Benchmark Brewing Co. Brown Ale
Brewed by: Benchmark Brewing Company
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Brown Ale
- Variation: American
- Seasonal: No
- ABV: 4.5%
- IBU: N/A
Notes: First canned in 2015
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Rich brown in color with a carmel and biscuit like flavor profile. This beer is refreshing and appealing, it pairs wonderfully with gooey mac and cheese or a sharp cheddar. Light toasty notes and a gentle hint of roastiness leave this beer dry at the finish making you want to take another sip.
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Artwork: Follows the Benchmark brand label template, with red mug and text.
Color: Dark brown.
Aroma: Toasted bread and grainy malts.
Arrived in: 16oz. Can
Served in: Snifter
A few months ago, Benchmark Brewing Company held their ICO, or Initial Canned Offering. Their first release of canned beer included IPA, Table Beer, and Brown Ale, which we were very exited about. Why?
We might live in a city with 100+ breweries, but having two small kids makes it difficult to run around brewery hopping whenever we please. Having heard nothing but good things about Benchmark, we had always wanted to sample their beer. Luckily, their shiny new cans brought the tasting room to us.
It might not have smelled of it, but to quote Ron Burgundy, this brown ale was colored of “rich mahogany.” A moderately sized mocha colored head appeared after pouring, but it fell off pretty quick. We could not see through the dark ale, but there was plenty of tiny edge-of-the-glass effervescence, that preserved a raised perimeter of bubbles, along with an ultra thin, granular layer on top of the ale.
There is nothing worse than a watery brown ale, and we were happy to see this one didn’t suffer from that terrible problem. Benchmark Brown Ale had an ideal medium body — dare we say it’s density represented the style almost perfectly? It featured a very smooth mouthfeel, to say the least.
Benchmark Brown Ale was not advertised as a nut brown or coffee brown, but it offered a variety of everything flavor-wise. It was a straight up brown ale with ample roasted maltiness, dark notes like toffee, and it was delicious. A pleasing hint of residual caramel was left behind on the palate after each drink, and finished cleanly for a darker / heavier ale.
Thank you Benchmark for not only brewing a tasty brown ale, but keeping it traditional. This brown stood on its own without coffee, chocolate, or other additives.
Benchmark Brown Ale clocked in with a surprisingly low ABV for a dark ale, at only 4.5%. These will do great on football Sundays for that reason, and even better once the weather cools off. A couple in a row will fill any of those dark winter ale cravings nicely.
Final Score: 4/5
This ale may not have set the benchmark for brown ales entirely, but it came pretty damn close. Benchmark Brown Ale will be our new “go to” dark ale for its satisfying, yet sessionable qualities, rich roasted flavor, and caramel finish.