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Brown Ale - American
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 wvsabbath:
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wvsabbath from West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mar 19, 2012
More User Reviews:
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patrick802 from Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

May 12, 2014
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SiriusStarr from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Sep 15, 2012
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a74gent from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Mar 21, 2012
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vma from California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

Mar 24, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

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.

Mar 21, 2012
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MarkyMOD from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Apr 07, 2012
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gtcrispy from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Oct 16, 2012
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bmmortale from California

4/5  rDev +5%

Aug 25, 2013
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IPx from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

Mar 26, 2012
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Joeybones3 from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Apr 09, 2012
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coastiefish from Oregon

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.

Sep 14, 2012
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BostonPhilly from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Jun 24, 2013
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TripelMark from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

May 24, 2012
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Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Nov 30, 2012
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HopsintheSack from California

4/5  rDev +5%

Sep 08, 2012
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DoktorZee from Canada (AB)

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!

Jul 07, 2012
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Roland from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Jan 28, 2014
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PeterIngemi from Massachusetts

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.

Apr 25, 2012
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jgluck from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Dec 17, 2012
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SilentGlory from California

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.

Mar 16, 2012
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Chuggernaut00 from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Feb 08, 2014
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sendbeer from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Dec 21, 2012
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Jan 28, 2014
TBA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 604 ratings