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: 617 |  Reviews: 355
Photo of Tbn2
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

Eye Candy: Pours a very dark brown body with a thin khaki head. Quickly retreats to the edge of glass and slightly laces. Body has a very nice mahogany appearance when back lite.

Nose Candy: I don't get much honestly. Some subtle aromas of malt, brown sugar, vanilla, and earthy hops. Nothing really jumps out at me.

Tongue Candy: Pretty good but nothing exceptional. At first I get some toasted bread flavors that fades to a brown sugar/toffee flavor. Finishes with a hint of earthy hops and vanilla on the back of the tongue. Body of the beer has a good mouthfeel and a full feeling when you swallow.

Overall this is a good beer that I could drink all night. Nothing exceptional, but this certainly hits the spot.


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Photo of wedge
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, reddened brown color. Small, creamy off-white head leaves some thin sheets on the glass. Rich malty aroma immediately brings to mind the soft smell of a fresh vanilla bean. Sweet chocolate, cookie dough, flowers, and some fruity yeast. Tasty mocha-like flavor with brown sugar and hops. Creamy and nutty. The hops begin to stand out a bit more as it warms. Smooth and medium bodied. Very good brown ale...maybe more of an American/English hybrid.

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Photo of droomyster
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown that glows reddish at the edges under a lamp light, with a big, frumpy tan head with excellent retention. Smells of sweet toffee and dark fruits. Taste is very rich and satisfying: molasses sweetness with a good amount of toasty malts backed by earthy hops. A long, bittersweet toffeish finish. Medium to full-bodied, iminently drinkable. Not the most complex English Brown on the market, but very delicious.

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Photo of gford217
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark, dark mahogany with a small tan head that fades away pretty quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell is very well balanced between sweetness and roasty. There is lots of sweet caramel malts with hints of some nuts. This is balanced well by some roasted coffee and a light hop presence.

The taste has the same basic elements, sweet roasted malts, nuts and some hops. However, the toasted character gets amped up and the finish is very bitter, more from coffee than from hops. Not as balanced as the aroma for me.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation and a slightly abrasive bitterness through the finish.

The nose really got my expectations up but the taste was just OK. Still good.

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Photo of skrib09
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown in color... really deep, rich color. tan head, disappeared rather quickly.

smells bready, sweet, malty, very "brown ale" if you will.

tastes really nice. sweet, like molasses, but balanced. almost a "sweet tooth" beer.

good mouthfeel. maybe a bit grainy but it that's not a bad thing.

good drinkability.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It says on the label that this beer is an "American Brown Ale" instead of the British style that it is classified in on this site, so I will approach it according to what is on the bottle.

Appearance: Poured slowly into my stein, it ended up with about 1/4" of mixed size bubbles making up the head. The head was pretty active, but it pretty much faded into the beer within about 20-30 seconds. The beer itself is a very clear deep garnet color that is quite attractive.

Aroma: Lots of toasty malty sweetness with some sugary sweetness in there for good measure. The hops are definitely present in the aroma and come across as more floral (maybe noble?) than your typical California "C" citrusy hops. The malt and sweetness are the predominant players in the aroma as the beer is cold.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma pretty closely, with malt and sweetness being the key ingredients of the flavor. There are hops in here too, but they are reserved to the whole sweet thing. The hops provide some balance in the finish, but there is a slightly unexpected roasty component coming out and adding acidity to the finish along with the bittering hops. Even though the beer is balanced toward the sweetness, the finish is slightly on the harsh side and gets a bit more so as it warms. The alcohol is noticeable as warming on the back of the throat to the belly soon after the sip.

Opinion: Well, this is a pretty decent beer. I am definitely going to finish my glass, so it doesn't suck by any means. I am not a big fan of the balance. I like sweet beers, Bock is my favorite style, but this beer doesn't really play well on my palate. It has some flavor in the beginning with the fresh hops and sugary sweetness, but then fades to mouthfeel pretty quickly. I don't know what it is, but I won't be seeking this beer out again. If I want an American Brown Ale, I will stick with others.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, dark nut brown in color. Bright, vibrant red highlights when held up to a light. Big, fomy light brown head. Decent retention and great lacing.

S - Fresh roasted barley and some toasted bread. A surprisingly strong citrus hop aroma underneath, but in no way overwhelming. I would say this is more American Brown Ale in the nose.

T - Very sweet and nutty initially. Lots of toasted nuts and a light hint of roasted coffee. A spicy and fruity hop combo comes through mid drink and provides a very lively balance to the beer. Finishes somewhat bitter.

M/D - Light bodied and a little thin on the feel. A very good beer though and easily drinkable.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep brown under a medium sized off white head. Decent lace and retention.

S: Mix of roasted and toasted malt. A mostly subdued aroma. A bit disapointing.

T: Sweet up front. Decent roasted bitter finish. Slight coffee character. Bitterness is a little surprising but not bad.

M/D: Nice mouthfeel. Smooth, full bodied. Decent drinkability. A little lackluster at times, but it's good.

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Photo of biggmike
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured an attractive reddish-brown color with a generous off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly. The aroma was of chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. The flavor was a combination of all of these with a coffee flavor that also came through. The mouthfeel was good with proper carbonation. Drinkability was high. I liked this and will have again.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried on June 19, 2008
Pete has a big, foamy, lasting head on top of a clear, deep dark russet body. Aroma is full of brown sugar and molasses along with an earthy smell. Flavor is mostly sweet chocolate, but overall very light. Finishes slightly bitter with an aftertaste of sour cherries and iron. Alcohol is noticable, but not overpowering. OK, but not anything I would buy again.

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

The 22-ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint willi glass produces a clear ruby-tinted mahogany body capped with a thick layer of stained beige foam. In short order the sticky cap recedes into a chunky sheet that leaves filmy webs of lacing on the glass.

The aroma of the drink is smooth and chocolatey, with loads of sticky brown sugar-sprinkled caramel and warm, savory toasted grains.

The taste is dark chocolatey and modestly molassesey-sweet, but with a sizable black coffee component that wrestles its way into control of the drink. The java note contributes depth and bitterness, but fails at completely taking out the resilient syrupy brown sugariness that bounces right back into the forefront of the flavor profile, time and time again. Rich, crumbly chocolate lingers throughout the encounter, and an earthy dryness in the finish cleans the multifaceted sweetness up nicely.

The drink is medium-bodied and nicely carbonated with superb quaffability. An excellent brown ale from a brewer that is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorites.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark red brown color but completely clear. Head is a medium tan with some lacing.

S - Sweet and syrupy with notes of toasted bread, caramel, and orange peel, together with a mild stout-like roasted quality.

T - More of the medium roasted chocolate character; sweet and moderately bitter. Hop flavor is subdued at most. Finish is dead center. Should be more hoppy.

M - Medium-full bodied with medium-low carbonation; smooth with slight alcohol warmth; not astringent. Should be more carbonated.

D - Could go for 2 or 3 pints.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/21/08. Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of smoke and sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, sweet cantelope, and sweet honey. Weak bodied. Meh, an ok beer but not one I'd revisit.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20

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

A-Pours a deep reddish/brown color with a thick beige head and good lacing.

S-Smells of dark raosted malts and dark molasses.

T-Tastes of dark roasted malts,slightly sweet with just a touch of a very mild hop bitterness.Well balanced.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation and a smooth feel.

D-Very solid beer,good smell and taste.I would purchase this again and again!

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

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt chocolate scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt chocolate and coffee

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit it would make a good dessert beer worth trying sometime

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Photo of Guzzler78
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice ale a bit more robust and hoppy than expected. Almost a hybrid of a porter and brown ale.

Pours a deep brown color. A nice creamy tan head that leaves some nice lacing and foam throughout consumption.
Smells of coffee, brown sugar, chocolate malts.
Tastes of coffee, roasted chocolate malts. Spicy hop flavors.Nice hoppy finish.
A light to medium mouthfeel, lighter than expected.
A good drinker. Recommended.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber with a medium tan head. Nutty, toasted malt aroma, blended with caramel and cream. More hoppy than expected for a brown ale, lots of caramel, cocoa, with some licorice and brown sugar. Its good, but I wanted more from these guys, especially for a tribute ale.

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

On-tap at Hollingshead's, on to the beer:

Dark leather brown color, hues of orange glow at the bottom of my mug. Smells like a brown: Pie crust, a bit of pine of tropical notes, mild hop aroma, toast. Taste: more pie crust and toast flavors. A pinch of toffee. Solid presence of juicy, fruity hops, with a burnt astringent flavor in the back. A hoppy brown ale I like?....that's usually not for me, but this did the trick.

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

A - Pours cola brown, thick 1 inch head.

S - Brown sugar, cocoa and hops.

T - Cola, brown sugar, slight coffee and unsweetened chocolate, some unidentified fruitiness and slight toffee.

M - Thinner than expected, med to light. Good Carb and coating.

D - Easy enough to drink. Reminds me of a Porter.

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Photo of positiverpr
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a:dark ruby-brown. beige thin head that was short-lived. decent lacing. medium carbonation.

a:non-acrid roast with chocolate. obvious bear rep. yeast flavor. some caramel sweetness. west-coast hop profile.

t:low bitterness. lasting grain roast flavor with residual sugar and occasional brown sugar. i dont get any hop flavor. that ever-present b.r. yeast profile.

m:smooth medium mouthfeel. medium carbonation.

o:drinkable despite residual sugar. more like a stout in flavor to me but not out of style. for me the b.r. yeast profile dominates and overwhelms all their beers. i enjoy them less because of it. i cant describe what it is but it is unmistakable. that being said, i still drink alot of their beer so it cant be bad.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Lonehill Liquor. In general I don't like Browns, Porters, or Stouts so when reviewing these I try to be as objective as possible.

Pours a deep brown color with beige head that lasts quite a while and is very silky. Its clear, or at least it was clear until I got to the bottom of the bottle and didn't stop pouring. Nasty chunks of yeast fell into my glass. I won't hold that against the beer, it was my fault. Good lacing.

Aroma is moderately heavy on the roast and the coffee. There is evidence of brown malt and only the slightest hint of alcohol if you look for it.

Flavor is a little less roasty than the smell suggests and has a stronger alcohol bite. Some nuttines but not a lot. Quite bitter for a brown.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and medium drinkability due to the hop/alcohol/roast bite.

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

Pretty clear brown pour. Whitish head. Aromas of some roast malt, nut, piney hops. Tastes roast malts with light molasses/tofee. Something a bit metallic maybe, more hops than I would prefer in a brown ale. Lively mouthfeel. Very clean finishing. Overall pretty good, another good brew from Bear Republic.

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

22 oz bomber bottle, picked up at Mollie Stone's in Burlingame.

Poured into a tulip glass. Root beer in color with a nice head that stays for quite a while and leaves chunky fragmented lacing.

Aromas of brown sugar, molasses, yeast and hops.

Taste is smooth and carmel-dominated. The sugar and molasses are barely there and not even close to being overpowering or sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium, thick, lively carbonation. Drinkability wonderful good given the slightly above average ABV.

I'd like to compare this back to back with Lost Coast's Downtown Brown and see which I like better.

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

Poured from the bottle a clear dark reddish brown color with a thin tan head.

Aroma of sweet malts, chocolate, butterscotch, toffee, and nuts.

Tastes of roasted malts, nuts, coffee, dark chocolate, and dark ripe fruits.

Thin mouthfeel and lightly carbonated.

Bear Republic did a nice job with this English brown. Every sip was better than the last.

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a surprisingly good store on P St. near DuPont Circle in Washington DC.

Pours a slightly hazy brown with a one-finger foamy white head. The head sticks around for a good while before dissipating into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells mostly of molasses, caramel malts, and nuts. As the beer warms there's a mild light chocolate aroma that makes its way out.

Tastes very good. There are robust malts joined by a nutty flavor. Like with the smell, there's a chocolate flavor that asserts itself as the beer warms. There's a very mild bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. Slightly above average thickness for a brown, with good carbonation. Goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good, I wish I'd picked up another of these while I was able to.

Overall, this is one of the better brown ales I can remember tasting. Definitely give this one a shot if you see it laying around.

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Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 617 ratings.
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