what is/was THE standard for brown ale?

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  1. AleShark

    AleShark Initiate (74) Jan 3, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Lots of great beers listed here. But, it's really hard to argue against Samuel Smith's Nut Brown. That's a absolute classic that others still can't touch.
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  2. BB1313

    BB1313 Poo-Bah (2,668) Jul 16, 2009 Ohio

    I'm pretty sure they brought it back, but it's limited and doesn't reach every Goose Island market. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong..
  3. Stoutish

    Stoutish Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2013 California

    Brekel's brown, by Anchor Brewing. It's a single hop brown. You get more of a malty flavour. It's def my go to brown and many don't compare. Rogue Hazelnut brown nectar is impressive also.
  4. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Meyvn (1,279) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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    hmm, maybe they have indeed brought it back? can someone check the dates?
  5. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,293) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    I have still yet to try the Upslope Brown...need to rectify that.
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  6. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 Indiana

    This. Our GI rep was offering us kegs of it a few weeks ago.
  7. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    You are correct. If fact....I forgot to mention this one in my earlier post along with Smutty, Avery, and NG Fat Squirrel. The GI Nut Brown is found in the Chicago area market. Not sure how far it gets out beyond that. It is a pleasant drinker. Nutty...just a touch of sweet...a nice beer for the price point.
  8. DCgolfpro

    DCgolfpro Devotee (479) Oct 26, 2011 Maryland
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    Dogfish Head's Indian Brown is fantastic
  9. jtdolla911

    jtdolla911 Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Sam Smith Nut brown or Newcastle
  10. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Meyvn (1,279) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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    i know that it was still available in keg, or at least at one of the brewpubs, this whole time. just didn't know that they revived the bottles, which stopped shortly before the AB-inbev takeover.
  11. --Dom--

    --Dom-- Disciple (305) Dec 22, 2012 Missouri

    Downtown Brown was the beer that started it all for me. But I also think Cabin Fever from New Holland is a great representation of the style, it just tastes like a brown ale should in my opinion.
  12. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    See this: http://www.gooseisland.com/pages/home/327.php

    Looks like Nut Brown will be year-round, but with regional distro.
  13. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Meyvn (1,279) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
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    thanks. still sad tho. trading for a constant supply of it isn't going to be very economical.
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  14. mdmusch

    mdmusch Initiate (0) May 5, 2012 Minnesota
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    Surly Bender
  15. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    Brown ales don't do much for me at all (I'd usually rather have water) but DFH Indian Brown is pretty darn good. That one gets my vote.
  16. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Crusader (753) Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
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  17. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (343) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    My first introduction to Tyranena years ago. Made me an instant fan of the brewery. Still a go to for browns.
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  18. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Old Dog Brown was just that, a drain pour for me and I haven't chased any Smutty since...The Sam Smith Nut Brown is a standard from across the pond for sure.
  19. mcrago

    mcrago Aspirant (281) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

    Moe's Bender from Surly. Hands down...
  20. klaybie

    klaybie Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2009 Illinois

    IMO in cannot be DFH, it is too hoppy for the style. This would definitely be the American standard but not the one I would want all others to be judged by.
    I would say the THE standard for the style is Sam Smith's Nut Brown OR New Glarus Fat Squirrel.
  21. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Aspirant (213) Dec 16, 2011 Michigan
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    Samuel Smith's Nut Brown, like everyone else has mentioned, is the standard bearer.

    The best brown ale I've ever had goes to Founders' Sumatra Mountain Brown. Barrel aged, huge coffee notes, just one of the best overall beers I've ever had. Palo Santo is my #2. Dogfish claims that it's a brown, but I'd probably peg it as an imperial stout if I was doing a blind tasting.

    A brand new brown ale that West Michigan folks and visitors should seek out is Rockford Brewing's Rogue River Nut Brown, especially on nitro. Very smooth, big bodied, and lots of nutty flavor. Really good stuff.
  22. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    straight brown ales, the traditional standard is Sam Smith's, but Bell's Best Brown is up there too.

    Now when you start screwing around with it, youve got CCB Cubano Espresso/Surly Coffee Bender and or DFH IBA.
  23. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    my cousin told me that his wifes doctor swears by it, so it must be coming back (they live by mansfield).
  24. Marty91

    Marty91 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Haven't seen anyone mention Bells Best Brown, also have to mention Brawler from Yards
  25. brewsader

    brewsader Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 New York
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    it's been mentioned several times already but ellie's brown deserves another shout.
  26. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Aspirant (216) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Ellie's has too much of a vanilla note for it to be considered the 'standard'
  27. dpjosuns

    dpjosuns Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2009 Illinois

    Bell's Best Brown and Anchor Breckle's Brown
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