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85
very good

603 Ratings
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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 39 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-14-2012)
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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of bready malt, brown sugar, spicy/herbal hops, and alcohol. Taste is of malt, dank/herbal/spicy hops, and very mild brown sugar flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bit of a drying effect in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing I would go for again.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Stone goblet. Pours dark brown with a single-finger tan head. A bit of spotty lacing and a cap as it goes down. The nose has a bit of pine and earthy hops with a bit of spice. Flavor is similar with brown malt and a touch of sweetness. Medium body and moderate bitterness. Pretty good, but not something that I would seek out again.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a massive two finger high beige head that took a long time to settle down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus, floral and spicy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of brown malts and citrus, floral and spicy hops as well as hints of brown sugar and molasses.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of lingering dryness in the finish.
O: The citrus and spicy hops used in this beer impart unique aromas and smells, which makes this taste much different compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its perplexing that a Texas Brown Ale would be initiated by three brewers in Stone, Bear Republic and Fat Heads have no breweries in Texas. (ok, not all that perplexing) Yet, the beer pays homage to the southwest days of exploring ale ingredients that grow in those anorexic areas.

Dark amber in color, the ale shares ominous bark brown low lights. With a translucent glow, the ale shows ribbons of garnet and ruby. A quick froth rises from the body with an creamy ivory stain to last the session and to lace with defined rings at each sip. An IPA in froth but a brown in body.

Sharp hop aromas are a focused grapefruit scent. Bright zesty and spicy to the nose, the hop dominance is partially balanced with molasses, toast, brown sugar and pepper. There's a sense of dryness to the beer just by its scent.

And as expected, the beer's initial palate is all about the taste of molasses, brown sugar and toffee but without the associated sweetness of those flavors. Its dry malt taste is lightly starch and creamy and is the perfect springboard for hops. Bitter white grapefruit reigns supreme in the middle as the undeniable taste of pith, peels and oils provide a gripping bitterness in finish that easily overshadows the toast, nutty and coffee-like malt contributions. Its spicy, grassy and stemmy finish is oddly herbal- as if in sassafras teas.

Its dry malt taste translates easily to a malty-dry texture. Somewhat arid and spicy, the beer quickly turns warm and mildly astringent, aided by toasted malts and high rate of attenuation. Its fleeting finish is further dried by hops and toast char.

Its an inquisitive ale that's the precursor of more hop-forward American Brown Ales like Dogfish Head's India Brown Ale. But its spindly heritage gives the beer's taste and texture a rustic and unrefined taste that's commonly associated with Anchor Steam Beer. Its an endearing ale with quirks and a "winging-it" kind of spirit. Kinda like driving a Model-T after getting out of a Cadillac.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy dirty brown color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and bitter hops are mix with a deep malt backbone – this is hoppier then I had expected. Taste is also a very good mix between some deeply caramelized malt with loads of citrus hops and a bitter finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Well balanced though still really flavourful.

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

Pours a brown color with a small off-white head. Toast and toffee give a nice maltiness and there is a decent hoppiness (mostly grass with a little bit of citrus peel). Perhaps a hint of chocolate and roast. Nice toast, toffee, and bread malt flavors. A soft hop flavor and bitterness with good citrus peel notes. One of the better beers in the collaboration series.

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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 largadeer
2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Rests in the glass a muddy unattractive brown with a billowing tan head.

Smells primarily like Pine-Sol and orange oil. Not much malt on the nose despite the dark color. The hop aroma isn't exactly explosive, either.

This has a resinous, sharp and acidic hop flavor that's rather off-putting right off the bat. Pine, grapefruit, very little malt. The body is thin and carbonation is initially excessive. Finishes bitter, astringent and even slightly boozy. Bit of a trainwreck, this stuff. I should know better than to buy Stone collaboration beers.

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

all of these stone collaborations have been awesome, and this is no exception. pours a very hazy cocoa brown with a fizzy cream colored head. smells hoppy and sweet, but as two separate things, not a hoppy sweetness. make sense? flavor explains better. big floral hop character up front, middling out to a really good chocolate malty flavor, and conculding with a shocking hop bitterness. finish only got more bitter as it warmed. notes of brown sugar for sure as well. feel was good for this beer, not freakishly carbonated as to let some of the complex sugary flavors linger, and the body was big but drinkable. a really solid addition to this lineup

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.

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An extra hoppy brown ale? Yes, it most certainly is. I'm getting tons of hop character here. So much so that any brown ale character is completely overshadowed by it. And this has brown sugar and molasses in it? Well, maybe...maybe I can see that through all the hops. But again, completely overshadowed. The end result is a nice beer, with a lot of hops. But as a brown ale? Hardly. I'd still drink it though, and will probably go back to get more. Nice graphics too.

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

I wasn't too careful with the pour, and it engorges with a creamy thick 2 finger head with some big bubbles popping throughout, the head fades semi slowly at first, until the big bubbles start popping and then quickens the pace, leaving lots of sticky lacing, over a quite hazy sediment filled dark mahogany cranberry colored beer.

Nose brings spicy hops right out, I could smell them as soon as I cracked the top, light citrus and grassy hops, and earthy tones. Then creamy brown malts underneath, light caramel and hints of molasses, brown sugar, toffee, and light toasty reddish malts.

Taste starts rich and creamy, more malty this time. light toasty reddish malts, then caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasty and decent malty. Hops come through as it goes, light spicy and earthy hops, with hints of citrus and grassy. the hops get fairly bitter as it moves to the finish, which dries a bit, and more citrus comes through with the big spicy earthy bite. Lingering hops, light creamy toasty brown malts and caramel creams lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, fairly creamy, good carb.

overall not bad, nice toasty brown malts, creamy, caramel creams, and blended with a nice big hoppy spicy earthy bite and a long finish. Nothing outstanding but overall a good beer.

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