Bristlecone Brown Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Bristlecone Brown AleBristlecone Brown Ale

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 46
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Photo of MadScientist
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of blitz134
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Wasatch a little while back...Thanks...

Has a nice clear brown, caramel colored body. Small just off-white head that stays around. Some nice lace on the glass as well.

Has a nutty aroma with some chocolate hints and some caramel and biscuity malts underneath. A bit of earthy and grassy hops. Pretty nice aroma.

Taste is nutty again with some toasted malts. Simple flavor, tastes a bit watered down.

Thinnish mouthfeel, medium carbonation is just right to make it quaffable. Overall a good beer, easy drinking for sure...

Photo of Auraan
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of nickd717
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review dated 1/9/2009.

A pretty average brown ale. I guess it’s tough to do much with Utah liquor laws. Pours a dirt brown with a tan head. Aroma dominated by nuts. Flavor is fairly malty with nuts and earth. A little watery on the finish, but hey, it’s 4%.

Photo of Blargimus
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled on 9-9-2011.

Perfectly clear deep brown color. About 2 fingers of head that sticks around, leaves some lacing on the side of the glass as it falls.

Smell is faint, and is all malt and grain. No hops to speak of.

Taste isn't exactly sweet, but there is a maltiness to it. Hop flavor is limited to bitterness - there's nothing floral or citrusy here. More bitter than I'd like, especially in the aftertaste. Speaking of aftertaste, it lasts a looong time.

Medium mouthfeel. Maybe too much carbonation, which adds to the bitterness slightly.

Overall, this is not an awful beer, but it's not one I'd recommend. There are too many better options out there.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Much lighter than I could expect for the style and with the ABV I could see why. An solid oak brown clear with a ruby hue. For almost a light beer ABV it's cool to see a 1/4 inch of sticky foam that settles to a hefty lace ring.

S - Mild roasted malts, touch of somewhat nutty, and some sweeter malts.

T - The flavor is not bad it's pretty nice smooth sweet malt/roasted nut combo malt forward with little bittering hops. Not bad.

M - It does drink with a medium chewy body. Don't know how they did it with the ABV.

Overall it's a pretty sweet session Brown ale. Not bad if that's your thing.

Photo of Zorro
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of dikebrewery
2.57/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well it kinda tasted like I was sucking on a pine cone so the name holds true.

Photo of cbutova
3.66/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of constantine_272
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of vkv822
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

This beer is earthy and chewy. It has more hope than most although the smell is quite muted.

Photo of mralphabet
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Poured a mahogany colored brown with a good finger and a half of head that settles to a ring with pretty nice lacing.

S: Straight up sweet malt with a little nuttiness. Not much else here.

T: Matches the smell to a tee... Sweet malt up front that is a little toasty and a solid nuttiness in the mid palette... Finish is a little on the sweet side with very little aftertaste.

M: Lighter bodied that I was hoping for...a little watered down... Carbonation is a little an the sharp side.

D: Mixed review here... Looks great, smells pretty good, taste is OK, mouthfeel is a miss... Overall not a bad Brown, but nothing outstanding. ABV is pretty low so you could drink a few.... But just not enough to hang my hat on.

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish amber in the tall glass. Attractive foam that lasts well. Crisp and sudsy mouthfeel.

A distinctive nutty flavor somewhere between cashews and coffee grounds. A tang of hops and a sharp sensation. Some warm malt, but fairly austere overall. A touch of butter. Dry finish with some bitterness and that hint of coffee. Pretty thin and the flavor gets a little threadbare after some sipping. Well, it's a peculiar category. Even Pretty Things couldn't do much better with St. Botolph's Town with 50% more alcohol.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at my favorite place in Salt Lake for single supermarket beers-- Emigration Market.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Spiderweb lacing clings to the glass as the light tan sea-foam head dissapates after a heavy pour. Head retention is nice in this clear, ruby red and caramel colored beer. The aroma is nutty as hell, overpowering a light caramel malt. Fairly one dimensional and straightforward.

Grainy in flavor, it kind of tastes the way the grains smell when you steep them preboil. Nice subtle note of caramel behind these nutty grains followed by a bit of an earthy spice that brings what would be a normal brown ale into a bit more than that. The malts move into a light but balanced hoppiness in the back that adds that hint of bitterness to make it just a tad prickly. Pretty smooth beer overall, but definitely wouldn't hurt from being ramped up a bit. Everything just seems a little bit weaker than it should be, making for a decent balance, but no real "umph" to make me want to buy it again. Easy to drink though, and at 4% ABV, no problem putting a few back. This is not a bad beer at all, but there are better brown ales out there.

Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best thing going for this beer is the label... sorry.
Pours crystal clear, and has a reddish copper chestnut color. A small thin off white head and very light carbonation.
Aroma is dry toasted malts and nuts.
Taste is quite dry with some light toasted malts and some nuts.
Drinks thin and watery with flavor lacking.
A sorry state for this beer. There is really nothing appealling in this beer. It lacks visual flair has no sense in aroma and has a watered down taste. Plus an astringent, dry almost puckering finish.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber brown, very clear. has a large head with big bubbles.
S- Smells malty and very nutty, A good English feel to it. Some fresh underlying hop character.
T- A great taste, comes with a good bunch of nuts and dark malts. Great malt character and underlying hoppiness. A great balance and very refreshiung.
M- This beer is Easy to drink and is very refreshing. No dry mouth feel afterwards. This beer, does seem a tiny bit watered down but its that quality that makes this beer so drinkable.
O- A very good and competively priced brown ale, Very delicious and refreshing.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New 2006 edition, bottled on 09/07/06. Pours a clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice creamy tan head, lots of lacing afterwards. Scents of roasted malts, toffee/caramel. The taste is of roasted nutty malts, and slight toffee/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a tasty Nut Brown Ale from this brewery. I'm glad to get a sixer from them, since it is only in the sampler pack. Highly recommended.

Photo of Murrhey
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of delta490
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #41 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is a pretty nice brown ale. Again, as I've noticed with much of the beer in Utah, I let this sit for quite some time before diving into it and I think the temperature really does make a difference.

Overall, this is a pretty smooth brown ale. There is a mild tangy tone to it that approaches being too much, but I can deal with it. The flavor profile is consistent and smooth. Even and unwavering. Works for me.

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Bristlecone Brown Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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