Stone IPA (Double Dry Hopped) - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-23-2012 05:00:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.68/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
02-10-2010 14:37:39 | More by Thorpe429
4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
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
06-11-2009 23:14:50 | More by brentk56
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
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!
04-02-2011 16:58:34 | More by BEERchitect
4.75/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
02-07-2010 18:36:52 | More by mikesgroove
4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
01-04-2010 18:28:53 | More by womencantsail
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
09-02-2009 18:29:33 | More by largadeer
4.55/5 rDev +5.6%
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!
08-30-2009 21:26:59 | More by MasterSki
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
02-26-2010 01:50:11 | More by drabmuh
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
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!
08-16-2009 18:02:33 | More by Slatetank
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
09-05-2012 02:11:51 | More by oline73
4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
01-22-2011 06:36:32 | More by Halcyondays
3.6/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
08-29-2010 20:57:20 | More by barleywinefiend
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-12-2007 22:22:43 | More by Billolick
4.63/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
11-10-2013 05:03:00 | More by Georgiabeer
Stone IPA (Double Dry Hopped) from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.