Bristlecone Brown Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Bristlecone Brown AleBristlecone Brown Ale

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 168
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 24.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alexgash on 11-13-2003

Malty in character, this brown ale has a smooth body and a clean, well-rounded finish.

25 IBU
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Photo of beergoot
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crystal-clear reddish-brown body; thick, fluffy head. Very faint roasted grain aroma. Roasted grain flavor; charred bread crust; toffee notes; mild hop bitterness. Generally light and foamy feel; semi-dry finish.

This is a fine tasting beer but seems somewhat underdeveloped. There is very little aroma to be found and the mouthfeel comes across watery and light-weight. It looks great with a nice deep color and the head is long lasting. And, the flavor is pretty decent, highlighting a roasted, nutty character that is very satisfying, especially with the aftertaste that really brings out the highlights of the taste. Not the best example of the style yet definitely worth trying, perhaps even repeat visits when a session type of ale is what you're looking for.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A moderate pour from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into a 10 oz Pilsener shaped sampler produces a short but sticky head of an off-white color. The beer is a clear, pale yellowish-brown with light carbonation.

A definite hint of molasses is evident in the aroma along with some herbal hops and a slight bit of juniper. The flavor is dry with a subtle fruitiness suggesting raisins, a fair amount of nutty bitterness, a good deal of buttery flavor, and a little tangy bite on the finish. The body is fairly light.

This is a pretty good brown and just light enough to satisfy in warm weather. Brown ales are becoming rare on the shelves in my neck of the woods. This beer was purchased across the state line in Sheridan, Wyoming at Star Liquors for 8-something a six pack.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On draft in pint glass at the Pickled Pig in Rehoboth, DE.
It looks, well, BROWN. One-finger head of fine, off-white bubbles that went the distance, coating the glass evenly on the way down.
Tastes mainly of malt with a little pine bitterness at the end. Quite light, almost thin, mouthfeel. Definitely not a big beer, taste-wise nor ABV.
I could live without trying this beer again.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit nutty. Taste is toasted malts, hops are in the mix, a bit of nuts as well, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored beer with a tall tan colored head.

Smells of patent malt and of soapy hops. Some green spice aroma mostly cardamom.

Starts out with the flavor of coffee flavored soda. Toasted grains and burnt toast flavors.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall far better than expected one of the better Utah law beers.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brown in color with a clear body, this brown ale displays a slight head of tan- colored foam that doesn’t last very long, but does leave some lacing. The beer has a nose of lightly roasted malt with some underlying caramel and earthy notes.

Moving to the taste, this beer delivers a taste that is about in- line for a lighter version of the style and what I expected based on the nose. There is some roasted malt, some chocolate, caramel, and woody flavors. The beer finishes mostly sweet and the body is a little on the thin side. There are hops present, but the malts dominate the flavor.

If there ever was an easy- drinking brown ale, this is it. Bristlecone Brown is smooth and quaffable, so it does have its use and purpose. But at the same time, it could prove too mild and lacking complexity to please everyone. It seems like a good dessert beer and a good choice for those who are not normally craft beer drinkers. It won’t excite most palates, but there is enough going on here to recommend it.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Great dark brown. Head dissipated to a sticky dotted mess pretty much immediately. Clear. Medium carbonation.

S: Mahogany. Rich topsoil. Dark roasted chestnut.

T: Woodiness starts off big. Iced light coffee. Bitterness of pine resin and pine needles. Dry with a little tobacco smokiness on the finish.

M: Lots of roast, but still very clean tasting. Surprisingly thin and light despite the big roast too.

O: Big flavor in a not so big beer. More roast than I would have expected for a brown honestly though.

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Photo of argock
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 05/23/14 on the front label. Received as part of shipment courtesy of my sister Tami.

A: Burnished amber with healthy 1-finger vanilla creme off-white, frothy, creamy head with excellent retention and plenty of lacing down the glass.

S: Sourish amber malt with vegetal character fading into papery, cardboardy maltiness and herbal, earthy hopping

T: The flavor is not much better than the aroma although it has some flashes of caramel/toffee that offsets the weird grassy, vegetal hops character. THe chocolate and coffee notes of the upper tier of this style are really not there. The maltiness finishes with a cardboardy flavor.

M: Very smooth and easy to drink with even, low-to-moderate carbonation and light-medium body with a fairly dry finish.

O: Bristlecone was not a favorite and I will be seeing if this is something my wife might like (dark beer person). I like dark beers with cohesive aroma and flavor -- this just is not hitting that mark at all.

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Photo of delta490
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

8 days after best by date

A- a clear medium brown with a creamy white head. Moderate retention, especially around the ring of the glass, with some nice lacing.

S- mild malt, with some nutty aromas

T- mild malt again, with the same nutty notes and some earthy hops

M- a little thinner, with a little bite from the hops

O- not terrible, but there's not much depth and it's lacking in the robust malt flavors that define this style.

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Photo of scotorum
3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Deep clear ruby, finger thick offwhite head receded quickly to even surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Mild malt

t: Caramel malt with considerable bitter hop balance.

m: Light to moderate. Strong carbonation plays off the tongue.

o: A good dinner or session brown, a bit hoppier than I like my browns, but a more than decent modern take on the style.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber brown color with good clarity good when held up to a light and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, mocha, nutty, and some bready notes too.

Taste: bready and chewy malts, mocha, coffee, nuts, and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a little watery, medium carbonation, chewy, and too drinkable.

Overall: At 4%, it's a lighter brown ale than most. Still enjoyable with the qualities one would expect.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium-dark copper ale with excellent clarity and a creamy tan head that leaves lacing on the glass.

S: A malty aroma with a light nuttiness, some yeast, fruit-like aromas of grape and raisin. Very little hops.

T: Malt carries the flavor with a light caramel but is pretty dry and against the moderate hop bitterness with balance is towards bitter. There is a light earthy and lemon hops flavor. There is an English character to the yeast with a mild fruitiness and a faint diacetyl. The finish is off dry with a light fruity aftertaste.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A dry English Brown makes it so much more enjoyable for me than the typical somewhat sweet versions I usually find. A flavorful beer at only 4 make this one down right sessionable.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $2

Appearance - Clear brown colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, hay/straw, hazel ut

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and light hops. There is also some straw/hay, chocolate, and some hazelnuts.

Overall - Really like the appearance and scent, but the taste needs a little more oomph. Just seems a little too light bodied.. or maybe that's what they were going for. Still another solid beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before 02/07/14

A: Pours a light brown color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a sticky cap within a minute. Leaves some decent lacing

S: Lightly malty with a faint nuttiness along with notes of molasses and toffee. On the milder side in comparison to sweet. Very light fruitiness tucked in behind the malts

T: Follows the nose. Starts off malty and stays that way. Nuttiness and toffee notes up front, with some fruitiness in tow. Finishes lightly sweet

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice and mild English brown with plenty of flavor for a 4% brew. Nothing complex, but easy to sit down and drink in possible large quantities. Pulling off this type of brew is not easy, so hats off to Uinta

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Photo of Auraan
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice reddish brown with a one finger off-white head. It looks like a good brown ale, quite nice, very true to the style. Scents of caramel malt, brown bread, nutty aromas, and some slight brown sugar. A very nice, simple, true to style aroma. Taste is also true to style. It begins and finishes nutty, with a bit a bready flavor in the middle, slight toffee sweetness, toasty malt, slight roast malt, a bit of yeast flavors, and a nice moderate level of herbal hops, about on point for a brown ale. The finish is a bit dry. Overall it's pretty good, with more of the roasted, toasted, herbal hops and nuttiness than sweetness, which makes it my preferred type of brown ale. Mouthfeel is light bodied, slightly watery, lightly carbonated and very easy to drink. It's definitely got the session mouthfeel. Overall it's a good brown ale, at a nice price point. It's not the best brown ale I've had, but it's got a good flavor profile, lacking the sweetness of some other brown ales which makes it good in my book.

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Photo of jwps214
2.11/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I've been duped by Uinta yet again! I love the shape of their bottles. I love the colorful labels. I even love the textured feel of the labels!

The beer looked amazing in the mug I poured it into. A fairly clear brown with reddish tinge and an awesome thick and creamy 2 inch white head.

The were was not a lot going on in the aroma. A very light toasted malt nose that you had to practically snort the beer to pick up

The taste started out with a faint malt that was quickly over powered by a sharp metallic taste the lingered long after each sip. I went back after it warmed for a little. Still metallic with a hint of bitterness.

Overall, very disappointed that I had to drain pour. I feel like I have had several of Unita's beers that were ok at best and some that were awful. I would say, avoid their 12 oz bottles like the plague and go for their super tasty larger bottles!

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Photo of cbutova
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Semi-aggressive pour into a large chalice. Brown body with some dark red around the edges where light pierces the glass. Off-white head forms to two fingers with an inviting thick, creamy texture. Good retention and a ton of creamy, thick lace.

S- Mostly malty nose brings aromas of toasted grains, nutty hints, toffee, slight roast cocoa, cereal grain and some caramel sweetness. Slight yeast bread and fruit but mostly grains here. Seems to fade out a lot.

T- Malt-driven with just enough hints of hops and yeast to balance the flavor. The grains used here bring a lot of toasted, biscuit and nutty notes with underlying hints of toffee, caramel sweets, cereal and slight roast. Light hints of grassy, spicy UK hops and some yeast bread and esters.

MF- Creamy textured body with a moderate thickness. Carbonation on the high side and supports the flavors well. Light bitterness in the finish.

Flavorful malty base with some hop and yeast influence. A solid American interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Omnium
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a ruby red/brown color, 1.5 finger of off white head, little lacing.
S - Aroma consists of some maple syrup, earthy spices, toasted hazelnut and roasted grain.
T - Up front is a nice sweet malt with some of those roasted flavors then you get some earthy tones and on the end its a little floury.
M - Very light feeling, not watery, but like as soon as you swallow it, its gone from your palate.
O - Not a bad brown ale at all, good flavors, just wish it lasted a little while longer, but you could easily session this beer.

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Photo of Why-P-A
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark brown ale with a nice appropriate sized head forming when poured into a pint glass.

S: Distinct roasted and burn coffee aromas that match the beer's dark color.

T: Darker malt characteristics carry over to the flavor but the potential burnt bitterness is surprisingly well balanced by a residual malty sweetness.

M: This beer is not watery as the beer stats would suggest, a smooth and drinkable offering that leave a slightly dry taste in the mouth.

O: Because of the lover ABV laws and cold winters in Utah dark beers are quite prevalent. Bristlecone is a good example of how to develop a tasty malt forward flavor profile in a lower alcohol beer.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Taken from notes on 4/12/13...Bottle reads best before 3/9/13...not too out of code.

Poured into a pint glass. Great foamy tan head on top of light brown mahogany colored body. Semi-decent clarity, with a bit of haze in the body. Lacing down the side of the glass is a big plus...

Aroma is consistent with the Brown Ale style, with notes of toasted bread, walnuts, and earthy hops. Light intensity, but right where it should be. I think the aroma is decent, but maybe a bit subdued.

Bristlecone Brown starts mild, with a nutty flavor and a gentle balancing bitterness. Hints of toasted bread and walnuts. It has a smooth finish with a medium body and good carbonation throughout the pint.

Refreshing. I haven't had a brown ale in a while and this hits the spot. Great flavor that is well-made and complex enough to be interesting, and yet very drinkable. Pretty good brown ale. It's a bit mild but I love the sessionability of this one.

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Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

single bottle from SLC

a: deep nutshell brown in color, capped with a khaki head that shows good retention

s: biscuity pale malt structure with a full dose of toasted nuts and lightly roasted grain, the clean backbone holds up the nuts well, earthy hops

m: carbonation smooth, light-medium, body lighter

t: a body of dry, crackery pale malts, lightly toasted nuts, woody nutshell, simple earthy hop flavors, finishes dry with a mild bitterness

o: not complex but I dig the nutty aromas, clean and drinkable, fine

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Photo of vkv822
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip
Best By: 03/01/13

Pours a clear, dark amber read with a thick, foamy off white head and nice lacing.

Toasty biscuit, earthy, nutty. Nose and palate are quite similar, though the palate does have a bit more lightly sweet, nutty taste overall.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A well done English brown ale. Not a really popular style, but one I am finding I enjoy.

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Photo of farrago
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a half finger of off-white foam, mostly a weave of tiny bubbles, disappears quickly, the lacing is razor thin but does stick well enough. The liquid is crystal clear and there’s a fair amount of active bubble beads visible, light amber brown in color, consistent throughout and above average brightness. The nose is a split between carob, caramel, pie crust flakes, nuts and cherry pits and then quinine water, minerals, earth and a splash of herbal greenness, not really emphasizing overall sweetness. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is not high but very steady and stays with you from first to last sip. As a result, has a streamlined presentation which here too is on the dry side. The butterscotch, chocolate and toffee flavors front loaded and airy, again no real sweet grip. Bready and at times close to yeasty were it not also infused with that metallic bitterness. The fruit is muted and citrus more or less absent. That bite keeps you awake and receptive yet you keep wishing there was more length in the primary flavors. Stylistically correct and has good drinkability, won’t get you bloated, likely improves when consumed with food.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - clear caramel amber with a large, thick, off white, brownish head that has great retention

S - grainy, some faint caramel, some very faint toffee

T - grainy up front with a faint bitterness followed by some caramel, a light nuttiness, and some toffee and then it finishes with a faint coffee-like roasted malt note

M - medium bodied though at times thin, well carbonated, a bit dry

This isn't a bad beer by any means, but it does have a few notes that detract from the overall experience. The grainy notes are too forward with too little malt backbone to correct it. The overall flavor is there but it's a bit subdued. The mouthfeel is also a bit light. If you like brown ales you'll probably still want to give it a try because at 4% this could be a new session ale for you.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger white head with low retention. Walnut colored beer with high clarity. Foamy lacing.

S- Pungent malts, caramel and chocolate. Some grassiness too, which is strange.

T- Bristles like the name suggests. Roasty malts and some acrid flavors. Kick in the mouth.

M- Thicker, heavy carbonation and wet finish.

O- Not bad, by any stretch, but certainly not one of the betters of the style.

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Bristlecone Brown Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.