Myself, Ryan Turner, Chad Meindl (@chadmeindl), Dan Weiser (@badger_alum1) and Kristin Turner
Peoples Mr. Brown, Newcastle Brown Ale, Mother’s Three Blind Mice, Ale Asylum Mad Town Nut Brown, and Tyranena Rocky’s Revenge
Each of the judges will be asked to pick their favorite brew based solely on personal preference. Each judge will rank the beers in order 1-5 and then points will be assigned in reverse order based on the rating (e.g. 5 points for favorite beer and 1 point for least favorite).
1. Peoples Mr. Brown – 24 points
2. Tyranena Rocky’s Revenge – 17 points
3. Ale Asylum Mad Town Nut Brown – 16 points
4. Mother’s Three Blind Mice – 13 points
5. Newcastle Brown Ale - 5 points
Taking a closer looker at the results, 3 out of the 5 judges had the exact same ballot, which is the order in which the voting ended up. Maybe even more telling is if you take a look at the ABV, going from first to last they are: 7.0%, 6.0%, 5.5%, 5.5%, and 4.7%. I would say I am pretty underwhelmed by the style in general. During the tasting, there was nothing distinct in the flavor profile that really separated one from another, but as you can tell by the ABV’s, the higher the alcohol, the more flavor. I have always been a fan of Rocky’s Revenge and Mad Town and those are two solid representatives of the style. If anything, Mad Town was almost able to buck the trend that ABV was the deciding factor. What is there to say about Newcastle, it was a solid gateway beer.
Brewers out there, you want the secret to making the best brown ale: crank up the ABV.