2. Nutty Cheese
3. Caramel desserts
Serving: Pint Glass or Mug @ 45°- 50°
Aroma: Hints of sweet chocolate, caramel with toasted nuts are typical of this style. Some American browns have pronounced hop aromas especially if they are dry hopped.
Appearance: Pours clear brown to dark brown with a light tan head.
Flavor: Pronounced sweet malty flavors reminiscent of caramel and chocolate are balanced by elevated hop flavors and bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body that finish fairly dry due to the hops and elevated carbonation levels.
Other Examples: If you can't find this particular beer, I suggest you start with Indian Brown Ale from Dogfish Head (hoppier than Bender) or Moose Drool Brown Ale (a middle point between the Dogfish and Surly browns) from Big Sky Brewing Co.
Food Pairings: Cuisine: Barbecue. Cheese: Earthy, Nutty. Meat: beef. Dessert: Chocolate.
HopHeadSaid: I prefer American brown ales over English brown ales because of the elevated hop profiles. The hop profiles help balance the toasted caramely/chocolate sweetness keeping the beer refreshing without limiting the beer’s pairing ability. The assertive hop intensity means the malt flavors have to be increased making it a great pairing beer for grilled foods, assertive cheeses and chocolate desserts.