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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, Ok in terms of taste. Malty sweet more than hoppy, both significant malty and hoppy. Mollasses, brown sugar. Grainy, nutty. An average ale for them, drinkable. They make better.Courtesy of the Buffalo contingent at Radekfest Rerate May 2005

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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 Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head that fades to a small cap. Tight patterns of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate bars. Taste is of roasted malt, brow sugar/molasses, and a bitter hop finish. There is also a slight nutty flavor I am getting. The bitterness sits on the tongue after each sip. There is a pretty good level of carbonation with a somewhat crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale but nothing too special on this one.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Lonehill Liquor. In general I don't like Browns, Porters, or Stouts so when reviewing these I try to be as objective as possible.

Pours a deep brown color with beige head that lasts quite a while and is very silky. Its clear, or at least it was clear until I got to the bottom of the bottle and didn't stop pouring. Nasty chunks of yeast fell into my glass. I won't hold that against the beer, it was my fault. Good lacing.

Aroma is moderately heavy on the roast and the coffee. There is evidence of brown malt and only the slightest hint of alcohol if you look for it.

Flavor is a little less roasty than the smell suggests and has a stronger alcohol bite. Some nuttines but not a lot. Quite bitter for a brown.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and medium drinkability due to the hop/alcohol/roast bite.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of nutty malts and some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of sweetness with some added notes of brown sugar in the flavors and hints of licorice.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and is very smooth with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily; I could definitely drink a few of these in one sitting and would consider it to be sessionable.

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

After a small sample, it would have been easy to pass this beer up for something more exotically flavored, but I decided to stick with it for the full pint. I'm glad I did. The beer remained simple and pure, but grew on me more and more after each sip. Delicately balanced between chocolate, barley malt, nutiness, and with a touch of lactose. Soft coffee (Sumatra) lingered in the back notes and gave some complexity, but never commanding attention. The beer is agressively hopped and take on the grassiness and herbal notes of English hops. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and as easy to drink as chocolate milk. Mild alcohols never become an issue. The look of the beer certainly fits the bill with it's solid dark brown hue, light haze, and froathy head formation, retention.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

6.3% ABV confirmed. Acquired at a local SoCal beer store. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glasss bottle with branded pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are above average; this is a surprisingly tough style to pull off but Bear Republic makes some great beers.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (4+ minute) retention. Soft smooth consistency. Body colour is a rather dark amber. Semitransparent and semitranslucent. Generally appealing for a brown; there are no overt flas here. Nothing unique or special. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Huh. Not what I expected, though not in a bad way. Some sort of weird berry. Are we certain Lost Coast didn't brew this? More nuts come through as it warms. Hazelnut, chestnut. Dark malts. Little hop character. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's not a great aroma, but at least it's got nutty notes - which is what I look for in a good brown. An above average strength aroma.

T: Decent nutty notes. Amber malts. Light toasted character. Light floral hopping. This is pretty simple stuff. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's not bad, but it's just plain pedestrian. There's little here that interests. Decent flavour. Balanced, if bland. Built alright. Why brew this? A bit too sweet and sugary - especially for a brown. I get some brown sugar.

Mf: Smooth and wet, just as it should be. Adequate carbonation. Decent thickness. It's a bit syrupy; that molasses might have been a bad call. Decent body. Complements the flavour in a general sense.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. I definitely wouldn't pick this one up again. Hides its above average ABV okay. Pretty mediocre stuff considering the pedigree of the brewery. I'll finish this bottle, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Mundane.


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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany body with garnet hightlights; a voluminous rocky beige head that leaves plenty of splashy lacing

Smell: Molasses and burnt caramel

Taste: Starts with a very sweet burnt caramel, molasses front end that is joined with some nicely balancing hops; a bit of chocolate on the finish, which is also has the slightly phenolic character that I often find in brown ales

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation; velvelty

Drinkability: Pleasant enough to drink but a few flaws keep me from enjoying it more

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a burgandy/brown color with a tan, bubbly, two-finger head. Very little lacing left behind.

S -It smelled of caramel and sweet toffee.

T - It tasted of burnt toast and roasted malt. Nice caramel flavors. Also, some grassy hops.

M - It was fairly soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice brown ale. Easy drinking and tasty

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Photo of largadeer
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks appropriately brown with a large cream-colored head. Caramel and butterscotch come through strongly in the taste and smell, with a slight roastiness and mild hop presence. Somewhat overcarbonated for the style and perhaps a bit thinner than I'd like, but overall very drinkable and nice.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, no bottle date. Pours slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with excellent retention that reduces to a nice cap. Fair amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, toasted malt, cola, spicy hops, nuttiness, and light chocolate. Decent aromas here with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toasted malt, nuttiness, molasses, cola, and spicy hops. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, nuttiness, light chocolate, and spice. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming after the finish. Nice flavor balance. Overall this is an excellent and robust brown ale with a great flavor profile.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

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Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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