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:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 01-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of KKB
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok so even though this beer hasn't really received rave reviews, I'm actually pretty dang excited to drink it owing to the fact that it is a collaboration between three (well, at least two) of my favorite breweries. So, without further ado, here we go.

A - Cloudy golden brown body with very light carbonation and a tan head. Somewhat translucent with gold around the edges...slight cola look.

S - Slight burnt malt (that just becomes a little malty with warming) smell with hops and a sweetness in the nose as well probably from the molasses and sugar, some definite hops in the nose as well. Very nice, if somewhat mild.

T - More of the nose really, it's good, if somewhat underwhelming. It's got a little more of that charred malt...I sat on it for a minute cause I was afraid I was drinking it a little bit too cold, and it has definitely opened up some, some of the molasses is coming through and the hops are a bit more noticeable. It's still pretty underwhelming overall though. Not bad, don't get me wrong, just not it get really warm too some of the sugar starts talking to you, don't hate it.

M - Mouthfeel is right on, whenever Stone is involved you can pretty much bank on the mouthfeel being right on and this is no exception.

O - I wouldn't seek this out, if it was offered to me I would drink it. It's good, don't get me wrong. But I've been getting spoiled lately and I would say that this is just good, and not too far above it.

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Photo of babaracas
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with amber edges, billowing tan head. Smell: brown sugar, roasty, wood smoke, orange citrus. Taste: toast, caramel, quick grapefruit note, sweet orange, mild roast and cocoa. Hopping is subdued in the nose for "Hoppy Brown Ale," but picks up. Medium bodied, creamy. A bit overcarbonated, drying earthy + citric finish. Interesting, different. Was this brewed more than once?

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsurfs82
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of twizzbeatz
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Leschber
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a deep brown with burnt orange hues at its edges. Clarity looks to be good. The pillowy sand-colored head is quite large and impressive. Retention is phenomenal. Thick collars of lacing clutch the glass.

S: Caramel, molasses, brown sugar,. Faint woody and cocoa notes. Faint leather. Hops are piney and full of citrus pith; slightly floral and spicy too. Cascade is definitely the dominant hop here.

T: Bitter hop bite of pine and grapefruit starts to mellow out and shift into bright tropical citrus notes, though a resiny pine bitterness is pervasive. Malt tastes start to steal the spotlight as bread crust and some woody tastes start to take over. Brown sugar makes a strong thrust on the mid-palate. Sugary molasses and faint notes of caramel chews and cocoa are also perceptible. Ghost-like kiss of smoke. Hops develop a leafy/spicy edge toward the end. Finishes with oily, piney hop tastes and a lingering brown sugar sweetness.

M: Moderately thick body. Very full and creamy, slightly chewy. Enamel scraping hop feel. Low to moderate carbonation.

O: The hopping would be nice here . . . if this were an IPA. The malt base comes across as too sweet and a bit cloying. Definitely too much brown sugar. The hop bitterness doesn't so much balance the sweetness as it does vie with it for dominance. This beer is one big clash, and it makes for a less than desirable drinking experience.

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Photo of gtcrispy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of marct
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jlieber17
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of bmoney
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: medium brown, slightly translucent, nice beige head that left tons of gooey lace all down the glass

S: I might've missed some of this - I got some malts and a little sweetness, but not much else

T: very impressed: bitter hops burst out, but a wash of subtle and soft brown malts sweeten the pot; hints of brown sugar and vanilla, but then wham! More bitter hops... Great back-and-forth.

M: light on the tongue, low carbonation, great aftertaste (you're gonna want more); super drinkability - the 7.1% abv may be too much for some session drinkers, but I could drink this all night

O: again, very impressed - I've passed on this a few times, not really sure what to make of it - but today was "buy new beers" day and boy, am I glad I did. Instantly one of my favorite brown ales, probably owing to the two-headed punch of excellent-tasting hops and brown malts. I would definitely re-buy this. Makes me wish I had either another one, or one of Stone's smoked porters to follow it up.

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Photo of IpeeA
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Lordkrystic
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BrianGaynor
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: beautiful hazy brown appearance with a light tan finger head. Looks delicious.

Aroma: strong malty scent

Taste: slightly bitter taste. Some vanilla comes through, or is that the brown sugar? Either way a pleasant taste.

Palate: lightly carbonated and easy to drink.

Overall: this is the second time I’ve had this beer; I got it before and enjoyed it so much I wanted to get it again.

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Photo of hopup
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of zac16125
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
no born on date, 2012 bottle

A: An aggressive pour yields an opaque mahogany brown with 3 fingers width of light tan colored head which dissipates down to 1/2 a finger that remains throughout the drink.  Leaves a good amount of streaky lacing.  

S: Citrus hops, brown sugar, smokey roasted malt, a slightly astringent anise type of aroma.  Pretty nice.  

T: Smokey, roasted malts, medicinal, noticeable bitterness that I guess is from the hops, although its not traditional hop flavors (or maybe they are just masked by the big smokey/roast notes).  Pretty unique, so bonus points for that, but not all that enjoyable.  

M/D: Pretty heavy carbonation, medium bodied, drinkability is below average.  

O:   Overall, Im not impressed.  Im not sure when this was released, or how it was fresh, but as is its not my thing.  Pretty one dimensional with smokey/roasted malts dominating.  I love all 3 of these breweries, but this collaboration is one Id pass on in the future.  

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Photo of SalMineo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of UncleBuccs
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Rmatuszak2
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of jegross2
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing T.B.A., a collaboration brown ale from Stone Brewing Company, Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon and Bear Republic Brewing Company.
Score: 87

2012 vintage bottle. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter and enjoyed on 09/15/12.

Appearance: Pours a root beer-ish brown color with three titanic fingers of tan foamy, dense soda-like head that slowly settles to a think creamy layer of head. Really good lacing, slightly above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Lots of grapefruity hops upfront, then cocoa, brown sugar and a touch of caramel malt. A hint of raisins too. Smells like a black IPA. 3.75/5

Taste: Pine wood flavor upfront, followed by creamy, but cotton-mouthing grapefruit and hot cocoa. There is a little brown sugar flavor towards the finish too, but it is not very sweet. Smooth and subtle caramel malt backbone. A cocoa-y grapefruit flavor really sticks and lingers on the back of the tongue. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish. A little sweet, a little bitter. 4/5

Overall: I honestly expected to hate this beer, but I found that I enjoyed it. The grapefruit aroma/taste is really interesting, and the mouthfeel really works with the beer's flavor profile to enhance the drinking experience. While not anything that would set the earth on fire, this brown ale tastes much more like a solid black IPA. This not a beer I would go out of my way to try again, but I would certainly drink another glass if offered again.

Recommendation: Worthy trying, not worth going out of your way to hunt down. Casual beer drinkers might find the mouthfeel and wood flavor strange, but I enjoyed it.

Pairings: Cohiba cigars.

Cost: $3.49 for a 12 oz bottle.

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Bear Republic / Fat Head's / Stone TBA from Stone Brewing
3.77 out of 5 based on 604 ratings.
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