DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
With all the good beer I just bought at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY, plus big trades with npdempse (Secret Santa...thanks again Nick), BBB63, and goldtwins, plus an atpayne trade on the way, it seems like every beer I drink these days is a gorgeous shade of ruby. This one is no different. Named after a million dollar sales guy, Pete Brown, this has aroma and taste of malt, almonds, and some brown sugar and toffee at the finish. Solid. At 3 bucks a bomber, well worth the price. Now, if only Bear Republic can find a sales guy named "Jim Dreadnaught" or "Pete Speedway".
IndianaRed (2805) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a deep dark brown with crimson edges and highlights. Vaery large foamy tan head. Aromas are malty and woody. Apples and nuts as well. Flavor is brown sugar, quite nutty and of dark malts. A slightly sweet metallic taste. Feel is smooth fairly lively and a bit thin with a finish that feels a bit chalky. After taste is a slightly bitter and woody again. Nice flavors and easy to drink despite the claimed 6.3 ABV. Probly my favorite Brown Ale.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber bottle with a label stating this beer is a tribute to sales manager who passed away. This one pours a dark brown color with a reddish highlights and a light tan head with decent size. The smell is of nutty malts and coffee flavors with notes of hops as well. The flavor starts of with a nutty sweetness and espresso/coffee notes. There is a roasted taste as well throughout with piney hop notes also. Mouthfeel is full and rich and it goes down very smooth with a slight sweet aftertaste. One of the tastier brown ales I have ever had and another good beer from Bear Republic.
egajdzis (5550) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark reddish brown color with a large, light tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma began with sweet citrus, brown sugar, and molasses, and upon second whiff seemed to be a drier aroma. Flavor was that of nuts, caramel malt, more brown sugar, with citrus tones in the back. Light cocoa, roast, and smoke, though overall this seemed rather bland to me. It had an average mouthfeel.
jgb9348 (5067) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark, dark brown coloured body with a thinnish light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, strong hazlenuts and a bit of coffee. Medium-bodied; Light malt flavour with a plentiful nutty character and some light sugars too. Aftertaste shows mostly malt and some nuts also. Overall, a not-so-great beer for a style that I already don’t care for. Good to try if you like browns-but it isn’t worth $4. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia on 31-July-2004 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a plum tinted brown, slightly cloudy yet remaining a bit clear, medium sized foamy sandy colored head, strong carbonation, with attractive lacing. Roasty on the nose, with strong aromas of chocolate malts. Forwardly roasted malts, slightly sweet, but it quickly fades into a slightly dryish hop bitterness. Decent body and mouthfeel. Finishes with a good roasted malt background, slightly astringent, a bit dry, with a very subtle hop touch.
shadey (1987) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was about to call this the best brown I have ever had. Then I remembered that I HAVE had the NazelNut Brown Nectar. Still.... this had a dark dark brown pour with a thin but very creamy and lasting head. A thick smooth body and delicious brown sugar flavor made this one of the best browns that I have had. Great stuff.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting, fantastic aroma of maple syrup, juniper, red apples, wet bark, toasted grains and brown sugar.
Supreme fruitiness, mainly dark berries, with an inappropriate syrup taste of maple and fruit and an underlying taste of caramel and other toasted grains. This is very tasty for the style but I wish the toasted malt would shine through a bit more.
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tart roast aroma, white head on a red/brown body, interesting flavor, nutty, malty, roasty, brown sugar, slightly hoppy mid way through, dry finish, del-ank-cious
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown (suprise) with a *huge* head even after a tender pour, but it did leave a great lace down the glass. Way too carbonated.
Scent is typical malt with a hint of toffee.
Flavor is good for the style; dark fruits, coffee, a bit of chocolate...
Palate is creamy and full with some mineral feel to it. Overall this is a solid Brown and worthy of a Tribute Ale. My hat is off to Pete and those who attemted to honor him.