Peter Brown Tribute Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Peter Brown Tribute AlePeter Brown Tribute Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

579 Ratings
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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 09-06-2003

Peter Brown Tribute Ale is malty American Brown Ale, brewed with molasses, brown sugar, and hopped with Cascade and Centennial. It's just the way Pete would have wanted it.

2009 California State Fair - GOLD
2009 North American Brewers Association – GOLD
2006 Great American Beer Festival® Brown Porter – BRONZE
2004 Great American Beer Festival® Brown Porter – GOLD
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Ratings: 579 | Reviews: 348
Reviews by beerinator:
Photo of beerinator
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark with slight hints of brown when you hold it up to the light. Not quite black, but pretty close. Tannish off-white head.

Aroma: Unprocessed unsweetened chocolate. Slight notes of cherry. Roasted coffee. The chocolate smell is almost harsh.

Taste: Roasty malt up front. A bit of carbonation in the middle of the tongue. The finish is bitter from the coffee flavors. The finish lingers for a long time after you swallow. The cherry from the aroma is present in the taste as well. Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected.

Notes: Mouthfeel is a bit soft, and thats about the only negative I can find on this one. Good beer. Flavors linger for a long time, but they're not too harsh for a brown.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber a deep brown with some reddish highlights thru ou with a rather thin off white fizzy head.Love the rich aromas here deeply roasted malt and caramel with a nice raw nuttiness in there as well.A bigger than normal brown here and packed with flavor,milk choclate and caramel up front but a dry,earthy raw nut finish make this quite complex and very drinkable.I have to say this is one of the better browns I have had,heres to ya Pete Brown!

Photo of RoyalT
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one brought up a beautiful, frothing head that seemed to last forever (I ended up just drinking through it). The body is a very dark brown.

Smell – Lightly-toasted grain leads the way at this nose followed by a hint of nuts to come.

Taste – This one is big on the sweets. The granulated and brown sugars come on strong, and the toasted grain plays back-up. There’s also a very juicy fruit in there. I think it might be plum.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied with little carbonation and almost sticky.

Drinkability – Well, it wasn’t nearly as good as the BigDog Mild that I just had, but the flavors were pleasant enough and it seemed in-line with the style. Good job.

Comments – My newer bottle showed a big jump in ABV, from 5.1 to 6.3.

Photo of warnerry
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with one finger of splotchy light brown head. Taste is lightly earthy malt, some brown sugar, and some subtle hops. Also a bit of molasses and coffee. Medium, creamy mouthfeel with a dry earthy finish. Overall a good brown ale, but nothing that really sticks out for me. A bit to earthy.

Photo of merlin48
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours out an extraordinary appearance. It looks opaque, dark brown in the glass, but held to the light, exhibits a stunningly clear, ruby mahogany body. The tan head is a generous, three fingers tall and hangs around for quite awhile. Impressive sheets and patches of lace decorate the glass.

Aroma is subdued, with caramel and burnt brown sugar up front. Vague, floral hops are in the background.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, and medium bodied.

Taste begins with a Porter-like chocolate, with some brown sugar in the background. Some smoky, chicory nuttiness emerges near the end, reminding me of a dry Stout. This has plenty of hop bitterness, and balances out well.

This is very well crafted, and nicely balanced. I'm just not a fan of American brown ales, and this one doesn't change my mind, in spite of my affinity for Bear Republic.

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle with no freshness dating. Leaves alot of creamy and thick lacing. Malty, cocoa nose.The bottle talks about this being a "strong American Brown ale", but this one really tastes more British in style. Its tastes are fairly muted and reserved. It does show off a well developed and lucious sweet,malty backbone. Notes of vanilla, caramel, light chocolate. Medium bodied, easy to quaff, a pleasure to swill with food. Tasty and very drinkable Brown ale.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked one of these bombers up at Stateline Liquors on my visit back to Delaware...the store is across the line in Elkton, MD and well worth crossing the line :)
Pours a dark brown w/ a very light beige head...carbonation is very high, as 3 full fingers of head forms w/ little effort. Tiny bubbles cascading upward w/ very little clingy lace.
Faint aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and again carbonation.
The taste is nice...packed w/ sweet malt and hops. A slight smokey taste at the end and a tad bitter in the finish.
Mouthfeel is typical for its style...although I have read fellow BA's compare this more to a stout, I have to disagree. This is my idea of a sweet, hopped up Brown ale w/ nothing extreme in any given angle.
I could enjoy a bomber of this easily and would enjoy again if given the opportunity, especially on tap. Not my favorite style, but a nice offering and tribute from BR.

Photo of magictrokini
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber with a medium tan head. Nutty, toasted malt aroma, blended with caramel and cream. More hoppy than expected for a brown ale, lots of caramel, cocoa, with some licorice and brown sugar. Its good, but I wanted more from these guys, especially for a tribute ale.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

A caramel and light chocolate nose.
Pours dark brown under a tan, finely bubbled 1/2" head that leaves a ring of lace with each drink.
The fruity prune chocolate palate suggests a cake but the initial sweetness dries out and ends with a slightly astringent drying finish.
Medium to medium full body with medium carbonation.

Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

An incredibly dark pour for a brown ale; this is as dark as some stouts I've had. Nearly no light penetrates through, and the body is a deep, dark ruby mahogany. Thin tan head; little lacing.

Baking bread and roasted grain aroma. A nutty aroma as well.

Roasted malts, some nuttiness, a hint of chocolate and bready flavor, along with some definite hop bitterness.

A thin mouthfeel, which I'm beginning to expect with brown ales, but this one seemed particularly thin and not too well carbonated. The only disappointing aspect of this beer, and truthfully, it really didn't take away from it much.

A delicious brown ale dominated by roasted malt character, bready flavor characteristics and plenty of hop bitterness. A lovely beverage.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Before I actually saw this bottle, I was thinking this was a tribute to Pete's Wicked Ale's original formula rather than a former employee named Pete. Either way damn good brew, I had bought a growler without reviewing it. Appearance is deep mahogany brown in color with a large tan head left behind, each sip layers evenly with beautiful lacing on my tall pint glass.

Aromatics offer milk chocoalte and creamy notes with fresh minced herbal mint tones arising from the hop profile. A touch of coffee with nutty tones edge their way out as well, balanced with mild fruit notes and more earthy hop doses. Definitely a mult faceted brown ale more breweries need to make this style this complex, maybe it would be more popular.

Flavor wise creamy milk chocolate notes blended with roasted nut drizzled with caramel with more of those herbal and earthy hop bursts. A really robust roasty cream flavored brown ale, that was easily enjoyed with some thick cut pork chops and summer zucchini sautee'd with baby portabellas.

Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, pure velvet really. Carbonation is ded on residual sugars stick around coming off a bit sticky at times but never cloying.

Drinkability is A+ for sure, one of those beers that can just as easily sipped as gulped by the pint, I definitely savored this 22 ounce offering more so than when I drank the growler around a camp fire earlier in the summer. I like the fact that a brown ale from Bear Republic adds some diversity to their lineup, I love all of the Racer brews, Hop Rod, Red Rocket, and XPA but their styles all border each other for me. The Black Bear and this brew hold their own and are unique in their styles.

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated but recently purchased 22oz bottle into a Unibroue snifter.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with reddish tones. The short off-white head fades quickly and leaves only a tiny ring in the glass and a few spots of lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a bit subtle, but has a nice and comples blend of roasted malts, maple/caramel, toffee, nuts and spicy hops.
[3.75]

T: The taste starts sweet, malty and nutty. Mid-taste has a less sweet and darker roast flavor, with a bit of molasses coming into play. The finish and aftertaste have a good sweet-bitter balance. The hops are mild but but strong enough to bring out a good balance and to add a nice layer of light spice to the flavor.

M: Despite the small head, there's plenty of carbonation, rendering the beer a bit crisp. Medium body. Finish is slightly dry. [4+]

O: An easy drinking beer, as is typical for style, but richer and slightly darker in flavor than average. Easily recommended, although perhaps a little closer to an average brown ale than I expected from this outstanding brewer. Do not serve very cold.

Photo of OStrungT
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours brown color, with a nice ruby tint to it. It has a thick light tan head, that fades very slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a nutty aroma. I smell some biscuit aroma. Some toffee like malty aroma is also present. It also smells slightly caramel like.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Nutty, with some bready, biscuit flavor. Sweet caramel malt also.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a toffee like aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. Low alcohol, and a nice, non aggressive flavor make this one easy to drink.

Overall: This is a good beer. I will buy it again.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a surprisingly good store on P St. near DuPont Circle in Washington DC.

Pours a slightly hazy brown with a one-finger foamy white head. The head sticks around for a good while before dissipating into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells mostly of molasses, caramel malts, and nuts. As the beer warms there's a mild light chocolate aroma that makes its way out.

Tastes very good. There are robust malts joined by a nutty flavor. Like with the smell, there's a chocolate flavor that asserts itself as the beer warms. There's a very mild bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. Slightly above average thickness for a brown, with good carbonation. Goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good, I wish I'd picked up another of these while I was able to.

Overall, this is one of the better brown ales I can remember tasting. Definitely give this one a shot if you see it laying around.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark mahogany brown color with three quarters of a finger of off-white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer,

Aroma: Very malty and bready with strong notes of chocolate and molasses.

Taste: Again, very malty, but with some notes of roasted barley. Some smokiness, which is nice, but not overpowering like a rauchbier. There’s also notes of chocolate and caramel. Slightly sweet in the middle, finished with some slight hoppy bitterness. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium thin, slightly watery. Hardly no carbonation. With an ABV of 6.3%, there’s just a very slight hint of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Very solid brown ale. Very tasty, nicely balanced and very easy to drink. I’d be very happy to have this beer again.

Photo of sloejams
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even though English Browns are my favorite - I figured Bear Republic has never done me wrong. I was correct.

I think sometimes the nuttiness of the browns are a turnoff and this avoids that. Sure it's plenty of chewy malt in the backbone but it has a sweetness that is welcome.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A-Beautiful slightly hazy brown with red highlights and a creamy tan head.

S-Roasted caramel malts and a bit of hops in the background.

D-Slightly sweet cola malts with a roasted caramel backbone and some hints of dark fruits. Balanced by a bit of hops in the finish but surprisingly subdued.

M-Medium and slightly under carbonated, but well balanced overall.

D-One of the better browns that I have tried lately, but in fairness not a style that I buy much. Kudos to Bear for not killing this with hops, but I haven't met a Bear Republic beer that wasn't top notch. Buy again? Sure...

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with a bubbly khaki head. Very low retention yet fair lacing.

Nice nose with notes of dark toasted malt, toasted brown sugar, leather, cocoa and a touch of nuttiness and oak.

Flavor is similar to the nose but better and a little more intensified. Notes of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, cocoa and a touch of oak, molasses and brown sugar. Great flavor, balance and depth. Aftertaste is nice with light notes of cocoa and a touch of coffee.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall this is a Great beer. A perfect representation of the style. Only the second Bear Republic beer I've ever had, I think, and both have been very good. This is a must find and I look forward to trying more of their stuff.

Photo of asabreed
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: A beautifully dark amber with tons of tiny bubbles gushing to the top from the bottom of the glass. I actually thought something was wrong with my eyes because it was so dark red when I first looked into it, but alas, that's its color. A mocha-colored head sits atop, and after a slightly vigorous pour leaves a frothy 1/2" and pretty good lacing with some light spots and some thick rings.

Smell: Lots of aromas going on here, slight chocolate, berries and dark fruit, mocha and hints of black coffee, caramel, a touch of vanilla, and a nice burst of hops and bready malt, along with some nuttiness also. Certainly quality stuff and balanced well.

Taste: As it warms, the roasted and toasted malt flavors really come out and add a lot of depth. Along with that, the coffee, mocha, and burnt flavors balanced with the sweetness add a lot of complexity. Vanilla and caramel come through well too, though the dark fruit and berries diminish a bit, leaving a more autumn-like and woodsy feel. I wish the finish were longer, though there are some slight tinges of citrus hops on the tongue at the end also, which intensify the flavors still.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with a medium body, very fitting for the brew I think.

Drinkability: This is probably the best brown I've had as far as balls and complexity without going over the top and making it more toward an Imperial or anything like that. I sure wouldn't mind having a beer like this named after me, and at around $5 a bomber it's certainly worth a shot, especially for the fall season right now (which I suppose is almost ending) in Richmond.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown (no kidding?) with a dark red tint in the light. Head is not remarkable and disappears to a bubbly skim/scum right quick. No real lace to speak of.

Bear Republic can throw one heck of an aroma into a beer, can't they? This one is no exception. Big nutty character wrapped in molasses, with a touch of hops to brighten it all up. Pretty simple actually, but it's such a quintessential American brown aroma, and one of the best in my memory, that I can't award it anything but the highest mark in this category.

The taste isn't quite the phenomenon that the smell is, but it's still good. Nut, molasses and hops, as in the aroma, make a bold appearance. There's also a bit of a mineral vibe, a cola-esque flavor, and a soapy tartness in the finish, none of which I'm super into. Would rather the nutty and brown sugar-sweet elements would have a chance to breathe more. Slick, slippery and light in body, yet not weak at all and amply carbonated.

More malt and less hops would have made this even better. Like many fine coffees, the taste cannot beat the smell, but it still tastes damn good.

Photo of cokes
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twilight burgundy beneath a lofty, faded tan foam.
Sparce nose after the initial green West Coast hop rush. They seem in a hurry to get out of the bottle, then they just vanish. What remains is woody and dusty, sprinkled with chocolate.
This is a dry Brown. But maltiness is still vivid, via walnuts gently coated with fudge and molasses. Earthy, with tobacco, splintered maple, and dusty gravel. Bitter chocolate holds sway over the later section, just prior to the entrance of the herbal, leafy hops, accented just slightly with pine. A final nod toward bourbon exists right around the gulp.
I'd be interested to see the actual hop profile of this one. I suspect it is all (or at least mostly) West Coast hops. However, they seem to suggest an amped-up dead grassiness a la Fuggles on PCP. But I'd be willing to bet that no Fuggles are actually present. Somehow, the sandy, gritty, earthen malts quench the boisterous Western American hops, allowing just the faintest pine squeals to escape.
This is beefy for a Brown. Fluffy and full in the mouth. Completely well mannered despite the slightly elevated A/V. It vaporizes as soon as it hits the throat. Brittle nut skins and parched herbs are all that's left. But these lingers a good long while. Further sips are assured.
This transcends a sometimes yawn-inducing style without selling its soul or forgetting its roots.
Really nice.

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, Ok in terms of taste. Malty sweet more than hoppy, both significant malty and hoppy. Mollasses, brown sugar. Grainy, nutty. An average ale for them, drinkable. They make better.Courtesy of the Buffalo contingent at Radekfest Rerate May 2005

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Riley's here in Madison. Their Big Bear Black Stout was quite good so I expect big things.

Pours a very dark mahogany brown, almost opaque, which is interesting for a brown. Nice tall tan head that impressively sticks around for the entire glass with good lacing to boot. Aroma is delicious, nutmeg, cinnamon, nuts, toffee and roasted malt. Taste isn't quite as tantalizing, but still quite good. Roasted toffee malts, holiday spices, nuts, with an iced tea aftertaste like Newcastle. A little strange, but I enjoy the iced tea aftertaste, adds a level of refreshingness on a hot August night. I always love a good brown to quench the thirst. Mouthfeel is a little thinnish, but that also adds to the drinkability. Even at 6.3%, definitely session material. A very tasty brown and another solid offering from Bear Republic.

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish amber with a half of an inch of brown head that is dense, foamy, soft, and has fantastic retention

S - heavy caramel malt aromas and sugar

T - caramel, toast, nutty, very mild roastyness, hints of subtle brown sugar, faint bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated, very smooth

This a tasty beer. It has good flavor, it's drinkable, it's balanced, it's a great concept beer. If for no other reason than to offer tribute, I will inevitably be getting another bomber.

Photo of tetu
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last bottle from Calandro's.

Poured with thin head that went down to a swirl. Alot darker than I imagined. Dark dark brown with a red tint.

The first thing that came to mind from the initial smell was bourbon and coke after ice melts and become watered down. Second smell gives me caramal and a roasted smell. Taste is similar to second smell, almost tastes like a light stout. I'm only getting minimal hops. It has a smooth creamy mouthfeel which isn't thick but has a richness to it. I love the way this things feels going down.

I wish I could find this beer again. I will be finishing the bomber by myself with no problems.

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Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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