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Stone IPA (Double Dry Hopped) - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 51
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 12-26-2006

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Ratings: 281 | Reviews: 104
Reviews by Wasatch:
Photo of Wasatch
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small chalice a nice clear golden dark yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a small off white creamy head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a slight malt note, nice citrus and piney notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy with a nice blend of malts, with some citrus/pines. Medium body, chewy, with a nice dry/bitter finish, the ABV is hidden very very well. Overall, a very nice brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap today in NYC as part of the Blind Tiger's 12/12/12 Stone brewery event. Mike/Grover, Slander and I all agreed this was the one to start with. It arrived in a Belgian style tulip, near clear, slightly orangy. The head is medium in height, tiny bubble, off white and then leaves plenty of fine, well webbed lacing. The nose is intensly hoppy, gobs of amarillo/pineapple fruityness and resiny goodness. Fairly light in body, the expected load of fruity/spicy amarillo laden hop goodness. Easy drinking, pleasant and snappy on the tongue and easy on the entire package of beer apreciation sensors. Loved it, could drink this one all night.

Photo of ehammond1
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A hazy, golden orange with amber edges and a moderate white head that sticks around. Leaves rings of lace down the glass with every big sip. This beer could be on a magazine cover!

Grapefruit and lemon and orange rind in the nose. Strong and pungent citrus aroma. Extraordinary.

An exceptional spectrum of flavors including: initial bitterness, hoppy citrus, and then a bready and biscuity flavor near the end.

Smooth yet full and rich mouthfeel. This beer invites you to drink more of it.

Very close to a perfect IPA. I feel lucky to live a "Stone"'s throw away from the brewery.

Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper colored with a thick and firm white head that lingers long, even after many sips. Aroma of bright floral and citrus hops. Luscious flavors of floral and citrus hops, moving to a piney finish. Subtle malt flavor provides a good balance. Hops dominate without lending too much bitterness. A very flavorful beer. Even mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a tingly finish.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably one of my favorite, if not the favorite casked ales. I think I had this at both Hopfest and the Bistro IPA fest.

Dry hopping sets the casks apart in my mind. too often they are dominated by the kind of wood used in the cask. This one was just right. Looked nice and hazy golden, taste was just fantastic. Crisp dry hopping mixes with the wood very nice on this one. Kind of hurts, makes the regular ipa seem pedestrian, this one comes off more complex.

Stone seems to be my favorite brewery casks, but boy are they rare to find.

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle, SC)

Pours clear and unremarkable.

Aroma: plenty of bready and caramel malts with hops; sweet.

Flavor: nice hoppy impression but mild and sessionable. Medium/mild bitterniess.

O: a very fine IPA; May not have enough hop wallop to satisfy some hop heads.

Photo of OStrungT
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very attractive golden color with a thick, fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a thick sheet of lace.

This beer has a very floral aroma. I like all the double dry hopped beers from Stone. It smells citrusy. I detect some lemon, and some grapefruit. It also has a slightly piney aroma. A very subtle grassy aroma is present as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. It tastes quite floral. Almost like drinking a flower. It has a citrus taste also. Mostly grapefruit. A slight piney flavor is present. It has a subtle malty backbone however. This beer is very well rounded.

This beer is quite crisp and refreshing. It goes down very smooth, leaving a floral aftertaste. This beer is perfectly carbonated.

I think this beer would make a great session beer. I love Stone IPA, and this beer just takes that one up a notch.

Overall: Great beer by a great brewery. A must have for any Stone lover or any IPA lover.

Photo of Snow81
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very light orange, looks nice and malty

Head: Small white head

Smell: Light citric with a sweet malty backbone

Taste: Big hop, almost of a tropical fruit with a heavy malt notes

Weight: Light to medium body with low carbonation

Finish: Big citric sticks around forever and stickiness on the lips

This might be the best beer that has ever hit my palate!

Photo of mikey711
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my main suitcase carrying man!

A: Cloudy and light amber in color. Nice head with ok lacing. Head retention is not great.

S: Huge herbal grassy notes. very clean and fresh smelling. a touch of green tea and honey notes as well.

T: Again very herbal grassiness. Some sweet honey notes that remind me of green tea. Mild citrus notes

M: Extremely smooth and easy to put down.

D: Overall, this is a great offering and has a unique herbal quality unlike most other ipas. i really enjoyed the sweet honeylike taste and green tea herbalness. A little more citrus would have been nice but this was one beer i am very happy to have been able to try

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This might be one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Got a growler of this last week. Cracked it open today.

Pours a perfect clear golden color with a very nice sticky white head with nice lacing down the glass.

Aroma is tons of hops. Citrus, pine grapefruit hops. Smells awesome.

Taste is awesome. Very hoppy but alot of hop flavor too. Not just bitter. It got slightly oxidized in the growler after a week but I won't dock it for that. Not the best IPA I've ever had (Younger gets that award) but maybe 2nd best. I wish I could get this often.

Mouthfeel is nice and carbed. Little lighter than the tap version I would imagin but not bad for the growler.

Overall an amazing IPA. Good thing km only sharing this growler with 1 other person.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour was a light hazy golden yellow with a light foamy head.

very hop forward with a massive onslaught of citrus and bitterness. tons of orange and grapefruit with a hint of pine. light sweetness.

super juicy and hoppy. almost like drinking fruit juice. tons of sweet grapefruit, tangerine, orange, and a light pine bitterness. tons of resin and earth. light malt body was overpowered.

a bit light malty body with a nice slight easy to drink feel. nice moderate to light carbonation.

this was the highlight of the night for me, so delicious in every way.

Photo of nickd717
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by bring. Wow, this is great stuff. The "other site," as of now, lists this as an alias for Stone IPA. This is not correct. Stone IPA this is not - it's a different, awesome animal.

A - Nice bright clear golden color with a medium white head.

S - Hop explosion. Really fresh and floral, with some citrus and pine notes as well.

T - Citrus and pine hops - simcoe I'm told, which is one of my favorites. Very grapefruity. Some pale and caramel malt as well.

M - Dry and crisp on the palate, and somewhat light-bodied, which is good for those who don't like their IPAs too syrupy (I'm on the fence here).

D - Really, really drinkable. It's just so damn tasty that you keep lifting it to your mouth...and like that, it's gone...sort of like Keyser Soze.

Photo of DonDirkA
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Citrusy. The hops taste very fresh and very bright. I'm not a big fan of the normal IPA, too basic for my tastebuds, but this was definitely a treat. I had this with a bunch of other Stone hop bombs at the Stone Tap Takeover at 1702 in Tucson, AZ. I liked the double dry-hopped Ruination more than this but I liked this more than the 10th Anniversary Ruination (which is saying a lot).

Photo of BigIrishman
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours slightly cloudy and a bit darker than the regular version. Leaves plenty on sticky white lace.

Smell: Huge bursts of clean grapefruit and pine. Very strong aroma.

Taste: A bit stronger than the regular version. Grapefruit and pine are clearly controlling this brew and the malt is definitely hidden in the background. Almost finishes as bitter as Ruination.

Mouthfeel: Very clean, crisp and sticky.

Drinkability: Overall I like this version a lot better than the regular IPA, although I probably wouldn't go out of the way to get it because it pretty much just tastes like a super Stone IPA.

Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured golden yellow with a minimal pure white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt and massive pine hop. The flavor was of malt and a light pine/citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Ovearll this was a very nice addition to an already good IPA. Made a very nice difference from the original. The aroma was awesome for any IPA fan with the massive hops kicking you in the face, but on the flavor it is toned down to give you a very nice balance. Very nice.

Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is the version that I had at the Pony Bar on 12/15.

Poured a cloudy golden color with a big pillowy white head, impressive for a cask.

The aroma was of floral and perfumey hops, perhaps some light grapefruit.

The taste also was of floral and perfumey hops. More grapefruit in the taste which also had a touch of pine. The malt body is very light, just there to support the hop flavor.

The beer had a moderate body with soft to little carbonation. Lightly bitter and dry on the palate.

Good IPA with a light malt body.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW. Actually liked this one better than the double dry hopped ruination. Pours a clear amber with a one finger off white head that dissipates in a minute or two. Leaves slight lacing behind. Smell is great, starts with pure bitter and then shows a massive bouquet of tropical fruit followed by more straightforward citrus notes. Pineapple, passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon, orange, and pine are all very noticeable and discernible.

The taste follows through with the set up the aroma provides. Huge bouquet of tropical fruit and citrus, and a touch of pine throughout the notes. Delicious. One of my favorite ipas I've had.

Photo of mattwjones
2.7/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I love me some hops, but this beer was about as unbalanced hop-heavy beer that I have had.

The beer looks good. Nice pale color. Good lacing. Visible effervescence.

The smell is spot on. Good clean hop aroma that does not quit.

The taste was quite a disappointment. It was like drinking sparkling water while chewing on hop pellets. I tasted nothing but hops. This was far more intense than even Ruination, which I happen to enjoy.

Mouthfeel was good, but basically moot after the overwhelming hop blast.

This beer was not the most undrinkable beer that I have had, but I wont be ordering it again.

I suppose if you are a daily "hop bomb" drinker and you have blasted your taste buds with more Alpha acid in the last week than any Bud light drinker has in their whole life, this might be a good beer to drink. As for me, I try to limit my hop forward beer intake so I do not experience the diminishing returns of hop perception. Please do not mistake me for a first time IPA drinker. I have had Sculpin and Pure Hoppiness and Nelson - all of which I love.

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Blind Tiger on Stone's 12/12/12/12 day. This beer is double dry-hopped.

A: The ale is a brilliant yellow-orange color, looking like apple juice with a brilliance that is intense. A finger's worth of head blankets the beer, providing fodder for lacing.

S: The nose is delicious, thick with citrus and pine hops, intense with bitterness. The dry hopping has added an incredible layer of depth to the ale.

T: The first sip reveals bitterness beyond words. While it is not quite as intense as Ruination, the double dry hopping has added a noticeable resiny pine taste to the ale. The flavor makes you wince slightly but it delivers a robust flavor that the IPA needs to really stand out. Each sip re-delivers the blast of hop flavor, intensifying as the ale goes along. This is a rare treat.

M: If you love hops, this is a beer for you. The flavors are intensely bitter but full of so much grapefruit and pine that you can't be unhappy. You hear that? You CANNOT be unhappy drinking this.

D: If there weren't 15 other Stone offerings on tap, I'd have gladly stuck with this beer all day long.

Photo of Brewsmith
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from Stone on 3/13/10. I already love the regular Stone IPA, and the Double Dry Hopped is even more fantastic. A deep gold color with a nice white head, and a killer pine/citrus note. Hoppy and bitter with a malt backbone without being sweet. A dry finish and if it were not for it's ABV, totally sessionable. It has the aroma of a Double IPA without the strength. Well done.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It was quite the night over at the Blind Tiger, wasn't it? Easily everyone's first choice of the evening was the Double Dry Hop. Although there were a lot of seductive offerings there, the crowd made it known that this was their favorite. An extra half a point goes to appearance for Mike personally handing me the glass & toasting all of us. Thank you Grover.

Half an inch of head floated atop a tulip of bubbling honey/citrine-colored beer.

Even with a more upfront piece of glassware, the aroma was not as intense as I wanted it to be. Still, there was a dry citric burn there that was akin to sniffing a potent mix of saline laced with pineapple. Eye-opening, but not earth-shattering. Served icy cold, I was still surprised to get as much out of it as I did.

A sharp bittersweet notion attacks head on. That moment of intensity lasts briefly, with grapefruit & lemon rinds, along with a leafyness that makes up more of the actual bitterness. That initial taste nearly drops off completely, allowing a bit of absorbent malt to be noticed & appreciated. The finish is dry, with remnants of the hops lingering slightly, while the crackery malt does it's thing.

Probably the easiest thing I've had to drink from Stone to date. The regular IPA isn't as dry as this was, & when combined with the new pleasure inducing volatiles present, I could almost care less about the price of a pint in NYC. Almost. ;)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Insanely good beer. Made the two hour trip from Anderson to Columbia to make sure I could grab a couple growlers of this while it was still on! Served cold and opened for lunch of Superbowl Sunday!

The pour was crystal clear and a near spot on amber color. Nice two finger head of white rises up gently and settles down just as nice into a small, broken crown across the top of the glass. Light side glass lacing then protrudes. Aroma is what dreams are made up. Such fresh, sticky, citrus hop goodness, it was a wet dream for me. Fresh and bright, huge and sticky, not many words needed to describe it. First sip is clean, fresh, dripping with citrus hop goodness. Fresh grapefruit and ripe orange just ripping through this one. Crisp, clean and super fresh taste. I literally was melting in my chair.

Overall one of the best tasting, if not the freshing and crispest tasting IPA's I have ever, ever run across.

Photo of rallison
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An update on my last review..

The current version of Double Dry Hopped IPA is not as good as previously. The hops just aren't quite as fresh and floral in the nose or the taste, and the overall flavor profile is a little bit muddier. Still quite tasty, but not as good as they've done this one.

Overall though, still quite recommended. Regardless of it not being quite as good as I've had, this is still a wonderfully hoppy IPA.

Photo of largadeer
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1L growler hauled back from San Diego by bring, thanks Barry.

Appearance: Golden-orange with perfect clarity and a finger of head. Retention is solid.

Smell: Big centennial/simcoe aroma of grapefruit, orange, cut grass and wildflowers. Malt? Not really, maybe a hint of sweetness. The extra round of dry hopping did wonders to an already very aromatic beer.

Taste/mouthfeel: A little sweeter than the nose led me to believe, with mango-like tropical fruit sweetness supporting the citrusy, floral hop flavors. Light bodied, crisp, and refreshing with a dry, mildly bitter finish. For my palate, this could use a touch more bitterness, but it's excellent all the same.

Photo of TucsonTom
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was double dry hopped with Motueka hops and part of a tap takeover at Tap + Bottle in Tucson, Ariz.

A beautiful haziness and fine, unique taste. Very well balanced and full of flavor, but over the top in hops.

Give it a go. Well worth trying.

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Stone IPA (Double Dry Hopped) from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.