I was never all that impressed with many of the brown ales that I've had. Then I realized I was drinking the mass-brewed British ones, none of the finer craft ones brewed in Britain or the US. A brown ale is nice and smooth, malty, sweet, and shouldn't have any of that chemical taste you'd find in Newcastle. Lagunitas fits the bill. With browns like this, and Sweetwaters, I have to wonder why anyone would drink Newcastle again. I guess Newcastle can be given credit for one thing.....getting people to get away from the likes of Bud and Miller.
Reviewed: October 18, 2008