From White Rock Beach Beer Company in White Rock comes their “East Beach Nut” an American Brown Ale. The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head. The aroma consists of chocolate, nuts, roasted malts and a sweet finish. The flavour is of chocolate, nuts, roasted malts, earth and a hint of fruit in the finish. The beer comes in at 4.9% alcohol and has an IBU of 32. This is a well crafted Brown Ale and while it may not blow you away it will be a great beer to share a growler with a friend or two for sure. Sometimes a nice approachable beer is the best way to go.
Commercial Description: Originally a British Ale, this version uses Canadian grain and hops. Dark nut brown in color but clear all the way through. Mild and not overly hopped. Caramel and some chocolate undertones.
From the temporary gypsy brewers Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks comes their “Hopper Texas Brown” an American Brown Ale. The beer pours a deep cloudy brown with a brown head. The aroma is very malty with some earthy notes and even some toasted malt finish. The flavour is of bready and toasted malts, molasses, mild sweetness, earth, pine, resin and a good hit of hops in the end. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5% with an IBU of 65. The hops presence in this beer almost bring it into the Black IPA category but not quite. If you are looking for a Brown Ale with a nice big kick of hops check this one out.
Commercial Description: What do you get when you supercharge an American Brown Ale with citric West Coast hops? Meet “Texas Brown Ale”, a rare style that unlike it’s name originated from the homebrewing circles of Northern California in the early ’80s. We’ve updated this style with some of our favorite hops: Galaxy, Columbus, Dr Rudi, Topaz, Amarillo, and Cascade for an aroma blast!
Coming from one of the First Micro Breweries out of Mexico comes the “Obscura (American Brown Ale)”. The brewery is located in Mexicali, Mexico. The beer pours a ruby/brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, nuts and an overall sweetness. The flavour is of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, sweetness, hops bitterness and a slightly odd cider like finish. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8%. I found this a pretty enjoyable brew and I was happy to have the opportunity to try it in this advent calendar.
Commercial Description: Gold Medal at the “2007 World Beer Championship, 91pts” Deep chestnut brown color with a medium brown head. Sweet toffee, roasted nuts, and brown sugar aromas follows through to a smooth, dryish medium body with great roundness, purity, and depth. Finishes with a rich dark roasted nut, baker’s chocolate, and earthy hop fade. Very nice!
From Milton, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery comes their “Palo Santo Marron” as the bottles says a “Malt Beverage aged on Palo Santo Wood”. This American Brown Ale is aged in a handmade 10,000 gallon oak brewing vessel. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma is of oak, vanilla, caramel and dark fruits. The flavour consists of wood, vanilla, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, burnt coffee and some alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 12% with and IBU of 50. this is a very big brown ale but it lives up to expectations with tons of flavour!
Commercial Description: An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented brown ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this beer comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted. Palo Santo means “holy tree,” and its wood has been used in South American wine-making communities.
Food pairings as per brewery: Steak, chorizzo sausage, cajun cuisine, farmhouse cheddar
From Brooklyn Center Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Co comes their “Bender” an American Brown Ale. The beer poured a deep brownish red colour with a tan head. The aroma consisted of roasted malts, mild hops, oatmeal and a hint of coffee. The flavour was of roasted malts, oatmeal, some coffee, toffee and a mild hops finish. The alcohol content comes in at 5.5% with an IBU of 45.
Commercial Description; Here’s what happens when substance meets smooth. This oatmeal brown ale defies traditional categories. Bender begins crisp and lightly hoppy, complemented by the velvety sleekness oats deliver. Belgian and British malts usher in cascades of cocoa, coffee, caramel and hints of vanilla and cream. An easy-drinking ale with many layers of satisfaction.