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La Brea Brown

July, 2016
Judges Rating: 
18 / 24
6 / 6
34 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Self-described as a "Belgian Style Brown Ale," this beer unfortunately lacks many of the primary characteristics of Belgian ales -- especially fruity esters and peppery phenolics. The canned ale pours dark brown with a big tan head and excellent head retention. The aroma is moderately nutty with chocolate malt and a light toffee character and light dried fruit esters. The body presents a similar flavor profile, adding a light caramel component to the nutty malt. The beer finishes dry with a light bitterness and a lingering nutty and toffee maltiness. This is a pleasant beer but lacks key style elements.