Friday, April 19th 2013
Face Down Brown Ale
(Telluride Brewing Company)
Face Down Brown Ale was the gold medal winning brown ale at the Great American Beer Festival last year, not a bad choice for the Telluride Brewing Company's second canned offering. Big thanks to Tommy for giving us the chance to try this one. Cheers!
From the Telluride Brewing site:
"A beautiful hybrid of an English and American style Brown that explodes with toffee, chocolate, and nut flavors… don’t be afraid to get downwith the best Brown around!
This beer has already made its mark as a two-time award winner, taking both the Gold Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival for “American Style Brown” and also nabbing the Gold Cup at the 2012 World Beer Cup!
The Face Down comes in at 5.7% abv and pairs well with bison, venison, beef, elk, beans, burgers, and almonds."
Here we go...
Pour - very dark brown in appearahce with a nice half inch or so of white foamy head. Carbonation looks perfect. Great looking beer coming out of the can.
Aroma - espresso and cocoa aromas abound along with caramel, dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate, and toffee. So many rich aromas come to light as I shove my face down into the glass. Inviting to say the least.
Taste - rich and creamy. Cocoa, vanilla, coffee and hazelnut all come together to give this beer a roasty, sweet, and smoot flavor. A slight bit of toasty, hoppy, bitterness is bitter in the finish and it balances out the maltiness very well.
Overall - thing all brown ales are pretty much the same? Try this one, it is certainly worthy of all the accolades it has received. Face Down Brown Ale nails every dimension of the brown ale category and more. Rich, roasty, malty, and delicious. This is a very solid brew and one worth hunting down.
Note - Telluride, Colorado receives over 300 inches of snow per year and is located at an altitude of close to 9,000'. Telluride Ski Resort is located in the nearby town of Mountain Village and features some of the best skiing/snowboarding in the state.
Posted by Russ
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