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)

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 albertjr21
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Poured in a snifter on 9-2-12.

Pour quickly raises a dense foam head under a dull faded brown color. Aroma is rich with hints of luscious complex hop character and deep sweet malt to hold it all in check. Aromatic notes of candied orange and light cocoa perhaps. There's plenty of hops here in the flavor alright and they seem to collaborate fairly well with the brown sugar and molasses that are clearly coming through as well. This is a BIG flavor brew without the huge booze and I dig it...

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Photo of mjurney
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy, amber-brown color. I can see some bubbles rising up. Thick creamy head. Leaves very nice lacing behind.

Hoppy aroma... Grapefruity, piney, citrus. There some sweet toffee malts.

Bitter hops up front, citrus, grapefruity, piney. Malt character in the middle, I get caramel, toffee, nutty, slight coffee. Finish off dry bitterness. Body is medium, a little sticky.

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

Pours brown with a hint of ruby color. The heads also pours well with good retention and lacing on the glass. The aroma is IPA - some pine is present and a sweeter hop. Good body to the beer - a slight caramel malt offsets the hops and is well balanced although slightly more IPA. Bottle says not to age but found this bottle recently so unsure of its age - the flavor, even the hops still appear fresh.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Pours brown initially, but will go to a reddish color when held up to the light. It's very hazy, not well filtered. There's a white colored head that provides some pretty decent lacing.

Smell is good but not great. Has characteristics of a good brown ale such as toffee and some nice caramelized malt. On top of that it's well hopped and has some nice a nice zesty citrus peel aromas as well as some aromas of pine.

Taste is on par with the smell. Starts plenty sweet, really has a nice malt backbone with the toffee and caramel. Then there is a strong helping of citrus zest and pine. At the end there is a slight hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium to full. Well balanced where it starts sweet and has a nice bitter bite. Reasonably clean finish as well with a good carbonation level. GOod overall beer, I'm liking that more brewers are trying the hoppy brown ale. Not the best Stone collaboration, but good none the less.

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

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Poured medium brown and settled a very murky swamp-like brown colour. A lot of cream coloured head formed on the pour with good retention and good lacing.

S - Big hop aroma up front with pine, grapefruit and some orange zest. Some roast and sweet brown sugar in the background.

T - A fairly assertive bitterness up front with some pine, earthy and grapefruit notes. The middle adds some light roast, sweet brown sugar and spice. A long, bitter finish.

M - Medium body with some good chew. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottle says 2012 Collaboration.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a full two finger light tan head that hangs around a good while before slowly decomposing to a 1/2 inch head. Thick, bubbly lacing.

S- Fresh, grassy hops with a hint of caramel in the back plus some earth tones.

T- More IPA than brown ale, the bitterness is assertive and the malt character minimal. What little malt is there does provide some toasty quality which is nice. Alcohol is moderate in strength and its contribution to flavor. The hops linger on the palate a spell.

M- Not as thick as the color implies and ends up being quite sharp to the last drop. Medium-high carbonation.

O- Yeah it's brown, but only in color, not necessarily style. Those looking more for an IPA (which is what I expected since it has Stone's name on it) will be pleased. That being said, I'm pleased.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rusty brown color with a nice tan head and thick fomage for all twelve ounces. Not much bubbling to see.

Molasses, brown sugar, and orangey citrus. Baked bread with some sweetness and bitter orange peel balance.

Bubbly palate, citrusy rind orange peel. Bitter flavor profile, don't get much malt sweetness or balance. Just maybe some mild roasted malt.

Glad I tried it, but nothing too special.

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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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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles from BevMo in early June for $2.99 each.

Beer poured a tea brown with a massive fluffy head that is leaving no lacing behind.

Nose is a generous portion of citrus hops

Taste is citrus, pine, some hints of mint, and bread.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall a solid beer that is a nice twist on the American Brown style.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a darker ruby amber then actual brown.
Has a wonderfully tall tan head pocketed with spotty lacing.
Aroma is definitly as advertised, nutty brown malts with a good amount of hops.
In the taste the most noticable thing for me is the alcohol, very warm. Second, the style of brown ale is lost in the midst of hops and alcohol.
A good beer but doesn't seem to work.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is auburn-brown in color, slightly muddled and opaque with a tall, frothy, light, off-white head that sits a solid inch and a half. Aromas of resiny hops, nutty sweetness, roasted caramel, and sugary molasses. Smells like a sweet one. Flavors are a little more heavily roasted, and despite all the sweet notes on the nose the beer is actually not overpowering or cloying. Well balanced, with a sugary highlight throughout and dark roasted sweet backbones of molasses and toffee. The wet hops characteristics help to cut through some of the sweet and keep things on an even keel. Smooth and clean in mouth, the beer has a very hopcentric aftertaste, with a rich, resiny, bitter lingering flavor. Dry, bitter finish cleans everything up for you. This one almost morphs from a brown to an IPA as you drink. Tasty and unique.

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Photo of dbossman
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy and brown with a thin head--but good retention; lacing is decent

S: Some hops--but more of a herbal hops--a sweet, sugary malt backbone takes over; some booziness as well--actually kind of an astringent alcohol aroma; some spices show up too: nutmeg, molasses, brown sugar, etc.

T: Surprisingly boozy with little sweetness; hops are bitter but because of the alcohol it's a bit astringent; it just doesn't come together; kind of a strange brew

F: Decent medium body with some stickiness and creaminess

O: Kind of disappointing, frankly; it just doesn't come together; drinkable but a a bit of a boozy mess, which is strange for a 7.5% beer

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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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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another canned beer from the legend of cans, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Wait this can't be right. A bottle from Woody? WTF? I thought I would never see the day. Has a mahogany color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet, hops, some malts. Taste is hoppy up front, some bitterness, then the malts and molasses kick in at the finish. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 lazjuarez
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Odell Pint glass.

A: Pours an amber, murky brown in color with about 2 fingers worth of khaki colored billowy head. Head is pretty amazing, it has reduced to about a finger worth, but still fluffy and airy, leaving some spotted lacing behind. A bit of haziness, but carbonation is evident, coming off the bottom and sides of the glass.

S: Nose is of ripe juicy grapefruits, some citrus, then come in the malts. Some toffee, roasted malts, some sweet notes similar to molasses, and a faint note of cocoa. Hardly smelling like a brown ale, but interesting nonetheless.

T: Wow! Big hoppy presence, a bit astringent, then settles down as the malts start taking over. Front of the tongue is a big hoppy punch, then a very light nuttiness ensues as the malts start to balance out the bitterness. Finishes dry and clean....does that make sense?

M: Medium mouth feel; Nice biscuity mouth feel, light carbonation, and astringent. Leaving the palate satisfied, but ready and refreshed for more. Very interesting take on a brown ale

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