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Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

596 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-14-2012)
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Reviews by JosiahS:
Photo of JosiahS
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: Tulip

A muddy brown appearance with a soapy tan ring atop. Brown sugar, molasses, date, papaya, lemon/orange peel, pine and alcohol on the nose.

Tastes of dank hops, pine, lemon, papaya, brown sugar, date. Finishes with a hint of cocoa, faint vanilla, alcohol and floral hops. Approaching full-bodied with medium carbonation and slick slightly oily mouthfeel.

An aggressive brown ale but a beer that's familiar to me. Stone's brewing characteristics are dominant, i'd like to see them step away from the usually hopping procedure and try something different (although the trailer on YouTube for this beer does mention Stone using a very common hop variety for the first time, it still seems too "stoney".)

JosiahS, Mar 10, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a somewhat murky deep orange infused russt brown with a great looking sticky light beige head that never settles,a 1/2 inch frothy mass stays to the duration.Juicy citric hop aromas really stick out,mild brown sugar is there but beneath the hops.I thought this would be sweeter with it's brown sugar and molasses elements to it but the sharp citric hops win out with mild molasses and brown sugar sweetness in the finish.This is a hop driven brown and I think it's pretty damn good,job well done by the trifecta of brewers.

oberon, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/2012

A - Pours murky brown with almost two fingers of dense, creamy looking tan head. Head has nice retention and leaves great lacing.

S - If I didn't already know from reading the label, this is definitely brewed with molasses, and it comes through in the nose. Also brown sugar and some citrus hop aromas. Smells good.

T - Hops come through even more in the taste, and offer a nice bitter balance to the sweeter malts. I think hoppy brown ales are more enjoyable than black ales and this one works very well.

M - Medium mouthfeel, with creamy carbonation and a dry bitter finish.

Between this and More Brown Than Black, I would love to see Stone do a year-round hoppy brown ale. Vary tasty.

warnerry, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DWolf, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

mverity, May 12, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Massive head, clear reddish brown color

SMELL: Mint, pineapple, toasted bread, passion fruit, yeast, blood oranges

TASTE: Hop bitterness, fresh grass, slightly smooth, resin, dank hop, toasty, yeast, nutty, estery, white cherries, ripe clementines, burnt sugar, earthy, drying bitter finish

Love collaborations and all but this one is obviously very agressive, not surprised at all. One of the longest after tastes to stew in, my palate is working overtime here.

Jason, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, purchased as a single for too much $ (over $4) at DeCiccos in Ardsley, NY.

Pours murky and muddy brownish amber, frothy medium tan head. Stays and stays, then leaves better then respectable sticky lace.

Just a hint of ginger snap cookies upon the nostrils.

Complex and tasty brown ale, with some holiday spice, ample caramel malts, all along with a healthy dose of good ole cascade hops.

Suped up, spiced up and hoppy for a Brown ale. Tasty and heady brew in a 7% package. Sweet and hoppy rolled together and shining through. Glad I got the chance to taste and enjoy this one.

Billolick, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Altenor
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Altenor, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev +6.1%

standardcherry, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

xdefeatsy, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Franziskaner
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Murky reddish brown in color. Big head of foam on the pour. The nose is intensely hoppy. Just a hint of the brown sugar and molasses in the aroma. Great head retention. The flavor is mainly about the hops and the brown sugar and molasses almost gives it a bit of a spicey flavoring. A bit of a moderate mouthfeel. The hops definitely prickle the tongue in the aftertaste.

Franziskaner, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Very dark brown throughout with dark ruby edges and a very big brown head that erupts upward and over the edge of the glass. This is certainly very highly carbonated, especially for a brown ale. The head lasts for a substantial time and leaves messy, lined lacing down the glass.

Hoppy and bready aroma. There's lots of floral hop character--Citra? There's also good amounts of bread and earthy caramel as well. This is the best part of this beer.

The hops don't shine through in the flavor as much I was hoping for. This is a bready, earthy, moderately bitter brown ale, and little else.

Medium bodied and very highly carbonated. The carbonation seems prickly and extremely active. The mouthfeel brings this beer down a notch or two.

A decent enough, simple brown with way too much carbonation, especially for the style.

ehammond1, May 25, 2012
Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +6.1%

rwilde, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a cool video to go with it, I'm digging Matt Cole's beers I've enjoyed Headhunter and Citra Pale ale recently both excellent brews. Pours a ruddy deep burgundy, amber brown color with a big thicket of deep khaki tan head forming thick and dwindling slows. My bottle has a cool spiel about Matt's homebrewing days and being kicked out of competitions for a beer to dark and bitter to make it into any style categories. Aroma has a big leafy, mint, and citrus kick going on completely green with hops with some welcoming brown malts backing it up. Flavor has a nice mix of assertive hop bitterness, I'm getting citric hops, floral notes, with an earthy spicy hop bite. Even mint herbal qualities colliding with some darker malts and brown sugar and molasses qualities, I'm getting assertive hop burps with each sip. Upfront big hops I mentioned fade to a balanced stand still to hints of brown sugar and darker malts with a sticky sugar coated malt character never becoming cloying. Keeps it balanaced finishes big and bitter, oily hop texture each sip is smoother than the next mellow carbonation bubbles slowly...I'd call it a full bodied IBA, in this case it's a Texas Brown Ale what's more American than Tay-haas. Overall I'm glad I got the Matt Cole bottle by chance with a great Fathead's cape snugged between Bear Republic and Stone's Gargoyle, I feel that my area has received a bit of a nod from the accomplished West Coast brewers.

WVbeergeek, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

valkyre65, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +6.1%

JohnLynch, May 24, 2012
Photo of JuniperJesus
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

JuniperJesus, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a hazy dense garnet body with a thick tan head and a strong carbonation supporting the head for most of the beer.

S- The perfume of hops is like sticking your head in a bag of cascade hops and it is heard to stop sniffing this beer and start drinking it.

T- The green herbal and floral hops are very bright with a pungent dark green hop taste that lingers a bit after each sip. There is a mellow roasted malt hint underneath the hops.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz that gives a bit of a creamy texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The big fresh hop aroma is amazing but it doesn’t transfer fully to the taste. The taste has some mysterious dark malt character that supports the hops and adds some nice depth.

rhoadsrage, May 15, 2013
Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

richkrull, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of ReganSD
4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a thick brown/red color that seems slightly cloudy. Looks the color of brown sugar. Pours a 2 finger head with slight lacing sticking to the glass.

S- Smells like any other Stone beer with their signature style. Not as strong of a hop aroma, but still present.

T- Wonderful. The brown sugar is definitely present on the back end. Leaves a sweet taste after each sip. A very good brown ale that is extra hoppy as advertised.

M- Moderate carbonation and the molasses/brown sugar notes cling to your palate.

O- Overall this is one of the better brown ales I've had. Goes down smooth and is pretty damn tasty. Definitely a unique beer and worth a try if you can find it!

ReganSD, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +6.1%

ste5venla, May 25, 2012
Photo of Nickqb7
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Nickqb7, May 29, 2013
Photo of quirkzoo
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice opaque brown with two fingers of khaki head. As the head recedes it leaves massive amounts of lacing. After taking a few sips I increased the appearance from 4 to 4.5 because of the massive amounts of lacing that are sticking all over the inside of the glass.

The smell is nice, very hop forward with a standard piney aroma. Behind that I get some nice nutty, toasted, biscuit malt aromas that are very complex with a bit of a caramelized brown sugar. The taste is more of the same. Very well balanced with less bitterness than I was expecting given the hoppiness on the aroma. There is a slight warming alcohol very pleasant and complementary to the rest of the beer. Mouthfeel is perfect, good body but still very drinkable.

Overall this is probably my second favorite collab from Stone behind the More Brown than Black IPA. A really solid brew in a unique style.

quirkzoo, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of gtcrispy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

gtcrispy, Oct 16, 2012
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