Thirsty Bear Brown Bear
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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
The brown and caramel malts give this classic British style brown ale a lovely mouth feel and a fragrant, toasty malt aroma.

NOTE: They sometimes serve "Grizzly Red" in place of "Brown Bear" and use the same labeled spot on the sampler tray. Check if you are unsure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8399) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2010
On tap at the Thirsty Bear. Pours a dark copper hue with a large white head. The aroma is sweet toasted malts. The flavor is somehow juicy, sweet malts, lots of fresh hops and toasted nutty malt. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (4186) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Sampled at Thirsty Bear. Nutty grainy aroma, with light floral hops. Dusty grains and mild rye aroma - like I’m standing in the milling room. Medium sweet nutty nose. Medium brown-amber clear with creamy off-white lacing head. Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. Starts with medium sweetness, grainy and malty with a bit o rye or similar grainy taste. Mild brown sugar and nice mute floral hop bitterness. Nutty and a little mealy, with a nutty salty-sweet finish and light nutty bitter after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2010
on tap-pours an off white ring for a head and dark copper color. Aroma is earthy chocolate/peat-medium/dark malt. Taste is chocolate/peat/roasty-medium/dark malt, earthy/slightly tart hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2009
Part of a tasting tray sampler at the brewpub. Deep amber brwon, clear. Breadcrusts, dried leaves, toasty toffee, husky, nutty. Better than their pale beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Clear golden copper with no head. Malty nutty aroma and taste with chocolate notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
From tap at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with a deep amber glare and a small off-white head. Roasted caramelish and slight liqourice aroma. Sweet, toffee and roasted caramel malt flavoured with a mild butterish touch. Roasted and bitter finish with a persisting dark to breadish malt flavour into the far finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 10, 2009
I had this on draft at the Thirsty Bear brewpub. Roasty flavor and nose, finishes nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oscbert (1242) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 18, 2009
~Pours a clear brownish amber color with small head. ~Strong scent of caramel malts, alcohol and some roasted malt (coffee like). ~Roasted malt flavor, some toffee and slight citrus. ~Medium smooth feel. Roasted malt finish. ~Very nice brown ale! gets better as it warms up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Good beer. Standard recipe used in all their beers as a base or at least it tastes like it. Good base though. Barely noticeable hops. Nice flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 14, 2009
Tap at the brewpub: Amber pour with a fading off white head. Lots of caramel in the aroma- only a touch of peanut brittle. Very sweet flavor. Lacking body, slick and sweet. Tons of caramel and substantial diacetyl followed by late husk. Eh.

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