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

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597 Ratings

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 12
Gots: 37 | 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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1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

TicoCali, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of brentusaurus
4/5  rDev +6.1%

brentusaurus, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of SageO
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Medium bodied.

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.

SageO, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of rhino54
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

rhino54, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Jdub983
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - light amber color, resembling the mixing of a brown and a red ale together, the head was very prominent like a higher ABV type of beer.
S - sweet, syrupy and a very prominent citrus smells
T - tart, bitter, very much like an IPA, lingering taste, with a pleasant drinkability.
M - smooth going down, not over-carbonated, pleasant
O - the did a much better job on this one than the other collaborations. Not a knock of the park but a great beer to start out the night with.

Jdub983, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of amrozga
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

amrozga, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of PintOHops
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Snifter

A - A murky looking, mahogany colored brew that didn't produce much of a head at all. The clarity is very low on the beer, and I got a few spots left on my glass.

S - Fresh dank hop, in the way of herbal, grapefruit, orange, citrus zests, and pine. Underneath I get brown sugar, wood and hints of smoke.

T - Herbal, rind, and citrus hop characteristics flood the palate, with strong woody, smokey, charcoal flavors quickly following. I also pick up brown sugar, roasted nuts, and molasses. It finishes with fairly strong bitterness, lots of warming alcoholic flavors, and more woody/smokey notes that linger on the tongue.

M - Medium-full bodied with soft crispness and a velvety, smooth texture.

O - This is one full flavored Brown Ale! I wouldn't like to drink this all night but it sure is a tasty brew that I'd have 1-2 of. The woodiness of the beer brings me back to the Arrogant Bastard, which I really enjoy. Overall I really like this beer, and I'd pick it up once in a while, that is if it's ever brewed again. Cheers!

PintOHops, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of JosiahS
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: Tulip

A muddy brown appearance with a soapy tan ring atop. Brown sugar, molasses, date, papaya, lemon/orange peel, pine and alcohol on the nose.

Tastes of dank hops, pine, lemon, papaya, brown sugar, date. Finishes with a hint of cocoa, faint vanilla, alcohol and floral hops. Approaching full-bodied with medium carbonation and slick slightly oily mouthfeel.

An aggressive brown ale but a beer that's familiar to me. Stone's brewing characteristics are dominant, i'd like to see them step away from the usually hopping procedure and try something different (although the trailer on YouTube for this beer does mention Stone using a very common hop variety for the first time, it still seems too "stoney".)

JosiahS, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a firm off-white head, very good head retention, sticky lace.

S: Lots of pine with light hints of coffee and cinnamon. Definitely hop forward.

T: Dark hop juice. Hop heavy again with pine, some minor white grapefruit and lemon peel. Finishes with an intriguing campfire smoke note.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny and oily, the hops are not bashful. Medium to long aftertaste.

O: Just a tasty West Coast (or should I say Texas) style beer. I can see why something like this would be shocking in the mid-80s, but today it's just a nice hoppy beer. Good mix of flavours. Another fantastic collab from Stone et al.

Halcyondays, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date, but released two weeks ago. Tulip glass.

A: Pours dull brown with three fingers of dense beige head. Very good retention and nice lacing.

S: Piney hops, fresh cut grass (wow, uncanny), and loads of molasses and brown sugar, and something like tobacco. The latter two flavors come to the surface more as the beer warms.

T: Pine rides the entire sip from start to finish, with an undercurrent of burntish brown sugar. Incredibly long finish. Mild bitterness.

M: Medium body and light carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty. Interesting mix of sweet, hoppy, and mildly bitter.

pmarlowe, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of hpthebull
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

hpthebull, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with cinnamon highlights. A large light mocha head doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell is citrus and earthy hop. Brown sugar and bread, which only intensify as it warms.

Taste at start has a flash of bitter, light roasted malts, and sweetness.

Feels light to medium bodied with good carbonation and easy drinking.

Brown sugar is present here, from start to finish, very interesting and nice.


Drinkerofales, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of DM1293
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A box was recently delivered to a local supermarket that sells all kinds of local brews, and I happened to be there when they arrived. The man said that these were going to only be made once and then never again; and knowing a friend of mine who happens to dig strong stuff, and knowing Stone, I bought a bottle. Wanted to see if it'd be good for him.

To be honest, it tastes like a muddled pale ale from Stone. The hops are there, in full force, and also in the smell. Thats where the good part ends; Any other flavors in this thing are overpowered to me. I get a bit of a malt taste on the finish, but the hops keep it really subdued. The bite isn't too bad though, and the beer is drinkable.

Overall, I was expecting more of the nutty sweet brown ale to contrast the hops, but any notes of Molasses or Brown Sugar aren't pronounced at all. Still, as a temporary thing, I really advocate drinking and deciding for yourself if you like it. Its worth a try.

DM1293, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of fox227
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

fox227, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of ineva
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

ineva, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep dark amberish brown that induces a medium froth dome.

S: A bouquet of powerfully piney hopys that blends to citrus. Yum

T: The flavor kicks butt in this beer. Starts with a tingly hop bitterness in the front and rolls down the tongue with powerfully beautiful piny, grassy and citrus flavors similar to tangerine. The finish is lingering bitterness on the sides with nice dark malts and slight burnt sugar at the end.

M: Beautifully dry and full bodies with a good resinous texture after you've gulped it down.

O: Best collaboration by Stone in years. Yes i said years. Was not a fan of prolly the past 4 or 5 beers

PatrickSwayze, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Rckmo10
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Rckmo10, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of dogfish90
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sunset Beer Co.

- Darkish Honey Brown Color with a thick Beige (I said beige) head

- Abstract candy caramel smell with citrusy hops. Similar to More Black than Brown, but sweeter.

- Almost like a great IPA, but it's not. Strong Ale maybe? Taste is not something to sleep on. It is tasty to boot.

- Mouth Feel is clean and hoppy.

- Overall - This is a must try beer. I've yet to be disappointed by collaboration beer from Stone. Enjoy!

dogfish90, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of dunit697
4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out nice a dark, It really does look great. Decent head. The smell hits you right away with the brown sugar and molasses with the hoppy stone scent. When you first taste it, it lives up to the inviting smell and does what it's try to do as a texas brown ale great.The mouthfeel is fine, not off the charts. I had this along with quite a few other beers and this one was my favorite.

dunit697, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of MEsoJD
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Poured into a mason jar]

I: Stone's collaborations have been hit and miss with me, but are always priced fair. After viewing the promotional video, for stones "TBA", in collab with Bear Republic (love em) and Fat Head's (haven't tried them), I knew there was a chance for something truly special. So I dashed to my local bevmo, and picked up three bottles, and oh some hog heaven, but that's comes next. This brew is also stones first use of cascade hops (the most widely used hops), which will be interesting to see. I really enjoyed the 2012 Old guardian, so lets see if we can keep this train rolling.

B: [7.1 ABV. 12 FL. Oz] Not much deviation from the "More Brown Than Black IPA", so not much to say (that's not saying it isn't a nice bottle). Whether this is shelf worthy, depends on my score. As for ingredients, "specialty malts, molasses, brown sugar, Columbus, Bravo, Brewers' Gold, and for the fist time ever at Stone Cascade hops!". Very intriguing and I'm always grateful, that stone includes a lot of information of their bottles. Bottle date, "Drink Fresh, Do Not Age". Now on to appearance.

A: Hazy dark brown, non transparent body, with scattered bubbly/fluff head (moderate dissipation), and pretty nice lacing.

S: Upfront I smell those dry cascade hops with brown sugar, followed by molasses and toasty/biscuity malt.

T: Piney molasses and biscuity malt throughout, followed by those cascade hops, brown sugar and spicy grapefruit.

M: Slightly slick/dry finish, light/medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and low alcohol presence.

O: So is TBA a winner? For 2.99, yes it is. It's an interesting brew, but I don't think I can call it special. I enjoyed "the more brown than black ipa" more, but that doesn't mean this isn't a good beer. It's touted as Texas style and with that I didn't expect to get such an earthy presence. I would say that this is stone second best collaboration. Go ahead and pick up a few, you can do no wrong. Aplausos!!!

MEsoJD, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of ReganSD
4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a thick brown/red color that seems slightly cloudy. Looks the color of brown sugar. Pours a 2 finger head with slight lacing sticking to the glass.

S- Smells like any other Stone beer with their signature style. Not as strong of a hop aroma, but still present.

T- Wonderful. The brown sugar is definitely present on the back end. Leaves a sweet taste after each sip. A very good brown ale that is extra hoppy as advertised.

M- Moderate carbonation and the molasses/brown sugar notes cling to your palate.

O- Overall this is one of the better brown ales I've had. Goes down smooth and is pretty damn tasty. Definitely a unique beer and worth a try if you can find it!

ReganSD, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of kdown
4/5  rDev +6.1%

kdown, Feb 21, 2012
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Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA from Stone Brewing Co.
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