Saturday, May 26

Beer Review: 10 Barrel Brewing Oregon Brown

"In typical 10 Barrel style, we took a traditional American Brown, threw it through the ringer, and put our own unique twist on it. We took a standard brown malt bill and augmented with Aromatic, Marris Otter, Cara-Crystal wheat, flaked barley, chocolate, and special roasted malt. We then overloaded it with Cascade, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Simcoe, and Chinook hops, leading to a complex battle of pine and citrus flavor and aromatics."

***Edit - Lot's of Simcoe were used in this years batch, but it was dry-hopped with a lot of Citra hops. My review doesn't change, since this is my first Oregon Brown, and I always do a live review. (Didn't get much from the dry-hopping at all.) ***

Had this beer on tap today for the first time. Loved it. I also brought a bottle home to review. I am usually a bit skeptical about beers from this brewery, because most have been a tad unfavorable for me. This one is damn good though. Let's see how the bottle fairs: (This bottle states a 7.1% ABV)2012))

Appearance: (4.0)
- Medium cloudy dirty molasses brown. Minimal head which settles to a rather spotty and bubbly floating mass not paying attention to either portion of the glass. Nice bubbly ring sits quietly.

Smell: (3.5)
-  Lot's of grain. Bready and biscuit grain with a touch of sweet caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. A tart ale yeast represents itself as well as an influx of herbal and grassy hops. Nothing too floral or citrus-like which I like. Pretty much smells ale-like, and beery.

Taste: (4.5)
- Lovely balance. Grassy earthy herbal hops play a huge roll in bittering this beer. The balance is astounding against the grainy, wheaty, and bready malt. The malt isn't so caramel at all. This is a tasty and balanced number. Super high marks in flavor. The bitterness is very separated from the flavor.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Lovely medium body, very well drinkable, and perfectly carbonated with what seems to be a pretty standard ale yeast. It is a dry brown, and leaves the tongue a tad dry. It's a touch cloying, and is a chewy number without the heavy caramel sweetness like so many other browns.

Overall: (4.0)
- This beer is damn good. It's is a little more dry and bitter compared to what most of us know as a brown ale. It is a bit stronger, with no notice in its drinkability, and finishes perfectly. High marks from this guy!


4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)


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