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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

591 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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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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BB1313

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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..

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 23:53:05 | More by BB1313
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ninner00

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-24-2012 11:43:43 | More by ninner00
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Schwag


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-24-2012 02:43:05 | More by Schwag
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Zorro

California

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 02:26:01 | More by Zorro
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-24-2012 01:41:03 | More by greg4579
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Talz420


4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-23-2012 20:28:37 | More by Talz420
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DoubleJ

California

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 04:38:45 | More by DoubleJ
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Paperplanes

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-23-2012 02:31:49 | More by Paperplanes
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-22-2012 16:14:31 | More by Tyrawlings
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 02:09:20 | More by barnzy78
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Irishmafia

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-22-2012 00:55:26 | More by Irishmafia
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 00:44:19 | More by TheHoppiest
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KnightRider

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

03-21-2012 22:26:14 | More by KnightRider
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quirkzoo

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 15:03:37 | More by quirkzoo
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srandycarter

California

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 05:18:32 | More by srandycarter
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chugalug06

Colorado

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

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 03:43:17 | More by chugalug06
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a74gent

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

03-21-2012 01:58:03 | More by a74gent
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 00:58:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jstewart1130

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-21-2012 00:24:19 | More by jstewart1130
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TheBeerologist

Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 00:10:48 | More by TheBeerologist
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ChugginOil

Illinois

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 06:32:03 | More by ChugginOil
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rawfish

California

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

Pours hazelnut brown, kind of muddy with a few yeast particles floating. Three finger high light tan head with decent retention and nice lacing appears as the head subsides.

Hops dominate the nose even as it warms I barely get a lick of some bready malts and a little bit of nutty and molasses sweetness. Pineapple, deep resinous pine and grapefruit rind with no noticable alcohol.

Nutty with a caramel malt backbone and gingerbread spice. Heavy pine, sweet citrus hop character very much heavy with Stone influence. Residual alcohol and bitterness, nothing too sharp.

Creamy over the palate, smooth. Adequate carbonation.

Okay not terribly original but still very tasty, like a Stone IPA with a different color. A bit let down that the brown sugar and molasses don't come through. Big and bold in your face hop fix, drink it now, I can see the sediment already beginning to gather.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 02:35:21 | More by rawfish
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keenanite21

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-20-2012 01:36:04 | More by keenanite21
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Rhynes2

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the local beer store after trying the Yin & Yang from Evil Twin. Opened it up the next day. Pours a great two finger head but not much for retention. Got some lacing down the sides but again it wasn't too impressive. Taste is very similar to brown ales in the malt area but then the hops hit you and you see how different this beer is. You can tell its stone with their trademark hop flavor that is brewed into every beer they do and I love it. It works well in the style though if you prefer a more traditional brown ale this one is not for you. Some nutty notes also come through on the tail end.

Great beer and while it's very expensive i would buy this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 22:03:12 | More by Rhynes2
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown with a monster 3+ inch head, tons of lacing, looks great.

Smell - Hops, dry malts, nut, added sugars like molasses and brown sugar.

Taste - Very hoppy with plenty of sweet malts and sugars. Floral fruits like orange, pine and lemon really come at you along with molasses and some caramel malt backbone. Spices add even more flavor. No noticable alcohol bite or warmth.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, sweet and easy to drink. Tounge gets a ton of hops and sugar. Malts come in and add a nutty, caramel-like flavor. Palette gets hops, malts and sugars. Aftertaste is sweet and nutty.

Overall - This si actually moreso a ipa then a brown ale. Very sweet, not overly but sweet enough. Hops are more dominate then the malts, and the add suagrs really add flavor. This is tastly, esy to drink, but not something id want alot of, and espically since i overpaid for it. Worthy of a drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 02:24:08 | More by wvsabbath
Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA from Stone Brewing Co.
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