Beer: Ellie’s Brown Ale
Brewer: Avery Brewing Company
Rating: **** (8.1 of 10)
Comments: Enjoyed a pint of this Colorado craft brew at Bella Luna on Father’s Day. No surprise given the name, but this is a chestnut-brown ale with a buff head. It offers a sweet caramel aroma and creamy malts are prominent in the flavor, with a roasted coffee finish. Lots of lacing on the glass. This is yummy good stuff.
Beer: Sick Day
Brewer: Long Trail Brewing Company
Rating: **** (8.5 of 10)
A copper-colored beer with a solid head, Sick Day offers up a piney nose with a nicely balanced flavor of pine, nut, bread and citrus with a slight bitterness. There’s a luscious lacing left behind on the glass. Long Trail does it again!
From the same brewer:
Beer: Indian Brown Ale
Brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Rating: * (5.7 of 10)
Comments: An appropriately brown beer with a thin head, that has honey, sweet bread aroma. The taste was a bit soapy which left me wondering if that was a beer flaw or a poorly rinsed glass. Soap or not, the beer left behind some nice lacing. I’m going to have to try this one again before passing final judgment.
Beer: Attic & Eaves Toasted Brown Ale
Brewer: Slumbrew (Somerville Brewing Company)
Source: Draught (in tulip glass)
Rating: **** (8.1 of 10)
Comments: Our local Boston-area breweries continue to duke it out for a place in my beer-loving heart, and Slumbrew packs a wallop with their Autumn offering (and not just due to the 7.5% ABV). This beer is a dark brown with a thin tan head. The aromas and flavors are like a chocolate liqueur with burnt, nutty flavors. The bitterness hits the tongue for a moment but is cleared away for a crisp finish. This is a rich, tasty beer and I’ll have to try it again as the leaves begin to turn.
Beer: Brownstone Brown Ale
Brewer: Sixpoint Craft Ales
Rating: ** (6.3 of 10)
Comments: This beer is dark red, highly carbonated and almost no head (at least as it was poured for me). It has a grassy aroma and a hoppy, bitter taste with a thin mouthfeel. Despite the lack of head it left a light lacing behind. It’s a simple, decent brown ale, not too exciting but drinkable.
Beer: Long Trail Harvest
Brewer: Long Trail Brewing Co.
Rating: * (5.9 of 10)
Comments: This is an attractive copper brown ale with a thick head, but I was a disappointed by the taste. It was weak and flat with a few hints of chocolate. I expect something heartier from a beer of this type. Oddly enough, I’ve tried this beer before from a bottle, and I liked it a lot better.