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Bristlecone Brown Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Bristlecone Brown AleBristlecone Brown Ale

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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 gabrielsyme


3/5  rDev -14.3%

11-23-2013 01:44:02 | More by gabrielsyme
Photo of Dools9


3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

11-21-2013 01:53:18 | More by Dools9
Photo of Flounder57


3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 07:05:15 | More by Flounder57
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New York

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 00:59:23 | More by MadScientist
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Ontario (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 02:02:09 | More by spinrsx
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

11-15-2013 05:02:28 | More by apasternak
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4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

11-14-2013 14:56:28 | More by Beerman8771
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 06:17:52 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

11-12-2013 14:12:39 | More by bconsidine
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New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

11-09-2013 01:07:28 | More by bluntedboywonder
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3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 05:08:19 | More by Auraan
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

11-04-2013 05:24:52 | More by vermilcj
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1.99/5  rDev -43.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 20:45:16 | More by jwps214
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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:32:06 | More by cbutova
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev 0%

10-24-2013 00:16:38 | More by Sammy
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

10-23-2013 01:04:52 | More by Remdog
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3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 23:58:04 | More by Omnium
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New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

10-10-2013 02:17:31 | More by pottergator
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

09-21-2013 12:17:21 | More by ROGUE16
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

06-30-2013 20:06:15 | More by kristougher
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

06-03-2013 00:15:47 | More by skaboom420
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3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 19:59:59 | More by Why-P-A
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3.64/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 18:47:50 | More by MusicaleMike
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

05-14-2013 02:17:50 | More by wil19b85
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3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 04:52:40 | More by blackie
Bristlecone Brown Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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