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Peter Brown Tribute Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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560 Ratings
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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 345
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:
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 cswhitehorse
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Pete Brown Tribute poured a dark brown hue with a 2 finger foam head with quite a bit of lacing. It was a lovely looking Ale.

The aroma was of brown sugar and biscuit maltiness. The taste was molasses which was the dominant flavor to start. The I felt the malt all the way through.

It was thin and gave a slight hoppiness that didn't last long in the mouth. Overall a pretty good beer and though I am not a huge fan of brown ales I found this quite an enjoyable brew.

Photo of unibrew
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!

Photo of dsa7783
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz single bottle purchased from Monarch in Island City in Long Island, NY for $5.99...
A hefty pour yielded a dark-brown, ruby-red appearance with a modest-sized foamy and frothy head that soon dissipated and left a hefty amount of lacing...
Sweet, nut-brown, malty aroma bursting with caramel, nuts, and rich malts...
The taste was what really made this one stand out and was an excellent depiction of the style, with a very strong nut-brown, malty taste, with strong chocolate, dark-espresso, and mocha nuances... Excellent, creamy, rich, thick flavor, that really highlighted the chocolate essences associated with this beer...
Excellent, creamy, rich, thick mouthfeel to match... One of the best brown ales I've sampled in a long time...
Good mouthfeel coupled with an excellent level of drinkability...
Definitely recommended...

Photo of Bubba83
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at 45-50 degrees into a standard tumbler.

Appears a dark brown that seems to glow as you put it up to the light, light creates deep ruby on the fringes. The head is smooth and creamy, and looks like the foam you'd expect to find on a latte. 2 fingers of head after a fairly vigorous pour. Awesome tan color.

Smells bready/nutty with some toffee and hints of floral hop notes with some pine. I also smell some background smoke in there.

I taste the pine right away, but it's not overdone. Fades into toffee and nuts, with some bread molasses. Smoke flavor is deep in the background, which gives it a mysterious quality that is hard to figure out. Ends with a little more of that hop quality, but overall hoppiness remains low in the flavor profile.

Has a pretty low level of carbonation, it does fizz a smidge on the tongue at first but then turns smooth and creamy, and has a medium-thin body.

Pretty easy to quaff with the mouthfeel but the diverse profile wants me to slow a bit, it's nice to just enjoy the malty qualities of a good brown ale by sipping and swirling. I can't think of a brown ale I've tried that beats this one. Nice job Bear Republic, Peter Brown would surely have been proud of the work you've done in his honor.

Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Style somewhere between a Brown Ale and a Porter. Nice..light..but tasty. A lot of Brown Ales are drinkable but a little on the boring side. This is a good drinkable beer.

Pours a dark mahogany,with a medium light tan head. Shines red when held up to the light. Smell is roasted malts with a little hint of chocolate.

Taste is stronger than a Brown Ale...heading towards a porter. Some roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Still smooth and a little sweet like a brown ale. There is a little hop bite at the end but the initial taste is malty.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich and balanced with sweetness, maltiness and a little hops crispiness all balanced nicely.

Drinkability is good. A bit high on abv for a session beer but tastes like a good session beer.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into 2 pint glasses. Clear mahogany color with 2 fingers of light tan colored head that dissipates slowly leaving some lacing. Aroma is nutty with hints of brown sugar and bread. Taste is somewhat subdued, again nutty and malty, somewhat chewy. A bit lacking in the hops, but I guess that comes with the style (I've really been digging the west coast hop bombs every since my trip to Portland, OR). Medium-heavy mouthfeel somewhat reduces drinkability on this one.

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

Even though English Browns are my favorite - I figured Bear Republic has never done me wrong. I was correct.

I think sometimes the nuttiness of the browns are a turnoff and this avoids that. Sure it's plenty of chewy malt in the backbone but it has a sweetness that is welcome.

Photo of atsprings
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque deep brown with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is brown malts, cocoa, and subtle caramel. The taste is a mild blend of cocoa, brown malts and some slight nut flavor. The beer is light and smooth with hidden alcohol. While not nearly as impressive as the other brews I've had from Bear Republic, this one is still enjoyable.

Photo of Homerbag
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very rich brown body with huge fluffy head that laces like a dream.

Smells nutty, some sweet malt, molassas and brown sugar. Taste is sweat and nutty, not obnoixius on either. Notes of brown sugar, molassas, and no presence of alcohol. Very easy drinker. Low, but proper CO2, no fizziness to it.

An all around good brew that is up to the caliber of Bear Republic. This is on the heavier side of a brown ale, but still very good and worth getting a bomber.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Nice pour into my pint glass. Tall, though quickly dissolving head. Deep brown burgundy color. I'd say its a porter without having read the label or the BA classification.

Porter to the nose too, hmm.
Rich chocolate and coffee. Very malty, no sign of hops in there. Mild nut flavor.

Smooth at first, but a coffee-type bitterness at the end. Raw coffee beans, milky/lactose laden chocolate. Aftertaste is sugary coating.

Drinkability isnt really there for me. It's to heavy and sweet. There seems to be a bit too much sugar/molassas in the aftertaste, as well as up front.

Photo of russpowell
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

Photo of BeerSox
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Ultra deep brown hue, with only a little bit of ruby red coming through toward the bottom of the glass. A thick one finger light tan head slowly settles to a thin bubbly cap. At the first pour this one looked almost like a porter. Solid lacing along the glass.

Roasty malts set up the base with brown sugar highlights. Not much hop aroma in this one.

Smooth coffee like malts with a little bit of bitterness. The hops are barely there in the end giving a little bit of balance. Some caramel is in there as well, adding to the sweetness. Full bodied, with a mellow amount of carbonation. The finish is lingering grain.

This one may be on the heavy end of a brown ale, but it is definitely a great beer. Light poter, heavy brown ale, whatever, it's a highly drinkable beer that's hard to put down. Recommended.

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

I bought a bomber of Pete Brown Tribute Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown color with a garnet red hue when held up to the light. Rich beige head forms, and is quite resilient.

The smell is sharp, a with a biting molasses aroma, and some dark fruit scents, plums maybe.

The taste is a charcoal sugar flavor, with a molasses presence, and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth, with a dry warm alcohol presence.

A fairly drinkable brew, perhaps a bit strong to be sessionable. It remonds me more of a porter or stout than a brown ale. Not the easy drinking brown some might expect, but it smells and tastes good, and is certainly drinkable enough.

Photo of JDV
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour, with a lightish tan head that didn't last. Smell is of slight roasty malt, a bit nutty perhaps and a touch of brown sugar. Taste is rather ordinary light roast malt, typical of browns, with a just a hint of brown sugary bitter sweetness too. Still, flavor is on the light and mellow side. Mouthfeel is moderate. Not too thin, but not substantial either Alcohol is barely perceptable if at all. Very drinkable, but not too incredibly unique or interesting. Worth a try if you like browns, I suppose.

Photo of orsulacp
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice creamy tan head, it is a little small but it is there. The body is mahogany with some ruby highlights. A good roasted malt smell along with some molasses and a hint of grassy hops. The taste is kind of subdued compared to the smell, there is a bit of chocolate and then some bready malt with hint of grassy hops. It ends surprisingly dry, maybe not that surprising since there is very active carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, the dry finish makes me want to drink more and more I drink it the more I like it.

Photo of yourefragile
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Clear dark brown color with amber tints around edges. A fluffy, thick light tan colored head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Consistently rising small bubbles
S: And it smells like a brown ale. I really have a hard time getting excited by the smell of these. Malty, brown sugary, some bread
T: Nice, slight hop taste to balance the malt, bread, sugary tastes. Reminds me of Duck Rabbit's Brown Ale, but this is much better, much more balanced. Slightly dry in the finish, with a sweet, nutty taste.
M: Slightly thin, lots of carbonation
D: At this point I'm probably just rating the drinkability of these brown ales lower than they deserved because I'm not very enthusiastic about the style. Regardless, this is one of the better ones I've had recently, very easy to drink and enjoy, just not remarkable (which isn't a bad thing)

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

Quite tasty.

Poured into my Levitation tulip, deep, rich mahogany with a sturdy head that gives way with minimal lacing.

Aroma is nutty and chocolate-y, just the memory of some citrus hops, and some toasted bread.

Tastes much like it smells, relatively mild by all accounts, the chocolate and toast come forward a bit more, and not 'til it gets warm do the American hops come through.

Body is medium-full and relatively smooth.

Very drinkable, not terribly complex, but well balanced. Would be downright sessionable if it dropped a point or two of ABV. Not hoppy enough by far to show off as an example of the American Brown style, but definitely a bit non-traditional as an English Brown (it took gold at GABF in the Brown Porter category)... it's definitely worth a taste, but nothing to get too excited about.

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

This was a pretty decent brown ale, but it was definitely bordering on a porter, me thinks. It reminded me of deschutes black butte porter, except a tinsy bit more rich and nutty. The color was dark brown and the head was vanilla and rather full. The taste definitely highlighted some caramel with the nuttiness in the background, and hops were subtle. The aroma was a one dimensional sensations of caramelly malt, but the taste branched out a bit. I didn't notice that the abv was over 6%, and it definitely drank like it was lower. I would easily go back for this if I could get it on tap.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color a reddish hue (looks like cola) with a light tan head.

S: Lots of rick malts with some sweetness mixed in.

T: A rich malty brown with a malt backbone of molasses, maple syrup and brown sugar. A solid hop presence with good bitterness finishes it off for some balance. It's a solid english brown although a little hoppier than most.

M: Very active carbonation with a medium-body.

D: Very drinkable, easily sessionable. A nice straightforward brown, although not a lot of complexity and not all that interesting.

Photo of NewSc2
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a big fan of Bear Republic's common offerings (Racer 5, Racer X, Hop Rod, etc.), I saw this at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa and decided to give it a try. It's really quite an interesting beer but I ended up slanting on the interesting-but-not-great side.

Starting from the pour, it looked great and poured nice and easy. It's on the darker side of brown ales, and nicely carbonated in the glass.

I can't help but think of Hop Rod Rye when I drink this beer, though. Part of me keeps yearning for more hops and less malts. And I really can't get quite over the smell, which is probably what makes this beer the most interesting out of BA's points (A/S/T/M/D). It smells a lot like Hop Rod, but tastes quite softer, which is interesting. Interesting, mind you, doesn't mean that it smells good. It almost feels like somebody mixed in a maltier brown ale with a hoppy Red.

As I keep drinking it I notch up the taste from 3.5 to 4.0. It's a good transition beer between an IPA and a Belgian.

Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Photo of DogFood11
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into the sam adams modified tulip/pils glass. True to its name this pours a solid brown. Streaking lace slides with every pull.

Nice malty backbone to this brew. A fresh feel to this that pleases the palate. Lacks the sweet side that some browns tend to have and I find that to be a nice change of pace. Well balanced.

I love bear republic for many reasons. Every offering I've had has been solid, hit the marks and shown some imagination. Prices are reasonable. I'm not a huge brown fan but this is one I'd seek out when the mood strikes.

Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at approximately 45 degrees into my La Fin Du Monde tulip from the 22oz brown bottle.

A - Deep mahogany w/ a full 3 fingers of whipped up toasted marshmallow head. The bead is fine and the lace is moderately well clinging.

S - Nice, nutty sweet odors w/ a sour cherry like odor. Hazelnuts and sweet chocolate and bready yeast aromas.

M - Sweet creamy and full w/ a toasty and nutty feel w/ full carbonation and a sweet finish.

T - Dark cherry and deep chocolate malt w/ a sweet nutty quality at first taste. Very clean for such a big beer. Nice creamy taste w/subtle hop notes. Mostly brown malt flavor w/ a light crystal malt sweetness and very tasty w/ a lingering nutty flavor.

D - Very good American brown, slightly stronger than average, but basic roasted and chocolate malt flavors w/ out much yeast character. One you may get bored w/ yet "easy to knock back" w/ mushroom soup, a nice offering from Bear Republic.

Tasted blind - May 2009, served chilled in a double walled tumbler by tb69
A -3.5, S-4, M - 3.5, T-4, D - 4

A-Deep burgundy/tootsie roll-esque. The color of medium roast coffee w/ a thick rocky light tan head. Good clarity and good lacing from a moderately hard pour

S - citrus hops and dark fruit aroma w/ dark brown sugar and mild alcohol note w/ rich woody almost maple aroma

M - Thick concentrated sugar, but juicy taste w/ hins of herbal hops and noticeable abv in the feel. Somewhat sweet finish-wise and creamy textured

T - The flavor is deep berry and toffee w/ hints of coffee and the light molasses w/ a nutty and caramel malt note w/ a balanced flavor of pine hops and nutty/toasty accent. The flavor has more of a brown sugar and almost bourbon wood influence in the sweetness end of the flavor spectrum.

D - A tasty brown full of flavor, potent but not a beer to take lightly since is is not a session brown, but certainly fits the American brown category well.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a nice head with a good retention. Nice brown color.

Smell: A huge brown sugar backbone with some nice caramel malts. Some citrusy hops provide a nice balance. Hints of molasses throughout.

Taste is really well balanced. Some caramel malts and brown sugar with a very nice balance of hops. Molasses comes out as the beer warms. This beer is balance. It might get underrated because it's not over the top, but it only further cements my love of bear republic brews. Bear Republic is becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Nice mouthfeel, Not exactly creamy, but the carbonation is spot on. It's very good for a brown ale

One of the most drinkable american brown ales that I've ever had. Bear Republic can't miss I guess.

Photo of goochpunch
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out like a dark maple syrup with a thin head of bubbles of various sizes. Leave some spotty lace. The first thing noted in the nose is the earthy and woody (as in the forest, not the material) hops with a backing of honey and brown sugar. Their estery house yeast character is pretty subdued in this one, but allows for some fruitiness to pair up with the other smells. These esters, however, come out a bit more in the flavor along with some dusty cocoa and a backing of the hops. Malt flavor is a bit thin and the hops do what they can. Mouthfeel is kind of light, chalky, and dusty. Decent brown all around. I wasn't expecting (or hoping for) some hop bomb, but I expected a little more from this brewery.

Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.