Peter Brown Tribute Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

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
Ratings:
617
Reviews:
355
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
37
For Trade:
2
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Photo of williamherbert
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep and dark reddish brown. It's very very dark, with almost no light able to pass through. The head is a thick, light brown, that does subside rather quickly.

Wafts a deep and rich roasted scent. Very heavy sweet caramel presence (much like the Saranac Caramel Porter, for comparison's sake). The smell is sweet but the roasted malt keeps it from being overbearing. The smell is really quite wonderful; nearly perfect. The roast and sweetness are the perfect marriage of complimentary elements.

The taste is a heavy, deep roasted malt. Heavy bitter coffee flavor balanced by the caramel sweetness. Two opposing flavors: bitter malt/coffee on the tongue, sweet caramel on the roof of the mouth. Almost a porter, but with caramel and molasses flavors.

The feel is thick and chewy. It's like a porter but milky instead of dry. Oh and it remains in the mouth long after. It's really thick, sweet and balanced. Tons of flavors to choose from (coffee, caramel, milk, malt), take your pick. I'll just have to keep it to one at a time, please.

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

Thanks goes out to Faro for this brew.

Pours a nice clean dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger plus creamy tan head, lots of sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, slightly roasted, toffee, coffee, and some caramel. The taste is malty, nice touch of roasted malts, some toffee, coffee, and caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a tasty Brown Ale, another tasty brew from BR, highly recommended.

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Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown color, big white head, lots of carbonation, and nice lacing.

Aromas are nutty, yeasty, and slightly sweet.

Beer is dry and crisp up front. There is a nice supple and smooth full mouthfeel. Finish has some hoppy bitterness, some nutty notes, and a creamy cereal like malt flavor. Subtle tasting, but not lacking flavors.

Drinkability is very good. It's a tasty smooth brown ale. Easy to sip, and well worth a try. Session worthy, even at 6.3% ABV.

Still wondering if Bear Republic makes a bad beer. If they do, I have yet to have tried it.

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Photo of rallison
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ.

Poured a nice dark brown. Quite a well done English brown - this one grew on me. Good, fulfilling malt base - more so than many browns - with a wonderful, light, mellow smokiness. Hops seemed to be present, and added a nice balance to the sweeter malts. Very well balanced, with a nice, slightly sharp finish.

Good mouthfeel for an English brown, and a very drinkable beer. Recommended.

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

a - pours a deep brown color, one-finger ivory head with retention around the edges, little lacing

s - big maple syrup aroma along with lightly roasted malt and a little molasses, some brown sugar as well, quite sweet smelling

t - big maple sweetness up front, roasted malt and brown sugar in the body, finish is slightly nutty with more maple and molasses, not much alcohol discernable

m - light-to-medium bodied, lots of carbonation, not very dry on the finish

d - fairly drinkable, alcohol is undetectable and it doesn't wear out the palate, the taste isn't entirely interesting though

Solid brown ale...nothing spectacular. Wouldn't mind drinking this for a change of pace every once in awhile.

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Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bottle
$3.99
Steve's Liquor Madison

Pete's Tribute Brown pours a crystal clear mahogany with a light wispy 1 finger tan head. Leaves puffy spotty lacing after each sip. Some of which falls back to the body and some stays put.

Wonderful sweet aromas permeate the air. Brown sugar and cream are most prominent. Toasted malts are the backbone of the entire beer. There's also generous whiffs of hazelnut. Very enticing aroma.

Flavors are all deep and sweet. Toasted malts start things off and fall to the background as the brown sugar a mild cream flash through. Hazelnut comes in mid palate and lasts to the finish where it's accompanied by a very pleasant piney hop punch.

The mouthfeel is creamy and velvety smooth. Mild carbonation lets the creaminess massage the tongue. Mild hoppy bitterness on the swallow.

This is an enjoyable, easy drinking beer. The bottle is going down way to easy.

This is my kind of brown ale. Big creamy flavors at an abv that could easily handle a session. I've sampled all Bear Republic's readily available beers and every one is either close or at the top of their respective styles. High quality brown here.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.36/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance is like any other quality brown ale - deep brown, thick light brown head. Almost opaque.

Nose is more faint than anticipated. Some clean fresh bready aromas, nuts, and slight roastiness.

On palate this is a shocker. Huge sour yeasty taste, then comes sugary brown sugar with very light molasses & roasted malt. Part of this reminded me of the way the usual Bear Republics are hopped and maybe I'm getting some sort of atypical brown ale. But then as I had several sips I just couldn't tolerate it any further and decided it must be a bad bottle. Nope. After reading the other reviews, apparently that sour yeasty taste is the norm. Normally I'm willing to relax because there are variations on interpreting a style but this stuff is not potable, no matter what the style classification.

Two thumbs down.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad/surprised to see this on the shelves. I'm basically in love with Bear Republic.

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with a massive two finger coffee-colored head. Lacing is thick, solid stuff. Very nice. No real patterning, though. Body is a very pretty deep shade of brown, that borders on the black. It's like an abyss. A nice look.

Smell: A very sweet nuttiness pervades. Caramel, molasses, almond butter, brown sugar, a sort of musky dusty nuttiness again on the back end. I smell light citrusey hops, like a orange-lemon hybrid on faintly on the back end.

Taste: Delicate in flavor, but still very flavorful. Light caresses of coffee, nuts, molasses, with a coffee-like back end on swallowing. An almost berry-like quality hidden in there, sort of like a blueberry but chocolately - almost like acai.

Mouthfeel: A fizzy mouthfeel, but also foamy, creamy, and syrupy. Very pleasant.

Drinkability: I was impressed by this one. My idea of what a session beer should be. Not massively complex, but with some definite discernable, pleasant, and balanced flavors. Very nice offering. Bear Republic can do no wrong, I'm convinced.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a creamy, well-retained light brown head. Appetizing toffee aroma. The palate features a nice caramel and a really delicious coffee roast flavor with a mellow burnt astringency.

Wow, very tasty and satisfying. About as rich as a brown can be without being a porter or stout.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a nonic, pours a dark brown with slight ruby hues, a nice, creamy, plump head of off-white color and nice lacing. Pretty nice nose, lots of malts and chocolate, brown sugar is apparent. maybe some faint molasses, lots of stuff, pretty good. The taste I can't quite appreciate, its just too damn sweet. As per the label description, lots of brown sugar and molasses, some chocolates and nuts playing in the background, but its just too sweet and there is some lactose that makes it really difficult to drink. The mouth is decent otherwise, but man it was almost difficult finishing this one. Overall, I"m a big fan of this brewer, but this one just rubbed me the wrong way.

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Photo of guitarmage
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark coffee brown, monstrous soapy tan head, I couldn't get it to calm down.

Smell: Light toasted malt aroma, a little grassiness.

Taste: Again, light and toasty, some coffee and molasses, a little chocolate in the nose.

Mouthfeel: This was a drawback for me, this beer foamed up like no other, it made it hard to feel and swallow, I don't know why it was so bubbly.

Drinkability: A light and easy beer, the mouthfeel threw me off. Good balanced flavors, went well with my chicken panini.

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Photo of meatyard
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, clear brown with a nice, large tan head that falls slowly leaving good lacing. A good looking dark beer.
The smell is of roasted malt and dried fruit like figs
The taste, better as it warmed, started with a carbonation tingle at the front, malts and a little sweet dried fruits followed by a slightly bitter bite at the end.
The mouthfeel was a little thin with a bit more carbonation than I would've liked.
The taste is pleasant enough, though maybe not my favorite style, so drinkability is pretty good for those who like brown ales. I prefer it warmer than the recommended temperature as it allows for the more pleasant & complex smells & and tastes to come forward.

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Photo of phisig137
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber pours a deep brown color, with mahogany highlights around the edges, and a creamy two finger head. Nice retention leaves behind abundant sticky lace, and a creamy blanket over top of the glass. Looks great.

Aroma is a malty treat. Big toasted grain aromas, with biscuit and fresh bread notes, along with a nutty aroma that is delicious. Smells great as well.

Flavor is again, fairly malty, with all the toasted grains and biscuit flavors that we all know and love so much. Dry, lingering finish, but seemingly not from the hops, but from the grain. Slight alcohol presence on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is moderate and creamy. Drinkability is great.

I've got to say, this is one of the better browns that I've had recently. Well made, and deliciously malty, this is a fitting tribute to anyone. It's not the best brown out there, but it is a damn fine one. I'd highly recommend this to anyone, and it is worth seeking out. This would also make a damn fine session beer.

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

Looks appropriately brown with a large cream-colored head. Caramel and butterscotch come through strongly in the taste and smell, with a slight roastiness and mild hop presence. Somewhat overcarbonated for the style and perhaps a bit thinner than I'd like, but overall very drinkable and nice.

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

A very dark, almost black beer with a luscious tan head that lasts almost forever.
A good smell of roasted malts, with a minimal estery hint.
Taste is good with roasted malts, bread and a slightly bitter finish.
It is somewhat thin, but still pleasant.
Good, but not great. Somewhat pricey for the overall quality.

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

Found this hiding in a small store locally. 22 oz bottle. Pours a rich brown with red highlights and fat tan head and good lacing. Big nose of roasted malts, and citrus hops. Mouthfeel is rich and pleasant. Slightly bitter finish. Well balanced and well crafted brown ale.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown color with a creamy head that left nice lacing behind all the way down the glass.

Aromas is very nutty and with some brown sugar and a slight fruitiness.

Taste is excellent. Full bodied nutty flavor with a slight fruity, hoppy bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel starts creamy but leaves a quite dry finish.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer that I wish was more readily available. Definitely recommended.

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

First thing that strikes me is the foam bubbling up over the lip of the bottle. Pours a deep, rich brown with an easily forming and fairly durable tan head.

Aromas are sweet (brown sugar), accented by roasted malt.

Palate is quite sweet at first, but the roasted notes come in to balance before things get anywhere near cloying. Finish is slightly bitter-roasted, but I don't really get an impression of hop. Palate feel is pretty rich but still far from full bodied.

A balanced and very drinkable brown ale; pleasurable, but lacking in distinctiveness.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lovely deep mahogany with a french vanilla head. The carbonation cascades like a nitro can. The head is very dense and level, with great retention.

Smell: Big sweet blast of brown sugar, roasted dark malt and mild hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is medium/light and pretty smooth, not surprising given the carbonation. The taste is caramel flan sweet up front, but becomes very roasty and dry, with coffee notes and bittering hops coming to the fore. No nutty or toasty flavors. Not bad, but not necessarily what I'd associate with a brown ale.

Drinkability: Nice. Strikes me more as a wannabe stout or Baltic porter, but I'd certainly drink another.

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

From a 22 ounce bottle, this brew pours a dark brownish-black color, dense, with only a slight reddish-edged hue when held to the light. The head is a whitish tan, presenting beautiful lace. You can tell just by looking that his is a full-bodied and hefty beer. The aroma is pleasant: a serious molasses and malt nose, mixed with brown sugar, burnt honey, and bitter chocolate. The taste is sweet, and a little chalky. There’s raisins, smoke, and lots of highly-roasted malts that come out in the taste. Very full bodied, with an almost syrupy like mouthfeel. This is one serious brew. I’d go out of my way for another one of these.

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

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: A beautifully dark amber with tons of tiny bubbles gushing to the top from the bottom of the glass. I actually thought something was wrong with my eyes because it was so dark red when I first looked into it, but alas, that's its color. A mocha-colored head sits atop, and after a slightly vigorous pour leaves a frothy 1/2" and pretty good lacing with some light spots and some thick rings.

Smell: Lots of aromas going on here, slight chocolate, berries and dark fruit, mocha and hints of black coffee, caramel, a touch of vanilla, and a nice burst of hops and bready malt, along with some nuttiness also. Certainly quality stuff and balanced well.

Taste: As it warms, the roasted and toasted malt flavors really come out and add a lot of depth. Along with that, the coffee, mocha, and burnt flavors balanced with the sweetness add a lot of complexity. Vanilla and caramel come through well too, though the dark fruit and berries diminish a bit, leaving a more autumn-like and woodsy feel. I wish the finish were longer, though there are some slight tinges of citrus hops on the tongue at the end also, which intensify the flavors still.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with a medium body, very fitting for the brew I think.

Drinkability: This is probably the best brown I've had as far as balls and complexity without going over the top and making it more toward an Imperial or anything like that. I sure wouldn't mind having a beer like this named after me, and at around $5 a bomber it's certainly worth a shot, especially for the fall season right now (which I suppose is almost ending) in Richmond.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have yet to experience what I consider a really superior brown, so I gave this a shot, having only good things to say about BR.
Poured a very dark brown, almost opaque to all light, with a huge tan head and plenty of carbonation. Retention was mediocre.
The aroma was strong on roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel and molasses, possibly some nuttiness?
Taste was very complex and interesting; all of the above, with brown sugar and chocolate leading the waym followed by coffee and a pretty distinct smoky flavor I personally like. One of the best-tasting browns I've had.
But then came the mouthfeel. Sweet but very fizzy and overcarbonated up front, and faded into a watery, bland semi-sweet aftertaste. Got slightly better with temp, but not much.
Overall very drinkable but could be an excellent beer with an inprovement in MF.

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Photo of Kendo
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A semi-aggressive pour yields a frothy, VERY active fizzy tan head. I believe this is the first beer I've reviewed that I could actually HEAR as the oatmeal-tan head settled -- quickly, I should add -- over a cola-like dark brown body that was revealed to be ruby when held up to my kitchen light.

Smell: I could smell the caramel, molasses and brown sugar even before I poured it. Pop the cap and you got that sweet malt smell. Upon closer inspection (after the pour), I also noted hazelnut and roasted malts in the nose.

Taste: Sweet malt flavors, just as you'd expect from a brown ale: brown sugar, burnt sugar and a good nutty taste to it. Those sweet flavors were balanced, however, by roasted malt and a slight coffee taste. A bitter, almost tart finish coated the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: This is where this beer lost me -- it was just way too carbonated. Given the nose, it was also lighter in heft than I expected. It improved a bit as it warmed and that over-active carbonation disappeared.

Drinkability: I was torn between a 3.5 and a 4. My conclusion? It's a 3.5 at first, but as it warms and the carbonation subsides, it becomes more of a 4 in drinkability.

Notes: The nose and flavors of this beer were very good to excellent, and other than that way-active carbonation, it was a nice-looking beer.. But that carbonation really killed the mouthfeel and IMO detracted from the beer. This is one beer that I think could really benefit greatly from being served on cask. But from the bottle, it's still a solid offering and a tasty brown ale.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours brown color, with a nice ruby tint to it. It has a thick light tan head, that fades very slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a nutty aroma. I smell some biscuit aroma. Some toffee like malty aroma is also present. It also smells slightly caramel like.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Nutty, with some bready, biscuit flavor. Sweet caramel malt also.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a toffee like aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. Low alcohol, and a nice, non aggressive flavor make this one easy to drink.

Overall: This is a good beer. I will buy it again.

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

Very pretty beer. Crystal clear, and such a deep dark red. It's almost violet, like a dark red wine. Fluffy pancake batter head starts high, but slips away fast. Laces a little. A little nutty, the smell is a big, warm dose of hefty sugars, like the molasses and brown sugar mentioned on the label. Some flowery hops.

Caramel and chocolate roasted malt taste mingles nicely with the same syrupy sugar flavors in the smell. A smooth, medium-weight beer with ample carbonation.

Not an everyday beer. Surprisingly substantial. A better candidate for cold weather drinking than I thought it would be.

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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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