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Peter Brown Tribute Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Peter Brown Tribute AlePeter Brown Tribute Ale

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87
very good

548 Ratings
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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 13
Gots: 18 | 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:
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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Sammy, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Lonehill Liquor. In general I don't like Browns, Porters, or Stouts so when reviewing these I try to be as objective as possible.

Pours a deep brown color with beige head that lasts quite a while and is very silky. Its clear, or at least it was clear until I got to the bottom of the bottle and didn't stop pouring. Nasty chunks of yeast fell into my glass. I won't hold that against the beer, it was my fault. Good lacing.

Aroma is moderately heavy on the roast and the coffee. There is evidence of brown malt and only the slightest hint of alcohol if you look for it.

Flavor is a little less roasty than the smell suggests and has a stronger alcohol bite. Some nuttines but not a lot. Quite bitter for a brown.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and medium drinkability due to the hop/alcohol/roast bite.

t0rin0, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head that fades to a small cap. Tight patterns of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate bars. Taste is of roasted malt, brow sugar/molasses, and a bitter hop finish. There is also a slight nutty flavor I am getting. The bitterness sits on the tongue after each sip. There is a pretty good level of carbonation with a somewhat crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale but nothing too special on this one.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

djrn2, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +3.6%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of nutty malts and some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of sweetness with some added notes of brown sugar in the flavors and hints of licorice.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and is very smooth with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily; I could definitely drink a few of these in one sitting and would consider it to be sessionable.

metter98, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany body with garnet hightlights; a voluminous rocky beige head that leaves plenty of splashy lacing

Smell: Molasses and burnt caramel

Taste: Starts with a very sweet burnt caramel, molasses front end that is joined with some nicely balancing hops; a bit of chocolate on the finish, which is also has the slightly phenolic character that I often find in brown ales

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation; velvelty

Drinkability: Pleasant enough to drink but a few flaws keep me from enjoying it more

brentk56, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed, plummy Burgundy. The generous head of toasted tan foam is creamythick and is a good visual counterpoint to the beer on which it sits. I'm constantly amazed at how a beer's quality is readily apparent from watching (and feeling and hearing) the pour. Great beer just exits the bottle and enters the glass in its own distinctive way.

The nose is wonderful and beats the noses on most brown ales with room to spare. It's rich and malty and smells like melted milk chocolate mixed with brown sugar syrup. I can't say that I appreciate the molasses per se, but then brown sugar is just white sugar mixed with molasses. It isn't an overly complex (horizontal) nose, but it is plenty deep (vertical).

Pete's Brown is delicious beer. The flavor profile consists of milk chocolate (with a lactose sweetness) and enough ground coffee bean to bring to mind cafe au lait. The brown sugar is still present, but I wish that it played a larger role. I got excited when I read on the BR website that brown sugar and molasses were added (even more would be even better).

There's some nuttiness as well, but chocolate is the king of the hill. In fact, it tastes a little like the beer equivalent of a Hershey's with Almonds candy bar. The body is medium for the style and is as smooth as possible given the lack of heft. I'm forever hoping that someone will stick a more full body on an English brown... and am forever disappointed. This one is better than most though.

Pete's Brown is a wonderful beer and is one of the best of the 25 brown ales that I've had to date. Bear Republic does not disappoint. While it doesn't rise to the stratospheric heights of their hoppy beer, this tribute to Pete Brown is a fine tribute indeed.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Texasfan549, Nov 22, 2013
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown in color with a wonderful tan head on top. Very nice robust look to it, almost a cedar hue to it. The aroma was a big suprise. Rich cocoa and hints of roasted malts. Touches of caramel as well as a light tobacco touch to it. Really huge brown ale here. Smooth, mellow carbonation, rich, creamy profile with each sip having to be savored time, and time again. Lots of rich caramel malts wash across the tongue with the very first sip, and so it begins as the smooth, mellow cocoa notes start to come together and mixed with a light, earthy bitter hoppines

mikesgroove, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kjkinsey, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

GRG1313, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: small head with scattered lacing on a deep clear amber body.

S: aroma is mild with caramel, hint of toffee and milk chocolate

T: this one seems a little watery. Caramel malt base with nuts, hint of citrus hops, earthy notes, semisweet toffee and

M: thin, light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Clean and mildly crisp.

Overall: this one seems under flavored and watery but I guess it's fine for the style. Low ABV but still barely tastes like alcohol is even in this one. Drinkable and better than most in the genre.

kylehay2004, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an appropriately dark brown body with a thin, beige-colored head.

Smell: Predominately malty nose smelling of oven-roasted nuts, chocolate, black tea leaves, burnt sugar and with a distinct note of rum raisin.

Taste: Toasty, chocolaty maltiness with a middling sweetness throughout. Slight tastes of toffee, cola, and earthy molasses. Sweetish, raisin-flavored fruitiness. Roasted nut husks. Floral hops combines with the roasty qualities and a tannic tea-like quality to counteract the sweetness. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well balanced between malts and bitterness, reasonably flavorful, sensible ABV... An 'a little bit of everything' kinda brown ale.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

oberon, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks appropriately brown with a large cream-colored head. Caramel and butterscotch come through strongly in the taste and smell, with a slight roastiness and mild hop presence. Somewhat overcarbonated for the style and perhaps a bit thinner than I'd like, but overall very drinkable and nice.

largadeer, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a burgandy/brown color with a tan, bubbly, two-finger head. Very little lacing left behind.

S -It smelled of caramel and sweet toffee.

T - It tasted of burnt toast and roasted malt. Nice caramel flavors. Also, some grassy hops.

M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice brown ale. Easy drinking and tasty

zeff80, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Bear Republic! This beautiful brown ale has a great appearance and the typical brown ale nutty/toasty malt aroma and flavor that's expected with a small handful of extra hops thrown in. It's very well-brewed, clean, balanced, and highly drinkable! Of course it's still a very basic beer - brown ale is! - but it's a good one! I'd love to try in cask-conditioned!

NeroFiddled, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with a small head of off-white foam on top of a clear, brown body with amber highlights.

S - Toasty malt and a hint of chocolate with a bit of spicy hop character.

T - Thick, dark bready malt up front with some brown sugar and molasses in the middle. A bit of piney hop character shows up towards the finish and moderate bitterness works nicely to balance the thick malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, this isn't an India brown ale by any means, but it is a bit hoppier and better balanced than most sweeter brown ales. Nothing over the top going on here, but it is flavorful and quite drinkable.

nickfl, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from turfy, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, maple, nuts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of nuts and a hearty roasted malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and maple come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary but strong enough to bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style but darker than most, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +3.6%

RblWthACoz, Oct 21, 2012
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Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.