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TBA | Stone Brewing

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Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Bear Republic Brewing and Fat Head's Brewing

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 604 |  Reviews: 209
Reviews by beagle75:
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4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light brown color with over one finger of persistent parchment-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fresh herbaceous hops are a bit piney, while intense fruit reminds mostly of apricot jam, but with a dark streak.

T: Begins sweet, with mint and spice hop aromatics and cakey malt that is suggestive of an oatmeal or other spiced cookie. Some plastic emerges as the beer warms. Acidity is restrained into the middle where hop flavors turn more piney, malt becomes more hearty and roasted, and flavors generally begin to dry out. Fruit from the smell occupies the fringes through out the first two acts, creating a powerful and beguiling sense of depth. The finish is relatively austere, even more piney and mildly bitter.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Wildly experimental and agressively dry-hopped, this beer simulates well the excitement of hitting a homebrew homerun. It is not flawless, but is made all the more interesting in that its flaws are just that--interesting--if not beautiful to behold. Dry-hopping is remarkably effective here, all the more so because Columbus qualities are made obvious, yet do not ruin everything. While some may be held up higher than others, Stone's collaborations are the most fun of any beer coming out of Escondido--and this is no exception.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DoktorZee
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SilentGlory
3.43/5  rDev -9%
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 -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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TBA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 604 ratings