Cheyenne Canon Pinon Nut Brown Ale | Bristol Brewing Company

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Cheyenne Canon Pinon Nut Brown AleCheyenne Canon Pinon Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Whether we're flying down the Chutes on a mountain bike, hiking (panting) up the Columbine Trail or picnicking by Helen Hunt Falls, when we spend time in North Cheyenne Canon Park, we always come home happy. And newly amazed that we have this masterpiece of nature in our backyard. Not to mention inspired to help maintain it for our children's children. Hence this beer. 100% of its profits will go to the Friends of Cheyenne Canon so they can do what they do best: nurture the nature we love. So enjoy this limited release, a smooth, roasty brown ale with a hint of inspiration.

Added by Bitterbill on 04-23-2006

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by StonedTrippin:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured thin for a nut brown into a pint glass. loved that it was a "for charity" beer, but the mouthfeel was too thin. sweet and incomplete. an absense of revere for its own full potential, an ignorance of its classification, and a vaguely detectable essence of roasted coffee beans. i'd like to have another before i judge too critically

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Photo of OStrungT
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a reddish brown color, with a thin tan head. The head fades fast, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer smells of sweet malty caramel. Some toffee as well. A slight nutty aroma mixes in, making this a pretty well rounded beer.

This beer tastes pretty much like it smells. Some sweet caramel malt, with a nice toffee flavor. Some nuttyness mixes in also.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a toffeelike aftertaste. Carbonation is low.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. Mild flavor and low alcohol make this one an easy beer to drink all night.

Overall: A huge thanks to Russpowell for this great beer. I really liked it. If I have the chance to try it again, I definately will.

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Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This year's version is called Cheyenne canyon ale , all proceeds go toward preservation efforts there, so a great beer for a great cause!

Pours ruby red when held to the light, otherwise brown on the bottom & chestnut on the top with 2 fingers of brown-sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Toasted malt & a little nuttyness

T: Toasted malts, big time nuttyness & a little sharp bitterness (from the pinons I guess) up front. Hints of vanilla, caramel & vanilla follow as this warms along with a little bakers chocolate. Finishes with big nuttyness & chocolate bitterness

MF: A little chewy with medium body. Skews rich & malty with low carbonation

Drinks great, get it while you can, even better on draft

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, amber-tinged brown color without much of a head at all, even with a fairly solid pour. Leaves spotty lacing as it goes down.

S - Roasted malts and nuttiness with a slight hop aroma in the background

T - Nutty, toasted malts with a mildly sweet character balanced with piney, somewhat bitter hops. Pretty dry finish and leaves a lingering vanilla/caramel sweetness in the aftertaste. Not all that complex, but pretty nice flavor overall.

M - Medium bodied - smooth, with a nice amount of carbonation.

D - Quite drinkable overall with a pretty nice balance of flavors. Not too sweet or overpoweringly nutty. A bit more hopped up than most browns I've tried, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Pretty enjoyable brew.

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Photo of stampfler07
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- From a bomber, pours a clear deep amber with a half-finger of brown head that disappears fairly quickly and leaves no lacing

S- Light sweet malt, very faint green hop

T- Very pronounced pine nut flavor throughout, especially noticeable on the finish, a nice moderate roast on the malt complements nicely, malt has some light sweetness and only light hop flavor is detectable

M- Moderate carbonation, moderate body, easy drinking and smooth, slightly warming

O- The pine nuts are definitely the star of the show with this beer, a true "nut" brown, my wife and I both enjoy this one quite a bit, more of an aroma and some lingering head and lacing for better appearance would improve this for me. Still worth picking one up though

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of keng1343
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids & Solids, Longmont, CO

Poured a chestnut brown with ruby tints, with a moderately-sized beige head that retained fairly well and left some patchy lace behind. Aroma of toasted grains and malts, nutty, with subtle chocolatey notes. Taste of lightly toasted grains, sweet malts and caramel, bready, with a dusting of cocoa. Medium-bodied and a pretty decent drink overall, even if not extraordinary.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no date on label.

light brown in color with copper highlights, creamy khaki colored head. decent lacing. rich aroma of toffee, caramel.

taste is a bit sugary and malty. aftertaste is bit nutty. thin to medium in thickness. fairly smooth.

overall, a decent beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With all the larger-than-life imperials and doubles, it's great to see breweries still making quality sessionable and flavorful beers.

The beer begins with a fairly clear medium brown color with amber highlights. Head formation is mild but withstanding. Light lacing shows rememberance of the beer.

Aroams of malty grains give nice bready, toasty, nutty notes with light cocoa and yeasty character. Lightly fruity and caramel notes develop as the beer warms. Quite nice and simple.

A nice blend of malt and grain flavors give a pleasant base for the toast and cocoa notes. Light hops give a mild grassy and tree-bark taste that compliment the sweetness. Caramel and toffee give mild rise to the malts over the grains going into the finish.

Light, creamy textures showcase the malts over the grainy feel. Showing a medium dryness, the hop bitterness is medium and the attenuation is high for a clean and froathy mouthfeel. The beer could hold more body.

Ultimately the beer is a solid, medium Brown Ale. The lable boasts the use of pine nuts, but I'm not sure about the character that this ingredient imparts. The beer might taste as well without them; and the ommission could help head formation and retention.

Thanks JMBSH!

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Photo of CreedeSon
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Domingo
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown ale is one of those style I've really gotten into lately.
Pours a standard to dark brown color. Head's as big or as small as you want it depending on the pour, but the foam does a pretty good job of sticking around.
The main flavors/smells are nuts, milk chocolate, fresh bread, toffee, and a little bit of berry. Tons of flavor. In my experience with one other pinon brown, the nuts seem to give it a hearty sweetness that reminds me of cookies. The finish has just enough hops to keep this from being too sweet.
This is as easy drinking as you could ever want. I'd love a 6-pack of this. Luckily bombers weren't too expensive either.
This is a truly excellent brown and one of my favorites.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to russpowell for this brew.

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is slightly sweet, and malty. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, some bitterness, with a dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

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Photo of ChrisA
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This year's Pinon Nut Brown Ale is named Cheyenne Canyon Ale since all proceeds will got to the preservation of North Cheyenne Canyon. Anyone who has been to North Cheyenne Canyon will know how beautiful it is. This beer honors that beauty appropriately. Poured a rich dark opaque caramel color with a two finger foamy head. Wonderful malty and nutty notes throughout. I truly enjoyed this special release. It also has the distinction of being the first beer my 17 month old son has ever tried. I think his smile would indicate that he liked it very much...

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Photo of backslide311
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of beergoot
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brownish-amber body with a one-finger thick fizzy head. Lightly sweet malt nose; slight caramel. Light charred malt flavor; fairly bitter finish. Soft, fizzy mouthfeel; clean and dry finish.

A rather disappointing offering this go around. Some years the brewer's hit it, some years they don't. This season's offering (2013) comes across weak and watery and a tad too fizzy. The malt character is really lacking and contributes to it's overall weak character. Disappointing offering compared to past years.

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Photo of denver10
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a woodenmahogany with a foamy khaki head and nice lacing. A nice sweet and nutty aroma; brown sugar, doughy, some nut, and a little cherry. Flavor follows suit with some brown sugar, taffee, cherry, a little roastiness, some nuttiness, and a little coffee cake bread. Pretty nice flavor profile. Thin, not quite medium,, creamy moutfeel. Overall, at $3.25 for a bomber I figured I'd give this one a shot. Definitely a good decision as it was quite good and more enjoyable than many bombers that were double the price or more.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, one-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark red tinged, brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry-juice red color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite fruity with a backdrop of toasted malt and a light nuttiness. Bright berry and some sweet citrus notes are backed by an herbal, light pine hop character. The hop notes and fruit aromatics play the lead role in the aroma, but there is some malt character that comes in towards the finish with some lightly toasted, cracker like notes a light toasted nuttiness and even something that seems like musty malt.

Lightly sweet tasting up front, this quickly moves to a mix of hoppy spruce tip flavors with notes of grapefruit, some bright berry notes and pine as well as a lightly astringent, herbal bitterness that lingers on in the finish. A touch of nutty toasted malt and some caramel sweetness comes through in the finish as well. The malt character does contribute quite a bit of body and heft; this is a bit viscous and definitely clings to the mouth a bit with some sticky malt character.

Surprisingly hoppy, actually the malt clearly takes a back seat in this beer, which is a bit disappointing in a Nut Brown, but certainly doesn't keep this from being tasty. This is tasty, but it certainly could be quite a bit more complex if the hops were dialed back just a bit and the malt was more of an interesting focus.

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Photo of rye726
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A mahogany color with a tan head. Fairly foamy. The nose has a good malt layer followed by some piney hops. It's taste is full of nuts at the start and molds to a bitter hop finish. A medium body and average carbonation suit the beer well. A good drinker.

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Photo of tpd975
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to russpowell for this extra in a somewhat recent trade.

I had been waiting for the weather to cool off a bit before opening this one and today seems to be the perfect cool fall day.

A: Pours a nice deep brown hue with some highlight of amber showing thru. Very little head noted and no lace. Sort of flat looking in the glass.

S: Wonderful malt forward aromas. Tons of caramel with wonderful notes of nutty gooey toffee.

T: Wonderful malt flavors carry over from the aroma. Bold caramel with a nice nuttiness. Touches of bitter piney hops and just a touch of earthiness most likely from the wood.

M: Medium in body fairly smooth.

D: Very drinkable, a real treat. One of the better browns I have had in quite sometime.

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Photo of dseanv
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Domvan
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MsRif
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Oskar Blues. Poured a dark brown color with ruby color on the peripheral. Medium beige head with good retention and moderate lacing. Aroma was that of roasted grains, cocoa, nuttiness and sweet malts. Tasted pretty much how it smelled, though I also got notes of caramel. Very sweet beer, but that's not necessarily out of order for the style.

Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Well-balanced, and actually pretty complex for a brown ale. I liked it, and I would have another. Recommended.

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Photo of Sevinup07
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle ina trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

This pours a clear red/brown(in equal portions to me) and a small head of foam. Plenty of sticky lacing and decent head retention.

The smell is nice! Malty, nutty, hoppy, and some fruity tones. Nice.

The taste is big on roasted, grainy, and some caramel malt, but there's definitely a nice nutty flavour here that accentuates the fruity notes that include some cherry and some citrus. Wow. This is hitting my tastebuds in a very good way and though the abv isn't listed, I'd *guess* that this is relatively mild in that respect unless Bristol hid it really really well. I can't rule that out.

Mouthfeel is on the light side but no wheres near watery, the carbonation is also light, and it finishes with a nice sweet and fruity note. Yum.

Bottom line: This is a delicious Brown Ale and I am *so* pleased I got the chance to try it. Thanks again, Russ! And thanks to Bristol Brewing!!

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Cheyenne Canon Pinon Nut Brown Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
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