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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Reviews: 355 | Ratings: 617
Photo of RyanK252
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Bear Republic Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours rich brown with a frothy tan head that settles to nice layer and leaves a little light lacing.

S: Dried fruit, dark sugar, molasses, earthy, roasty toasty malt, and hints of coffee.

T: Dark fruit, plum, raisin, cherry, dark sugar, molasses, earthy, bready roasty toasty malt, a little coffee, and some subtle floral notes.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: There are some flavors in here I don't typically prefer in a brown ale, but they work very well together in this one. Really solid brew.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bomber in a snifter. This Beefy little brown ale pours a
deep dark muddled brown color with very nice head of off white foam that subsides
to a thick ring, subtle wispy pool, and very nice lacing. nose of toasted malts, toasted
nutty malts, chocolate, herbal hops, caramel, light coffee. Flavors follow the nose but exceed in
flavor profile with coffee and medium dark chocolate with a nut laden background touched with a
rich herbal hop blast that keep this brew lively and in check with the style. Excellent mouth feel;
smooth yet lightly crisp with lightly prickly carbonation that finishes roasted and lightly hopped.

Overall one of the better browns I have tried in recent years.


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Photo of cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap:
Very dark brown but definitely brown in natural light. Poured lightly with a half cm off-white head that just stared at me as I typed this up. There is a bit of lacing.

The nose seems nutty, but I definitely get the adjuncts as well. Almost comes across as a soda.

Taste is sweet, but in a controlled way. More molasses notes to me than brown sugar. There's a nutty background, but the flavor seems to come more from the sweetening agents. A little tart zing darts in and out in some sips as the beer transitions to the end, which includes a little more oily nut flavor, a little raisin, and some balancing bitterness that is way late to the party.

The very light bitterness lingers a little with the skin of a nut resin for the end feel. Fairly full body for a brown, aided by the sugary additions.

Enjoyable as a savory/sweet beer. Not sure it pulls off a straight dessert beer, as the flavors are from sweet ingredients, but aren't overpoweringly sweet. I'd like to try the base beer, actually.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: crystal-clear, brownish garnet colored liquid, topped with a cottony pad of sudsy foam

S: piney, herbal hops beam out on top, hint of a soapy, peppery perfume on the edges... getting mostly chocolate malt, a toasty pale, a possibly a tiny nip of dark sugar and/or campfire carmelization... the bready sweet grain is dense, but not well-defined... overall, not all that potent a smell

T: toasty and dark grain atop, with a subtle underbelly of those smoky caramel notes... thin layer of caramel riding out the back end, faint whisper of nutty nougat develops out of that in the aftertaste, which is nicely dry

F: light and clean on top, delicate molasses-y slide under on the river bed... thin viscosity, likely due to the adjuncts, but enough curve... seems like a bit of spicy warmth lingers

O: very nice, robust brown ale flavor in there, just a bit subdued, hushed... very drinkable and worth investing in a sixer

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.96/5  rDev +27.5%
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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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet, malty, caramel nutz, brown sugar paramount. Taste follows suit with spicy and citrusy hop profile. Dark pumpernickel crust. Minimally fruity otherwise like a roggen in many aspects.

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Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually not a big fan of brown ales, but I liked this one. Poured a nice clear brown from a bottle into a pint glass. Decent head and lacing. Smell is sweet and malty, carries over to the taste. Nutty and slightly chocolate taste. A nice tribute!

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brown ale pours a very dark, murky brown color with an almost non-existent tan head. The smell is very faint, but it is of molasses. There is a big malt punch here with a body that is bordering on stout territory. There are bold flavors of chocolate, molasses and brown sugar. The finish is semi-dry and there is a little hop character that peeks through the massive malts. Bear Republic is to me a fairly mediocre brewery, but this beer is one of their better ones. This is a really nice example of a robust brown ale.

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Photo of 57md
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a basic brown color with a finger of head. The nose is classically bready. The flavor profile is solidly malty and the body is more hearty than the average brown ale. The finish is semi-dry with a hint of brown sugar.

I am a big fan of hearty brown ales and this one knocks off Tumbler as my new favorite brown ale!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is a bomb brown ale. you can really feel and taste the molasses and brown sugar, and i think overall they have done an incredible job with this beer, that skirts the line between american brown and american porter in terms of style. nice head on the pour, some red edges on my nonic pint glass, but mostly brown in looks. some slightly tannic or metallic elements in the nose, but they mostly go away in the taste and feel. sparged a little warm maybe, but there are a lot of pros here. deep malted chocolate layers, hints of barbecue and butterscotch, even whiskey for a moment. the added sugars make all the difference, and make this an awfully unique glass of brown ale. tons of residual sugar and even a little fusel alcohol. i dont hate it, but it brings a new twist to the style. flavors of copper piping, rum raisin, and oxidation all creep in at the end, but with the molasses flavor, it all ends up working out. very very righteously carbonated for the style, and squarely medium on the body. i could float in a bath of this i think. overall another excellent and original offering from bear republic. these guys just dont get enough credit for being innovators. this is super tasty and well worth finding in the market...

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

A caramel and light chocolate nose.
Pours dark brown under a tan, finely bubbled 1/2" head that leaves a ring of lace with each drink.
The fruity prune chocolate palate suggests a cake but the initial sweetness dries out and ends with a slightly astringent drying finish.
Medium to medium full body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep molasses or maple syrup brown body with ruby hues beneath the generous tan head which slowly dissolves to leave a constant sticky lacing about the glass.

Sweet brown sugar and molasses float from the glass as advertised. Perhaps some dark fruitiness like plum is there as well. There does not appear to be much of a hop presence, perhaps some earthy notes but that's about

The flavor is a bit sweeter than the nose lead on with intensified brown sugar and molasses with a hint of maple syrup. There is a dark bready malt quality as well- like marble, with a biscuity quality but the beer finishes as sweet as it started.

On the fuller side in body with generous carbonation and a sweet, smooth finish.

A nice example of the style overall, not just specific to American Browns. I would argue that despite being a west coast brew it really borders on the English style if you swapped out the nuttiness for sweet sugar, but no real hop presence I could detect.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: a big solid 650mL brown bottle with an okay semi-macro label.

Appearance: pours out a dark brown with highlights visible against the light. A tan head pops on the top with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: heavy caramel and molasses dominate here with a touch of balancing earthen hops.

Taste: plenty of milk chocolate with some roast coffee behind. Some brown sugar and molasses add to the ensemble.

Aftertaste: a touch more brown sugar on the finish, but very little bitterness from the hops to meter it out.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a lower- to- moderate carbonation. Quite smooth in texture, but I think it could have done with a tad more carbonation.

Overall: a good combination of rough coffee and smooth chocolate, with some sharp molasses and brown sugar. The only thing holding this brew back for me by far is the price of AU$13 a bottle. A bit steep...

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Photo of Mr24601
5/5  rDev +28.5%
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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Photo of jrnyc
2.53/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a local restaurant, not one I would usually pick up but gave it a try. Came out in pint glass, not sure if this came from bottle or tap.

The appearance was outstanding, dark with beautiful head. But it basically had no taste. Finished about 1/4 of it and that was it.

Can't recommend this one at all.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark mahogany brown color with three quarters of a finger of off-white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer,

Aroma: Very malty and bready with strong notes of chocolate and molasses.

Taste: Again, very malty, but with some notes of roasted barley. Some smokiness, which is nice, but not overpowering like a rauchbier. There’s also notes of chocolate and caramel. Slightly sweet in the middle, finished with some slight hoppy bitterness. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium thin, slightly watery. Hardly no carbonation. With an ABV of 6.3%, there’s just a very slight hint of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Very solid brown ale. Very tasty, nicely balanced and very easy to drink. I’d be very happy to have this beer again.

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Photo of CA_brewster
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this brew from a 22oz bomber. Its a dark ale with a quickly dissipating tan head. In the light this shit is a beautiful dark red. Really amazing color. Excited carbonation. Pretty nice aroma too quite sweet and malty, molasses. The hops are definitely coming through as well. It's a very nice drinkable beer. Chocolate, roasted malt, and some alcohol but it's hard to really describe the flavor because it's kinda nondescript but pleasant. When this first hit my palate it came across as quite bitter but I adjusted to it after two or three sips and it becomes quite drinkable. I'm a hop head, this isn't a hoppy beer but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless. It's a great brown Ale!

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - brown. That's about it. Amber brown if I want to sound witty. Lacing covers the until glass but does not linger.

S- Chocolate. Not desert chocolate but chocolate malt with hops. Also get some sugar notes. It smells sweet and pleasing.

T - The taste is not like the smell. In a good way though. The taste is unsweetened chocolate and burnt molasses. The hops presence is not overwhelming. It is full bodied and creamy.

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Photo of pkalix
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

brown. just a dark brown. little head.
smell is incredibly docile, like a typical American adjunct.... I know it's not, though...
taste is full, round and rich. not spectacular, but typical, trendy and decent. very easy to drink, decent malts, balance; easy on the palate and at 6.3%, I could do this one in succession.
overall, I like this. while I was into the Belgians for a while, I really think my favorite style is a nut brown, or just brown (as classified), ale. this is really standard for a brown ale, but is still darned good. which makes it so good. little bit o' brown sugar, some nuts, maybe? but just a really tasty drinking brew.

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Photo of LI_PO12
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into Pint glass

Appearance- medium brown with a dark red tinge, nice fairly large light tan head

Aroma- Really getting the molasas/brown sugar, some caramel and chocolate malts as well, bright floral hops over top with a slight resiny pine dankness

Flavor- A slihgly burnt caramel, chocolate malt, strong but not overbearing bitterness, pine

Mouthfeel- A little hefty for the style, and abv but ok, slight alcohol warmth, moderate carb

Overall- Very nice, some of the malts and brownsugar/molasess could be more pronounced from one another, also not sure how fresh this is. Not sure I'd get it again but I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer that poured to a very dark brown with little head. Smell was a mild malt with a not a lot of hops showing. Once again it was the malt that generated the flavor -- hops were not a major player. Mouthfeel was ok thru the finish. Overall a good beer that I would not buy again.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bear Republic's 'Pete Brown Tribute Ale' @ 6.3% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7

A-pour is brown from bottle to glass with a small off whit head leaving a minimal lace along the pint glass

S-hints of caramel and chocolate with some robust nut maltiness

T-standard/traditional tasting brown ale

MF-medium carbonation , medium body

Ov-one and done for me

prost LampertLand

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: small head with scattered lacing on a deep clear amber body.

S: aroma is mild with caramel, hint of toffee and milk chocolate

T: this one seems a little watery. Caramel malt base with nuts, hint of citrus hops, earthy notes, semisweet toffee and

M: thin, light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Clean and mildly crisp.

Overall: this one seems under flavored and watery but I guess it's fine for the style. Low ABV but still barely tastes like alcohol is even in this one. Drinkable and better than most in the genre.

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Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with a small head of off-white foam on top of a clear, brown body with amber highlights.

S - Toasty malt and a hint of chocolate with a bit of spicy hop character.

T - Thick, dark bready malt up front with some brown sugar and molasses in the middle. A bit of piney hop character shows up towards the finish and moderate bitterness works nicely to balance the thick malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, this isn't an India brown ale by any means, but it is a bit hoppier and better balanced than most sweeter brown ales. Nothing over the top going on here, but it is flavorful and quite drinkable.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, deep brown, with a half-finger of light brown head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Low aroma overall. A bit of roasty, caramel, and brown malts. And that's about it.

T: Toffee and some caramel bready malts, hints of spices, and a light hop bitterness.

M: Lighter body for a brown ale, medium carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is well-hidden.

O: It's put together well, and no real flaws...but nothing exciting either.

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Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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