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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 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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Photo of antman27
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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 +1.3%
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 jmg480
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of izzyismyrott
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jvillefan
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillWrkForBeer
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VABA
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 621 ratings
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