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Sunday, July 18th 2010

Lift Bridge Brown Ale
(Keweenaw Brewing Company)

My second can from the good folks located on the Keweenaw (pronounced KEY-wuh-naw) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Keweenaw is well known for its massive amount of annual snowfall and great outdoor activities. If you ever get the chance to travel to this amazing place be sure to stop in for a pint at the Keweenaw Brewing Company in Houghton. 


From the Keweenaw Brewing site:


"Reportedly the widest and heaviest double-decked lift bridge in the world, the Portage Lake Lift Bridge connects the cities of Houghton and Hancock here in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. So get a lift from this American Brown Ale; a rich, dark brown color, complex malt flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel and a mild hop finish."


Here we go...


Pour - dark auburn, brown and somewhat murky in appearance. Fairly large head stands atop this hearty looking brew.


Aroma - lots of sweet brown sugar, caramel and dense malt aromas. Some hints at orange or citrus along with a little vanilla.


Taste - lots of sweetness up front, a little like a Twix bar on the tongue but this is met with a nice hop bite that was a little unexpected. Things get balanced out quickly and this turns into a very delicious brown ale. Plenty of flavor packed into this beer and yet it still pretty light tasting. A nice surprise from the good people in the UP (Upper Peninsula of Michigan)!


Overall - tasty brown ale. Lots of flavor yet balanced and drinkable to the max. This screams session ale and campfire. 


Would I buy more of it? - totally. I really need to round out things and find a way to get my hands on their Blonde and Black Ales. 


Note - Keweenaw Brewing is canning four of their beers. Along with Red Jacket Amber Ale you'll also find Lift Bridge Brown Ale, Pick Axe Blonde Ale and now Widowmaker Black Ale all in cans. 


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Lift Bridge Brown Ale
Style: American Brown Ale
Brewery: Keweenaw Brewing Company
Houghton, Michigan  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: ???
IBUs: ???
Date: July 18th, 2010

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Labels: Brown Ales