Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA - Stone Brewing Co.
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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
3.05/5 rDev -19.1%
I'm back in SoCal and this is one of the first things I picked up. Sort of a murky, medium brown with a lasting cap of mocha foam. Sticky lacing, mostly fine bubbles. Hops hit the nose first -- pine resin more than anything else. A little citrus and bready/dark malts as it warmed, perhaps a bit of molasses. An appealing juxtaposition. The flavour fell a little flat, muted malts and hops up front followed by strong, lingering bitterness. This type of profile made me think of hop extract more than anything else. Malt was a bit bready, slight dark kilned character, maybe a bit of residual sweetness from the unrefined parts of the added sugars. The texture was decent, soft carbonation with medium body, smooth and inviting. Overall this was a mixed bag. There were parts I liked (ie. aroma and texture) and parts I didn't enjoy so much (flava). I'd probably try it again if I found it on draft, but wouldn't purchase again.
03-25-2012 02:00:59 | More by DrJay
2.7/5 rDev -28.4%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy brown, very similar to iced tea, really nice off-white head, great retention and sticky lacing; looks pretty good. The aromas are pretty subtle, I was expecting it be more vibrant. Lots of earthy notes, grass, and a touch of pine. There's a touch of chocolate in the mix as well. Tastes metallic. Lots of pine and bitterness. It's almost an unenjoyable bitterness, and it doesn't go away. Lots of caramel malts in the mix. Molasses and a touch of burnt brown sugar are in the mix. I'm getting some lemon flavors, but it really lacks a fruitiness. Maybe that's not what they were going for. It's very robust and rustic. Not flashy. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, maybe too much carbonation, but it's pretty smooth although it has a semi-syrupy quality. Surprisingly, the alcohol is noticeable.
Fat Head's and Stone are a couple of my favorites and they're masters at hoppy beers. Bear Republic is no joke either. I had high expectations for whatever reason, but this was a letdown for me. Not really enjoyable for me at all. Odd beer..
03-24-2012 23:53:05 | More by BB1313
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
Clear brown ale with a small tan colored head.
Smell is extremely hoppy. Strong citrus scent particularly strong orange aroma. Toasted bread and carrot scents. Slight coffee aroma but the orange scent is really strong.
Starts out tasting of burnt toast with some citrus on it. Patent malt with a quite noticeable charred barley flavor. Taste of carrot. Medium bitterness most Orange rind taste.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall a tasty yet weird beer.
03-24-2012 02:26:01 | More by Zorro
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
If it's an Extra Brown Ale, shouldn't this be called an EBA? Whatever it's called, I have faith in the product inside, provided by Stone and Bear Republic's level of quality (I know nothing of Fathead's yet). So, on to the beer:
Strings of lace cling to glass after a large foaming head forms and in general retains very well. The color is brown, and there are hues of muddy orange mixed in at points. It has a very hoppy nose, and it feels very Stone-like in that respect. Fresh, oily hops with pine and bitter grapefruit take the show. Brown sugar is there, but it tends to stay as a backdrop. Those who read my reviews know that I'm not very keen towards hoppy brown ales, but here we're off to an unlikely great start.
It's more IPA than brown ale, however the brown ale part does make it's appearances. There plenty of grapefruit and lychee to make you believe that this was an IPA. Bits of toasted toffee and brown sugar work into the flavor. It has a medium body, and it's extremely smooth and on the oily side.
Extra Brown? After this episode, I say India Brown. Tally it as another good one.
03-23-2012 04:38:45 | More by DoubleJ
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
12oz bottle, pours a ruddy brown with a thin light brown head that actually holds a bit of retention as foam atop the ale. Still nothing special to look at. Aroma is great! Lots of fruity hops, floral hops, brown sugar, and molasses. Fruity hops are up front in taste as well, followed by the brown sugar and molasses, a hint of chocolate, followed by a nice bitter citric/piny hop finish. Mouth-feel is full and smooth. Goes down easy and is refreshing. Overall, an an American Brown Ale, this is not an accurate representation of the style, but for what I think the collaboration of brewers were shooting for, this is well done.
03-22-2012 02:09:20 | More by barnzy78
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy, almost silty brown, like the color of cola, with a 2" off-white head that reduces with tons of sticky lacing.
Has a very piney, hoppy aroma, with loads of evergreeny goodness. There's an undercurrent of maple and brown sugar, and a hint of biscuity malt.
Starts and finishes bitter, yet sweet; the maple and brown sugar are quite present, but the piney hops, full of resin and sticky sap, do what they can to crush the sweet and leave a lingering hopped finish. There's an aftertaste of an ole-timey sweet, like a rootbeer hard candy taste that, once I identified it, was difficult to ignore.
Medium mouthfeel, this has more of a DIPA feel than a brown ale feel.
While the strength is not quite that if a DIPA, this beer smells and tastes like a highly malted DIPA, with a deeper and darker color that you'd otherwise expect. I understand this is supposed to be an "old school" brown ale, but I've got to believe that old school brown ales were never this aromatic or hoppy. I'm enjoying this quite a bit, but at $4 a pop and as intense as it is, this is a one and done.
03-22-2012 00:44:19 | More by TheHoppiest
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours a nice opaque brown with two fingers of khaki head. As the head recedes it leaves massive amounts of lacing. After taking a few sips I increased the appearance from 4 to 4.5 because of the massive amounts of lacing that are sticking all over the inside of the glass.
The smell is nice, very hop forward with a standard piney aroma. Behind that I get some nice nutty, toasted, biscuit malt aromas that are very complex with a bit of a caramelized brown sugar. The taste is more of the same. Very well balanced with less bitterness than I was expecting given the hoppiness on the aroma. There is a slight warming alcohol very pleasant and complementary to the rest of the beer. Mouthfeel is perfect, good body but still very drinkable.
Overall this is probably my second favorite collab from Stone behind the More Brown than Black IPA. A really solid brew in a unique style.
03-21-2012 15:03:37 | More by quirkzoo
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
Nice collaboration. Pours brown with reddish hue. Off white, thick head, slow to leave. Lots of cling. Nice. Citrus and pine big players in the smell, juicy for sure. Taste does not disappoint. Bit IPA like hops, not as much malt as I would have liked. Body is medium, good carb, good balance. A nice offer.
03-21-2012 05:18:32 | More by srandycarter
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
A - A very nice, two-finger, off-white bubbly foamy head rises. Brew is nice mahogany color. Decent viscosity for a brown. Lacing/tiers is just ok.
S - WHOA! Lots of huge pine and earthy tones. Very unique and off the beaten path. Some VERY bitter cascade/ hops on the bottom.
T/M - Very surprising, but not too far from the scent. A very aggressive Am. Brown that boarders the style line, but still fits. It almost smells/tastes like a pale, but drinks like a brown. It's very bitter and high in ABV, but the heat goes undetectable. Very thin for a brown, not like it's appearance.
O - A delightful surprise! Try it if you're able to grab one. A decent value for a unique offering.
03-21-2012 03:43:17 | More by chugalug06
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
03-21-2012 00:58:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.35/5 rDev -11.1%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Translucent amber/red pour with a finger and a half head.
Smells overwhelmingly of brown sugar and a bit of pecans with a slight hint of piney hops
Taste was all pecans and piney hops on a caramel malt backbone
Medium carbonation - seemed creamy and just about perfect
Overall an interestingly sweet beer that was solid. Glad to have tried it but I feel no need to pick it up again - especially at $4/bottle.
03-21-2012 00:10:48 | More by TheBeerologist
3.58/5 rDev -5%
Shared a bottle of this with wesside89
Poured into a stemless snifter.
Copper/red in color with thin tan head that leaves a few spots of lace.
The nose has some brown sugar, a bit of caramel apple, and bready malt.
The taste has some of that caramel apple noticed previously. Some sweet, biscuit-like malt that carries most of flavors.
Mouthfeel is a lighter medium, feeling just right for the style.
Decent overall, but certainly not the best of the Stone collaborations.
03-20-2012 06:32:03 | More by ChugginOil
Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA from Stone Brewing Co.
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