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 Oakenator
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a hint of ruby color. The heads also pours well with good retention and lacing on the glass. The aroma is IPA - some pine is present and a sweeter hop. Good body to the beer - a slight caramel malt offsets the hops and is well balanced although slightly more IPA. Bottle says not to age but found this bottle recently so unsure of its age - the flavor, even the hops still appear fresh.

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Photo of Ben4881
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

TBA - Extra Hoppy Brown Ale (Bear Republic/Fat Head's/Stone)

12 oz. bottle poured into 16 oz pint glass.

A - Pours brown with faint gold highlights and bold red hues. The head is fluffy and khaki with moderate retention and excellent stickiness. The lacing is light. <4.5>

S - Hops tickle the nose first - grapefruit mainly. This comes as no surpirse as a hop stank filled the air upon prying the cap off. However, a toasty, burnt, and sweet malt aroma softens the bouqet. Upon repeated draws, there is an alochol odor that begins to take over. A very intersting and balanced aroma. <4.5>

T - Slightly tart, but prickly hop bitter flavor stings the front of the pallet. This gives way to a different kind of bitter, a more roasted flavor with a heavy hand of caramelized sugar, which carries a hint of alcohol. This breaks to semi-dry, semi-sweet finish with a wicked roasted pine needle aftertaste accompanied by a healthy warming sensation. <4.5>

M - A creamy medium body with noticeable carbonation that is, thankfully, more foam that crackle. <4>

O - Considering this style is completely unconventional, and the message from Norgrove highlights the difficulty in naming such an undertaking, allow me to brainstorm. To me, this might be (in Dogfish Head terms) where Idian Brown Ale meets 90 Minute IPA. Or, perhaps it is a Brown IPA. Or, could it be a Cascadian Brown Ale? As to be expected from the breweries' reputations, the hop flavor is strong. While there is some balance toward traditional brown ale characteristics, the hops end up running the show. The presence of alchol belies the moderate 7.1% listed on the bottle. This beer would be a welcomed companion during the days and weeks leading into and out of winter. <4.5>

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

A 12oz bottle picked up at Greens in Columbia, SC

A - A cloudy amber/brown, with tons of head, and sediment floating all around in the brew. Sticky lace left all over the glass. Very nice looking brew

S - Very hoppy, pineapple. Nice

T - Hop assualt up front, molasses on the back end. Bitter, dry finish

M - Light bodied, huge carbonation kick

O - A hoppy palate wrecker brown ale. Love it!

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Pours brown initially, but will go to a reddish color when held up to the light. It's very hazy, not well filtered. There's a white colored head that provides some pretty decent lacing.

Smell is good but not great. Has characteristics of a good brown ale such as toffee and some nice caramelized malt. On top of that it's well hopped and has some nice a nice zesty citrus peel aromas as well as some aromas of pine.

Taste is on par with the smell. Starts plenty sweet, really has a nice malt backbone with the toffee and caramel. Then there is a strong helping of citrus zest and pine. At the end there is a slight hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium to full. Well balanced where it starts sweet and has a nice bitter bite. Reasonably clean finish as well with a good carbonation level. GOod overall beer, I'm liking that more brewers are trying the hoppy brown ale. Not the best Stone collaboration, but good none the less.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very nice ice tea body with a cherry mahogany hue. Bone white head with decent lace and retention.

S - Caramel, butterscotch, touch of bubblegum, and an earthy hop.

T - Toast, white malt, caramel, and light coffee. Dusty hop backend with a lingering bitterness.

M - Medium/light body, but par for the course.

O - The malt profile is great, but there's something about the hop character that I'm not a huge fan of. Overall though, the bitter/malt balance is excellent for the hoppy American Brown Ale / light American Black Ale / light Black IPA style they're aiming for.

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Photo of revo
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Nickfellow007
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of krazybartender
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of retreminy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Rathakem
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a massive two finger high beige head that took a long time to settle down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus, floral and spicy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of brown malts and citrus, floral and spicy hops as well as hints of brown sugar and molasses.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of lingering dryness in the finish.
O: The citrus and spicy hops used in this beer impart unique aromas and smells, which makes this taste much different compared to other beers in the style.

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

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Poured medium brown and settled a very murky swamp-like brown colour. A lot of cream coloured head formed on the pour with good retention and good lacing.

S - Big hop aroma up front with pine, grapefruit and some orange zest. Some roast and sweet brown sugar in the background.

T - A fairly assertive bitterness up front with some pine, earthy and grapefruit notes. The middle adds some light roast, sweet brown sugar and spice. A long, bitter finish.

M - Medium body with some good chew. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Immortale25
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottle says 2012 Collaboration.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a full two finger light tan head that hangs around a good while before slowly decomposing to a 1/2 inch head. Thick, bubbly lacing.

S- Fresh, grassy hops with a hint of caramel in the back plus some earth tones.

T- More IPA than brown ale, the bitterness is assertive and the malt character minimal. What little malt is there does provide some toasty quality which is nice. Alcohol is moderate in strength and its contribution to flavor. The hops linger on the palate a spell.

M- Not as thick as the color implies and ends up being quite sharp to the last drop. Medium-high carbonation.

O- Yeah it's brown, but only in color, not necessarily style. Those looking more for an IPA (which is what I expected since it has Stone's name on it) will be pleased. That being said, I'm pleased.

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Photo of kell50
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rusty brown color with a nice tan head and thick fomage for all twelve ounces. Not much bubbling to see.

Molasses, brown sugar, and orangey citrus. Baked bread with some sweetness and bitter orange peel balance.

Bubbly palate, citrusy rind orange peel. Bitter flavor profile, don't get much malt sweetness or balance. Just maybe some mild roasted malt.

Glad I tried it, but nothing too special.

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Photo of bum732
2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

S: Some hoppiness, slight carmelization underneath

L: Cloudy brown, carbonated off-white head, some retention and lacing.

T: Fairly clean malt with a prominent herbal hoppy backbone. Some faint caramel and mollasses. Finishes with some spicy hoppiness, slightly dry.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Meh, pretty boring, the hops overwhelm everything else. Even then, they're not that exciting.

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Photo of vbiliyar
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles from BevMo in early June for $2.99 each.

Beer poured a tea brown with a massive fluffy head that is leaving no lacing behind.

Nose is a generous portion of citrus hops

Taste is citrus, pine, some hints of mint, and bread.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall a solid beer that is a nice twist on the American Brown style.

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Photo of rkasten1
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a darker ruby amber then actual brown.
Has a wonderfully tall tan head pocketed with spotty lacing.
Aroma is definitly as advertised, nutty brown malts with a good amount of hops.
In the taste the most noticable thing for me is the alcohol, very warm. Second, the style of brown ale is lost in the midst of hops and alcohol.
A good beer but doesn't seem to work.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is auburn-brown in color, slightly muddled and opaque with a tall, frothy, light, off-white head that sits a solid inch and a half. Aromas of resiny hops, nutty sweetness, roasted caramel, and sugary molasses. Smells like a sweet one. Flavors are a little more heavily roasted, and despite all the sweet notes on the nose the beer is actually not overpowering or cloying. Well balanced, with a sugary highlight throughout and dark roasted sweet backbones of molasses and toffee. The wet hops characteristics help to cut through some of the sweet and keep things on an even keel. Smooth and clean in mouth, the beer has a very hopcentric aftertaste, with a rich, resiny, bitter lingering flavor. Dry, bitter finish cleans everything up for you. This one almost morphs from a brown to an IPA as you drink. Tasty and unique.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dbossman
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy and brown with a thin head--but good retention; lacing is decent

S: Some hops--but more of a herbal hops--a sweet, sugary malt backbone takes over; some booziness as well--actually kind of an astringent alcohol aroma; some spices show up too: nutmeg, molasses, brown sugar, etc.

T: Surprisingly boozy with little sweetness; hops are bitter but because of the alcohol it's a bit astringent; it just doesn't come together; kind of a strange brew

F: Decent medium body with some stickiness and creaminess

O: Kind of disappointing, frankly; it just doesn't come together; drinkable but a a bit of a boozy mess, which is strange for a 7.5% beer

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