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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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553 Ratings
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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | 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 armock
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt chocolate scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt chocolate and coffee

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit it would make a good dessert beer worth trying sometime

armock, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Guzzler78
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice ale a bit more robust and hoppy than expected. Almost a hybrid of a porter and brown ale.

Pours a deep brown color. A nice creamy tan head that leaves some nice lacing and foam throughout consumption.
Smells of coffee, brown sugar, chocolate malts.
Tastes of coffee, roasted chocolate malts. Spicy hop flavors.Nice hoppy finish.
A light to medium mouthfeel, lighter than expected.
A good drinker. Recommended.

Guzzler78, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
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.

DoubleJ, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours cola brown, thick 1 inch head.

S - Brown sugar, cocoa and hops.

T - Cola, brown sugar, slight coffee and unsweetened chocolate, some unidentified fruitiness and slight toffee.

M - Thinner than expected, med to light. Good Carb and coating.

D - Easy enough to drink. Reminds me of a Porter.

srandycarter, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of positiverpr
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a:dark ruby-brown. beige thin head that was short-lived. decent lacing. medium carbonation.

a:non-acrid roast with chocolate. obvious bear rep. yeast flavor. some caramel sweetness. west-coast hop profile.

t:low bitterness. lasting grain roast flavor with residual sugar and occasional brown sugar. i dont get any hop flavor. that ever-present b.r. yeast profile.

m:smooth medium mouthfeel. medium carbonation.

o:drinkable despite residual sugar. more like a stout in flavor to me but not out of style. for me the b.r. yeast profile dominates and overwhelms all their beers. i enjoy them less because of it. i cant describe what it is but it is unmistakable. that being said, i still drink alot of their beer so it cant be bad.

positiverpr, Nov 26, 2008
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 Bung
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty clear brown pour. Whitish head. Aromas of some roast malt, nut, piney hops. Tastes roast malts with light molasses/tofee. Something a bit metallic maybe, more hops than I would prefer in a brown ale. Lively mouthfeel. Very clean finishing. Overall pretty good, another good brew from Bear Republic.

Bung, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of watchnerd
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bottle, picked up at Mollie Stone's in Burlingame.

Poured into a tulip glass. Root beer in color with a nice head that stays for quite a while and leaves chunky fragmented lacing.

Aromas of brown sugar, molasses, yeast and hops.

Taste is smooth and carmel-dominated. The sugar and molasses are barely there and not even close to being overpowering or sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium, thick, lively carbonation. Drinkability wonderful good given the slightly above average ABV.

I'd like to compare this back to back with Lost Coast's Downtown Brown and see which I like better.

watchnerd, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear dark reddish brown color with a thin tan head.

Aroma of sweet malts, chocolate, butterscotch, toffee, and nuts.

Tastes of roasted malts, nuts, coffee, dark chocolate, and dark ripe fruits.

Thin mouthfeel and lightly carbonated.

Bear Republic did a nice job with this English brown. Every sip was better than the last.

Monkeyknife, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

glid02, Nov 02, 2008
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.

Offa, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque mahogany with a bit of light tan head. It smelled like alcohol and roasted barley with wild wheat and sweet lemon hops. It tasted like burnt barley and sweet molasses malt, with rusty copper hops and a bit of coffee and licorice. It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation, and had a bitter licorice aftertaste. Overall this was almost like an imperial porter. It had a very interesting flavor that was clean and drinkable. It was fairly enjoyable, but it was missing something special to really captivate me.

Pencible, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
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.

MisterClean, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid dark brown chestnut hue that revealed hazy yeasty suspended particles under sunlight (this was also the last pour of the bottle). Gentle but persistent small bubble carbonation produced a steady thin, tan head that coated the surface throughout the tasting. Decent lacing and it sure looked promising. The smell was an understated sweet molasses, ginger cookies, a faint hint of cinammon. The first impression on tasting was of a very nicely balanced malt with a hint of mincemeat pie filling, muted tartness but not fruity. The texture was silky and smooth with a lingering bitter finish. There was a nice balance here with flavour that didn't overpower, gently sweet but nicely balanced malt and bitterness. It came across as very drinkable although a little gassy and it really hid the alcohol well. Overall, a really nice example of the style and thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks to biegaman for sharing.

ThatWineGuy, Sep 21, 2008
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 hckyfn9999
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with a small tan head. Aroma is nutty with molasses and cocoa. Taste features some nice bitersweet cocoa, a touch of molasses, toasted nuts, and some noticeable hops in the background. Nice medium-full, smooth mouthfeel. A very good brown.

hckyfn9999, Aug 29, 2008
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 vickersspitfire
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick light tan head ( about two fingers thick) fluffy with some good lacing. The body is a dark brown/red color. Clear and has medium carbonation.

S: There are some mild fruity aromas, some citrus like lemon zest, some chocolate and nutty characters and malts as well.

T: There is a mildly bitter taste on the tip and sides of your tongue, lemons and malts, some nut flavors and a bit of alcohol in its aftertaste. Mildly sweet over all.

M: medium body leaning more on the light side and a medium carbonation feel as you drink it.
D: Smooth and refreshing, and easy to drink.

vickersspitfire, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of OHLRangers
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade with Finnman. Thanks for the chance to try this one, Matt!

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint. Calm, easy pour produces a one-finger creamy brown-white head atop a dark reddish brown body. The aroma yields dark chocolate mainly, with some caramel and earthy, grassy hops. The taste brings out some pf those hop characters in the finish, along with roasted malts. This definitely could use more body, but it is a smooth drinker. Nice offering from Bear Republic. Brown ales are definitely an underrated style.

OHLRangers, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of briman
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a medium dark reddish brown color. About a full inch brown head, with good retention, settling into

Aroma is sweet with molasses and brown sugar. Maybe a hint of hop presence, but not much.

Flavor is slightly sweet, somewhat indistinct, moving towards a slightly roasted taste in the finish which is dry and somewhat chalky. Slight almost burnt bitterness pops up for a second in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance seems ok, but overall I find this one indistinct and a bit tasteless. Based on that, can't say I'll seek it out again.

briman, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown color with a nice soapy tan head that left a sheet of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a caramel roasted malt, brown sugar and honey, and some light milk chocolate notes. The taste is of a roasted caramel malt, some burnt sugar, milk chocolate, hint of rust, light hop presence. Nice solid brown ale. The feel has a moderate body with tingely carbonation, smooth and a tad chewy, finishes with a roasty bitterness. A very nice example of a brown ale. Not as hoppy as some American versions but has the smooth malty presence that I expect.

Gmann, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of jenitivecase
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights; moderate, light brown head with good retention and lacing. Creamy. This is a pretty beer.

S: Lots of toasty, nutty notes, with some milk chocolate thrown in for good measure. Smells hoppier than I would expect for a brown ale, but this isn't deterrent. Most of the character in the nose derives from the malts, which are definitely sweet.

T: More complex that I expected from a brown ale. A bit hoppier than I expected, also, but this is probably just from my recent stint in Europe and its decidedly hop-lacking beers. The caramel malt is definitely coming through here.

M: Slightly more watery than I'd like, but definitely clean. Almost creamy, but not quite. Carbonation is minimal.

D: Definitely easy to drink, especially for the alcohol percentage. Would be a good session beer.

jenitivecase, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of athensbeermaster
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not much into American brown ale much but this is Bear Republic so why not? Poured a decent head with some pacthy lacing. The smell of brown sugar and wet bark was nice. The taste had alot going on some mocha and brown sugar with a dark woodsy funk that balanced out the sweet malt driven beer just a hint of hops also came on at the finish to give this brew some kick.

athensbeermaster, Jul 19, 2008
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.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 19, 2008
Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.