From one beer geek to another
A Review of Big Bertha Brown Ale by Top of the Hill Brewery
Posted on 11/11/2012 by Chops
Earning the status of full fledged beer geek requires much more than just drinking good beer. First and foremost, you have to be an active part of your brewing community. You have to interact with fellow beer fans and get to know your local brewing establishments. Beer geeks know where to hunt for great beer and also know where to go for the best local beer. Beer geeks greatly enjoy visiting breweries and love nothing more than to learn more about the beers they drink. Do it long enough and you will eventually get to know the brewers themselves. On a recent revisit to the Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery in Chapel Hill, NC, I got to share a cold pint with Aaron Caracci, one of their co-head brewers. He was enjoying their popular Old Well White Ale and recommended that I try the Big Bertha Brown Ale.

In the glass, this beer has a deep dark brown coloration with a slight ruby hue. It comes with a creamy light tan head that has good retention. On the nose, I detected a rich roasted malt aroma along with some toasted bread, caramel sweetness, and a touch of maple syrup. The mouthfeel was creamy smooth with a solid mid-body that was very easy drinking. The flavor closely matched the aroma, lots of roasted malty sweetness with a brown bready vibe. I also found hints of brown sugar along with some savory toffee, a toasted nuttiness, and an earthy hop profile. The beer finished decently smooth with a malty bitter aftertaste.

Overall, Top of the Hill's Big Bertha Brown Ale is a very nice brew with a rich personality. I appreciate Aaron's recommendation and can do the same for all levels of beer fans. Big Bertha is a great session brown ale for seasoned drinkers and is easily accessible for novices. Insight can be a powerful tool when it comes to enjoying any product. How often do you get the chance to enjoy a great meal with the chef that created it? This is why it is so important for true beer fans to frequent their local scenes. Become a regular at your local craft pub. You never know who you are going to meet and how it's going to affect your experience.

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