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Brown Bear - Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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Brown Bear
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-24-2005)
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Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by czfreeman:
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3.18/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured as a sampler glass.
Dark brown color, medium head. Looks like a decent brown ale.
Smells are dark malt, some chocolate, lots of roasted notes in there, a hint of floral hops, and some pepper to balance the malt.
ON the palate, Dark fruits, earthy roated notes, coffee, some bitter cocoa, dark bread, and a touch of plum or some dried fruit. Finishes lighter than expected, which cleans up the mouthfeel and makes for an enjoyable finish.
Mouthfeel is medium, finishing fairly clean and slightly sweet. Leans a bit on the sweet side overall as most beers here seem to, i.e vanilla beer, etc, but overall decent brown ale.

06-15-2012 17:50:42 | More by czfreeman
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

I had this on tap at Thirsty Bear in San Francisco, CA. It was a dark reddish-brown color with a thick tan-brown head and lots of lacing. It had a roasty aroma. The taste was of sweet roasted malt, somewhat like a weaker porter. I've had very few Browns on this trip, so it was nice to pick up a good one.

03-13-2007 22:18:23 | More by kdoc8
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-27-2014 18:18:15 | More by jmccraney
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-27-2012 04:09:11 | More by Arborescence
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Very good session ale IMO. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Caramel, roasted almonds and dark fruit in the nose. Very full and complex flavour. Quite satisfying. Some roasted coffee flavours. Light mouthfeel and great drinkability. I enjoyed this ale alot with my dinner.

07-24-2005 09:03:13 | More by baiser
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance: brown in color with a 1" head that lingers around a while. Some spotty lace dots the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel and malt sweetness are all you can detect.

Taste: caramel, some mild earthiness, a bit of dark fruit sweetness, and a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Aftertaste is very short here.

Overall: a very sessionable brown ale that has a nice flavor profile that will keep you interested for a few pints. Definitely a beer worth having at the pub.

12-14-2011 20:10:15 | More by Gavage
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

01-17-2014 04:38:24 | More by mattmarka1
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3.95/5  rDev +12.2%

Part of the sampler platter. Reviewed 7/15/10.

P: Dark, brownish-red. Ring of tan head.

A: Chocolate and caramel malts. Touch of roasted coffee.

T: Nice coffee flavor, with out being burnt tasting. Hint of chocolate on the finish. Very smooth.

A great brown ale, and stands out in the sampler.

08-08-2011 03:54:08 | More by litheum94
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3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

Dark maroon, amber color. Rich caramel coffee smell. Heavily on the side of coffee flavored, with a touch of bitterness, but easy to drink and somewhat thin. This is a decent brown ale, but not my favorite. Worth a shot if you want a roasty, malty session beer.

01-31-2008 22:13:34 | More by JDV
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3.55/5  rDev +0.9%

Clear, reddish brown with a beige/tan head. Lots of thick lace that formed rings outlining each sip, great head retention. Malty, nutty aroma, a bit of chocolate and toffee. Medium to low bitterness with the same malt profile as in the aroma. Hop flavour was almost non-existant. Lingering bitterness and sweet malts. Medium bodied and smooth, lowish carbonation. Not bad overall, a decent pint.

04-03-2010 19:10:59 | More by DrJay
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3.55/5  rDev +0.9%

Served on-tap in a slender weizen-style branded glass at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company (San Francisco, CA).

A: Very dark brown with short cap of light beige head which leaves a few scraggly lines of lace.

S: Caramel and toffee are light with more dark malitness and a light herbal hopping

T: A sweeter take on a brown ale with much more malt sweetness with caramel and toffee flavors and no buttery off-flavors. Hopping is light and herbal and grassy.

M: Solid medium-body with low carbonation and mildly dry finish.

O: A pretty good brown ale with a sweet caramel character. Thirsty Bear has definitely improved since I was here 3 years ago.

11-14-2011 03:34:12 | More by argock
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-11-2012 08:13:52 | More by Piason
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3.05/5  rDev -13.4%

Very dark for an amber, hence the name, I suppose., Good had retention.

Lot of malt and a bit too much diacetyl for the style.

Very smoky and a pretty sour finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin and there's not enough carbonation.

If you can look past some obvious flaws, it's decently drinkable.

08-18-2007 00:36:40 | More by bboven
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-02-2013 23:41:06 | More by t0rin0
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3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

This is a good brown ale. Luckily I work just around the corner so I can stop by here for lunch.

Pours a pretty deep brown. decent head, tho little retention and lace. Smells malty. Taste is pretty good. I prefer New Castle and many other browns, but the bear is a great beer. Can have a few of them to get tipsy. I'd recommend.

04-16-2009 02:50:06 | More by Newmerator
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-25-2012 02:36:06 | More by moneyfunnel
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-31-2012 03:38:36 | More by Pugsly
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3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

Clear, dark amber colour with very little head. Some lacing.

Sweet caramel aroma with some bitter toffee on the nose. Slightly nutty.

Crisp and clean malt with a touch of earthiness. Nice nutty character with some bread crust.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Too fizzy.

A decent brown ale but nothing out of this world. Balance.

08-10-2011 12:19:44 | More by dgilks
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-12-2012 03:50:02 | More by Hoppaholic
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