Beertown Brown

Beertown Brown logo/labelThe latest offering from BridgePort Brewing is named after the city of Portland, albeit in an unofficial capacity: Beertown Brown. It’s their foray into the world of sessionable Brown Ales, and I think they pull it off rather well overall.

It’s an English Brown Ale in style, at 5.2% alcohol.

Appearance: It looks like brown glass—like a beer bottle. Red-gold highlights. Yellow-tan head.

Smell: Sweetish caramel. A fruity note… sour? Roast malt. Nice and simple.

Taste: Light and mellow… clean and a bit dry. Bare tinge of burnt grain. A little rye, biscuit… pumpernickel. Some caramel sweetness. Hops are muted.

Mouthfeel: Light and fluffy, drier than I’d expect. Not thin, I’d actually say just a bit shy of medium-bodied… there’s substance there, but ephemeral (the fluffiness).

Overall: I wasn’t expecting dry, I figured it would have a sweeter character. But mellow and drinkable.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores 81 out of 100 with 80% of reviewers approving. On RateBeer, it scores 3.06 out of 5 and is in their 48th percentile.