Bear Tooth Ale | Broken Tooth Brewing

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Brewed by:
Broken Tooth Brewing
Alaska, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
While the beer itself wasn't developed with a particular style in mind, it conforms to the BA's style guidelines for, and has medaled as, an American Brown Ale. That's what I
consider it.

Clarke Pelz
Head Brewer, Moose's Tooth Brewing

Added by mentor on 12-01-2007

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a cloudy burnt orange to brown color with a finger’s worth of off-white head. Decent messy lace. The aroma had a big blend of caramel to chocolate big and bold up front. Some brown sugar, dates and nuts follow in underneath. The flavor takes the previously mentioned aromas to boot in some bitter citrusy hops. Dry crisp malty to bitter aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Decent carbonation. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, good brown ale that is just good for what it is, but doesn’t seem to lean towards an English or an American. It just is.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZinFanDave
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of THoff94
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has a nutty caramel taste. Not like a pale ale but very flavorful and tasty

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Photo of Bigcox21
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of drinkAK
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of WeldBeerMan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JohnnyP3
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/light brown with a fluffy white head and ample lacing. Nice carbonation.

Aroma consists of sweet malts and floral hop notes.

Taste is citrusy hops up front with a touch of spice, transitioning to a sweet caramel malt intermission, concluding with some hoppy bitterness and earthy notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth and substantial with good carbonation to cut through foods.

Overall, a very nice hop-intensive take on an ABA. Perhaps this one should be styled as an India Brown Ale?

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Photo of butleram4
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewpub. This is not a brown. It is a hopped up red ale.

A - Pours a bold reddish color, almost clear. A large light tan head leaves tons of lacing down the entire glass.

S - Not much here, some sweet malts and hop citrus.

T - Hop bitterness and flavor very welcoming followed by the usual red ale malt tastes.

D - A touch of bitterness, medium body, average carbonation.

O - A red ale with a hop punch. Just how I like it.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As stated, definitely an amber with an IPA twist, not a brown. Don't know how that got started or if they changed the recipe significantly but doesn't seem like it based on the first review.
Brilliant red with a high white cream foam cap. This is a picture of what an amber ale looks like. Simply glorious. Fairly clear, slight bit of haze.
Now normally I don't ever get an amber when I go to a new brewery unless the brewer insists on my trying everything but when I glanced at the menu I noticed something that struck my eye..Centennial hops. And they are popping. Little bit of sweet caramel malt and good hop presence.
The taste is exceptional, terrific caramel sweetness bound in by the aggressive hopping. I'm guessing I had a terribly fresh batch, which is just my f'ing luck. Big hop flavor, and a terrifically easy drinking beer. Wish we'd had more time to stay and savor this fine beverage, but it worked dazzlingly with the pizza.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was NOT a brown ale, at least from my recently discovered notes from my Alaska trip last year. I have down that it was an amber with centennial hops.

Lovely beer with good combination of malt and an almost rye-like spicy character. Strong on the finish, and Centennial hops (my favorite) are noted in the finish and on the nose. Some light malt on the palate as well, perhaps caramel, but the main character is hop driven.

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Photo of ccrida
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub, Bear Tooth Ale (I don't recall it citing itself as a brown on the menu, it is basically a darker IPA is auburn with an off-white head leaving impressive lace for a draught.

Smell is a pure citrus hop nose.

Taste is a big punch of centennial hops nicely balanced by a caramel and bready malt. Smooth, but with a nice citrus pucker from the pungency of the hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a medium body.

Drinkability is good. This is a tasty, very hoppy yet balanced, smooth IPA/amber.

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Photo of John_M
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the MT the other day.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with fairly decent head retention and minimal lacing. The first I think I notice on the nose is a large dose of sweet malt, but underneath I can also detect a hefty dose of citrus. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, and the first thing one notices is some maltiness, giving the beer something of a cinnamon apple flavor with cherry. However, there is some bracing bitterness in this beer as well, which becomes more and more noticeable as you go along. It does a nice job countering the sweet malt, as I'm not sure how drinkable this beer would be otherwise. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is pretty good.

While nothing to write home about, I thought this a fairly decent beer. In fact, it and the IPA were really the only things I could imagine ordering off the menu.

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Photo of mentor
2.57/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

One finger of light brown head over a cloudy brown rust liquid. Smells chocolate and citrus hops. Nutty, clean alcohol, and a bit piney and woody.

Tastes hoppy to the point of acidic. Tastes like a massive amount of late hopping with little early hooping to get balancing bitter. Bitter is present, but not a prime player. The bitter is accompanied by some grassy co-humulone. Finish is creamy sweet. Oxidation is almost overbearing. Md body with modest carbonation.

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Bear Tooth Ale from Broken Tooth Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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