Peter Brown Tribute Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Peter Brown Tribute AlePeter Brown Tribute Ale

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by xlperro on 09-06-2003

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Ratings: 625 |  Reviews: 356
Photo of beerman999999
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Mr24601
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down my favorite beer I have ever tried. I made an account just to review it. It's been in my head for months...

The flavor is rich and interesting. It mixes the tastes of caramel, coffee, and nuts in a very smooth drink with a wonderful aftertaste. The alcohol content is also pleasantly high.

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.96/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This one pours a burnt orange like the hard sugar shell of a Creme Brule. The head is light tan and rich and settles out in a reasonable amount of time leaving a light, erratic lacing up top and dense curtain like lacing at the bottom.

The nose is a complex set of hoppiness, malt, alcohol, chocolate, nutmeg, vanilla, butter, and grass. Very complex and extremely fragrant.

The taste is a fantastically rich and delicious brown ale. Considering the ingredients it is not too sweet nor too dry. A just right balance of malt ande hops with a full flavor with hints of black pepper, nutmeg, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol, camphor with subtle maltiness on the finish that is then dominated by a bitter hop finale.

The mouthfeel is rich and allows the flavors to cascade over the palate instead a flood of confusing flavors the flavors reveal themselves in sequence.

Overall this is an exceptional beer, I really love the flavors and the finish combined with the nose to create an exceptional beer drinking experience. A proper tribute indeed.

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4.84/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown with a low light brown head and decent carbonation. Fairly strong citrusy hop aroma and flavor for a Brown Ale with a nice roasty nutty malt balance throughout. Light-medium bodied with a dry roasty/hoppy finish.

A very robust American Brown -- close to a Porter. Would definitely buy again !!

Label States: "Strong American Brown Ale" & "Pete Brown 1949-2002" & 6.3 % ABV

Per B.R. website: American Brown ale with molasses and brown sugar for more body and a slightly higher alchohol content.
Gold - 2004 GABF - Brown Porter Category

'03' emb on bottom
Tasted: 11/06/04

($4.04 / 22 oz.)

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Photo of LibraryTom
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A delicious addition to the fantastic array of Bear Republic beers.

My first sample of this brew. I found it to be overall one of their most wonderfully balanced beers. Very drinkable.

My first sense was of root beer or sasparilla on the nose. The beer has a textured sweetness from the malt that is backed up nicely by what seems to be the classic Columbus hops that BR is well known for championing. A real hop lover's dark beer. Lots of character to the malt though, and as compared to BR's other beers this one is truly malt driven. Plenty of that "root beer" comes through into the malt, and is backed up by a little bit of prune and coffee flavors.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. Keep 'em comin.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Kevin1082
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing!

I was given a bottle as a part of a wedding gift from a dear friend that collect beer that just got married.

Great color

Great Taste

...and overall great beer!!

Pete Brown and friend you have done it. Now i just have to go out and find where I can buy a 22.

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4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at the Hop Devil Grill in the East Village of Manhattan. At the moment, they have at least 6 beers on tap from Bear Republic, although this was the only one I tried. I do love a good brown ale and I found this one to be among the best ever. I used to love Sierra Nevada's offering, but, I think this one does it one better due to it's mouth feel and overall balance. I like that it has extra body, something lacking in other brown ales. I could drink this one all night!

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4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Before I actually saw this bottle, I was thinking this was a tribute to Pete's Wicked Ale's original formula rather than a former employee named Pete. Either way damn good brew, I had bought a growler without reviewing it. Appearance is deep mahogany brown in color with a large tan head left behind, each sip layers evenly with beautiful lacing on my tall pint glass.

Aromatics offer milk chocoalte and creamy notes with fresh minced herbal mint tones arising from the hop profile. A touch of coffee with nutty tones edge their way out as well, balanced with mild fruit notes and more earthy hop doses. Definitely a mult faceted brown ale more breweries need to make this style this complex, maybe it would be more popular.

Flavor wise creamy milk chocolate notes blended with roasted nut drizzled with caramel with more of those herbal and earthy hop bursts. A really robust roasty cream flavored brown ale, that was easily enjoyed with some thick cut pork chops and summer zucchini sautee'd with baby portabellas.

Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, pure velvet really. Carbonation is ded on residual sugars stick around coming off a bit sticky at times but never cloying.

Drinkability is A+ for sure, one of those beers that can just as easily sipped as gulped by the pint, I definitely savored this 22 ounce offering more so than when I drank the growler around a camp fire earlier in the summer. I like the fact that a brown ale from Bear Republic adds some diversity to their lineup, I love all of the Racer brews, Hop Rod, Red Rocket, and XPA but their styles all border each other for me. The Black Bear and this brew hold their own and are unique in their styles.

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Photo of WesWes
4.72/5  rDev +22%
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 [email protected]#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.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 3 finger foamy, float like, white head, amazing retent, brew is a somewhat cloudy brown

S- nutty, toasted malts, maple, caramel, pine, molasses

T- nutty, toasted caramel malts, maple, sweet in after, brown sugar, molasses, complex

M- medium body, sticky and dry finish, somewhat coarse

D- complex, easy to drink, absolutely delicious, awesome american brown, highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Ultra deep brown hue, with only a little bit of ruby red coming through toward the bottom of the glass. A thick one finger light tan head slowly settles to a thin bubbly cap. At the first pour this one looked almost like a porter. Solid lacing along the glass.

Roasty malts set up the base with brown sugar highlights. Not much hop aroma in this one.

Smooth coffee like malts with a little bit of bitterness. The hops are barely there in the end giving a little bit of balance. Some caramel is in there as well, adding to the sweetness. Full bodied, with a mellow amount of carbonation. The finish is lingering grain.

This one may be on the heavy end of a brown ale, but it is definitely a great beer. Light poter, heavy brown ale, whatever, it's a highly drinkable beer that's hard to put down. Recommended.

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4.56/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of JosiahS
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

glass: Nonic

Pours the typical dark brown color, almost porter dark. Excellent half-inch tan head, leaving pillowy lacing as it settles.

Major malt characters in the nose. Lots of dark fruit a little nickel, some brown sugar/molasses and the faintest hint of mocha. light floral overtones from the hops.

The flavor does not disappoint, it's not exactly robust but it definitely won't leave you wishing for more. A rich blend of nuts, mocha, brown sugar and fresh baked bread can be found throughout.

Finishes clean and only slightly bitter. Not the least bit dry. The mouthfeel is light to medium in thickness and the carbonation is on the low side.

Wow, what a session-able brown ale. All the flavors i expect are there but not so much to make me sick of it. The perfect hybrid of a drinkable pub beer and a sipper/night cap at home beer.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, nearly opaque brown with a garnet red tone. Head is tan and has some big bubbles but leaves little lacing.

S- Lots of roast malt smells here along with sweeter, caramel malts and some barely noticeable woody/piney hops.

T- Taste is very high quality. Not lacking in any department, and really excessive in malt flavors(I mean that in a good way). Coffee, chocolate, butterscotch, molasses, rye bread, everything. Definitely leans toward the sweet, malt side of balance.

Final Thoughts- Substantial and pleasing in all designs and methods, but really doesn't transcend the Brown Ale style. Still one of the best sweet brown ales you can get.

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4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My pour resulted in a finger's worth of thick, mocha-tan head with good retention. The nose was very chocolaty, like cocoa powder. Color was a deep, dark brown with very little light penetration. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy with a definite chocolate taste on the tongue. Finish had a smokiness to accompany the chocoalte. This was a darned good brown and that is high praise from one who usually disdains the style.

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Photo of KMani
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a nice head with a good retention. Nice brown color.

Smell: A huge brown sugar backbone with some nice caramel malts. Some citrusy hops provide a nice balance. Hints of molasses throughout.

Taste is really well balanced. Some caramel malts and brown sugar with a very nice balance of hops. Molasses comes out as the beer warms. This beer is balance. It might get underrated because it's not over the top, but it only further cements my love of bear republic brews. Bear Republic is becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Nice mouthfeel, Not exactly creamy, but the carbonation is spot on. It's very good for a brown ale

One of the most drinkable american brown ales that I've ever had. Bear Republic can't miss I guess.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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