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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2009
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a brown color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty caramel aroma with some nutty hints. Roasted malty caramel and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty caramel finish with some nutty hints in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Sampled on tap at the brewpub on 12/17/2008. This brown ale pours a medium brown color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is slightly nutty, caramel and sweet. A medium bodied brown ale. The malts are caramel and sweet, touch of nuts. The hops are earthy and floral. Nice balance. A fairly standard but nice brown ale. It went very well with my lamb burger. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Poured from tap at brewpub brown with medium-sized light tan head. Aroma is roasted grain and chocolate. Flavor is roasted grain, cocoa powder, light toast, some nuttiness and a nice smooth light bitterness. Palate is light malt with a smooth grainy bitterness, seems more like a porter than a brown ale. Overall, this beer was my favorite of the night beside the barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear orange-brown color with a light khaki head. Some lace was left behind on the glass. Distinct chocolate and nut aromas ala Nutella. The flavor was similar, but there was also a bit of roasty malt. Light bodied and slightly sweet. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Draft. Dark copper beer with a light tan head. Light toasty, cocoa, rich malt aroma. Caramel, grainy flavor with low hop backing. Medium bodied. Lingering caramel and grass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Sampled at the brew house. Flavor was pretty good with some solid malts. Color was nice and mouthfeel was smooth. Definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GJF (1518) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2008
Pours a nice ruby color with white head. Malt flavor up front, but not much depth. Thin finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Deep amber, almost maroon color. Dry dusted malt aroma with some dusty malt flavor as well that is rounded well enough to render this a solid brown ale offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Pint at the Thirsty Bear in San Francisco, 19th Feb 2008. Ruby brown in colour with a simple aroma of caramel malt. Solid palate, tastes like a fruity, malty brown ale. OK I guess, but served too cold in my (British) opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2008
From June 2007 tasting notes, sampled at Thirsty Bear. Dark clear bronze with a quickly fading head. Pleasant sweet caramel toastiness and a hint of roast. Nice toffee, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of coffee. There’s a slight touch of maple syrup in there too. Thin and watery with soft carbonation. Needs a little tweaking.

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