Old Town Brown Ale | Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
nattygreenes.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts: Maris Otter, Cara Vienna, Cara Pils, Crisp Caramel 77, Chocolate Malt, Special DH3, Aromatic, Biscuit

Hops: Progress

Yeast: London, 1028

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
162
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
26
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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of KyleNYG44
4.81/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stin
4.78/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

favorite seasonal brown ale with perfect malt blend

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Photo of hernamesbarbara
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Natty Greene's Brown blew me away. It pours red-brown and has a nice fluffy head. It has very little aftertaste and is extremely refreshing.

I was so impressed with this adult beverage that I emailed the brewer to see if they'd ship some to me in NYC. Unfortunately, they don't have out of state distribution yet!

If you're ever in Greensboro, NC, it would be no small tragedy to miss out on sampling some of this beer.

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Photo of rambleglitch
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of uncggop06
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First batch of Natty Greene's bottles found at a local Harris Teeter. I've been waiting for this for quite some time, and I'm glad that I'm not disappointed.

Not much to the initial head and what was left dissolved fairly quickly, though a thin ring lingered through the glass. The beer looks great, nice light brown.

Smell is of sweet roasted nuts, just perfect. The same comes through in the taste, a wonderful peanut butter flavor with a smoky background, finish is all peanut butter, delicious!

I think something is lacking in terms of mouthfeel since this isn't bottle conditioned (oh, I wish it were!).

I have yet to compare the bottled offerings back to back with the pub poured versions, but I'm sure they will stack up well.

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Photo of Ace_walker
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best When Served By: BLANK. I'm sure it's fine, though. I'm sure of it!

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dark brown body with a bubbly, light beige-hued head.

Smell: A malt, chiefly nutty nose, though there's plenty of chocolate, caramel, and light roast to be found as well. Meager dehydrated dark fruits beneath the maltiness. Again: nuts.

Taste: Where I found the aroma to be largely nutty, the taste was mainly of chocolate powder. Supported by additional malty influences of sweet dark caramel, toasted nuts, and a splash of mellow coffee. Light raisin-like fruitiness. Subtle earthy hop character with a light hint of clean bitterness. Finishes smooth, sweetish, and with more of those fine malt tastes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, tasty, low-alcohol, malt-forward brown ale. Were I to have regular access to this, I'd keep it in steady refrigerator rotation.

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Photo of Gilly1980
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into my trusty Guinness pint glass.

A- Pours a gorgeous garnet red with a little bit of tan foam that does not stick around. No lacing to speak of.

S- Yeast, biscuit and pretzel. Lots of sweet malt. Just a hint of alcohol.

T- Tastes pretty much like it smells. Hard sourdough pretzel jumps out at me. Aftertaste is warm and malty.

M- Not as chewy as a stout without being watery.

O- Fantastic beer from a local brewery. I don't know how many of these I could drink in one session but I look forward to buying this one again.

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Photo of marshmarsh
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Nineteen-eighty-six
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of DrinkDrankDronk
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of ZAN
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of kmosk789
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent caramel/chestnut color with a pinky of mocha colored head. Not much head retention or lacing

S: Toastyness to the nth power, some toffee

T: Much toastyness, a kisss of brown sugar & nuttyness, plus some herbal hops up front. Dryness, mineral hoppyness & toastyness blend together as this warms. Finishes dry with toffee sweetness & toastyness & just a whisper of astringency

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly low carbonation

Pretty sessionable, nice example of a well put together English brown. Was slightly better on draft IMO

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Photo of FloppyDog
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass. A clear deep amber brown with a finger high off white head. Definitely filtered.

Aroma of chocolate malt up front along with a faint hoppiness that is really overpowered by the chocolate.

Taste is more of the chocolate malt, with a nice balance of hop bitterness that shows up in the middle of the sip, but fades back to chocolate after it goes down.

Overall, a light to medium bodied super easy drinking brown ale that I could drink no matter what the temperature is outside. Not too flavorful that it fills me up quickly, but still plenty of flavor to be delicious.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the First Street Draught House in town. I've had this in bottle form, but this is a first on tap. Came out a dark brown with ruby edges and a good 1-inch tan head on top. Retention was fair, but there was tons of sticky lacing on the glass edge. Smells like molasses, brown sugar, toasted bread, and roasted nuts.

The mouth was creamy and smooth with a touch of carbonation on the tongue. The brown sugar that I found in the scent is also in the flavor. This is a pleasantly sweet, roasty Brown Ale. Bitterness is low. Plenty of malty goodness in this beer. I much preferred this beer on tap. Recommend.

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Photo of dmbdusty41
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, to glass = great head, lingering head, nice brown head, after it finally setles, leaves great lacing. It's a really dark brown, however lighter on the pallet than I was expecting from the color. However it can start to sit a little heavy on the gullet. If a beer is even good at room temp. it's a good beer and Old Town Brown is a good beer.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Appearance 3.5: Poured out a deep and dark brown with a slight C02-powered head that quickly faded. Completely opaque, this baby almost looks like a stout!

-Smell 4.0: HUGE bouquet on this beer, which is great. Deep, roasted caramel malts predominate and make me think of a Scotch ale. I also smell some smokiness in here.

-Taste 4.25: Front is slightly sweet and features a very nice caramel/barley taste. Middle is dry, but there is still a pleasant, deep barley flavor. Finish is understated and pleasing with more barley and deep, dark, caramel grains. There is a slight hoppiness here, but it is of a very low alpha level. Aftertaste is long and features syrupy remembrances of maple syrup, caramel sauce and King's syrup. Nice.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Mouthfeel is definitely a contribution to the enjoyment of this particular brew. Carbonation is a bit over-stated, but this may be because the bottle I have is so old; there may have been a second fermentation in the bottle in addition to the CO2.

-Overall 4.0: Excellent brown ale. I am mystified as to why Natty Greene moved this one out of their 12-pack in favor of other beers, but there you go. This is one you should not pass up if you ever see it. Light, smooth but with a depth of flavor that you would not expect. Would be an excellent session beer. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Pours a massively dark brown with a red hue when held up to the light with a one finger off-white head that subsides to a minimal amount fairly quickly. Maintains decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, and subtle coffee beans. The flavor is of roasted malt, cream, bitter chocolate, and subtle coffee. It has a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this is a pretty nice brew. The aroma and flavor on this one are nothing at all like I expected, but this is in a good way. Well balanced flavor and aroma. Will definitely be having this one on tap next time I'm at the brewpub. I suggest you either do the same or find a bottle.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

Old Town Brown Ale pulls a bit of a bait-and-switch right off the bat: the malt-forward nose is caramel, toffee and molasses, promising a sweet flavor, while on the palate the flavor is an admirably complex bitterness composed of dark chocolate, coffee and a roasted flavor that's damned close to burnt. The medium body and miles-past-dark-brown color almost require the briefly lingering coffee flavor found on the finish, and the lack of head and lacing are actually aesthetically appropriate for such a coffee-like beer. This would be a great breakfast beer with steak, eggs and hashbrowns.

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Photo of jnice1984
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Old Town Brown Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
3.71 out of 5 based on 162 ratings.
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