Bonanza Brown Ale is an English-style Brown Ale by Tenaya Creek Brewery that blends floral hops, biscuit, toffee, and fruity esters.

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Bonanza Brown Ale is an English-style Brown Ale that’s brewed by Tenaya Creek Brewery, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a 12 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Bonanza Brown Ale by Tenaya Creek Brewery

Packaging art for the Bonanza Brown Ale by Tenaya Creek Brewery

What You Need to Know

This Brown Ale features a mix of Noble and American hops with a balance of bready malt. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The ale pours a crystal clear coppery-brown hue and is topped by a finger-thick of dense cream-colored foam that shows modest retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind a few droplets on the glass.

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Aroma

The aroma strongly wafts a scent of floral hops, caramel, and nut. Once the beer loses its chill, the aroma is more malt-focused with a scent of biscuit.

Flavor

The palate is led by a mild dose of floral hops followed by a taste of biscuit. A more pronounced bite of floral hops follows and the tasting then mellows with flavors of nut, browned bread, and sweet notes of toffee and fruity esters.

Label art for the Bonanza Brown Ale by Tenaya Creek Brewery

Label art for the Bonanza Brown Ale by Tenaya Creek Brewery

Mouthfeel

The feel has a crisp draw that becomes relatively smooth through the middle and has a dry finish. The body is medium with a shade-over-moderate carbonation.

Overall

Perhaps the head’s retention could be better but otherwise its appearance is fine. The aroma is strong and enticing but a bit more hoppy than expected. Likewise, the palate is more hoppy than expected of the style. That being said, this beer still tastes great.

Overall, the Bonanza Brown Ale may lack the authenticity of an English Brown but it’s still an enjoyable brew.

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