Lift Bridge Brown Ale | Keweenaw Brewing Company

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Lift Bridge Brown AleLift Bridge Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Keweenaw Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Reportedly the widest and heaviest double-decked lift bridge in the world, the Portage Lake Lift Bridge connects the cities of Houghton and Hancock here in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. So get a lift from this American Brown Ale; a rich, dark brown color, complex malt flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel and a mild hop finish.

Added by mikesgroove on 03-03-2008

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big bridge. Is the beer as big? Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of molasses and hops. Pours to a deep brown with a tan head that recedes quickly. On the taste this brew is a little thin on mouthfeel up front then starts with earthy hop metallic flavor that is consistent throughout. Not much backbone at all. Hopping is good but where's the malt. I throw this one back, not a keeper.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours fairly dark. The head was frothy, but did dissipate fairly fast. The nose is got a maltiness to it. The taste of this beer has a bit of smoke to it. It does feel a bit watery, but not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of stevoj
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Could barely tell the difference between their brown, amber and Scottish. All had the same hue, same body, same aroma, same consistency (watery). Nothing memorable here, folks.

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Photo of thebeerman25
4.23/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

appearance-dark brown

smell-smells very sweet. no chocolate or caramel as stated on the can.

taste-has a sweet and smooth taste. easy drinking. no chocolate or caramel as stated on the can

feel-i really dont know

overall-overall its a good beer. my favorite from the keweenaw brewing company.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of thebigredone
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of olafphysics
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bingja18
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of UPBrewer92
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gemini6
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DruC4
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Blueribbon666
2.39/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Another let down from this sixer mixer of cans from the brewer.
Pours well, dark mahogany decent head of about a half inch.
Nothing on the nose, a bit of hop, a bit of malt & not much at all.
Mouthfeel; another buttery one from the brewer before crisp hop & sweet malt come in w/a good bit of metallic dactyl taste.
Really another reason for me not to revisit Keweenaw

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 6/2/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. A lot of perceived malt sweetness in the aromas. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; very a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very solid brown ale style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Mongo_only_pawn
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of indus_bird
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of forageandforge
4.6/5  rDev +34.1%

Photo of Hrodebert
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of whatsleftofyou
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of FlyingHellfish
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent white lacing and decent white foam. Carbonation is extra active and bubble. Bright beautiful ruby Red. My only issue is that it is red and not brown...

Smell: Roasted toffee and nuts. Very fresh as well and slightly mineral-like.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bitter lemon rind with a sweet caramel finish. A bit too bitter and first, but it mellows out nicely in the finish with a honey-like mouthfeel. Overall, the mouthfeel is a tad thin, but much better at the end.

Overall Drinkability: A beer that just gets better.

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Photo of ZeekLTK
5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is only available in cans. For this review I poured it into a pint glass, but I often drink from the can and it is just as good.

A - A nice copper/brown color with a little bit of head that eventually disappears.

S - The description on the can itself says that it has "hints of caramel and chocolate" and you can certainly detect hints of them in the aroma.

T - The taste is amazing, there is no bitterness at all, it is very smooth. You can also taste the chocolate and caramel that are noted as ingredients, along with the obvious nut flavor that a brown should have, making this not only a very easy drink, but a very delicious one too.

Overall, this is the best beer I've had. The taste is the best part, as it should be. I love that there is no bitterness and that it has hints of sweets to give it such a good flavor.

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Photo of LeeW
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Lift Bridge Brown Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
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