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: 625 |  Reviews: 356
Photo of SilentSabre
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
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 +18.9%
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%
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 +7.8%
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 -10.3%
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 -34.1%
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 -14.5%
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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Photo of williamherbert
4.14/5  rDev +7%
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 +5.9%
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 +5.9%
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 -2.6%
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 +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bottle
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%
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 +7.2%
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 +5.9%
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 -12.7%
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 +3.4%
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 -2.3%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.1%
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 -9.6%
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 +3.4%
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 +11.9%
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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Peter Brown Tribute Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 625 ratings