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:
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Added by MasterSki on 01-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very dark amber. It could be considered a stretch to call this a Brown Ale. Anyways, it seems fairly hazy and it boasts a magnificent head. Head is at least two inches high and doughy. The head retains masterfully; it sticks around to the point of annoyance because I am having trouble getting to the beer when I try to drink it. Great look.

S-Nothing like a Brown Ale in the nose. Nose is that of a well hopped IPA. Juicy, ripe, fruity and tropical hops. The hops remind me of both Stone and Bear Republic (haven't had Fat Head's before). Very hoppy. Behind the hops is sweet brown sugar and bread.

T-The flavor is more of a Brown Ale than the nose. Still, this beer is hoppy and pretty damn bitter. I could easily mistake this for an IPA. Tastes just like a hoppy Amber Ale. Enough malt (brown sugar and sweet bread) to attempt to balance out the big hops. As the beer warms the balance becomes more evident.

M-Medium bodied. Creamy feel. Dry and bitter. Carbonation is well set. Subtle but enjoyable bubbles.

O/D-This was a cool collaboration. 'More Brown Than Black' is by far the best collaboration in this series but this one is like a slightly duller version of the aforementioned brew. A hoppy, bitter "Brown". I like it a bunch! Hoppy for days.

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

A- Thick mocha head. Dark brown liquid, reddish when held to light. Compact/fine lacing.

S- Sweet maple syrup with strong citrus hops. Light medium roasted malt.

T- Citrus and bitter hops, with the syrup flavor (perhaps more molasses then syrup in taste). Slight brown malt in aftertaste.

M- Medium-bodied and very smooth. Definite bitter feel, with dry and bitter afterfeel.

O- Very tasty. Strong on the hops and I wouldn't guess a brown on flavor alone ... Color yes. The molasses/maple notes are very enjoyable.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium nut brown color with a pretty huge fluffy tan colored head. Head has some really good retention and leaves behind some very nice lacing.

S- Smells is tropical hops, sugar, molasses, touch of nuts, and some bready malts.

T- Tastes is a lot more hoppier than I expected. Pine hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, molasses, sugar, bread, and toasted malts.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

O- Pretty impressed with this brew overall. A very solid hoppy brown ale.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed crimson color with a massive cap of tan head. Awesome retention and lacing. Good looking brew here.

Nose is floral hops with a definite sugary sweetness. Im surprised the nose really is not all that potent, pretty tame actually, even when warmed up a bit.

Taste throws alot of hop flavor around, mostly herbal/floral with a pretty lame malt backbone. Flabby with a touch of sweetness and burnt toast with very little depth or flavor. If this was in a sixer for $10 I probably wouldnt buy it again, let alone $5 for a single 12 oz. Its more of an IPA than a Brown Ale, and there's just not really anything that stands out about the beer. I would never have guessed it was brewed with brown sugar or molasses if it wasnt on the label. I thought for sure a BR and Stone collab on a brown ale would be fantastic as I love the BR Tribute Brown. Oh well, it was worth a shot.

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Photo of rustbox70
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice pour with decent head. Has a good brown ale color but that's the only thing that reminds me of a brown ale. This beer has been loaded up with hops and reminds me more of a well balanced IPA than a brown ale. It really reminds me on the Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA. Unlike most IPA's this is well balanced and is not overly bitter. Defiantly worth a try if you can get a bottle.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all let me start off by saying that the name of to this beer TBA came from my good friend Passow (iamaguitargod) who is good friends with Matt Cole the head brewer over at Fathead's. I was quite excited when he told me he got to name this beer, especially a beer co-brewed by the almighty Stone! TBA stands for Texas Brown Ale. A 12 oz bottle poured into my pint glass, this beer pours a somewhat hazy/cloudy medium amber brown color. Nice tall, fluffy tan/off white head is over an inch tall when poured before settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of my glass along with a nice film later of foam resting on the surface of the beer. Very nice lacing here. Aromas of fruit such as grapefruit, orange and mango, along with a piney hope smell, rounded out with sweet toasted caramel malt, a hint of brown sugar, molasses. The taste pretty much follows suit, a nice toasty caramel malt flavor with some hints of brown sugar and molasses along with a bit of honey, followed with a nice fruity, piney bitter hop flavor. Good balance of flavors, but the hop bitterness does come out a bit stronger than the other flavors. A very complex beer flavorwise! Has a crisp, slightly prickly, slightly chewy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer should be. One of these left me feeling very full and quite satisfied. A real winner here for sure!


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Photo of corby112
1.37/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with golden amber edges and a two finger yellowish-beige head that slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Musty, earthy aroma with resinous hops and a strange diaceytl presence. Just stale hops and a strange metallic character. No traces of brown ale at all. Possibly infected.

Yep, complete infected mess. Extremely over carbonated with a sour metallic flavor that's almost impossible to choke down. Couldn't even finish my second sip.

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

A: Pours a cloudy medium brown in color with some hints of amber when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted and caramel malts initially with some hints of brown sugar/molasses. But the aroma of this beer is dominated by the hops - some tropical (pineapple and mango), citrus (orange), and just a hint of pine. You can smell some of the Stone contribution in the nose of this beer.

T: The beer tastes similar to it smells, there is a strong caramel and toasted malt body with some additional sweetness contributed by the brown sugar/molasses. Then there is the intense hoppy flavors and some moderate bitterness - the orange/citrus is most dominant with some support from the pineapple/tropical and pine.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: Overall this is quite an enjoyable beer and was easy to drink. I am not a huge fan of Stone beers but I really enjoyed this collaboration (the third Stone collaboration I liked better than anything the do on their own).

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Photo of bump8628
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, russet brown with a thick, creamy, mat of foam. Sharply hoppy on the nose - dank herbs and bitter citrus. Palate reveals the same hop-forward flavor along with a rather coarse bitterness. Warming brings out some malty brown ale character - toffee, molasses, smoke, roasted nuts, and a bit of char. Surprisingly dry. Good, but not great, still a nice homage to American homebrewing roots. Glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll start off by saying this beer is interesting. If you consult the back label you'll notice that it started out its life as an out of the box home brew that isn't a brown ale and that completely makes sense.

Deep rich body lasting tan head and a stream of carbonation. Alright it's looking good.

Holy brown sugar and molasses. There is some bittering hops on the nose and a bit of dried fig. Overall it's not quite balanceds and leaning a lot ot the sweet side.

Taste and Mouthfeel
It's pretty thick and sweet for me. A lot of the nose comes through in the taste but at least there is malt for the beer to stand on. There isn't any real hops outside of the bitter pepper.

Overall I want impressed. I know this beer was ment to be a fun crazy combo and an adventure but I didnt arrive at the same destination.

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Photo of farrago
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big, third of the glass worth, head of nothing but huge delicate bubbles which pop and dissolve at an extremely rapid rate, virtually nothing left within seconds, the lacing is slight and with minimal stickiness. Cloudy brown liquid with a red cast, turns to a bright yellow around the rims, active bubbles if widely spread and without beads, looks like dirty catch basin water. The nose evenly split between pine, orange citrus, grass, flowers and then that molasses to honey and coffee, the peach and apricot fruit comes down in the middle, while the scents last long they come off as on the sluggish side. Medium-bodied and heavy, the carbonation lacking and it tends to press down into the palate without much movement, some scrubbing sensations. The malt, cocoa, coffee and molasses lead the way here, as it progresses the hoppy citrus and pine and meadow grasses pick up. Steady enough peach, yellow apple, apricot, pear fruit, there if undistinguished. Touch of Brazil nuts and glazed sandwich rolls. Its density makes biggest impression, not really that much flavor complexity. Nothing to entice you beyond the first bottle.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Top Hops on the lower east side.

Murky orange-brown body, one finger of foamy tan head that settles slowly. Lots of creamy lacing clings to the glass. Nose is striking with immediate and vividly tropical fruit notes; pineapple, orange, mango. Very appealing. Following is a lightly toast malt note. In the tasting the two elements are well blended and both seem very clearly defined. This is a hop forward beer, and a top notch one in my book, but there's still a substantial toasted bread maltiness and a bit of caramel and brown sugar sweetness as well. Moderate to low bitterness, especially in light of the hoppiness of this beer.

Medium bodied with medium to slightly high carbonation; there's a crispness and cleaness about the mouthfeel that helps make this highly drinkable. I thought this was a really well done brew and was the 2nd consecutive collaboration beer by Stone (the other being More Brown Than Black) that showed a really artful touch with the hops in not only execution but in selection and combination.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$4.99 single purchased in Warwik, NY.

Medium brown body, with amber highlights. Billowing light beige head. Attractive stretchy lacing.

Cocoa aroma. Very light.

Taste is mostly cocoa. Earthy hops. Good bite.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall, a solid but not spectacular brown ale. My expectations from this collaboration were probably too high.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark brown/amber with a thick, dense, tall, off white/brown head that has great retention

S - caramel, floral hop aroma

T - sweet caramel, sugar, faint citrus, faint floral hops, big bold piny hops, brown sugar stickiness lingers on your lips

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decently hopped IPA but it's a rather insignificantly malted brown ale. It lies somewhere in the middle. I would prefer a bigger, richer malt character considering it's brewed with molasses and brown sugar. It has some body and stickiness, but lacks substance. Good hop character though. It's worth a try.

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Photo of DavidST
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. This pours a dark brown color with a massive tight bubbled tan head, which has a very long retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are somewhat sweet, perhaps brown sugar, pine, citrus. The feel is medium. The taste is pretty good, hops, with a little brown sugar and nuts.

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Photo of WesM63
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark murky brown with a huge 3-4finger head. Pour might of been a bit aggressive. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Smells of pine/resin, brown sugar, molasses and possibly other spices i can't identify.

T: Close to the nose. Hops (pine/resin) on the tongue followed by brown sugar/molasses and other spices.

M: Medium to full body, low carbonation.

O: This collab is a extremely interesting combination. I thoroughly enjoy it and the more I drink the more I like it. Excellent!

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Photo of mkotsayfan
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep dark amber/brown color with a favorable amount of slightly off-white head. The aroma has some malts, hops, with perhaps a hint of brown sugar. The taste has some hops, citrus, and earthy malts, along with some slight molasses notes. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. This drinks very easily for a 7% beer and although more bitter than most brown ales, I don't mind the bitterness.

Overall, a solid brown ale from BR, Stone, and Fat Head's. If it were at a slightly cheaper price point and available in sixers, I would get one every once in awhile.

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

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, body with a super thick head that slowly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: A lot of hops on the nose that mix well with the sweet malt.

T: This beer is all over the place to me in flavor.... At first I get a strong hop flavor that turns into a cigar taste that later turns into a sweet malty flavor. Weirdly it also has a strang bacon flavor that really lingers.

M: The beer goes down with easy and really doesnt have that much carbonation. There is a tiny bit of crispness on the tip of the tongue and a nice amount on the back.

O: This is a very weird beer... It has a lot of stuff that is positive about this beer and a lot that I really dont care about... I was hoping there would be a stronger hop flavor and there really wasnt.

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

Poured into a standard pint a somewhat murky deep orange infused russt brown with a great looking sticky light beige head that never settles,a 1/2 inch frothy mass stays to the duration.Juicy citric hop aromas really stick out,mild brown sugar is there but beneath the hops.I thought this would be sweeter with it's brown sugar and molasses elements to it but the sharp citric hops win out with mild molasses and brown sugar sweetness in the finish.This is a hop driven brown and I think it's pretty damn good,job well done by the trifecta of brewers.

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

Appearance: (4.5)

- Nice dark cloudy brown with a huge fluffy light mocha head bubbling all about. Lace, bubbles, and contours all over. Settles to a fluffy light mess about the cloudy brown and glowing brew.

Smell: (4.0)

- Smells clean, malty, earthy, lightly sweet, balanced, molasses, bread, grassy hop, citrus fruit, pineapple, brown sugar. It's all there, and smelling damn good.

Taste: (4.0)

- Smooth grain, licorice, spice, clove, meaty caramel, and earthy malts hit with a superb balance. Light grassy bitter hops, finishing with some pine, earth, and citrus fruit. Esters are light, and more spice, mint, and clove hit the palate. Almost a spearmint.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- Solid medium body with great carbonation and a cloying chewy feel. Super dry at the finish from the hops and other ingredients. Really teases the palate. Nice solid feel.

Overall: (4.5)

- This beer seems to have a lot that is untold. I get a lot of mint, clove, and other spice that represents. Overall it is solid, very well balanced, and is one-of-a-kind. Impressed. This is what the art of craft beer is all about.

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

A nicely hopped take on a brown ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Screen-printed label in bronze and white where the typography takes the identity, noting collaboration, year 2012, and offers an elaborate narrative on the back about collaboration, intent, ingredients. Shows 7.1% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy amber brown pour, rich creamy head, good retention, surface memory and good touches of lacing.

S - Soft nose with malty notes, nutty dash before a nice salute of hops with resin and grass…

T - And the taste very much follows in line. Softly roasted notes, nutty edge, which slides under a final note of resinous hops… Nothing much more than that but it is a nice structure.

M - Medium to medium/full body with medium-low carbonation, works rather well… Nice final lingering sense.

O - Stimulating offering, initially malty with an emerging hoppy accent.

Notes: Good brew, again I´m not sure I grasp all the sense of these three side collaborations but if the result is this quality brews so be it. This one almost feels like a flip of the coin on the More Black than Black IPA, more malty touches and less resin but still very pleasing.

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Photo of azdback
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Light brown in color with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles. Head is less than one finger and light tan in color and creamy in appearance.

Smell is to me a bit in the spicy side or peppery. Lots of malts and maybe some rye. It is just the slightest bit sweet in the nose.

Taste is a bit spicy like the nose. There is a bit of a boozy taste but not in a burning alcohol way just in the taste. I am getting just the slightest bit of brown sugar way late but ever so slight.

Mouth is smooth and the carbonation is light. Body is medium and the finish is average and dry.

Overall I don't think this is Stone's best collaboration but not a bad brew. I think this one was a bit better when it was fresh I just didn't get around to reviewing it. A must if you get the chance though.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is rather aggressive and has excellent retention. The beer is a slightly hazy dull brown color. Thick clumps of lace….

Smells like lemon pledge.. My god totally lemon peel. A touch of alcohol at the end.

Wow, the flavor is so different than the aroma led on. I was a bit scared, but this is really good. Interesting balance with a rounded malt backbone start..almost chocolatey..then a whollop of pine hops. The two really work together. Maybe…maybe I can sense molasses.. but I’m not sure I’d say that w/o seeing the label. I really enjoy this. There is still this lemon peel quality to the finish.

Rounded, soft mouth feel. Still medium+ bodied.

A strange and interesting brew. I like it.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Very dark brown throughout with dark ruby edges and a very big brown head that erupts upward and over the edge of the glass. This is certainly very highly carbonated, especially for a brown ale. The head lasts for a substantial time and leaves messy, lined lacing down the glass.

Hoppy and bready aroma. There's lots of floral hop character--Citra? There's also good amounts of bread and earthy caramel as well. This is the best part of this beer.

The hops don't shine through in the flavor as much I was hoping for. This is a bready, earthy, moderately bitter brown ale, and little else.

Medium bodied and very highly carbonated. The carbonation seems prickly and extremely active. The mouthfeel brings this beer down a notch or two.

A decent enough, simple brown with way too much carbonation, especially for the style.

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

Served in a Stone glass. Beer is brown and a little hazy, with a nice off white head of small and medium bubbles. Some retention, some lacing. Looks OK.

Aroma is a little sweet, some hoppiness. Sort of smells like hop candy.

Beer is medium to light in body and really sweet with this sort of Columbus and cascade hoppiness. Interesting but not wonderful. I don't think I'd have it again but I did enjoy it.

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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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