Brown Ale is a style of beer, that as the name implies is brown to amber in color. It originated in London, in the 18th century, it was a beer that was brewed with 100% brown malt and lightly hopped. Like most beer styles it has evolved from it’s original form. Today brown ales include sweet low alcohol mild ales, nutty bitter browns, ambers that have medium hoppiness, malty sweet, nutty sweet, and malty slightly hopped ales. A notable example in the English brown ale style is Newcastle. The Brown Ale style has a lot of room for interpretation, but mostly expect a certain level of maltiness and of course a brownish color. The mouthfeel for a brown ale should not be heavy and it should not be overly roasty in flavor, there is a taste differential between a brown ale and a porter or stout.
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company's Souther Pecan Nut Brown Ale
Style: 10C. American Brown Ale
Aroma: This particular beer is very aptly a "nutty" brown ale, as the strongest scents are pecans and malts. It has a strong sweetness to it.
Appearance: It has a reddish-brown color and is pretty clear. It almost looks like a watered-down syrup.
Flavor: It's actually not as flavorful as I would have thought given the strong scent. It's definitely malty and sweet — and maybe a little too sweet.
Mouthfeel: This has great carbonation and is on the light side of medium-bodied.
Overall: I like sweet beers so I would actually definitely drink this again. It's not something I would have a whole six-pack of but if I saw this on tap, I would jump on it. I also got to try another brown ale at Golden Road Brewing and was really impressed by it, even though they sold out.
Do you like Brown Ales? Please join us! This link-up will be open for two weeks so you have all the time in the world to try a local, national or even international Brown Ale! Be sure to tag your drink of choice with #IntoThePintGlass. You will find the next coming month's beers below. So, take note of what your drinking and drink up me hearties, yo ho!
Up Next: Pumpkin Ale — We only have two left, ya'll and this next one is a BIGGIE. Find your favorite Pumpkin Ale (or five because Lord knows you have options) and talk about it!
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