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

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85
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Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBABear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 01-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
604
Reviews:
209
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
12.73%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
40
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 604 |  Reviews: 209
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

all of these stone collaborations have been awesome, and this is no exception. pours a very hazy cocoa brown with a fizzy cream colored head. smells hoppy and sweet, but as two separate things, not a hoppy sweetness. make sense? flavor explains better. big floral hop character up front, middling out to a really good chocolate malty flavor, and conculding with a shocking hop bitterness. finish only got more bitter as it warmed. notes of brown sugar for sure as well. feel was good for this beer, not freakishly carbonated as to let some of the complex sugary flavors linger, and the body was big but drinkable. a really solid addition to this lineup

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a massive two finger high beige head that took a long time to settle down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus, floral and spicy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of brown malts and citrus, floral and spicy hops as well as hints of brown sugar and molasses.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of lingering dryness in the finish.
O: The citrus and spicy hops used in this beer impart unique aromas and smells, which makes this taste much different compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its perplexing that a Texas Brown Ale would be initiated by three brewers in Stone, Bear Republic and Fat Heads have no breweries in Texas. (ok, not all that perplexing) Yet, the beer pays homage to the southwest days of exploring ale ingredients that grow in those anorexic areas.

Dark amber in color, the ale shares ominous bark brown low lights. With a translucent glow, the ale shows ribbons of garnet and ruby. A quick froth rises from the body with an creamy ivory stain to last the session and to lace with defined rings at each sip. An IPA in froth but a brown in body.

Sharp hop aromas are a focused grapefruit scent. Bright zesty and spicy to the nose, the hop dominance is partially balanced with molasses, toast, brown sugar and pepper. There's a sense of dryness to the beer just by its scent.

And as expected, the beer's initial palate is all about the taste of molasses, brown sugar and toffee but without the associated sweetness of those flavors. Its dry malt taste is lightly starch and creamy and is the perfect springboard for hops. Bitter white grapefruit reigns supreme in the middle as the undeniable taste of pith, peels and oils provide a gripping bitterness in finish that easily overshadows the toast, nutty and coffee-like malt contributions. Its spicy, grassy and stemmy finish is oddly herbal- as if in sassafras teas.

Its dry malt taste translates easily to a malty-dry texture. Somewhat arid and spicy, the beer quickly turns warm and mildly astringent, aided by toasted malts and high rate of attenuation. Its fleeting finish is further dried by hops and toast char.

Its an inquisitive ale that's the precursor of more hop-forward American Brown Ales like Dogfish Head's India Brown Ale. But its spindly heritage gives the beer's taste and texture a rustic and unrefined taste that's commonly associated with Anchor Steam Beer. Its an endearing ale with quirks and a "winging-it" kind of spirit. Kinda like driving a Model-T after getting out of a Cadillac.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. I don't recall the price. I've had Stone and Bear Republic before, but never Fat Head's. I view Stone as largely overhyped, and having visited their brewery recently, rather douchey and arrogant (congratulations, Stone: you have the image you wanted to!).

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues were anticipated. Paired with sourdough pretzels.

A: Pours a three finger head of good cream, good thickness, and great retention. Decent lacing. Colour is a murky nontransparent caramel-brown. There's nothing special or unique here. I want to drink it but I'm far from impressed. No visible yeast particles.

Sm: Hops - almost entirely floral, nuts, brown sugar, molasses, stale cream, yeast hints, and caramel. Musty and stale. Dry. A mild strength aroma. Vaguely evocative of cardboard. Hops dominate. Not alive or inviting. It's shaping up to be imbalanced.

T: Nuts sit awkwardly alongside floral hops. The cream is nice, but backgrounded. Brown sugar comes through in the body, but isn't present as a distinct note per se. The hops are nicely balanced, with hardly any bitterness emerging on the back end. Clean malts form the foundation, but seem neither to be dark nor bright. A hint of roasted barley; probably a small part of the malt bill. Not as nutty as I'd expect from a brown ale. Balanced awkwardly - with hops competing against brown ale nut notes and malts. Strangely built, but experimental. Hops are dominant, and are the only note detectable on the finish. Neither subtle nor complex.

Mf: Too dry. On one hand, the smooth cream is delightful, but the cardboard artificial dryness mixed with the stale hops of the finish is problematic. Very dry on the finish but not wet enough on the open to coax out the next sip. The thickness is awkward, but I can't tell if it's too thick or too thin - I do know that it's off.

Dr: No alcohol comes through, which is fairly notable. It's okay and I appreciate that it's experimental, but I wouldn't get it again.

Low C+

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of oline73
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish dark brown color with a finger of thick tan head. There is great retention here with some very nice lacing as well.

Smell: Mild malt sweetness with some hop bitterness and a bit too much alcohol warmth.

Taste: Malty up front with some molasses flavor. There is an intense hop bitterness in the finish, reminds me of citrus peel. The alcohol is a bit hot here as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: The hops and malt work together but the alcohol is a bit strong. Probably don't need another.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy dirty brown color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and bitter hops are mix with a deep malt backbone – this is hoppier then I had expected. Taste is also a very good mix between some deeply caramelized malt with loads of citrus hops and a bitter finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Well balanced though still really flavourful.

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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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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a very nice 2-3 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big orange peel, grapefruit, pine, toasted biscuit, caramel, herbal, floral, and light molasses. Some pretty good aromas here, but they are huge on the orange peel. Taste of big grapefruit, orange peel, pine, molasses, caramel, toasted bread, floral, light chocolate, light nuttiness, and herbal spiciness. Good sized pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, grapefruit, toasted biscuit, molasses, caramel, and pine on the finish for a while. Good malt balance with hoppy flavors and bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming well after the finish noticed. Overall this is a really nice and smooth hoppy brown ale. It has a really unique flavor profile unlike any other brown ale I have had in the past. Really enjoyable to sip on.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 1/2 finger of beige head. Color is a caramel brown.

Aroma: Maple syrup and spices. Brown sugar. Very sweet. Earthy hops. Chocolate.

Taste: Maple syrup and brown sugar. Lots of spices and syrups. Earthy grassy hops. Caramel and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and syrupy. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky.

Overall, a unique brew. I kind of like it, but I don't really know what it should be for the style. I know it is a brown ale, but it is majorly hopped up. Odd.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Stone goblet. Pours dark brown with a single-finger tan head. A bit of spotty lacing and a cap as it goes down. The nose has a bit of pine and earthy hops with a bit of spice. Flavor is similar with brown malt and a touch of sweetness. Medium body and moderate bitterness. Pretty good, but not something that I would seek out again.

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Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA from Stone Brewing
3.77 out of 5 based on 604 ratings.
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