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Bristlecone Brown Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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:
Malty in character, this brown ale has a smooth body and a clean, well-rounded finish.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: alexgash on 11-13-2003)
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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Sammy, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

RblWthACoz, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

mactrail, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

MarkyMOD, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Zorro, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

afsdan, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Wasatch, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

tdm168, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Boone757, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

vfgccp, May 01, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev 0%

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.

tone77, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

DrDemento456, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

spinrsx, Nov 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

ROGUE16, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

outoffocus, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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

blackie, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of alexgash
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

alexgash, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -15%

Whiskeydeez, Jun 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

smithj4, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

cbutova, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Vancer
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Vancer, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of argock
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

argock, Mar 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

lupercmda, Nov 27, 2012
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Bristlecone Brown Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.