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A-Town Brown Ale

Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

This crystal-clear, copper-brown ale with a tan, moussy head throws fairly clean aromas of earthy hops, very light biscuits and nuts, noted Phil. Owen called it a stronger-than-usual brown that exhibits a medium brown color, excellent clarity and a large stand of foam with attractive lacing. To Chris, the aroma balance in the creamy, dark copper/light brown ale leans toward malt, with some caramel/toffee notes, a low hop presence and slight fruitiness also detectable. Bob found the flavor to be surprisingly dry and faintly fruity, with more bitterness than malt all the way through, and he added that bitter chocolate undertones add to the complexity of the beer, while its alcohol is noticeable but not intense. Ed also noted an alcohol presence, as well as aromas and flavors of sweet malt, dark bread, toffee, caramel, light chocolate, mild nuts, clean fruity esters and herbal/floral hops. Caramel malt seems present in the flavor up front, Chris said, with decent bitterness in the middle and a dry finish that leaves impressions of subtle alcohol and an earthy/woody hop flavor. Overall, Owen found it to be a clean, drinkable and subtly complex ale, and, thanks to a slight alcohol warmth, Phil said that it would be well-suited to a cool evening barbecue.