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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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Ontario (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 23:34:07 | More by Sammy
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 07:26:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 16:44:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 01:03:42 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 02:54:20 | More by brentk56
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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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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 23:33:33 | More by metter98
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 21:18:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 00:38:18 | More by oberon
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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!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 22:11:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 03:14:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown/chestnut with 3+ fingers of rocky sand colored head. Outstanding head retention & lacing

S: Bready, roasty, & nuttyness

T: Bready, roasty malt, & dryness up front. Slight nuttyness, caramel, some chocolate & herbal hops as this warms. Finishes too brown sugary-dry, chocolatey, with a bit more herbal hops, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, too dry, with low carbonation

Drinks alright, but the dryness does slow me down. I expected a little more from this one from Bear Republic

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 04:54:07 | More by russpowell
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful crystal and roasted malt scent that is almost perfect for the style. It also has a nice floral hop aroma that balances it well. The taste is perfect. It has a creamy and sweet crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy with a hop flavor that is present, but secondary to the malts. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a f@#king great beer. I love the taste more than anything. It has so much going on; the hops, malts, etc. This is my new favorite brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 01:35:41 | More by WesWes
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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

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 00:40:00 | More by zeff80
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4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque brown coloor with ruby highlights when held up to the light. It is topped by a medium colored light brown head. A wonderful aroma jumps out of my glass, it is a mix of nutty malt flavors, espresso, and fresh hops. Hoppy flavors up front yield to a dry roasted malt finish. It is slightly sweet up front and has a certain nuttiness that carries throughout the beer. I get notes of sweet caramel, toffee, and a certain huskiness in the finish. This is a fine example of a Brown ale, and I definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 22:13:50 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany with a creamy tan head that thins and stays, leaving trailing lacing.

The smell is of toffee with roasted cocoa/chocolate. Earthy hops back up the rich malty aroma.

The taste is of rich maltiness - chocolate and roast (coffee?) - almost goes towards porter, but stays in style with caramel/toffee, chocolate and nutty character. Bittering, citrusy hops come through in the finish to add to the complexity and balance, without throwing off maltiness.

It has a creamy, full but not thick, body with a nice carbonation level.

Highly, deliciously, drinkable. Nicely balanced while showcasing maltiness (that doesn't become too sweet or overroasted). A great rendition of an American brown. Another winner from this great brewery!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 01:03:04 | More by jwc215
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 18:04:06 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: brown in color with a nice 2" thick head. Decent lacing develops through the drink.

Smell: light toffee and molasses

Taste: the overall flavor is much stronger than expected of an English Brown, as the toffee, brown sugar, pumperknickel bread, and soft bitterness were well balanced.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish. Medium bodied brew. Toffee and sugar linger briefly into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: one of the most drinkable brown ales I have had. Worth seeking this one out.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2006 13:11:09 | More by Gavage
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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good starting head (three fingers). Recedes in a lumpy fashion. Dark brown color where light shines through on the edges.

Strong chocolate aroma. Semi-sweet, closer to a dark cocoa.

The flavor mirrors the smell--lots of cocoa. There is a light hop presence in the swallow. The aftertaste is short but resembles a semi-sweet chocolate. The body is rich and the carbonation is low. This is a good chocolatey Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:11:12 | More by smcolw
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4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at Hi-Time Wine Cellars, in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Pours brown, with a smooth medium cap of tan foam, with really good retention, some lacing.

S: Nice brown ale smell of caramel malt, sugar.

T: Caramel malt and toffee right off the bat as expected, with some nice snappy hop character, a simple taste overall, but tasty and very effective. A nice full taste character that is not often present in browns.

M: Perfect for a brown, smooth, crisp, medium-bodied, very easy to drink, even at over 6%.

D: A nice suprise, as I really don't expect much out of this category, I've had a lot of mediocre ones, but this one is right up there with Alesmith as the best in California.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 05:42:17 | More by Halcyondays
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber, a dark brown with light lacing.

I'd call this one a crowd pleaser with its smooth molasses and chocolate flavor. Really, smooth is the word to describe the overall experience here. The beer has a mixture of sweet, dark sugar tastes that melt into the cocoa flavor without being overly sweet from malt or overbalanced by hops. A little heavy for the style, but a great all around beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 17:01:56 | More by tempest
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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
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2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

6.3% ABV confirmed. Acquired at a local SoCal beer store. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glasss bottle with branded pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are above average; this is a surprisingly tough style to pull off but Bear Republic makes some great beers.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (4+ minute) retention. Soft smooth consistency. Body colour is a rather dark amber. Semitransparent and semitranslucent. Generally appealing for a brown; there are no overt flas here. Nothing unique or special. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Huh. Not what I expected, though not in a bad way. Some sort of weird berry. Are we certain Lost Coast didn't brew this? More nuts come through as it warms. Hazelnut, chestnut. Dark malts. Little hop character. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's not a great aroma, but at least it's got nutty notes - which is what I look for in a good brown. An above average strength aroma.

T: Decent nutty notes. Amber malts. Light toasted character. Light floral hopping. This is pretty simple stuff. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's not bad, but it's just plain pedestrian. There's little here that interests. Decent flavour. Balanced, if bland. Built alright. Why brew this? A bit too sweet and sugary - especially for a brown. I get some brown sugar.

Mf: Smooth and wet, just as it should be. Adequate carbonation. Decent thickness. It's a bit syrupy; that molasses might have been a bad call. Decent body. Complements the flavour in a general sense.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. I definitely wouldn't pick this one up again. Hides its above average ABV okay. Pretty mediocre stuff considering the pedigree of the brewery. I'll finish this bottle, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Mundane.


Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 04:12:08 | More by kojevergas
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2004 01:24:58 | More by Billolick
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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
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Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.