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Tenaya Creek Calico Brown Ale - Tenaya Creek Brewery

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Tenaya Creek Calico Brown AleTenaya Creek Calico Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tenaya Creek Brewery visit their website
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our "Calico Brown" is a malty brown ale with dark amber hues. There's a velvety smooth body with a light bitter finish from our friend the Chinook hop. We've struck a balance to the bitterness with a hint of spiciness while using Tettang hops to give this ale a pleasurable aroma. We live in Las Vegas and enjoy the surrounding area of Red Rock Canyon. Do yourself a favor: Get back to nature. Get a beer. Enjoy it!

(Beer added by: GarthDanielson on 12-08-2010)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

An expressive head to say the least—even with a careful pour, it wanted to jump out of the glass. The head retention is great, as is the chestnut brown, clear color. Massive waft of nutty toasted malt, yeast and some vague fruity esters. Malty but on the dry side, enough carbonation still intact to get by. Toasted malt character is pretty big, hops rough up the palate a little bit with some bitterness, but soon go away to let the toasted nutty malt flavor finish its job. Some yeast and fruit in the middle. Malt centric with a long linger of graininess. A good quaff—you’ll have to love a malt bomb to reach for this one.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

BubalooBrewMaster, Jan 30, 2014
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2.28/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Medium brown color with reddish hues. Thin tan head with short retention.

Earthy, light brown sugar, caraway, celery seed, toasted brown bread and a sweet fruitiness in the nose.

Thin feel on the palate with burnt toast and a strong metallic note. (Had another person taste the beer without comment and got a confirmation to my perception.) Palate was noticeably lacking otherwise.

Medium-bodied with a watery finish and a flat feel to the palate despite a moderate level of carbonation.

Served from bomber into a pint glass. Looking at other tasting notes, have to believe that I got a bad bottle. Will have to re-visit this beer in the future.

Libationguy, Aug 01, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense brown body that glows a clear red hue at the base with a light tan cream head that last.

S- The toasted malt aroma has some chocolate malt notes with a fresh malt and flint quality in the finish. The aroma is rich and fresh.

T- The dark toasted malt leads to a cream finish and some soft green hop brick to a dry finish. There is a nice hop note that lingers a bit after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a slight slippery texture and a tight little fizz.

O- This beer has a great fresh toasted and roasted malt character with a good bit of depth and just enough hops to give it support. Nice session beer.

rhoadsrage, Jun 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

LXIXME, Jun 20, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautify dark mahogany brown, with a finger of off-white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds of foam that settled atop the beer, but didn’t completely cover it.

Aroma: Nice and malty with strong notes of cereal, caramel, brown sugar and floral notes of honey and clover.

Taste: Like the aroma, nice and malty up front, followed by some sweetness and finished by some slight hops bitterness. I get lots of cereal, brown sugar and some hits of black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium with just a hint of chewiness. There’s a bit of carbonation, but not much. At an ABV of only 5.6%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn tasty brown ale!! I’ve never heard of this brewery, but thanks to this brown ale, it is now on my radar. I’ll certainly be getting this beer again, and will be on the lookout for other offerings from this brewery! Further, the next time I’m in Las Vegas I’ll have to visit the brewery!

Jeffreysan, Oct 30, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber, from the first, to my knowledge, Nevadan microbrewery available in our fair northern province.

This beer pours a crystal clear, redbrick amber hue, with one finger of puffy, foamy ecru head, which leaves a few swaths of paint bomb lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of lightly toasted caramel malt, a prominent biscuity nuttiness, a mild medium chocolate creaminess, faintly sharp cafe au lait, and a soft fruity, earthy hop bitterness. The taste is more roasted bready caramel malt, softly oily nuts (hazelnut and peanut skin, most closely), a bit of dry cocoa and coffee bean, mild unripe drupe fruit esters, and an equally tame, but more functional earthy, leafy hop bitterness.

The bubbles are perky enough to know when and when not to keep it down, the body a pleasant medium weight, pretty smooth, and sure, even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the nutty caramel still in the forefront, as the supportive hops tail off to a certain degree.

A tasty enough Americanized brown ale, though the hops are kept quite in check, and the biscuity nuttiness is given free reign in keeping things robust and interesting throughout. Worthy of a go, for a malt-friendly tipple.

biboergosum, Apr 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Sammy, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of cjacobsen
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a nice, rich amber brown color. Thin stone colored head on it.

Smells of malts and some slight hops. Biscuit and a little bit of caramel.

The taste is roasted caramel and light malts. The roasted malt characters come in at the back of the drink. Has a slight sweetness to it.

Its got a decent amount of carbonation. Has a slight bite at first sip. It's a pretty decent brown ale apart from that thought. Got a nice body and decent flavor. It was worth a try and I'm glad I got the chance to. Not too shabby for a microbrew.

cjacobsen, Jan 12, 2011
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4.36/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber purchased at the brewery, bottle has no date on it that I can find.

APperance- Dark amber, with an off white head

Aroma- Malty with a hint of hops, smells good.

Taste- A hint of sweetness at the start with a bitter finish that is well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, just the right amount of carbonation for the flavor.

Overall- A good brown ale that I would definitely purchase again. I might even get a growler of it the next time I'm at the brewery.

rangerman21, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Crass3000
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

from notes on 12/26/2011

4/5 Pours out a nice reddish brown in color with a nice two-finger, white head with decent retention.

3/4 Smell is of sweet malts - definately some caremal, molasses. Other scents are so muted that I can't pick them out. Really a sweet smell but nothing overboard.

3/4Taste is of nice sweet caremal malts with a slight hint of piney bitterness as swallowed. Really a one then the other taste and pretty one-dimensional. Not bad tasting but nothing great.

4/4 Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Definately one of the better attributes of the beer. Overall this is an OK beer but I certainly wouldn't seek it out.

Crass3000, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

UnderPressure, Jul 02, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stone Brewing flute glass. Pours a reddish chestnut brown with a thin light tan head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, nutty. Flavor follows aroma, with nicely integrated mellow lightly sweet toasted malt and nuts, a hint of chocolate. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nicely balanced mellow brown ale with somewhat subdued, but pleasant flavors. Hits all the right notes for a brown ale, but could use a bit more flavor intensity.

LiquidAmber, Nov 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice version of a brown ale. There's a bit of the usual malty/roasty notes in the nose mingled with a little hops spice, as well. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and beer has just the right amount of dark roast notes to stand up to the hop backbone. Very drinkable.

CookstLiquor, May 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Modernrickk, May 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

sansho, Aug 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

crobinso, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

billkvegas, Jan 12, 2013
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2.08/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bomber. The beer poured to a minimal/scant head to top off an extremely light and translucent colored brown. Hints of nut and hops in the nose. The beer tasted heavy of nut, but was heavily carbonated, which made it a difficult drink. The carbonation also makes the beer sharp and unpleasant on the tongue and in your mouth. I would not be quick to recommend this particular beer to anyone.

GarthDanielson, Dec 08, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a hotel bar in Henderson, NV. Also had in bottle.

appearance: Medium clear brown; appears non-cloudy when held to the light. Dancing bubbles - medium carbonation - seems appropirate for style. Creamy light 1/2" head that faded about 2-3 minutes into the drink. Normal amount of lacing on the glass.

smell: Nice nutty aroma with some light coffee notes. I also picked up a light pleasent hop smell.

taste: Ver nice medium coffee and light nutty flavor noted; slightly sweet in the begining with a nuttly overall flavor with nice hops, devloping some balance towards at the end towards slightly dry but like most American browns.

mouthfeel: A nice style appropirate medium body along with medium carbonation that is also style-appropriate. This beer is really pleasent on the mouth.

overall: This is a very good American brown that I really enjoyed on tap AND in bottle. Nice carbonation with a nutty slightly hoppy nose, a mild sweetness, and just a good overall flavor.

comments: I'll gab a bottle whenever I find one! I really like this beer.

FlyingBull, Sep 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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Tenaya Creek Calico Brown Ale from Tenaya Creek Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.