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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 344
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 Troyone
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a dark root beer color with a copper hue, minimal beige head and lacing, and has some carb action.

A sweet cookie dough toasted/nutty caramel malt smell with a crisp orange hops aroma.

Moderately sweet and bitter, twangy/nutty, and roasted caramel/molasses malt taste with a resin grapefruit/orange hops flavor.

Medium bodied, dry almost syrupy texture, soft almost flat carbonation, and a smooth slightly metallic finish.

The initial flavor is great however the lingering metallic grapefruit, orange, and resin flavors may limit a session.

Troyone, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a deep clear dark brown ale with a tan head. Red highlights when held up to the light.

Smell is smoke and roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee scents. Faint citrus hops and acid scent from the dark roasted malt.

Taste is sweet and smoky with a strong chocolate flavor in the first taste. Strong chocolate flavor with a little coffee and cream. Hops bitterness come on later and is mostly herbal in flavor and about right for the malt level. Tasty beer here.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty and mild brew here. Super drinkable. The only flaw if you can call it that is that this is very basic. No real subtle flavors or scents to discover. It is super drinkable. Got to wonder about the style seems to be really a good porter than an English Brown ale.

Zorro, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

clear with nice red wine highlights. not much foam left at the time of review.. some lacing. aroma leads off with a mild cocoa note and follows through with a nutty beeriness. mild overall aroma. taste is crisp and somewhat fruity, with a distinct wood profile backing it up. some worn leather flavors. slightly metallic. crisp hoppiness hides any of the chocolate/nut flavors here. this beer is a bit too 'green' for me, but emerges extremely drinkable for the 6+%. why does the label call this beer 'strong'? is 6% strong nowadays? anyway, a tribute beer consumed as a tribute to an old friend.. can't really complain about that. i would have no problem adding this to a short-list of session browns.

goodbyeohio, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

22 oz bomber poured into my big ol’ D-backs mug.
Pours a rich deep brown with ruby tinges, with a thick long lasting tan head. Chunks of lacing cling to the glass
Aroma is roasty, nutty, smokey.
flavor is sweet and smokey with just a hint of dryness at the end.
Body is a touch thin.

Padron4KM, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Picked up a single from Riley's here in Madison. Their Big Bear Black Stout was quite good so I expect big things.

Pours a very dark mahogany brown, almost opaque, which is interesting for a brown. Nice tall tan head that impressively sticks around for the entire glass with good lacing to boot. Aroma is delicious, nutmeg, cinnamon, nuts, toffee and roasted malt. Taste isn't quite as tantalizing, but still quite good. Roasted toffee malts, holiday spices, nuts, with an iced tea aftertaste like Newcastle. A little strange, but I enjoy the iced tea aftertaste, adds a level of refreshingness on a hot August night. I always love a good brown to quench the thirst. Mouthfeel is a little thinnish, but that also adds to the drinkability. Even at 6.3%, definitely session material. A very tasty brown and another solid offering from Bear Republic.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a deep cherry-red/brown color with two fingers of beige head. Delicious roasty smell with strong notes of nuts and a sweet molasses lurking in the background. Taste was not as good as the smell--roasted nuts and brown sugar upfront followed by a strong milk-like sweetness with a moderate hop bite. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. This beer is solid for the style, but just isn't to my liking--too much sweetness and not enough roasted flavors.

cubedbee, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

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 DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

Dark, deep, reddish brown colour, fairly clear, topped by a dense light brown head with good retention and lacing. Nutty and toasted malt aroma with a moderate hoppiness as well. Some chocolate in there too. Carbonation seems a little high. Starts on the sweet side with malty and nutty flavours. Fairly strong bitterness appears at the mid-point, along with dark chocolate. It finishes roasted and malty, a little on the short side. Hop flavour is present, but subdued. Moderately creamy texture. Quite a tasty brown ale and almost like a little brother to the Big Bear Black Stout. Another winner from Bear Republic.

DrJay, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a dark brown and black with just a hint of a deep red hue. Big, chunky flowing deep tan head that leaves odd shaped remnants of lace on the pint.
Aroma of dark roasted barley and toasted grains jumpr right out
with a note of roasted nuts present in the background.
Flavor is rich chewy, caramel and chocolate with some brown sugar and some roasted notes.
Mouthfeel is appropriately carbonated for style in the mid-range and complements the sweet and roast flavors nicely. Some mild and somewhat fruity bitterings appear as it warms.
Drinkability is fairly good. The slightly over-the-top roastiness shine as it warms and is a little bit of twist on the style. Good solid brew.

CRJMellor, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Picked one of these bombers up at Stateline Liquors on my visit back to Delaware...the store is across the line in Elkton, MD and well worth crossing the line :)
Pours a dark brown w/ a very light beige head...carbonation is very high, as 3 full fingers of head forms w/ little effort. Tiny bubbles cascading upward w/ very little clingy lace.
Faint aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and again carbonation.
The taste is nice...packed w/ sweet malt and hops. A slight smokey taste at the end and a tad bitter in the finish.
Mouthfeel is typical for its style...although I have read fellow BA's compare this more to a stout, I have to disagree. This is my idea of a sweet, hopped up Brown ale w/ nothing extreme in any given angle.
I could enjoy a bomber of this easily and would enjoy again if given the opportunity, especially on tap. Not my favorite style, but a nice offering and tribute from BR.

warriorsoul, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of Viggo
4.4/5  rDev +14%

Dark brown/red, nice tall tan head that sticks around and makes an interesting shape. Smells very roasty, with some hop presence and sweet malt. Damn, taste is insane malty and roasty, best brown ale I've had. It's more of a porter with all the roasty malts. Really bitter roasted malt/hop finish, this beer is mighty tasty. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, with perfect carbonation, I really recommend trying this beer. Thanks northyorksammy for the trade.

Viggo, May 24, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.4/5  rDev +14%

1 PT. 6FL OZ.
6.3% ALC. BY VOL.

Tribute to Sales Manager Peter Brown 1949-2002

Brewmaster Notes: Keep cold, respect life, give more hugs, Make Beer not Bombs, Real ale is alive, yeast is good, serve at 45º - 50º

2004 GABF Gold Medal Winner Brown Porter Category

Appearance – certified opaque brown; massive rocky, tiny-bubbled, cream tinged head at start with good retention throughout; lace is rather good; some particulates in the last pour

Smell – nutty sweet; molasses emerges; a bit roasty; light on hops

Taste – brown sugar, molasses; light hops; a good shot of brown sugar with a nicely dosed roastiness on the close

Mouthfeel – nice crisp open moves to a consistent moderate body with pleasant carbonation; bit dry to close

Drinkability – very easy drinking brown; not too heavy or with a single flavor dominating in any segment

What a solid tribute beer. Don’t be gentle with the last pour. The flavors pop more when getting to the depth of the container. Fantastic.

Wonka, May 07, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

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 ybnorml
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

A clean dark brown beer with amber highlights. Has a big foamy light brown head. The aroma has a good malty nose with a rich nutty character and a hint of hops in the bacground. The flavor starts with arush of roasted maltiness with a hint of molassess on the back of your tongue just before a light roasted malt bitterness finishes things off.

ybnorml, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%

Pours a deep brown color. No real head to speak of. Somewhat bready aroma other then that not much there. Malty flavor-slight hop bitterness. Very one dimensional. Nothing really stands out. What flavor is there is somewhat soapy. Ok body. A very ho hum beer. Im sorry to say not much of a tribute. Im suprised since everything I have had from Bear has kicked ass.

lackenhauser, Apr 11, 2005
Photo of mickeymac
3.63/5  rDev -6%

Pours a deep brown with a rather thick tan head. The smell is a very nice mix of brown sugar, caramel, and a hint of nut. Expecting good things, I was disappointed in the taste. It seemed a bit one dimensional and never lived up to the promise of the inviting aroma. Although it seemed on the verge of exploding with flavor, it wound up retaining a somewhat flavorless dryness. Based on past experience with BR, I expected great thing but was a bit disappointed. This is the first time I've rated a BR brew under 4.0.

mickeymac, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 03, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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 rkhaze
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a chestnut brown with garnet hues. Medium sized spongy tan head.
Nutty toasted barley aroma. Red fruit, chocolate and some spiciness. Mild grassy hop aromas.
Rich mellow flavors. Light roasted malt with nuts, red fruit and hints of dark caramel and chocolate. Finishes dry with a tangy, grassy hop presence.
Light bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel and good carbonation.
Decent drinkability. Not my favorite style of beer, but another fine
effort by Bear Republic.

rkhaze, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of Truh
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Played some toss and retrieve with this one on 2/7/2005. 16-0z. pour in a shaker at the Sunset.

Very thin, porter or dry stout fining head with a half crescent in it. Dark brown with just a touch of ruby to hue. Very sweet nose; like raspberries dipped in caramel, or, like Duncan Hines brownie mix. Gargle of peanut butter cup on tongue with a whisper of burnt character in its tailing; seems almost closer to a rauchbier; nice malt foundation. This is a palatable offering, though a little off-kilter for a brown.

Truh, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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.

WesWes, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of PatandDavid
3/5  rDev -22.3%

On tap at ';bones. Very dark brown when served, with a low head. Aroma-wise, there is some intrigue from roatsed cocoa nubs, and then some vegetal notes take over. Medium in body, the flavor is all about being roasty. It starts with some initial grainyness, then there's some vegetal notes, and then the roasted flavor takes over. I don't think I've ever used this word in a beer review before, but: this was a weird beer. Not awful, just may have been in weird shape.

PatandDavid, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.63/5  rDev -6%

THis is dark brown in color with a thick foam of a head.

The first thing that hit me with this beer was a familiar flavor that took a littlel while to pinpoint, and then I got it. Good, old aged brandy, minus the alcohol. Along with this comes a candied sweetness with hints of prunes, buttered whole wheat toast, and sesame seeds. After a while I realize a nuance that does not quite fit the mix, and it all goes back to that 'old brandy' thing, i think. But it is a unique taste, and a distraction that I can easily get past.
Everywhere else, this is a great drinking brew. The mouthfeel kicks ass, on par with the rest of the Bear Republic brews I've had to date. Both light enough and heavy enough, ya know?

GIVEMEBACKMYSON, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%

12/05/04- Purchased at Belltramo's Wine and Spirts in Menlo Park, CA

Appearance- Pours a brownish-amber color with a 3/4 inch head, and nice lacing.

Smell- High nutty and chocolate scents.

Taste- This is the strangest brown ale I have ever tasted. It tastes like a brown ale and an ESB combined. I'm not really a fan of ESB's, thus the low score from me. Very bitter and hard for me to swallow. The bitterness of ESB's hit my gag reflex. Kinda on the watery side too. But, my girlfriend really enjoyed it, and her favorites are brown ales, stouts and porters. So, I guess it's not as bad as I rate it.

Mouthfeel- A bit overcarbonated to me and like I said, hit's my gag reflex.

Drinkability- For me, not at all. If it were up to my girlfriend this beer would get a 4+. So, I guess brown ales lovers should give it a go. It is bitter though.

GClarkage, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Billolick, Nov 16, 2004
Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.