Monday, April 22, 2013

Pete Brown Tribute Ale


Today I decided to give this bomber of Bear Republic's Pete Brown Tribute Ale a try. This beer was brewed to honor Pete Brown, a beloved sales manager for the brewery. The label has a thumbnail of Pete and a few other banners to pay tribute. It notes his years of 1949-2002, has a giant "27" in a star (I couldn't find the meaning. Anyone?), and ends with an "In Loving Memory" streamer. On the side of the label are a few clues about what you should expect from this brown ale in addition to some of the philosophies of the brewery.

The aroma is rich and sweet and full of brown sugar and nuttiness. The sweet brown sugar continues in the flavor profile and is joined by some great chocolate flavors. Wow, this is a pretty hoppy beer too. I'm a little surprised just how hoppy. There is a nice light roast and the 6.3% alcohol adds a little zing, feeling more like an 8 or 9% beer.

Rich malty flavors have some complexities in the background. Vanilla nuances and hints of coffee and just a tad of burnt malt find their way in. Creamy texture, very smooth. Tasty and enjoyable in every way. I hope that someone brews a beer in my honor when I die! And if it's as good as this...

2 comments:

L Allen Huerta said...

Interesting to hear the story on this. I've had it before but at the brewery on Draft so I did not think anything of it or the meaning. hmmm...

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Usually when I see any person's name in a beer's name, I have to see what that's about. Within reason of course. I will only dig so far. :)) Anyway, if you had this beer at the brewery, it's too bad that the servers/menus/chalkboards didn't do the tribute justice.