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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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575 Ratings
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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | 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 TastyTaste
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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.

Photo of baiser
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of Troyone
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.28/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of cubedbee
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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!

Photo of DrJay
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of Wonka
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of ybnorml
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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

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.

Photo of WesWes
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.