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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 11
Gots: 40 | 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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 603 | Reviews: 209
Reviews by Tucquan:
Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-04-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy cedar brown with a 3-finger pillowy and long-lasting light tan head. Good lacing.

S - Orange flesh, caramel, light malt. Moderate aroma strength.

T - Medium roasterd malt, pungent earthy spice, spruce, touch of chocolate malt, orange zest and some hop bud. Aftertaste is quite tangy with sweet roasted malt and orange sweetness vieing for attention with the long-lingering spruce, spice and zesty bitterness. I like the flavor quite a bit.

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Creamy and surprisingly prickly yet still refreshing.

O - Other than wishing for more aroma, I'm well pleased with this brew and the way the three primary flavors of roasted malt sweetness, orange and hop bitterness first assert themselves and then balance out into the good aftertaste. It some ways, it reminds me of the balance Sierra Nevada strikes in their Northern Hemisphere Ale, which is a favorite of mine. Well done.

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.

Photo of warnerry
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of ReganSD
4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
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!

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.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears as a hearty chestnut-colored brew with a short, rocky brown head in my St. Bernardus glass. In the nose, I smell brown sugar, biscuity malts and big hops.

Bitter up front, with big, sticky, piney hops, followed by a smooth, sweet, molasses finish. This is downright delicious, and unique. Cheers to the collaborators here for developing and delivering on a new twist to the style.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark brown/amber with a thick, dense, tall, off white/brown head that has great retention

S - caramel, floral hop aroma

T - sweet caramel, sugar, faint citrus, faint floral hops, big bold piny hops, brown sugar stickiness lingers on your lips

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decently hopped IPA but it's a rather insignificantly malted brown ale. It lies somewhere in the middle. I would prefer a bigger, richer malt character considering it's brewed with molasses and brown sugar. It has some body and stickiness, but lacks substance. Good hop character though. It's worth a try.

Photo of socon67
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Brown pour with robust foamy head. Rusty red hue in the light. Some lacing is present.

S - Smells of fresh fruits and sugary cake. Has a slight wet hop smell.

T - Rich taste of sweet sugary berries and cake. Has flavors of a summer dessert. Finish has a lingering hop bitterness that is fairly mild.

M - Complexity and balance is nice, but this one seems to be a bit heavy-handed.

O - Nice collarobation to try and enjoy. Certainly a very flavorful brown ale.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single from around the way

appearance: served in a hilliards can-pint, muddy garnet-mahogany body, some light sticky tan film

smell: bitter piney hops, charred barley, touch of smoke

taste: stone seems to have a nice handle on the hoppy dark ale - this one differs from a number of their black ales and clearly stands out as a very bitter/hoppy brown ale. Sticky pine resin, chocolate malts, charred barley, orange rind, smoke, light booze

mouthfeel: pretty bitter

overall: pleasantly surprised given a lot of these collaborations have been a bit lackluster

Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TBA pours a darker caramel or nut brown color. It’s a little cloudy. Backlighting gives it more of a copper look. It’s capped by a HUGE light tan head. It stands over three fingers tall and takes its time dissipating. I’m doubtful that it will completely. Lacing is very thick and sticky. Looks good!

The nose alright. It’s a bit weak. More strength would really help. It starts out with a mix of caramel and light chocolate/cocoa. There are some lively hop notes. They smell mostly citric, featuring grapefruit and orange notes. There is a mix of pine and grassy notes, as well. An interesting toasted scent emerges late. Alcohol is masked very well. There really isn’t much coming through at all. Smells pretty good. A bit more muscle is what it needs.

I’m a little on the fence about the flavor. I like it. I’m just not sure how much. The malt base is a mix of caramel and chocolate. Cocoa comes through loud and clear. It is sweet and perhaps a little sugary. Hops are very flavorful. Citrus grapefruit, orange, pine, and grass flavors are all noted. It’s a nice mix and packs a pretty impressive bitter kick. There is a toasted flavor that’s interesting. Alcohol isn’t very noticeable. Finishes sweet and bitter. I’m off the fence. It’s good stuff.

TBA has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but it feels soft and smooth. Definitely goes down easy. This bottle is disappearing quickly.

TBA is a pretty nice collaboration between Stone, Bear Republic, and Fatheads. It’s good stuff. It really doesn’t have much of a “wow” factor. It’s just a solid, flavorful American Brown. Hops definitely drive the flavor and make things interesting. It’s good stuff. Definitely worth checking out if you ask me.

Photo of dbossman
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy and brown with a thin head--but good retention; lacing is decent

S: Some hops--but more of a herbal hops--a sweet, sugary malt backbone takes over; some booziness as well--actually kind of an astringent alcohol aroma; some spices show up too: nutmeg, molasses, brown sugar, etc.

T: Surprisingly boozy with little sweetness; hops are bitter but because of the alcohol it's a bit astringent; it just doesn't come together; kind of a strange brew

F: Decent medium body with some stickiness and creaminess

O: Kind of disappointing, frankly; it just doesn't come together; drinkable but a a bit of a boozy mess, which is strange for a 7.5% beer

Photo of dannydetox
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

interesting collaboration from stone. i like the concept of a hopped up brown, and this beer delivers on that promise. pours a deep amber/light brown with a tan head that stuck around through the bitter end. nose was less pronounced than i would have liked, but i picked up some piney, floral hops combined with a whiff of molasses. the columbus and cascade varietals shown through in particular. taste was caramel like with pleasing bitterness; perhaps more dry than i would want in a brown ale, but this is stone and bear republic after all. overall a decent beer, but not one i would actively seek out. shorter finish than i like, too.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep mahogany brown. Had a very nice tan head but it dissipated down to a thin layer. Nice lacing though.

Aroma is nice. Nice and hippy like a good IPA with the nice brown malt aroma coming through and really complementing it.

Taste is great. Has a nice malty brown taste but with a nice hop taste and a bite in the finish. Tasty beer and a little different.

Mouthfeel I think is the best part. Pretty smooth but with a decent carb. Very nice.

Overall a tasty beer. Might have to grab a couple more. They should make this one on the Reg. Prob the best collab beer so far.ost of them are crap but sometimes you get a good one.

Photo of dunit697
4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out nice a dark, It really does look great. Decent head. The smell hits you right away with the brown sugar and molasses with the hoppy stone scent. When you first taste it, it lives up to the inviting smell and does what it's try to do as a texas brown ale great.The mouthfeel is fine, not off the charts. I had this along with quite a few other beers and this one was my favorite.

Photo of HalfFull
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a large wine glass from the ubiquitous Stone Collab. style bottle. Pours brown, dark brown, and with clear ruby highlights. Nice cap of off white foam sits atop the pour and drops off some random lace. Clarity fades a bit on the second pour.

Piney hops on the nose, some chocolate and some citrus. Dry with a touch of yeast and a touch of alcohol as well. Nice and hoppy but oddly out of balance in a sense. 'Brown' notes are largely buried in the closet of pine alcohol.

Flavor is moderate with a good level of spice and a light hop bitterness. Finish is a bit chalky and dry with components of chocolate and muddled brown sugar. Sugar notes do allow for a longer finish than expected yet nothing extraordinary.

Decent feel and delivery, this beer started off strong but faded in the backstretch. Aroma fades to monochrome after some exposure. Feel is ok but a bit slim and lacking structure. Overall a Brown Ale in color only and a bit out of balance though not really in a bad way. Bottom Line, a bit too amorphous. Needs direction or perhaps is just heading in a different direction than I.

Photo of Gmann
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light lemony ice tea color; quite see through. The head is dense and cready, settles into a light cap.

The aroma is light and sugary sweet. Not much from the malt at all. The beer has a pop-rock type sweetness that adds some life to the beer, its a bit weird but works.

The taste falls in line with a traditional IPA. Bitter hop flavors, with pine and sap being forefront. The malt is bready with a slight wood flavor. A touch of a tea flavor in the finish. More of an IPA than brown ale.

Moderate body with big fizzy carbonation. Good balance between malty sweet and hoppy bitterness. The bitterness does win in the end. Drinks well.

Definitely more of an IPA than brown ale. Not much from the malt, besides the darker color, that would tell me that this is a brown ale. Needs more of a malt influence.

Photo of bum732
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

S: Some hoppiness, slight carmelization underneath

L: Cloudy brown, carbonated off-white head, some retention and lacing.

T: Fairly clean malt with a prominent herbal hoppy backbone. Some faint caramel and mollasses. Finishes with some spicy hoppiness, slightly dry.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Meh, pretty boring, the hops overwhelm everything else. Even then, they're not that exciting.

Photo of mkotsayfan
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep dark amber/brown color with a favorable amount of slightly off-white head. The aroma has some malts, hops, with perhaps a hint of brown sugar. The taste has some hops, citrus, and earthy malts, along with some slight molasses notes. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. This drinks very easily for a 7% beer and although more bitter than most brown ales, I don't mind the bitterness.

Overall, a solid brown ale from BR, Stone, and Fat Head's. If it were at a slightly cheaper price point and available in sixers, I would get one every once in awhile.

Photo of imasloth
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thick mocha head. Dark brown liquid, reddish when held to light. Compact/fine lacing.

S- Sweet maple syrup with strong citrus hops. Light medium roasted malt.

T- Citrus and bitter hops, with the syrup flavor (perhaps more molasses then syrup in taste). Slight brown malt in aftertaste.

M- Medium-bodied and very smooth. Definite bitter feel, with dry and bitter afterfeel.

O- Very tasty. Strong on the hops and I wouldn't guess a brown on flavor alone ... Color yes. The molasses/maple notes are very enjoyable.

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