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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

592 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 11
Gots: 38 | 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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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-28-2014 20:53:09 | More by VeganUndead
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

01-20-2014 01:55:58 | More by millerbuffoon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-20-2014 01:41:27 | More by Knapp85
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david18

New York

2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

12-29-2013 17:58:55 | More by david18
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rrski198

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

12-27-2013 02:47:08 | More by rrski198
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humulusphile

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

12-12-2013 06:04:28 | More by humulusphile
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thegrimone

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

12-09-2013 07:37:54 | More by thegrimone
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-08-2013 05:31:52 | More by BillRoth
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TheSteak22

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

12-06-2013 15:58:05 | More by TheSteak22
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JGLittle

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-02-2013 14:12:54 | More by JGLittle
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fain12

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

11-28-2013 08:00:57 | More by fain12
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snailman22

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

11-20-2013 06:38:57 | More by snailman22
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Booner818

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

11-17-2013 08:16:31 | More by Booner818
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primrose54

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-14-2013 03:14:29 | More by primrose54
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DavidK

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

10-26-2013 20:22:47 | More by DavidK
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 17:14:34 | More by BEERchitect
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

10-05-2013 01:46:12 | More by KJ2013
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SadMachine

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

10-02-2013 05:10:24 | More by SadMachine
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maximus_rebel

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.4%

09-30-2013 20:06:08 | More by maximus_rebel
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DustinSWB

Florida

3/5  rDev -20.4%

09-29-2013 15:28:49 | More by DustinSWB
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Beautiful pour. Dark murky wake of brown swamp water with a multitude of floaters. Dense frothy khaki head that jiggles like pudding. Great retention and intricate lacing.

S: Sweet syrup, molasses, brown sugar, maple, toasted toffee and caramel, spicy hops, clove, trash bag funk. Dark fruits, timid smoke, traces of smoldered wood chips. Spices are tingling my nose.

T/M: Huge taste of ground spices cooked in molasses to the point of burning. Burnt toffee, grains and wood gives off the signature Stone smoke presence. Earthy and spiced hops deliver a rustic flare. Dark fruits soaked in spiced rum and brown sugar. Busquity yeast and hidden funkiness in the background. Syrupy body with a gentle massage of bubbly carbonation. Finishes dry and earthy. Touches of oxidation.

O: I was worried that this would be bad from the reviews I read since it was old but I was really impressed. I loved the rugged flavors and spice profile against the sugary sweetness. This could be a meal in a glass. The hop profile was nice and complimenting and not overly bitter. I wish I could have tried this fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 17:49:57 | More by Hopswagger
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Amberluvsbeer

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-27-2013 15:21:10 | More by Amberluvsbeer
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bernat1971

Washington

3/5  rDev -20.4%

09-15-2013 10:28:09 | More by bernat1971
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AgentMunky

California

2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a tasting glass at the Bear Republic brewery. From notes. Reviewed 28 April 2012.

A: Clear amber beer; good head retention.

S: Smoky chipotle, slightly metallic. Interesting.

T: Smoky metal and awkward hops. I don't think it works very well. Chipotle and lemon? Roasted endtaste.

M: Meh, the warm it gets, the flatter it goes. Not very good.

O: Not recommended. It's an awkward mishmash of flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 06:33:41 | More by AgentMunky
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CityofBals

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

09-12-2013 19:03:29 | More by CityofBals
Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.