Beertography Subject: Bear Republic/Fat Head’s/Stone Brewing Co. TBA (Texas Brown Ale)

 

According to Stone Brewing Co, this first collaboration beer of 2012 “pays homage to a little-known beer style called Texas Brown Ale, which, strangely enough, has its roots in California.” Basically, homebrewers in the 1980s added crystal and chocolate malts to an English-style brown ale, hopping it up with Cascade hops for a bitter, fruity punch.

This version includes brown sugar and molasses as well, and it’s creamy and malty and rich, with 7.1% ABV and quite the hoppy blast. If you can’t decide between a copper or brown ale and an IPA, and you like the aggressively bitter style of Stone Brewing Co. and Bear Republic, this is a beer to seek out.

Pours a deep reddish-brown hue with a thin 1-finger tan head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

Smells of toasted malt aroma with caramel and chocolate in the background.

Flavors similar to the smell as toasted malts, caramel, and chocolate cross the palate with a slightly hoppy flavor.

Medium body and minimal carbonation.

This is a really good Brown ale – comes in at a strong 7.3% abv yet it was masked nicely by the malts and hops.

 

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