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

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 284
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 51
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Better Weather Fest at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slight herbal hop flavor on the finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear light amber color with a frothy head that drapes the lace

Smell: Floral citrus with a touch of biscuity malt

Taste: A bit of the biscuit up fronmt, and then an assault of citrus fruit; after the swallow, the flavor profile is juicy and citrusy, with a bit more thjan a touch of residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; not as sticky as some other Stone beers

Drinkability: Perceptably refreshing; nothing like a fresh dry-hopped IPA

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone gives a resiny facelift to the ever-sturdy IPA by infusing more hops- more bitterness, more flavor, and more aroma. It's everything you like in a world class IPA, just more.

The double dry-hopped version reveals a more cloudy than usual golden-orange hue due to the extra hopping. But also, the fluffy white head character is much more dense, stubborn, and laces ideally.

Pungent aromas of pine, rich grass, leafy, and with the vegitation that's usually associated with wet-hopped beers. Very fresh aromas of citursy hop oils and its freshly separated pedals. All this hop character with only the faintest bready-caramel malt hint suppressed far behind.

The sharp citursy flavor is evident with the very first sip, but it continues to grow until the resiny bitterness reaches the highest level imaginable in a beer. The bitterness is accomapanied by flavors of freshly grated grapefruit and oranges, along with the herbal flavor of fresh cut grass and straw. Lightly pungent with the flavor of fresh picke vegitation (hedging on light must). Sticky and sappy with the hop flavor as it weaves into a brutally dominated malt breadiness and tepid sweetness.

Creamy and medium in mouthfeel with the malt richness falling off very quickly allowing the minty hop dryness to take hold early and only strengthen as the beer fades into the resiny bitter finish. As expected the snappy hop finish leads to a long bitter linger with a hint of cracker-like maltiness late.

There's absolutely no room for balance in this beer. Hop dominance is its thing and it makes absolutely no appologies!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BS68280 for sharing this and other good times throughout the long wait in line at Sexual Chocolate Day 2010.

Poured a light golden color with some orange-ish hues and a nice white head. The smell is simply fantastic, loaded with fresh hops with unbelievable floral and citrus notes. The taste was quite the same with a tiny bit of pale malt backing it up. The mouthfeel was very nice--medium-bodied with a crisp dryness from all those splendid hops. Phenomenal drinkability.

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Photo of largadeer
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.74/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color with a half finger of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the pour.

Smell: Fresh citrus peel hops that are mildly grassy. Slightly sweet from the malt with a mild, fruity undertone.

Taste: There is a strong hop punch right off the bat. Grassy with some grapefruit peel in the bitterness. There is a bready, slightly sweet malt note that backs up the hops. The finish is very bitter and slightly floral.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer was incredibly easy to drink. I could have put them down all night. The floral note along with the hops was very nice. Definitely a treat to try this beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone this weekend. I love their IPA as it is, so this one is a must try.

A: Much like the "regular" Stone IPA, the pour is a golden straw color with a small amount of white foam.

S: As if the regular version wasn't "dank" enough, this one really kicks it up. The aromas are incredibly strong grapefruit, lemon, and pine with almost no malt.

T: A real kick of bitterness from the pine and grapefruit flavors is the first thing I notice. There are actually some nice tropical fruit flavors as well, such as pineapple, which I wasn't expecting.

M: This is a very crisp beer with a dry finish and some lingering bitterness.

D: Taste-wise, this is very, very similar to the original version. There are a few differences, but not much. The thing that really gets you hooked is the insane aroma. Wonderful use of dry-hopping.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Capone's during the Canadian Breakfast Stout event. Poured chilled into a standard pint.

A - Deep golden like light green tea w/ a thick pale cap comprised of tiny bubbles which cling like sugar glaze as lace on the glass. The clarity is very good.

S - Spicy w/ a rind like nose, juicy grapefruit scent w/ herbal fresh hoppy aromas. The scent is backed by a mild bready malt odor.

M - A crisp feel which is dry and spicy, moderately high carbonation distributes the acidity and bitterness across the palate. The feel has moderate astringency levels with dry spicy finish w/ gentle malt sweetness cushioning the bite of the loaded hop textures

T - A sweet herbal hop flavor which has lemon, mango and notes of bitter grapefruit w/ a very piney leafy middle. The taste is crisp and bitter throughout but has a lot of citrus mix w/ light pepper tastes. The malt is present making for a beer the isn't awkwardly unbalanced yet the hops claim the spotlight and this has an array of hops to create a nice herbal, citric mix.

D - A fantastic IPA, almost immediate hop gratification with the pungent full hoppy(double dry hopped) nose and the drinkability is increased above the original since you get a big dose of West coast hops with each gulp when you bring the glass to your face the hops greet you intensely. A great IPA w/ Chutzpah!

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to khiasmus for sending a growler of this my way. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Big three fingers of light blonde foam that dissipates slowly to a thick cap and leaves plenty of attractive lacing. Slightly hazed pale golden yellow peach color. If it were a touch darker and more intense in color it'd be perfect.

S - Super hoppy and dank - lots of Columbus and maybe a touch of Simcoe in there - with tons of lemon, bitter grapefruit, and pine flavors as well. I can barely smell any malt in this one - reminds me a lot of the MTH Columbus Pale Ale a little bit - there's just a touch of candy sugar sweetness.

T - Big hop bitterness in this one although there's some light citrus and candy sweetness in the finish. This is just one ridiculously hoppy brew and actually verges on unbalanced for an IPA. There's a good amount of bitterness in the aftertaste, but it dissipates surprisingly quickly.

M - Light thinner body, uber-dry finish, lower carbonation with only a slight tingle. It could use a little more body for a 6.9% brew.

D - This is even more drinkable than the Columbus Pale Ale as it doesn't destroy my taste buds. Everything else screams super-drinkable - it's like chugging hop-flavored water!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Back story: Stone IPA (regular) was my introduction to craft beer. I've always loved Stone and for years I would describe it as my favorite beer. When I heard about Stone double dry hopped IPA, I figured I would never get it. Then I set up an in person trade with BS68280 at the Sexual Chocolate release day for a growler. I couldn't make it out of DC due to three feet of snow but BS68280 still sent me the growler, along with a couple of other great gems. Awesome guy...now to the beer.

Poured from a growler into a Stone IPA tulip glass, I had to....Aggressive head, but this may be due to the pour from the growler. It falls away into an amorphous white head of medium and large bubbles and leaves a TON of lacing on the glass. Beer is dark yellow and has a slight haze to it. Carbonation is steady but low. Looks like it survived the trip and the growler. AWESOME!

HOLY HOPS! Yes....this is the way an IPA should smell. Strong pine hop aroma followed up by a nice citrus supporting cast. It smells slightly sweet but my olfactory nerve is shorted out by the aggressive in your face hop smell. I don't even think I have to taste it, just keep smelling.

Beer is medium to light in body, nice bitterness and finishes cleanly. Beer is slightly sweet with nice citrus and fruity flavors in the midpalate region as well as some pine. Second taste, seemed to have a bigger body that time than the first. Not a lot of carbonation in the mouth but its still really good. The hop resin kind of coats my teeth and the bitterness is building. One of my favorite IPAs.

64 ounces later, still going strong. I love this beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Blue Dog in Lansdale.

Poured into the tulip with a bright golden look with slight bronze hazed in. A nice splash of white stuff on top, semi creamy looking, bits of lace on the way down. Smells is all hops with grapefruit a touch of pine and a sweet malt undertone. This just explodes with taste, tropical fruit BIG TIME with grapefruit, small mango and some pine resin. Sweet malts in the middle of this bitter thing. Mouth is bittered up afterwards which is fine by me, crisp off the tap, light bodied, easy drinking.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours gold with a firm white head, leaving beautiful concentric lace throughout the glass.

S: Strong hop aroma, pine/fir tree, heavy citrus/grapefruit, pungent.

T: Forget about the malt here, it's all about the hops. Orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pine and minor notes of pineapple carry the flavour. Not super complex per se, but full-flavoured and enjoyable.

M: Firm, biting carbonation, very resinous with a long aftertaste.

D: Very good showing here from Stone. Liking this better than the regular IPA for sure.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Barley's in Greeneville, South Carolina during an IPA event they were having. Wow! I loved this beer! A very nice pour. Amber with a very nice head that leaves near perfect rings of lacing after each sip. Smells a bit grainy, but with some nice pine notes becoming more present as it warms. The taste just explodes with pine- very resinous and dry, with a long spicy finish- just awesome. I expected some graininess in the mouthfeel after the aromas, but I was pleasantly surprised by the smooth but firm feel of the beer. A great beer that really shows what dry hopping can accomplish.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


1L growler filled today. Poured into my Moonlight pint glass. The beer is vibrant orange with a voluminous three finger soapy white head. Retention is outstanding, and wicked lacing is left everywhere when it recedes.

The hop profile in the aroma is primarily orange and grapefruit with a faint whisper of pine. There's a light floral presence, and the malt foundation is faint. Just a touch of sweetness is evident.

The flavor opens with moderate bitterness, and a generous dose of citrus, in the form of orange pith and unripe grapefruit, suffuses the palate. The malt is faint and crackery. The finish is dry and bitter with lingering citrus notes.

Carbonation is at an upper moderate level. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky. I just realized I rarely drink single IPAs anymore, so it's fitting that this seems somewhat tame compared to the usual hop and alcohol monsters (gremlins, if you prefer) with which I consort. That being said, this is immensely drinkable and very enjoyable. I'd have no qualms about putting down a few growlers of this at...oh, say 8 AM on a Thursday morning, in the name of advocacy. It's the cross that I bear. Quite a sessionABLE IPA.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's yesterday.

The beer pours a golden honey orange color with good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose, this is a very attractive, aromatic IPA, showing plenty of orange citrus, tobacco and pepper. On the palate, this is all West Coast IPA hoppy goodness, with the beer showing considerable pepper, dank earth, light orange citrus and a touch of pine. The modest sweetness I initially detect in this beer is quickly shoved aside by an avalanche of hoppy bitterness. The latter makes for a very dry and attractive finish and enchances the beer's drinkability. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. The latter seems to add to the prickliness on the palate one gets from the hoppy bitterness. Drinkability is good, with the acohol well disguised and integrated perfectly into the flavor profile.

An impressive IPA, especially if you're a hop head.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a glowing orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Some grapefruit and orange peel

T: Sordove mute. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I love the Stone IPA but this one seemed even less on the hop pop for me. It did have some caramel, grapefruit, orange peel

M: Light hops, not much booze.

D; Good

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this on tap into a pint glass at the Map Room.

The beer is a slightly clear light honey gold with only a light white head that doesn't rise more than half a finger. It fades quickly leaving a light sopay head that has good retentino. Poor lacing and lackluster presentation.

The aroma is much lighter than I was expecting, as knowing stone I was expecting an explosion of hops in both the aroma and taste. It stats off with some light grapefruit and finishes with light fresh hops. It really reminds me of PtE.

Taste is just like the aroma, starts off the grapefruit but then really just explodes in piney bitterness. There are intense fresh greeny hops and finishes with some pine.

Surprisingly, this gets more bitter as you drink, the opposite of most ipa's.

The feel is medium, and finishes with a very grainy mouthfeel.

The drinkability is hurt by the bitterness. I drank a glass easily but I can't imainge going back for seconds on this.

Overall, this was pretty good. Its very hoppy, a hop heads dream, but subdued enough to be pretty drinkable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a rather dark copper. Nearly zero head. Nearly zero lacing.

S-Aroma is far more muted than I was expecting. Its decently dank but it doesn't give me the bright citrus I get from normal Stone IPA. It almost seems to be past its prime in the nose. Sweeter than expected too.

T-The flavors depict a similar outcome here, too. Piney, hempy, grapefruity but not as brutish as I was expecting. Its surprisingly somewhat balanced. However, the bitterness does set in quickly and blindfolds the palate a bit. Its almost bitterness without any flavorful expression behind it.

M-Drinks fine.

O/D-Disappointed. This keg could be waning in freshness. If not, then I will take the un-tinkered-with classic Stone IPA over this any day, every day. I do want to come back to this again someday ti double-check and see if my first experience wasn't fresh.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's yesterday

Hazy orange with a dense white head with good retention and excellent lacing. A very pretty beer. The nose is fantastic with a lot of tropical fruit. My notes tell me that I'm in IPA heaven. Plenty of citrus is present, this is also a little green and grassy. Better than the regular Stone IPA IMO.

The palate opens plenty green and grassy with a HUGE tropical fruit character. Behind it is a light green, grassy character. Bitter orange, grapefruit and citrus peel dominate. This beer is light in body and the citrus bouquet is excellent. Orange and tangerines, along with some papaya and mango. Drying on the finish with a lingering hop bitterness and some hop flavor, this is DRY. Excellent stuff.

Side by side with Sculpin, it tasted almost as good, but clearly did not smell as good. Still, a fantastic beer, one that I'm glad I got to try.

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Stone IPA (Double Dry Hopped) from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.