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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: 621 |  Reviews: 356
Photo of DamienI
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brolo75
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours dark, chestnut brown good amount of lacing and carbonation, tan colored head, no retention.

A: Roasted nuttiness, light coffee, toffee, light chocolate, cinnamon, dark fruit like dates, lots of aroma, roasted malts, brown sugar, smells very nice.

T: Roasted nuttiness, dates, brown sugar, cinnamon, pepper/spice, light bitterness with roasted malts, toffee, coffee, the complexity is surprising, very good.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation, dry nutty finish.

O: A very tasty brown ale, not as hoppy as it is described on the bottle, but it's the most complex brown ale I've tasted, lots of flavor, I'd buy this again especially if it was available in six-packs, a great fall beer.

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Photo of anon
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wjbent
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RyanK252
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +5.9%
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 Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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 elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +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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Photo of Stofko1992
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pajfuwen
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tarps68
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of northbay47
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Rootscipio
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +5.9%
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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Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 621 ratings
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