Brown ales can go either way. As Newcastle has shown, it can be boring, plain, a dark beer for Bud drinkers. Then you have the other end of the spectrum, where brewers feel challenged to do greater things with a plain style. When a brown ale is done poorly, you notice it more because you can't hide it behind a wall of hops. Tyranena did well with this, aging a portion of their brown ale in bourbon barrels, then mixing it back in. It has a nice, well, bourbonish feel to it. Not a session ale like many weaker browns. This you can sip and relax. Me likey.
Reviewed: February 23, 2008