Peanut Butter Jelly Time - Catawba Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Axnjxn on 02-10-2014

PBJ Time Ale is a "light brown" ale featuring subtle British hopping during the boil. This ale is aged on raspberries and real peanuts to give it layered bread, peanut, and jelly flavors. It is a PB&J in a glass!
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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 15
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Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not normally into "gimmicky" beers but had to try this and am glad I did.On tap at Sticks and Stones.Poured a ruby tinted ruddy brown with a minimal head.Big raspberry notes in the nose with underlying peanut,very much like pb&j.Flavors like the aromas are packed with jammy raspberry flavors with the underlying but somewhat assertive roasted peanuts.Damn this beer is cool,it's light and drinkable and the flavors didn't get old to me.

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really great seasonal brown ale featured by Catawba Valley Brewing! The aroma of both peanut butter and raspberries are predominately present on the nose and those same tastes are gently left ever so slightly on the palate thereafter.

Photo of aleckpa
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent balance between raspberry and peanut butter. You also get some crustiness. It literally tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but nothing too overpowering.

Photo of dvmin98
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Peanut butter and jelly for sure. Just need to drink it with a milk stout and I will be set

Photo of n2185
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky reddish-brown with a finger of off-white head that has a slightly red tint to it and fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: What can I say other than it smells exactly like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Wheat bread aromas, peanuts, and raspberry jam. It's unusual, but quite nice.

T: Caramel and chocolate malts here with a little wheat flavor followed by some tart raspberry notes. The finish is a little watery, but leaves an aftertaste of peanuts.

M: Medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer could use a bit more carbonation or a creamier body because it's a little watery.

O: A pretty unique but enjoyable beer, overall. It definitely smells a lot more like a PB&J than it tastes, but it's still solid.

Photo of Immortale25
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottom of can says 189-14.

A- Certainly looks like a PBJ beer as it pours a purplish light brown color with a 3/4 inch fizzy light tan head that has a reddish tint to it and retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Random surface foam and non-resilient lacing.

S- Pronounced raspberry aroma with a hint of peanut butter and faint toasty malt.

T- Peanut butter comes through more in the flavor with the raspberry instead just being complementary. Slightly toasty malt provides a decent backdrop. Goes down easy and isn't too sweet.

M- I feel like the malt could've been upped a bit to give this more body as it is decidedly kind of watery. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I figured Catawba wouldn't nail a PBJ beer (that title already belongs to Funky Buddha with No Crusts), but this isn't bad. Definitely worth getting a single like I did but a whole six-pack would be difficult to justify unless you were sharing at a party or something.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown Ale brewed with five different grains and then aged for weeks on raspberries and roasted peanuts. Poured from a can into a Bruery tulip. Awfully light-colored for a brown ale (I guess it really is a "light brown ale" as it states on the can). No much carbonation or head, despite a fairly rough pour. The beer is a hazy, dingy dark apricot color. I do get raspberries and peanuts on the nose and it really does make me think of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Medium body with a firm feel and a weak, bland, disappointing flavor. Light toasted malt, then faint raspberry tartness at mid-palate and very faint roasted peanuts on the (brief) finish. Not much else. Mild hop presence attempts to rescue this beer from tasting completely bland, but doesn't quite manage. Perhaps it would have been better to make a full-bodied brown ale and allow the peanuts and raspberries to work with the toasted malt inherent in the style instead of trying to hold back the malt so the fruit and nuts could shine through.

This beer definitely smells better than it tastes. Instead of making a traditional brown ale flavored with peanuts and raspberries, the brewer made a bland, light brown ale with little inherent flavor and was relying heavily on the peanuts and raspberries to "carry" this beer. These ingredients did not succeed and the beer failed. I don't think this is a bad idea for a beer, I just think it was very poorly executed. So much so that it makes me wonder if the brewer even bothered to taste this stuff before stuffing it into cans. Glad I didn't buy an entire 6-pack. Avoid this.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy amber-ish burnt orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass, light amounts of fine particles in suspension, and faint golden honey highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberry jam over the top of lighter aromas of peanut butter and very light aromas of wheat + bready malts (really reminds me of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread).

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of bready + wheat malts giving the flavor of whole wheat bread. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of roasted peanuts/peanut butter and moderate flavors of raspberry jam. Minimal amounts of bitterness which fades away almost instantly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Delivers just as it is advertised, tastes and smells like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Glad I found and got to try this one but I'm surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did - it is easy to drink and I could have more than one of these. I'll likely pick this one up again.

Photo of mportnoy
2/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Our can was almost impossible to drink. No PB flavor, just jelly.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a muddled, ruby-tinted light brown coloring with a sparse, off-white surface coat of head. Aromas of rich roasted peanut butter, tart raspberries, and a bready backbone. No shit, this legitimately smells like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Flavors are a blend of roasted peanuts and tart raspberry fruit notes, with an overall sweetness coming through. A bready backbone provides some balance. The body is a little light, with the carbonation bringing a subtle sharp edge into the body. The aftertaste leans a little more to the raspberry notes, although the rich peanut butter is still there. Sweet fruit linger on a smooth, slick, slightly effervesced finish. I can't get over how amazing this smells.

Photo of portia99
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

L - Pours a light tan/brown color, hints of pink in the body, fairly cloudy. Small cap of whitish foam dies quickly leaving only a foamy collar and a trace of lacing on the glass.

S - Raspberries are definitely present, taking the lead in the aroma with a very bright fruity aroma. Peanut comes on behind that nicely completing the impression. Would like a bit more peanut to get the balance truly correct, but this is nitpicking. Not much for other "beery" aromas here, but that is not a complaint in this case.

T - I expected this to be on the sweet side, but it really isn't at all. Peanut character is much bigger in the flavor - dry and nutty. Raspberry is tart tending towards sour with a not quite natural fruit component. Missing some of the fruity sweetness I was hoping for.

F - A bit thin in body, medium carbonation, lightly tart and fruity, strong nuttiness. Nice.

O - Overall a good interpretation. Plenty of peanut flavor and aroma, which seems to be tough to bring out in beer effectively. The jelly is less accurate, missing the sugary component and replacing it with a bit too much tart/sour impressions. I like it and I could certainly drink more of this.

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber verging on burnt orange; the head starts out impressively but fades quickly leaving very few traces

Smell: As others have noted, the beer smells just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread

Taste: Unfortunately, as others have also noted, the flavor profile doesn't live up to the aromatics; there is a light brown ale character to the beer (vaguely bready) along with a sense of raspberry; the peanut butter comes through, to some extent, on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Rather a disappointment; I haven't had "No Crusts" in a while but this doesn't come close

Photo of Axnjxn
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft on the RBWG bus. Into a snifter

Pours a light brown color with a nice head. Smell is quite smells just like a PBJ sandwich! The taste is also great, lots of peanut butter and raspberries..again, as close to a PBJ sandwich as youre going to get. its really amazing how they were able to replicate it so well. thin feel with mild carbonation.

Overall an impressive novelty beer that you should try!

Photo of Dave1999
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky light brown with just a small white head.

The smell is raspberry jam and peanut just as advertised.

The taste is much like the smell raspberry and peanuts. The raspberry seems much stronger than the peanuts.

The mouthfeel is very light, with high carbonation a bit watery.

I would've like the flavour to be a bit stronger, maybe a more nutty base beer. The base beer seems like it must be almost flavourless. The body is a bit on the light side.

Photo of W_Des
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Great raspberry jelly nose. I really wanted more peanut butter though. It's really subtle in the finish.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time from Catawba Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.