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Bristlecone Brown Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
uintabrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malty in character, this brown ale has a smooth body and a clean, well-rounded finish.

25 IBU

Added by alexgash on 11-13-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
173
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
12.32%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 173
Photo of microbrewlover
4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a beautiful dark reddish brown color with an off white three fingered head which lasts and strong carbonation. There is also thick lacing which remains on the glass until the end.

The smell is of strong malts and nuts as well as some pine resin. The nutty part of the smell gets stronger as the brew warms up.

The taste follows the nose with strong, mostly sweet malts, nuts and strong pine taste and pine resins which linger on the tongue. Slight astringent effect, no hops to speak of. Overall a deep earthy taste.

The mouthfeel is thick, nutt and earthy. The carbonation is also present.

Overall this is a smooth beer to drink. Maybe it was the smell of the pine and the nuts but this beer seemed to have a relaxing effect on me. I will pick up a six pack of this from the local deli tomorrow.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice light brown color with one finger of head that falls to cover the beer. The nose has hints of coffee, maybe just a bit too roasty for my tastes in a brown ale. The taste is strong in the coffee notes. I like it, but I'm not sure how it works for the style. The feel is a touch thin, but its still a damn good beer. The drinkability is awesome on this one. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would like to see more if it again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New 2006 edition, bottled on 09/07/06. Pours a clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice creamy tan head, lots of lacing afterwards. Scents of roasted malts, toffee/caramel. The taste is of roasted nutty malts, and slight toffee/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a tasty Nut Brown Ale from this brewery. I'm glad to get a sixer from them, since it is only in the sampler pack. Highly recommended.

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Photo of scotorum
3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Deep clear ruby, finger thick offwhite head receded quickly to even surface foam and extensive lacing.

s: Mild malt

t: Caramel malt with considerable bitter hop balance.

m: Light to moderate. Strong carbonation plays off the tongue.

o: A good dinner or session brown, a bit hoppier than I like my browns, but a more than decent modern take on the style.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber brown, very clear. has a large head with big bubbles.
S- Smells malty and very nutty, A good English feel to it. Some fresh underlying hop character.
T- A great taste, comes with a good bunch of nuts and dark malts. Great malt character and underlying hoppiness. A great balance and very refreshiung.
M- This beer is Easy to drink and is very refreshing. No dry mouth feel afterwards. This beer, does seem a tiny bit watered down but its that quality that makes this beer so drinkable.
O- A very good and competively priced brown ale, Very delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #41 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is a pretty nice brown ale. Again, as I've noticed with much of the beer in Utah, I let this sit for quite some time before diving into it and I think the temperature really does make a difference.

Overall, this is a pretty smooth brown ale. There is a mild tangy tone to it that approaches being too much, but I can deal with it. The flavor profile is consistent and smooth. Even and unwavering. Works for me.

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Photo of Auraan
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice reddish brown with a one finger off-white head. It looks like a good brown ale, quite nice, very true to the style. Scents of caramel malt, brown bread, nutty aromas, and some slight brown sugar. A very nice, simple, true to style aroma. Taste is also true to style. It begins and finishes nutty, with a bit a bready flavor in the middle, slight toffee sweetness, toasty malt, slight roast malt, a bit of yeast flavors, and a nice moderate level of herbal hops, about on point for a brown ale. The finish is a bit dry. Overall it's pretty good, with more of the roasted, toasted, herbal hops and nuttiness than sweetness, which makes it my preferred type of brown ale. Mouthfeel is light bodied, slightly watery, lightly carbonated and very easy to drink. It's definitely got the session mouthfeel. Overall it's a good brown ale, at a nice price point. It's not the best brown ale I've had, but it's got a good flavor profile, lacking the sweetness of some other brown ales which makes it good in my book.

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Photo of vkv822
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip
Best By: 03/01/13

Pours a clear, dark amber read with a thick, foamy off white head and nice lacing.

Toasty biscuit, earthy, nutty. Nose and palate are quite similar, though the palate does have a bit more lightly sweet, nutty taste overall.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A well done English brown ale. Not a really popular style, but one I am finding I enjoy.

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Photo of chicost84
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle after a solid day on the slopes in Brianhead Utah. Snowing buckets outside with Coltrane lingering in the background. Nutty and smokey, but a very light feel and taste for a brown. As an avowed West Coast hop enthusiast, I really enjoyed this offering from Uinta. Going to crack another one as a matter of fact... you should go get some.

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Photo of Vancer
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gents and Ladies, step up to a nice Brown ale. It’s not suppose to dominate the palate with hops or malt. And when you have a 4% limit, you have your hands tied..

But this poured deep mahogany, and LOTs of ivory head and lacing for a poor lad of 4% Malts and light hops dominate the aroma and quaff. Just a quaint little brew.

Many thanks to Wastach for the trade and the chance.

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Photo of blitz134
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Wasatch a little while back...Thanks...

Has a nice clear brown, caramel colored body. Small just off-white head that stays around. Some nice lace on the glass as well.

Has a nutty aroma with some chocolate hints and some caramel and biscuity malts underneath. A bit of earthy and grassy hops. Pretty nice aroma.

Taste is nutty again with some toasted malts. Simple flavor, tastes a bit watered down.

Thinnish mouthfeel, medium carbonation is just right to make it quaffable. Overall a good beer, easy drinking for sure...

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber brown color with good clarity good when held up to a light and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, mocha, nutty, and some bready notes too.

Taste: bready and chewy malts, mocha, coffee, nuts, and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a little watery, medium carbonation, chewy, and too drinkable.

Overall: At 4%, it's a lighter brown ale than most. Still enjoyable with the qualities one would expect.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium-dark copper ale with excellent clarity and a creamy tan head that leaves lacing on the glass.

S: A malty aroma with a light nuttiness, some yeast, fruit-like aromas of grape and raisin. Very little hops.

T: Malt carries the flavor with a light caramel but is pretty dry and against the moderate hop bitterness with balance is towards bitter. There is a light earthy and lemon hops flavor. There is an English character to the yeast with a mild fruitiness and a faint diacetyl. The finish is off dry with a light fruity aftertaste.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A dry English Brown makes it so much more enjoyable for me than the typical somewhat sweet versions I usually find. A flavorful beer at only 4 make this one down right sessionable.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Taken from notes on 4/12/13...Bottle reads best before 3/9/13...not too out of code.

Poured into a pint glass. Great foamy tan head on top of light brown mahogany colored body. Semi-decent clarity, with a bit of haze in the body. Lacing down the side of the glass is a big plus...

Aroma is consistent with the Brown Ale style, with notes of toasted bread, walnuts, and earthy hops. Light intensity, but right where it should be. I think the aroma is decent, but maybe a bit subdued.

Bristlecone Brown starts mild, with a nutty flavor and a gentle balancing bitterness. Hints of toasted bread and walnuts. It has a smooth finish with a medium body and good carbonation throughout the pint.

Refreshing. I haven't had a brown ale in a while and this hits the spot. Great flavor that is well-made and complex enough to be interesting, and yet very drinkable. Pretty good brown ale. It's a bit mild but I love the sessionability of this one.

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Photo of cbutova
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Semi-aggressive pour into a large chalice. Brown body with some dark red around the edges where light pierces the glass. Off-white head forms to two fingers with an inviting thick, creamy texture. Good retention and a ton of creamy, thick lace.

S- Mostly malty nose brings aromas of toasted grains, nutty hints, toffee, slight roast cocoa, cereal grain and some caramel sweetness. Slight yeast bread and fruit but mostly grains here. Seems to fade out a lot.

T- Malt-driven with just enough hints of hops and yeast to balance the flavor. The grains used here bring a lot of toasted, biscuit and nutty notes with underlying hints of toffee, caramel sweets, cereal and slight roast. Light hints of grassy, spicy UK hops and some yeast bread and esters.

MF- Creamy textured body with a moderate thickness. Carbonation on the high side and supports the flavors well. Light bitterness in the finish.

Flavorful malty base with some hop and yeast influence. A solid American interpretation of the style.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $2

Appearance - Clear brown colour with an average size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, hay/straw, hazel ut

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and light hops. There is also some straw/hay, chocolate, and some hazelnuts.

Overall - Really like the appearance and scent, but the taste needs a little more oomph. Just seems a little too light bodied.. or maybe that's what they were going for. Still another solid beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of Omnium
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a ruby red/brown color, 1.5 finger of off white head, little lacing.
S - Aroma consists of some maple syrup, earthy spices, toasted hazelnut and roasted grain.
T - Up front is a nice sweet malt with some of those roasted flavors then you get some earthy tones and on the end its a little floury.
M - Very light feeling, not watery, but like as soon as you swallow it, its gone from your palate.
O - Not a bad brown ale at all, good flavors, just wish it lasted a little while longer, but you could easily session this beer.

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Photo of alexgash
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber-brown body with a light tan head. Smells of sweet biscuit malts with a good hop background. Taste is toasty sweet biscuity malts, followed by a dose of roastedness, and finishes with modestly bitter hops. Medium bodied, very drinkable Utah beer.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle I to a dfh snifter

A: get a nice translucent ruby brown with a fat finger of slightly nutty brown head. Nice retention and tons of stoicky lacing all the way down.

S: good amount of bready yeastyness right up front, long with some toasty grain. A light nutty aroma.... A light chciakte note comes out as the beer warms.

T: again bready yeastyness is the first thing I pick up, some nutty toasty grainy notes as well, touch of chocolate on the finish, long nutty aftertaste.

M: light bodied, almost watery, but considering the abv I suppose that is to be expected, despite this It does have a nice creamy carbonation that carry all the flavors well, dry on the finish.... The aftertaste lingers for quite a while, leaving the mouth coated with a nutty flavor.

O: nice flavor for such a low abv beer, personally I would of enjoyed a bit more heft to this one and I feel like it would have made it an all around better beer, by eliminating the wateryness. but overall it is not a bad brown ale.

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Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

single bottle from SLC

a: deep nutshell brown in color, capped with a khaki head that shows good retention

s: biscuity pale malt structure with a full dose of toasted nuts and lightly roasted grain, the clean backbone holds up the nuts well, earthy hops

m: carbonation smooth, light-medium, body lighter

t: a body of dry, crackery pale malts, lightly toasted nuts, woody nutshell, simple earthy hop flavors, finishes dry with a mild bitterness

o: not complex but I dig the nutty aromas, clean and drinkable, fine

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - clear caramel amber with a large, thick, off white, brownish head that has great retention

S - grainy, some faint caramel, some very faint toffee

T - grainy up front with a faint bitterness followed by some caramel, a light nuttiness, and some toffee and then it finishes with a faint coffee-like roasted malt note

M - medium bodied though at times thin, well carbonated, a bit dry

This isn't a bad beer by any means, but it does have a few notes that detract from the overall experience. The grainy notes are too forward with too little malt backbone to correct it. The overall flavor is there but it's a bit subdued. The mouthfeel is also a bit light. If you like brown ales you'll probably still want to give it a try because at 4% this could be a new session ale for you.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit nutty. Taste is toasted malts, hops are in the mix, a bit of nuts as well, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Much lighter than I could expect for the style and with the ABV I could see why. An solid oak brown clear with a ruby hue. For almost a light beer ABV it's cool to see a 1/4 inch of sticky foam that settles to a hefty lace ring.

S - Mild roasted malts, touch of somewhat nutty, and some sweeter malts.

T - The flavor is not bad it's pretty nice smooth sweet malt/roasted nut combo malt forward with little bittering hops. Not bad.

M - It does drink with a medium chewy body. Don't know how they did it with the ABV.

Overall it's a pretty sweet session Brown ale. Not bad if that's your thing.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before 02/07/14

A: Pours a light brown color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a sticky cap within a minute. Leaves some decent lacing

S: Lightly malty with a faint nuttiness along with notes of molasses and toffee. On the milder side in comparison to sweet. Very light fruitiness tucked in behind the malts

T: Follows the nose. Starts off malty and stays that way. Nuttiness and toffee notes up front, with some fruitiness in tow. Finishes lightly sweet

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice and mild English brown with plenty of flavor for a 4% brew. Nothing complex, but easy to sit down and drink in possible large quantities. Pulling off this type of brew is not easy, so hats off to Uinta

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Photo of constantine_272
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Great dark brown. Head dissipated to a sticky dotted mess pretty much immediately. Clear. Medium carbonation.

S: Mahogany. Rich topsoil. Dark roasted chestnut.

T: Woodiness starts off big. Iced light coffee. Bitterness of pine resin and pine needles. Dry with a little tobacco smokiness on the finish.

M: Lots of roast, but still very clean tasting. Surprisingly thin and light despite the big roast too.

O: Big flavor in a not so big beer. More roast than I would have expected for a brown honestly though.

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