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

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591 Ratings

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Ratings: 591
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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Photo of DCon


2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 12 fl. oz. bottle of this from BevMO in Torrance, CA for $3.99. Poured from the Gold/White labeled bottle w/ each breweries' logos above "TBA into a 16oz Pint Glass. Have "DRINK FRESH, DO NOT AGE" & JANUARY 2012 on the back of the bottle.

Aroma- Tons of American hop in a American Brown? Strange.. Not sure I appreciate them ruining the aroma I always appreciate with this style.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger, highly bubbly head that dies quickly. Has a DEEP body with tons of character. Leaves tons of suds.



Overall Impression- Too hoppy and far too much on the bitter side for a brown ale. Too much. Didn't think it was at all what I was going to be purchasing. Avoid? No. But don't look for a good review by me.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 22:55:48 | More by DCon
Photo of Tucquan


4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 21:59:20 | More by Tucquan
Photo of jeremy13586


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle date poured in to a nonic pint glass.

The color is a murky/muddy amber brown. Left about two fingers of fluffy khaki head in my glass. Head stuck around and left some nice lacing.

Bitter hops and roasted malts. The hops are pretty citrusy and piney and it finishes with a sting of booze.

A good amount of roasty and nutty malts up front, but then then hops start to take over. Citrus and pine throughout, but a nice consistent roasty bitterness. A little bit of a sweet finish.

Medium bodied. Pretty carbonated but a little messy.

This was a pretty tasting and interesting brew. Very drinkable, but could be a bit more refined. Maybe that's why it's a Texas Brown Ale: unrefined enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 18:37:02 | More by jeremy13586
Photo of GeoffreyM


4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-10-2012 04:16:40 | More by GeoffreyM
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 00:52:08 | More by largadeer
Photo of Joeybones3


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

04-09-2012 18:27:53 | More by Joeybones3
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some copper highlights, frothy cap of kahki head, good sticky lacing. Scent brings moderately strong pine notes before it reaches down to a blend of toasted and freshly malted grain, light notes of chocolate and a light herbal/spice quality. Taste begins with strong resinous hops, light notes of citrus before arriving at a moderately sweet malty and toasty brown ale, again hints of chocolate and light fragrant spice. Medium bodied. Quite pleased with this brew as hoppy brown ales sometimes skimp on the base beer to emphasize the hop, but both aspects of this beer shine through.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 16:32:21 | More by rfgetz
Photo of nealbert


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-09-2012 15:59:54 | More by nealbert
Photo of kawilliams81


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Jester King pint.

A- pours a brown, dark amber with a 2" light tan head. Half the glass is covered in lacing.

S- lightly roasted malts and pine.

T- toasted, roasted malts some bread and pine hop bitterness.

M- lighT body and medium carbonation. Fairly thin with a dry aftertaste.

O- good brown able with a nice hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:59:57 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of riored4v


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass. 2 finger, frothy head. Clear, amber/brown colored body. Good lacing left in the glass.

Aroma had some notes of orange and malty sweetness. Citrusy and caramel. Some subtle notes of the molasses.

Taste was hoppy with a malty body and a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Some flavors of orange and citrus from the hops. Slightly spicey. Mild signs of the molasses used. Somewhat bready. Mild sweetness helps balance hop usage. Light maltiness. Notes of roasted malts and caramel. Light lingering bitterness. No signs of ABV.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body with medium/high carb. Crisp finish.

Overall it was a good beer. Didnt really notice the brown sugar and the molasses flavor was very light. Good twist on a traditional brown ale though and the hop profile was good.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 23:03:58 | More by riored4v
Photo of nas4atu

North Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

04-08-2012 19:54:52 | More by nas4atu
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown, with an off white foam and lace. Aroma of peaty malts and bright tropical citrus. In the flavor, nutty malts with some caramel flavor and a good solid helping of pineapple, mango, ripe orange and pine. Coming from three breweries that know how to make west coast ipas, this does not disappoint. Good level of bitterness yet remains balanced. Little to no alcohol flavor. Medium bodied feel, well carbonated. Overall, a very tasty beer, consider it a west coast brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 18:17:37 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Advocate_Ames


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-08-2012 16:36:23 | More by Advocate_Ames
Photo of rwilde


4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-08-2012 16:28:11 | More by rwilde
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

04-08-2012 06:30:03 | More by Stumpy29er
Photo of MarkyMOD


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-07-2012 07:43:18 | More by MarkyMOD
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-07-2012 02:04:16 | More by MystikCelt
Photo of Morey


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with 2012 printed on the neck of the bottle.

APPEARANCE: Pours murky brown in color. The head is cream colored and stood about an inch tall following a medium pour. The foam is slow to settle, as I poured this about 10 minutes ago and it’s still hanging around at just under a finger tall. Good retention and lacing.

AROMA: Molasses, chestnut honey, toasted malt, hop resin, and caramel.

TASTE: Nice bitterness near the front end. Sweet caramel malt and grain pull through towards the middle. I can taste some sort of spice in there as well, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe a touch of almond extract. Bitterness coates the palate and lingers after the swallow. It’s pretty balanced between that and the sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with sticky resinous hops and moderate carbonation.

OVERALL: A nice Brown IPA.

Morey’s Bottom Line: I called this a Brown Ipa because that’s exactly what it taste like. It has the sweet nutty flavors of a good Brown combined with the hop profile of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 01:26:50 | More by Morey
Photo of JohnnyMc


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

Another collaboration from Stone!

Well, this pours out brown as you might imagine, but there's a slightly red tint to it as well.

The aroma is a huge burst of piney hops and not much else, which is a little surprising.

The taste is very hop forward, but then it fades to a sweetness like caramel from the molasses and brown sugar and the aftertaste is all malt with a little hop bitterness.

It's medium bodied and very well balanced. If you like any of these 3 breweries definitely pick this up!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 21:58:03 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of hosehead83


4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, murky, mud-puddle brown in color, with a huge billowing head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Citrussy hops,faint caramel and toffee notes.
Taste-Brown sugar, Cascade hops, faint cocoa,subtle cinnamon spiciness. Well-balanced with great flavor and character. A nice match with some spicy Tex-Mex.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 17:28:00 | More by hosehead83
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. Lots of head, just over three fingers worth. Color was caramel brownish. Cloudy, foamy lacing that was somewhere in between brown and white. Healthy amount of film on the sides, foamy and sporadic.

Lots of different smells right away. Got light citrus hops, molasses, caramel, brown sugar and light cinnamon. Great balance.

Taste wasn’t as good as the smell, but decent nonetheless. Got caramel, molasses, brown sugar and gingerbread up front. Probably not as cold as it could have been, but still tasty. Malty.

Medium body. Creamy, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long lasting, smooth finish.

Really enjoyed this beer. Balanced, drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 06:04:21 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of kc44


2.15/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Comes out of the bottle a shade or two lighter in color than I expected but certainly within the range for what one might see in a brown ale. The head is truly remarkable, tall, dense, light tan, sticks around for a bit and laces well. Taking a whiff of it, there is a lot going on: big hop aroma, the molasses comes through strong, some booziness, slight touch of roast, tons and tons of stuff to like here. Needless to say, I was pretty psyched going in for the first sip. And, well, ugh. Flavor-wise, I personally found this beer to be a mess. Remember those big American hops on the nose? None of their flavor is around but all the bitterness is. That is almost always fine by me - I love a lot of the big hoppy beers out there, more bitter more better most of the time. Here, though, it is just a bitter jewel in need of a totally different setting. There's some sweetness, but it doesn't interact with the hops so much as it comes across as cloying apart from the hops. That doesn't sound like it makes sense, but I don't really know how to explain it; I've never experienced anything quite like that in a beer, and I suppose that's something right there. I just don't know how something with such notable bitterness and sweetness elements can totally avoid any semblance of balance the way TBA does. The finish is bitter, but it isn't dry. The mouthfeel is kind of slimy. Overall, I have no idea how sum up this beer. Good brewing skills/ingredients and best of intentions seem to have somehow gone astray on this one, but of course that's just my opinion. There is some good stuff going on, but when it is all put together, it just doesn't work for me. No disrespect to any of the breweries involved here, all of whom make excellent beers, but I don't run across a whole lot of beers I would actually turn down if offered, and this is one. Well made? Certainly. Well crafted? Judge for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 05:27:14 | More by kc44
Photo of RuckusDu


3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - This one came out with about 2.5 fingers of rocky light kahki head. Body is a very dark brown. Good lacing.

S - Some nice hops are ever present. There is a sweetness to it like toffee and some gingerbread.

T - A lot of harsh hops. There is a little chocolate.

M - Solid mouthfeel and carbonation. A little drying due to all the hops.

O - Once again with these Stone collaborations, I'm not a fan of the flavor. A solid beer all around, but I don't like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 02:14:11 | More by RuckusDu
Photo of poppyjohn


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-06-2012 02:06:56 | More by poppyjohn
Photo of Lantern

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

04-06-2012 00:11:50 | More by Lantern
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