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

Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBABear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 01-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 604 |  Reviews: 209
Photo of keepitsimple1990
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of The22Lou
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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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Photo of hackedfly
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a hazy consistency. There was a massive, creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A hoppier than you'd expect aroma, with traces of the brown ale nuttiness, and a sugary element.

T: Tasted of hops (like the aroma, it's a bigger element that you might expect), brown sugar, malt, and molasses. The nutty quality appears in the finish, but isn't as pronounced with other beers of the style. A complex, enjoyable flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: TBA isn't your typical brown ale, and that's a good thing. It's flavorful, well made, and certainly drinkable.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of pigc
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy, caramel brown color with two finger head.

S - Pine, citrus, dark malts.

T - Starts out with a wave of dark malts followed by bittering piney hops.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation. Bitterness hangs around after each sip.

O - Not sure if they tried to do too much with this beer or not enough. I'm picking up more of a medicinal taste to this beer as it warms. Reminds me a bit of DFH India Brown Ale but with more aggressive hopping. Worth picking up a bottle if you get a chance. Decent but not great.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Larry's Liquors Palm Springs CA for 3.49$

Appearance - Slightly hazy lighter brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops,brown sugar, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of fresh hops mixed with malts and a touch of chocolate. I can also taste the molasses and the brown sugar. It ends with a very bitter hoppy aftertaste with a brown sugar and malt sweetness.

Overall - Lots of hops! It's definitely high on the bitterness scale. I wouldn't mind a touch more sweetness.. it seems a little watery/thin at times. But I do like the hoppiness. Not their best collaboration, but still a beer worth trying. It reminded me a bit of the red rocket by bear republic.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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 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 jeremy13586
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle date poured in to a nonic pint glass.

The color is a murky/muddy amber brown. Left about two fingers of fluffy khaki head in my glass. Head stuck around and left some nice lacing.

Bitter hops and roasted malts. The hops are pretty citrusy and piney and it finishes with a sting of booze.

A good amount of roasty and nutty malts up front, but then then hops start to take over. Citrus and pine throughout, but a nice consistent roasty bitterness. A little bit of a sweet finish.

Medium bodied. Pretty carbonated but a little messy.

This was a pretty tasting and interesting brew. Very drinkable, but could be a bit more refined. Maybe that's why it's a Texas Brown Ale: unrefined enough.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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 nealbert
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Jester King pint.

A- pours a brown, dark amber with a 2" light tan head. Half the glass is covered in lacing.

S- lightly roasted malts and pine.

T- toasted, roasted malts some bread and pine hop bitterness.

M- lighT body and medium carbonation. Fairly thin with a dry aftertaste.

O- good brown able with a nice hop bitterness.

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Photo of riored4v
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams perfect pint glass. 2 finger, frothy head. Clear, amber/brown colored body. Good lacing left in the glass.

Aroma had some notes of orange and malty sweetness. Citrusy and caramel. Some subtle notes of the molasses.

Taste was hoppy with a malty body and a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Some flavors of orange and citrus from the hops. Slightly spicey. Mild signs of the molasses used. Somewhat bready. Mild sweetness helps balance hop usage. Light maltiness. Notes of roasted malts and caramel. Light lingering bitterness. No signs of ABV.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body with medium/high carb. Crisp finish.

Overall it was a good beer. Didnt really notice the brown sugar and the molasses flavor was very light. Good twist on a traditional brown ale though and the hop profile was good.

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1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown, with an off white foam and lace. Aroma of peaty malts and bright tropical citrus. In the flavor, nutty malts with some caramel flavor and a good solid helping of pineapple, mango, ripe orange and pine. Coming from three breweries that know how to make west coast ipas, this does not disappoint. Good level of bitterness yet remains balanced. Little to no alcohol flavor. Medium bodied feel, well carbonated. Overall, a very tasty beer, consider it a west coast brown ale.

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