Bow Valley Brown Ale | Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Eleventh Avenue

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Bow Valley Brown AleBow Valley Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Eleventh Avenue
Alberta, Canada

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
24 IBU

Added by IronDjinn on 07-09-2004

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by niangelo:
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3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When I got this beer, the head had already dissapated. The mouthfeel is nice, with light carbonation. The beer has a very nice body, with some caramel, a bit of bread, and the tiniest hint of cherries. Very nice malty finish. Smooth all the way and very drinkable.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased a mixed 6 pack of Brewsters 500ml bottles
A - clear dark rootbeer brown, generous tan head with very respectable retention
S - very nutty with sweet candy caramel, some toasty grain and a light hop spiciness
T - milder than the nose suggests, a salty nut malt flavour with a balancing brown sugar sweetness, with a light hop kick on the finish
M - well carbonated, bready smoothness with a drying finish
D - not the greatest brown, but flavourful and easy to enjoy, i will definitely order a pint next time at the restaurant

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

According to the propoganda on the beer menu this brown ale is brewed from 5 different types of malts and 3 different types of hops. It was served with a creamy tan head, the body was a deep chestnut brown, which appeared oak red when held up to direct sunlight. What first struck me about the aroma was an odd sweet smell that I couldn't place, but when I could get beyond that I found toasted malt and floral hops. The mouthfeel was light but very creamy, a pleasure to drink. In the flavour there was roasted malt and some toffee, with a light flowery hop finish, and coffee on the aftertaste. A pretty decent brown ale, it's been one of my regular session beers for over a decade whenever I go to a Brewsters.

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Photo of BigBry
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Crowfoot Brewster's location. Served in a dimple mug. The beer is a nice dark brown mahogany color, with a short light brown head. It has a slightly nutty smell with a bit of roasted malt. The flavor more of the same nutty flavor, caramel roasted malt and a touch of sweetness. Good carbonation gives a slightly better than average mouthfeel. Easy drinking sessional.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of sherpahigh
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Converge
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - A hard pour results in a great big head of thick foamy tan cream. The color is a surprisingly dark hue, a deep amber-brown. Head retention isn’t great, but a creamy cap stays well, and leaves spots of lacing.

S - Lots of toasty caramel malt with a touch of roastiness. There’s definitely an odd kick of spiciness to it as well, along with a strong smokiness and a bit of nutty notes too.

T – Lots of smoky notes all around, I might even go as far as saying that it’s the main flavor here. Biscuity and toasty caramel malt, with a decent nuttiness and roasted feel as well. A touch heavier and darker than the average brown ale, sort of bordering of a brown ale/porter hybrid. Notes of cocoa and dark chocolate appear as it warms. There’s just a certain spice in here I can’t quite pick out, but I like it a lot. Overall, this is really quite nice.

M - Not the fullest and biggest feeling beer, but it’s got a nice creamy smoothness to it. Lively carbonation works well with the feel of the body here.

D – Overall another great beer from Brewsters. I’m not much of a brown ale fan, but this one was really good. I can definitely see myself picking this up again. Brewsters are quickly becoming my favorite local brewery.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at Brewster's Calgary Crowfoot location. A deep cola brown brew with a little mocha colored head. Immediately striking is the amount of smoke on the nose, there's some toffee and fruit as well but the main effect is liquid smoke that recalls bacon. Whoa. Palate is much the same, with smoke predominating but accompanied by sour vinous fruit, wood char, and a little nutty caramel flavor. In most brown ales, the latter flavors are dominant but this beer veers into sour astringent porter territory as described by Michael Lewis in his style book on stout. Interesting but not something I'd seek out on a regular basis.

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Bow Valley Brown Ale from Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Eleventh Avenue
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 8 ratings