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American Brown Ale
3.81 | pDev: 12.6%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Collaboration with Bear Republic Brewing and Fat Head's Brewing
Reviews: 209 | Ratings: 604 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by PDXHops:
Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a LaChouffe tulip. Got about half of it in there before the light tan head got explosive on me; apparently there's no shortage of carbonation in this stuff. Yep, plenty carbonated, but it fits well with the flavor profile. PLentifutl soapy lacing.

The label proclaims this is an "extra hoppy" brew, and the nose delivers on this promise. Huge pine and herbal notes with a substantial dose of burnt sugars. The 1-2 combo of bitterness and hop flavors are more than a match for the robust malt profile. Lots of depth here; the brown sugar and molasses are certainly present, but pleasant chocolate and charred notes are increasingly strong as it warms. There seems to be a hint of smoke. Intensely leafy, almost minty at times.

Solid brew for sure. At this point it's pretty much a "brown IPA", but I suspect it could evolve into an entirely different (yet still delicious) beer with a little cellar time.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of coastiefish
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of BostonPhilly
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DoktorZee
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a standard-sized 375ml bottle; part of the 2012 collaboration series and without a best before date.

A - Light brown in color, slightly cloudy with a solid finger and a half head that leaves thin streaky lacing in the glass

S - rather than the usual malty nose this has a big, wet, grassy hops nose. Exciting!

T - big spicy and bitter hops attack that's subdued by a subtle wall of caramel malt, some brown sugar endures but the hops take over and dominate with a grassy, resinous and juicy finish. Very impressive to experience the battle between the hops and malt in this one.

M - medium body with lots of carbonation to cut the richness. Still pretty thirst quenching.

Overall this is a really delicious beer with an impressive addition of a big hop profile to a traditional brown ale. It's spicy, bitter and sweet all the same time. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of Roland
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a duvel cup...

A: pours a murky amber ish brown with a solid two fingers of a slightly caramel colored head... Good head retention leavs a nice sticky lacing.

S: while the beer is a bit cold I get a nice nutty caramely aroma, with a touch of piney hops and a little but of citrus hops as well... More piney then citrusy. As the beer warms I deffinatly seem to smell a bit more of tary molasses and brown sugar... A very nice nose... Lightly sweet and pleasing.

T: at first I get a nice piney blast of hops... Backed up with a nice brown sugary backbone.... The molasses I think seems to add to the hop bitterness with a nice dark taryness... The citrus hops seem to come in on the finish more... Lending a nice tropical/grapefruit hint. Deffinatly a bit of caramel in with this brew as well.

M: velvety and resinous, deffiinatley on the bitter side for a brown ale... But i feel as this was well balanced at the same time. Ends on the wet side.... Medium velvety carbonation. Really like the mouth feel.

O: a great brew... Deffinatly more of an ipa then a brown ale.... More brown then black? With a different hop profile and a more malt and sugar forward background... Deffinatly a different beer...but at the same time not that far apart. I guess just with the drastically different profiles of the stone collabs.... I think I would have been much more impressed with this of it didn't come so close in the wake of more brown then black...
But still an awesome brew... And I will drink a few of these.

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Photo of jgluck
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of SilentGlory
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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