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Peter Brown Tribute Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Peter Brown Tribute AlePeter Brown Tribute Ale

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very good

518 Ratings
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%

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:
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

(Beer added by: xlperro on 09-06-2003)
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Photo of Mr24601

New York

5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down my favorite beer I have ever tried. I made an account just to review it. It's been in my head for months...

The flavor is rich and interesting. It mixes the tastes of caramel, coffee, and nuts in a very smooth drink with a wonderful aftertaste. The alcohol content is also pleasantly high.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2013 21:46:05 | More by Mr24601
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/18/12 notes. Had this on tap at Beery Authority in NYC. Have passed this up before, glad to get a chance to try it now.

a - Pours a very dark mahogany brown color with once inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, nuts, caramel malts, sugar, dark fruits, chocolate, toasted malts. Nice nuts and chocolate, I like the nose quite a bit.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, nuts, sugar, dark fruits. More chocolate and less nuts, I think I like the nose slightly better, though the taste is still quite good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good brown ale; really glad I got to try it. Some nice nuts in the smell and chocolate in the taste, with caramel throughout, and easy to drink. Would definitely order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 21:55:56 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at beer study in chapel hill. shaker.

dark brown color with a small off white head. not much on the nose, some slight malt aromas but not much to speak of. taste is quite enjoyable actually, good hop profile with the a nice lingering coffee/chocolate kind of taste going for it. very drinkable. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall one of the better browns I've had. recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 22:10:45 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a depp copper tinted brown, lets some light through, big soapy light khaki head, decent retention. Scent brings fresh roasted and toasted nuts, hints of caramel and dark crusty bread, firm hop presence with some earthyness. Taste follows suit, nutty and bready with hop bite. Medium bodied, smooth and lightly creamy. Enjoyable all around.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2012 17:45:54 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Murrhey


3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Haven Gastropub. Reviewed from notes.

A- Little white head. Dark brown color.

S- Light malts and nutty smells.

T- Light malts again, bitter hops.

M- Light bodied with little carbonation. Bitter wet finish.

O- Alright. Well executed but nothing crazy good.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 02:57:27 | More by Murrhey
Photo of drpimento


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, really good brown ale. Served a bit too cold for my personal taste, with a medium sized light tan head that soon settled to a light cover and loads of lace. Color is a clear, deep mahoganey. Aroma is malt, toffee, cocoa, slight roast and mocha. Flavor is very similar to taste with a little carbonic tang and extremely well balanced, very true to style. Body & carbonation are faultless. Finish is short to average in length. Deceivingly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 01:51:28 | More by drpimento
Photo of avaldivia


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Murky dark brown. Not much head or lacing.

S: Roasted malts. Good amount of a caramel character.

T: Same as the smell. Rather light.

M: Medium light bodied. Good carbonation.

O: Very well done brown ale, but not my favorite. Decent flavors, but kind of light.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 06:16:09 | More by avaldivia
Photo of dgilks


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep brown colour with a foamy, tan head. Decent head retention. Some lacing. Good.

Mild nutty malt aroma. A hint of earthy hop. Fine.

Earthy hop bitterness with sweet, dark caramelised malts and a touch of sharpness.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. This could be integrated better.

A straight forward simple American Brown. Good flavour and nicely balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 03:28:50 | More by dgilks
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a hand-pump at Toronado in San Francisco.

Pours a dark reddish-brown colour. Clear enough. Head if fine, but not the creamy solid mess I'd expect froma hand pump. Lacing is chunky and solid, at least. Very fine carbonation, but it also looks latent and flat. Not bad, but not huge.

Roasty and mild nose, with a bit of grain and light thin filtered coffee. It's all a bit gritty and dirty, only challenged by a slight sweet vegetables character. Not all that appealing.

On the palate, it's very smooth from the hand pump, but overall if feels a bit thin in flavour. Some mild grain that gives a cereal sweetness with a slight dusty cocoa note. Long finish which gives off the most interesting characters of cherry and marzipan. Not bad.

Very smooth, but light on the palate gives it an adorable texture.

Overall, it's drinkable, but it's missing something—maybe it's depth, or maybe it's fullness of palate. Overall, it's good, but I was hoping for great.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 02:11:52 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of pants678


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours much darker and much closer to opaque than I would expect from a brown. Sort of reminds me of DFH's Palo Santo Marron. There's a full two finger beige head sitting atop.

It smells of rich malts that lean toward chocolate with a bread undertone. The aroma is strong and full with maybe a hint of nutmeg.

I thought this might be the best American Brown, but I remembered Rogue's Hazelnut Nectar. This is a close second. With so much going on, the overtone is really a thick toffee that's complimented by caramel and coffee. The toffee is nutty as is, I don't get chocolate, though, it's not quite rich enough for that. Hopped notes are present, but hardly prevalent as this brew is much more about a tough middle.

I do believe that I could put away a few of these, but this is indeed darker on the brown spectrum. The carbonation is just right, it seems, and serves the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 07:45:43 | More by pants678
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4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this delicious little number at Father's Office 2 the other night. Was drawn in by the concept of molasses and brown sugar being used as it sounds more like a cookie recipe than a beer. From notes on 2/18/2010.

A: Dark brown with a moderate beige head.

S: A rich maltiness that is somewhat nutty with undertones of molasses.

T: Bit-o-honey candy. That is how I describe this beer. A smooth sort of caramely nutty goodness.

M: Smooth across the tongue with a soft, yet rich aftertaste of malty caramel.

D: Very nice to drink. Very palatable. This one gets an overall "noms" from me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2010 15:00:36 | More by irishgurl4
Photo of dudecandle

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, nearing black body with a wonderfully thick head, which left an undying cap and great lacing in the pint glass.

S/T: Light smoke and floral hops right up front. As it opened up, coffee and chocolate reared their heads and the smoke got stronger. Overall, malty, and with a good pop.

M: Surprisingly crisp finish to a sticky body.

D: It's quite nice, but halfway through the pint, it got a bit boring. It's solid, quite flavorful, but I wasn't clamoring for a second.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2010 06:30:55 | More by dudecandle
Photo of juhl31


4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was pouring at taps in petaluma early on. had to watch friggin favre beat the niners over this beer

-deep brown with some good lacing and residual head

-nutty, roasty, some coffee

-nutty up front and then the roasty in the middle

-good and clean, nothing that makes me mad

-high on alcohol for a brown, but it is a very good beer

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2009 19:55:45 | More by juhl31
Photo of surfer4life


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass from the tap at Bear Republic Brewhouse.

A - Very Dark Brown almost black with a good size chocolate head. Good lacing.

S - Floral boquet of hops hits the nose first and is then followed up by some chocolate, coffee and banana scents. Solid caramel malt in this as well, this smells magnificent. Hints of alcohol detected as well.

T - Heavy coffee flavor with some definite chocolate in there. rich caramel and toffee with some hoppiness in the finish. Tastes great.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation, very good alcohol warming effect with some dry finish that cleans the pallet well.

D - Very drinkable, great stuff here.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2009 00:46:16 | More by surfer4life
Photo of DoubleJ


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's, on to the beer:

Dark leather brown color, hues of orange glow at the bottom of my mug. Smells like a brown: Pie crust, a bit of pine of tropical notes, mild hop aroma, toast. Taste: more pie crust and toast flavors. A pinch of toffee. Solid presence of juicy, fruity hops, with a burnt astringent flavor in the back. A hoppy brown ale I like?....that's usually not for me, but this did the trick.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 04:30:17 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Offa


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a full-bodied, tasty brown ale.

Deep, clear brown, it has a medium, light tan head and leaves fairly good lacing.

The aroma is pleasant, fairly rich, and a bit sweet, with whole wheat and some nut.

The taste also has caramelly whole wheat, nuts, light sweetness and balancing bitterness. It's very well balanced and smooth, tasty, and drinkable, a solid beer, yet not really exciting or overly interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2008 18:13:47 | More by Offa
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3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Bear Republic tasting at the Rubicon tonight.

A - Medium brown with hints of auburn, resilient head, leaves little lacing.

S - Nuts and malts. Slight grassiness from the hops.

T - Nuts, malts, and slightly btter.

M - Not as well balanced as some of their other beers. Slightly bitter for a brown.

D - Good for a mile, but flavor could improve with less hops and earthiness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2008 05:39:35 | More by MisterClean
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft.
Pours brown in color with a nice half inch of head. Smell is fairly hoppy for a brown. No problems with that. Fairly big on the mouthfeel as well. Plenty of the brown malts and sugars to make this good, but then hits you with some more hops. Easy drinking and very tasty. Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 02:54:14 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of BEERchitect


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a small sample, it would have been easy to pass this beer up for something more exotically flavored, but I decided to stick with it for the full pint. I'm glad I did. The beer remained simple and pure, but grew on me more and more after each sip. Delicately balanced between chocolate, barley malt, nutiness, and with a touch of lactose. Soft coffee (Sumatra) lingered in the back notes and gave some complexity, but never commanding attention. The beer is agressively hopped and take on the grassiness and herbal notes of English hops. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and as easy to drink as chocolate milk. Mild alcohols never become an issue. The look of the beer certainly fits the bill with it's solid dark brown hue, light haze, and froathy head formation, retention.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2008 20:17:09 | More by BEERchitect
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4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hollingshead's Deli. Poured into a half liter mug. Listed as 7% on their tap handle.

A- Nice big light tan head on it. Wouldn't say creamy, not as light as fluffy, but nice and medium in density. Beer itself is a dark brown, can see through at the corners but not so great through the heart of the mug.

S- Chocolate malt seemed to come across the most here.

T- A nice malty brew. Chocolate malt mostly, a very very light amount of roastiness to it. Very smooth and chocolaty bitter sweet (but mostly sweet). The sweetness is not overpowering at all, it's kept in check very nicely to make a really easily drinkable brew.

M- This keg was carbonated pretty low to moderately low. Still was fine. Went down really easy actually without the standard carbonation burn.

D- Have to say this is a super easy beer to drink. Listed on the tap as 7% it was a bit bigger than I expected it to be, but the smoothness and the taste allowed me to get this one down really fast. If I didn't have a 30 min drive home I woulda had a 2nd half liter easily.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2008 20:53:56 | More by MiScusi
Photo of unibrew

New Hampshire

4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at the Hop Devil Grill in the East Village of Manhattan. At the moment, they have at least 6 beers on tap from Bear Republic, although this was the only one I tried. I do love a good brown ale and I found this one to be among the best ever. I used to love Sierra Nevada's offering, but, I think this one does it one better due to it's mouth feel and overall balance. I like that it has extra body, something lacking in other brown ales. I could drink this one all night!

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2008 23:42:49 | More by unibrew
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a soft brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a soft toasted malt, some coffee, cocoa and a nice herbal hop.

The taste consisted of a milky chocolate element with a drying coffee and an herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a flavorful brown ale. Very good drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2007 17:01:56 | More by plaid75
Photo of rallison


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ.

Poured a nice dark brown. Quite a well done English brown - this one grew on me. Good, fulfilling malt base - more so than many browns - with a wonderful, light, mellow smokiness. Hops seemed to be present, and added a nice balance to the sweeter malts. Very well balanced, with a nice, slightly sharp finish.

Good mouthfeel for an English brown, and a very drinkable beer. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2007 07:51:37 | More by rallison
Photo of mickeymac


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a rather thick tan head. The smell is a very nice mix of brown sugar, caramel, and a hint of nut. Expecting good things, I was disappointed in the taste. It seemed a bit one dimensional and never lived up to the promise of the inviting aroma. Although it seemed on the verge of exploding with flavor, it wound up retaining a somewhat flavorless dryness. Based on past experience with BR, I expected great thing but was a bit disappointed. This is the first time I've rated a BR brew under 4.0.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2005 03:52:06 | More by mickeymac
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Played some toss and retrieve with this one on 2/7/2005. 16-0z. pour in a shaker at the Sunset.

Very thin, porter or dry stout fining head with a half crescent in it. Dark brown with just a touch of ruby to hue. Very sweet nose; like raspberries dipped in caramel, or, like Duncan Hines brownie mix. Gargle of peanut butter cup on tongue with a whisper of burnt character in its tailing; seems almost closer to a rauchbier; nice malt foundation. This is a palatable offering, though a little off-kilter for a brown.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2005 16:26:45 | More by Truh
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Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.