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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

600 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 12
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-14-2012)
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Photo of a74gent
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

a74gent, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of jstewart1130
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jstewart1130, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of TheBeerologist
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.

TheBeerologist, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of ChugginOil
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.

ChugginOil, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of rawfish
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.

rawfish, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of keenanite21
4/5  rDev +6.1%

keenanite21, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Rhynes2
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.

Rhynes2, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
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.

wvsabbath, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of TasteTester
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

TasteTester, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of ChumleyX
4/5  rDev +6.1%

ChumleyX, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Color is a very dark brown, clear in color with a nice 1/2 inch of mocha colored head.

S - A nice blast of pineapple and citrus hops and I can actually smell some molasses and brown sugar. Sweet

T - Pretty good the molasses gives it a smooth nutty taste and the Brown sugar compliments the malt characters pretty well.

M - Pretty sweet it has a light to medium body.

Overall it was kind of worth the $3.99 to try but nothing I would seek out again. It applaud the effort though and love trying these when they are affordable.

DrDemento456, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of baybassboy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

baybassboy, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of stbo101
3/5  rDev -20.4%

stbo101, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a murky mahogany brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but weak, the brew smells like citrusy hops (grapefruit, orange peel), caramel and toasted malt, molasses, piney hops and brown sugar. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with a slight nutty flavor also noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy and is well carbonated (maybe has a bit too much carbonation). Yep, it's a hoppy brown ale. Unfortunately, it's not a great one. I think it's a decent brew, but it just seems that there's something missing that could have made this beer better. Oh well, it's still worth trying.

bluejacket74, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy/opaque chestnut brown color with a huge 2 finger foamy light tan head that faded very slowly, leaving caverns in the foam and then great foamy lacing sticking to the sides and great looking rings as it went down.

Smells of big hops up front, with floral hops, flowers, piney hops, light citrus hops, grapefruit, flowers, caramel, syrup, brown sugar, light grains or bread and an overall sweetness that’s controlled by the hops. Says it’s brewed with brown sugar and molasses on the bottle, and the brown sugar comes through in the nose. I liked the way this smelled, as it was very sweet but in a good way.

Tastes of floral hops up front, followed by citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, grass/hay, sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, light grains, herbs, piney hops/pine cone, peat moss, nut, wet wheat bread faint and mild spices like pepper and cinnamon; the hop blast up front fades quickly and lets sweet malt, brown sugar and grains control the back end which leads up to a slightly bitter finish. Not a traditional brown ale, but certainly a nice hoppy take on the style.

Mouthfeel was creamy with light carbonation, a medium body and a grainy bitter finish that trails off with a yeast like funk which may have been the only part of the beet that I felt was off and odd.

Good beer and good drinkability for such a hybrid, but there was something in the finish that made this not a session beer candidate for me. I liked this beer, it was good and I’m glad I was able to try it. It’s a bit on the pricy side, but still worth checking out as it's a very nice collaboration.

CHickman, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy mahogany color with a pillowy, off-white head that leaves bits of lacing.

Smells of piny hops with a bit of malt sweetness.

Tastes a nice wave of hops with a decent malt base. Hops lead off with pine, citrus, and some grass. Moderately bitter. Malts come in with some brown sugar and a bit of chocolate. Touches of dark fruit also comes through as it warms. Slightly sweet and finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, the individual flavors of this beer are good, but I do not particularly like this combination. That combined with price ($3.27 for 12 oz) gives it only an average grade.

ocelot2500, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jrohrbacher, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of SilentGlory
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured nice and smooth with moderate head. Brownish orange in color with mild cloudiness.

S- Hops, has a brown sugar note

T- Unique Stone taste. Hoppy and bitter with a light sugar taste. Definitely taste the alcohol. Leaves a delicious aftertaste of molasses without a harsh after-bite.

M- Smooth and lighter than expected.

O- Pretty good beer. One of the better collaborations from Stone I've had. I would recommend this as an after dinner beer.

SilentGlory, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby brown color with a huge foamy tan head. Spotty lacing down the glass.

S: A nice mix of piney hops, rich dark malt, and freshly baked gingerbread.

T: Toasted malt, a nice hint of piney hops, gingerbread and a bit of overripe mango. Fantastic mouthfeel. Really nicely done.

notchucknorris, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. I don't recall the price. I've had Stone and Bear Republic before, but never Fat Head's. I view Stone as largely overhyped, and having visited their brewery recently, rather douchey and arrogant (congratulations, Stone: you have the image you wanted to!).

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues were anticipated. Paired with sourdough pretzels.

A: Pours a three finger head of good cream, good thickness, and great retention. Decent lacing. Colour is a murky nontransparent caramel-brown. There's nothing special or unique here. I want to drink it but I'm far from impressed. No visible yeast particles.

Sm: Hops - almost entirely floral, nuts, brown sugar, molasses, stale cream, yeast hints, and caramel. Musty and stale. Dry. A mild strength aroma. Vaguely evocative of cardboard. Hops dominate. Not alive or inviting. It's shaping up to be imbalanced.

T: Nuts sit awkwardly alongside floral hops. The cream is nice, but backgrounded. Brown sugar comes through in the body, but isn't present as a distinct note per se. The hops are nicely balanced, with hardly any bitterness emerging on the back end. Clean malts form the foundation, but seem neither to be dark nor bright. A hint of roasted barley; probably a small part of the malt bill. Not as nutty as I'd expect from a brown ale. Balanced awkwardly - with hops competing against brown ale nut notes and malts. Strangely built, but experimental. Hops are dominant, and are the only note detectable on the finish. Neither subtle nor complex.

Mf: Too dry. On one hand, the smooth cream is delightful, but the cardboard artificial dryness mixed with the stale hops of the finish is problematic. Very dry on the finish but not wet enough on the open to coax out the next sip. The thickness is awkward, but I can't tell if it's too thick or too thin - I do know that it's off.

Dr: No alcohol comes through, which is fairly notable. It's okay and I appreciate that it's experimental, but I wouldn't get it again.

Low C+

kojevergas, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

pirmannt1, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of javiernano
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

javiernano, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Nightrain87, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A collaboration by Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone.

An old-style Texas Brown Ale noted as being 'extra hoppy'. Brewed with brown sugar & molasses.

Great big ol' head on this sucker. Sea foam consistency and light tan in color. The beer pours a somewhat murky reddish-brown, with an emphasis on the red when you hold it to the light. Excellent head retention for any American Brown I've ever seen, and it even laces well.

Awesomely potent nose full of brown sugar, minty/pine hops, and toasted grain. Impressive hop character in the aroma. I get a syrupy waft of what could be molasses. Crisp-smelling with some dustiness, sugar, and spice.

Lovely pecan nuttiness from the malts pairs with the burly brown sugar tangy sweetness like a pecan pie. Menthol hops in the back of the mouth composes the meat of any bitterness. Some molasses richness here, for sure. Great toasty flavor without being too roasted or too pale. Nice lingering sweetness on the tongue. The brown sugar really makes this one; that, and the vigorous hops. Mind you, this is no desserty brown ale, nor is it indicative of an Indian Brown. It's funny, all of the beers that this reminds me of are rye beers, and there's no biting rye character to this one at all to justify that. This style is fantastic and they should bring it back.

Nice medium body with sloshiness and medium-to-low carbonation. Superb chew factor with a soft chalky dryness in the mouth. Insanely drinkable. I might finish the beer before I finish the review!

For lovers of the sweet toasty malt and hunky herbal hop combo. I imagine the grain bill to be courteous of Bear Republic (similar to Hop Rod Rye). What a great surprise brew! If you see one, nail it down and drink it fresh. Great job, guys!

thecheapies, Mar 13, 2012
Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.