Tuesday, June 5

Beer Review: Bear Republic/Fat Heads/Stone TBA Collaboration

“These California guys were tweaking an English-style brown,” explains Matt Cole, Head Brewer of Fat Head’s Brewery. “They added some Crystal and Chocolate malts, and supercharged it with a bunch of Cascade hops to get a bigger version with more hop forward aromas and flavors.

Everyone got to add elements that they feel are special to them for that style of beer,” notes Richard Norgrove, Jr., Brewmaster at Bear Republic Brewing Co., who added brown sugar and molasses to the recipe for added complexity. “That’s what’s cool about collaborations. You get to work with two other brewers you respect, and you all have different thoughts and ideas on how to make a great beer together.”


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.

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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