Figueroa Mountain: Davy Brown Ale

From the Brewery: IMG_3013

“Davy Brown Ale is a deep, mocha-colored beer that combines caramel and chocolate malts with Northern Brewer and Cascade hops. Named after a Santa Ynez Valely pioneer, this beer is a true discovery both rustic and refined.” 6.0% ABV Brown Ale

A friend of mine picked this one up from the brewery.

The Pour: IMG_3016

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a nonic glass. The color is a dark, dense reddish-brown, almost porter like in appearance. A decent beige head is poured, which dissipates to a thin covering and leaves good lacing. Hardly any carbonation is visible in the glass.

The Nose: IMG_3015

Aromas of toasted grain and nutty caramel dominate the profile, with undertones of dark chocolate, lactose, and a bit of dried fruit. I also detect a bit of earthy hops.

The Mouth: IMG_3017

Davy Brown is medium-bodied, with a bit more carbonation than expected based off the appearance (though as it sits and warms, it smooths and mellows out). The flavors follow the nose well; nutty caramel, chocolate malt, and a touch of toasted graininess leading to light bitterness. It is more of an acidic coffee bitterness than bitterness from hops, though a hint of spicy cascade hops does come through.

Final Thoughts: IMG_3018

Davy Brown is a pretty solid brown ale. The flavors are right in line with the style, solid but unspectacular. I have yet to try a brown ale that has really wowed me, and that is probably just a limitation of the relatively mild style. It is very drinkable, and likely would appeal to the average beer drinker and casual connoisseur. I look forward to trying other beers from this brewery, and hopefully their distribution area widens as the brewery gains popularity. 7.5/10.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. – Buellton, California

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