BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a very much hazed (outright muddy compared to most Stone beers...but that is not a complaint), medium brown hued body with a tight and some what large, off-white to tan head. Respectable lace and good retention. Aromas are of hoppy, pine, citrus, mid tropical fruit, light dank weed notes. Some dark fruit esters, strong bready malt, molasses, nutty, tobacco, earthy, mild chocolatey roast. A touch grassy. Flavors are quite bitter, grassy, earthy, nearly a touch astringent at times. Fruit forward from both hops and possibly a bit yeast. Cannot tell if this is Stone’s normal 007 (yeast) or not. Some pineapple, pine, and molasses. Very dry with a nutty roast. A clean and crisp finish. Lasting and strong bitterness that is a touch much. Nice malt complexity, grainy, bready, toasted, lightly rich without being too sweet. Overall good, and a bit old school and brash, but still a fun drink. Medium bubbles, lighter body, lasting bitter, pretty well hidden alcohol. Good. m4rest88 (390) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
bottle at daily pint in santa monica, ca....pours a dark brown hue with a small light brown head
aroma is of dark fruits, citrus and sugar
flavor is of lime, plums, and hops
medium mouthfeel with light carbonation
Naven (1001) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle, from Windmill Farms. Brown IPA? Hoppy Brown? Whatever, it’s pretty good. Nice to see one of these collaborations without spruce, milk thistle, oregano or basil. Anova167 (390) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
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 Brewer’s 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
Good, solid beer from 3 great breweries. I don’t get much molasses out of here, which is a little disappointing. All around it’s a solid IPA-style beer.
robzilla (86) - - MAR 2, 2012
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
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 (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2012
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 didn’t pick up on any molasses or brown sugar but otherwise is a pretty good beer that doesn’t seem like a brown ale. peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Enjoyed from a bottle while walking my dog Lucy - cheers Lucy. Check the other rates for appearance. I’ll 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. I’m 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 (96) - Fullerton, California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
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!