Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.51/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
10-15-2013 17:14:34 | More by BEERchitect
3.91/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
09-28-2013 17:49:57 | More by Hopswagger
Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.