Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA | Stone Brewing

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Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBABear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 01-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ReganSD
4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
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!

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Photo of dunit697
4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of WesM63
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark murky brown with a huge 3-4finger head. Pour might of been a bit aggressive. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Smells of pine/resin, brown sugar, molasses and possibly other spices i can't identify.

T: Close to the nose. Hops (pine/resin) on the tongue followed by brown sugar/molasses and other spices.

M: Medium to full body, low carbonation.

O: This collab is a extremely interesting combination. I thoroughly enjoy it and the more I drink the more I like it. Excellent!

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy reddish brown with a tall tan head that dissipates slowly to a moderate covering, leaving sheets of lacing behind.

N- Light floral and citrus notes with dusty chocolate malt and toasted grain underneath. Soft fruity esters from the yeast blend well with the floral hops.

T- Wow, this beer is just bursting with flavor. Dusty chocolate malt pervades the palate, while tons of soft, floral, citrusy, piney hop oils coat the mouth for a lasting hop presence. There's also a nice earthy hop character that matches perfectly with the malt bill. Moderate clean grassy bitterness dominates the subtle sweetness implied by the brown sugar and molasses. The yeast character in this beer is amazing. Subtle fruity esters compliment the malt and blend with the hops to create a singular unique flavor. The finish is long and dry, with grassy bitterness clinging to the tongue, floral/citrusy hops enveloping the palate, and chocolate/toasted malt lingering into the aftertaste.

M- Medium-bodied, sticky, moderate-to-high carbonation with fine bubbles, and a dry, long-lasting finish.

O- Really, one of the most enjoyable beers I've had in awhile. I've only seen this beer sold as singles, but they really need to come in six-packs. Stone, please add this to your regular lineup. It would be a shame to let a beer like this disappear after the collaboration version is gone.

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Photo of areich6
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4

A: Pours a murky dark copper color with about a centimeter of head that leaves quite a bit of lacing at it recedes.

S: Smells fantastic. Strong scent of citric hops along with fruits such as tangerines, oranges, and grapefruits.

T: This is definitely a little unique for the Brown Ale category. It really doesn't taste like a brown ale at all, but more of an IPA. I can't grade based on style for this one because I actually really enjoy the taste of this brew. There is a light presence of hops accompinied by sweet and sour fruity notes such as apples mixed with lemons or oranges. Very enjoyable.

M: The perfect amount of carbonation that disappears quickly do give a smooth, pleasant feel.

O: I really enjoy this brew. I think it is a creative combination of different beers.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears as a hearty chestnut-colored brew with a short, rocky brown head in my St. Bernardus glass. In the nose, I smell brown sugar, biscuity malts and big hops.

Bitter up front, with big, sticky, piney hops, followed by a smooth, sweet, molasses finish. This is downright delicious, and unique. Cheers to the collaborators here for developing and delivering on a new twist to the style.

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Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yay, another collaboration beer from Stone!

Pours a nice reddish-brown with a huge frothy head! That's one lively ale!

On the nose, brown sugar and molasses stand out upfront. I also detect cocoa and a balanced citrus/pine hop bite.

Wow. Hops work their magic upfront, leading to the rich, malty backbone comprised of molasses and brown sugar. Chewy as well.

Lingering hop bite dominates with a caramel or molasses essence.

I love this.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the local beer store after trying the Yin & Yang from Evil Twin. Opened it up the next day. Pours a great two finger head but not much for retention. Got some lacing down the sides but again it wasn't too impressive. Taste is very similar to brown ales in the malt area but then the hops hit you and you see how different this beer is. You can tell its stone with their trademark hop flavor that is brewed into every beer they do and I love it. It works well in the style though if you prefer a more traditional brown ale this one is not for you. Some nutty notes also come through on the tail end.

Great beer and while it's very expensive i would buy this again for sure.

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Photo of Ben4881
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

TBA - Extra Hoppy Brown Ale (Bear Republic/Fat Head's/Stone)

12 oz. bottle poured into 16 oz pint glass.

A - Pours brown with faint gold highlights and bold red hues. The head is fluffy and khaki with moderate retention and excellent stickiness. The lacing is light. <4.5>

S - Hops tickle the nose first - grapefruit mainly. This comes as no surpirse as a hop stank filled the air upon prying the cap off. However, a toasty, burnt, and sweet malt aroma softens the bouqet. Upon repeated draws, there is an alochol odor that begins to take over. A very intersting and balanced aroma. <4.5>

T - Slightly tart, but prickly hop bitter flavor stings the front of the pallet. This gives way to a different kind of bitter, a more roasted flavor with a heavy hand of caramelized sugar, which carries a hint of alcohol. This breaks to semi-dry, semi-sweet finish with a wicked roasted pine needle aftertaste accompanied by a healthy warming sensation. <4.5>

M - A creamy medium body with noticeable carbonation that is, thankfully, more foam that crackle. <4>

O - Considering this style is completely unconventional, and the message from Norgrove highlights the difficulty in naming such an undertaking, allow me to brainstorm. To me, this might be (in Dogfish Head terms) where Idian Brown Ale meets 90 Minute IPA. Or, perhaps it is a Brown IPA. Or, could it be a Cascadian Brown Ale? As to be expected from the breweries' reputations, the hop flavor is strong. While there is some balance toward traditional brown ale characteristics, the hops end up running the show. The presence of alchol belies the moderate 7.1% listed on the bottle. This beer would be a welcomed companion during the days and weeks leading into and out of winter. <4.5>

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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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Photo of thecheapies
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A collaboration by Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone.

An old-style Texas Brown Ale noted as being 'extra hoppy'. Brewed with brown sugar & molasses.

Great big ol' head on this sucker. Sea foam consistency and light tan in color. The beer pours a somewhat murky reddish-brown, with an emphasis on the red when you hold it to the light. Excellent head retention for any American Brown I've ever seen, and it even laces well.

Awesomely potent nose full of brown sugar, minty/pine hops, and toasted grain. Impressive hop character in the aroma. I get a syrupy waft of what could be molasses. Crisp-smelling with some dustiness, sugar, and spice.

Lovely pecan nuttiness from the malts pairs with the burly brown sugar tangy sweetness like a pecan pie. Menthol hops in the back of the mouth composes the meat of any bitterness. Some molasses richness here, for sure. Great toasty flavor without being too roasted or too pale. Nice lingering sweetness on the tongue. The brown sugar really makes this one; that, and the vigorous hops. Mind you, this is no desserty brown ale, nor is it indicative of an Indian Brown. It's funny, all of the beers that this reminds me of are rye beers, and there's no biting rye character to this one at all to justify that. This style is fantastic and they should bring it back.

Nice medium body with sloshiness and medium-to-low carbonation. Superb chew factor with a soft chalky dryness in the mouth. Insanely drinkable. I might finish the beer before I finish the review!

For lovers of the sweet toasty malt and hunky herbal hop combo. I imagine the grain bill to be courteous of Bear Republic (similar to Hop Rod Rye). What a great surprise brew! If you see one, nail it down and drink it fresh. Great job, guys!

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Photo of mralphabet
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a dark amber with a good 2 fingers worth of head that settled to a thin layer with wonder lacing from start to finish.

S: I'm getting a big hit of caramel, brown sugar, molasses and a bunch of hops... mix of piny, floral and citrus hop.

T: Just like the smell big sweet caramel, brown sugar, and molasses but then the hops kicks in and it really kicks in.. big hits of citrus, floral and piny hops.

M: Medium bodied, bitter but pretty smooth. Aftertaste is a little on the bitter side.

O: I love a good brown and I'm not a big IPA guy, but this beer was really interesting to be and even though it leans heavily to the hoppy side I really liked this onesubstance. Worth picking up.

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Photo of BrianGaynor
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all let me start off by saying that the name of to this beer TBA came from my good friend Passow (iamaguitargod) who is good friends with Matt Cole the head brewer over at Fathead's. I was quite excited when he told me he got to name this beer, especially a beer co-brewed by the almighty Stone! TBA stands for Texas Brown Ale. A 12 oz bottle poured into my pint glass, this beer pours a somewhat hazy/cloudy medium amber brown color. Nice tall, fluffy tan/off white head is over an inch tall when poured before settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of my glass along with a nice film later of foam resting on the surface of the beer. Very nice lacing here. Aromas of fruit such as grapefruit, orange and mango, along with a piney hope smell, rounded out with sweet toasted caramel malt, a hint of brown sugar, molasses. The taste pretty much follows suit, a nice toasty caramel malt flavor with some hints of brown sugar and molasses along with a bit of honey, followed with a nice fruity, piney bitter hop flavor. Good balance of flavors, but the hop bitterness does come out a bit stronger than the other flavors. A very complex beer flavorwise! Has a crisp, slightly prickly, slightly chewy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer should be. One of these left me feeling very full and quite satisfied. A real winner here for sure!


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Photo of hoody711
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice little trade from my new friend in San Francisco - thanks Funky. My first experience with Fat Head's brewery, although if Stone and Bear Republic collaborated with them, they're legit.

A - Poured into my 3 Floyds pint glass. Pours a beautiful opaque brown with an off-white four finger head. Settles slowly with a nice rocky top throughout. Moderate lacing.

S - smells heavenly, West Coast citrus hops with just a little caramel sweetness in the background. There's also maybe a little breadiness in there that I'm getting at the end, and something that I cannot put my finger on.

T - malty sweetness bookends a moderate but subdued bitterness in the middle. Tastes very fresh and light as well. There's a little caramel that comes through at the end. Much different than every other brown ale that I've tried, and much, much for the better. But that's coming from an admitted lover of IPAs.

M - feel is medium. There's a very slight alcohol warmth at the end, but nothing overpowering at all. You're left mostly with the taste of sweet, caramel malt.

O - probably the best brown ale I've ever had. That's not too surprising considering the breweries that are involved here. Thanks again to Funky out in San Francisco. Would love to get my hands on more this if I could.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle picked up at Greens in Columbia, SC

A - A cloudy amber/brown, with tons of head, and sediment floating all around in the brew. Sticky lace left all over the glass. Very nice looking brew

S - Very hoppy, pineapple. Nice

T - Hop assualt up front, molasses on the back end. Bitter, dry finish

M - Light bodied, huge carbonation kick

O - A hoppy palate wrecker brown ale. Love it!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. Lots of head, just over three fingers worth. Color was caramel brownish. Cloudy, foamy lacing that was somewhere in between brown and white. Healthy amount of film on the sides, foamy and sporadic.

Lots of different smells right away. Got light citrus hops, molasses, caramel, brown sugar and light cinnamon. Great balance.

Taste wasn’t as good as the smell, but decent nonetheless. Got caramel, molasses, brown sugar and gingerbread up front. Probably not as cold as it could have been, but still tasty. Malty.

Medium body. Creamy, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long lasting, smooth finish.

Really enjoyed this beer. Balanced, drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some copper highlights, frothy cap of kahki head, good sticky lacing. Scent brings moderately strong pine notes before it reaches down to a blend of toasted and freshly malted grain, light notes of chocolate and a light herbal/spice quality. Taste begins with strong resinous hops, light notes of citrus before arriving at a moderately sweet malty and toasty brown ale, again hints of chocolate and light fragrant spice. Medium bodied. Quite pleased with this brew as hoppy brown ales sometimes skimp on the base beer to emphasize the hop, but both aspects of this beer shine through.

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Photo of beagle75
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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Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If it's an Extra Brown Ale, shouldn't this be called an EBA? Whatever it's called, I have faith in the product inside, provided by Stone and Bear Republic's level of quality (I know nothing of Fathead's yet). So, on to the beer:

Strings of lace cling to glass after a large foaming head forms and in general retains very well. The color is brown, and there are hues of muddy orange mixed in at points. It has a very hoppy nose, and it feels very Stone-like in that respect. Fresh, oily hops with pine and bitter grapefruit take the show. Brown sugar is there, but it tends to stay as a backdrop. Those who read my reviews know that I'm not very keen towards hoppy brown ales, but here we're off to an unlikely great start.

It's more IPA than brown ale, however the brown ale part does make it's appearances. There plenty of grapefruit and lychee to make you believe that this was an IPA. Bits of toasted toffee and brown sugar work into the flavor. It has a medium body, and it's extremely smooth and on the oily side.

Extra Brown? After this episode, I say India Brown. Tally it as another good one.

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Photo of acevenom
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours slightly hazy dark caramel brown with an ice cream soda-like tan head that dissipates slowly. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass. It appears to be well carbonated due to tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is hop forward. There are bright citrus and grassy hops. There are roasted malts and molasses in the aroma. It doesn't quite smell like any brown ale I've had. The taste is as hop forward as the aroma, almost seeming like an American IPA with the amount of bitter pine and citrus hop flavors. Behind the hops are the expect flavors of a brown ale. There's dark roasted malts and molasses in the taste, bringing some sweet and bready flavors to this beer. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. The body is medium with adequate carbonation. The finish is dry and sticky. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is an excellent beer. The bottle calls this an extra hoppy brown ale. I would label this as a brown IPA because it seems to be a merger of these familiar styles. It is definitely worth it to try this collaboration. Well done.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, murky, mud-puddle brown in color, with a huge billowing head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Citrussy hops,faint caramel and toffee notes.
Taste-Brown sugar, Cascade hops, faint cocoa,subtle cinnamon spiciness. Well-balanced with great flavor and character. A nice match with some spicy Tex-Mex.

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Photo of SageO
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-04-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy cedar brown with a 3-finger pillowy and long-lasting light tan head. Good lacing.

S - Orange flesh, caramel, light malt. Moderate aroma strength.

T - Medium roasterd malt, pungent earthy spice, spruce, touch of chocolate malt, orange zest and some hop bud. Aftertaste is quite tangy with sweet roasted malt and orange sweetness vieing for attention with the long-lingering spruce, spice and zesty bitterness. I like the flavor quite a bit.

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Creamy and surprisingly prickly yet still refreshing.

O - Other than wishing for more aroma, I'm well pleased with this brew and the way the three primary flavors of roasted malt sweetness, orange and hop bitterness first assert themselves and then balance out into the good aftertaste. It some ways, it reminds me of the balance Sierra Nevada strikes in their Northern Hemisphere Ale, which is a favorite of mine. Well done.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep mahogany brown. Had a very nice tan head but it dissipated down to a thin layer. Nice lacing though.

Aroma is nice. Nice and hippy like a good IPA with the nice brown malt aroma coming through and really complementing it.

Taste is great. Has a nice malty brown taste but with a nice hop taste and a bite in the finish. Tasty beer and a little different.

Mouthfeel I think is the best part. Pretty smooth but with a decent carb. Very nice.

Overall a tasty beer. Might have to grab a couple more. They should make this one on the Reg. Prob the best collab beer so far.ost of them are crap but sometimes you get a good one.

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