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Brown's Pale AleBrown's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Brown's Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MTMugs on 11-15-2004

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
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3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler while getting a to-go order from the brewery. Served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, bright, crystal clear, orange-gold coloring with a frothy, tall, big bubbled, bright white head that starts around 2 inches, but settles into a solid half inch cloud of foam. Sparse lacing along the glass while the head settles. Aromas of subtle caramel, toasted grains, floral highlights, and a touch of hops spicing. Flavors are roasty all over the palate, with a buttered toast backbone supporting a grapefruit highlight, both tart and sweet, as well as some spice and bitterness from the hops presence. The beer is light and smooth in mouth, with a crisp, clean finish. Slightly hoppy, roasted aftertaste, with some resiny, bitter, and cedar characteristics. Smooth, flavorful Pale that maintains drinkability while challenging parts of the palate.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Man of Kent,poured into a large pint glass a clear deep copper color with a thinner white head that was gone pretty quickly.Nice hop profile in the nose some what leafy and citrusy scents over top of firm lightly sweet biscuity malt,flavors were pretty much along the same line pretty balanced the hop winning out in a narrow margin the leafy citric malt lingers well in a long finish.Food friendly and quaffable a solid pale here.

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Photo of ddean
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Brown's Brewing Company in Troy, NY.

Very nice....clear copper. You're not wishing for more carbonation either, lots of it with a long retention on the top. Many bubbles linger on the sides of the pint glass as well.

Not strong, particularly considering how nice the upcoming flavor will be. A little sweet malt and oddly enough, watermelon??

Quite delicious. That crisp watermelon at first, then malt, a little but sharp bite of hops, then back to the watermelon as the taste lingers in your mouth. One of the more interesting taste experiences I've had with a pale ale. The ONLY thing keeping me from giving it a 5 is that I'm wanting a little more malty sweetness in the body---There's a bit of a hole for me there.

Very smooth, though not sweet or syrupy like some other good pale ales. That watermelon lingering is also pretty cool.

Overall, quite nice, and something in the pale style with a genuinely different flavor. Nice job, guys.

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours darker honey amber, cloudy and murky looking, minor light tan frothy head, that sticks around for a while and slowly goes to a thick film, leaves a near full collar and then fine respectable amounts of lacing. Mild malty, mint hop nose. Middle of the road craft brewed pale ale. Ample malt under coating and moderate grainy/minty hop note adds some balance. Easy drinking, respectable sessioner. Nothing more/ nothing less

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2.25/5  rDev -35%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of SickGnar
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich coppery amber with some slight haze and a few streams of bubbles. Fairly large off-white head that turns rocky as it settles. Okay retention and quite okay lacing.

S: Nice American pale nose. Hops are citrusy and a touch spicy. Okay strength and balanced well with medium crystal caramel and toasty malts. Clean sweetness with a cookie component and a leafy softness (probably from the Mt. Hood hops). Increasingly herbal as it warms.

T: Hop flavor is more herbal than nose, but soft citrus is there as well as muted spicy notes. It has a minerally edge running throughout. Good strength to the pale US pub malt backbone with a fair bit of low & medium crystal and some toasty grain with a noticeable sugar cookie sweetness. Balanced hop bitterness that takes on a touch of resin at the end and into the finish.

M: Just a hair over medium with CO2 matched. Nice texture from both malt dextrins / sugars and hop tannins. But overall it is pretty smooth with a delayed drying in the finish.

D: Nice easy drinking standard US brewpub style pale. More malt focused and sweeter than something like an SN pale. But, hey, that’s the west coast. This has plenty enough hops and is fine in its own right.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge and a thin film in between.
S: The nose has moderate aromas of sweet malt extracts, nutty malts and toffee.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of nutty and sweet malts with bits of toffee, but these are mostly balanced off by a light amount of bitterness from the hops. The hops also contribute hints of spiciness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: From the smell and initial taste, you would expect this beer to be very malty and sweet but it manages to pack in enough hops to balance things out. It's a nice selection of you aren't looking for a pale ale that is overly hoppy.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, solid lacing.

S-Citrus, caramel, blandish. Nothing that jumps out at you.

T-Sweet with come citrus, grassy notes as well. Not the bitterness that you'd expect from an APA

M-Smooth with light carbonation.

O-An OK beer, nothing to blow you away but at the same time not horrible.

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Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -42.2%

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

This is a good beer. I had it on tap at Brown's which makes it all the fresher. The color was a nice amber color with a short head that kind of stuck to the sides, like a good pale ale should. The smell was nice. Very nice aroma of sweet malt and fresh hops. The taste was a little bit decieving. It is hoppier than most pale ales I have had, and was closer to an IPA than the APA it is supposed to be. The aftertaste isn't bad, but it is closer to the hoppy IPA aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable, but it's hoppier taste threw me off a bit. It isn't a bad taste, it just threw me off. Still worth a try if you're down at Brown's.

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Photo of sachie23
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thin white head that leaves lacing on the glass.

The smell is earthy, almost musty. After initial aroma quickly settles, citrus comes through tied in with a candy sweetness.

The taste is of sweet grainy malt balanced by earthy hops. Late-entering citrus grows stronger as it progresses through to a grapefruity, dry finish.

Smooth in a fuller side of medium body.

A tasty "sessionable" brew that I liked the more it progressed. Letting it warm a bit more than usual reveals its true character. A hoppy pale ale with enough sweet malt to tie the hops (which seem to change character as it progresses, giving it a uniqueness) nicely.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy golden amber brew. Frothy head lasts well, with sticky lacing. Aroma is lightly nutty, with pine and citrus hops note. Taste starts with citrus, goes malty sweet in the middle, and closes with a crisp piney hop character. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is very good as well. Nice representation of the style.

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Photo of atr2605
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-purs a color with an off white head with good retention
S-caramel and a bit nutty, lower hop presence than expected.
T- the same in the flavor with a sweet malt start, some citrus hops, and the goes back into the caramel flavor.
M-Light-medium bodied with fair amount of carbonation
O-not a bad beer but needs some more hops. Would buy/drink again if the price was right.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of potownbill
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So far, I have been mildly impressed by Brown's beers, but this one is a significant exception. I was almost able to finish the bottle.
Appearance:Yellowish orange with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: Some orange notes, but closer to a citrus cleanser.
Taste: All over the place. Some citrus hops, a little seltzer (carbonation with no real taste), flat out bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Dry
Drinkability: Not offensive, but not really worth the calories. I have recently tried a string of great beers (Three Floyds, Alesmith, Bells) and this beer isn't even close to keeping up.

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Photo of Jersh67
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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