Unapologetic Ipa - Stone Brewing Co.

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Unapologetic IpaUnapologetic Ipa

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very good

421 Ratings

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 19
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dstape001 on 07-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 421 | Reviews: 36
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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hap on tap last night at the Corner Slice.Poured an orange tinged medium golden with a thinner quick to fade white head atop.Floral notes stood out most in the nose along with underlying citrus,not big and in your face but nice enough.The hops are more leafy fruity with not a whole lot of sharpness to them on the palate,goes down pretty with a little alcohol presence as it warmed.A little lighter in the feel than I was expecting.Eh I was excited to see this beer on tap but it underwhelmed me a little.

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 ,fingers of pearl white head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Breadyness, pineapple, & other tropical fruit notes, plus booze; opens up once warm

T: Breadyness, grapefruit, mango & pineapple & little bit of pear up front. Some lemon grass notes, a little grapefruit & bready sweetness as this warms. Finishes with lemongrass, grapefruit & pineapple & pear

MF: Medium bodied/chewy with slight carbonation, nice balance

Easy drinker, another hop beast from Stone, give me more!

Photo of IKR
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear light-gold color with a modest-sized white head that slowly faded. Good looking IPA

Smell: Piney hop aromas feature prominently and dominate the nose with some mild tropical fruits lurking in the background.

Taste: The pine aromas carry over and feature in the taste with some mild fruity notes also showing up. The finish ends fairly dry with the pine notes from the nose. There is a mild hop oil slickness in the finish that gives way to a slightly bitter finish.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: Good IPA.

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with an eighth of a finger high white head consisting of medium-sized bubbles that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pineapple are present in the nose along with notes of grapefruit.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, having flavors of pineapple and grapefruit, the latter of which is most prominent towards the finish. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The hops in this IPA tasted very fresh and the taste had a nice balance between the grapefruit and pineapple flavors. It's rather drinkable for an Imperial IPA because any traces of alcohol are well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Southside830
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this brew. Wish I could find more !! Very smooth going down and unique flavor.

Photo of Klebe
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

"Enjoy By" series preferred over this.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Paid 9 plus tax for the bomber since stone makes world class IPA's I figure its worth the price.

A - Hazy orange amber color might lighter than one would expect for a DIPA. Head is minimal with just a 1/4 inch that settles to a sexy sticky lace ring.
S - Potent citrus and pineapple hops very strong with little ethanol bite. Slightly sugary and smooth malt/biscuit profile.
T - Sharp aggressive piney hops with lingering citrus rind bitterness. Slightly sweet with a decent crystal malt profile. Little noticeable ABV but it is there.
M - Quite good medium at best with a crisp body.

Overall again it's a good high octane DIPA but with cheaper beers by them I couldn't see paying the 9 dollar price tag again. Good though.

Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at the brewery from a freshly tapped keg (so I was told). Initial thoughts were of Enjoy By, but the more I enjoyed this one, the more complex I found it. Expecting a simple "hop bomb" this collaboration was much more than that! There was more malt than expected and it pleasantly co-existed with the hops making for an extremely well-balanced ale...for Stone I mean. Suffice it to say, this bad boy was a hop monster, just a well behaved monster! Another great beer from Mr. Steele! Prost!

Photo of CHickman
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review from 8/31/2014: Pours a slight hazy yellow gold color with a 2 finger foamy beige head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving good spotty foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of lemon zest, grains, sweet citrus fruit like passion-fruit and mango, candied sugar, grapefruit, tea leaf, grass, funk and white wine or white grape juice; almost smells like Sorachi Ace is in the mix as it’s really fruity with soft blasts of citrus hops and nice malt balance to even it out.

Tastes like it smells, but with more floral and earthy notes; flavor is a mix of floral hops, lemon, grapefruit, toasted grains, wheat bread, citrus fruit like passion-fruit and mango, brown sugar, tea leaf, dry grass, funky yeast, coriander, pepper, and dry leafy notes like old weed was dumped in the mash. Like the nose I think I taste Sorachi Ace and what seems like brett since there is a funky dryness that tames the bitterness. The hops are on the softer side but still very much a major component with some sweet malt adding balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and near slick as it slides down, with a medium body and has some thickness to it, light carbonation and slightly bitter finish that’s on the dry side.

These new experimental hops certainly have a dynamic citrus presence and seem to release strong lemon and herbal notes while covering the ABV very well. This was a good new IPA/DIPA that went down easy and had a lot of nice things going on, but perhaps I’m so conditioned to the other hops that some of the flavors seemed a little strange. A second tasting may have to settle my internal confused feelings about this brew or these new hops used in it, but based on this bomber I liked this beer and would have it again.

Photo of neenerzig
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%

I've had a bomber of this sitting in my fridge for a few weeks now, so I figured tonight was finally the night to crack this open. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a clear, light reflective, light to medium golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles rising up to the top of the glass. This is weird, as this beer in this glass is like a mirror. It is reflecting everything in the room with the way the light must be bouncing off of it. Has a nice white head about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a good solid 1/3 inch with good retention. Eventually settles a bit more to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice surface coat of film foam and very good lacing to boot! Aromas of piney, grapefruit/citrus hops along with some tropical fruits and slightly toasted caramel malty sweetness. The taste pretty much follows suit, with slightly toasted biscuity/bready, caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to piney, citrus, grapefruit hops, and hints of tropical fruits such as kiwi, berries such as black currants. Has a crisp, yet smooth, and frothy, slightly oily/resinous, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Let this one sit and warm up, or pull the bottle out of the fridge and let it sit for about a half hour before opening and pouring it. Another excellent collab beer from Stone and friends!


Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Well, a collaboration... not quite sure how it will go, but we'll see. Stone does seem to know their IPAs quite well.

Pours a big creamy fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, very nice soapy lacing, actually quite nice retention too, crystal clear honey orange color.

Nose is pretty nice, fresh hops, floral hops, little citrus notes, faint hint of generic fruit, but plenty of pine and resin, and eventually starts to get to some tree fruits, little pear apricot like notes, and touch of a nectarine like note. Faint fluffy malt base with faint booze note.

taste starts with a big sappy resinous hop note, a really oily hop, like hop oil and resin sap infused right into the beer, it almost gets a little creamy like feel from the hop oils. A mild golden malt base, little toasty and fluffy feel, with a bit of a warming booze. Hops bring fair bitterness, a little spicy and piney hops, into some fruity notes as well, hint of a mild citrus almost pluot like note, more tree fruits, little apricot like, etc. The pine and hop oils make the brain think toasted fresh oak like notes, but not really oak, it's interesting. Finish is fairly dry with big hops lingering, spicy piney and resinous, more sap and hop oils clinging to the tongue, touch of warming booze.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, hop oil thickness coats everything, mild warming booze and decent carb.

Overall interesting, lots of hop oils, pine, resin, spicy like hop notes, etc, with some interesting but very mild fruit and even less prevalent citrus notes. Either way an interesting take on an IPA with unique hop profile, and decent malt base with hint of booze. Great to try, but probably wouldn't get again as there are so many better IPAs out there.

Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev +1%

Good bitterness, nice dipa

Photo of sprat1960
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Orange to light copper in color, clear. Pours with a huge off-white head that dies down relatively fast leaving a rich thick layer of foam on the surface of the beer and some lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of medium bubbles from the carbonation.

Smell - Fairly mild, smooth, pleasant hoppy aroma. Nice but nothing special.

Taste - Taste matches the smell only better. Smooth, pleasant hoppy flavor with a slightly dry finish. Refreshing, though the dry finish did leave me wanting water after.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, lots of medium carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall - A very good IPA. I enjoyed this beer with a burger on a nice summer night. I would gladly drink another. That being said, in my opinion there are many other equally good if not better IPAs - so I would not be rushing out to buy more of this one.

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

Decent bar pour head. Good initial ring lace. Cloudy golden color.

Mild semi-hoppy aroma. Quite neutral.

A bit oiliness to the body, but otherwise no evidence of alcohol. Solid grapefruit hop flavor. Not extreme but full of flavor one would expect.

Photo of KMachHops
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Light copper with nice head but dies down.

Smell - Floral and some fruits.

Taste - Hoppy and bitterness lingers in mouth. Lacks balance.

Mouthfeel - Hops are great to start but finishes very dry.

Overall - An IPA that is very close to a DIPA. Hop heads will like this from a regular IPA. Very pricey for what it is. Cost more than Enjoy By which does not make sense.This super fresh. Only bottled 4 days ago.

Photo of LouZ
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Light in color, minimal head. Strong citrus aroma with hops.

Photo of mactrail
2.65/5  rDev -33.1%

I'm always delighted to see new and interesting hop experiments, but I think they do need to apologize for this one. It's unique, it's intense, it probably takes tomato juice to wash the smell out.

Odor of gym socks and yesterday's Sunny Delight. There is a persistent aromatic that is something like rotten melon. Hot with alcohol and hop oils. Spoiled grapefruit with that green mold on it.

More herbal flavors that are mysterious as well as unpalatable. Lavender and lemon verbena with a touch of hair tonic from the old school barber shop. Bitter from start to finish in usual Stone fashion. I give this the black ball for drinkability. But if you're a Stone fan and love surprises, dig this.

Photo of MarkQ617
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Picked up a 22 of this the other day, poured into a pint glass. Admittedly I was was a little disappointed. Color was a hazy yellow-gold, with a good amount of head, maybe 3/4 of an inch. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth, no issues there. The flavor was just very mild, especially for Stone. Some pineapple and lemon, but not a lot there. Just a little weak for something so unapologetic.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

taste like every other stone Ipa

Photo of travolta
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice heavenly cloudy head. Very good retention and lacing. A golden piss yellow. The head retention lasted the entire bottle. Great lacing.

Nose: A little malt up front, fresh hops, with a lemony finish.

Taste: Malty, a little syrupy, very clean finish considering it has this much character. Hops oils, some chemicals, and clean crisp water.

Notes: A hop lovers' dream.

Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev +1%

Older review from notes:

This is not one of Stone's better offerings, maybe it was the collaboration.

Color: Hazy darker golden color. Interesting really for an IPA. On the darker side of yellow but not quiet red either.

Smell: Pineapple was dominant on this one, hops were present, but not as strong as other Stone beers.

Taste: Pineapple, tropical fruits, more fruity, beachy than most. I found this one to be too cloying and thick for my taste. It was not as dry as I prefer an IPA to be.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but not spectacular. I bought it as a curiosity, and I will leave it at that. One bomber was enough. Good thing it was a one and done for me. For the same price bring on the Enjoy By, all day long!

Photo of a0lbudman
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-bright hazy Gold color with a large white head that leave a little lacing
S-strong hop aroma with a citrus smell in there, pine is in there also
T-hops, and pine with a very bitter hop aftertaste that stays with you until the finish
F-light body and high carbonation
O-very hoppy in smell and taste. If you like an overpowering hop punch that does not go away then you will like this one

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +1%

Looks nice - lots of bright white lacing. Kind of tropical in aroma, pineapple and mango. Sturdy bitterness with some fruity sweetness up front. Mild alcohol character, but a bit of warmth in the finish. Medium/full body with creamy carbonation. Good stuff.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled On 07/15/14

A: Pours a golden amber color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Some nice juicy citrus and tropical fruit notes up front along with hints of pine and floral notes. Not much malt in the way of the hops

T: Starts off with quite a bit more pine than the nose let on, as well as the citrus and tropical fruit notes. Some of the perfumey floral notes come out as well. Again, not much malt presence to stand in the way of the hops. Quite bitter throughout and into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little prickly

O: If you like hop bombs, this one will suit your fancy very nicely. The experimental hops certainly throw in quite a different combination of hop aromas and flavors, as well as an overlying bitterness (which might stand out more just because of the lack of malt sweetness). Just another DIPA? Sure. But it's still solid and a great collaboration

Photo of vfgccp
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

A - Best head I've seen in a while on an IPA: soft and creamy, off-white, with outstanding retention and lace. Moderate haze on a bright gold body. Lively carbonation in the glass.

S - Pleasant orange, bread, and cilantro paired with hints of an off chemical/cleaning product note.

T - Sweet bread crust and honey balance bright wood and bitter plant stems. Tea biscuit, toffee and cilantro finish.

M - Smooth and full bodied with a matte finish.

O - A take on the style that you don't see very day; creamy and biscuity with a strong woody backbone.

3.68 Unapologetic IPA
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.50 4.50 4.55 4.52 10%
S - 3.40 3.90 2.60 3.30 20%
T - 3.00 3.90 4.35 3.75 40%
M - 3.50 3.60 4.10 3.73 10%
O - 2.90 3.80 3.75 3.48 20%

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Unapologetic Ipa from Stone Brewing Co.
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