First Tasting: Northern English Brown (Beer #30)

February 13, 2012 by Jack

It’s been a month since I brewed the Northern English Brown recipe from Brewing Classic Styles. It’s been on tap for a little while now. Tonight I took some tasting notes.

In the picture, my beer is on the right and Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale is on the left.

Appearance
Reddish brown in color. About 12 SRM. Surprisingly brown-hued for how light the color is. Beers in this SRM range are usually much more honey-amber colored. Foamy off-white one finger head that lasts for a couple of minutes before falling to a coating atop the beer. Hazy, but not cloudy.

Aroma
Light maltiness with pronounced walnut overtones. Hint of earthy UK hop aroma. Light fruity esters.

Flavor
Dried fruit and tree nuts come first. A good dose of raisin in the midpalate. Long walnut-flavored finish. Moderate fruity esters. Finishes rather dry.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slight warmth on the finish. Fairly tart with an acidity that bites the tip of the tongue.

Overall Impression
A tasty nutty brown ale that’s easy to drink. The flavors are a little muddled and the beer tastes a kind of murky. I would like it to be a little more clean and crisp. Unfortunately I don’t know the style too well to say if mine is right or wrong. I will have to wait for judges notes to get a better feel for it.

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