Angry Boy Brown Ale – Baird Brewing (Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan)

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Angry Boy Brown Ale – Baird Brewing, 6% ABV, 360ml., (Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan)


printed on the front-right label:

“クールな戦士の顔の下に、激しさと決意と怒りの赤い炙が燃えている。それがこの予測できないブラウンエールの姿だ。つかの間のモルトの甘さとアルコールの熱さが、フレーバーの複雑さ、際立った苦味、そして僅かなアングリーなエッジを隠している。少しアングリーな気分の日にぴったりのビールだ。”

translation:

Beneath the cool facade of the warrior, a red-hot flame of intensity, determination and, yes, anger burns. So it is with this unpredictable Brown Ale: fleeting malty sweetness and warmth hide complexity, a barely controlled bitterness, and, naturally, a bit of an angry edge. It’s the perfect beer for a heated mood.”

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  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Taste: Smooth light tangy-sour toasted cola’d brown sugar barley malt subtle hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 360ml., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes b/c Phillips says so

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours muddy nutty brown with smallish dissipating head, thin layer of micro retention mixed with some big bubbles, clustered steady effervescence.

Nose: brown sugar carameled barley malts. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thicker

Mid-palate: background soft tangy-sour, (lvl-5-sweetness), smooth crisp-cream-slick mouthfeel, rum & dry coke, brown sugar barley malt

Finish: woody toasted-burnt barley malt exhale, stealth subtle very soft lingering hopped bitter.

Summary: Oh so smooth and balanced brown ale with good complexity. Delicious.

He’Brew Messiah Bold – Shmaltz Brewing Co. (NY, USA)

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  • My Rating: [C+]

Messiah Bold (Retired) – Shmaltz Brewing Company, 5.6% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Clifton Park, NY, USA)


  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Taste: Brown sugar roasted barley malty sweet light cola licorice
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $39 CAD (after 10% off) – 8 x 12 fl.oz. + glassware, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not outstanding

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours dark cola brown without much head, ringed micro retention, tight singular micro streams accompanied by fast sporadic ones.

Nose: brown sugar caramel malts, roasty toasty. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-slick, incoming malts

Mid-palate: mild coffee, roasted barley malt, brown sugar/caramel (lvl-5-sweetness), cola

Finish: mild licorice, residual malt sweetness

Summary: A solid drinkable brown ale with pleasant characteristics. Good balance but nothing remarkable.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #11 – Rural Brewer Brown Brew

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #11

Rural Brewer Brown Brew – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Rural Brewer Brown Brew is a mouthful, but a mouthful is all you’ll need to be glad you picked up this mumble-producing potation. Pours chestnut-brown with mild roast and round sweet flavours; it’s tough to say but easy to like.”

  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Taste: Light roast brown sugar malt cola sweet
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, just regular

Visual: Pours deep dark brown without a significant head, a very thin layer of hazy retention, a few micro bubbles here and there, suspended sediment.

Nose: brown sugar malts, light roast (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: half-slick/half-crisp

Mid-palate: micro fizzy, (MAIN) roasted malts, brown sugar, cola -> (lvl-6)-sweetness

Finish: caramel, light roast malty sweet, super subtle bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Drinks pretty solid, just a tad thin on the body. Good all around elements of roast, sweetness, and texture. Nothing groundbreaking.

Knox Mountain Brown Ale – Tree Brewing (Kelowna, BC, Canada)

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Knox Mountain Brown Ale – Tree Brewing, 5.8% ABV, 650ml, (Kelowna, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

printed on the back:

“Occasionally, brewing in somebody else’s shadow can actually be somewhat inspiring. Located just North of downtown Kelowna and overlooking our Brewery, sits KNOX MOUNTAIN PARK ~ our City’s largest natural park. Known for the annual KNOX MOUNTAIN HILL CLIMB and its incomparable views of our city, Okanagan Lake and the surrounding mountains, our Brewers were inspired to craft this Limited Release brew in recognition of this amazing natural space. Displaying a subtle roasted malt aroma, and a nutty, caramel flavour, the beer finishes well balanced with a dry, pleasant, mild hop finish.”

  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Taste: Malty brown sugar toasted hopped soft bitter
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn @ Hastings/Burnaby
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off)– 650ml., January 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not crazy

Visual: Pours light cola brown with a small lasting foamy head, 1mm layer of retention, several spread out singular steady streams.

Nose: light toasted malts, toffee caramel. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming sweet malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar, toasted malts, nutty -> hopped bitterness

Finish: lingering soft hopped malty bitter finish.

Summary: Quite balanced and pleasant, though not really limited like they claim. Although their 6-packs are only 5.6% ABV where as this bomber is 5.8%, could be that.

Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF) Ale – Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: B

Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF) Ale – Lagunitas, 7.85% ABV, 59 IBUs – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., (Petaluma, CA, USA)

  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Taste Profile: creamy brown sugar -> malt/citrus hops/cola/elderflower -> grapefruity hops/malty bittersweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke (EDM)
  • How much: $8 (after 10% off), June 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours clear beer bottle brown with a small cream/foamy head, lots of activity.

Nose: brown sugar sweet malts (6/10 aromatic strength)

Attack: creamy/tingly/fizzy mouthfeel, brown sugar sweetness(7/10)

Mid-palate: (MAIN) med-high heavy MALTS, caramel, citrus hops, alcohol (HINTS) cola, elderflower

Finish: medium grapefruity hoppy bitterness, long malty bittersweet finish.

Summary: An interesting balanced brew of sweet malts and bitter hops. Good complexity and drinkability.