Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
12 oz bottle.
-Hazy dark amber/maple syrup color.
-medium light maple tinted head, with some neato lacing.
-Aroma is punching with dominating fresh grapefruit, with subtle toffee-like notes hiding among it and bits of coffee traces in the very distance.
-Taste is very interesting. Starts with a citrus fruit hit, after some brief sour notes, it transforms into a bitter and astringent middle with a dry finish. Malt notes peak out a little bit during the dry finish to give it a bit more depth. It also leaves a brief candy-like sweetness feeling in the throat.
-The carbonation works well with the rush of bitterness, it also ends with more refreshing feel.
Although I am personally not a RAGING fan of bitterness and this might not be the beer I would grab for, I do like the depth to this one.
Very well done in terms of the dynamic factors, felt like drinking grapefruit juice in the beginning (when you inhale during the beginning of the sip), IPA middle, and a coffee finish. Damn fine experience, just not really my cup of tea.
03-31-2012 09:41:44 | More by BoatsSinkBro
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
1189th Review on BA
Bottle to Stone Pint
Purchased for $2.99 at Bevmo Chino Hills, CA
App- Robust orange and deep ambers with very murky browns and a nice capped 1 finger khaki had. Strong lacey cling.
Smell- Big opening of hoppy IPA and bitter. Citrusy mixed with OSA. Spices mixed with brown sugar and a strong malt.
Taste- Solid offering. Its well layered with a good amount of balance. The citrus comes first and is followed by a strong brown sugar note and even a bit of caramel. Fairly caramel flavored with a big bitter flavor and a mild tinge od roast.
Mouth- Medium bodied and a low medium carbonation. Lots of thick citrus with malty grapefruit notes. Small roasty note again with a strong bitter.
Drink- This was a unique combination. Lots of flavors competing for dominance. Bitter, roasty, citrus and full flavored.
03-29-2012 14:25:51 | More by FosterJM
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured a hazy brown color from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Stone Brewery, with ABV on the label.
Frothy two finger head that dissipated fairly slowly. Lots and lots of lacing along the sides of the glass as the head dissipated and sticks around forever.
Aroma is very citrusy (lemony) with notes of grapefruit.
Taste is similar to the aroma, very tart and citrusy. In the first few sips the brown sugar and molasses are evident, but slowly the taste becomes totally tart and citrus-like. Hints of roasted malt in the after-taste.
Good drinkability and okay mouthfeel. Glad I tried it once, but not sure I will be trying it again.
03-29-2012 08:22:41 | More by CaptDavyJones
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours a coppery color with two and a half fingers of dense, off-white head.
Citric and pineapple hop notes with some light roasted and bready malt notes.
Citric and orange peel with some bready and roasted malt notes.
Medium bodied with low carbonation and a slick feel.
A pretty decent beer... not sure if I'd buy again though.
03-29-2012 03:36:36 | More by samie85
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
Pours a medium brown, with a very faint red hue and a thick, foamy tan head.
The nose is closer to an IPA than brown ale. Lots of citric hops, though the molasses and brown sugar do make an appearance towards the end.
More citric hops, with a light molasses and brown sugar finish.
A medium body, with prickly carbonation.
I would have categorized this as an IPA due to the strong hop presence, but regardless, this is a unique beer thanks to the addition of the molasses and brown sugar.
03-28-2012 09:23:29 | More by vkv822
4.2/5 rDev +11.4%
Poured a hazy non-tranluscent dark brown tea color that appeared to be filtered. Produced a small bone white, inconsisently laced head that reduced to a mere shadow afloat the brew. The initial aromas are of... hops! Talk about a brown ale surprise! I realize the bottle states "Extra Hoppy Brown Ale" but I wasn't expecting this. Mildly fresh citrus hop is very prevalent with just the taddist of malt on this one. As a hophead, I welcome these great scents. Following suit, the tastes start off with a nice bitter hop bite but unlike anything on the pale/ipa side of things, it finishes up with that brown ale crispness. The end makes you forget about the hoppy beginning... with the exception of bitterness on the lips. Two contrasts in one beer. Alcohol content seems about right. Definitely worth a try.
03-28-2012 02:30:15 | More by rmcnealy
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
A- Pours a murky brown color with a light tan head that leaves decent lacing.
S- Incredibly citrusy nose with only a faint whiff of brown malt and sweetness.
T- Hoppy upfront with some citrus and pine bitterness coming through. An earthy center with flavors of brown sugar, molasses, oak, and a touch of alcohol in the finish.
M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.
O- A very interesting brown ale. Hoppier than I was expecting but I liked the contrast between the Cascade hops and brown sugar.
03-27-2012 22:55:53 | More by projectflam86
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
Enjoying with my good friend pschul4
A: Pours a murky dark copper color with about a centimeter of head that leaves quite a bit of lacing at it recedes.
S: Smells fantastic. Strong scent of citric hops along with fruits such as tangerines, oranges, and grapefruits.
T: This is definitely a little unique for the Brown Ale category. It really doesn't taste like a brown ale at all, but more of an IPA. I can't grade based on style for this one because I actually really enjoy the taste of this brew. There is a light presence of hops accompinied by sweet and sour fruity notes such as apples mixed with lemons or oranges. Very enjoyable.
M: The perfect amount of carbonation that disappears quickly do give a smooth, pleasant feel.
O: I really enjoy this brew. I think it is a creative combination of different beers.
03-27-2012 05:37:25 | More by areich6
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
Shared with areich6 poured into a wine glass for classiness biches
A- Brown ale? Nailed it! Pours quite brown with some tan head that sticks around with a lot of retention
S- All hops! Smells like a sweeter/maltier version of Alpha King and I love it!
T- Brown ale? Fuck that! This is a super hopped up IPA boys and don't expect anything less. The hops destroy your mouth with their resin and leave you begging for mercy
M- I can't tell if this is as carbonated as I think it is or if the hops are wrecking my palate. Either way the hops dominate this beer from beginning to end
O- I went into this knowing it was a super hoppy brown ale. The brown ale part is for color only as this beer is hopped to death. Enjoy!
03-27-2012 05:32:30 | More by pschul4
3.05/5 rDev -19.1%
Decent collab I just wasnt very stoked on a hoppy brown its kind of a weird try in mixing beer styles. The brown sugar comes
Through but I think the added sugar leaves the malt favors wanting and keeps an off hop flavor that is prominent in the taste. Decent but like many of the stone collabs I think this one could have been much better
03-27-2012 04:53:12 | More by dwilson01
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
Appearance - dark Dr Pepper looking brown with a reddish tint when held up to the light. Kinda reminds me of an Arrogant Bastard, but with a lot more brown to it. The brown definitely came from the chosen malts of: Maris Otter, Munich, Victory, wheat and Chocolate malts.
Smell - My lowest rating at 3.5 for this beer, it states it's made with Brown Sugar & Molasses, but none can truly be detected with the "Extra Hoppy Brown Ale" tagging taking over the aroma far much more. Aggresively hopped with Columbus, Bravo, Brewers' Gold, and Cascade hops, and that's all I can smell really.
Taste - Creamy brown ale, with a hint of sweet taste upfront from the molasses and brown sugar I'm guessing. It follows, and transitions quickly into a hop and more hop flavor from the 4 hops used. Finishes with a bittering flavor, but refreshing with lemon-y, piney, flavor.
Mouthfeel - Slick, and creamy and flows down extremely smooth.
Overall - I would probably purchase this beer again, but at $3.00 a bottle maybe not. Great beer collaboration, but overall, too overly hopped for me, and I think the brown sugar and molasses, and malt should've shown up a bit more. But I do like my hops, and this fits the bill right in the middle.
03-27-2012 03:50:05 | More by daBoLTman
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Picked up a 12oz bottle from Olive Tree Market here in Ocean Beach for $2.99 and poured it into a Brouwerij 't Ij branded tulip glass.
A: Hazed cola brown, fat head and tons of thick lace from start to finish.
S: No hiding the brown sugar and molasses - both are up front and bold. Mild herbal hop, fresh mint, slightly medicinal - burdock and sassafrass.
T: On point with the nose but flavors are less bold than what the nose suggested. The flavor is nice though, just less complex with the hop cranked up in the mix which dominates most of the other flavors (I guess one should expect this from a "Extra Hoppy Brown Ale").
M: Good amount of carbonation that makes for a crisp refreshing medium bodied ale. The hop lingers a while as well which is nice.
Tasty brown IPA - nothing more, nothing less.
03-26-2012 04:02:12 | More by DeanMoriarty
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a murky reddish brown amber. Half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is intense herbal and citrus hops and light sweet malt. Nice flavor of piney, citrus hops, sweet malt and brown sugar with a lemony hop finish. Nice medium creamy body. Seems somewhat understated at first, but as it warms, the flavor integration and progression are quite nice. I liked the unusual sweet citrus flavors in this. Very nice ale and another great Stone collaboration.
03-26-2012 03:16:19 | More by LiquidAmber
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
03-25-2012 05:02:24 | More by WVbeergeek
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
03-25-2012 03:35:11 | More by Gmann
Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA from Stone Brewing Co.
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