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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 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.

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.

Photo of Dactrius
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of billkvegas
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of MNBeerNE
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of mmilyko
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Sooch222
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

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.

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

Photo of jmvecchio1
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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