Rec Some Eccentric Brown Ales

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  1. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,591) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    So I drank my first ever Surly Coffee Bender (amazing flavor!) this morning and it made me wonder what else can be done with Brown Ales. They are a rather mellow beer that can lack big bold flavors, but I'm sure there are others out there. Anyone try any eccentric Brown Ales that they really enjoyed?
  2. bleakies

    bleakies Devotee (400) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron is a huge brown ale. Huge, I tell you.
  3. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,591) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I've heard great things about that beer. Sucks that DFH stopped distribution to WI in 2011. :slight_frown:
  4. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,734) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    If you've never tried Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar, I highly recommend it to the fullest. It's my favorite brown ale and one of my favorite beers period..
  5. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Disciple (367) Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut
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    Pretty Things St boltphs is my favorite brown ale. I am NOT a fon of thia style but the english yeast used in this one really gives it an awesome flovor.
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  6. OneDropSoup

    OneDropSoup Meyvn (1,048) Dec 9, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Jolly Pumpkin's Maracaibo Especial is made with cacao nibs, orange peel, & cinnamon, & is eccentric to the point that it bears next to no resemblance to a brown ale.
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  7. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,348) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    The two beers I was going to discuss have both been mentioned....Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Dogfish Head's Palo Santo (which is, to date, the lone DH beer I dig).

    Port Brewing's Board Meeting is a brown ale with coffee and cocoa nibs....I have not tried it yet, but will the moment I find it on the local shelves. Sounds quite good.
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  8. Mitchell57

    Mitchell57 Disciple (328) Jan 8, 2013 Wisconsin
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    Gotta second this beer. It is amazing and I am not even crazy about Hazelnut.
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  9. Chugs13

    Chugs13 Devotee (499) Dec 11, 2011 New Jersey
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    8 Wire C4 Coffee Brown Ale and Terrapin Hop Karma, which should be coming out soon.
  10. VelvetExtract

    VelvetExtract Poo-Bah (3,284) Jan 10, 2010 Massachusetts

    I know it was only a one-off but Smuttynose's Durty was phenomenal. A hopped-up brown; I loved it.
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  11. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (586) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    Get some! I was quite surprised by it seeing as I'm not a huge fan of browns, but the coffee and cocoa give it some nice rich body without being too sweet, it was very satisfying. I was gonna recommend it to the OP but don't think he can get it easily.
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  12. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    If you can still find it, Frangelic Mountain Brown is a truly eccentric beer.
  13. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (606) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Wet Dream from Evil Twin is easily the best Brown Ale I've ever had. It's pricey and limited, but don't pass on it if you ever see it.

  14. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    Short's Good Humans is described as a Dry Hopped Double Brown Ale. I personally love it.
  15. shand

    shand Meyvn (1,425) Jul 13, 2010 Florida
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    Cigar City's Maduro is exceptional, and some of the treatments kick it up to the next level, especially the Espresso Brown.
  16. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,227) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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  17. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,591) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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  18. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    Yeah, The Woodmaster is delicious.
  19. Mandark

    Mandark Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2008 Illinois
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    Goose Island's 2011 Christmas Ale was fantastic--very mild with a sort of gingerbread taste, but not "Christmasy" in an overly spiced sense, very dry. I had my last one in January 2013 and it was still great. I'm still looking for more in the Chicago area.
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  20. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (296) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Sierra Nevada Tumbler is pretty hoppy for a brown ale. Dont know it that makes it ecentric but it was hoppier than Im used to my brown ales being.
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  21. dachshunddude86

    dachshunddude86 Initiate (0) Dec 21, 2012 Florida

    The oatmeal raisin cookie is my favorite treatment, but I don't think they're bottling it this year.
  22. MammaGoose

    MammaGoose Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Wyoming

    Another vote for this. It's definitely an eccentric beer for its style. SO delicious. Very malty rich/sweet, so I never need more than one in a row though.
  23. zid

    zid Savant (945) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    Not necessarily eccentric or bold, but these are far from boring for me:

    Alesmith Nut Brown Ale
    Pretty Things Saint Botolph's Town
    Duck-Rabbit Brown Ale
  24. Brandywine

    Brandywine Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2012 Washington

    Bravo Brown by Firestone Walker. Hands down best brown ale I've ever head. But the only Chance you'd have of getting it would be on tap at the brewery, if then. If you ever see it, GET IT.
  25. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Disciple (357) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
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    Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale. Some good stuff right there.
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  26. Pgarand

    Pgarand Initiate (123) Jan 8, 2009 New Hampshire

    Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog
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  27. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2005 Connecticut

    While I love many of these beers, knocking Brown Ales because they lack big bold flavors is silly.
  28. ESeab

    ESeab Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New Jersey

    I second the DFH brews, Hop Karma was nice, and Rogue Hazelnut was one of the first I ever tried. I really want to try that Port badly.

    Give Epic Santa Cruz a try, I had it last week and it was pretty tasty
  29. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Epic santa cruz is a great brown for the price.

    Palo Santo goes without saying at this point
  30. GodlessWatermelon

    GodlessWatermelon Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2012 Maryland

    DFH Palo Santo Marron and Indian Brown Ale. Nectar Ales Hemp Ale (Humboldt Brown) is also very good, I was surprised by that one.
  31. jcreegan

    jcreegan Disciple (304) Aug 12, 2010 Florida
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    Bells best brown, half acre over ale, lagunitas WTF, CCB Maduro
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  32. IndyDad

    IndyDad Defender (600) Jan 21, 2013 New York
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    Mission Street 2013 Anniversary Ale from Trader Joes.
  33. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (606) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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  34. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    Bells best, dfh IBA, Avery Ellie's brown
  35. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,591) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    So just had the pleasure of drinking a bottle of Quaff Bros Brown Cow Brown Chicken and damn was it ever so delectable. Wonderful, wonderful BA Brown Ale.
  36. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,541) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    Lots of people like to bash the brewery but I still get a kick out of Abita's Pecan Harvest which I would think you'd be able to find in your area... even though it's probably not my ideal brown, but it's got a unique distinct ingredient that's for sure...

    mmm Pekkkkaaaawns....

    Others mentioned already are great recommendations also, give em a go as well.
  37. DelMontiac

    DelMontiac Defender (699) Oct 22, 2010 Oklahoma

  38. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    Another vote for St Bots!
  39. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Port Brewing's Board Meeting

    Mammoth's Double Nut Brown
  40. superspak

    superspak Poo-Bah (16,603) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    Avery Ellie's Brown Ale is my shit; something I buy more often than any other brown. Other notables for me are:

    Goose Island Nut Brown, really impressed me.
    Epic Santa Cruz Brown ale(a bit hard to get for me, but is fucking amazing)
    Brooklyn Brown ale, surprisingly nice.
    Big Sky Moose Drool; nothing insane, just all around nice balanced brown ale with good flavors
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