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

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Stone IPA (Double Dry Hopped)
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 51
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of Gyle41386
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from a rare keg tapping at the Piney Grove Green's in Columbia, SC.

Very attractive pour. Really nice golden-orange color, with two fingers of plush, rich foam. Head retains very well, well enough that rather than keep waiting for it to recede so I could pour more, I decided to just drink it already. Leaves behind thick sheets of lacing. Perfect appearance.

Really nice hop aroma. The mixture of fruity hops almost smells tropical...grapefruit, lemon, pineapple. Pine in the back.

Taste follows the aroma. Loads and loads of hops. That said, the malt backbone is more noticeable than it was in the aroma. Big time citrus, with a piney bite at the end. Love it.

This is a super easy drinker. It's crisp and refreshing, and it's as sessionable as anything I've had from Stone, outside of Levitation. Body is a little thinner than I was expecting, but that's practically the only knock I can make against this beer.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex (MasterSki) for busting out this 64oz growler at New Beer Sunday vHoppy Edition.

A: Pours a hazy orangish yellow color with a nice two finger frothy white colored head that laces the glass as it settles down.

S: Scents of grapefruit, sweet hops, citrus, pine...lots of intense smells

T: Very similar to the smell - super intense, hoppy, dankness - grapefruit, hops, citrus, pine...a caramel malt tries to balance it out after the hops go down the throat but there isn't a whole lot of bite from the malt so I'm happy.

M: A little on the thin side, but only because the flavor makes this taste like a DIPA to me so I'm expecting a thicker mouthfeel. In IPA standards it's pretty close to style.

D: The flavor is super intense and this feels like a big beer to me even though it's only listed at 6.9% abv. It'd would be bruising to the palate to drink a ton of this, but I'd certainly try.

Photo of PatronWizard
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with acute comic timing by the extra stout Mauerhan.

As you pour, you realize that this beer glows. It fucking glows man! Thin creamy head.

Smells so damn fresh. Like I just cut the lawn and rolled in it. And the lawn was made of sensimilla. Full of morning dew.

Tastes good. More crisp than the regular IPA. Damn refreshing, whether it's the "double dry hopping" or the freshness of the growler. Big citrus bite. Oranges even. Pine. Grapefruit. Tasty ass beverage.

Medium bodied, seems so crisp in its deliciousness.

Overall: yeah baby!

Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev +3%
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 callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-amber body... nice clarity... thick whitish cap with good retention and nice sheetlike lacing.

S: Rich grapefruit character... floral/grassy notes as well... malt is hiding out, but is there

T: Grapefruit, lemon, other citrus notes, some pine and herbal notes... definitely a nice combination of hop varieties in this brew... light malt content, somewhat spicy towards the finish

M: Dry, clean, crisp, refreshing finish... medium bodied... good carbonation levels... not overly bitter considering the great hop flavors

D: A real standout. Like sculpin, it gives you a tremendous amount of flavor while keeping the alcohol levels down, and without bashing your face into the bar with bitterness

Photo of capra12
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on CBS day @ Capone's on 8/15/09,

Appearance: Wheat and tan in color with little head.

Smell: Hops

Taste: Opens with a strong tangy where citrus hops take over from the middle to the end. Leaving a hoppy aftertaste, What did I expect??

Mouthfeel: Rather carbonated and light-medium bodied.

Drinkability: I would have another, the hoppiness isn't too overwhelming.

Photo of p4lm3r
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Nice light-honey/amber. Head stood well, 1-1 1/2 fingers, decent lacing.

S- First poor from the growler was all citrus- lemon, and a little grapefruit. Nice mild pine, not overpowering. Hops are deffinately well balanced.

T- Again, the citrus nose starts the flavor, then there is a mild pine throughout. Finishes very cleanly.

M- medium bodied

Plan on hitting Green's in the morning to pick up a few more growlers before it is gone. Deffinately a great ballanced drinker.

Photo of BS68280
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here it goes for my first review, and a great beer to start out with.

Growler fill at Green's Beverage. The only keg in the state!

A- Almost clear golden amber color. Slight head, maybe one finger, with decent lacing.

S- I get lots of grapefruit and pine. The hops are definitely there and i love it.

T- For me there is grapefruit, then a nice carmel malt in the middle before a nice bitter end.

M- medium bodied with a dry crisp finish

Overall this is a great beer, and I hope some of you get a chance to have it. Definitely one of my favorite of this style.

Photo of sholland119
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

A-Pours a clear golden with hints of orange, a thin white head and great lacing.

S-Lots of grapefruit hops and caramel malt.

T-Delicious. Plenty of citric grapefruit bite supported by a nice caramel malt backbone.

M-Medium bodied and crisp.

D-Very tasty and enjoyable. I would go out of my way to try this again.

HV

Photo of Slatetank
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

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

On tap at Stone, special brewing to benefit Peter Reeves.

Golden orange with a bit of haze brew, a finger and a half of lingering head, nice lacing. Good balance in the nose, the dry hopping give it a bit of a spicy (peppery) scent with a bit of sandalwood (1) presence, a pretty unique smelling brew. Good hop presence on the tastebuds, not too aggressive, with a complex maltiness, sweet up front and bready on the back end. Fairly dry finish, and like most Stone brews (sans Ruination) pretty drinkable. Not sure I'd drink this regularly, I prefer the regular Stone IPA, but it was for a good cause, and from that perspective, we all need to have a glass for Peter.

Photo of atsprings
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp bubbly orange with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is a decent amount of citrud hops. The hops come through in the taste, wonderful blend with the sweet malts. The beer has a smmoth dryness and decent carbonation. This is a wonderfully enjoyable beer.

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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

A - clear golden yellow, lacy white head hangs around the glass.

S - pine, citrus, floral, smells of hops! sweet malts in the background.

T - the piney, citrus, bitter of hops definitely leads the way. But again in the background theres the sweet maltiness providing the balance.

M - fresh, med/full body with nice carbonation.

D - Ill take one anyday, its somewhere between stones ruination and their regular IPA.

Photo of OlieIPA
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Mauerhan for sharing what was left of this growler...you're just a swell guy. On to my review...

A: A fresh and crisp looking brew...this beast displayed a bright golden hue, which supported a mildly attractive white-frothy head. Even though the lacing and head retention was lacking a bit, it was still impressive considering this growler had been open a few days before.

S: WOW! The freshest pine tree you could ever imagine. The smell reminded me of the times when my dad and I would bring home the Christmas tree...and having that forest-like smell engulf my living room. Simply amazing...one of the best aromas any beer has given off.

T: The initial taste is exactly what I expected...pines...straight up tree dog! It was also surprising to find a rich malt backbone that intensified the longer it sat on my palate. The only flaws I could find were the strong alcohol presence and lack of complexity.

M: Dry-hopped beers always seem to leave my palate dry and this brew lived up to that expectation. Carbonation was low...but I considered the affects from the growler in this review.

D: Better than what I expected...and something that I would say is worth seeking out. I wouldn't necessarily say this is a session beer at all, considering the strong alcohol and robust flavor profile, but something I could down pretty quickly.

Overall: Probably the best hoppy-based beer (except for Self-Righteous) to come out of the Stone Brewery. A definite winner! Cheers!

Photo of Mauerhan
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up a 40 oz growler of this on my girlfriends birthday after dinner at stone. wasn't allowed a taster of it so i had to gamble. pours very similar to the standard ipa from stone. nice sheets of lacing line my glass.

smell is very strong on the citrusy hops. great.

tastes like a hopped up stone ipa. which is to be expected. but i was expecting alot more i guess. still a fantastic beer which i am very glad to have tried, but i wouldn't go nuts over it. for all purposes being i will be happy to stick with my standard stone.

thanks guys. great work.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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 ommegangpbr
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger, 12/13/07.
I'm almost surprised there was still some left the day after their 12/12/12 Stone event.
If you like their IPA then do try this stuff if you can. Anything and everything you like about the regular version is enhanced here. The scents weren't quite all there just because it was served on the cold side and I just couldn't wait long enough for the glass to warm up properly. I was able to let some of it sit in my mouth for a little bit in order to get the temperature up and let the flavor fully develop that way.
Pleasurable layers of textures throughout, layers of hop flavors, both citrus and herbal, that pulse on the palate. The malts are the glue that hold all that hop voodoo together.
Delicious.

Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +3%
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 rallison
4.43/5  rDev +3%
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 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 HighOctane
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the World Bistro. Impressive deep golden color with a pungent aroma similiar to the hops close cousin. Taste is a fresh hop blast that doesn't overwhelm the palate. I would drink this over Ruination in a heartbeat. Worth the trip to Escondido.

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

Growler purchased during Stone Winter Storm on Dec. 23.

A: Clear, dull peach-copper color with a healthy light beige head. Very good stability and staying power leaving attractive foamy rings.

S: Smells exactly like kind bud. Loads of skunk and pine.

T: Very earthy with deep herbal fruity flavors. This is a unique taste...almost pungent and somewhat cheese like (but not overboard or unappealing). Bitterness is there but subdued. Some pine and bark moments much like a forest floor. Finishes smooth with grapefruit, orange, pineapple and starfruit.

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel. Very smooth

D: This is like a completely different beer. Not sure if I've ever had a beer quite like this. The dry hopping did some amazing things to this.

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Stone IPA (Double Dry Hopped) from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.