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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Photo of willjschmidt
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color a reddish hue (looks like cola) with a light tan head.

S: Lots of rick malts with some sweetness mixed in.

T: A rich malty brown with a malt backbone of molasses, maple syrup and brown sugar. A solid hop presence with good bitterness finishes it off for some balance. It's a solid english brown although a little hoppier than most.

M: Very active carbonation with a medium-body.

D: Very drinkable, easily sessionable. A nice straightforward brown, although not a lot of complexity and not all that interesting.

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Photo of NewSc2
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a big fan of Bear Republic's common offerings (Racer 5, Racer X, Hop Rod, etc.), I saw this at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa and decided to give it a try. It's really quite an interesting beer but I ended up slanting on the interesting-but-not-great side.

Starting from the pour, it looked great and poured nice and easy. It's on the darker side of brown ales, and nicely carbonated in the glass.

I can't help but think of Hop Rod Rye when I drink this beer, though. Part of me keeps yearning for more hops and less malts. And I really can't get quite over the smell, which is probably what makes this beer the most interesting out of BA's points (A/S/T/M/D). It smells a lot like Hop Rod, but tastes quite softer, which is interesting. Interesting, mind you, doesn't mean that it smells good. It almost feels like somebody mixed in a maltier brown ale with a hoppy Red.

As I keep drinking it I notch up the taste from 3.5 to 4.0. It's a good transition beer between an IPA and a Belgian.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, bought at Hi-Time Wine Cellars, in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Pours brown, with a smooth medium cap of tan foam, with really good retention, some lacing.

S: Nice brown ale smell of caramel malt, sugar.

T: Caramel malt and toffee right off the bat as expected, with some nice snappy hop character, a simple taste overall, but tasty and very effective. A nice full taste character that is not often present in browns.

M: Perfect for a brown, smooth, crisp, medium-bodied, very easy to drink, even at over 6%.

D: A nice suprise, as I really don't expect much out of this category, I've had a lot of mediocre ones, but this one is right up there with Alesmith as the best in California.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into the sam adams modified tulip/pils glass. True to its name this pours a solid brown. Streaking lace slides with every pull.

Nice malty backbone to this brew. A fresh feel to this that pleases the palate. Lacks the sweet side that some browns tend to have and I find that to be a nice change of pace. Well balanced.

I love bear republic for many reasons. Every offering I've had has been solid, hit the marks and shown some imagination. Prices are reasonable. I'm not a huge brown fan but this is one I'd seek out when the mood strikes.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at approximately 45 degrees into my La Fin Du Monde tulip from the 22oz brown bottle.

A - Deep mahogany w/ a full 3 fingers of whipped up toasted marshmallow head. The bead is fine and the lace is moderately well clinging.

S - Nice, nutty sweet odors w/ a sour cherry like odor. Hazelnuts and sweet chocolate and bready yeast aromas.

M - Sweet creamy and full w/ a toasty and nutty feel w/ full carbonation and a sweet finish.

T - Dark cherry and deep chocolate malt w/ a sweet nutty quality at first taste. Very clean for such a big beer. Nice creamy taste w/subtle hop notes. Mostly brown malt flavor w/ a light crystal malt sweetness and very tasty w/ a lingering nutty flavor.

D - Very good American brown, slightly stronger than average, but basic roasted and chocolate malt flavors w/ out much yeast character. One you may get bored w/ yet "easy to knock back" w/ mushroom soup, a nice offering from Bear Republic.

Tasted blind - May 2009, served chilled in a double walled tumbler by tb69
A -3.5, S-4, M - 3.5, T-4, D - 4

A-Deep burgundy/tootsie roll-esque. The color of medium roast coffee w/ a thick rocky light tan head. Good clarity and good lacing from a moderately hard pour

S - citrus hops and dark fruit aroma w/ dark brown sugar and mild alcohol note w/ rich woody almost maple aroma

M - Thick concentrated sugar, but juicy taste w/ hins of herbal hops and noticeable abv in the feel. Somewhat sweet finish-wise and creamy textured

T - The flavor is deep berry and toffee w/ hints of coffee and the light molasses w/ a nutty and caramel malt note w/ a balanced flavor of pine hops and nutty/toasty accent. The flavor has more of a brown sugar and almost bourbon wood influence in the sweetness end of the flavor spectrum.

D - A tasty brown full of flavor, potent but not a beer to take lightly since is is not a session brown, but certainly fits the American brown category well.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a nice head with a good retention. Nice brown color.

Smell: A huge brown sugar backbone with some nice caramel malts. Some citrusy hops provide a nice balance. Hints of molasses throughout.

Taste is really well balanced. Some caramel malts and brown sugar with a very nice balance of hops. Molasses comes out as the beer warms. This beer is balance. It might get underrated because it's not over the top, but it only further cements my love of bear republic brews. Bear Republic is becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Nice mouthfeel, Not exactly creamy, but the carbonation is spot on. It's very good for a brown ale

One of the most drinkable american brown ales that I've ever had. Bear Republic can't miss I guess.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out like a dark maple syrup with a thin head of bubbles of various sizes. Leave some spotty lace. The first thing noted in the nose is the earthy and woody (as in the forest, not the material) hops with a backing of honey and brown sugar. Their estery house yeast character is pretty subdued in this one, but allows for some fruitiness to pair up with the other smells. These esters, however, come out a bit more in the flavor along with some dusty cocoa and a backing of the hops. Malt flavor is a bit thin and the hops do what they can. Mouthfeel is kind of light, chalky, and dusty. Decent brown all around. I wasn't expecting (or hoping for) some hop bomb, but I expected a little more from this brewery.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber, a dark brown with light lacing.

I'd call this one a crowd pleaser with its smooth molasses and chocolate flavor. Really, smooth is the word to describe the overall experience here. The beer has a mixture of sweet, dark sugar tastes that melt into the cocoa flavor without being overly sweet from malt or overbalanced by hops. A little heavy for the style, but a great all around beer.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hadn't seen this beer before when I picked up a single at a (relatively) new beer/wine store north of DC the other day. I like brown ales, after all....

Poured from the bomber into a belgian snifter, the Tribute Ale appears a deep dark brown color, with bright shades of red and orange that show up when the beer is held up to the light. There is a nice healthy head of off-white foam on top that settles into a proper film, with serious collection around the edges and some decent lace. It's a good looking beer for sure. The nose is sweet, with brown sugar, some vanilla, slight baker's chocolate, coffee, and hoppy molasses. The taste is also somewhat sweet, again with a brown sugar flavor, followed by a dark cherry sensation with nuts, and it finishes with a coffee bitterness and a peppery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit metallic at first, but evens out over time as the beer warms up.

This is a good beer, and I might be inclined to purchase it again if I were conducting an assorted brown ale tasting. But it's not my favorite brown ale by any means. Still, I think Bear Republic has done a nice job here, and at 6.3% ABV, it's a solid session beer with a little bit of a kick. I think this would go just as well with a bacon burger as it would with a Mexican dish of chicken mole.

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Photo of mcallister
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fine looking brown ale. Russett/burgundy colored. A thick creamy off white head leaves great lacing and holds lengthy retention.

Dark caramel and chocolate malts. Milk chocolate aromas with date notes. Sweet brown sugar with other sugary aromas. Dark bready grains with dried fruits.

Falls off a little on the flavor. Very straigtforward lacking depth. Sweet malty character milk chocolate in character. Thin mouthfeel with some bittering hop on the finish. Some nutty, dried fruit again. A decent beer but just nothing to set it apart.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer wasn't too bad. I haven't had too many Brown Ales before, but so far this is one of the best.

Poured part of a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep ruby brown in color, but it is still transparent. It produced a 1 finger off-white head. The head dissipated to a thin crown, and left no lacing to speak of.

Smell - I had to dig really deep, but I can detect notes of coffee, roasted malt, and a slight hint of molasses. There are hops in the scent, but it is very subdued. The scent is quite subdued overall.

Taste - There is a sweet roasty flavor initially, intermingled with coffee and molasses - malty. The bottle says that there is brown sugar flavor contained as well, and after I read that, I can detect it. The hops are definitely in the flavor, kinda floral, but very subdued.

Mouthfeel - This brew is very crisp from the high carbonation level. There is an astringent aftertaste that hangs out in the back of the throat, which is kind of off-putting. Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability - Quite good. It is very easy drinking, and the relatively low ABV makes it sessionable. I could easily down several pints without thinking about it.

This was a really good brown ale. While they are not my favorite style, I can say that I definitely enjoyed this beer. Another victory for Bear Republic.

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

Dark reddish brown, huge rocky tan head. Quite creamy.

Nose is also pleasant, with notes of roasted malt undergirding the citric hop zest and plentiful caramel malt.

There's a little bit of a coffee hint to this otherwise malt-fronted, flavor brown ale. Not exactly spot on for the style but far more interesting than most 'nut browns'.

Solid, not thick, mouthfeel, leaves a little astringent character in the back of the throat but otherwise is a genuinely pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, it has a reddish-brown color and a big soft, creamy head of foam on top. Nose is moderately sweet, with a caramel underpinning, with resinous hop notes. A good deal of roasted malt is apparent on the first taste, a hint of coffee, and then a moderately high amount of bitterness, high at least for the 'English brown' style, but nicely balancing the malt.

Very decent beer, though in a Bear's lineup of big very flavorful beers, it doesn't especially stand out.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: American Brown, “pays homage to subtle flavors of golden brown sugars, and sweet molasses”. I don’t know if that’s the same thing as using those ingredients. No date; 6.3% abv., serving temp suggestion (45-50, as with all the BR beers I’ve seen lately).

Aroma: Mild roasted malt and leafy hops. Overall a very subdued smell.

Appearance: Brown, ruby when backlit with good clarity. Long lasting soapy brown head laces very well.

Flavor: Roasted malt again comes through a sweet base. Earthy and leafy hops complement the malt nicely, but don’t really rise to the “American Brown” level for me, I’d call this English Northern.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to heavy body, low but firm carbonation, fairly clean finish.

Overall Impression: Brown isn’t one of my favorite styles, but this was easy drinking. If you like Browns, it’s one not to be missed.

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

P: 1PT.6 FL.OZ Brown Bottle

A: Thin dark brown pour light foam 1 finger had that reduced to a light cover and some lacing.

S: Piney astringent grapefruit pith

T: Bit of a pine bite and then blooms into a toasted malt and then a pleasant slightly sweet brown sugar and grain aftertaste.

M: Very pleasant as this is a great session beer. A great beer that will help to introduce to Bud Light out of the bottle-drinking friends on what a great beer can taste like.

D: Tailgated with this today and was happy that I brought multiple bottles for the 8 hour party to drink and share with others that put down Bud Lights and tried a bigger beer. This helped get a few converts over from the dark side!

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours an ultra-dark brown hue, watery tan head is mostly diminishing, thin lacing sticks surprisingly all over the glass
S- Smooth and crisp aroma characterized by toasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, and rich coffee tones
T- Initial taste is of sweet chocolate malts followed by some bitter coffee tones and yeasty malts, finishes with some nutty flavors and slight bitter hops
M- Medium-bodied brown with watery texture and lively, prickly carbonation
D- Smooth and easy-drinking brown ale that falls in the session range, I could easily drink several pints in one setting. This is a surprisingly complex and well-balanced brown ale (one of my favorite styles), and I would definitely order this up again in the future

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Photo of Floydster
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, only place I have ever seen this beer before, so I had to grab one

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter with a dark, dark brown color and a small vanilla colored head

Left sticky lacing throughout entire drinking session

Smell was a little roasty with some hints of maple syrup, piney hops, and caramel

Taste was rather dry for a brown ale and not near as nutty as I had hoped for, a little hoppy with some sweet malt character, not one of Bear Republic's best beers

Could have drank more than one bomber, goes down easy for its heaviness and ABV is average, nothing too bad

Worth trying once to say you did

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This looked and smelled fantastic. Medium to dark brown pour with a khaki coloured foamy head that became craggy and "chunky" as it slowy died down. Smell was huge cereals and grains and was rather nice. Taste, though, was very forgetable. It wasn't that it was bad. This is *not* a bad beer. It is just that there was a sour taste here that I didn't care for. Not a sour taste that would lead me to believe the beer had gone bad; this tasted like it was supposed to be here. Perhaps it is just me. Nevertheless, I didn't really care for the taste. Not a bad beer, just not for me. As always, though, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 3 finger foamy, float like, white head, amazing retent, brew is a somewhat cloudy brown

S- nutty, toasted malts, maple, caramel, pine, molasses

T- nutty, toasted caramel malts, maple, sweet in after, brown sugar, molasses, complex

M- medium body, sticky and dry finish, somewhat coarse

D- complex, easy to drink, absolutely delicious, awesome american brown, highly recommended.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a soft brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a soft toasted malt, some coffee, cocoa and a nice herbal hop.

The taste consisted of a milky chocolate element with a drying coffee and an herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a flavorful brown ale. Very good drinkability.

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

Poured from bomber into english pint glass.

A- Dark mahogony with a nice 1/2 inch oatmeal head. Very inviting on first sight.

S- Sweet malt and bitter chocolate come to mind.

T- Alot going on in this beer for me. The chocolate taste is followed by a lowkey coffee shot. More complex than I am accustomed to with brown ales.

M- Medium to heavy with a great aftertaste.

D- Another winner for me from Bear Republic. Grabbed this beer as an afterthought and did not reget the call. I keep waiting for the clunker from them, but they continue to amaze. Get any thing you can from this great brewery!

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

Bottle. Poured a clear brown color with a thick light-brown head. Some lacing. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, malt, and caramel. Excellent mouthfeel. Flavor is coffee like, with roasted malts and a faint brown sugar taste to it. A good beer, but not at the same level as other Bear Republic brews.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Brown with a huge tan head, this beer makes a statement with a big malty body with caramel notes. Smooth finish with a pronounced malty backbone. A nice food friendly beer that maintains a good balance. It should be noted that the largest chunk of brown sediment fell out of the bottle. very strange

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Photo of Budlum
2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A fountain of foam immediately rose from the bottle as soon as I opened this beer. A glass filled with foam upon pouring only two ounces in to a glass. Foam continued to rise out of the bottle even after the fluid level cleared the neck of the bottle. After about six mini-pours, I had a full glass of beer. The body is a rich, brown color with quite a few tiny particles held in suspension. Naturally, there was a huge layer of brown head on top of the beer.

The nose is a straight-forward, run-of-the-mill brown ale. Sweet malts with a light nuttiness abound. Hop smells are notably strong for the style.

A brief, sweet rush hits the palate and is immediately squelched by a sharp, bitter yeast flavor. The sharpness is tolerable but it isn't the stuff brown ales are made from. After the yeast flavors drop, the rich flavors of a brown ale shine through for a brief glimpse. A strong nuttiness, toffee sweetness and mild hops show what could've been. Maybe this is a unique take on the style or just a bad bottle? If this was presented as a porter, the judging would've been more favorable but still not good.

The mouthfeel is thin and a bit soapy but it does offer good carbonation.

Drinkability is sub-par because of the sharp, acidic flavors. I hope this was just a bad bottle. This brew was certainly not up to Bear Republic standards.

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Photo of barknee
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Bear Republic Brown Ale pours a dark cola color with red highlights and a mocha colored creamy frothy head. A inviting nose of warm well roasted malts and hops welcome the nose along with the taste sensation of dark sweet cocoa bean and carob, generous mouthfeel, medium in body and sweet; though not cloyingly sweet. All alcohol is completely hidden here with a luscious marshmallow aftertaste that lingers big time.
This is not a bomb of a brew, light notes of stout-esque flavors and essence reward the mouth and nose; not a blockbuster brown ale but nevertheless a good ol’ American Brown Ale; warm multifaceted and complex through warming, very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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