Peter Bís Brewpub Reviews




BenOver
2.3
Peter Bís Amber Ale
Pours fully murky and brownish murky. Aroma is very mild, some hoppy notes. Taste is very mild, quickly builds up sour body but also quickly dissipates. Lasting slightly sour taste. An ok amber.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

GarrettB
3.8
Peter Bís Stout Resistance - Chardonnay Barrel
July 28th, 2014 - Our unexpected and very welcome journey comes to an end with the last droplet of Peter Bís Port Barreled Age Stout ekes out of the glass and into a melancholic palate. Dark, and ochre in color, it sits patiently, watching the line of tasters get devoured one-by-one, waiting its turn. But by the time its turn comes around, it delivers a stunning performance. The aroma is a lovely, toasty malt scent, with speckles of soy sauce and teriyaki sauce added to the mixture to give some umami depth and breadth. The flavor reveals a boisterous booziness, and tastes like a cherry cavendish tobacco, mixed with a bold plum note, and the gaseous burning sensation akin to whiskey. And all of that with an ABV at a mere 5.7. Itís a miracle of brewing science, and the perfect denouement to a brewery that will, I think, be appropriately cherished in my beer notes for years to come.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

GarrettB
3.8
Peter Bís DIPA
July 28th, 2014 - Our visit to Peter Bís has suddenly become a highlight of our trip up and into Monterey. What we expected to be a quick gas-up with some mediocre beer has become an opportunity for me to lavish praise on humble beer in a humbler setting. And now that distinct pleasure begins to come to a close as we reach the penultimate taster, the Imperial IPA. As per expectations, the aroma is boisterous with hops, tumbling and fumbling over itself to deliver the deep, fresh scent if resinous, isomerize alpha acids, with touches of flower and wheat to add complexity, and to veer the scent away from the popular San Diego style of monopolizing the whole of the scent for hops alone. The body is soft and foamy, with a pronounced alcohol hit, and a good sweetness from lingering sugars, which deliver a delightful blend of bitter and sweet into a long, echoing aftertaste. It is just sharp enough to prick and engage, without being painful or spiteful about it.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

GarrettB
3.6
Peter Bís Belgian Brown
July 28th, 2014 - Peter Bís Belgian Brown is another beer in a dynasty of excellence. From right to left, Iíve been consistently impressed, and the Belgian Brown holds the herald proudly as we walk into darker, maltier territory. The color is difficult to assess retrospectively. By the time I remember ti photograph the beer, it is down to a shallow puddle in to the beer tasting glass, the auto-focus mockingly choosing to emphasize the now empty portion of the cup. But I do get a small sample to work with, and that is a nice auburn, with swirls of chocolate color near the bottom, topped with a persistent halo of foam. My aggressive intake has given the beer some space to fill with vapor, which I take in, and detect abundant coffee and espresso notes, but softer and less sharp than a coffee stout or a porter might offer. The flavor is rich with coffee, too, but this time it is both nutty and smokey, and paired with a bewildering and engaging touch of strawberry jam. Not at all discordant, these distant flavors find they are distant relatives, and harmonize nicely. It is by this glass that I want to know who the brewmaster is, and why folks arenít flocking to Peter Bís, if not for the scenery and lovely downtown, then for the hidden gems one can mine with a little effort.
Monday, July 18, 2016

GarrettB
3.8
Peter Bís Scotch Ale
July 28th, 2014 - We shift quickly from the lighter, fruitier beers to the darker, stickier stuff, when we go down the line to Peter Bís Scotch Ale. Dark, but not impenetrably so, itís easy to catch touches of labrador brown color where the beer meets the glass. Heavy and sweet, the aroma leads with malted milk ball and a light wisp of Guinness, creamy and soft, and very fragrant. And it is by this beer (the fourth or fifth in the line of tasters) where I recognize how fragrant Peter Bís beers are, all powerfully scented, even when handicapped by the dimensions and shape of the taster glass. The flavor also has a great deal of depth, chewy with chocolate, oatmeal elements and plenty of malts - very satisfying for those of us with a predilection for dipping our heads in buckets of raw malt and inhaling.
Sunday, July 17, 2016

bytemesis
3.6
Peter Bís 40 Acre Pale Ale
Clear golden, small off white head, decent lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, hints of Amarillo urine, pine, guava. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter. Medium light body. Not bad
Sunday, July 17, 2016

GarrettB
3.6
Peter Bís / Santa Clara Valley Berliner Weisse
July 28th, 2014 - Moving down the taster line, I have Peter Bís Berliner Weisse, a honey colored beer with the slightest of heads, but otherwise, a calm, placid surface where foam once sat. Curiously, the aroma begins with wet dog and tortilla chips, and ends with lemon and lime. Maybe my olfactory is dialed into "crazy" but itís a strange smell, though not unpleasant. I expected more white grape and citrus, but this will do. The acidity is on high alert, but still pleasant, with a lot of vinegar twang - more like a fancy, unsweetened lemonade. The aftertaste is short, but bolstered by a good body. Another winner from Peter Bís.
Sunday, July 17, 2016

GarrettB
3.5
Peter Bís Pacific Street
July 28th, 2014 - Following in the wake of the delightful Passion Fruit Wit comes Peter Bís Raspberry Wheat, another fruit beer, and one, hopefully, with a little less tartness. The color is a sweet blush, almost the same glow as pomegranate juice, with a ring of bright, white foam around the edge, trying meekly to climb the glass. Immediately the aroma lunges forward with both grapefruit and passion fruit, thick and rich, though the raspberry is noticeably absent. The flavor is on the sweeter side, like s shandy, with the same light carbonation and a good body to match the sugar. The flavor then dies out a little bit, leaving behind an astringent but pleasant taste of fresh grapefruit juice. To recap, not a lot of raspberry, but the imposter grapefruit flavor is excellent.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

GarrettB
3.2
Peter Bís Passion Fruit Belgian Wit
July 28th, 2014 - Our Monterey trip is going wonderfully, and the only thing that can improve it is an end-of-day visit to a local brewery. For that luxury we stopped at Peter Bís Brewpub, and purchased a whole slab of samplers to sip, while we watched the California sky slowly turn purple. Beginning from the lightest and most effervescent, here is the Passion Fruit Wit. Almost neon yellow in color, it beckons, and the aroma of tapioca, wheat and orange juice makes the invitation especially inviting. The flavor is more extreme than the aroma, amping up the acidity with a flat orange juice and orange creamsicle sugar ní sour sensation. Itís a bit too sweet for me, and a pint would be exhausting, but as a 3 oz. taster this works as a nice opening to a salvo of beers.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

bytemesis
3.9
Peter Bís Stout Resistance
Tap. Pours opaque black, small tan head, nice residual and lacing. Aroma is roasty and cocoa, molasses, burnt malt. Flavor is medium sweet, light plus bitter, notes of coffee, cherry, cocoa, roasted malt. Medium body, soft silky mouthfeel. Pretty solid. I am with Every.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

bytemesis
3.4
Peter Bís Pro Boogie Boarder
Tap. Pours clear golden orange, medium beige head, decent lacing. Aroma of pine, tropical fruit. Flavor is lounge, lemon, lime, melon, grapefruit. Light sweet, fully bitter. medium body, soft mouthfeel. aggressive and harsh
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

bytemesis
3.5
Peter Bís Legend of Laguna IPA
Tap. Pours clear golden orange, medium beige head, good residual and lacing. Aroma is light, citrus, pine, melon. Flavor is quite light sweet, light plus bitter. Medium body. A bit of harshness.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

bytemesis
3.5
Peter Bís First City
Tap. Pours hazy pale Amber, medium beige head, nice residual and lacing. Aroma is malty, quite floral, light citrus, bread. Flavor is pleasant, light sweet, light plus bitter, floral and citrus. Medium body, soft mouthfeel.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

bhensonb
3.8
Peter Bís Skyline Forest
Bomber from Bottles N Bins in Monterey, CA. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has lots of tequila, berry, leather, wood. Near full body. Flavor is musty/oaky with grape berry and tequila. The overall result is "aged". I like "aged". Has a light sour component. A beer for those who like certain flavor variations.
Monday, May 9, 2016

marcus
3.6
Peter Bís Skyline Forest
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head and a wine and tequila aroma. There is a slightly sour dark malt flavor with a tequila nd alcohol finish.
Monday, May 9, 2016

bhensonb
3
Peter Bís Amber Ale
Bomber from Bottles N Bins in Monterey, CA. Pours dark copper with a beige head. Aroma is floral with a chocolate note. Med minus body. Flavor is a bit spicy, somewhat roasty malt, a touch of nut, and a hint of chocolate. Better than many ambers, but incredible amounts of hop would help it IMHO.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

bhensonb
3
Peter Bís Belly Up Blonde
Bomber from Bottles N Bins in Monterey, CA as "Blonde Ale" at 5.0% and 15 IBU. Pours translucent gold with a white head. Aroma is mildly bready malt with some citrus that has an orange aspect. Med body or so. Malt is bready, hop is citrus, and it has an aspect like a "thick" kolsch. Ok for those not looking for lots of flavor.
Friday, May 6, 2016

bhensonb
3.3
Peter Bís IPA
Bomber from Bottles N Bins in Monterey, CA. Pours translucent gold with a white head. Mild hop aroma, tho it has a certain "bite". Med body or so. Flavor is lightly fruity hop and some malt. It is towards dry, and it is bitter. Back in the day this would have been top-hole.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

bhensonb
3.8
Peter Bís Dancing Goat Russian Imperial Espresso Stout
Bomber from AJs in Soquel, CA. Pours very dark brown with a creamy dark tan head. Aroma of coffee - light here - alcohol and fruit. Med + body. Itís almost like this had been in a wine barrel. Guess thatís the heat and fruit. But itís whiskey - and I guess for me the whiskey is suggesting fruit. Interesting and fairly good tasting. Whiskey does seem to dominate the coffee.
Friday, April 29, 2016

fordest
3
Peter Bís IPA
From a growler at a Bottle Share. Typical small brewery IPA. nothing to get over excited about.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

mR_fr0g
3
Peter Bís Crooked Piece of Time
Draft at the brewery, Monterey. Opaque dark brown coloured pour with a thin light tan head. Aroma is sour cherry, lacto, infected , hint of vinegar. Flavour is dark choc, black cherry, tangy sour, woody. Bug vinous grape character. Funky. Palate is semi sweet and sour, highish carbonation. Some red wine grapey. Interesting
Thursday, February 4, 2016

mR_fr0g
3.1
Peter Bís East Buttress
Draft at the brewery, Monterey. Translucent dull golden colours pour with a lasting thin off white head. Aroma is earthy pine orange, resin, hot alcohol. Flavour is composed of nutty. Grsiny.base malts. Orange and pine hops, solvent, alcohol bite. Palate is medium bodied. Light resin, grainy, tangy, warming alcohol. .
Thursday, February 4, 2016

mR_fr0g
3.2
Peter Bís Equation Pale Ale
Draft at the brewery, Monterey. Clear golden orange coloured pour with a lasting thin white frothy head. Aroma is semi sweet. Orange. Maybe a little el Dorado hop. Flavour is semi sweet base malts, funky orange, bitter lemon, range, bit rough round the edges. Palate is grainy, highish carbonation, grainy, little alcohol.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

mR_fr0g
3.3
Peter Bís Stout Resistance
Draft at the brewery, Monterey. Opaque black coloured pour with a lasting thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and milky, milk choc, lactose sugars, little dried roast. Flavour is sweet and milky, lactose sugars, chocy roast. Hint of roasted barley. Palate is smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation. Solid sweet stout.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

mR_fr0g
3.2
Peter Bís Legend of Laguna IPA
Draft at the brewery, Monterey. Hazed murky orange coloured pour with a lasting halo of white head. Aroma is wheaty. Orange, some mango tropical notes. Flavour is composed of grainy, rough orange and mango, grassy. Rough round the edges. Palate is medium light, dusty, highish carbonation. OK.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Braudog
2.7
Peter Bís Dancing Goat Russian Imperial Espresso Stout
Bottle. The expected oily appearance. The aroma is definitely whiskey-laden. And this drinks with far more boozy aspects than java. Pleasant enough, but I want more coffee. (#6106, 1/24/2016)
Sunday, January 24, 2016

BVery
2.8
Peter Bís Belly Up Blonde
Tap at the brewpub in Monterey. Clear pale yellow pour with a white head. Sweet grains with some hop zip. Not bad in the style.
Sunday, November 22, 2015

BVery
3
Peter Bís Wheat
Tap at the brewpub in Monterey. Hazy yellow to light gold pour. Small white head. Wheat, mild citrus, bread. Maybe a touch vegetal.
Sunday, November 22, 2015

BVery
3
Peter Bís Amber Ale
Tap at the brewpub in Monterey. Clear deep orange amber pour with a small dense ring head. Bread. Sweet caramel. Bit of raisin. Some mild hop poking through.
Sunday, November 22, 2015

BVery
3.9
Peter Bís Stout Resistance
Tap at the brewpub in Monterey. Either they are dialing this in, or Iím too many beers in, but I like this better than the prior reviewers, by a good margin. Very dark dense brown pour with a creamy brown head. Really good roasty aroma. Cocoa, hint of dark fruit, hint of coffee. Slick palate. This is damn good.
Sunday, November 22, 2015

BVery
3.2
Peter Bís Vivid Horizon
Tap at the brewpub in Monterey. Clear amber pour. Small dense white head. Sweet grains. Somewhat bready. Pretty good in the style.
Sunday, November 22, 2015

BVery
2.9
Peter Bís Paddling Canoe
Tap at the brewpub. Pretty good example of a weaker style. Lager yeast with some light green apple in here. Tolerable.
Sunday, November 22, 2015

BVery
3.3
Peter Bís Legend of Laguna IPA
Tap at the brewpub in Monterey. Mostly clear - very slight haze - light gold pour with a small head. Pine and citrus. Very slightly unbalanced finish but not bad.
Sunday, November 22, 2015

BVery
2.8
Peter Bís Full Metal Hop 2.0
Tap at the brewpub. One of those armpit sweat / body odor IPAs - I just donít dig this type. It is well made, though.
Sunday, November 22, 2015

BVery
3.8
Peter Bís Elbow Room
Tap at the brewpub. Slightly hazy golden yellow pour with a small white head. Banana and mild clove, hint of pepper. Very well made!
Sunday, November 22, 2015

BVery
3.7
Peter Bís Strike A Gourd
Tap at the brewpub. Deep amber pour with a small dense ring head. Big aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Hint of dark fruit / grape. This is cool.
Sunday, November 22, 2015

BVery
3.7
Peter Bís ChupHOPcabra Black IPA
Tap at the brewpub. Deep dark brown pour with a clingy nitro head. Citrus hops on top of roasty malts. Solid black IPA.
Sunday, November 22, 2015

bytemesis
3.7
Peter Bís Full Metal Hop
Pours clear Amber, med beige head, decent lacing. Aroma is pretty dank, tropical citrus, pine, biscuit. Flavor is light plus sweet, light bitter, tropical citrus, pine, hint of caramel. Medium body. Interesting...
Saturday, August 22, 2015

larryLSB
3.8
Peter Bís Lynchburg Legacy
On tap at Peter Bís. Clear amber ale with a medium off white head. Nose was mild, some funk, fruity, taste was mildly sour, overall decent.
Saturday, March 21, 2015

DSG
3.4
Peter Bís Stout Resistance
[2/16/15] Draught at Peter Bís Brewpub in Monterey. Black with a brown head. Pleasant roasty aroma with coffee. Roasty flavor with coffee, a dark fruit hint and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied, slightly over-carbonated.
Monday, March 16, 2015

DSG
3.1
Peter Bís Legend of Laguna IPA
[2/16/15] Draught at Peter Bís Brewpub in Monterey. Clear golden. Aroma of citric hops and diacetyl. Flavor has mild sweetness, citric hops and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated. Pretty easy-drinking.
Monday, March 16, 2015

DSG
2.5
Peter Bís Amber Ale
[2/16/15] Draught at Peter Bís Brewpub in Monterey. As Inclusion Amber. Clear amber. Aroma of malt, caramel and vegetables. Sweetish flavor with malt, caramel, a vegetal hint and a bitterish finish. Medium-bodied.
Monday, March 16, 2015

DSG
3
Peter Bís Wheat
[2/16/15] Draught at Peter Bís Brewpub in Monterey. As Ford Ord Wheat. Cloudy yellow. Aroma of wheat, light graininess and fruity esters. Wheaty flavor, sweetish and slightly sourish, fruity, with a bitterish finish with mild hops. Light to medium-bodied.
Monday, March 16, 2015

DSG
2.5
Peter Bís Belly Up Blonde
[2/16/15] Draught at Peter Bís Brewpub in Monterey. Clear golden. Aroma of graininess, yeast and fruitiness. Sweetish flavor, grainy and fruity. Light-bodied.
Monday, March 16, 2015

DSG
3.2
Peter Bís Lynchburg Legacy
[2/16/15] Draught at Peter Bís Brewpub in Monterey. Clear amber. Sourish oaky aroma with dark fruits, whiskey and a bit of caramel. Slightly sourish flavor with caramel, whiskey, wood and dark fruits. Medium-bodied.
Monday, March 16, 2015

DSG
3.2
Peter Bís Je Tíaime
[2/16/15] Draught at Peter Bís Brewpub in Monterey. Clear golden. Nice aroma of fruity esters. Sweetish fruity flavor with light phenolic spiciness. Medium-bodied.
Monday, March 16, 2015

DSG
3.6
Peter Bís The Broken Hand
[2/16/15] Draught at Peter Bís Brewpub in Monterey. Clear golden. Lovely hoppy aroma full of tropical fruits. Flavor has some sweetish malt, lots of fruity hops and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Very nice and easy-drinking.
Monday, March 16, 2015

DSG
3
Peter Bís Dear Abby
[2/16/15] Draught at Peter Bís Brewpub in Monterey. Clear amber. Aroma of fruity esters and candy. Sweetish flavor with malt, fruity esters, candy, caramel and a slightly spicy finish. Medium-bodied.
Monday, March 16, 2015

DSG
2.9
Peter Bís Aisle 5
[2/16/15] Draught at Peter Bís Brewpub in Monterey. Clear golden. Fruity aroma with floral notes and yeast. Flavor has some sweetish malt, a bit bready, fruitiness and a drier finish. Quite light-bodied.
Monday, March 16, 2015

DSG
3.2
Peter Bís Dr. Strangelove
[2/16/15] Draught at Peter Bís Brewpub in Monterey. Clear golden. Aroma of citric and slightly piney hops and a minerally yeast note. Flavor has mild maltiness, citric hops and a bitterish finish. Medium-bodied. Refreshing.
Monday, March 16, 2015