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

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very good

596 Ratings

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 11
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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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a deep brown with burnt orange hues at its edges. Clarity looks to be good. The pillowy sand-colored head is quite large and impressive. Retention is phenomenal. Thick collars of lacing clutch the glass.

S: Caramel, molasses, brown sugar,. Faint woody and cocoa notes. Faint leather. Hops are piney and full of citrus pith; slightly floral and spicy too. Cascade is definitely the dominant hop here.

T: Bitter hop bite of pine and grapefruit starts to mellow out and shift into bright tropical citrus notes, though a resiny pine bitterness is pervasive. Malt tastes start to steal the spotlight as bread crust and some woody tastes start to take over. Brown sugar makes a strong thrust on the mid-palate. Sugary molasses and faint notes of caramel chews and cocoa are also perceptible. Ghost-like kiss of smoke. Hops develop a leafy/spicy edge toward the end. Finishes with oily, piney hop tastes and a lingering brown sugar sweetness.

M: Moderately thick body. Very full and creamy, slightly chewy. Enamel scraping hop feel. Low to moderate carbonation.

O: The hopping would be nice here . . . if this were an IPA. The malt base comes across as too sweet and a bit cloying. Definitely too much brown sugar. The hop bitterness doesn't so much balance the sweetness as it does vie with it for dominance. This beer is one big clash, and it makes for a less than desirable drinking experience.

ryan1788a5, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of gtcrispy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

gtcrispy, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of marct
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

marct, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of jlieber17
4/5  rDev +6.1%

jlieber17, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of bmoney
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

bmoney, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

barbellsNbeers, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium brown, slightly translucent, nice beige head that left tons of gooey lace all down the glass

S: I might've missed some of this - I got some malts and a little sweetness, but not much else

T: very impressed: bitter hops burst out, but a wash of subtle and soft brown malts sweeten the pot; hints of brown sugar and vanilla, but then wham! More bitter hops... Great back-and-forth.

M: light on the tongue, low carbonation, great aftertaste (you're gonna want more); super drinkability - the 7.1% abv may be too much for some session drinkers, but I could drink this all night

O: again, very impressed - I've passed on this a few times, not really sure what to make of it - but today was "buy new beers" day and boy, am I glad I did. Instantly one of my favorite brown ales, probably owing to the two-headed punch of excellent-tasting hops and brown malts. I would definitely re-buy this. Makes me wish I had either another one, or one of Stone's smoked porters to follow it up.

Greywulfken, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of IpeeA
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

IpeeA, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Lordkrystic
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Lordkrystic, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of BrianGaynor
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: beautiful hazy brown appearance with a light tan finger head. Looks delicious.

Aroma: strong malty scent

Taste: slightly bitter taste. Some vanilla comes through, or is that the brown sugar? Either way a pleasant taste.

Palate: lightly carbonated and easy to drink.

Overall: this is the second time I’ve had this beer; I got it before and enjoyed it so much I wanted to get it again.

BrianGaynor, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of hopup
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

hopup, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of zac16125
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
no born on date, 2012 bottle

A: An aggressive pour yields an opaque mahogany brown with 3 fingers width of light tan colored head which dissipates down to 1/2 a finger that remains throughout the drink.  Leaves a good amount of streaky lacing.  

S: Citrus hops, brown sugar, smokey roasted malt, a slightly astringent anise type of aroma.  Pretty nice.  

T: Smokey, roasted malts, medicinal, noticeable bitterness that I guess is from the hops, although its not traditional hop flavors (or maybe they are just masked by the big smokey/roast notes).  Pretty unique, so bonus points for that, but not all that enjoyable.  

M/D: Pretty heavy carbonation, medium bodied, drinkability is below average.  

O:   Overall, Im not impressed.  Im not sure when this was released, or how it was fresh, but as is its not my thing.  Pretty one dimensional with smokey/roasted malts dominating.  I love all 3 of these breweries, but this collaboration is one Id pass on in the future.  

zac16125, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of SalMineo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

SalMineo, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of UncleBuccs
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

UncleBuccs, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Rmatuszak2
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Rmatuszak2, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Stevie_Janowski, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of jegross2
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing T.B.A., a collaboration brown ale from Stone Brewing Company, Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon and Bear Republic Brewing Company.
Score: 87

2012 vintage bottle. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter and enjoyed on 09/15/12.

Appearance: Pours a root beer-ish brown color with three titanic fingers of tan foamy, dense soda-like head that slowly settles to a think creamy layer of head. Really good lacing, slightly above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Lots of grapefruity hops upfront, then cocoa, brown sugar and a touch of caramel malt. A hint of raisins too. Smells like a black IPA. 3.75/5

Taste: Pine wood flavor upfront, followed by creamy, but cotton-mouthing grapefruit and hot cocoa. There is a little brown sugar flavor towards the finish too, but it is not very sweet. Smooth and subtle caramel malt backbone. A cocoa-y grapefruit flavor really sticks and lingers on the back of the tongue. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish. A little sweet, a little bitter. 4/5

Overall: I honestly expected to hate this beer, but I found that I enjoyed it. The grapefruit aroma/taste is really interesting, and the mouthfeel really works with the beer's flavor profile to enhance the drinking experience. While not anything that would set the earth on fire, this brown ale tastes much more like a solid black IPA. This not a beer I would go out of my way to try again, but I would certainly drink another glass if offered again.

Recommendation: Worthy trying, not worth going out of your way to hunt down. Casual beer drinkers might find the mouthfeel and wood flavor strange, but I enjoyed it.

Pairings: Cohiba cigars.

Cost: $3.49 for a 12 oz bottle.

jegross2, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of SiriusStarr
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

SiriusStarr, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of JJFordick
4.75/5  rDev +26%

JJFordick, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times at tastings, but never reviewed it... Picked up a bottle locally tonight in preparations of the Boise "Stone Tap Takeover". These bottles were cellared at Stone and never made it to Boise out of the gate.

Paid $3 for the 12oz at the COOP. Poured into my slim tulip... 2 finger khaki head... great retention and lacing... the brew is a slightly hazed light walnut color... pretty.

Nose shows slight grapefruit hoppiness... some brown sugar and hints of toffee.. maybe some raisin... seems a bit "old"

Sorta what I expected... a decent hop bitterness... the hop flavor has died back leaving only some residual pithy hoppiness.. Does not taste as "brown" as I was expecting... the caramel malt and some brown maltiness is pretty light... finishes fairly dry with just the slight essence of burnt sugars and still a surprising hop bite... flavors are a little thin throughout.

Body is a bit too carbonated... a bit burpy..

I appreciate a good American Brown ale though, I don't buy them enough.. This is pretty okay, but nothing to right home about.


JohnGalt1, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of coastiefish
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Loaded with slow moving tiny carbonation. Poured from a 12oz into a tulip. Foamy one finger light tan head. Rich brown body

S - Grapefruit toffee nose. Bittery orange peel. Sweet and hint of smokey

T - Roasted malts, a bit spicy, herbally hopped

M - Puffy from all the carbonation, I wish it drank just a bit smoother

O - Pretty good brew. I dont drink much of the style, however I did enjoy it.

coastiefish, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Kornoms
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Kornoms, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this in a store on my way back from Boston today.
Pours a solid dark brown with a smallish off white head that slowly dissipates but never leaves. Earthy spicy piney hops on top of a hint of bready chocolatey malt sums up the aroma quite well. The flavor is sharp resinous bitter with a bit of mineral water and a hint of bread chocolate and caramel. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous chalky mouthfeel. This is probably a bit less than fresh as the hops seems to be muted and not bright. Decent enough beer, but I'll bet it was much better fresh.

johnnnniee, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of HopsintheSack
4/5  rDev +6.1%

HopsintheSack, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of gshackles
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

gshackles, Sep 07, 2012
Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.