Delicious IPA
Stone Brewing

Delicious IPADelicious IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #1,849
Ranked #11,112
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Very Good
Delicious IPADelicious IPA
Notes: A citrusy IPA with Lemondrop & El Dorado hops
Crafted to reduce gluten
First Release: January 2015

While our beers are many and diverse, yet unified by overarching boldness, India pale ales are our undeniable bread and butter. The result is an intensely citrusy, beautifully bitter beer is worthy of the simple-yet-lordly title of Stone Delicious IPA. Lemondrop and El Dorado hops combine to bring on a magnificent lemon candy-like flavor that’s balanced by hop spice. It’s unlike anything we’ve tasted in nearly two decades of IPA experimentation, and another lupulin-laced creation we’re excited to introduce to hopheads everywhere.
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UWDAWG from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gluten reduced

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a IPA glass.

Look- Golden, white frothy head, clear, average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Piney, citrus.

Taste- Piney, slightly citrus, slightly bready, slightly boozy.

Feel- High bitterness, slightly above average carbonation, prickly, slightly sticky astringent finish.

Jul 25, 2020
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FireMedk from California

3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought this 12 oz. can because I knew it would be a Stone brewer hop flavored brew with good citrus notes for these hot summer days and it was just that. Pour was a nice amber color and traditional Stone hoppy smell. This brew has a bitter aftertaste that will linger longer than expected. The bitterness was stronger then the overall taste of this one. Still, a good summer choice.

Jun 10, 2020
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hophead723 from California

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned a few weeks ago, should still be pretty fresh.

Look: Pours a deep golden amber color with a white head that settles to a thick cap. The body is clear, maybe very slightly hazed and shows ample carbonation.

Smell: Sweet citrus notes, some earthiness, lemongrass, light toasted grain, and lemon peel stand out in the bright and welcoming aroma.

Taste/Feel: Refreshing hoppy citrus flavors wash across the palate, finishing dry with a lingering grapefruit pith bitterness. Lemon peel, grapefruit, lemongrass, orange, slight pineapple, and toasted grain malts dominate the flavor profile. The bitter, dry finish is satisfying and refreshing. A spicy and floral character tickles the tongue. There is a noticeable earthiness alongside the more fruity characteristics that this beer has to offer. The dry sensation left on the palate makes the mouth eager for another drink of this beer. The alcohol is slightly present as the beer warms, peeking through the complex citrus character at random intervals but is still well hidden overall.

Overall: This beer is well done, very drinkable and enjoyable with lots of citrusy bitterness. I found serval aspects of the hopping to be very unique and standout.

May 27, 2020
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kookajamo from Delaware

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Smells like a delicious and dank hop bomb and pours a brilliant golden that looks far better than most of the new NE style IPAS.

Taste is very hoppy, citrusy and slightly sweet. IPA is rather bitter but very cloying for 75 IBU because there isn't enough flavor to back up the aggressive bitterness. Bitterness lingers substantially adding to the cloying effect. This beer is a tasty west coast IPA no doubt but doesn't surpass the original stone IPA due to the aggressive bitterness dominating the flavor profile. I've had 120 IBU beers that tasted less bitter due to being jam packed with more flavor.

TLDR: Solid west coast IPA but bitterness is long lasting and overly cloying

May 26, 2020
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TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical color, clearer than many IPAs. Notes of citrus zest. Flavors are more rounded; hop-forward but there's a sharper bitter taste, maybe that is the lemondrop hops. Though many of my friends would probably consider it a bit over hoppy bitter. I expected a thicker head
Easy to drink, and in the summer sun I think it would be a refreshing sip.

May 17, 2020
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a 7.7% ABV IPA with 75 IBUs by Stone Brewing. It features Lemondrop and El Dorado hops. I poured this chilled into a standard pub glass.

Look-It has decent clarity but obscured by ample carbonation trails with large bubble. The color is a light golden color. The head is one finger thick and white with a consistency of choppy beaten almost reminds me of a nitro-ed beer. The lacing forms sheets on the glass like freshly fallen snow.

Smell-I smell dank wet hops and citrus like lemon drops and then jasmine tea leaves.

Taste-I taste a peppery spice that rivals the lemon cakes and clementine juice I get from the Lemondrop hops. I taste tea leaves, lemon pith, grapefruit, dank hops, and apricot. I notice a persistent alpha acid and resinous coating on the tongue long after each sip. It doesn’t give way to any sweet malt base like most IPAs. The hop bitters from the El Dorado hops linger after each lemony gulp. This is a medium-bodied beer.

Overall-This is a delicious beer, hence the name, and has many unique attributes that distinguish it from the standard IPAs. It has a cloying finish due in no small part to the hop bitters lingering on the front palette. Cheers!

Apr 07, 2020
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izraelc from New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly hazy gold. Pale aroma. Big lemon body with an aggressive bitter finish. Overcarbonated. Not really my type of IPA. More bitter than flavor. A typical Stone brew.

Apr 05, 2020
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sjrider from California

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle -mostly clear medium gold with frothy white head leaving bubbly lacing. Nose is mild citrus and floral hops. Taste follows with more citrus fruit , a hint of sweet malt and a hoppy bite. After a regular Stone IPA this one seems a bit subdued.

Mar 01, 2020
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Judgie from Indiana

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another Stone IPA purchased in a variety case from Costco. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle packaged(?) on 12/20/19 into a tulip. Appearance is cloudy, but deep orange with a very thin head & good lacing. Aroma is pleasant - lemon with a hint of Pine Sol.

Taste initially follows the smell until that 1st swallow. Whoa! Who opened the bitter spigot? This beer is the epitome of how taste changes on the tongue/ throat. Amazing! Mouthfeel is ideal with light carbonation. Overall, I would call this memorable. The hop profile is new to me and very interesting. I don’t care too much about the low Gluten aspect, but it is nice for those who need it.

Feb 21, 2020
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PhilsPils from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BJs, Willowbrook Houston. Slightly hazy, deep gold color. Fruity aroma. Hey, wait, did someone spike my IPA with a Magic Hat #9? Heavy flavor of apricot with some peach and lemon underneath. Appropriately dry and moderate bitterness (for a Stone IPA). Well made beer but not something I'll likely try again.

Jan 24, 2020
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3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

amazing smell to it , but the taste is lacking something. Overpowering bitterness, missing a sweet end note to carry it. This ipa definitely packs a punch

Jan 12, 2020
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Spellogue from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark straw-taupe tinged slightly hazy appearance that manages to sparkle just a bit. 1-1/4 inch open head dissipates in a few minutes to a very even film starting a very thick lacing.
Light nose rings of mandarin orange and jasmine.
Lemon blossom on the attack, moving quickly to lemon and orange rind before the bittering hops show. Then pulpy lemon. Then more peppery hops.
Medium body, not syrupy or sticky at all. Slight velvety feel left on the tongue. Earthy finishing notes lighten quickly into bright white pepper and black tea flavors.
Pretty straight-forward IPA. A lot of sharp corners that round out just a little bit with time in the glass.

Dec 03, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Light orange color. Opacity 20%. Mouth feel medium. Bitterness noticeable but modest. Single from local wine store. Very refreshing.
Stone almost always hits the mark for me.

Sep 22, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, vibrant, orange color with a mild to moderate white head that fades quickly. SRM of 10-12 (4.00)

Aroma: Strong lemon starburst and herbal aromas. Huge cannabis, onion, herbs. So earthy and dank. A little candied lemon in the background with hints of pineapple and tropical fruit. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with huge lemon starburst and herbal/weed flavors. A little yeast in the middle followed by a pale malt sweetness of either sweet biscuit or rich lemon. Slight lemon starburst with a good balance of apricot. Massive bitter herbs and dankness finish it off. Not unlike a cattle truck. Only wisps of bitter grapefruit and peach. A strong apricot with pine presence underneath the dankness. It has the signature Stone, pine-flavored bitter finish that is in all of their beers. (4.00)

Feel: Feel is medium bodied. Less-carbonated and smooth. Not too heavy. A massive bitter astringency left on the palate. (3.5)

Compared to Surly's Yummi Bear: A slightly darker, more orange color. Much more dank and herbal aromas. Much more dank and herbal flavors. Less airy. Finishes much danker, however the bitterness is hard to compare because one is airy pine and one is earthy, dank pine. It's heavier and stickier.

Compared to Fulton 300 IPA 8/1/20: Pours a lighter color. More lemon and pine on the aroma. Much more pine. Less citrus overall, including peach and tangerine. Finishes with a stronger and more herbal pine bitterness.

Overall: Lemon starburst and apricot candy smothered in dank herbs. Much better than expected as I'm not a big lemon fan, but Stone continues to deliver on this one with the west-coast tradition. More herbal and cannabis than I expected, but absolutely west-coast deliciousness. This definitely meets the traditional west-coast IPA standards. (Final Rating: 3.95)
*Compare to Bent Paddle or Odell, very west coast.

Aug 03, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that has good retention. Smells of pine, resin, lemon peel * bready malt. Tastes of pine and lemon zest up front, along with a hint of grapefruit. Finishes slightly bready with more pine on the linger. Medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish.

Jul 30, 2019
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mjurney from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light amber, a little hazy. Fast rising bubbles. Thick fluffy head, very good head retention. Leaves a super nice lacing behind.

Bright, citrusy, candy-like malts, some resinous, grapefruit, pineapple.

Bright, citrusy, tangerine, a little resinous and onion. Very nice malt backbone, sweet bread, slight caramel. Finish is crisp, slight bitterness, lingers very well. Medium bodied, slight sticky, crisp, tangy, medium carbonation, easy drinking.

Very nice American IPA.

Jul 29, 2019
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Pivopijak from Washington

3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

bottle (into glass)
Sharp lemon peel punch throughout the taste phases. Glowing medium orange color with a teeny pearly haze. The hop bite subsides fairly quickly.

Jul 01, 2019
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jaialai-untilidie from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer really lives up to its name, as the very first thought that came to my head after a sip was: wow, delicious!
A great malt presence here that isnt being mentioned anywhere on prior reviews, its masterfully done, wonderful aroma and great citric and herbal flavor. Strong lemon and fruit notes. My only complaint would be that the bitterness is a little out of balance due to the dryness of the beer, but thats just how stone rolls. Overall fantastic

Jun 06, 2019
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QMobs from Iowa

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer certainly lives up to its name.

Delicious, hoppy, and perfectly bitter / citric. Notes of fruit that you would normally expect from an IPA arise; orange-peel, with light hints of lemon and pineapple. The hops seem to prevail however (which I don't have an issue with), as well as some light maltiness on the dry finish. Also hides the alcohol extremely well for a 7.7% ABV.

Would certainly recommend and probably buy again.

May 30, 2019
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SolarPower36 from Florida

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon Drop Hops - Is described as a "Uniquely strong lemon-like aroma" [I disagree: Lemon is not that strong] More prevalent is the balance of mint, green tea, and hints of melon.

Eldorado Hops - A new dual purpose hop with both high alpha acid and intense flavors and aromas. As a bittering hop El Dorado lends a firm but balanced bitterness. When used in later additions, El Dorado brings bright tropical fruit flavors and aromas of pear, watermelon, and stone fruit.

May 24, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Amber yellow with a rocky head.
Smell: Some sweet, candy-like orange and grapefruit. Lots of pine, spicy herbs, mint.
Taste: Bitter grapefruit juice, orange, lemon. Tons of herbal, lingering hop bitterness. Somewhat dry -- not a lot of sweetness here. Tastes better when it warms up a bit.
Feel: Medium-bodied, slightly creamy carbonation.
Overall: This is a really solid IPA. Check this out if you like lots of bitter hop flavor.

Apr 22, 2019
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Mandpasbury from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did not rate this beer upon drinking the first bottle of it as I wanted to compare it with the classic Stone IPA. It actually was very enjoyable to say the least. If I were to pick one word to describe it it would be LEMON. Beautiful taste with a nice big mouth feel that finished long and very clean. Another solid IPA offering from the Masters at Stone Brewing.

Apr 03, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good basic IPA

Look: semi-clear golden with a thin white head

Aroma: grapefruit and pine resin

Flavor: the flavor is grapefruit and pine resin as well

Feel: light to medium body

Mar 19, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled early 2015; drank 2/8/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through light orange appearance.

HUGE eggshell head (careful pouring!); frothy lace.

Lemon & grapefruit nose.

Medium thin mouthful.

Lemon & pine flavors up front; a biting, bitter finish. Too dry for me, though the lemon notes are appealing.

Mar 04, 2019
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wh400 from Alabama

2.67/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Described as Citrusy but sadly not very citrusy and very strong afterbite. I was hoping it would be more NEIPA but not. Most other Stone beers are very good and some might like this IPA, just not what I had hoped it would be.

Feb 28, 2019
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