Review: 20" Brown, Cascade Lakes Brewing

20" Brown
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. — Redmond, OR

  • Style: Brown Ale
  • Bitterness: 35 IBU
  • ABV: 5.3%
  • OG: 1.053
  • Grains: 2-Row, Vienna, Crystal, Chocolate, Victory
  • Hops:  Willamette, Centennial
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description: “Named after the enormous Brown Trout found in Northwest streams, this beer lives up to the legend.  20" Brown is medium bodied and has an extremely complex malty character.  Using 6 varieties of Northwest grown malt, we created a masterpiece of color, aroma and flavor.  Set your hook in one of these and you won't be disappointed!  — Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  This is the fifth of my fall seasonal reviews.  When researching this beer at the Cascade Lakes site, I learned 20" Brown it is NOT one of their seasonal brews, but is one of their regular year-round beers.  My bad.  I usually think of brown ales during fall.

The tasting:  Color is amber and clear.  It looks more like an amber ale, than a brown ale.  Aroma is present--malty with a little coffee.  Taste is generally malty, with not a lot of hops in aroma or taste.  It has a slightly bitter aftertaste, which works well.  Body is lighter than I expected for a brown ale. 

Rating:  3 star.  Good. I'd drink this again if someone gave it to me.  Cascade Lakes calls this a Brown Ale, but it's more of an Amber, in my humble opinion.  It's a good beer, but if you're looking for a heartier ale, you should consider Tumbler, which I preferred slightly to this.

1 comment:

  1. Bought a mixed six-pack with the 20" Brown, Monkey Face Porter, Pine Marten Pale Ale, and the Rooster Tail Ale. I find the Cascade Lakes beers lacking full flavor. Probably 2 stars for the lot of them. 10 Barrel is my favorite brewery from the Bend area.


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