TBA | Stone Brewing

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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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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 pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of thecheapies
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A collaboration by Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone.

An old-style Texas Brown Ale noted as being 'extra hoppy'. Brewed with brown sugar & molasses.

Great big ol' head on this sucker. Sea foam consistency and light tan in color. The beer pours a somewhat murky reddish-brown, with an emphasis on the red when you hold it to the light. Excellent head retention for any American Brown I've ever seen, and it even laces well.

Awesomely potent nose full of brown sugar, minty/pine hops, and toasted grain. Impressive hop character in the aroma. I get a syrupy waft of what could be molasses. Crisp-smelling with some dustiness, sugar, and spice.

Lovely pecan nuttiness from the malts pairs with the burly brown sugar tangy sweetness like a pecan pie. Menthol hops in the back of the mouth composes the meat of any bitterness. Some molasses richness here, for sure. Great toasty flavor without being too roasted or too pale. Nice lingering sweetness on the tongue. The brown sugar really makes this one; that, and the vigorous hops. Mind you, this is no desserty brown ale, nor is it indicative of an Indian Brown. It's funny, all of the beers that this reminds me of are rye beers, and there's no biting rye character to this one at all to justify that. This style is fantastic and they should bring it back.

Nice medium body with sloshiness and medium-to-low carbonation. Superb chew factor with a soft chalky dryness in the mouth. Insanely drinkable. I might finish the beer before I finish the review!

For lovers of the sweet toasty malt and hunky herbal hop combo. I imagine the grain bill to be courteous of Bear Republic (similar to Hop Rod Rye). What a great surprise brew! If you see one, nail it down and drink it fresh. Great job, guys!

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

TBA – To Be Announced…no Texas Brown Ale

Format is 12oz bottle with a 10oz taster flute

A: TBA Pours a lightly hazed dark amber brown with a great big stack of tan foam. Thick and withholding. Some spotty tracks of lace.

S: Smells of fresh alfalfa. Piney hops. Nutty caramelized malts and brown sugar with some faint herbal notes.

T: Taste has a signature brown ale character of nutty toffee-like malts but with an aggressive amount of hops to it. Lots of earthy dank herbs and pines. Some hints of citrus fruits here and there. Light molasses and a touch of oak. Bitterness is nicely balanced amongst the heavier malt notes. Slightly sweet with some alcohol warmth. But man herbals are lingering.

M: I get a real nice creamy texture with a bit of frothiness and some slick mouthcoating from the oily hop resins. Medium in body with decent carb. Finish is rather dry.

D: Really nicely done. This could have easily been a disaster and especially with the use of Molasses but great balance wise and easy to drink. A superb Brown.
Stone is finally collaborating with the right peops. I have been impressed with the last few editions.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy reddish brown with a tall tan head that dissipates slowly to a moderate covering, leaving sheets of lacing behind.

N- Light floral and citrus notes with dusty chocolate malt and toasted grain underneath. Soft fruity esters from the yeast blend well with the floral hops.

T- Wow, this beer is just bursting with flavor. Dusty chocolate malt pervades the palate, while tons of soft, floral, citrusy, piney hop oils coat the mouth for a lasting hop presence. There's also a nice earthy hop character that matches perfectly with the malt bill. Moderate clean grassy bitterness dominates the subtle sweetness implied by the brown sugar and molasses. The yeast character in this beer is amazing. Subtle fruity esters compliment the malt and blend with the hops to create a singular unique flavor. The finish is long and dry, with grassy bitterness clinging to the tongue, floral/citrusy hops enveloping the palate, and chocolate/toasted malt lingering into the aftertaste.

M- Medium-bodied, sticky, moderate-to-high carbonation with fine bubbles, and a dry, long-lasting finish.

O- Really, one of the most enjoyable beers I've had in awhile. I've only seen this beer sold as singles, but they really need to come in six-packs. Stone, please add this to your regular lineup. It would be a shame to let a beer like this disappear after the collaboration version is gone.

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of SageO
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely shade of brown with a creamy head and good retention.

Smell is of fresh cut grass (kudos to pmarlowe for characterizing that – it’s exactly the perfect descriptor) and brown sugar.

Taste starts off with light fruits and then rolls into resiny pine and the brown sugar occasionally popping its head in the background. Pine is the dominant flavor for me though.

Medium bodied.

I like it. The smell is like nothing I’ve ever smelled, and although the taste doesn’t quite live up to the smell it’s still a good hoppy ale in the Stone tradition.

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Photo of rhino54
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Jdub983
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - light amber color, resembling the mixing of a brown and a red ale together, the head was very prominent like a higher ABV type of beer.
S - sweet, syrupy and a very prominent citrus smells
T - tart, bitter, very much like an IPA, lingering taste, with a pleasant drinkability.
M - smooth going down, not over-carbonated, pleasant
O - the did a much better job on this one than the other collaborations. Not a knock of the park but a great beer to start out the night with.

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Photo of amrozga
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Glass - Snifter

A - A murky looking, mahogany colored brew that didn't produce much of a head at all. The clarity is very low on the beer, and I got a few spots left on my glass.

S - Fresh dank hop, in the way of herbal, grapefruit, orange, citrus zests, and pine. Underneath I get brown sugar, wood and hints of smoke.

T - Herbal, rind, and citrus hop characteristics flood the palate, with strong woody, smokey, charcoal flavors quickly following. I also pick up brown sugar, roasted nuts, and molasses. It finishes with fairly strong bitterness, lots of warming alcoholic flavors, and more woody/smokey notes that linger on the tongue.

M - Medium-full bodied with soft crispness and a velvety, smooth texture.

O - This is one full flavored Brown Ale! I wouldn't like to drink this all night but it sure is a tasty brew that I'd have 1-2 of. The woodiness of the beer brings me back to the Arrogant Bastard, which I really enjoy. Overall I really like this beer, and I'd pick it up once in a while, that is if it's ever brewed again. Cheers!

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

glass: Tulip

A muddy brown appearance with a soapy tan ring atop. Brown sugar, molasses, date, papaya, lemon/orange peel, pine and alcohol on the nose.

Tastes of dank hops, pine, lemon, papaya, brown sugar, date. Finishes with a hint of cocoa, faint vanilla, alcohol and floral hops. Approaching full-bodied with medium carbonation and slick slightly oily mouthfeel.

An aggressive brown ale but a beer that's familiar to me. Stone's brewing characteristics are dominant, i'd like to see them step away from the usually hopping procedure and try something different (although the trailer on YouTube for this beer does mention Stone using a very common hop variety for the first time, it still seems too "stoney".)

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a firm off-white head, very good head retention, sticky lace.

S: Lots of pine with light hints of coffee and cinnamon. Definitely hop forward.

T: Dark hop juice. Hop heavy again with pine, some minor white grapefruit and lemon peel. Finishes with an intriguing campfire smoke note.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny and oily, the hops are not bashful. Medium to long aftertaste.

O: Just a tasty West Coast (or should I say Texas) style beer. I can see why something like this would be shocking in the mid-80s, but today it's just a nice hoppy beer. Good mix of flavours. Another fantastic collab from Stone et al.

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

No bottling date, but released two weeks ago. Tulip glass.

A: Pours dull brown with three fingers of dense beige head. Very good retention and nice lacing.

S: Piney hops, fresh cut grass (wow, uncanny), and loads of molasses and brown sugar, and something like tobacco. The latter two flavors come to the surface more as the beer warms.

T: Pine rides the entire sip from start to finish, with an undercurrent of burntish brown sugar. Incredibly long finish. Mild bitterness.

M: Medium body and light carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty. Interesting mix of sweet, hoppy, and mildly bitter.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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

Pours brown with cinnamon highlights. A large light mocha head doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell is citrus and earthy hop. Brown sugar and bread, which only intensify as it warms.

Taste at start has a flash of bitter, light roasted malts, and sweetness.

Feels light to medium bodied with good carbonation and easy drinking.

Brown sugar is present here, from start to finish, very interesting and nice.


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Photo of DM1293
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A box was recently delivered to a local supermarket that sells all kinds of local brews, and I happened to be there when they arrived. The man said that these were going to only be made once and then never again; and knowing a friend of mine who happens to dig strong stuff, and knowing Stone, I bought a bottle. Wanted to see if it'd be good for him.

To be honest, it tastes like a muddled pale ale from Stone. The hops are there, in full force, and also in the smell. Thats where the good part ends; Any other flavors in this thing are overpowered to me. I get a bit of a malt taste on the finish, but the hops keep it really subdued. The bite isn't too bad though, and the beer is drinkable.

Overall, I was expecting more of the nutty sweet brown ale to contrast the hops, but any notes of Molasses or Brown Sugar aren't pronounced at all. Still, as a temporary thing, I really advocate drinking and deciding for yourself if you like it. Its worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep dark amberish brown that induces a medium froth dome.

S: A bouquet of powerfully piney hopys that blends to citrus. Yum

T: The flavor kicks butt in this beer. Starts with a tingly hop bitterness in the front and rolls down the tongue with powerfully beautiful piny, grassy and citrus flavors similar to tangerine. The finish is lingering bitterness on the sides with nice dark malts and slight burnt sugar at the end.

M: Beautifully dry and full bodies with a good resinous texture after you've gulped it down.

O: Best collaboration by Stone in years. Yes i said years. Was not a fan of prolly the past 4 or 5 beers

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Photo of Rckmo10
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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