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Ride That Bear | The Bruery

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3.9/5
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58 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ride That Bear is an imperial hoppy brown ale. With a sleek malt physique imparting warm, nutty and toasty layers, complemented by California yeast and a particularly excellent sense of smell from dry-hopping.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 02-19-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
58
pDev:
8.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by dvmin98:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of Studfarm69
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OStrungT
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer isn't exactly what I expected. It's now very balanced. More of an American Strong Ale. Copper in color with a creamy tan head that fades ever so slowly, leaving a thick curtain of lace. Malt aroma and flavor or throughout. Some fig as well. It's a bit overly sweet. Some dank hop aroma as well. Carbonation is ok, and it leaves a super sweet aftertaste. Doubt I'll drink this one again.

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Brown with cream colored head
S- Bitter hops very present
T- Nice mix of a smooth brown ale with some bright hop characteristics
F - Medium
O- Much better than I anticipated

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Photo of HalfFull
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass. Pour is a slightly hazy brown with some crimson highlights. A thin cap of foam lingers for a bit and offers some solid lace and recovery via a spin.

Nose is muted as the head settles. Quite hoppy after a spin but more malt driven after some air. Balanced malt delivery overall yet unremarkable.

Taste follows with malt and hops and a good level or carbonatiion to carry things along. Different, bit chalky, yet the ABV is unexpected and unperceived. Flavor profile is muted and a bit muddled as is the pour. Mouthfeel is thick for the style but fits the recipe in a sense. This is not a clean brown ale by any means, but more of a hybrid dirty red ale.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Claydoe4
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TrojanRB
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Warm brown with a hint of dark brick. Thin cream head.

Malty nose, toasted whole wheat bread

Tastes of toffee, a bit of caramel, and a slightly citrus finish. Interesting progression.

Finely carbonated...quite drinkable. The 9% alcohol is well hidden by the malt.

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Photo of soco89ziegler
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of n2185
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nataku00
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Absolut
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

received a bottle, shipped directly from the Bruery.

Poured into a pint glass. dark brown hard to see through, fizzy beige head that turns foamy.

smells of malt, toast, and hops.

taste is malty, toasy goodness with a hoppy finish.

very enjoyable. can't believe its 9.2% (on bottle, here it says 9.4).

damn fine beer.

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

A: Poured into a nonic pint to a light brown topped by a dense two finger bone colored head that retains well with some lacing
S: Smells of brown sugar along with a good bit of pine resin and juicy citrus from teh hops
T: Taste is bitter pine with some of that brown sugar sweetness struggling to come forward. Citrus rind comes in as well as some nice pith flavors. The malt sweetness tries to come forward but this is one hoppy brown. The swallow on this one is slightly toasted malts with a lot of oily pine and lingering juicy citrus
M: This beer is about a medium in body with soft but adequate carbonation and an oily finish from all the hops.
O: Overall this is a pretty good brown. It's very well hopped so if you don't like hops this is not a beer for you. Definitely a nice twist on the style with some good flavors and complexity.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 2/18/16. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a rose tinted brown with two and a half fingers of manilla head. There is some nice retention that spreads to a thin halo, leaving some wide swaths of chunky lacing where that halo rested.

Smells of earthy, aging hops, citrus peel, bread, an almost rye spicy character and a hint of chocolate.

Tastes much like an American barleywine at first with an assertive piney and citrus peel bitterness joined by grainy and caramelly malts. Some chocolate joins in that bends flavor more towards brown ale. There are also notes of peppercorns, flower pedals, slightly burnt toast, an earthy nuttiness and a dollop of booze.

Full body with moderately strong carbonation. Lingering, bittersweet finish with pine, cereal grain, orange rind and a touch of chocolate.

Ride That Bear straddles a line between American barleywine and imperial brown. Ultimately there is enough chocolate and nutty presence for me to be comfortable with the style ruling. Despite consuming it well past its hoppy prime this was an enjoyably different release from The Bruery.

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Photo of allstar255
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haze
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rand
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into tulip glass (you can tell by the nose this isn't a standard brown ale, and glassware can/should be adjusted)

A: More copper-red than brown, an easy pour yields a sudsy head that leaves sticky lacing everywhere.

S: Hops and malts hit the senses with equal force. Sharp resiny hop essence and earthy floral notes offset by sweet, bready, nutty aspects. The nose reminds me of pine cones.

T: Big, bold profile, also with bitter and sweet aspects paying equal contribution. Caramel, raw peanuts, and sweet, whole grain bread on one side - resiny, floral tones, earthy tea and citrus rind at the other. Fair amount booze, as the California yeast gives the brew a unique bready finish.

M: Medium viscosity and complexion with ample carbonation.

I really liked this one. I wasn't expecting much, but I've never had a brew that was so unique and so obviously trying to cut it's own cloth, all the while being easy to throw back. It's too bad this was a one-off, hopefully they keep something going along these lines (they seem to resurrect the good ones, I think we'll see more than this batch).

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split with rudzud

Huge foamy fizzy 3 finger head fades slowly, big messy lacing covers the sides, clear auburn dark mahogany iced tea color.

Nose huge spicy chewy hops, earthy little pine, orange peel, big pine resin and spicy hop, some sweet brown malts and little creamy toasty brown, big candy.

Taste brings tons of super spicy hops, briny chewy earthy, pine forest floor, big bitterness spicy hop, big orange rind, little citrus in general, malts bring a red malt flavor, toasted reddish candy malts not too sweet, more like red ipa, little creamy even. Finish big bitterness super spicy briny little pine earthy hops, touch sticky fair dry.

Mouth is med bod, dessert and creamy, nice fluffy carb, no booze.

Overall not bad, decent hops super spicy with earthy pine, little malt wish that was a bit nowmore and bit more brown, bit still decent.

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jeff1973
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drewone
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Ride That Bear from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 58 ratings
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