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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 | website

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 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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Photo of PicoPapa
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On cask at Rattle N Hum. Pours a dark brown color with over an inch of frothy head. The aroma is malty and boozey with some brown sugar and caramel. Tastes malty with a nice alcohol presence which is surprising since the ABV isn't all that high. Some sweet brown sugar. Creamy mouthfeel. Works well on cask. Overall, nothing special but a good Brown Ale.

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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 shand
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've already firmly established that Bear Republic handle hops well, but how will they fair on a maltier style? Very well, actually. Tribute Ale pours brown. Yeah, a brown pour for this brown ale. The aroma is rather straight-forward, offering a slightly nutty robust maltiness. The taste follows, but with some hops not as susceptible on the nose offer a deep earthy, resiny character that compliments the malts very well. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and gently carbonated, and the drinkability is great. Overall, Bear Republic do a great, fairly traditional brown ale.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a big brown bear of a beer

Full on chocolate nose bearing down in the aroma front

with a dark matted body with just off white teeeth (head)

Big deep flavours that put the best of my own countries brown ales to shame.

Good mouthfeel and carbonation.

If there was ever a beer brewed to my passing away, if it a quarter of the worth of this amazing ale I will rest easy.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bomber bottle. Poured a light brown with red tints. Lots of enticing chocolate, caramel, toffee and vanilla notes on the nose. The mouthfeel is nice and round and balanced. The palate offers flavours of strong dark fruit, coffee, toasted marshmallow with a good bitter backing.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/18/12 notes. Had this on tap at Beery Authority in NYC. Have passed this up before, glad to get a chance to try it now.

a - Pours a very dark mahogany brown color with once inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, nuts, caramel malts, sugar, dark fruits, chocolate, toasted malts. Nice nuts and chocolate, I like the nose quite a bit.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, nuts, sugar, dark fruits. More chocolate and less nuts, I think I like the nose slightly better, though the taste is still quite good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good brown ale; really glad I got to try it. Some nice nuts in the smell and chocolate in the taste, with caramel throughout, and easy to drink. Would definitely order it again.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at beer study in chapel hill. shaker.

dark brown color with a small off white head. not much on the nose, some slight malt aromas but not much to speak of. taste is quite enjoyable actually, good hop profile with the a nice lingering coffee/chocolate kind of taste going for it. very drinkable. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall one of the better browns I've had. recommended.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep brown with a finger of dense light tan head that has decent retention and modest lacing
S: smells of roast malt, caramel sweetness and some slight piney hops
T: tastes of light roastyness, a bit nutty some caramel, a bit of brown sugar, and some cocoa powder. swallow brings a bit of alcohol, hop bite, and some nuttyness
M: smooth and slightly creamy with a medium mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Bear Republic beers always have a great mouthfeel
O: a very solid brown ale. it has great flavor and nice complexity. Pretty happy I picked this one up and it was priced very well for a bomber.

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Photo of bmwats
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown. Pretty heavy carbonation, lots of effervescence clings to the sides of the glass. Pours about a 1 finger, frothy, brown-white head. Settles pretty quickly, leaving an uneven beer ring as it does. Substantial beer ring lacing.

S: Hops and fresh tea.

T: Woody malt tone. Subdued, but punchy hop. Just a touch of brown sugar, tea leaves, and a bite of licorice.

M: Hearty malt, and a pungent and peaty lingering finish.

D: Goes down easy, but better savored.

Atmosphere is really good. Appearance characterized by dark body, nice carbonation, and a frothy top. Lots of sticky lacing. Nose is simple but well done. Flavor is pungent and woody, with a medium hop, and some sweet and bitter components. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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

Bomber bottle poured into a Paulaner stein.

Appearance- Dark, dark brown with a fluffy white cloudy head. Streaks of red hues streaming the outside edges of the beer.

Smell- Carmel, toffee, roasted nuts and some pine.

Taste- A big nuttiness with a slight sugary malt and a citrus hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty standard for a brown ale.

Overall- An okay Brown ale. Is missing some of the complexity of the world class brown ales but still a good drinker.

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

22oz bottle into SN tulip pint glass. Purchased at Bottle Barn for $3something. Good deal.

A: Pours a ruddy cola color with a finger of soft light brown head that faded into a wispy film leaving spotty, patchy lace.
S: Nutty and malty with sweet notes of molasses, caramel, and light cocoa. I get hints of toasted bread crust as well. Not much hop.
T: Follows the nose with mildly sweet notes of molasses, brown sugar, and caramel with hints of toffee, chocolate, and bread crust. Nutty finish, with a clean sugary finish.
M: Medium-full body, smooth, fairly chewy mouthfeel, soft and clean carbonation.
O: Very flavorful and easy to drink brown ale. Malty, sweet, and pretty straightforward. Would drink again.

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Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown body with a thin, beige-colored head.

Aromas begin with some oven-roasted nutty maltiness, chocolate, black tea leaves, burnt sugar and with a distinct note of rum raisin that emerges more as it warms.

The tastes begin with toasty, chocolaty maltiness with a middling sweetness throughout. Notes of toffee, cola and earthy molasses. As it warms you get more of the raisin-flavored fruitiness and roasted nut husks. Floral hops combines with the roasty qualities and a tannic tea-like quality to counteract the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the finish with some semi-dryness as well from the hops.

Overall this was a pretty successful tribute ale. Nothing too revolutionary and a bit too hoppy for my tastes as a brown ale as I lean more toward the English style, but I would revisit again considering the decent price point.

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

A: A garnet red pour ends up a flat black in the vessel. A bubbly, frothy khaki tinted head is slight and short in retention but leaves a modest saturn ring lacing behind.

S: A touch of fruitiness, perhaps from the yeast, mixes with some light roasty coffee and some almond nuttiness. Moderate strength.

T: Roasty flavor, sweet caramelized malt, with some caramelized brown sugars combine with vanilla laced coffee. Gentle lingering campfire minerality with some gentle burnt pine, chocolate and some smoky soil finish.

M: Nice feel of carbonation, malty, thick and viscose with a finish of lingering bitterness of pine, alcohol and coffee.

O: Overall a polished brown with a big flavor that was silky smooth and easy to down. Flavor flowed nicely together, enjoyable drinkability and worthy a try.

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

Pours nice dark brown color. Good quality head and decent lacing when poured in a glass. Smell has brown sugar and caramel with a hint of alcohol. Taste is great with strong malt and nutty notes coming through. Overall a quality beer that would probably be even better in season - fall to winter.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated but recently purchased 22oz bottle into a Unibroue snifter.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with reddish tones. The short off-white head fades quickly and leaves only a tiny ring in the glass and a few spots of lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a bit subtle, but has a nice and comples blend of roasted malts, maple/caramel, toffee, nuts and spicy hops.

T: The taste starts sweet, malty and nutty. Mid-taste has a less sweet and darker roast flavor, with a bit of molasses coming into play. The finish and aftertaste have a good sweet-bitter balance. The hops are mild but but strong enough to bring out a good balance and to add a nice layer of light spice to the flavor.

M: Despite the small head, there's plenty of carbonation, rendering the beer a bit crisp. Medium body. Finish is slightly dry. [4+]

O: An easy drinking beer, as is typical for style, but richer and slightly darker in flavor than average. Easily recommended, although perhaps a little closer to an average brown ale than I expected from this outstanding brewer. Do not serve very cold.

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Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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