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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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times at tastings, but never reviewed it... Picked up a bottle locally tonight in preparations of the Boise "Stone Tap Takeover". These bottles were cellared at Stone and never made it to Boise out of the gate.

Paid $3 for the 12oz at the COOP. Poured into my slim tulip... 2 finger khaki head... great retention and lacing... the brew is a slightly hazed light walnut color... pretty.

Nose shows slight grapefruit hoppiness... some brown sugar and hints of toffee.. maybe some raisin... seems a bit "old"

Sorta what I expected... a decent hop bitterness... the hop flavor has died back leaving only some residual pithy hoppiness.. Does not taste as "brown" as I was expecting... the caramel malt and some brown maltiness is pretty light... finishes fairly dry with just the slight essence of burnt sugars and still a surprising hop bite... flavors are a little thin throughout.

Body is a bit too carbonated... a bit burpy..

I appreciate a good American Brown ale though, I don't buy them enough.. This is pretty okay, but nothing to right home about.


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Photo of coastiefish
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Loaded with slow moving tiny carbonation. Poured from a 12oz into a tulip. Foamy one finger light tan head. Rich brown body

S - Grapefruit toffee nose. Bittery orange peel. Sweet and hint of smokey

T - Roasted malts, a bit spicy, herbally hopped

M - Puffy from all the carbonation, I wish it drank just a bit smoother

O - Pretty good brew. I dont drink much of the style, however I did enjoy it.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

I found this in a store on my way back from Boston today.
Pours a solid dark brown with a smallish off white head that slowly dissipates but never leaves. Earthy spicy piney hops on top of a hint of bready chocolatey malt sums up the aroma quite well. The flavor is sharp resinous bitter with a bit of mineral water and a hint of bread chocolate and caramel. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous chalky mouthfeel. This is probably a bit less than fresh as the hops seems to be muted and not bright. Decent enough beer, but I'll bet it was much better fresh.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of albertjr21
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Poured in a snifter on 9-2-12.

Pour quickly raises a dense foam head under a dull faded brown color. Aroma is rich with hints of luscious complex hop character and deep sweet malt to hold it all in check. Aromatic notes of candied orange and light cocoa perhaps. There's plenty of hops here in the flavor alright and they seem to collaborate fairly well with the brown sugar and molasses that are clearly coming through as well. This is a BIG flavor brew without the huge booze and I dig it...

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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy, amber-brown color. I can see some bubbles rising up. Thick creamy head. Leaves very nice lacing behind.

Hoppy aroma... Grapefruity, piney, citrus. There some sweet toffee malts.

Bitter hops up front, citrus, grapefruity, piney. Malt character in the middle, I get caramel, toffee, nutty, slight coffee. Finish off dry bitterness. Body is medium, a little sticky.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

TBA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 604 ratings