Jim Koch owns the largest craft brewery in America and is known for his ability to get a lot of flavor out of his ingredients. This brown ale is a good example of his talents. With six different malt varieties and two differnet hop varieties, it's obvious why this brew is so popular. The complex malt bill gives off aromas of molasses and toasted bread while still displaying the classic nutty aromas brown ales are known for. Noble hops are pleasant throughout the swallow -- a nice change of pace from some brown ales in which the hop flavor hides until the last second. Sweeter barley flavors are not as pervasive in this ale, although fruity yeast flavors do make a minor appearance in the flavor. Sam Adams Brown Ale doesn't have the best mouthfeel as it is slightly thin, but it certainly has plenty of taste.