TBA | Stone Brewing

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Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Bear Republic Brewing and Fat Head's Brewing

Added by MasterSki on 01-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 605 |  Reviews: 209
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy, almost silty brown, like the color of cola, with a 2" off-white head that reduces with tons of sticky lacing.

Has a very piney, hoppy aroma, with loads of evergreeny goodness. There's an undercurrent of maple and brown sugar, and a hint of biscuity malt.

Starts and finishes bitter, yet sweet; the maple and brown sugar are quite present, but the piney hops, full of resin and sticky sap, do what they can to crush the sweet and leave a lingering hopped finish. There's an aftertaste of an ole-timey sweet, like a rootbeer hard candy taste that, once I identified it, was difficult to ignore.

Medium mouthfeel, this has more of a DIPA feel than a brown ale feel.

While the strength is not quite that if a DIPA, this beer smells and tastes like a highly malted DIPA, with a deeper and darker color that you'd otherwise expect. I understand this is supposed to be an "old school" brown ale, but I've got to believe that old school brown ales were never this aromatic or hoppy. I'm enjoying this quite a bit, but at $4 a pop and as intense as it is, this is a one and done.

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Photo of KnightRider
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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

Pours a nice opaque brown with two fingers of khaki head. As the head recedes it leaves massive amounts of lacing. After taking a few sips I increased the appearance from 4 to 4.5 because of the massive amounts of lacing that are sticking all over the inside of the glass.

The smell is nice, very hop forward with a standard piney aroma. Behind that I get some nice nutty, toasted, biscuit malt aromas that are very complex with a bit of a caramelized brown sugar. The taste is more of the same. Very well balanced with less bitterness than I was expecting given the hoppiness on the aroma. There is a slight warming alcohol very pleasant and complementary to the rest of the beer. Mouthfeel is perfect, good body but still very drinkable.

Overall this is probably my second favorite collab from Stone behind the More Brown than Black IPA. A really solid brew in a unique style.

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

Nice collaboration. Pours brown with reddish hue. Off white, thick head, slow to leave. Lots of cling. Nice. Citrus and pine big players in the smell, juicy for sure. Taste does not disappoint. Bit IPA like hops, not as much malt as I would have liked. Body is medium, good carb, good balance. A nice offer.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A very nice, two-finger, off-white bubbly foamy head rises. Brew is nice mahogany color. Decent viscosity for a brown. Lacing/tiers is just ok.

S - WHOA! Lots of huge pine and earthy tones. Very unique and off the beaten path. Some VERY bitter cascade/ hops on the bottom.

T/M - Very surprising, but not too far from the scent. A very aggressive Am. Brown that boarders the style line, but still fits. It almost smells/tastes like a pale, but drinks like a brown. It's very bitter and high in ABV, but the heat goes undetectable. Very thin for a brown, not like it's appearance.

O - A delightful surprise! Try it if you're able to grab one. A decent value for a unique offering.

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Photo of a74gent
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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 jstewart1130
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of TheBeerologist
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Translucent amber/red pour with a finger and a half head.

Smells overwhelmingly of brown sugar and a bit of pecans with a slight hint of piney hops

Taste was all pecans and piney hops on a caramel malt backbone

Medium carbonation - seemed creamy and just about perfect

Overall an interestingly sweet beer that was solid. Glad to have tried it but I feel no need to pick it up again - especially at $4/bottle.

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

Shared a bottle of this with wesside89

Poured into a stemless snifter.

Copper/red in color with thin tan head that leaves a few spots of lace.

The nose has some brown sugar, a bit of caramel apple, and bready malt.

The taste has some of that caramel apple noticed previously. Some sweet, biscuit-like malt that carries most of flavors.

Mouthfeel is a lighter medium, feeling just right for the style.

Decent overall, but certainly not the best of the Stone collaborations.

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

Pours hazelnut brown, kind of muddy with a few yeast particles floating. Three finger high light tan head with decent retention and nice lacing appears as the head subsides.

Hops dominate the nose even as it warms I barely get a lick of some bready malts and a little bit of nutty and molasses sweetness. Pineapple, deep resinous pine and grapefruit rind with no noticable alcohol.

Nutty with a caramel malt backbone and gingerbread spice. Heavy pine, sweet citrus hop character very much heavy with Stone influence. Residual alcohol and bitterness, nothing too sharp.

Creamy over the palate, smooth. Adequate carbonation.

Okay not terribly original but still very tasty, like a Stone IPA with a different color. A bit let down that the brown sugar and molasses don't come through. Big and bold in your face hop fix, drink it now, I can see the sediment already beginning to gather.

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Photo of keenanite21
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Rhynes2
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the local beer store after trying the Yin & Yang from Evil Twin. Opened it up the next day. Pours a great two finger head but not much for retention. Got some lacing down the sides but again it wasn't too impressive. Taste is very similar to brown ales in the malt area but then the hops hit you and you see how different this beer is. You can tell its stone with their trademark hop flavor that is brewed into every beer they do and I love it. It works well in the style though if you prefer a more traditional brown ale this one is not for you. Some nutty notes also come through on the tail end.

Great beer and while it's very expensive i would buy this again for sure.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown with a monster 3+ inch head, tons of lacing, looks great.

Smell - Hops, dry malts, nut, added sugars like molasses and brown sugar.

Taste - Very hoppy with plenty of sweet malts and sugars. Floral fruits like orange, pine and lemon really come at you along with molasses and some caramel malt backbone. Spices add even more flavor. No noticable alcohol bite or warmth.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, sweet and easy to drink. Tounge gets a ton of hops and sugar. Malts come in and add a nutty, caramel-like flavor. Palette gets hops, malts and sugars. Aftertaste is sweet and nutty.

Overall - This si actually moreso a ipa then a brown ale. Very sweet, not overly but sweet enough. Hops are more dominate then the malts, and the add suagrs really add flavor. This is tastly, esy to drink, but not something id want alot of, and espically since i overpaid for it. Worthy of a drink.

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Photo of TasteTester
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ChumleyX
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Color is a very dark brown, clear in color with a nice 1/2 inch of mocha colored head.

S - A nice blast of pineapple and citrus hops and I can actually smell some molasses and brown sugar. Sweet

T - Pretty good the molasses gives it a smooth nutty taste and the Brown sugar compliments the malt characters pretty well.

M - Pretty sweet it has a light to medium body.

Overall it was kind of worth the $3.99 to try but nothing I would seek out again. It applaud the effort though and love trying these when they are affordable.

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Photo of baybassboy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of stbo101
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a murky mahogany brown color with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but weak, the brew smells like citrusy hops (grapefruit, orange peel), caramel and toasted malt, molasses, piney hops and brown sugar. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with a slight nutty flavor also noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy and is well carbonated (maybe has a bit too much carbonation). Yep, it's a hoppy brown ale. Unfortunately, it's not a great one. I think it's a decent brew, but it just seems that there's something missing that could have made this beer better. Oh well, it's still worth trying.

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Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy/opaque chestnut brown color with a huge 2 finger foamy light tan head that faded very slowly, leaving caverns in the foam and then great foamy lacing sticking to the sides and great looking rings as it went down.

Smells of big hops up front, with floral hops, flowers, piney hops, light citrus hops, grapefruit, flowers, caramel, syrup, brown sugar, light grains or bread and an overall sweetness that’s controlled by the hops. Says it’s brewed with brown sugar and molasses on the bottle, and the brown sugar comes through in the nose. I liked the way this smelled, as it was very sweet but in a good way.

Tastes of floral hops up front, followed by citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, grass/hay, sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, light grains, herbs, piney hops/pine cone, peat moss, nut, wet wheat bread faint and mild spices like pepper and cinnamon; the hop blast up front fades quickly and lets sweet malt, brown sugar and grains control the back end which leads up to a slightly bitter finish. Not a traditional brown ale, but certainly a nice hoppy take on the style.

Mouthfeel was creamy with light carbonation, a medium body and a grainy bitter finish that trails off with a yeast like funk which may have been the only part of the beet that I felt was off and odd.

Good beer and good drinkability for such a hybrid, but there was something in the finish that made this not a session beer candidate for me. I liked this beer, it was good and I’m glad I was able to try it. It’s a bit on the pricy side, but still worth checking out as it's a very nice collaboration.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy mahogany color with a pillowy, off-white head that leaves bits of lacing.

Smells of piny hops with a bit of malt sweetness.

Tastes a nice wave of hops with a decent malt base. Hops lead off with pine, citrus, and some grass. Moderately bitter. Malts come in with some brown sugar and a bit of chocolate. Touches of dark fruit also comes through as it warms. Slightly sweet and finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, the individual flavors of this beer are good, but I do not particularly like this combination. That combined with price ($3.27 for 12 oz) gives it only an average grade.

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Photo of jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of SilentGlory
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured nice and smooth with moderate head. Brownish orange in color with mild cloudiness.

S- Hops, has a brown sugar note

T- Unique Stone taste. Hoppy and bitter with a light sugar taste. Definitely taste the alcohol. Leaves a delicious aftertaste of molasses without a harsh after-bite.

M- Smooth and lighter than expected.

O- Pretty good beer. One of the better collaborations from Stone I've had. I would recommend this as an after dinner beer.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby brown color with a huge foamy tan head. Spotty lacing down the glass.

S: A nice mix of piney hops, rich dark malt, and freshly baked gingerbread.

T: Toasted malt, a nice hint of piney hops, gingerbread and a bit of overripe mango. Fantastic mouthfeel. Really nicely done.

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TBA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 605 ratings