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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 Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Sammy, Sep 22, 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
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -15.5%

nmann08, Apr 06, 2014
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 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 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 LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Gobzilla, May 21, 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 crobinso
3/5  rDev -15.5%

crobinso, Jun 24, 2012
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
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 2beerdogs
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

2beerdogs, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Kmat10, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Dactrius
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Dactrius, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of pkalix
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

pkalix, Jul 14, 2013
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 Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Oct 09, 2012
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 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
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Tenaya Creek Calico Brown Ale from Tenaya Creek Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.