Bacon Brown Ale – Uncommon Brewers (Santa Cruz, CA, USA) (re-tasting)


  • My Rating: [B, downgraded from B+],  I gave it a (3.5 of 5) on

Bacon Brown Ale – Uncommon Brewers, 6.8% ABV –16 fl.oz., (Santa Cruz, California, USA)

printed on the back of the can:

“Inspired by late night stories around the fire, this IPA is dry-hopped with Chinook and Centennial hops for a vibrant aroma, depth of flavour and crisp, citrusy undertow like no other. And in case you see a little haze and sediment, that’s a good thing, and totally natural – a result of our pure, unfiltered brewing process.”

  • Style: (flavoured – Bacon) Brown Ale
  • Taste: Creamy bright sweet tangy alcoholic light savoury brown sugar barley malt
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W. Vancouver
  • How much: $5 CAD – 473ml., December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yup

(initial  December 2013 tasting)

Visual: Comes in an aluminum tall can like all their other brews. Pours cloudy brown with a lasting creamy head, lacing, and lots active streams.

Nose: caramel malts, brown sugar, but just a hint of smokiness. (2)-aromatic strength.

Attack: incoming acidic caramel malts, fizzy/creamy

Mid-palate: alcohol detection, (MAIN) roasted caramel malts, brown sugar

Finish: (6)-sourness, (2)-mild meaty saltiness, (5)-hoppy bitterness.

Summary: A decent drinkable brew but it doesn’t have much bacon flavour that it advertises. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)


April 4, 2016 Tasting:

Visual: Pours muddy brown, 1cm super foamy stick head, very active singular micro streams.

Nose: bright sweet brown sugar toffee malt, caramel apple (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-cream/fizzy

Mid-palate: toasted brown sugar malt, (lvl-6-sweetness), alcoholic toffee malt, tangy-light sour

Finish: subtle smoky exhale, residual sweet malts

Summary: Quite an enjoyable toasted malty brew with a hint of savory twist. Like my initial review, not a whole lot of distinct bacon flavour.