About American Style Brown Ale

About American Style Brown Ale
American style brown ales are light brown to dark brown in color and range in alcohol from 4.5-6.5%. Compared to the English version of the style, these beers tend to be higher in alcohol and feature sweet, rich malt notes in addition to medium-to-high American hop flavors and aromas. The malt profile of these beers may be quite complex including flavors and aromas of caramel, toasted malt and chocolate, with a pronounced hop profile easily identifiable as American. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Lost Coast Downtown Brown, North Coast Acme Brown, Brooklyn Brown Ale and Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

Top Picks for American Style Brown Ale

Rogue Ales Fresh Roast Brown Ale
93 points
Opaque dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and coffee beans, baking chocolate, pumpernickel crust, and charcoal with a supple, finely carbonated, medium body and a tingling, medium-long finish with elements of dark chocolate mousse, paprika rub, and nutshell finish. A nice dark brown ale with good flavor and balance.
Shmaltz Brewing Company Messiah Nut Brown Ale
93 points
Dark mahogany color. Grainy aromas and flavors of fresh baked wheat bread and roasted chestnuts with a round, crisp, effervescent, medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with suggestions of peppered watercress, sprouts, and cocoa-dusted nuts finish. A nice nutty brown ale for easy enjoyment.
Prairie Pride Brewing Co. Lip Kick Imperial Brown Ale
92 points
Dark mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of s’mores, chocolate chip muffin, and fig newton with a slightly chewy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of maple syrup on cereal, caramelized fruits finished with white balsamic, honeyed greens and artichoke hearts, and pepper and herbs finish. A nice chewy, slightly boozy, savory brown ale on the imperial end of the spectrum.
Aviator Brewing Company FrostNipper Brown Ale
92 points
Dark sunburst color. Spicy, toasty aromas and flavors of gingerbread and snaps, spiced caramelized yams, and toasty pie crust with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish revealing notes of peppered nuts and arugula finish. A light smoky, spicy brown ale that has a holiday feel to it.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Nut Brown Ale
92 points
Bright dark medium brown color. Bright, attractive aromas of chocolate nuts and ham sandwich with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, fast pear salad, caramelized nuts, mocha, and pepper finish. A delicious, vibrant nut brown ale.
Rogue Ales Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale
91 points
Reddish mahogany color. Lively, nutty aromas and flavors of chocolate, buttery toasted hazelnuts, and fig bread with a supple, bright, frothy, medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-long finish with notes of mocha custard, peach cobbler, kiwi, and radish sprouts finish. A fun, flavor-packed hazelnut flavored brown ale.
Pearl Street Brewery DTB Brown Ale
88 points
Medium bright mahogany color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, artisanal coffee, dark chocolate, and char-grilled corn with an even, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with impressions of arugula, dried fruits, and pretzel bread finish. A rich and nicely balanced brown ale.