thanks Pootz

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Photo of bryanzk
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a slight dark amber almost brown color with a finger and a half’s worth of white foamy head that held for a little bit before gently dieing. Just a wisp of messy lace. The aroma had some sweet caramel/toffee malts up front with some nuttiness. Light toast and then some earthy/grassy hops. The flavor did a decent job of blending sweet to roast and that slid into the aftertaste and sliding into the finish. The feel was about medium bodied, maybe just a tad under with a pretty good sessionability about it. Good carbonation. ABV felt good. Overall, nicely done English brown ale well worthy of having again.

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Photo of ADicerni
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is lees than spectacular with nice nut brown colour but almost no head other than a thin tan foam around the edge of the glass.
Smell is also lacking. Near odourless but a faint smell of malt.
Taste is somewhat better with the light hoppy Malt flavours of caramel and biscuits.
Mouthfeel is light and watery.
Overall, an unimpressive ale for me.

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Photo of eat
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks filtered; seems like it would be totally clear if the colour was lighter. Dark brown body with ruby highlights and zero head. Average appearance at best.

The nose is roasty, nutty malt with some slight vomit. Sweet malt with a little cherry and light molasses.

Decent nutty character with some good roasty malt. A bit of earthy hops and some sweet fruitiness. Not too bad, though I'd say the sweetness could be either toned down or balanced out with some more bitterness.

Alright medium body and medium-high carbonation.

Not too bad, really. I've had this on tap a few times and always felt it tastes like something in between a micro and a macro brewed beer. I don't think I'll be getting this one again and wouldn't really recommend it but it's not offensive.

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Photo of elricorico
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty dark for a brown ale. I didn't expect a huge head and poured a little too fast off the bat. Now I'm waiting for four fingers of beige froth to settle so I can finish pouring the bottle.

Rich chocolatey malt aroma. Strong and sweet, more than I expected. Notes of caramel as well. Almost as though there is a melted Caramilk bar in my glass.

Taste is a little on the sour side, I was fooled by the aroma. Still some bitter chocolate in the second half of the mouthfull. Somewhat dry overall.

There is some body to this beer, but not overly much. Carbonation is about average. Works just fine for the style.

This one was all surprises to me. I like it a bit more than I expected. Not a show stopper, but a solid brown ale.

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Photo of StormAles
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boozecamel
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of nutty caramel malt is quite intense and enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by this medium sweet nutty caramel taste. Body is average with some spritzy carbonation which doesn't fir very well. While I don't need a full hops assault on my brown ale I would appreciate at least some hops inclusion which I can't say is the case here.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can to pint glass.

A - Poured very dark brown, almost opaque with very small traces of ruby glow around some of the edges. Two fingers of cream coloured head formed and receded to about half a finger.

S - Sweet nutty malts with an off-putting metallic aroma that was very distracting.

T - Sweet roasted malts with big nutty flavours and a touch of chocolate. A slight dry bitterness is evident as well that lingers in the finish.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Adamthornton13
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattCampbell
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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Amsterdam Downtown Brown from Amsterdam Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 134 ratings