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

Added by MasterSki on 01-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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1.37/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden amber edges and a two finger yellowish-beige head that slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Musty, earthy aroma with resinous hops and a strange diaceytl presence. Just stale hops and a strange metallic character. No traces of brown ale at all. Possibly infected.

Yep, complete infected mess. Extremely over carbonated with a sour metallic flavor that's almost impossible to choke down. Couldn't even finish my second sip.

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1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

Photo of harrymel
1.94/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Been wondering about this one.

Pours more brown than black ;) some tan foam sticks around and etching lace remains for a bit. Nice ruby hue around the fringe. Assertive, west coast on PNW resiny hop profile up front in the nose. There are hints of brown sugar in the nose, but mostly dank ass hops. Bitter with a good solid medicinal character on the flavor. There is a certain amount of vinyl in this one for me - really odd. The molasses seems to have been quite well fermented into sharp alcohol. There is also a bitter metallic flavor. The mouthfeel is full and highly cabonated with an excessively dry finish. I'm not impressed with this one.

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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of kc44
2.3/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Comes out of the bottle a shade or two lighter in color than I expected but certainly within the range for what one might see in a brown ale. The head is truly remarkable, tall, dense, light tan, sticks around for a bit and laces well. Taking a whiff of it, there is a lot going on: big hop aroma, the molasses comes through strong, some booziness, slight touch of roast, tons and tons of stuff to like here. Needless to say, I was pretty psyched going in for the first sip. And, well, ugh. Flavor-wise, I personally found this beer to be a mess. Remember those big American hops on the nose? None of their flavor is around but all the bitterness is. That is almost always fine by me - I love a lot of the big hoppy beers out there, more bitter more better most of the time. Here, though, it is just a bitter jewel in need of a totally different setting. There's some sweetness, but it doesn't interact with the hops so much as it comes across as cloying apart from the hops. That doesn't sound like it makes sense, but I don't really know how to explain it; I've never experienced anything quite like that in a beer, and I suppose that's something right there. I just don't know how something with such notable bitterness and sweetness elements can totally avoid any semblance of balance the way TBA does. The finish is bitter, but it isn't dry. The mouthfeel is kind of slimy. Overall, I have no idea how sum up this beer. Good brewing skills/ingredients and best of intentions seem to have somehow gone astray on this one, but of course that's just my opinion. There is some good stuff going on, but when it is all put together, it just doesn't work for me. No disrespect to any of the breweries involved here, all of whom make excellent beers, but I don't run across a whole lot of beers I would actually turn down if offered, and this is one. Well made? Certainly. Well crafted? Judge for yourself.

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Photo of largadeer
2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Rests in the glass a muddy unattractive brown with a billowing tan head.

Smells primarily like Pine-Sol and orange oil. Not much malt on the nose despite the dark color. The hop aroma isn't exactly explosive, either.

This has a resinous, sharp and acidic hop flavor that's rather off-putting right off the bat. Pine, grapefruit, very little malt. The body is thin and carbonation is initially excessive. Finishes bitter, astringent and even slightly boozy. Bit of a trainwreck, this stuff. I should know better than to buy Stone collaboration beers.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of bum732
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

S: Some hoppiness, slight carmelization underneath

L: Cloudy brown, carbonated off-white head, some retention and lacing.

T: Fairly clean malt with a prominent herbal hoppy backbone. Some faint caramel and mollasses. Finishes with some spicy hoppiness, slightly dry.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Meh, pretty boring, the hops overwhelm everything else. Even then, they're not that exciting.

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2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Three brewers I love--so disappointed. Pours a nice brown with big head. Smells like brown sugar and lemon. Not what I was expecting. Taste seems a bit like Lemon Pinesol and dish soap. These flavors do not mesh. Light mouthfeel and bitterness like a IPA. Not feeling this one. I don't know where they were trying to go with this floor cleaner flavor. Blegh.

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2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy brown, very similar to iced tea, really nice off-white head, great retention and sticky lacing; looks pretty good. The aromas are pretty subtle, I was expecting it be more vibrant. Lots of earthy notes, grass, and a touch of pine. There's a touch of chocolate in the mix as well. Tastes metallic. Lots of pine and bitterness. It's almost an unenjoyable bitterness, and it doesn't go away. Lots of caramel malts in the mix. Molasses and a touch of burnt brown sugar are in the mix. I'm getting some lemon flavors, but it really lacks a fruitiness. Maybe that's not what they were going for. It's very robust and rustic. Not flashy. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, maybe too much carbonation, but it's pretty smooth although it has a semi-syrupy quality. Surprisingly, the alcohol is noticeable.

Fat Head's and Stone are a couple of my favorites and they're masters at hoppy beers. Bear Republic is no joke either. I had high expectations for whatever reason, but this was a letdown for me. Not really enjoyable for me at all. Odd beer..

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of DCon
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 12 fl. oz. bottle of this from BevMO in Torrance, CA for $3.99. Poured from the Gold/White labeled bottle w/ each breweries' logos above "TBA into a 16oz Pint Glass. Have "DRINK FRESH, DO NOT AGE" & JANUARY 2012 on the back of the bottle.

Aroma- Tons of American hop in a American Brown? Strange.. Not sure I appreciate them ruining the aroma I always appreciate with this style.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger, highly bubbly head that dies quickly. Has a DEEP body with tons of character. Leaves tons of suds.



Overall Impression- Too hoppy and far too much on the bitter side for a brown ale. Too much. Didn't think it was at all what I was going to be purchasing. Avoid? No. But don't look for a good review by me.

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Photo of Jdub983
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - light amber color, resembling the mixing of a brown and a red ale together, the head was very prominent like a higher ABV type of beer.
S - sweet, syrupy and a very prominent citrus smells
T - tart, bitter, very much like an IPA, lingering taste, with a pleasant drinkability.
M - smooth going down, not over-carbonated, pleasant
O - the did a much better job on this one than the other collaborations. Not a knock of the park but a great beer to start out the night with.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This was one of the few Stone collaboration beers that disappointed me. Dark brown, sticky lace, looks just fine. Smells malty, sweet, ehhh. The flavor was kind of sugary to me with a hit of hops. I could not get past the sweetness so this was a let down for me.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Dark brown color. Three fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is plenty good and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

2.5 S: Big herbal hoppiness with some citrus thrown in there. Toasty and nutty. Like most beer of this variety, the dark flavors don't mix well with the hops.

3.0 T: Like the nose, but the hops mesh better with the malts. Herbal hop flavor. Toasty and nutty on the malt front.

3.0 M: Medium body. A bit too much carbonation. Could be creamier.

3.0 D: Ehh, not a big fan of these types of beers.

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TBA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 605 ratings