Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.45/5 rDev +18%
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.
03-19-2012 22:03:12 | More by Rhynes2
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
03-19-2012 02:24:08 | More by wvsabbath
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
03-18-2012 23:19:27 | More by DrDemento456
3.35/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
03-17-2012 22:13:55 | More by bluejacket74
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
03-17-2012 03:50:31 | More by CHickman
3.25/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
03-17-2012 00:24:24 | More by ocelot2500
3.45/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
03-16-2012 03:29:05 | More by SilentGlory
4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
03-15-2012 21:55:21 | More by notchucknorris
3.03/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
03-15-2012 03:34:18 | More by kojevergas
4.41/5 rDev +17%
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!
03-13-2012 21:47:33 | More by thecheapies
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
TBA – To Be Announced…no Texas Brown Ale
Format is 12oz bottle with a 10oz taster flute
A: TBA Pours a lightly hazed dark amber brown with a great big stack of tan foam. Thick and withholding. Some spotty tracks of lace.
S: Smells of fresh alfalfa. Piney hops. Nutty caramelized malts and brown sugar with some faint herbal notes.
T: Taste has a signature brown ale character of nutty toffee-like malts but with an aggressive amount of hops to it. Lots of earthy dank herbs and pines. Some hints of citrus fruits here and there. Light molasses and a touch of oak. Bitterness is nicely balanced amongst the heavier malt notes. Slightly sweet with some alcohol warmth. But man herbals are lingering.
M: I get a real nice creamy texture with a bit of frothiness and some slick mouthcoating from the oily hop resins. Medium in body with decent carb. Finish is rather dry.
D: Really nicely done. This could have easily been a disaster and especially with the use of Molasses but great balance wise and easy to drink. A superb Brown.
Stone is finally collaborating with the right peops. I have been impressed with the last few editions.
03-13-2012 19:25:20 | More by Nugganooch
4.6/5 rDev +22%
A- Hazy reddish brown with a tall tan head that dissipates slowly to a moderate covering, leaving sheets of lacing behind.
N- Light floral and citrus notes with dusty chocolate malt and toasted grain underneath. Soft fruity esters from the yeast blend well with the floral hops.
T- Wow, this beer is just bursting with flavor. Dusty chocolate malt pervades the palate, while tons of soft, floral, citrusy, piney hop oils coat the mouth for a lasting hop presence. There's also a nice earthy hop character that matches perfectly with the malt bill. Moderate clean grassy bitterness dominates the subtle sweetness implied by the brown sugar and molasses. The yeast character in this beer is amazing. Subtle fruity esters compliment the malt and blend with the hops to create a singular unique flavor. The finish is long and dry, with grassy bitterness clinging to the tongue, floral/citrusy hops enveloping the palate, and chocolate/toasted malt lingering into the aftertaste.
M- Medium-bodied, sticky, moderate-to-high carbonation with fine bubbles, and a dry, long-lasting finish.
O- Really, one of the most enjoyable beers I've had in awhile. I've only seen this beer sold as singles, but they really need to come in six-packs. Stone, please add this to your regular lineup. It would be a shame to let a beer like this disappear after the collaboration version is gone.
03-13-2012 04:16:13 | More by KevinBrewer
4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
Pours a lovely shade of brown with a creamy head and good retention.
Smell is of fresh cut grass (kudos to pmarlowe for characterizing that – it’s exactly the perfect descriptor) and brown sugar.
Taste starts off with light fruits and then rolls into resiny pine and the brown sugar occasionally popping its head in the background. Pine is the dominant flavor for me though.
I like it. The smell is like nothing I’ve ever smelled, and although the taste doesn’t quite live up to the smell it’s still a good hoppy ale in the Stone tradition.
03-10-2012 04:02:44 | More by SageO
Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.