Beer Style: Brown Ale

American Brown Ale

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Last May, I was in Argentina to judge and speak at the South Beer Cup, sort of the Great American Beer Festival of South America. I spent several hours traveling with Pete


The Mitten Brewing Company: Label Up clone

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Co-owner Chris Andrus wants to make it clear that “this is NOT a novelty beer.” Label Up is “first and foremost a brown ale.” The maple and pecan flavors are not intended to create an overly-sweet palate and should not prevent anyone from enjoying multiple pints of it!


Surly Brewing Co.’s Bender clone

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Bender is a category-bending American brown ale brewed with oat crystal malt. It is described by the brewery as “crisp and lightly hoppy, complemented by the velvety sleekness oats deliver. Belgian and British malts usher in cascades of cocoa, bitter coffee, caramel, and hints of vanilla and cream.”


Nøgne Ø – Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S: Imperial Brown Ale clone

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“A dark brown English ale in which classic English malts meet the spicy hoppiness of the New World.”


Free Will Brewing Company: C.O.B. (Coffee Oatmeal Brown) with Coconut & Chocolate clone

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According to Free Will Brewing Co., this is a “Coffee, oatmeal, brown ale. Incredibly rich undertones of brown sugar, caramel and graham cracker. One pound of Speakeasy coffee per brewery barrel added post fermentation creates a prominent nose and taste of coffee.” This clone recipe includes a variation on the base C.O.B. beer with the addition of coconut and cocao.


Butte Creek Brewing’s Winter Ale clone

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This beer is now retired. The Butte Creek Brewing Co.’s annual winter ale was technically an American Brown Ale with Fuggle hops providing a balance to the malty backbone.


Grand Teton Brewing Company: Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown) clone

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Bitch Creek balances big malt sweetness and robust hop flavor for a full-bodied, satisfying mahogany ale. This year-round offering has claimed 15 gold medals in national competitions.


Triple Rock Brewery’s Dragon’s Milk Brown Ale clone

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An English brown ale with enough hop bite to balance the malt backbone.


Iron Horse: Brown Ale clone

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This recipe has since been retired, but recipe provides a classic American-style brown ale.


Bell’s Brewery Best Brown Ale clone

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A smooth, toasty brown ale. Aromas of caramel and cocoa.


Carolina Brewing Co.’s Nut Brown Ale clone

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According to Carolina Brewing Co., “A medium bodied, dark brown ale with a complex chocolatey, toasted malt taste. It has a dry finish that makes it distinct from some of the sweeter brown ales. We use five different types of malted barley to give the beer its color and variety of malt flavors.”


Capital Brewery: Brown Ale clone

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This brown ale (now retired) out of Middleton, Wisconsin is clear and dark amber color with a solid, malty backbone.


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