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Tenaya Creek Calico Brown Ale - Tenaya Creek Brewery

Tenaya Creek Calico Brown AleTenaya Creek Calico Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

43 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%


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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LiquidAmber

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 00:49:14 | More by LiquidAmber
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 01:41:27 | More by Jeffreysan
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Libationguy

Nevada

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 07:56:23 | More by Libationguy
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 00:27:55 | More by Darkmagus82
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 22:08:20 | More by StonedTrippin
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rangerman21

Nevada

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 22:55:33 | More by rangerman21
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 02:24:12 | More by biboergosum
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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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Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 10:08:04 | More by flyingpig
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azdback

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 07:41:28 | More by azdback
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 02:51:20 | More by CookstLiquor
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Offa

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:56:19 | More by Offa
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Duke

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 06:28:07 | More by Duke
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Crass3000

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 11:09:41 | More by Crass3000
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 06:01:27 | More by BDTyre
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 21:49:10 | More by wordemupg
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RJLarse

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 00:31:17 | More by RJLarse
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 01:25:41 | More by BeerAdvocate
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 21:30:58 | More by rhoadsrage
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Urbancaver

Ohio

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

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 21:54:10 | More by Urbancaver
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drabmuh

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:10:18 | More by drabmuh
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cjacobsen

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 00:22:11 | More by cjacobsen
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guinnessjim

Nevada

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 04:56:27 | More by guinnessjim
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 02:44:49 | More by GarthDanielson
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 04:25:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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FlyingBull

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 23:50:43 | More by FlyingBull
Tenaya Creek Calico Brown Ale from Tenaya Creek Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.