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

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 01-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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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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 oberon
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a somewhat murky deep orange infused russt brown with a great looking sticky light beige head that never settles,a 1/2 inch frothy mass stays to the duration.Juicy citric hop aromas really stick out,mild brown sugar is there but beneath the hops.I thought this would be sweeter with it's brown sugar and molasses elements to it but the sharp citric hops win out with mild molasses and brown sugar sweetness in the finish.This is a hop driven brown and I think it's pretty damn good,job well done by the trifecta of brewers.

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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 jlindros
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't too careful with the pour, and it engorges with a creamy thick 2 finger head with some big bubbles popping throughout, the head fades semi slowly at first, until the big bubbles start popping and then quickens the pace, leaving lots of sticky lacing, over a quite hazy sediment filled dark mahogany cranberry colored beer.

Nose brings spicy hops right out, I could smell them as soon as I cracked the top, light citrus and grassy hops, and earthy tones. Then creamy brown malts underneath, light caramel and hints of molasses, brown sugar, toffee, and light toasty reddish malts.

Taste starts rich and creamy, more malty this time. light toasty reddish malts, then caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasty and decent malty. Hops come through as it goes, light spicy and earthy hops, with hints of citrus and grassy. the hops get fairly bitter as it moves to the finish, which dries a bit, and more citrus comes through with the big spicy earthy bite. Lingering hops, light creamy toasty brown malts and caramel creams lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, fairly creamy, good carb.

overall not bad, nice toasty brown malts, creamy, caramel creams, and blended with a nice big hoppy spicy earthy bite and a long finish. Nothing outstanding but overall a good beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy medium brown in color with some hints of amber when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted and caramel malts initially with some hints of brown sugar/molasses. But the aroma of this beer is dominated by the hops - some tropical (pineapple and mango), citrus (orange), and just a hint of pine. You can smell some of the Stone contribution in the nose of this beer.

T: The beer tastes similar to it smells, there is a strong caramel and toasted malt body with some additional sweetness contributed by the brown sugar/molasses. Then there is the intense hoppy flavors and some moderate bitterness - the orange/citrus is most dominant with some support from the pineapple/tropical and pine.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Overall this is quite an enjoyable beer and was easy to drink. I am not a huge fan of Stone beers but I really enjoyed this collaboration (the third Stone collaboration I liked better than anything the do on their own).

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Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a darker, caramel brown color with a thick, frothy, tan colored head to it. Nice head retention as well.

The aroma has pretty good mix of hoppy and malty. The hoppiness is juicy and resiny with notes of grapefruit and pine mixing with a little tropical, pineapple like flavor. I get a good amount of caramel, brown sugar and a little bit of a nuttiness to it as well. Pretty nice mix of flavors.

The taste shows more of the malty, nutty, caramel flavors to it. There is still a pretty bold hope presence to it though, giving it more of a bitter, citrus rind, resiny flavor throughout. Pretty well balanced and flavorful.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average and slightly sharp. Overall it was a pretty good beer. It came together pretty well and had a nice range of flavors to it. Pretty easy drinking as well.

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

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Massive head, clear reddish brown color

SMELL: Mint, pineapple, toasted bread, passion fruit, yeast, blood oranges

TASTE: Hop bitterness, fresh grass, slightly smooth, resin, dank hop, toasty, yeast, nutty, estery, white cherries, ripe clementines, burnt sugar, earthy, drying bitter finish

Love collaborations and all but this one is obviously very agressive, not surprised at all. One of the longest after tastes to stew in, my palate is working overtime here.

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

Pours a brown color with a small off-white head. Toast and toffee give a nice maltiness and there is a decent hoppiness (mostly grass with a little bit of citrus peel). Perhaps a hint of chocolate and roast. Nice toast, toffee, and bread malt flavors. A soft hop flavor and bitterness with good citrus peel notes. One of the better beers in the collaboration series.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up 2 weeks ago at the Whole Foods in Clarendon, VA. 2012 vintage.

a - Pours a medium nut brown color with two fingers of fluffy light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a lot of spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, fruity malts, sugar, molasses, light tropical fruits, and some bready malts. A lot fruitier and hoppier then I was expecting. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of pine hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, molasses, sugar, bread, and toasted malts. Again, a lot hoppier then I was expecting; moreso then the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall an interesting beer; much hoppier then any other brown ale I've had. Lots of fruit and citrus and pine hops, though not too bitter. A nice beer I'd have again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was a recent gift from a friend, so do not hold me at fault if I am not aligned with the bottle's instructions - "Drink Fresh Do Not Age".

From the bottle: "Nothing says Christmas [see what I was alluding to?] like hanging out with friends and brewing up something special. Thanks to Matt Cole from Fat Heads and Richard (Ricardo) Norgrove from Bear Republic for braving pre-holiday travel to come to Stone the week before the Christmas holiday and brew this "sort of" old-school American (or Texas) brown ale. The recipe we came up with has a host of specialty malts, molasses, brown sugar, Columbus, Bravo, Brewers' Gold, and for the first time ever at Stone, Cascade hops! We're hoping our brew brings back fond memories of some of the earliest classic craft brews. Enjoy your trip down memory lane! [undersigned] Mitch Steel Brewmaster Stone Brewing Co. January 2011 [I hope that date is a typo].

I went with a soft pour as there was some sediment readily visible in the bottom of the bottle and I still netted a finger of light-tan head with moderate retention. Color was more like a red/amber than a brown, but still with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like the interior of a pine forest and my heart began to race. Mouthfeel was on the thin side and the onslaught of the pine hops on my tongue was immediate! Once things settled in, I tasted a sweetness unlike anything that I had ever gotten from malted barley. It may have been the molasses or the brown sugar or both, but it was different. The finish began the same way - big with hops, but mellowing into a unique sweetness. My knock on this is the same as with the Cascadian/Black IPAs - don't comingle sweetness with my hops! This was more of a novelty than a must-have for me.

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

A - Very nice ice tea body with a cherry mahogany hue. Bone white head with decent lace and retention.

S - Caramel, butterscotch, touch of bubblegum, and an earthy hop.

T - Toast, white malt, caramel, and light coffee. Dusty hop backend with a lingering bitterness.

M - Medium/light body, but par for the course.

O - The malt profile is great, but there's something about the hop character that I'm not a huge fan of. Overall though, the bitter/malt balance is excellent for the hoppy American Brown Ale / light American Black Ale / light Black IPA style they're aiming for.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a cool video to go with it, I'm digging Matt Cole's beers I've enjoyed Headhunter and Citra Pale ale recently both excellent brews. Pours a ruddy deep burgundy, amber brown color with a big thicket of deep khaki tan head forming thick and dwindling slows. My bottle has a cool spiel about Matt's homebrewing days and being kicked out of competitions for a beer to dark and bitter to make it into any style categories. Aroma has a big leafy, mint, and citrus kick going on completely green with hops with some welcoming brown malts backing it up. Flavor has a nice mix of assertive hop bitterness, I'm getting citric hops, floral notes, with an earthy spicy hop bite. Even mint herbal qualities colliding with some darker malts and brown sugar and molasses qualities, I'm getting assertive hop burps with each sip. Upfront big hops I mentioned fade to a balanced stand still to hints of brown sugar and darker malts with a sticky sugar coated malt character never becoming cloying. Keeps it balanaced finishes big and bitter, oily hop texture each sip is smoother than the next mellow carbonation bubbles slowly...I'd call it a full bodied IBA, in this case it's a Texas Brown Ale what's more American than Tay-haas. Overall I'm glad I got the Matt Cole bottle by chance with a great Fathead's cape snugged between Bear Republic and Stone's Gargoyle, I feel that my area has received a bit of a nod from the accomplished West Coast brewers.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this in a store on my way back from Boston today.
Pours a solid dark brown with a smallish off white head that slowly dissipates but never leaves. Earthy spicy piney hops on top of a hint of bready chocolatey malt sums up the aroma quite well. The flavor is sharp resinous bitter with a bit of mineral water and a hint of bread chocolate and caramel. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous chalky mouthfeel. This is probably a bit less than fresh as the hops seems to be muted and not bright. Decent enough beer, but I'll bet it was much better fresh.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An extra hoppy brown ale? Yes, it most certainly is. I'm getting tons of hop character here. So much so that any brown ale character is completely overshadowed by it. And this has brown sugar and molasses in it? Well, maybe...maybe I can see that through all the hops. But again, completely overshadowed. The end result is a nice beer, with a lot of hops. But as a brown ale? Hardly. I'd still drink it though, and will probably go back to get more. Nice graphics too.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark brown/amber with a thick, dense, tall, off white/brown head that has great retention

S - caramel, floral hop aroma

T - sweet caramel, sugar, faint citrus, faint floral hops, big bold piny hops, brown sugar stickiness lingers on your lips

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decently hopped IPA but it's a rather insignificantly malted brown ale. It lies somewhere in the middle. I would prefer a bigger, richer malt character considering it's brewed with molasses and brown sugar. It has some body and stickiness, but lacks substance. Good hop character though. It's worth a try.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, purchased as a single for too much $ (over $4) at DeCiccos in Ardsley, NY.

Pours murky and muddy brownish amber, frothy medium tan head. Stays and stays, then leaves better then respectable sticky lace.

Just a hint of ginger snap cookies upon the nostrils.

Complex and tasty brown ale, with some holiday spice, ample caramel malts, all along with a healthy dose of good ole cascade hops.

Suped up, spiced up and hoppy for a Brown ale. Tasty and heady brew in a 7% package. Sweet and hoppy rolled together and shining through. Glad I got the chance to taste and enjoy this one.

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