Bristlecone Brown Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 161
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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 BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Liquid bronze suffused with orange, a wonderful color when backlit with bright morning sunshine. I no longer expect my brown ales to be brown. The head is lightly toasted ecru in color and features a rumpled upper surface that is pebbley rather than rocky. A reasonable display of lace helps to pull the appearance into the above average range.

The nose, which could be more aromatic, fits the English brown ale style quite nicely. It's brown malty, toasted nutty and only minimally fruity, if at all. If the nose is any sort of reliable guide, this will be a dry brown rather than a sweet one. There's only one way to find out.

Bristlecone Brown is a fairly typical, light-bodied version of the style that does nothing that would make it stand out from the crowd. As a result, it should appeal to a wide range of (casual) drinkers and those who appreciate subtle, non-flashy beer. I'm trying, I really am.

As with most beer from this state, the malt content is a bit lacking. That's especially notable in a style that's supposed to be malt-dominant. Given that liability, there's enough malt flavor (that mirrors the description of the nose by the way) to get by. As anticipated, it's dry and crisp rather than sweet.

I've become accustomed to the fact that brown ales are often featherweights; or at least bantamweights. This one is too light though. Not enough for me to mark it down too severely, but enough that the mouthfeel score doesn't deserve to be the equal of the rest of the scores. A few too many fine bubbles doesn't help.

Bristlecone Brown is a decent ale, something that Uinta seems to excel in. Although it's hard for me to work up much enthusiasm for beer such as this, I do appreciate the fact that it's a pretty good take on the style. Thanks to Wasatch for the bottle. (1,806 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%

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. (261 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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 (517 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber-brown body with a light tan head. Smells of sweet biscuit malts with a good hop background. Taste is toasty sweet biscuity malts, followed by a dose of roastedness, and finishes with modestly bitter hops. Medium bodied, very drinkable Utah beer. (251 characters)

Photo of argock
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
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 craftbeerclub.com 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. (1,058 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gents and Ladies, step up to a nice Brown ale. It’s not suppose to dominate the palate with hops or malt. And when you have a 4% limit, you have your hands tied..

But this poured deep mahogany, and LOTs of ivory head and lacing for a poor lad of 4% Malts and light hops dominate the aroma and quaff. Just a quaint little brew.

Many thanks to Wastach for the trade and the chance. (386 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice light brown color with one finger of head that falls to cover the beer. The nose has hints of coffee, maybe just a bit too roasty for my tastes in a brown ale. The taste is strong in the coffee notes. I like it, but I'm not sure how it works for the style. The feel is a touch thin, but its still a damn good beer. The drinkability is awesome on this one. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would like to see more if it again. (444 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -13%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of nickd717
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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%. (262 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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 (739 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of jwps214
2.11/5  rDev -38.8%
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! (885 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
2.44/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

A: Light chestnut brown with some orange highlights. Very clean and crisp with very small bubbles meandering. Head is a very light tan made up of medium sized bubbles and has fallen to just a thin layer.

S: Smells sort of like savory brown gravy.

T: Tastes a bit like gravy with bittering hops. Biscuity with low lying coffee and some wierd brown crayon flavor. Finishes really savory.

M: Medium body, thin across the palate.

D: I just can't get into this beer. Its really rubbing me the wrong way for some reason. Too savory for me. Intersting but just can't do it. (615 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.99/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (420 characters)

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Bristlecone Brown Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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