Brown Ales

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by fx20736, Mar 13, 2013.

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  1. bigdeuce

    bigdeuce (554) May 24, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I love Goose Island Nut Brown Ale!
  2. SenorHops

    SenorHops (0) Aug 10, 2010 Rhode Island

    Because they are not as roasty as a porter and they work well with american citrus hops, porters do not.
  3. Tchfunkta

    Tchfunkta (0) May 14, 2009 Kentucky

    I generally like a brown ale for it's beautiful simplicity.
  4. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener (0) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois

    So that you can get to know the style then make your own homebrew version and call it "Back Door Brown"
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  5. SirBottlecap

    SirBottlecap (0) Jan 28, 2013 California

    They have at least one out there-2013 Mission Anniversary Ale brewed by Firestone exclusively for Trader Joe's. 8.5% $2.99/22oz. This would easily be a $7/$8 bottle if it had Firestone's name on it. At this price, I drink it for breakfast and brush my teeth with it. Now I guess I have to go buy a couple of cases...
  6. czfreeman

    czfreeman (0) May 22, 2007 California

    Just moved to Michigan and having my first Short's Bellaire Brown..friggin delicious.
    Fat Squirrel is prob the best brown I have had besides Sam Smith
  7. prock180

    prock180 (0) Mar 9, 2013 Arizona

    I like brown ales because they are smooth and can be very tasty. For me i got to say i enjoy a moose drool every now and then.
  8. cavedave

    cavedave (1,206) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Has no. 2 opened yet? JK.:slight_smile:
  9. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Why is this even a question? Jesus.

    People drink them because they enjoy the style. Same goes for every beer ever.
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  10. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned (0) Jan 1, 2011 California

    Dogfish Head IBA, Bitch Creek ESB and Ellie's Brown.

    End of fucking thread.
  11. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    Drink DFH Palo Santo Marron and you'll get it! It's ridiculous and redonkulous all at the same time! Now go kick yourself in the balls in shame for not knowing!
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  12. busternuggz

    busternuggz (0) Mar 9, 2008 California

    They are great food beers. Full Sail's Pub Series Brown Ale was great with spicy Indian food.
  13. busternuggz

    busternuggz (0) Mar 9, 2008 California

    All respect man, Palo Santo is not a brown ale any more than 120 Minute is an IPA. Drink it anyway of course, I'm just sayin.
  14. busternuggz

    busternuggz (0) Mar 9, 2008 California

    This guy. I like this guy.
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  15. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    It's brown when I pour it in my glass... it's a Brown Ale! :wink:
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  16. busternuggz

    busternuggz (0) Mar 9, 2008 California

    Touche sir.
  17. fearfactory

    fearfactory (0) Aug 12, 2012 Massachusetts

    A recent new one for me was Shorts Good Humans, which reminded me to drink good brown ales more often.
  18. fx20736

    fx20736 (0) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    update: I went to Beers of the World and bought several Brown Ales to taste and review. I grabbed single bottles and this is what was available.

    Brooklyn Brown
    Dundee Nut Brown
    Shipyard Brewer's Brown
    Captain Lawrence Brownbird
    Ithaca Nut Brown

    I've reviewed the Brooklyn so far.
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  19. fearfactory

    fearfactory (0) Aug 12, 2012 Massachusetts

    Good on you man, most just give in, and write styles off if not immediately pleasing!
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  20. fx20736

    fx20736 (0) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    okay, so I have drank and reviewed 5 Brown Ales in the past 24 hours. Here are my scores for all the Brown Ales I have reviewed on BA. I do think I have come to realize that Brown Ales have a place in my beer drinking regimen but that place is in cooler months only. This has been a nice experiment and I am glad I started this thread.

    Beer Name Brewery Rating
    Nut Brown Ale Goose Island Beer Co. 4.39
    Nut Brown Ale Ithaca Beer Co 4.16
    Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) 4.11
    Shipyard Brewer's Brown Ale Shipyard Brewing Co. 4.08
    Brown Bird Brown Ale Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. 4.04
    Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 4.03
    Nut Brown Ale Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. 4
    Brooklyn Brown Ale Brooklyn Brewery 3.94
    Labatt Brewers Collection Brown Ale Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. 3.43
    Newcastle Brown Ale The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited 2.73
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  21. cavedave

    cavedave (1,206) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Nice! I have heard it said the palate needs 17 tries of something before we can really write off the taste as not one we like.

    My only comment is how sad it is that Newcastle nowadays does totally suck. Back in the day it was so much a better beer, it isn't even a shell of its former self now, it's an imposter.
  22. Brunite

    Brunite (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    I think he might be saying that some people are obtuse.....and some are not.

    Or maybe....he IS saying what you said.

    Maybe both.

    Now I'm thirsty. Where's my sixer of this?
  23. Lethal04

    Lethal04 (0) Sep 3, 2009 Colorado

    Drink them because they taste good and are enjoyable, simple as that. Had a Maduro Brown last night and it was very good.
  24. Stignacious

    Stignacious (782) Aug 24, 2011 New York

    The whole crux of this argument is that taste is subjective. Some people, by the looks of it, quite a lot of people, prefer the 'simplicity' of a Brown. Sometimes that's what makes a beer more appealing and enjoyable. Extremely malted beers can be off-putting, just like extremely hopped. At the end of the day you like what you like, I'm just glad you're not running a brewery
  25. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin

    More sessionable? Id rather drink a scotch ale any day over a brown ale though. IMO scotch ales are just amped up versions of brown ales
  26. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Do you even like brown ales tho? Wink wink. Cheers man.
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  27. Rossbeer

    Rossbeer (0) Feb 28, 2013 England

    We live in a world of Beer, why limit yoursel?
  28. Tchfunkta

    Tchfunkta (0) May 14, 2009 Kentucky

    I'm super jealous that you love near by SHORT'S. One of my favorite breweries.
  29. Dools9

    Dools9 (0) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Alesmith English Nut Brown is fantastic.
  30. danedelman

    danedelman (0) Apr 3, 2011 Pennsylvania

    More porters than Brown ales are on the market. If you find a great brown ale brewed commercially though let me know. I do an imperial brown with coffee that will beat any porter anyday.
  31. JimKal

    JimKal (577) Jul 31, 2011 North Carolina

    I've yet to find a Porter that I liked and Scotch Ales don't seem to be my favorite style but I really enjoy Brokklyn Brown. Taste is subjective and if you don't like them, stick with what you do like.
  32. bleakies

    bleakies (512) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    And now, on to Milds.
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  33. fx20736

    fx20736 (0) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    just had a Goose Island Nut Brown after a Chili dinner. it seemed to balance the spiciness very well and was a very nice experience. Maybe Brown Ales will be my winter time after dinner beer? The Goose Island Nut Brown stands head and shoulders above the 10 Brown Ales I have tasted, even above the Sam Smith's and I probably will stop buying other examples of this style and just stick with this one.
  34. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry (0) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota

  35. fx20736

    fx20736 (0) Mar 7, 2009 New York

    at first you confused me because you typed your response inside the quote brackets.

    the idea of drinking a Scotch Ale in July is pretty repulsive. the idea of drinking a Pilsener is January is so unappealing. There are only 3 styles I would drink year round, regardless of season; English Pale Ale, IPA and Vienna Lager.
  36. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry (0) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota

    My bad -
  37. TongoRad

    TongoRad (1,191) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I just can't get on board with that idea- and maybe you've been drinking the wrong Pilsners if you only associate them with hot weather. They really can be great beers all on their lonesome, showcasing superior malt and hops- and, honestly, it's not that far of a gap between a Vienna and a great Czech Pils. If you can find it give Zatec a shot, I'm starting to see them all over the place these days- it's got a rich, almost toasty malt quality.
  38. tolar111

    tolar111 (878) Aug 17, 2008 New York
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    I've never had a brown ale that I even remotely liked.
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  39. thegodfather1076

    thegodfather1076 (0) Oct 11, 2009 Ohio

    I happen to love Brown Ales...My two favorite are Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale and Bell's Best Brown Ale!!!
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