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Stone / Beachwood / Heretic - Unapologetic IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone / Beachwood / Heretic - Unapologetic IPAStone / Beachwood / Heretic - Unapologetic IPA

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89
very good

943 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 31
Gots: 154 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: dwagner003 on 05-27-2014

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.13/5  rDev +4%

22oz bomber shared between two glasses. My glass was a Rastel tulip glass. Bottled on 07/15/14.

Appearance: Hazy gold to light amber with a thin white ring as the edge and the barest skin of foam across the top. The haze (chill haze) goes away as the beer warms up. Lacing is small islands and stubby strands which are persistent.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, fresh cut tropical fruit, leafy.

Taste: Citrus up front, with peach and black currants in the middle. Just a hint of malt sweetness to complement all the hops. Bitter finish of more grapefruit with some leafy/woody notes at the end. Very hoppy, but oh so nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with just right carbonation, and a lot of hop oils sticking to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely no need to apologize for this DIPA - a showcase of hops and hops and hops - everything a hophead would want, and really a well done DIPA. Drinkability is dangerous, I could go for another bottle and would be in trouble later. The beer went well with food (Chicken Pailard with curry gravy) and I think would be pretty good all by itself. Well done beer.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wonderful golden color with excellent clarity. A fingernail thin layer of white head is present and covers the majority of the top of the beer. Brussels lacing. The hop aroma is primarily comprised of pineapple and tropical fruit. The taste is moderately bitter with notes of mango and pineapple. There's enough light malt to keep things in balance. Mouth is slightly sticky and chewy.
Appearance: 4
Aroma: 4
Taste: 4.25
Mouthfeel: 3.75
Overall:4

Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head which slowly settle into a thinner layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and dank hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus and pine. Big citrus hop scent with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon zest, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, and melon. Big presence of earthy and herbal hops with strong hints of pine resin and grass. Solid malt background with hints of grains, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A very good hop forward scent.

Taste: Like the smell leads, a very dank and juicy hop dominated taste with huge notes of citrus fruit and pine. Big juicy burst of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, lemon, pineapple, passion fruit, apricot, and melon. Equally strong presence of herbal and earthy hops with big notes of pine resin and grass. Nicely bitter. Background malt notes of grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A very good hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, chewy, and very drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is fairly mild.

Overall: Another top notch IPA from Stone. Very good mix of citrus and piney hop esters.

Photo of chinchill
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Stone's brewpub in San Marcos.

Pours amber with a white head that soon reduces to a ring but leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Strong herbal/floral hop aroma with a faint malt base.

Flavor: pungent and strong hops; a bit challenging to drink. Bitter.

Feel: medium body; medium, lightly crisp carbonation.

O: strong IPA for hop heads.

Photo of Auraan
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber with a one finger white head that left minimal lacing down the glass. A nice amount of bubbles slowly trickled up the glass. Quite the nice looking DIPA, probably the single best aspect of the beer. Scents of lemon zest, pine resin, tart berries, a small hint of blueberries, an underlying alcohol presence, hints of fruitiness and a touch of biscuit-like malt on the finish. The tart and blueberry aromas dominate as the beer warms. A very nice aroma that uses the new hops to create a rather fruit and unique aroma profile. Flavor begins with high bitterness with strong notes of pine resin and grapefruit peel, with a light undercurrent of sweet malt and a touch of honey and a hint of berry-like fruitiness hiding in the background, barely discernible. The middle continues to have a high bitterness, with the dominate flavor being pine resin and citrus pith, mingling with hints of alcohol, a slight berry-like tartness and hints of juniper berries. Finish is medium-dry with notes of pine resin, medium-light alcohol, light juniper berry flavors and strong notes of bitter grapefruit pith and peel. Aftertaste is pine resin and bitter grapefruit peel. A bit of spicy, peppery flavor and stronger tart berry flavors appear as the beer warms, which is unique and rather nice. A fairly standard flavor profile all things considered, the unique aspects of berries are hard to pick up amidst the standard pine resin, citrus peel and alcohol flavors, and they become even less apparent as the beer warms, thus making the overall impression of the flavor just that of another above average, yet standard, Double IPA. As the beer warms further, the truly unique aspects come out however and make for an interesting flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, resinous and drying with low, yet slightly prickly carbonation. Fairly true to form, drinkable and pleasant. Overall this DIPA is a mixed bag. The aroma is rather nice and somewhat different, but the flavor profile ends up being rather standard and the mouthfeel follows. A good attempt at using new forms of hops to make a new DIPA, but the end result comes across as just another hoppy, bitter West Coast DIPA. At least at first, the beer changes character as it warms and become unique at last and does standout as a good experiment. Recommended.

Photo of tastybeer
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light tangerine gold color, clear, with a white foam head and some scattered strings of lace. Aroma is out of town... Sticky, fleshy fruits, pine in the form of a spice, peach, misc. tropical, and sharp pointy citrus hits the nasals. Sweet, juicy, and tangy. Taste is a bit of a smoother more elongated version of the aroma. Very juicy, sweet, spicy, peppered, crystally coniferous spice cake flavors. Very unusual, interesting, and fun. Texture is smooth and regular with a touch of viscosity. Carbonation chills out pretty quick.

Photo of hreb
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle of Stone's collaboration with Beachwood and Heretic using new and experimental hop varietals. 8.8% ABV per the bottle. Beer pours golden in color with a nice white head. Mild aroma, familiary and citrusy. Flavor hits a bunch of great hop notes: piney, tropical, bright, and pungent. There just a hint of caramel malt in the background to bring down the back side of this beer enough to showcase the hops without blowing out your palate. I'm getting a pineapple kind of thing in the front, transitioning to more of an Earthy, pinecone thing in the back of my mouth. The result is pretty great, actually. Carbonation is well tempered. And while this is clearly into American double / imperial IPA territory, there's not too much alcohol burn and the result is quite drinkable. Highly recommended for Citra lovers (like myself). This blend of 4 new hops clearly has taken aim at Citra IPAs.

Photo of Roguer
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big, fluffy, snow-white head. Retention is excellent, and lacing is nice and thick. Brew is extremely clear and golden.

All the flavors of the hop rainbow seem present here: pine and resin; light citrus (ruby red grapefruit, lemongrass, and peel); a slightly herbal and earthy note (not to the extent that I'd call it dank; more dry and peppery); and tropical (mango). Slight bit of caramel and pale malt profile, barely enough to support the hops.

Shockingly delicate and soft taste. Hops come through in waves, but are mostly soft and sweet, despite being up-front. Pine, earth, and tobacco lead off; a wave of tropical sweetness washes over; and the whole thing is bound together by a thin but consistent grapefruit peel. A bit of caramel and honey peek out from behind bushels of green hops every now and then. Flavor varies in harshness and bitterness with each sip.

One of the best mouthfeels I've had from Stone: soft and smooth, but very lively, with a little bite. Long, semi-dry, bitter finish. It does get more syrupy as it warms; also gains noticeable alcohol heat and effervescence over time.

Every time Stone comes out with a new IPA/DIPA - collab or otherwise - I think, "Yeah, yeah, another one." Then I taste it, and I think, "Yeah, yeah, another GREAT one." This is a superb beer, and worth picking up one or more.

Photo of RickS95
3.04/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a milky golden color. Very light and pale, very hazy beer. Head is bright white with decent retention. Small tight bubbles, fairly uniform, not the meringue look of other IPAs. The tiniest of spotty lace.

Extremely aggressive scent. Very floral, which overrules the citrus. A hint of pine, but very grassy, almost dandelion-like. I think I like it, but I'm not positive.

I don't care for the taste. It's very one-dimensional. Reminds me very much of dandelion beers I've had. Kind of an oniony, alcoholy taste. No complexity.

Misses the mark here too. No layers, no depth, nothing but bitterness. There's no tangy citrus feel, no sweetness, simply bitter from beginning to end. Medium bodied and thank goodness it's got good alcohol in it because there's little else positive about it.

A swing and a miss. The bad taste and feel sticks to your tongue and won't let go. Going to need some popcorn or chips to finish this.

Photo of dannydetox
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

modest double ipa from some heavy hitting partners. i had slightly higher than usual expexpectations given the players involved, so this beer is only ok in my opinion. light gold in color,sporting mild carbonation and a thin head. not much nose - malt, some pine initially. the beer opens up as it goes down the hatch. i get loads of coconut and hints of stone fruit to compliment the maltier double ipa. bitter lemon finishes this 9%. good to try, and i wouldn't turn it down, but it is not my favorite blend.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Big white head. Retains well. Chunky white collar.

Smell - Piney hops with an undercurrent of mango and tropical fruits. Sweet smelling pale malt.

Taste - The tropical fruits are more prominent here. Sweet pale malt compounds. Turns grapefruity as it bitters. Light toasty malt character. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Sweet. Equally bitter. Well carbonated.

Overall - A little too sweet for me, but the hop profile is pretty good.

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden orange with a very thin head. It's brilliant in direct sunlight.

Immediate pineapple in the nose with citrus in addition to sweet caramel malt.

This is a heavy hitting pineapple, orange, and caramel balance.

Mouthfeel is very bitter and a definite hop bomb.

Overall this was decent, but wouldn't go out of my way to pick up another one.

Photo of Gmann
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear honey straw color with an inviting creamy white head. Decent retention, mostly dense with some big carbonation bubbles. Some lacing.

The aroma doesn't seem to be super strong but i have been noticing that with beers poured into my Stone IPA glass. Weird. Definitely heavy with the tropical fruit hop aromas. Pineapple and mango. Perhaps some apricot.

The taste is on the sweet side as well. Big tropical fruit presence. Pineapple and over-ripe mango. Perhaps some orange. A bit of a peppery bit in the finish. The malt is bready and soft with some honey notes; carbonation is soft as well.

Moderate feel with semi-soft carbonation. Quite a soft feel and nice balance. It is on the sweet side but not cloying at all. Drinks well.

A sweetish IPA. Tropical fruit forward but not grossly so. Not in my wheelhouse but others may enjoy.; still well made.

Photo of richj1970
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bomber into tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow with two finger eggshell colored head. Some light chunky lacing, but steady stream of bubbles for several minutes after pour.

S: Sweet pale malts, and light fruity notes. A faint hint of pine and floral hops. Apple, pear, and blueberry.

T: Follows the nose closely. A clean balance of sweet fruits and malts mixed with a subtle hop bitterness. Hint of herbal or peppery spice at the very end.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation. Light crisp finish. I was expecting more of a hop bite, but this is a little sweeter.

O: Interesting brew. The Stone influence led me to expect more of a hop presence, but there is a nice refined touch to the balance of flavors. Glad I tried it, but probably wouldn't go out of my way for another.

Photo of CrazyLarry
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: gold perfect carbonation head is solid and remains for short time.

Smelly: floral hops, hops, pine hops, citrus hops, a whole lot of hops

Taste: bitters, hops, hops, hops, damn this is good hops, I feet like im gnawing on a fresh hops cone.

Mouthfeel: lighter than expected

Overall: damn good beer, not my favorite ipa but it is damn good. Really good. Perfect execution.

Photo of antott0523
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Translucent amber with no visible carbonation. White, airy, one finger head that leaves some lace.

S: Hops come through as pine. Slightly bitter with some sweeter fruit notes.

T: Notes of pine, apple, grass, and honeydew. A bit musty. A touch of undiscernable citrus. Resinous.

M: Moderate to full mouthfeel. Syrupy.

D Honestly I know nothing about the types of hops used in this beer. The flavor is definitely, unique. I will compare this to the last IPA collaboration of Collective Distortion, and I do not like this one as much. It is more sweet and the mouthfeel is more thick.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Copper-colored that is transparent. Some lacing and a nice thick head that goes away quickly.

S: Interesting aroma with light citrus notes and lingering fruit smells.

T: Even piney hop-flavor that has a pretty flat malt flavor overall. Malty for the most part with an odd amalgamation of pine notes.

M: Even, slight level of carbonation.

O: I think this is towards the lower end of their hoppy beers (IPAs/DIPAs). It's good, but the overall flavor is more malty and the hops don't really pop out like I want.

Photo of goochpunch
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours out a cloudy gold with a thin head. Smells of pine, pineapple, and strong, oily herbs like rosemary and thyme. Flavor is big on pineapple with a piney, herbal finish. Light tartness. Sweet. Finishes a little boozy and medicinal. Mouthfeel is full yet prickly. Overall, this has some good things going for it, but the medicinal quality is a bit too much.

Photo of mikeburd1128
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle dated 6/20/14 poured into a Kane Brewing snifter.

A - Two fingers of a creamy, eggshell white head after a pour that was maybe a tad more aggressive than usual. Sticks around for a while too. Golden copper color. What you'd expect.

S - Dank. Pine. Onion. Fresh cut grass. Some dry sweetness as well. Very happy to get some sweetness to balance it out.

T - Wonderful dank, oniony, resinous, earthy hops. Love it. The back end has this nice sweetness to it though. I'm having trouble putting my finger on some of these flavors, but I am digging it. Very balanced.

M - What you'd expect. Medium, almost sticky body. Solid carbonation.

O - Didn't come into this one with any expectations. Another Stone IPA... Another Stone collab... We've all danced this dance before. But I am impressed. Classic Stone with some new flavor combinations. And at almost 9%? So drinkable.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright yellow color ale with a nice thick white foamy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with some grapefruit notes with some nice floral undertones is quite enticing. Taste is also dominated by loads of floral notes with some citrus and grapefruit notes easily noticeable with light bitterness notes with some residual sugars with the malt backbone. Light tropical notes are also noticeable. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Another good IPA to come out of Stone brewery.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and tropical fruits.

Tastes of a big wave of fruity hops and a solid pale malt backbone. Hops lead off with grapefruit, pine, and mango with a good dose of bitterness. Pale malts come through and add a touch of grain along with some bread. Not much in the way of sweetness leaving the bitterness to stick around. Earthy and herbal hops come towards the end before finishing fairly clean with a little bit of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty, but it could probably be great with a little more balance.

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

The classic looking stone beer. Deep golden bronze and bright crystal clarity. Plentiful thin but not ridiculous carbonation rising from the bottom. Good thick white cream colored head, tall with four fingers of soapy retention, and clump chunk lacing. A classic solid looking IPA in the library.

Interesting hop angle. I am getting a strange sense of vanilla and perfume florals coming off this. Creamsicle orange like aromas on the fruit sense. Wow it's cream, what the hell?! This is wild and kind of bizarre, and also of course fun!

Palate seems to come nicely, but then slightly lacks on the body. A hint of wet with the malt angle being buried and luckily not to watery but a hint of dry chalk. Good notes of mint and florals it seems. Mild juicy quality, with a bit of interesting grainy light flavor. It sort of reminds me of a confectionary or chocolate counter, ju jubes! even some strawberry is popping up.

What a fascinating hop varietal and play here. Lots of fun, maybe not amazing, but certainly a worthy addition for Stone and the gang!

Photo of BrewUSA
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 16/20

Overall 84/100

Super potent and dank IPA, def has loads of flavor... I will say it leaves a bit if a soapy/oniony aftertaste. Not as bad I make it sound probably, still not something I would care to see again. Also has an awkward sweetness. Still has a very unique and dank flavor~

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

RB

Picked up a couple of these now around town.. Enjoyed tonight in my CC Teku.. Clear golden brew... 1" white head has great retention and lacing.. Fantastic and expected SoCal hoppiness, not as bitter as PNW DIPA's but shows a very nice CITRUS hoppiness (tangerine and lime zest in my mind's palate) some background tropical fruity hops.. A very light pale maltiness is only present to make the hoppiness stand at attention and move forward like a wrecking ball. I am happily anticipating any and all new CCC hop varieties.. Cool that many are grown in my SW Idaho backyard.

4/4.25/4.25/4.25/4.25

Photo of wedge
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold under a beautifully frothy, milky cream-looking head that leaves some rings of lacing around the glass. Aroma is definitely hoppy, if somewhat muted. Flowers, melon, pear, pine, spices, grapefruit, leafiness, sticky bread/cake, and graham crackers...very interesting. A little alcohol, but it blends with the spiciness. Flavor seems a bit more hop forward, though the hop profile deviates from what I'm used to for a DIPA. There's a unique spiced fruit sort of quality, melon, crisp apple, berry, mint, flowers, and a Simcoe-like green pine note balanced by sweet, slightly toasty cereal malts. Creamy body, with carbonation that can't quite make it to the end of the glass. I could see this being more of a Xmas appropriate IPA with the spices, pine, and cake-like elements. I'd like more snap and punch, but the unusual hop qualities bring new things to the table that pique my interest.

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Stone / Beachwood / Heretic - Unapologetic IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 943 ratings.