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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 GarthDanielson
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
Photo of Libationguy
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
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3/5  rDev -15.5%

BubalooBrewMaster, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -15.5%

crobinso, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of jmvecchio1
3/5  rDev -15.5%

jmvecchio1, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -15.5%

nmann08, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of amalburg
3/5  rDev -15.5%

amalburg, May 03, 2014
Photo of mmilyko
3/5  rDev -15.5%

mmilyko, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Sooch222
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Sooch222, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of azdback
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Light brown color and very clear. Slow moving, medium sized carbonation bubbles lead to a very small less than one finger head that is light coco colored and thin in appearance.

Smell is roasted malts, coffee and light milk chocolate. Some bitterness is there too.

Taste is at first light roasted flavors of mild coffee and milk chocolate but the flavor that takes over mid mouth isn't that great. It is kind of metallic or coppery. The front half saves my palate from completely drowning in the seconds flavors. I will score the taste on the whole experience but I must say the second half isn't that pleasant.

Mouth is creamy and the carbonation is round. The body is balanced and the finish is average and wet.

Overall I didn't think this was half bad, the problem was that this WAS half bad. If they could solve the problems with the second half of the taste they would have a decent tasting brown. As it is, I think that what happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas. Thanks to Bill for the sample.

azdback, May 31, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer served in a stein. Beer is Brown and clear with a thin broken head of small tan bubbles with low carbonation and low lacing. Eh.

Smell is caramel and sweetness with a mild roast. Smells decent overall weak though.

Beer is medium bodied and light on flavor. It's OK, a little roasty at the back, overall bland. Mild sweet up front. Eh...I won't ever have it again.

drabmuh, Mar 03, 2011
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
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

2beerdogs, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper brown in colour with a thick, bubbly head that is an off-white to light brown colour and leaves some good lacing on the sides of the glass, complimenting the very good head retention.

Light & quite sugary on the nose with an earthy malt base and a touch of light hops. There is a lingering sweetness and light nut aroma with a tiny amount of plum near the end.

Sweet & almost fruity in parts, on top of an earthy base that has some caramel, hops and brown sugar. Again it is quite light.

Smooth & sweet as the taste had suggested. The body is medium to full although not overly heavy. There is mild carbonation & a medium bitter finish to the drink.

A smooth beer although perhaps a little light on the nose and in the taste but still a pleasant drinking experience. It was well-balanced at least and went down fairly easily.

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flyingpig, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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%

LXIXME, Jun 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Sammy, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

sansho, Aug 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

polloenfuego, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Kmat10, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and roasted nut aromas. Taste is much the same with nutty flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, May 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Gobzilla, May 21, 2014
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Tenaya Creek Calico Brown Ale from Tenaya Creek Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.