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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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by Phocion:
Photo of Phocion
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. can given to me as a sample from a distributor. Aggressively poured into a shaker pint... really more of a very dark amber than brown, with a thin off-white head and little retention. Decent amounts of thin lacing.

Aroma is very light. Caramel/maple, roasted grains. A little bit of a crackery type flavor as well. Even these are pretty thin.

Slightly sweet, mildly nutty flavor. Profile is very thin. Hint of spicy hoppiness.

Light-medium body, well carbonated. Very slick and oily mouthfeel that's just a tad chewy.

Meh. This isn't a bad beer, it's just not a good one. Very thin in flavor and mouthfeel. Easy to drink, but then again so is water. I'm glad this was a free sample, because I wouldn't pay for it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is presented as a dark amber brown with a decent head forming to start it dissipates to a wisp cover

The aroma is is buttery full of crystal malt and a slightly roasted malt.

The taste is an average brown, has slightly roasted with crystal maltiness. a slight nuttiness in the finishes but nothing special.

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Photo of cmwilliq
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Bingja18
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LXIXME
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of degerbah
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with lots of head that settles quickly. Huge malt smell, sweet with a tiny bit of roasted malt flavor. The taste is almost creamy with a ton of malt flavor. Slightly over-powering aftertate, but light mouthfeel makes the beer very drinkable. Just a little bit less malt taste would be better for me but still excellent.

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Photo of Reappropriated
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of LeeW
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DruC4
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
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 tempest
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor.

I can't say I'm terribly impressed. If I wasn't looking, I'd have assumed this was just an amber. Sure, it's plenty malty with lightly roasted caramel and a bit of toffee, but the flavors fall flat and don't inspire me to drink more. The only good thing I can really say is that it basically tasted good and was easy to drink.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear deep amber, with 1 1/2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Good retention here, with a thin foamy layer that skims the surface, leaving back some solid spotty lace. The aroma is sweet with toffee and cocoa but also has a nicely balancing smoky roast character going on with it as well. Fresh floral hops, a light smack of citrus, and just a bit of spice round this out. This has a nice robustness to it.

The taste is light chocolate, toffee, and a bit of green citrus up front, followed by some darker roast and a sharp tingle of surprisingly aggressive spicy hops. Finishes tangy with lingering notes of smoky malts and bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly feel to the carbonation that nicely meshes with the sharper feeling hops. Underneath, it gets a little smoother, carrying the sweeter notes. Good easy feel to this.

This was a SOLID American Brown. Nice balance between the roast and sweetness and the hop-forward bitterness really surprised me with its aggressiveness. I'm digging the can portability as well. Nice stuff!

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Photo of beveritt
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz can into an Imperial pint glass. Picked this up when in Michigan to visit a friend last weekend. Label depicts, what else, a draw bridge, and contain a description of the brewery, the beer, and the bridge. Stamped with 10/06/03 on the bottom. Not sure what that means; hope the beer is not 7 years old.

Appearance: Pours with 2 finger is light tan foam. This settles to a thin, almost complete layer of foam. The beer itself is perfectly clear mahogany with a slight orange hue. No sediment in the can.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt aroma with hints of toffee.

Taste: Significant carbonation bite upfront, followed by a slightly sweet caramel malt more mellow than in the aroma. Hints of baker's cocoa and mild coffee. Vegetal undertones with a mild sweetness lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly above average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Nothing over the top, but not too bad. As it is unavailable in Ohio, don't imagine I will be revisiting this one.

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Photo of UPBrewer92
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a dark amber close to brown color with a finger’s worth of sustaining white foamy head. Some lace. The aroma had some toast, caramel, toffee, earthy hops, light grassiness. Ends with a little bit of woodiness. The flavor mildly leaned towards the malts trying to pull in some light sweetness. But some light roast and some bitterness came in for a decent balance. Nice malty aftertaste. Some wood dryness and earthy hops in the finish. The feel was about medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Good carbonation. ABV felt right. Overall, pretty good brown ale to me. I’d have again if I could get it.

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Photo of jduprey007
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of redleg64
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of deadbody
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank straight from the can on a camping trip with the family. Picked this up because it is not in MN and was in cans which are good for the camping trips.

Opened a bit of head right off the bat, looking kinda creamy, and then dissapating to a reddish brown ale. Smell was pretty weak bordering on non-existant. Taste was interesting. Super sweet, the chocolate and toffee were really prevelant. Mouthfeel was thin, like kate moss on a 3 week heroin binge thin. Overall, meh. I wouldn't buy it again, but if I was offered it at a party I don't think I would turn it down.

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Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single from Woodmans in Oak Creek WI, $1.89

Dark mahogany color, with a puffy cap of foam that has a meringue sheen to the surface. Head retention is good, after a few sips the surface breaks. At first there was an apple juice whiff of yeast, some underlying nutty, musty malt. Malty body, minimal roast, some mild nutty flavors. Fairly dry with a woody flavor in the aftertaste. Light bodied, wet feel. Not hard to have a few without thinking too much about it, other than knowing it's a decent brown ale.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: slightly orange/red medium brown with a large and rocky just off-white head. Keeps a nice ring with okay lacing. Has a bit of haze, but is pretty clear for the color.

S: Rather restrained. Thin whiff of caramel malts with a hint of sweetness. Some faint fruity esters. No hops or much of anything else.

T: Steely caramel flavor. Not super malty, it more of a biscuit base with some low level sweetness. Some toasty and nutty notes. A bit of toffee, but really not much in the way of roastyness. Only some light chocolate hints. Actually, it is more toward being hop forward. Not super bitter, but quite flavorful. Earthy, herbal, & woody flavor up front gets grassy in the finish. As hops linger a bit, some more (though still reserved) roasty and chocolate notes emerge.

M: Just under medium body with CO2 over-matched somewhat. Not bad, but could use some more body. Rather dry and just barely enough body to carry hops and carbonation.

D: Approachable and drinkable. Nicely balanced, and with a bit more body and malts (especially in the nose) it would shine even more. No flaws and quite nice.

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Photo of BierFan
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

Big fat tan head, clear reddish brown body. Good lacing and head retention. Not much carbonation. Chocolate aroma with some floral hops. The taste is of the chocolate malts, butterscotch, and floral hops. The mouthfeel is hurt by the lackluster carbonation.

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Photo of kynap55
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can that I recieved as an extra in a trade. Had me perplexed as I had never heard of the brewery before, but since when did that stop me! Grabbed this one out of the fridge for draft day and poured it into a Middle Ages imperial pint glass

A - Poured a very nice and clear hazelnut colored brown. Some nice ruby tints along the sides and the bottom which added a little bit of depth. A nice two finger high head of off white colored lace then rose up from the bottom and graced the top for a few moments before finally settling down to just a small thin veil of bubbles across the top throughout the remainder of the session. Some decent side glass lace presented itself throughout as well.

S - The aroma was very sweet. Lots of hints of caramel and especially maple syrup coming through on this one. The aroma though was thin in depth as once you got past this maple like aroma there was not much else to be found. Maybe some slight roasted grains and a touch of nut like aroma but that was about it, still, not half bad.

T - the flavor followed along the aroma very closely and honestly reminded me of another brew, the Tommyknocker maple brown in that level of sweetness. Tons of maple sugar here and alot of nutty flavors as well. Some nice roasted malt notes as well in here. A slightly grassy and earthy hop flavor in the finish, but everything was completely dominated by the maple syrup like sweetness. A bit too over the top for me to be honest.

M - The feel was very carbonated with a load of bubbles racing through giving it a very soda like feel, nice to see coming out of the can for sure. Light in testure without much of a follow through it came in ok for me, nothing really special, but nowhere near flat in anyway, nor did it really feel very thin.

D - This could easily be a session beer. There is no ABV listed on it, but I would be shocked if it was much over 5%. Very crisp and drinkable with some more then decent flavors to it. This was really quite sessionable.

Overall not terrible at all and a nice brew to see come from a little local company. I am sure if I lived up there I would drink alot more of it and anything else they offered as well.

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Lift Bridge Brown Ale from Keweenaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 117 ratings