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
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Stumpy29er
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

12oz bottle with 2012 printed on the neck of the bottle.

APPEARANCE: Pours murky brown in color. The head is cream colored and stood about an inch tall following a medium pour. The foam is slow to settle, as I poured this about 10 minutes ago and it’s still hanging around at just under a finger tall. Good retention and lacing.

AROMA: Molasses, chestnut honey, toasted malt, hop resin, and caramel.

TASTE: Nice bitterness near the front end. Sweet caramel malt and grain pull through towards the middle. I can taste some sort of spice in there as well, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe a touch of almond extract. Bitterness coates the palate and lingers after the swallow. It’s pretty balanced between that and the sweetness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with sticky resinous hops and moderate carbonation.

OVERALL: A nice Brown IPA.

Morey’s Bottom Line: I called this a Brown Ipa because that’s exactly what it taste like. It has the sweet nutty flavors of a good Brown combined with the hop profile of an IPA.

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

Another collaboration from Stone!

Well, this pours out brown as you might imagine, but there's a slightly red tint to it as well.

The aroma is a huge burst of piney hops and not much else, which is a little surprising.

The taste is very hop forward, but then it fades to a sweetness like caramel from the molasses and brown sugar and the aftertaste is all malt with a little hop bitterness.

It's medium bodied and very well balanced. If you like any of these 3 breweries definitely pick this up!

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Photo of hosehead83
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, murky, mud-puddle brown in color, with a huge billowing head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Citrussy hops,faint caramel and toffee notes.
Taste-Brown sugar, Cascade hops, faint cocoa,subtle cinnamon spiciness. Well-balanced with great flavor and character. A nice match with some spicy Tex-Mex.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. Lots of head, just over three fingers worth. Color was caramel brownish. Cloudy, foamy lacing that was somewhere in between brown and white. Healthy amount of film on the sides, foamy and sporadic.

Lots of different smells right away. Got light citrus hops, molasses, caramel, brown sugar and light cinnamon. Great balance.

Taste wasn’t as good as the smell, but decent nonetheless. Got caramel, molasses, brown sugar and gingerbread up front. Probably not as cold as it could have been, but still tasty. Malty.

Medium body. Creamy, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long lasting, smooth finish.

Really enjoyed this beer. Balanced, drinkable and tasty.

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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 RuckusDu
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - This one came out with about 2.5 fingers of rocky light kahki head. Body is a very dark brown. Good lacing.

S - Some nice hops are ever present. There is a sweetness to it like toffee and some gingerbread.

T - A lot of harsh hops. There is a little chocolate.

M - Solid mouthfeel and carbonation. A little drying due to all the hops.

O - Once again with these Stone collaborations, I'm not a fan of the flavor. A solid beer all around, but I don't like it.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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

A: Pours a mohogany shade with an ample fluffy off white head with plenty of retention
S: Smells of pine and citrus mostly. a little floral and wisps of sweetness
T: toasted malt sweetness kicks things off, there is some pine and spicy hop character as well, some brown sugar sweetness and on the swallow is an almost grassy quality
M: medium body with ample carbonation, slightly prickly with a semi oily and semi drying finish
O: It's an interesting beer. Plenty of flavors going on and well crafted. Hops are there but not overpowering and the beer has great balance. Try it if you can find it.

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Photo of popery
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brownish red color. Some yeast might have kicked up, but alas, I did my best. Bone white to beige head, a pretty good blanket of tiny, foamy bubbles. The aroma is toasty malt and molasses combined with a pine resin, grapefruit rind hop character. It doesn't quite mix right for me. I'm not sure that I like the change in hops from Stone's normal wheelhouse. Also, I'm not getting any nuttiness that is my favorite aspect of brown ales, normally. The taste is on the sweet side. There's a touch of that nutty quality, but it's mostly molasses, brown sugar and toasty malt. Moderate hop bitterness - unfortunately, it's a bit bland. Finish is pine resin hoppiness. The mouthfeel is a big downside for me. It's oddly watery. The beer is almost creamy, but it just kinda washes out. I'm harping on negatives in this review, but it's really not bad. I'm mostly just disappointed because I expected more from these three brewers, and on paper, the beer sounds quite tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice dark reddish-brown color with a huge off white head that maintains for a while. Impressive lacing too.

Smell: Sweet smelling nose with noticeable roasted malts and both piney/citrus hops. Getting a little bit of chocolate too.

Taste: Fairly balanced mixture of hops and roasted malts with the hops sticking out slightly more. Brown sugar sweetness and spices finish it off. Very light bitterness as it glides off the tongue and a syrupy feel lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

Overall: Some IPA qualities mix decently with the brown ale traits. Worth a try for fans of either style, just don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of litheum94
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Sienna brown body, with a touch of red. Big, latte colored foam, thick and sticky.

Big citrus hop aroma. Some pine needles and pitch as well. Molasses and a hint of sweetness. A nutty aroma develops as t warms.

Starts off with toasted, nutty malts. Brown sugar and molasses show up, with a light roastiness. Hops build, starting with some citrus and resin, culminating with a decent pine bitterness. A minty coolness is left in the mouth.

A really good beer, though I wish some more of the brown ale elements showed up. This is really a borderline DIPA with a brown ale body. I enjoyed it, but was hoping for something a little different.

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Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yay, another collaboration beer from Stone!

Pours a nice reddish-brown with a huge frothy head! That's one lively ale!

On the nose, brown sugar and molasses stand out upfront. I also detect cocoa and a balanced citrus/pine hop bite.

Wow. Hops work their magic upfront, leading to the rich, malty backbone comprised of molasses and brown sugar. Chewy as well.

Lingering hop bite dominates with a caramel or molasses essence.

I love this.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to light brown in color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet molasses, roast, and a small caramel. In the taste, sweet molasses, caramel malt, and a small cascade hop in the end. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry molasses and caramel like aftertaste. A very nice brown ale, with a nice hop in the end and easy too drink.

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Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 65.7% out of 100 with 604 ratings
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