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

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 283
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 4.84%
Wants: 48
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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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 283
Photo of Reaper16
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @The Beer Trappe, Lexington, KY, into a snifter

Pours a very, very hazy orange. It's orange like a cough drop held to direct light. Less than one finger of soapy, white head on this pour, but from the looks of the bubbles the head could have been much larger had the bartender wanted it to be. Adequate lacing. Decent looking beer.

Wow. Double dry-hopped indeed. This is perhaps the most intensely green IPA I've ever smelled. It's a veritable garden up in this glass; all stems and stalks and leaves and petals. Lots of vegetal aromas. Underneath all of those are the expected bevy of grapefruit and orange aromas that you expect from Stone IPA. This aroma is not for everyone, not in terms of intensity or in terms of how green it is. But I like it a lot.

That same qualifier applies to the taste. This beer tastes nearly as green as it smells. Very intense plant/vegetal flavors. Almost too much; the citrus and even the pine can get overwhelmed by all of the green flavors. The malt manages to peek out just enough to say hi, which is exactly how I like it.

The body is on the lowish end of medium-bodied, which is just fine by me. I wanted there to be a bit more carbonation to help break up the intense buildup on hops on my tongue, but the carbonation level that is actually present in this beer does a good enough job. Overall, this is a splendid special treatment of an already-good American IPA. If you like the greener, garden-like side of the IPA style then you should really enjoy this one. (1,521 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.49/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pint glass on draft at the ColLAboration event in Hollywood.

A: Lovely light amber color, cloudy texture with a nice frothy head with great retention and nice lacing.

S: I think something was a bit off here, it was a little fish like. I have to say I was a bit taken off guard by this. The usual aromas were in line, citrus, notably grapefruit, LOTS of hops and some piney notes. Kinda yeasty and bready too.

T: The taste followed the aroma. Great hop flavor, nice citrus and juniper notes to balance the bitter hops. But there was that fish taste. I've never experienced anything like it, something was afoot, it wasn't as bad as the scent, but it wasn't enjoyable.

M: Nice in the mouth, full bodied, smooth and crisp.

O: I hope that it was just something wrong with my pour, the keg at the garden or my glass, because I typically love Stone, especially their IPAs (Ruination is out of this world.) I'm going to leave this review a bit open ended for now, and will likely re-review at a later date to verify. (1,035 characters)

Photo of guinnessjim
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicious...the first Stone DDH i tried. Intensely hoppy nose almost lets you taste the beer from smelling it; Very aromatic...floral, almost pot like. Knew it was going to be great from the first smell.

Tasted like a Stone IPA with an extra hop punch. Good mouthfeel, clean finish. Very much wanted another. (309 characters)

Photo of beagle75
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a tulip pint glass.
Dry-hopped with Amarillo and Centennial hops, according to the menu at the Stone company store.

A: Hazy, light amber color with one finger of persistent white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops dominate, but do not smother, with floral and juicy citrus qualities. Malt is soft and toasty, subordinate but not left out, while carbonic acid enhances the citric side of the hops and also imparts a crisp edge.

T: Begins off-dry, with variable moderate-to-pungent hop aromatics of pineapple and savory cooking herbs. Moderate acidity is also present, remaining within acceptable bounds and adding to early brightness. The middle and finish are more malt-focused, yet the footprint of the grain is feather-light and bready. Bitterness is subdued for the style, lingering at the edges of the tongue and generally staying out of the way.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Freshness is the imperative winning element present in this beer, setting it apart from the standard formula in a fashion that has nothing to do with the brewed-on date. The hop flavors are both titillating and palate-filling at their most intense, yet the perceived intensity varies with each sip and the different aromatic qualities seem not to be entirely copacetic. Still, the finished product is a minor wonder to behold, probably comparable to any other American IPA with similar (limited) availability. (1,498 characters)

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet...

On tap at the Flying Saucer, Germantown, TN

A: pours golden with a thick eggshell white head covering the glass with sticky white lacing

S: boatloads of tropical fruits and piney, earthy, and resiny hops dominating the cracker-like malt base.

T: hoppy all the way through. Tropical fruits up front give way to orange peel and pine sap, then a long resiny, bitter, and spicy hop finish.

M: lighter than one would expect. has a crisp bite that goes well with the dusty, dry finish.

Overall, this beer is a hop bomb that is perfect for anyone who loves the little green things. This beer has set the tone for the evening. (646 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of Snow81
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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! (370 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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! (1,590 characters)

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled up my growler for the second time on a recent trip to Stone. Pours a slightly hazy gold in color with thick white, rocky head. Good lacing and retention. Smell was amazing, a true West Coast IPA. Citrusy hops abundant with some flowers, a little sweet malt and fruit. Taste, in my opinion, wasn't as exciting as the aroma. It was great but the aroma seemed more complex. Taste has a very pineapple element to it with some more bitter hops than it seems in other Stone brews. Nothing wrong with this but it almost seemed a little more mellow than their regular IPA, perhaps its just the melding of the flavors. Mouthfeel was fine, smooth and a little oily. Overall a great beer and glad I got to experience it. I should note this was in my car for 2 days before drinking. Never in any sunlight and the carbonation still seemed good when I opened so I think it survived the trip ok, I had no complaints! (908 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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 (654 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy gold orange in color with a creamy / cloudy off white head that faded very slowly and stuck to the glass leaving great lacing and a creamy ring around the top of the brew after the head fades; another good looking IPA from Stone.

Smells of huge floral hops, flowers, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, sweet malt, grapefruit, light toasted grains, caramel and potpourri; really hoppy overall, this beer is sweet and citrusy with huge whiffs of hops throughout the nose.

Tastes of floral hops, fresh cut flowers, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, sweet malt, pineapple, mango, caramel, brown sugar, coriander, grass, hay, hop spices like pepper, and a smooth bitter citrus finish that leaves your mouth dry some how and yearning for another sip. An IPA on steroids, as only Stone can do it. This is a great tasting beer with a wonderful feel for the dry hops added to the mash, where it almost seems as if leaves are floating in the beer leaving and oily slick residue after each sip.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick smooth, this brew has light carbonation with a little bubble zest that allows this tasty brew to flow down easy; the body is medium to heavy for an IPA, yet still light enough to go down easier than it should considering the massive hop presence.

Good drinkability, this is easy to drink for a hophead and anyone that enjoys a rich IPA. It's very hoppy, with a lot of sharp floral and citrus flavors, and if you like most of the Stone rotation than you will love this beer. A high recommendation for any fan of big hop IPA's and palate bombarding. I will seek it out again, hopefully in a bottled version as I'd love to cellar some of this for a while. (1,699 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler three days ago at the brewery and split it with my roommate (JustinA1) last night.

Poured into a 10oz. snifter.

Appearance: Frothy, white cap sits atop a hazy, pale gold body. Head retains very well and drags a tons of goopy lace down the walls of the snifter. Other than the body looking sort of dull, the appearance is great.

Smell: Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon-lime, sea salt, and earth. Fruity and herbal notes all over the place! The additional dry-hopping adds so much complexity and depth to the nose of Stone IPA. Awesome!

Taste: Lemon-lime, grapefruit, honey, lemongrass, a touch of salt, and definitely earth. Finishes lightly bitter, sweet and herbal. The taste can't quite hang with the smell, but it's still damn good.

Mouthfeel: Hop-forward with manageable bitterness and a relatively soft, sweet finish (or it might just seem that way because we had fresh Double Trouble right before this). Medium-bodied and very smooth. Finishes a touch prickly, sweet, and earthy.

Drinkability: Fantastic all the way through! We had no problem polishing off this 2L growler. For whatever reason, this batch seemed softer than original Stone IPA - softer and more complex. Again, fantastic! (1,216 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap left over from the Legendary Duckworth's Stone Total Tap Takeover in October 2010. Poured into a proper pint glass for the low price of I do believe $6. I have had this before and it has been good, but this time it simply blew me away.

A. Simply gorgeous - this is sparkling, crystal clear and effervescent bubbly Heaven-cobblestone gold. A large, dense, tight and uniform crown sits arrogantly atop, knowing it's just that good looking. The lace descends in strata down the glass as you sip - positively lovely. Times like this I wish I could attach a picture. It hardly gets any better. Perfect score.

S. Dank green hops, bright and lively, quite grapefruit forward but with the addition of two other hops (which, I wonder?) the complexity is turned up a few more notches. Plentiful sweet Amarillo is here, and the whole endeavor is fruity with enough malt sweetness to be sun-kissed and succulent. Excellent.

T. Big resiny hop upfront, there's that fruity, almost peachy Amarillo hop again, and the bitterness is getting close to distracting when the malt sweetness asserts itself and saves the day! The hop flavor is all over the place and gets a bit woolly, but never outstays its welcome. There's lots of green, grapefruit, slight vegetation (grass), and it's all quite bitter and citric. Grease cutting, and just the thing to go with my jalapeño bacon cheeseburger! Delightful.

M / D. Perfection for quaffing - soft body, sprightly carbonation, fine, and goes down very easily, tickling your palate with visions of fields of hop bines and scantily clad brunettes harvesting therein. Ok, I made that last bit up, but still.

Stone Double Dry Hopped IPA is a sheer delight to drink and is highly recommended - it has been a very long time since I've had an IPA I enjoyed this much. Huge thanks to Stone and Duckworth's for this memorable gem. (1,859 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Stone IPA Double Dry Hopped on tap at Alewife in Baltimore, MD, served in a 12-oz specialty glass.

Appearance: Topaz color, cloudy with some transparency. No lacing, decent head.

Smell: Citrus (orange). Oak and wood.

Taste: Upfront bitterness, an enormous amount of juicy hops. Fairly one-dimensional. Overly dry.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, full body. Incredibly and eventually unpleasantly dry.

Drinkability: One and that's it. Dry hopping the regular Stone IPA adds a nice, interesting touch to a good-but-somewhat-uninteresting beer. However, this is not something I would want to drink often. Dry, pungent and uneasy. (631 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.62/5  rDev -16.6%
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 (335 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (530 characters)

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

On tap at blue dog in landsdale.

A- comes to me with a nice finger or so of sudsy head that settles to a small cap and a few spots of lace.

S- a hop filled fist in the fucking face. Tons of citrus zest and conifers. Grapefruits, lemons, oranges.

T- super hoppy that's for sure with all the citrus and pine you could want. Fresh ruby red grapefruit pulp and lemon rind. Lick a pine tree and bite a grapefruit. That's what's up.

M- on the lighter side of body with a mid level carb. Super dry.

D- well its a tongue buckler that's for sure but I'm ok with it. (566 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Cappones.

Let me also say I had double ruination so the comparission must be made.

A: Beer arrived with a finger of white head. Really nice lacing. Nice fairly clear copper color. In short everything you want in an American IPA.

S: Pure west coast citrus. Grapefruit. Tons of hops. Just a really great smelling IPA. Compared to the best examples of the style it was a little bit lacking though.

T: Great taste. The malt was able to balance it out nicely. For a single IPA this had a ton of hops. Mostly west coast citrus but it did have a touch of a piney note. Best of both worlds.

M: Really nice sticky body. Had the perfect IPA mouthfeel.

D: This was a really good beer but in paled in comparison to double ruination. That being said it is one of the best single IPAs that I have ever had. It is a really weird beer. If you rate to style it is massive. (880 characters)

Photo of BigIrishman
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of Vengeance526
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small white head that has decent retention and lacing.

Overwhelming hop aroma with a lot of pine upfront and lighter hints of grapefruit, orange and lemon.

Again, the piney and citrusy hops come out in full force in the taste. There is also a hint of tropical fruit in the middle that lingers on to the finish. No real malty presence at all, its just all hops start to finish.

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall, this was a very enjoyable IPA with a fairly intense amount of hops. This was probably better than the regular Stone IPA but still a few notches below Ruination as far as the hoppiness is concerned. (674 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (885 characters)

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