Beer Review: Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale

Beer: Ellie’s Brown Ale
Brewer:  Avery Brewing Company
Source: Draft
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 Review: Long Trail Sick Day

Beer: Sick Day
Brewer: Long Trail Brewing Company
Source: Draft
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!

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Beer Review: Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

Beer: Indian Brown Ale
Brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Source: Draft
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 Review: Attic & Eaves Toasted Brown Ale

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 Review: Sixpoint Brownstone Brown Ale

Beer: Brownstone Brown Ale
Brewer: Sixpoint Craft Ales
Source: Draft
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 Review: Long Trail Harvest

Beer: Long Trail Harvest
Long Trail Brewing Co.
* (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.

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