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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

50 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
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 rangerman21
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 billkvegas
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

billkvegas, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Hopinista
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Hopinista, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Dactrius
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Dactrius, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
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
Photo of Offa
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown, it has a medium tan head soon thinning to a foamy ring and heavy wisps.

Aroma is rich nutty barley, hint of caramelized toast, hint of candied orange peel.

Taste is chocolate, nuts, dry barley, bread, light spicy peppery bitterness with balancing sweetness. It is not really complex or exciting, but it is a good, solid, well-rounded, characterful, balanced session ale with just enough complexity to keep it interesting. The taste is excellent. Feel is solid, not thin or heavy, and slightly lively.

Offa, May 15, 2012
Photo of RJLarse
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Calico Brown Ale while traveling in Nevada. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a clear mahogany brown color. A few small bubbles rising in the glass. The head is off-white, fizzy and bubbly like a soda, but much more resilient.

Smell is faint, a sweet bread aroma perhaps with some candy caramel scents.

Taste is a candy caramel malt flavor. Sweet with very little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. An excellent feel.

Overall a very decent brown ale, especially on a crisp fall day. I'd have it again.

RJLarse, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of UnderPressure
4/5  rDev +12.7%

UnderPressure, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of CookstLiquor
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
Photo of MNBeerNE
4/5  rDev +12.7%

MNBeerNE, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
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
Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into pint glass Aug,28th 2011

A clear dark amber with loads of tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere, short lived finger of tan foam leaves a single ring of lace

S some chocolate covered nuts and faint hops

T taste's a little stronger with lots of toffee on top of what I smell, a little spicy on the finish with lingering hazelnut

M lots of carbonation gives it a creamy feel, medium bodied with a long tasty aftertaste

O a nice nutty brown ale worth trying for sure

I'm a little surprised this one has a pretty average score because I thought it was pretty good, mind you I had been in South America for 5 weeks before I drank this. from some old notes I thought I'd lost

wordemupg, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Jeffreysan
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
Photo of FlyingBull
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
Photo of BDTyre
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown (mahagony) with definite copper hues. Huge, slightly off-white head. It's about 3 inches high.

Noticeable mettalic (copper-y) nose, followed up by light chocolate, brown bread and nuts. Maybe a little citrus from the hops.

The metallic scent thankfully doesn't carry through to the taste. Brown bread, yeast, chestnut and hazelnut in the flavour. Light spicyness, and some sour fruit hop profiles. A lot better drinking than the scent would suggest.

Good mouthfeel, smooth but good carbonation. Not a bad brown, not quite sessionable though.

BDTyre, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Modernrickk
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Modernrickk, May 07, 2014
Photo of Asics
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Asics, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of RBuckley73
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

RBuckley73, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a copper-brown color with a big off white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is a mix of roasted malt with some aromas of nut, dark fruit, and coffee. Along with these more roasted aromas are some smells of caramel and toffee as well as a little bit of an earthy hop smell.

Taste-The taste begins with a sweet caramel and lightly fruity flavor with a nice roasted malt backbone. Coffee and some nutty flavors are present upfront and continue on till the taste ends. Along with these flavors comes some lighter hop flavors of an earthy nature more toward the middle to the end of the taste. The coffee flavor intensifies a bit more toward the end of the taste, leaving one with a moderately sweet but nicely roasted flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and creamier for the only 5.6 % abv of the brew with a carbonation level that is on the more average to slightly below average side. Both are great for the style and the roasted flavors of the brew, giving it a nice mouth coating feel.

Overall – A very tasty brown ale that is quite smooth and tasty with a good balanced flavor profile.

Darkmagus82, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

las vegas is pretty much a beer wasteland in a lot of ways, but this brewery puts a dent in that statement. this is a solid brown ale, and easily the finest beer I dark during my brief stay at the hard rock hotel. this was purchased from the bottle shop across the street for less than 5 bucks. it has a nice reddish brown color with a creamy off white head. the nose is medium roasted barley, sweet caramel malts, and a touch of vanilla and honey, not insanely complex, but very well balanced. the flavor is great, none of that stale English malt flavor that the lesser versions of the style often have. also not as bitter as some American browns, more sweet to be sure. I love the grain flavors in this, and the vanilla in the finish. mellow feel, soft in texture and carbonated just enough. its definitely hard to say for sure how good this beer really is, because after an afternoon of drinking coors lights, any craft beer is going to be incredible, but this one in particular just struck me right. quality brown ale right here folks.

StonedTrippin, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
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
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
Photo of Urbancaver
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber brown with a bit of off-white head. Not a and looking beer at all. Smells rich and malty with a touch of bitterness. Tastes smeooth and malty. A nice bit of hops on the tongue as well. Decent mouthfeel. Overall a fairly solid beer which surprised me based on the first few reviews

Urbancaver, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of guinnessjim
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown ale. Poured well; a nice caramelish-amber brown color with a pretty head. Smelled like a brown ale should...nothing spectacular, but made me want a sip. Taste was clean with a little malt in the middle and slight bitter hop to finish. Good all around drinkability...would/will definitely have another one.

guinnessjim, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Duke
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tenaya Creek - Calico Brown Ale

Appearance: Calico Brown Ale pours a cloudy copper-claret with a thick, fluffy and slightly tanned head which collapses quickly, leaving a ring and no lacing.

Smell: The scent is of chocolate and hazelnut, like nutella, with lots of brown bread, and some milky coffee, and the beer is getting milkier and more chocolatey as it warms.

Taste: Now the beer hits my mouth I'm sensing roasted coffee, along with caramel and lots of milky chocolate. The hops are evident, and the beer is also somewhat malty.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium-bodied with light carbonation, and there's a dryish finish.

Overall: A good, solid brown ale, if a little sickly sweet.

Duke, Apr 07, 2012
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Tenaya Creek Calico Brown Ale from Tenaya Creek Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.