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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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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 billkvegas


4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

01-12-2013 23:56:24 | More by billkvegas
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-23-2012 02:09:29 | More by MNBeerNE
Photo of mmilyko


3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-06-2012 17:15:33 | More by mmilyko
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

10-09-2012 16:16:49 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

09-25-2012 23:50:43 | More by FlyingBull
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-01-2012 16:27:50 | More by sansho
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

06-24-2012 00:35:06 | More by crobinso
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.48/5  rDev -2%

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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06-07-2012 10:08:04 | More by flyingpig
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3.1/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

05-31-2012 07:41:28 | More by azdback
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

05-31-2012 02:51:20 | More by CookstLiquor
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4.15/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

05-15-2012 00:56:19 | More by Offa
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

04-07-2012 06:28:07 | More by Duke
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

02-29-2012 02:50:05 | More by Sooch222
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3.15/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

01-19-2012 11:09:41 | More by Crass3000
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

01-11-2012 06:01:27 | More by BDTyre
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Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

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

01-01-2012 21:49:10 | More by wordemupg
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

12-27-2011 16:46:10 | More by jmvecchio1
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4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

10-31-2011 00:31:17 | More by RJLarse
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

06-29-2011 01:25:41 | More by BeerAdvocate
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4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

(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.

06-16-2011 21:30:58 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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

04-06-2011 21:54:10 | More by Urbancaver
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3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

03-03-2011 02:10:18 | More by drabmuh
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3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

01-12-2011 00:22:11 | More by cjacobsen
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3.55/5  rDev 0%

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.

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

2.08/5  rDev -41.4%

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.

12-08-2010 02:44:49 | More by GarthDanielson
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Tenaya Creek Calico Brown Ale from Tenaya Creek Brewery
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