Bayhawk Imperial Brown Ale

Bayhawk Imperial Brown Ale

Rated 2.813 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Bayhawk Ales

Irvine, CA, United States

Style:  Brown Ale

7.2% Alcohol by Volume

23 International Bittering Units

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Color: Amber Brown Body: Full Aroma: Chocolate with a hint of Molasses Taste: Complex, Rich & Roasty with Vanilla Chacteristics Grist: Pale Malt, Chocolate Malt & Rolled Oats Hops: Chinook & Willamettes

ID: 33523 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 12 years ago

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Overall Rank42847
Overall Percentile7.6
Style Rank1010 of 1036
Style Percentile2.5
Lowest Score1.7
Highest Score4.1
Average Score2.700
Weighted Score2.813
Standard Deviation0.880

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  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 2.4 9 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    kinda subpar, especially when calling it an imperial. abv may be higher, but really it's just more muddled and rather weakish dark malt flavors, very slight hop and chocolate presence, and some fruity sweetness that doesn't seem to belong. not a drainpour, but not a deal either, at any price.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 2.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    22oz bottle -

    Pouring the beer into my glass, I noticed that the head formation was really lacking and I couldn't remember the last time a beer had such poor pour. Aroma was slightly tart, it had dirty penny, iced tea with just an underlying note of brown sugar. Nutty malt flavors with just a twist of tartness. Some fruity character is also present which I assume is the yeast? Kinda reminds me a little of a poorly made dubbel. Not a waste for $3/bottle.

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  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 1.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 3 | Appearance: 3 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 3

    There is something seriously wrong with this bottle. Sampled on 5/21/2010. This American Strong Ale pours a medium brown color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, tart and sour, kind or weak. A light and watery bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are earthy. Kind of flat, thin and a touch sour. I am not sure if it sour in a good way or bad, I am leaning more to bad as it warms. Not good. Will need to try a non-infected/bad bottle next time I find one. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly sour

  • CHEAPDARK 389 reviews
    rated 2.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 3

    Bayhawk Imperial Brown Ale 2.3 cheapdark Big thanks goes out to cquiroga for this rare beer from californ-eye-aye, only three ratings! I am privileged and honored. Big foaming darker beer pour, but not black, just dark brown. Looks almost like a doppel weizen. Some sediment on the bottom of this beer bomber, makes for a swirl. Streaming carbonation inside this brew is readily apparent and puts on a show. Rocky alabaster head in a large 22 oz mug. Nice sweeter aroma on the olfactory. Taste is quite strong and reminds me quite a bit of the background flavors that are typical in East End stronger dubbel and trippel brews. Aroma becomes more volatile in the middle of the session. Unique fruity-ness is lurking behind the curtain in this one. Strong yet fresh. Fresh yet divergent. Dissimilar flavors combine to create a unique brown ale. Nagging alcohol at times but its not coming across like a 7+%er. This stuff is not really a brown ale but probably more like a Belgian dubbel. S6L4F2T4O7 Thanks Chris!

  • KILLPINEAPPLE 79 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Drank this from a bottle I picked up at La Bodega. This is the first time I had seen Bayhawk in a bottle as we usually only see it in kegs under Bayhawk or Foothill. This is the winter seasonal. A great brown taste; full of roasted malt with slight hints of chocolate and vanilla. This was a big beer at 7.2%, and was surprised that there was no astringency or big alcohol taste. Very smooth and easy to drink and a great find from a decent brewery.

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