Peter Brown Tribute Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Peter Brown Tribute AlePeter Brown Tribute Ale
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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: 617 |  Reviews: 355
Photo of kegger22
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bear Republic Pete Brown Tribute Ale was a rich dark brown in color with an inch high beige head that reduced to a collar.

The aroma was roasted caramel and cocoa, but weak. All malt with no noticeable hops.

The taste was just like the aroma, roasted caramel and cocoa, but I got a little citrus/bitter hop flavor. There was some cola too, but that went away as the Tribute warmed.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and moderately carbonated.

The drinkability was good with ABV, flavor and price all being reasonable.

Pete Brown Tribute Ale was a good, not a great beer (not that there are that many great brown ales). It was quite drinkable and I liked it, but it was not memorable.

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

Toasted bread, nuts, molasses, and faint coffee bean on the nose. Sweet, sweet malty goodness; slightly floral as well. Dark brown and nearly black with a light tan head, and sticky lace. As the beer warms up notes of brown sugar and citrus are noticeable.

Taste is surprisingly much more balanced than the nose, and light nuttiness and bread accompanied by a static level of bitterness is evident. Not exceedingly sweet at all. Some light woody, resinous citrus flavor from the centennial and cascade hops are noticeable.The bitterness remains into the finish, which is very long lasting. Well balanced brew with a medium body (good weight) and light to medium carbonation. Tongue drying and full in the mouth. Definitely a good brew to share with a friend over a meal.

Far from the malty brew I was expecting but well crafted in its own right. Good balance and drinkability.

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Photo of pants678
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours much darker and much closer to opaque than I would expect from a brown. Sort of reminds me of DFH's Palo Santo Marron. There's a full two finger beige head sitting atop.

It smells of rich malts that lean toward chocolate with a bread undertone. The aroma is strong and full with maybe a hint of nutmeg.

I thought this might be the best American Brown, but I remembered Rogue's Hazelnut Nectar. This is a close second. With so much going on, the overtone is really a thick toffee that's complimented by caramel and coffee. The toffee is nutty as is, I don't get chocolate, though, it's not quite rich enough for that. Hopped notes are present, but hardly prevalent as this brew is much more about a tough middle.

I do believe that I could put away a few of these, but this is indeed darker on the brown spectrum. The carbonation is just right, it seems, and serves the style.

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

Split amongst friends at a recent gathering. Thanks goes out to Swimsum for bringing this treat!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown body shows shades of auburn and orange when held to light. A sticky, off-white, bubbly crown retains pretty well and drags lots of lacing. Looks pretty awesome for a brown ale!

Smell: Sweet red currants, molasses, light chocolate, and oily floral hops. Very sweet and fragrant. Fun to quaff.

Taste: Taste doesn't follow the smell as closely as I had hoped. Brown malt and nuts are the strongest flavors, while caramel, pine, and floral hops play lesser roles. Very bready. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy, oily, and even a bit prickly. While those descriptors might seem contradictory, I can't think of any other way to describe it. Great aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very complex and tasty. I'd love to try this beer again!

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Photo of yesyouam
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bear Republic Tribute Ale is a very clear, very lively, deep crimson brown berr with a huge, lumpy, beige head. Wowza! It has a green, hoppy aroma like grass. It has a smooth, medium body with a slightly gritty finish. It's pretty bitter and green tasting. It tastes like a home brew. There is a slight note of chocolate but no sweetness is detected. This is almost like an India Brown Ale.

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Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of camel tan colored loose foam which possesses enough larger bubbles to speed up the dissolve, slight dimpling, a decent amount of stickiness creates more lacing than usually found in the category. Reddish brown color, opaque with more clarity at the rims as well as an orange cast. The nose much more demure than expected, caramel, milk chocolate, black raisins and cherries, brazil nuts, indistinct roast to it, same could be said for the mixed citrus nuances, little here bespeaks a strong hops presence. Medium-bodied, the carbonation churns and fluffs things up. Malt, carob, milk chocolate powder, caramel and molasses all there but, truthfully, it's not overly sweet. Lower levels of raisin, black grape, cherry, apricot fruit and the orange to lemon citrus drops off a notch as well. Maybe it's an after effect of the carbonation but you get a suggestion of mineral water. The nuttiness holds off but shows nicely through the finish. Not bad at all but no aces hidden up its sleeves.

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Photo of irishgurl4
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this delicious little number at Father's Office 2 the other night. Was drawn in by the concept of molasses and brown sugar being used as it sounds more like a cookie recipe than a beer. From notes on 2/18/2010.

A: Dark brown with a moderate beige head.

S: A rich maltiness that is somewhat nutty with undertones of molasses.

T: Bit-o-honey candy. That is how I describe this beer. A smooth sort of caramely nutty goodness.

M: Smooth across the tongue with a soft, yet rich aftertaste of malty caramel.

D: Very nice to drink. Very palatable. This one gets an overall "noms" from me.

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Photo of adamette
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage a few weeks ago for $5.99. No "best by" date observed by me. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Nice light brown creamy head over a dark brown body that glows a dark mahogany when held in front of direct light. Good lacing on the inside of the glass. 4.0

S Nice, cinnamon raisin bread like medium roast malt which is inviting, interesting. 4.5

T/M Medium roast malt, toasty brown ale goodness with the creamy head that delivers a slight softness to a beer that already has a bread like feel. 4.0

D Good. I finished the bomber within about 15 minutes and I enjoyed it. 4.0

Notes: A fitting Tribute to Pete Brown.

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Photo of themedievalist
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank a bomber of this with dinner.

A- Rich, dark color; foamy head which stays subtly present; light lacing.

S-Malty scent with a hint of molasses.

T-The molasses comes out a bit more here, and there are also hints of an almost coffee-like flavor. The malt definitely dominates, though.

M-Pleasant and creamy.

D-Enjoyable and goes nice with smoky flavors. I enjoyed it, and would consider having it again, but I'm not sure I'd count it among my favorites.

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Photo of Stimack
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours to a nice brown color with some ruby like highlights. The head is big, light tan with pretty good retention and what is there has left great amount of lacing down the side of the whole glass. The aroma is of roasted malts, caramel, maybe molasses and chocolate. Nutty aroma comes through as well. Hop presence is minimal, at least compared to the malt profile. Big and malty! Lots of caramel and chocolate come through, roasted malt flavor is negligible. Hops come out more here at the tail end, plays well with the carbonation as it gives a slight tingle to the tongue and adds a slight bite. Has a nice feel as it washes across the mouth, creamy like feel. Overall this is a very easy drinking brew and what I think is a great brown ale - one of my favorite styles. Ill look for this one again, not sure why it took so long for me to pick it up.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a hint of red. Big creamy tan head. Looks appetizing!

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with a hint of nuts (and maybe some spices) and a nice dose of chocolate. Nicely balanced.

Taste: Flavorful with lots of malts, roasted nuts, and then some chocolate towards the finish. A bit of hop bitterness comes in at the aftertaste to balance things out.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and quite smooth, though I was expecting it to be a bit creamier. Really minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty, easy to drink, and a moderate ABV.

A really enjoyable and good brown ale. Nothing special, just nicely done.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, nearing black body with a wonderfully thick head, which left an undying cap and great lacing in the pint glass.

S/T: Light smoke and floral hops right up front. As it opened up, coffee and chocolate reared their heads and the smoke got stronger. Overall, malty, and with a good pop.

M: Surprisingly crisp finish to a sticky body.

D: It's quite nice, but halfway through the pint, it got a bit boring. It's solid, quite flavorful, but I wasn't clamoring for a second.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a thin creamy light tan head that has some retention and leaves big lacing on the glass. the color is a transparent reddish brown color with bubbles rising to the top

S-the nose comes across fairly nice with a roasted malt as the most prevalent aroma, some bitter sweet chocolate, caramel and a touch of coffee come in next with a faint smell of citrus at the finish

T-the taste switches things up a little and brings the chocolate and molasses up front with some sweet caramel next. not really any coffee, but the roasted malt is towards the back that gives way to the faint taste of some citrusy hops

M-it is the lighter end of medium body, i was hoping for a little bit more, it is smooth but a little thin and very highly carbonated

D-its got a nice sweet malt taste, some aspects of balance that are pretty well done, straight forward and to the point. Mouthfeel was too thin for me and it seemed to have a little too much carbonation

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Photo of inspektor
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours the color of Brazilian Walnut wood, deep and beautiful, with minimal head from a bomber.

The smell is a blend of a variety of nuts with cocoa beans trailing and malt finishing the spectrum.

The flavor is initially of roasted cocoa beans, followed by chocolate, malt, and carbonation. As the tasting progressed, a more smokey cocoa flavor became more prevalent as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the finish was semi-sweet.

Overall, this is a more than adequate brown ale but definitely not the star of the category.

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Photo of billyzoom666
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split a 1 pt 6 oz bottle with my wife (who didn't like it and ended up giving me her half....the beer was "too full"). It pours dark with just a tint of red coloring. Nice little head with lacing that lasts throughout. Looks good. There's a lot there in the smell, but nothing that really stands out. It's got the earthy smell of a Brown and I'm catching a hint of something sweet. Maybe that's the brown sugar talked about on the bottle. This has a smoky front end on the taste. It's almost like a porter. There's a nice sweet aftertaste that lingers. This beer doesn't have much punch when it hits your mouth, which was a disappointment. The drinkability on this is pretty high, all things considered. I've found this style to be pretty drinkable in the past and then have it sneak up on me. Be careful with this one!

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay glass-

Poures half finger brownish creme head leaving moderate lacing. Large bubbles along the sides and a thin sheet across the top. Reminds me exactly of root beer, I was thinking as I poured it. Even in the glass looks similar.

Sweet stout like, chocolatey with a slight molasses brown sugar roasted malts.

Taste woody molasses some brown sugar similar to nose.

Low carbonation mouthfeel slightly watery but smooth and overall enjoyable.

high drinkability not real high ABV its smooth and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a very small light brown head. Nice thin sheets of lace are offered, the foam is frothy and creamy. Light brown sugar and roasted malt in the nose along with a milky, creamy sweet character. Light molasses, brown sugary crusted sweet bread, milky chocolate, mild vanilla notes and cocoa nibs in the finish. Nice bubbly and wet mouthfeel even thought the finish is somewhat dry. Nothing amazing, just a good brown ale. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of wenkalman
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Very dark brown/black with just a little light coming through when you hold it up. When it is held to the light, there are hues of deep red. The head poured a deep off white carmel color. Mix of small to large bubbles. Poured about a 1 finer width of head with a straight down the middle slow pour. Head disappeared quickly leaving a little sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet carmel notes with a piney back end. Also catch a bready tone to it. The smell appears to be balanced between the malts and hops.

Taste - Has a light coffee flavor with a sweet middle and a slightly bitter back end. Very interesting flavor profile, but it works. Very light taste compared to other browns.

Mouthfeel - Very light on the tongue which I think is a good thing. Only slight carbonation so it floats more on the flat side.

Drinkability - I am not the worlds biggest brown fan but this one does have a high drinkability mark in my book. Alcohol is well hidden by the interesting balance of flavors.

I would recommend this beer to those looking to try something different, and to my buddies that are brown fans, I would highly recommend they at least try it.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

excellent autumn brown. looks just like a coca cola in pour with a tighter head. very little lace. nose is toasty. lot of molasses and a gentle smoke and yeasty bread. palate of toffee and mollasses, smokey mild sour... chestnut and clove quality. pumpkin pie malt and mild bitter finish. pumpernickel... a tad leathery. great for thanksgiving season.

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Photo of lord2464
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fantastic brown ale with chocolate and roast on top of a solid malt backbone. restrained hops provide a soft bitterness without much flavor or aroma. Alcahol on the mid 6's makes for a firm beer but still very drinkable. loved this with grilled steak. Reminded me of a bigger moose drool.

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Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany with a creamy tan head that thins and stays, leaving trailing lacing.

The smell is of toffee with roasted cocoa/chocolate. Earthy hops back up the rich malty aroma.

The taste is of rich maltiness - chocolate and roast (coffee?) - almost goes towards porter, but stays in style with caramel/toffee, chocolate and nutty character. Bittering, citrusy hops come through in the finish to add to the complexity and balance, without throwing off maltiness.

It has a creamy, full but not thick, body with a nice carbonation level.

Highly, deliciously, drinkable. Nicely balanced while showcasing maltiness (that doesn't become too sweet or overroasted). A great rendition of an American brown. Another winner from this great brewery!

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Photo of juhl31
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was pouring at taps in petaluma early on. had to watch friggin favre beat the niners over this beer

-deep brown with some good lacing and residual head

-nutty, roasty, some coffee

-nutty up front and then the roasty in the middle

-good and clean, nothing that makes me mad

-high on alcohol for a brown, but it is a very good beer

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into a standard pint glass at about 40-45 degrees.

Pours a solid mahogany with a thick, creamy, off-white froth...nice lacing. On the nose are aromas of caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, subtle raisins, roasted nuts, a touch of smoke, and roasted malts. Tastes a little sweet with great carbonation and all of the characteristics from the nose. Overall, a solid beer that very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first time I have seen this one available in my area, so I decided to pick up a bomber. Here is my review:

A: Looks like a brown ale. Dark brown color. You can see through it rather easily. Head is pretty creamy.

S/T: I get some toasted malts and brown sugar in the nose. The taste is good for a Brown Ale, but nothing spectacular. I get the toasted malts upfront along with that brown sugar. Somewhat smokey. Hops are a little more dominant than a typical Brown Ale. Maybe a touch of coffee in there. A tad watery tasting.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied. Somewhat creamy. Carbonation is sharp in the mouth. Drinks rather easily. Much easier to session compared to a Stout, but not as enjoyable either.

Not a huge fan of Bear Republic, and this is probably their weakest beer in their lineup. Definetly not a bad beer, but lacking compared to their other efforts. Worth a shot, especially if you are a Brown Ale fan, just don't expect the best of the best.

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Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark clear burgundy color and formed a huge light tan foamy head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee. The flavor was of malt, coffee, anise and a hint of chocolate. The body was medium light and the finish was slightly sweet. A very nice brown ale.

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Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 72.4% out of 100 with 617 ratings
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