Peter Brown Tribute Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
352
Ratings:
608
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
14.65%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
36
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 352 | Ratings: 608
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.
[3.75]

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

Pours a depp copper tinted brown, lets some light through, big soapy light khaki head, decent retention. Scent brings fresh roasted and toasted nuts, hints of caramel and dark crusty bread, firm hop presence with some earthyness. Taste follows suit, nutty and bready with hop bite. Medium bodied, smooth and lightly creamy. Enjoyable all around.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber split with gf, served in a tulip.

a - pours a deep dark brown, almost black. formed a nice, two finger, sudsy, tan head that took its time calming down. leaves big thick rings of lacing behind.

s - sweet toffee, cherry, brown sugar.

t - starts off chocolatey and bready, then dark fruity notes crop up, faint raisin and cherry. an herbal bitterness sets in to balance the sweetness, then finishes clean.

m - lighter side of medium with the right amount of carbonation. very, very smooth.

o - a fantastic brown ale, i could drink quite a few of these. given the price ($4.50/bomber), this should be on everyones must try list.

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Photo of biglite351
2.32/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear burnt amber color with short, tight, off-white head

S - Very mild malt and caramel, hint of bitter

T - Hop flavor up front with malt and caramel through the finish

M - Thin but nice coating, slight tingle on tongue

O - Was not expecting the hop flavor... pass

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Ruby glints. Dark brown beer with creamy, off-white head. Good lacing.

S: Nutty malts and not much else. Typical brown ale.

T/M: I remember quite liking this on tap, so I'm a little disappointed by the mediocre beer in my glass. Thin-bodied, smooth, with a touch of caramel malt or brown sugar, but the sweetish malt base is a bit more grainy/bready than I'd like. The aftertaste is short and lightly sour.

O: Decent, drinkable beer, but not something I'd recommend or regularly purchase. If you get it, try to find it on tap.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber with a light tan head, some retention, great lace.

S: Tons of sponge toffee, some cotton candy and a hint of nut.

T: Sponge toffee, roasted nut, nectarine, orange rind, hints of cocoa and pine, solid bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate to full body is very smooth, almost creamy.

D/O: A really great american brown.

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Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish amber with a half of an inch of brown head that is dense, foamy, soft, and has fantastic retention

S - heavy caramel malt aromas and sugar

T - caramel, toast, nutty, very mild roastyness, hints of subtle brown sugar, faint bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated, very smooth

This a tasty beer. It has good flavor, it's drinkable, it's balanced, it's a great concept beer. If for no other reason than to offer tribute, I will inevitably be getting another bomber.

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Photo of foles
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at International Beer Shop Perth, no best before date, imported by Pheonix beers.

Pours a very dark, almost black, brown. Small head that hands around the edges. American hops and some light toasty/roasty notes on the nose. A little bit of an oxidised dark malt aroma.

Unfortunately the taste is part american brown, part oxidised/sweet tasting dark malts. Also quite watery and a leaves a bit of a coca cola twang on in the mouth. Drinkable.

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Photo of Parrotshake
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky very dark brown with a finger or so of whitish
head. Not especially assertive on the nose. Brown sugar & molasses is about all I get.

Chocolaty note is followed by brown sugar, caramel, light toast and a hint of cashew. Vegetal note from the hops. Chocolate in the finish, hop bitterness comes on late. Thin in the mouth and a bit under-carbed.

Not quite what I'm looking for from an American Brown Ale, but definitely drinkable. By the end of the bomber I think it'll have grown on me a bit.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber from the International Beer Shop, thanks to bluebetty. Poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a murky, almost black colour with a little bit of red around the edges when held up to the light. Yellowy-beige foam sits atop but doesn't lace as it falls.

Smell is sweet nut, along with a little but of melted brown sugar and caramel. No real hop impact like is expect to see in a US brown ale.

Tastes plenty nutty with a solid sweetness there backing it up. Some sugary sweet flavours come in to make it seem more English than US.

Mouthfeel is solid and relatively big, some hop presence breaks up the sweetness and adds a bit of variety to this. Just a touch of heat.

Average US Brown Ale which dips its lid to the English. Plenty of nut which works, the booze or alcohol heat doesn't help, but still a decent brown ale that is PB the sweeter side.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a small head.
Nose is restrained but shows nutty malt, soft chocolate and sweet golden syrup. Pretty tempting.
Very nice flavours, with sweet golden syrup, nutty malt, very faint un-roasted coffee. Underneath is faint earthy hops.
Body feels slightly watery, could use more carbonation.

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Photo of warnerry
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with one finger of splotchy light brown head. Taste is lightly earthy malt, some brown sugar, and some subtle hops. Also a bit of molasses and coffee. Medium, creamy mouthfeel with a dry earthy finish. Overall a good brown ale, but nothing that really sticks out for me. A bit to earthy.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love my American Brown ales so hopefully this lives up to it and it pours a dark cherry hue with a two finger head and sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is molasses,brown sugar,golden syrup and dark cherries,the mouthfeel is just medium bodied and the tastes are pretty similar to the smell with hints of golden syrup,brown sugar,dark fruits,molasses,treacle,caramelized figs and the finish is mostly sweet with a touch of bitterness to make it real and overall very drinkable but not the best American brown around cheers.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle from Halftime for $5.99

A - Dark brown almost porter like with a 1/4 inch of tan colored head. Lacing is excellent.

S - I could smell the brown malts 1 foot away! Along side is a nice chocolate malt, pecans, and other nuts.

T - Smooth. Damn smooth. Wow I have never had chocolate so integrated in a a brown ale before. Along side of the chocolate I do get some walnuts and pecans. Damn it's good!

M - Creamy and medium bodied for sure.

Overall after so many hoppy beers tonight I finally got a solid malt forward beer with great nutty flavors, chocolates, and a slight hop finish. Good stuff!

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Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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