Brown's IPA | Brown's Brewing Company

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Brown's IPABrown's IPA

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Brown's Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then an earthy hops bitterness comes in. There is some caramel and citrus sweetness that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of scotorum
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Liking the label art in 1940s style of hop cones and "Cheers!"

Poured from the 12 oz, bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Translucent amber with an inch thick white head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Fruit cup i.e. peach and pear.

t; Hard fruit up front with moderate bitterness over a medium biscuit malt base. Temporarily bitter finish.

m: Medium wiht good body and moderate carbonation tingle.

o: More of a traditional English IPA than American in that the hop flavor is more hard fruit than citrus or resin, although the notes seem to lean more in the direction of the latter as it warms. As such pleasant and easy drinking yet with enough flavor to enjoyably sip.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent fizzy almost fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice soapy lacing too, hazy reddish orange amber color.

Nose brings earthy grassy hops, a touch of an orange peel, bit floral and fruity too, eventually floods the fruity faint citrusy hop note. Mild sweet malt base, touch of fruity esters I think.

Taste brings a mild grainy sweet malt to start, reddish amber malt and a bit toasty and grainy, a bit smooth and rich though. Then hops, herbal earthy hops, a faint spicy, bit leafy and quite grassy too. It has a mild citrus peel as well, and touch fruity. It has a mild slick feel to it, strange, with fair bitterness that really ramps on the finish, gets a bit astingent, spicy grassy herbal hops lingering.

Mouth is med bod, a little slick slimy like thing feeling which is meh, lower carb too somehow.

Overall OK, but nothing great, decent malt profile that's a bit much for an IPA, hops are OK but not great, some weird esters I think come though with fruity notes and that slick feel.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Im sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a mug. Beer has been in my cellar for about a year.
Pours a clear chestnut hue and a slightly frothy beige head of 3 cm foams up and fades to a thick surface foam with a few larger bubbles mixed throughout. Some windowpane lattice after each sip.
The aroma is some husky malt and a bit of biscuit, this rolls to a floral hop presence and light pine. I suspect the nose may have faded a little, but the beer still smells pretty nice.

First sip reveals an average body with fine rolling carbonation that is gentle as it coasts across my palate.

Flavor is caramel and some grainy malt and then some dry bitter hits with citrus rind and some pine sap. I also get a little black peppery alcohol sneaking in, which I didnt expect.

The beer i very drinkable and may have been a little more hoppy fresh, but there is still a decent astringent bitterness on each sip.
No flaws and a well made IPA, without being over the top in booze or hops.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the brewery in Troy, NY. Pours copper with long lived white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, ripe fruit and hint of hops. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy hops caramel malt, ripe fruit combine on the palate. Finish is long and bitter. One of many OK IPAs.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, pale, copper coloring with a sparse, frothy, white coating on the surface. Decent cling to the glass as you drink, too. Aromas of rich toffee and biscuit, with a touch of grapefruit and heavy cut grass scent from the hops presence. Smells similar to an English IPA. Flavors are rich and roasted, with a slight oily feel initially. Resiny hops forward, with a strong bitter and floral boquet, supported by a toffee backbone. The hops blast forward into the aftertaste, which is bitter dominant. Dry, slick finish. This becomes a type of English and East Coast IPA hybrid, but a bit unbalanced and clumsy.

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Photo of Durge
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Troy this IPA has a clear brass/copper color with a very solid off-white cap on top and a wicked layer of lace. The aroma brings a disappointing waft of metal biscuit with just a hint of lemon-lime. The flavor thankfully rescues things nicely with a more typical IPA blend of malt biscuit and grainy citrus hops. The feel is pleasantly crisp with a medium-plus carbonation and a slightly dry finish from the hop bitterness. It seems to have plenty of hops despite the nebulous nose hit up front. There’s some caramel and bready grains in there as well. All in all, if you skip any aroma savoring, this is a very decent and highly drinkable hop brew. Certainly a safe choice!

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Photo of SickGnar
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark golden amber with lots of rising big bubbles and just a hint of haze. Big, rocky, light-ecru head with good retention and super lacing.

S: Sweet caramely malts and pine & citrus rind hops. A soft bit of diacetyl as it warms. Pleasant, but not very forward.

T: Quite a lot of medium to light crystal caramel and sweetness – sort of honey impression. Almost too sweet. Some toasty grain & biscuit round out the malts. Touch of diacetyl. Fairly firm bitterness & hop flavor, but still pretty balanced for an IPA. Pine and grapefruit rind push the sweet malt aside with a sugar drizzled effect. Middle to end goes increasingly resin and rind. A significant amount of sweetness makes it into the finish to mingle with the lingering hops that show a firm pine/resin/earthy aspect.

M: A bit over medium body with CO2 matched to keep it from leaning heavy feeling. Lots of coating, tacky sugars, a mild bit of chewy dextrins, and lots of hop tannins. Despite all the sweetness, the hops eventually manage to take the finish drying.

D: A tad too much sweetness that slows you down a bit. The diacetyl seems rather out of place with the US pine and citrus hops. I had no issue finishing the glass, but probably would not go for another right away.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear orange, some lacing is left behind.

S-Some earthy tones, little bit of dirt, not much in the way of hops.

T-Earthy, little bit of citrus and dirt. Not much bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

O-A boring, bland semi-avoidable IPA.

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Photo of ikats
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, light amber in color with a substantial slightly beige head. Grassy hops fill the aroma, but there is also sweetness of malt. Taste is not terribly bitter, but hops are evident. Malts also play a significant role. I personally think it's a little too much malt, but I am not sure it's out of style. Fairly balanced. There is some bitterness in the aftertaste, but not unpleasant. Medium body. Seeing that I am almost done with my pint while writing this review, I'd say it's drinkable.

I believe this is my first Brown's beer. Based on it I wouldn't mind trying more. It's local beer for me (NY state), and that's important to me. Freshness date on the bottle would be nice to have.

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Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark golden color with a two-finger head into my glass.

Grassy hops with only a whimper of citrus. I was expecting it to be hoppier but that's alright.

Hoppier than I expected here with a beautiful citrus bite. Makes up for the deflated aroma.

Lingering citrus/grassy hops with buttery malt. Mmm. Not much else to tell here.

I like this example of the style. I'm usually a sucker for IPAs anyway but this is good as it is.

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Photo of atr2605
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a slightly dark copper with a creme colored head about 2 finger widths with above average retention
S-nice citrus and a little pear aroma and a touch of malt
T-a little spicy with a burnt kind of bitterness. I'm not getting really any of the fruit coming through in the flavor, or crispness from the hops. Quite bland with only the burnt taste really coming through.
M-Medium to full bodied. Right on par.
O-Color is great, aroma is really pleasant, but the flavor really fell through. It didn't have alot of character in the hop flavor, it was just very bland. Not the worst, but I wouldn't get it again

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

L: Pours a clear yellow-orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of caramel malts, a mix of some citrus aromas and some earthy, citrus hops at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts with a hint of caramelized malt, and then a nice mix of citrus, pine, earthy, and floral hops that are clearly there but not overpowering. A nice change from the hop-bombs everyone expects with an IPA.
M: Lighter bodied, crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Overall a pretty decent IPA and it was nice to have something that didn't feel so acidic going down, real nice mix of flavors and feel.

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Photo of Jazzcrop
2.59/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Tastes are brown sugars, sediment, fake caramel, vegetable hops and tastes, paper, apple pits, kooky bitterness, onion rings, malt extract, beef sirloin gravy, plastic tubes, green tea, gingery spice, pickled pears, medicine and rotten fruit. Not my forte.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a bright and slightly haze copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head reduced down to a spotty layer and a ring and left behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma has some nice pine hop aroma and a touch of caramel malts in the background. Touch of citrus hop also in the background.

T - Starts off with some nice pine hop flavor and some caramel malt backbone. Touch of citrus hops also mixed in. Through the middle there is a bit more hop coming through. The finish has a blend of hops with some nice bitterness and a touch of sweet malt that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. There is nice dry finish at the end with the bitterness. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. Decent hop profile, but it could use a bit more of a punch for an IPA. Otherwise fairly well balanced, it a little tones down.

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Photo of Tartarus
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S: When I popped the cap off this one the head was already bubbling. When I poured it had about an inch or more of head with a translucent copper color. Smell is underwhelming, you get more malts than hops.

T&M: This might be the most balanced IPA I've tasted. You get a reasonable bite from the hops and the malts even it out. Doesn't taste like your stereotypical IPA but it's a nice change of pace. Mouthfeel is smooth with little carbonation.

D: Milder flavors make this one more drinkable than many other IPAs. I could see myself drinking a couple of these if I weren't worried about the 6.5 abv.

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Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer exploded out of the bottle. I lost about a quarter of the brew. Surprisingly, there's no overwhelming head but it lasts leaving some blanketing lace. The brew is very cloudy and has an orange-amber color.

Lots of caramel and very little hop aroma. Reminds me more of a British IPA than an American one.

This is a strongly malty IPA. Only the swallow and aftertaste are bitter. The broth is semi-dry with a richness I wasn't expecting. I'm warming up to this beer. There's a creamy flavor that reminds me of UK ales.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.69/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got a 12oz single of Brown's IPA at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY for $2.65.

With a moderate pour this hazy copper colored brew gives a nice 1" of hearty light tan head that creates craters and thick globby lace as it slowly slowly settles. Great retention and great lace. Nose is candied pine, diacetyl, and raw grains. On the tongue it's a bit heavy with diacetyl for the style, bordering on offensive as it clashes with the hops. Trying to ignore the butter they're tangled up with, the hops are a nice bitter resiny pine and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is good all around- enough carbo to temper the bitterness, moderately thick, finishes dry.

The diacetyl here is a major flaw, it seriously clashes with the hop and muddies the whole thing up. A damn shame. The smallest change could make this a great beer. So close, yet so far away.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. The color is a hazy copper, a little darker than I expected. The medium off white head thins and leaves a film of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is well balanced between the sweet malts (honey?) and assertive piney hops. Hop bitterness is strong, but hop flavor is lacking, a faint bit of grapefruit and pine. Malt flavors balance the hops nicely.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are fine. A well balanced easy drinking IPA, but nothing about it stands out as special.

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Photo of blackie
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hotel beer

a: hazy amber color, decent white head, some lace and retention

s: pale malt body holds a moderate dose of caramel, muddled earthy hops with notes of pine, a little rustic but fine

m: highly carbonated, not quite offensively so, but certainly on the high end, body medium-full and a touch slick

t: buttery caramel with a harsh, abrasive pine hop profile, well hopped but the residual sugars still impose, unbalanced, highly bitter finish, initially off-putting, but it grows on me after a bit

d: okay, too sweet for high drinkability

single from Westmere, Albany

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a glass mug from a 12 oz. bottle. A 1-finger head developed with some fairly decent lacing. The standard-issue IPA ring of foam persisted throughout the duration of the beverage.

Minimal nose, mostly floral and piney in nature with a hint of yeast.

The flavor is loamy and muted behind a muddy texture. It's not bad, but largely tastes like earth and leather, without that nice floral flavor that exists on the nose. It swallows well with some brighter hop characteristics, but leaves the flavor of mushrooms in your mouth on the swallow (but I like mushrooms.)

The mouthfeel is heavy and flat with a nondescript silt texture.

Overall it's not a bad beer, but for the bucks there are many better IPAs out there.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o any sort of freshness info to be gleaned. Pours typical amber, but on the moderatly cloudy side. Nice long lasting khaki head, very slowly morphs to a thick film and leaves all kinds of elegant looking strands of lace. Grainy, piney hop notes, over a slightly thin malt base. Smooth mouthfeel, again perhaps just a bit on the thin side. Suprised by the ho hum ratings of this one. Nothing special, just an easy drinking better then average NY State IPA. Enjoyable brew.

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Photo of lansingj24
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

A: Reddish color that yielded a good white head. The head quickly disappeared and left a pretty good lacing.

S: Hops are right up in front and they smell great! Spicy, piney hops. A hint of malt in the back but the hops really come out nicely. I really did enjoy the smell.

T: As with the smell, the hops come through first. Citrus and pine. A spicyness lingers afterwards that was quite nice. Crisp finish also present that complimented the flavor profile nicely.

M: Thicker mouthfeel, which is what I always appreciate in an IPA. It wasn't too thick though as to make a labor to drink. Crisp enough to make it a good beer to relax with.

D: Great beer. Didn't even realize the ABV was at 6.5%. Would make it a session otherwise. One concern is that I feel like the spicyness could be cumulative as you keep drinking it, making it overwhelming in the end. Still, great beer and great style.

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Photo of Stimack
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a little surprised at the low ratings for this brew but for me this is a very good brew. I have been enjoying this brew for a good while know and am actually surprised that I had not reviewed this in the past. Poured to a slightly hazy copper/amber color with a thick pillow white head that leaves great lacing. The aroma has a inviting mix of hops, Chinook and Cascade with malts peaking through. The hop aroma for me on this one is very nice, not domineering but enough of a presence to be up in your face. The flavor, again for me, is very good. Nice malt flavors peak quickly and break to an enjoyable hop flavor. Finishes on the sweat side but is nice, hop flavor lingers on the tongue. Now this is not a favorite style for me but IMO this is a solid offering and I am glad to have it in the 12 Mix pack. Again, IMO, another good job from Browns.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Pillowy head recedes very slowly, with plenty of chunky lacing. Aroma is citrus and tart, some off vegetal character. Taste starts sweet, piney in the middle, vegetal comes on in the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, but drinkability suffers as does the whole experience, from the off aroma. Unfortunately the smell reminds me of garbage, which is off-putting.

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