Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Windmill Farms. Brown IPA? Hoppy Brown? Whatever, itís pretty good. Nice to see one of these collaborations without spruce, milk thistle, oregano or basil.
Anova167 (301) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool to grab a bottle of this so fresh on a quick trip to San Diego. Aroma is citrus and piney hops, a bit of earthiness, and some burnt malt. Pours a cloudy brown with a hint of red with a pillowy khaki head. Flavor is more roasty than I was expecting. There is an earthy hop character here that is different than most Stone brews, probably from the Brewerís Gold hop. Nice caramel roasty flavors an followed by a pretty intense hop bitterness that is heavy on the pine. I think the use of sugars have kept the body a bit thinner than I was expecting as well. Pretty decent.
MitchOFY (3) - - MAR 5, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good, solid beer from 3 great breweries. I donít get much molasses out of here, which is a little disappointing. All around itís a solid IPA-style beer.
robzilla (86) - - MAR 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky brown with a frothy off-white head. Nose is hops and maple. Very hoppy, some resin and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty thin. Decent brew, pretty aggressive.
beeroverthere (81) - USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color: Dark Brown
Aroma: Citrus with some burnt toasty malt
Body:Hoppy bitter start that moves over to distinct toasty, breadish malt.
Finish:Dry bitterns, with a clear grassy undertone.
Over-all/Mouth-feel:Medium. Alcohol well hidden.
skmikeg (1045) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour a murky blackish-brown with a tan head and some lacing. Aroma is hop dominated with a lot of grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, with some roasted malts, and caramel malt in background. flavor is also hop dominated with a lot of citrus, tropical fruits, pine, some roasted malts, and some caramel. has a medium body with a slightly watery mouthfeel, and a bitter, hoppy finish. overall, I didnít pick up on any molasses or brown sugar but otherwise is a pretty good beer that doesnít seem like a brown ale.
peteinSD (1414) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed from a bottle while walking my dog Lucy - cheers Lucy. Check the other rates for appearance. Iíll guess dark brown with a tan head. The aroma was nice with fairly resinous hops and some well-balanced bitterness over what seemed like a toasty malt backbone. Definitely some grapefruit or citrus type notes in there as well. Taste was resinous pine with medium bitterness leading into the sweeter brown sugar before the bitterness reappeared into the finish. Iím not quite sure what it was that makes this a brown ale but there is something hard to put my finger on that is different about the malt profile. Mouthfeel was even, light and appropriately carbonated. I really like that Stone dialed back their scorched earth bitterness on this beer and while I would have liked a more distinctive malt backbone character ala the last collaboration this was still a mighty fine beer for walking my dog. Well done Stone!
cbirker (42) - Fullerton, California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love this Collab! Aroma is full of hops with a great dark amber/brown appearance. Lacing and clarity are good as well. Super hoppy with a nice molasses and brown sugar finish. Gonna find more of this and More Brown Than Black while I can!
StefanSD (2215) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from bev4less. Pours a cloudy roan brown color with a small khaki head that slowly dissipates to a film. The aroma is big and bold with grapefruit, lemons, and something bready/spicy. The flavor, like the aroma, is very citrus fruits forward, with the grapefruit giving way to nutty malts. The palate was somewhat uneven and the carbonation was lively. Finished short, dry and clean. Overall: Very tasty stuff, as are most beers from these brewers. Not real clear(to me) that this is a brown ale, but irrespective of style, its good.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big citrus grapefruit aroma. Wow. Pours a hazy brown orange. Similar to More Brown than Black. Good roast at the back end and nicely effervescent. Two collaboration winners in a row.