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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: 557
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 jaluria
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this while on a 'beer day trip' through Northern VA and I instantly grabbed 2-22 oz. bottles.

Poured a lovely opaque brown with subtle hues of black and amber and a thick, flowing off-white colored head leaving behind rings of lacing. Aromas of grains, roasted sugar, and burnt toast seemed to come to mind. The taste was just incredible with a dominating malt flavor that had hints of mint, pine, and caramel. In addition, there was a pronounced smoked flavor that underlined the other flavors. Sweet and malty with added textures and bite; but a bit too bread-like in the finish. Excellent drinkability. To me this tasted more like a well designed porter or stout which I really like rather than an EB ale.

jaluria, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of arizcards
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Trader Joe's for $3.99 in mid-September.

This brew pours a cola brown with a nice head that has sustained nicely. Nose is malty, a bit nutty, and has a hint of chocolate. Taste is very good, just a right amount of sweetness to start, a bit chocolatety, malty, and nutty, and finishes with a dry hop. Complex yet subtle! Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice for the style. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a nicely crafted brew that is a good representation of the style. Another nice brew from the folks at Bear Republic!

arizcards, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of RedDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in honor of a deceased colleague by the name of Brown, Tribute Ale is a brown ale with a highly complex aroma that starts with molasses and golden raisin and drifts towards burnt sugars and cocoa. This medley of smells is distinctive and appealing. Tribute’s head is akin to a rootbeer float – rocky and cream colored – and trails thick, snowy breakaway rings of lace. The body is deep sorrel with confident head retention.

Tribute’s taste touches upon cinnamon stick or allspice. The mix of robust malts with a hint of spice is compelling. Brown ale is a fickle style that can taste like shoe leather if not executed with some agility. Tribute is a fine tribute to a departed friend and a hearty beer style.

RedDiamond, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark cola-brown with a little bit of light passing through and a pretty thick, frothy beige head that leaves a good amount of lace. A nice-looking brew.

Smell is very malty, with a little plum scent, some caramel, and a little bit of nuttiness. No alcohol or hops are really all that present in the scent.

Flavor is malty-sweet, with a heavy caramel character and a light bit of chocolate in there as well. The fruitiness comes through as a bit of plum and a little bit of cherry. The finish has some smoke and nuttiness in it and is, in my opinion, the best part of the beer. The lingering smoke/nutty aftertaste is quite nice.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin and somewhat distracting.

Overall: This is the first Bear Republic beer I've had that only seemed okay. It's not a bad brown ale, but it's not as exciting as their pale ales or stout, and the thin mouthfeel really got in the way of things for me. More boring than anything; not one I'll buy again.

whartontallboy, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of UncleFlip
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark brown. scant tan head. Just enough to cover.

Smell is fruity and a bit astringent, and smoky at the same time.

The fruit is not as apparent in the flavour. Smoke gives way to chocolate, which gives way to coffee.

Low carbonation fails to steal focus from a thin liquid- just the way it should be.

Very drinkable. Complex, but not so intense that it drives you away.

Be weel

UncleFlip, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting brown ale but not souped up enough to be an Imperial Brown...

Pours a dark brown color...excellent nose of molasses, maple and earthy hops....body is on the light side of medium..a bit watery....certainly not a huge beer...nice chocolate taste....also some brown sugar...maple...molasses....earthy hops...

I find this quite enjoyable....not a true 'big" beer but a very flavorful brown ale....sweet without being sticky...nice brew...would drink gladly again...

ZAP, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Dark maroon body, the head is moderate, then fades to a think layer of tan head. This one smell very chocolatey, like frosting, maybe a hint of hazelnut thrown in there also. Sweet and brown sugary in the nose, smells very good. Taste is rich and sweet, slightly nutty, but this beer really sufferes from it's thin and watery mouthfeel. A good brown ale, except for the watery-aspect.

TastyTaste, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of czechsaaz
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful malty aroma, just a hint of darker roasts, some toffe-like and caramel. There's a hint of hops too. Not citrussy at all. Some ferm. esters of dried fruit. Later sniffs bring out more of the toasty/roasty dark malts.

Deep brown. Help up to the light it's reddish. Thick tan head that lasts pretty much as long as it's in the glass. Clarity good for a beer this dark. Nice lace too.

Flavor...WOW. I'm hit with all sorts of things. Dark roast (smokey almost) malt. Sweet 2-row malt. Generous hop bittering and just a little hop flavor. More dried fruit esters and then back to sweet malt. Some sips give me coffee, others seem like chocolate.

Full bodied, very creamy, very nice medium carbonation. Slightly warming but in no way overly strong.

I don't know Pete Brown or anything about the circumstances of this tribute beer. But I raise my glass to his inspiring this truly fine beer.

czechsaaz, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

absolutely outstanding brown ale.
pours deep brown with some copper tones with a nice 1 inch head that is slightly frothy and sticks around.
aroma was that of a tootsie rolls
brown sugar and molasses are the major playerswith hints of caramel.
taste was just amazing, brown sugar and molasses, it finishes with a hint of hop on the tongue. it coats the mouth well.
just outstanding. one of the best brown ales I have had.

kegerator, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of baiser
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, with ruby highlights and a large, light tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, sweet malt, caramel and some dark fruitiness. This beer didn't really do it for me. No outstanding flavours. Just a blend of non-commital flavours, none to define this beer. Some spiciness, malt sweetness and slight hop flavour. Medium bodied, ok drinkability. I've had better from Bear Republic.

baiser, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of Troyone
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
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!

oberon, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 11, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
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!

NeroFiddled, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.