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

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Old Town Brown AleOld Town Brown Ale
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
Ranking:
#31,760
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
163
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Perfectly clear dark brown. Some nice dark reds creep around the edges. Head is a light tan, creamy, and leaves a small loose cap. No real lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Caramel and molasses baked brown bread. Sweet and bready with an underlying herbal and grassy hop profile. Chewy malts. Deeply roasted with a ton of cooked and caramelized malt sugars. Nice yeast profile adds some undefined fruity notes.

Taste: A bit of grape jelly smeared on chewy brown bread. Cooked and caramelized malts. Sweet through and through without being sugary. Some backing earthy and herbal elements. A bit grassy. Warming just makes it sweeter. Delightful English yeast adds a bit of depth through the sip. Dark fruit and slightly roasted.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to slightly above carbonation. A bit crisp on the finish, but it's clean. Not quite what it should be.

Overall: A pretty standard English brown ale. Yeasty esters and caramelized malts do what they need to. The mouthfeel is a bit off and hurts the overall enjoyment.

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Photo of hernamesbarbara
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of BeerDocT
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
4.7% ABV, no date.

Thanks to Onenote81 for the N.C. gift pack :)

A - A moderately aggressive pour fills the pint with an effervescent dark ruby mahogany-colored beer and a quickly fleeting inch of khaki foam. Lace is absent from the pint and only a thin ring of bubbles remains.

S - The beer's aromatic, yeasty quality disappears with the head, leaving it tough-to-smell, but a swirl brings back some scents of booze-soaked wood and plum which is interesting considering it's low ABV. Slight cardboard undertones poke out around roasted malt, which imparts bittersweet chocolate and cocoa nuances though the majority of the malt is a pale base with caramel hints. Very earthy in nature.

T - Malty and straightforward, Old Town Brown has a simple base with a nice addition of roasted malt for a pinch of dark chocolate and coffee nuance to it. Subtle woody earth notes combine with dark fruit yeast esters well on the finish.

M - Highly effervescent, abundant carbonation is a bit distracting from the rest of the beer. The mouthfeel is otherwise smooth and medium bodied with a light dry and mildly acrid bitter finish.

O - Kind of all over the board, Natty Greene's Old Town Brown manages to keep a couple things consistent; detrimental high carbonation and moderate earthiness. The roasted malt works well though this beer, adding nice nuances, but the rest of it could use a little work.

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Old Town Brown Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 163 ratings
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