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Mixtape Ale - GK & LU's Blend Vol. 1 - Stone Brewing Co.

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86
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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Dubbed Stone Mixtape Ale-GK & LU’s Blend Vol. 1, it’s a calculated mingling of seven beers from Stone Brewing Co. devised by CEO Greg Koch and brewer Laura Ulrich.

Those beers include everyday normies like Stone Levitation IPA, Smoked Porter and Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, plus library beers including 2011 Imperial Russian Stout and Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout brewed the same year that’s been infused with sage, peppers and lemon thyme.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 04-22-2012)
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CEDAMA, Aug 21, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer yesterday, but I took some brief notes.

Not knowing which 7 beers were mixed together, I went in blind.

The appearance was quite dark, with a strong head that hung around for a while.

The bouquet was also excellent, with a myriad of aromas intermingling in my nose's taste buds.

The taste (what I usually think is most important) was pretty good. Maybe I'm biased, in liking most stuff that Stone puts out, but honestly is was a good beer.

Body: lacking. Felt like a porter, hoped for more of a stout feel...

Synopsis: Couldn't pass up such a unique brew. However, if I could only drink one beer in a night, this might not be my pick.

DubbelBastard, May 21, 2012
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Bilco, Jun 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

scott2269, Apr 29, 2012
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nickfl, May 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

mhaugo, May 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

AApparel, Apr 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

sailorastro, Jun 03, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Stone in Escondido.

Appearance: It pours almost totally black with a small amount of head that lingers until two sips in. Holding it up to the light you do see a slight red tint...and I do mean slight. Pretty dark stuff.

Smell: The only confusing thing about this beer was the smell. This beer is a blend of seven different Stone brews (with some herbs/spices added) and it seems like the blended beers "cancel" each other out. It could be that the herbs and spices blend the smells. Slight herbs and alcohol on the nose.

Taste: My mouth felt like it was on a mini-tour of all the Stone beers included in this batch. The initial stage was of the lighter beers (eg. Levitation) and then moved quickly to the darker tastes of Imperial Russian Stout and the darker beers in this batch. The herbs and spices sneak in at the end stage. All the beers really do "blend" incredibly well and it didn't taste at all like seven random beer flavors making a random concoction in your mouth. As the beer warmed, the hops woke up and reversed the order of the beers on the mini-tour. Really a fun and surprising beer to slowly explore.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is pretty restrained which allows for the myriad of flavors to move across your palate. Malt is balanced with the hops. Even though some of the beers used in the Mixtape have high IBU's there is a nice balance from the malts that even non-hopheads will enjoy.

Overall: I was really excited to try this beer and it did not disappoint. The smell really doesn't tell you anything about the adventure your taste buds are about to be on. A blend of several beers could be disastrous in the wrong hands but Stone really offers up an amazing experience with this one.

KAVSE, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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M1A2, Apr 30, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 2nd Anniversary event at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of beer form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and a huge mix of herbal, floral, and spice aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, herbal hops, and a variety of herbal, floral, and spice flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very interesting blend that actually reminds me very much of Anchor's OSA in the flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Chrisdslap, May 13, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the Bittercreek Stone Tap Takeover... 5oz pour ... Fairly clear brown... light brown head...

Nose is herbal and somewhat floral... brown malts... this brew is all over the place.

The palate mirrors the nose with something that I guess is chilies.. a bit roasty and some licorice... herbal notes with wamrth... lemon verbena? lemon thyme?

Meh... not my cup of beer.. Glad I got the chance to try it.. but I probably would not buy again.

3.5/3/3/3/3

JohnGalt1, Sep 16, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Hollingshead's Deli in Orange, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width cream color head. Long retention and thick ringed lacing. Deep mahogany color with nice clarity.

S- Earthy hops and caramel malts. Kind of strange and sweet.

T- Sweet. Caramel malts, earthy and bitter hops.

M- Medium bodied and creamy with a wet finish.

O- Nice. Better than I thought it would be.

Murrhey, Dec 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in a 10 oz snifter at Downtown Johnny Brown's (San Diego, CA).

A: Very dark brown with a thin cap of off-white tightly bubbled head with few spots of lace.

S: It is an odd melange of herbs like sage and tarragon and spices with a fairly strong dark maltiness

T: The flavor of this beer, while palatable, is not something I would choose again. The herbal components are way too strong and overtake any malt component. Then you throw in some spices and it is really a mess.

M: Decent medium-to-full body. Carbonation is medium.

O: Really a strange and not so wonderful one-off. I would avoid.

argock, Jun 20, 2012
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Mixtape Ale - GK & LU's Blend Vol. 1 from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.