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 fostwal
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice beer to enjoy while watching a football game, which is what I'm doing as I write this. Don't be confused. This is not a Pete's Brown Ale. It's named after Peter Brown. This is a beer is a a heavy porter if not a stout.
Appearance: Pitch dark. Even holding it up to the light, I still can't see through it.
Smell: Rich, chocolate aroma with a hint of coffee.
Taste: Heavy roasted malt flavor with very little bitter taste.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation is low and the malt is heavy. The combo gives this a nice and thick feel.
Drinkability: Very easily one the the best porter/stouts that I've tasted. Goes down very smooth.

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Photo of seanbhudson
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle with no date. Pours a very dark brown color with copper highlights. It has a medium tan head and a little lacing.
Moderate aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, caramel. Coffee aromas come out as it warms. Overall a tad sweet.
Chocolate, brown sugar and coffee. Light earthy hops at the end. Hints of cola. Earthy hops get stronger as beer warms.
Medium body beer with a slightly creamy texture. Moderately high, fizzy carbonation.
A well balanced beer. One of the best browns I have had in a long time. More earthy hops than many other browns but it kept it from tasting too sweet.

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

A - This beer poured a reddish brown color that produced a nicely sized, fluffy tan head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were good as Brown Ales go, some light chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses

T - The taste of this beer was a real winner for me, a milk chocoaltey maltiness, brown sugar, and molasses, as well as some hints of coffee

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light amount of carbonation

D - This beer is one of my favorite Brown Ales, nice flavor profile, and easy to drink, this brewery has done it again

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Photo of bboven
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

All around nearly perfect.

Dark brown, clear body, nice head with lots of lacing.

Chocolate, bread crust, and caramel are in the forefront of the aroma. Very hearty smell.

Big chocolate upfront, very bready again, very subtle hop bitterness.

A bit thin on the mouthfeel, that's about the only flaw.

Excellent beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Shows a medium clear brown in color with some mahogany highlights. A half inch of light tan head settles slowly to a nice cap.

Milk chocolate and some coffee creamer. Seems a bit like a White Russian but with an unmistakable nutty flavor. A good dose of earthy hops accompany, along with a light alcohol presence.

Sweet, nutty and chocolate flavors with a well balanced and steady carbonation. A light hop bitterness on the close with a long subtle finish with a hint of peppery spice. The beer does tire a bit as the carbonation lessens, so refresh the pour regularly.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Approximate 18oz serving size. Poured a deep chestnut brown with ruby hues at the edges when held to the light. Foamy tan head held good retention with a sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Sweet aromas of brown sugar, toffee, and toasted grains, with a hint of chocolate fill the nose. Tastes are of toasted grains, brown sugar, toffee, and notes of nutty milk chocolate and molasses with a slight hint of caramel. Hops are present, but not overbearing allowing the malt profile to keep its presence. Balance seems good. Mouth-feel is rather light with moderate carbonation. Finishes mainly sweet but somewhat bitter; more roasty than anything - there is also an odd nutty character in the finish. Overall, not a bad brown ale, and fits the style well.

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

I love a good Brown Ale but it takes a very special specimen to get high marks from me. The only A I know of is the Hazlenut Brown Nectar from Rogue. That is a specialty beer and not a session drinker. Pete's Brown is a Session beer. Sweeter and more typically American than something like a Samuel Smith Nut Brown but more palatable and delicious than say a Nautical Nutbrown from AleSmith.

This is what American Brown Ales are supposed to be. Pours dark brown with a frothy beige head. Smells sweet and bready, but not heavy. Tastes as it should. Rich, light but present hop with mellow and taste bud pleasing sweetness. Medium body, great mouthfeel. If you love brown ales, British or American, enjoy this gem.

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Photo of morimech
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that is short lived. A little lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of milk chocolate, molassus, nuts, and herbal hops. A departure from highly hopped American brown ales. Sweet, chocolatey, with just a hint of earthyness in the finish. It is sweet without being cloying. Toasted malt is noted as well. The body is a little thin but combined with nice carbonation gives a nice soft texture. Nice, easy drinking brown. A change of pace from high hopped beers but still does it without being overlysweet.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a very light tan head that quickly fades away and leaves only the lightest traces of lacing.

Smells of roasted malt and rich coffee, somewhat nutty in the back.

Taste is nutty along with notes of rich chocolate, roasted malt, butterscotch, a touch of brown sugar and a very light hop bitterness that manages to find its way in the finish.

Mouthfeel seemed a bit lighter than expected, maybe even somewhat watery but was also very smooth. Not too heavy and no real alcohol presence make this very drinkable. Not sure why but I wasn't expecting too much from this one, maybe because I've always thought of Bear Republic only for their hoppy beers but they continue to impress with this one.

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Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, courtesy bulletrain76. Ruby tinged brown color with a watery beige head, no lacing. Cocoa powder aroma with some bread crust and a light orangey hop note. Flavor is dark and bready with pumpernickel, wheat bread crust, and an even roasted note than leads into a moderate bitterness. Semi dry finish and smooth overall. Pretty good brown.

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Photo of LibraryTom
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A delicious addition to the fantastic array of Bear Republic beers.

My first sample of this brew. I found it to be overall one of their most wonderfully balanced beers. Very drinkable.

My first sense was of root beer or sasparilla on the nose. The beer has a textured sweetness from the malt that is backed up nicely by what seems to be the classic Columbus hops that BR is well known for championing. A real hop lover's dark beer. Lots of character to the malt though, and as compared to BR's other beers this one is truly malt driven. Plenty of that "root beer" comes through into the malt, and is backed up by a little bit of prune and coffee flavors.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. Keep 'em comin.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a rather aggressive tan head with large bubbles and some nice structure.
Brown shoe polish colored beer with very good clarity and no visible carbonation. The head does fall to a thin film of foam that remains. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is light, slightly sweet and of grain.. Not very roasted or caramel like...

Hmmm, a bit disappointed with the flavor here. Quite watery. The phrase "one dimensional" comes to mind. Light roasted malt flavor, some sweetness. A bit dry towards the end. As I continue to work my way through the bottle I am struck by the one dimensional nature of the flavor. I am searching for more elements to describe and can't find any. Perhaps a tiny hint of cocoa, but I am clearly searching.

Mouth feel is very light. Too light. Almost watery. Some graininess in the mouth feel.

As for drinkability, I will say there is not that much. Not offensive, but also not inviting. I will not willingly be back to try this one again.

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Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger and a ahlf of rich creamy tan head fades slightly to leave a rich creamy tan full lacing... Lots of small bubbled rapid carbonation... Deep murky brown cola color... Good sticiness on the sides of the glass...

S - Malt... Brown sugar... Molasses... Sweet sugary cranberry juice... Plum... Hints of coffee...

T - Lots of pale malt... Lots of dark fruit... A slight tinge of hops on the finish...

M - Slight amount of prickly carbonation... Medium bodied... Creamy... Rich... Dry and chalky finish...

D - Easy drinking... A very solid and respectable brown ale... More sweetness was expected on the palette and would have been appreciated...

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, nearly opaque brown with a garnet red tone. Head is tan and has some big bubbles but leaves little lacing.

S- Lots of roast malt smells here along with sweeter, caramel malts and some barely noticeable woody/piney hops.

T- Taste is very high quality. Not lacking in any department, and really excessive in malt flavors(I mean that in a good way). Coffee, chocolate, butterscotch, molasses, rye bread, everything. Definitely leans toward the sweet, malt side of balance.

Final Thoughts- Substantial and pleasing in all designs and methods, but really doesn't transcend the Brown Ale style. Still one of the best sweet brown ales you can get.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a fairly thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Had a nutty, malty and slightly sugary aroma.

T: Tasted of rich malt, a nutty component and some caramel. More bitter and complex than most brown ales out there.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: I'm not the biggest fan of browns, but I figured I'd give this one a try, given that it's a Bear Republic. This is a solidly drinkable beer that goes down easy.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz. bomber bottle purchased at The Beer Stop for $4.50. Poured into my nonic pint glass and appears a clear deep chestnut brown color with about two fingers of creamy tan lingering foam. Smells and tastes of floral hops, hazelnuts, bittersweet chocolate, mocha, brown sugar, mildly roasted coffee, caramel, a lot going on here, nice. Smooth mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Glad to have easy access to this. Check it out if you can.

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Photo of Aenema
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark mahogany; clear with a reddish tint. Soapy tan head with nice lacing.
Smell - Nutty with some chocolate notes.
Taste - Caramel malts, nuttiness, chocolate finish with a slight bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, full-bodied.
Drinkability - Very drinkable, this is a rich-tasting beer that is not too filling.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, deep mahogany brown with some light brown, reddish highlights near the bottom and edges of the glass.
For a West Coast beer, the aroma is pretty malty. Caramel, chocolate, toffee, hint of coffee. Floral hops are present as well.
The flavor is pretty malty too. Lots of dark chocolate, bits of coffee and toffee. Floral hops are more forward than in the aroma, but are not the dominant flavor.
Medium bodied. A little sticky, but not resiny.
Pretty drinkable. Very good flavor, but not quite sessionable.
English Browns are one of my favorite styles and very difficult to find with any kind of freshness on our side of the pond. But, this is a good one that I will be seeking out again, if possible.

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Photo of surfer4life
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass from the tap at Bear Republic Brewhouse.

A - Very Dark Brown almost black with a good size chocolate head. Good lacing.

S - Floral boquet of hops hits the nose first and is then followed up by some chocolate, coffee and banana scents. Solid caramel malt in this as well, this smells magnificent. Hints of alcohol detected as well.

T - Heavy coffee flavor with some definite chocolate in there. rich caramel and toffee with some hoppiness in the finish. Tastes great.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation, very good alcohol warming effect with some dry finish that cleans the pallet well.

D - Very drinkable, great stuff here.

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Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown-maroon liquid with a foamy head.

S: Good aroma. Nutty, hoppy and brown sugar malt.

T: Good drinking brown ale. It has a classic brown ale flavor that is nutty and chocolatey with a good balance between sweet and bitter.

M: Smooth, easy on the palate and well-carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink. Excellent for a stronger session beer.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a very dark brown but when held up to the light it looked more like a very deep red. I expected this beer to be much heavier than it was based on that appearance but found it to be much more medium bodied with nice carbonation. The wife and I both enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Naugled
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in chalice

A: nice dark brown, barely any light can be seen through it. unimpressive head size, but nice tan color

S: pleasant smell, sweet sugary caramel nose. has sort of an old ale character with hints of dark dried fruits.

T: good malt character with an obvious molasses flavor, very little bitterness but there was some astringency

MF: nice and crisp which helps cut the sweet fullness. medium body and good carbonation

D: ok, not my favorite brown, but I could drink a few of these if someone else bought them

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Photo of markaberrant
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - very dark, just short of black, some light passes through, looks clear, thick mouse-like tan head

S - beautiful caramel notes, hints of toffee and milk chocolate, light herbal hop

T - rather "lean" tasting, not much sweetness, a light bit of hazelnut, the dominant flavour is some earthy/herbal hop, but even it is quite light, virtually no aftertaste. Taste improves marginally as it warms (though I serve my beer relatively warm to begin with), get more dry hazelnut in the aftertaste. The flavours are good, just muted.

M - fairly light body, combined with the mild flavours comes across as watery,

D - the flavours are just too mild to get excited

The aroma is incredible on this beer, but unfortunately it is far and away the best thing about this beer. Boost the crystal malt to give it some body and sweetness to round things out. The flavours are great, but I feel like I have to strain myself to taste anything.

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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice pour from the bomber into the Sammy Freebie glass - deep brown with a lacy tan head. A good start.

Rich dark chocolate and caramel mixed with the malt in the aroma. Dry powered cocoa spread on doughy bread pops in with the quaff. Enough hops (on the pine side per classic Bear Republic) to make for a clean and crisp finish. Even some root beer hints that mingle amongst the malt.

Another solid brew from a great brewery. I have never been disappointed with any of their brews.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 4/25/2008 (bottle):

Pours a reddish brown colored body, with a foamy off-white colored head. Has a nuttiness to the smell, and coffee aroma. A very watery palate. Has a nice coffee taste. There is some nuttiness here too. A somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

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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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