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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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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of beergod1
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great brown ale! Pours a deep brown with a small head. Aroma is slightly hoppy and smokey with some coffee. Taste has oak, hops, with coffee, molasses, brown sugar and roasted nuts. Mouth feel is full, balanced and creamy. Leaves a slight burnt roasty aftertaste. Can you say Brown Ale PORTER.... Bear Republic 5 for 5 in excellent brew. can't wait for my next one.
(probably not for a couple of months)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown body with dark red highlights, and a light/medium beige head. Looks like a still of a Coca Cola. When I was seven having a Coke at my Dad's club I wished the head would stay like this.

Enticing aroma of chocolate, light coffee, and brown sugar.

Taste features a mighty river of chocolate syrup running down the tongue. Also a sample of coffee with cream and sugar. Not the roast of stouts and porters. Backgrould very light fruitiness.

Creamy mouthfeel has a nice fullness while remaining a brown ale. Solid drinkability, I'm trying to pace myself.

One of the best American Brown Ales I've had. Bear Republic delivers again with one of their lesser known beers.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a rich mahogany brown with a tan pillowy head.

Smells of coffee and molasses, and a touch of burnt sugar.

Has a rich, roasted malt taste, with notes of molasses, burnt toffee and a slightly coffee bitter ending.

Thin to medium mouthfeel, more than you'd expect for a brown ale.

Fairly drinkable, and certainly a better example of the style than other ones that I've had.

Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy chestnut brown in color with a creamy/foamy 2 finger head that lasted a while and was pretty thick; it looks like a glass of Coke with great foamy lacing that clings to the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, nut, toasted grains, syrup, caramel, brown sugar and light floral hops. Nice sweet nose.

Tastes of sweet malt, nut, toasted grains, syrup, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, yeast, charcoal or burnt wood and light floral hops; pretty complex for a brown ale and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp and almost watery, with medium carbonation and a medium body.

Good drinkability, especially for fans of malty beers. A solid brown ale that's worth trying, and I'm not huge in the brown ale world yet. I find most brown ales on the boring side, but this one was one of the better browns that I've had and well above average.

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

Bomber (bottled May 6, 2010) from a cooler. Poured into my Duvel tulip, Pete's Brown is very dark brown with a tan head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is a sweet, molasses, a little alcohol, piny hops.

Taste is pretty good, a nice American brown, with the appropriately high flavors of hops and alcohol.

Mouthfeel is on the dry side, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a solid American brown, a style that is way under-represented, especially on the West coast. Cheers to Pete!

Photo of argock
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehourse (Charlottesville, VA) for $4.99.

A: Dark chocolate brown with thick, creamy 2-finger beige head with great retention and a thin ring of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Molasses greets the nostrils with the pour. Dense chocolate malted milk ball aroma with mocha coffee with light roast.

T: Flavor is sweet but roasted with big chocolate and mocha tones and maltiness. Hops are background and earthy. Exceptional malty brown ale flavor that deepens in the chocolate and coffee with warming.

M: Creamy, silky mouthfeel with relatively low carbonation and a malty, chocolate aftertaste.

D: One of the best malty brown ales around. Avoids the sourness of some and brings dense flavor of the sweet and delicious kind.

Photo of dwilson01
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into my brewery tours of san diego pint glass. A nice finger of tan head, creamy composed of small bubbles and leaves nice lacing. The body color is very rich, a saturated dark brown that just looks great.

The scent is grainy and molasses right off the bat, I get caramel as well as brown sugar (you might say caramelized brown sugar).

taste is sweet but extremely balanced as well, full flavor to be sure. There is a nice nutty quality to it as well from the toasted malt which I think is what balances the sweeter caramel, sugary flavors with a savory toasted whole grain/nuttiness.

The full flavor is reflected in the mouthfeel, it's full-bodied but seriously extremely smooth to drink. Creamy, sweet savory and just extreme mellow qualities in this beer have combined for a great brown ale. If you're the "new castle is too sweet for me" type then give this one a shot, you won't regret it.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 kegger22
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bear Republic Pete Brown Tribute Ale was a rich dark brown in color with an inch high beige head that reduced to a collar.

The aroma was roasted caramel and cocoa, but weak. All malt with no noticeable hops.

The taste was just like the aroma, roasted caramel and cocoa, but I got a little citrus/bitter hop flavor. There was some cola too, but that went away as the Tribute warmed.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and moderately carbonated.

The drinkability was good with ABV, flavor and price all being reasonable.

Pete Brown Tribute Ale was a good, not a great beer (not that there are that many great brown ales). It was quite drinkable and I liked it, but it was not memorable.

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

Toasted bread, nuts, molasses, and faint coffee bean on the nose. Sweet, sweet malty goodness; slightly floral as well. Dark brown and nearly black with a light tan head, and sticky lace. As the beer warms up notes of brown sugar and citrus are noticeable.

Taste is surprisingly much more balanced than the nose, and light nuttiness and bread accompanied by a static level of bitterness is evident. Not exceedingly sweet at all. Some light woody, resinous citrus flavor from the centennial and cascade hops are noticeable.The bitterness remains into the finish, which is very long lasting. Well balanced brew with a medium body (good weight) and light to medium carbonation. Tongue drying and full in the mouth. Definitely a good brew to share with a friend over a meal.

Far from the malty brew I was expecting but well crafted in its own right. Good balance and drinkability.

Photo of pants678
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split amongst friends at a recent gathering. Thanks goes out to Swimsum for bringing this treat!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown body shows shades of auburn and orange when held to light. A sticky, off-white, bubbly crown retains pretty well and drags lots of lacing. Looks pretty awesome for a brown ale!

Smell: Sweet red currants, molasses, light chocolate, and oily floral hops. Very sweet and fragrant. Fun to quaff.

Taste: Taste doesn't follow the smell as closely as I had hoped. Brown malt and nuts are the strongest flavors, while caramel, pine, and floral hops play lesser roles. Very bready. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy, oily, and even a bit prickly. While those descriptors might seem contradictory, I can't think of any other way to describe it. Great aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very complex and tasty. I'd love to try this beer again!

Photo of yesyouam
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bear Republic Tribute Ale is a very clear, very lively, deep crimson brown berr with a huge, lumpy, beige head. Wowza! It has a green, hoppy aroma like grass. It has a smooth, medium body with a slightly gritty finish. It's pretty bitter and green tasting. It tastes like a home brew. There is a slight note of chocolate but no sweetness is detected. This is almost like an India Brown Ale.

Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of camel tan colored loose foam which possesses enough larger bubbles to speed up the dissolve, slight dimpling, a decent amount of stickiness creates more lacing than usually found in the category. Reddish brown color, opaque with more clarity at the rims as well as an orange cast. The nose much more demure than expected, caramel, milk chocolate, black raisins and cherries, brazil nuts, indistinct roast to it, same could be said for the mixed citrus nuances, little here bespeaks a strong hops presence. Medium-bodied, the carbonation churns and fluffs things up. Malt, carob, milk chocolate powder, caramel and molasses all there but, truthfully, it's not overly sweet. Lower levels of raisin, black grape, cherry, apricot fruit and the orange to lemon citrus drops off a notch as well. Maybe it's an after effect of the carbonation but you get a suggestion of mineral water. The nuttiness holds off but shows nicely through the finish. Not bad at all but no aces hidden up its sleeves.

Photo of irishgurl4
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of adamette
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage a few weeks ago for $5.99. No "best by" date observed by me. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Nice light brown creamy head over a dark brown body that glows a dark mahogany when held in front of direct light. Good lacing on the inside of the glass. 4.0

S Nice, cinnamon raisin bread like medium roast malt which is inviting, interesting. 4.5

T/M Medium roast malt, toasty brown ale goodness with the creamy head that delivers a slight softness to a beer that already has a bread like feel. 4.0

D Good. I finished the bomber within about 15 minutes and I enjoyed it. 4.0

Notes: A fitting Tribute to Pete Brown.

Photo of themedievalist
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank a bomber of this with dinner.

A- Rich, dark color; foamy head which stays subtly present; light lacing.

S-Malty scent with a hint of molasses.

T-The molasses comes out a bit more here, and there are also hints of an almost coffee-like flavor. The malt definitely dominates, though.

M-Pleasant and creamy.

D-Enjoyable and goes nice with smoky flavors. I enjoyed it, and would consider having it again, but I'm not sure I'd count it among my favorites.

Photo of Stimack
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours to a nice brown color with some ruby like highlights. The head is big, light tan with pretty good retention and what is there has left great amount of lacing down the side of the whole glass. The aroma is of roasted malts, caramel, maybe molasses and chocolate. Nutty aroma comes through as well. Hop presence is minimal, at least compared to the malt profile. Big and malty! Lots of caramel and chocolate come through, roasted malt flavor is negligible. Hops come out more here at the tail end, plays well with the carbonation as it gives a slight tingle to the tongue and adds a slight bite. Has a nice feel as it washes across the mouth, creamy like feel. Overall this is a very easy drinking brew and what I think is a great brown ale - one of my favorite styles. Ill look for this one again, not sure why it took so long for me to pick it up.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a hint of red. Big creamy tan head. Looks appetizing!

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with a hint of nuts (and maybe some spices) and a nice dose of chocolate. Nicely balanced.

Taste: Flavorful with lots of malts, roasted nuts, and then some chocolate towards the finish. A bit of hop bitterness comes in at the aftertaste to balance things out.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite smooth, though I was expecting it to be a bit creamier. Really minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty, easy to drink, and a moderate ABV.

A really enjoyable and good brown ale. Nothing special, just nicely done.

Photo of dudecandle
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a thin creamy light tan head that has some retention and leaves big lacing on the glass. the color is a transparent reddish brown color with bubbles rising to the top

S-the nose comes across fairly nice with a roasted malt as the most prevalent aroma, some bitter sweet chocolate, caramel and a touch of coffee come in next with a faint smell of citrus at the finish

T-the taste switches things up a little and brings the chocolate and molasses up front with some sweet caramel next. not really any coffee, but the roasted malt is towards the back that gives way to the faint taste of some citrusy hops

M-it is the lighter end of medium body, i was hoping for a little bit more, it is smooth but a little thin and very highly carbonated

D-its got a nice sweet malt taste, some aspects of balance that are pretty well done, straight forward and to the point. Mouthfeel was too thin for me and it seemed to have a little too much carbonation

Photo of inspektor
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours the color of Brazilian Walnut wood, deep and beautiful, with minimal head from a bomber.

The smell is a blend of a variety of nuts with cocoa beans trailing and malt finishing the spectrum.

The flavor is initially of roasted cocoa beans, followed by chocolate, malt, and carbonation. As the tasting progressed, a more smokey cocoa flavor became more prevalent as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the finish was semi-sweet.

Overall, this is a more than adequate brown ale but definitely not the star of the category.

Photo of billyzoom666
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split a 1 pt 6 oz bottle with my wife (who didn't like it and ended up giving me her half....the beer was "too full"). It pours dark with just a tint of red coloring. Nice little head with lacing that lasts throughout. Looks good. There's a lot there in the smell, but nothing that really stands out. It's got the earthy smell of a Brown and I'm catching a hint of something sweet. Maybe that's the brown sugar talked about on the bottle. This has a smoky front end on the taste. It's almost like a porter. There's a nice sweet aftertaste that lingers. This beer doesn't have much punch when it hits your mouth, which was a disappointment. The drinkability on this is pretty high, all things considered. I've found this style to be pretty drinkable in the past and then have it sneak up on me. Be careful with this one!

Photo of MOB210SA
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay glass-

Poures half finger brownish creme head leaving moderate lacing. Large bubbles along the sides and a thin sheet across the top. Reminds me exactly of root beer, I was thinking as I poured it. Even in the glass looks similar.

Sweet stout like, chocolatey with a slight molasses brown sugar roasted malts.

Taste woody molasses some brown sugar similar to nose.

Low carbonation mouthfeel slightly watery but smooth and overall enjoyable.

high drinkability not real high ABV its smooth and pretty drinkable.

Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a very small light brown head. Nice thin sheets of lace are offered, the foam is frothy and creamy. Light brown sugar and roasted malt in the nose along with a milky, creamy sweet character. Light molasses, brown sugary crusted sweet bread, milky chocolate, mild vanilla notes and cocoa nibs in the finish. Nice bubbly and wet mouthfeel even thought the finish is somewhat dry. Nothing amazing, just a good brown ale. Definitely worth a try.

Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.