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.