Delicious IPA
Stone Brewing

Delicious IPADelicious IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #1,981
Ranked #12,757
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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ZenAgnostic from Texas

3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz beer poured into Duvel tulip. RVA 11/04/20, EJBY 03/04/21 printed on bottom of can. So presumably tha tmeans this is 6 months old and has negative 2 months of freshness left. Oh fuck.

Appearance - Can is dented and the label is applied upside down. Poured big offwhite head with a ton of stick and tufty pancake batter lacing. Hazy amber yellow body. 4.25

Smell - Thick honey, soy sauce and just something moderately bodied, sweet, refreshing, yet a little fishy. 3.75

Taste - A little soy saucy. Not sure if I should drink. Is this the gluten reduced nature, or poor packaging? Am I going to die from bad quality control, or is this just how organic nonsense tastes? Kind of confused, scared, bewildered, yet intrigued. 3

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy bodied. Weird metallic, astringency in the finish but it's so thick any syrupy you aren't sure if it's just how it's supposed to be. 3

Overall - Confusing. And a little offputting for obvious reasons. Better not give me botulism. 2.75

May 20, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

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

Pours golden yellow with a 1 inch white head, which lasts. Moderate lacing to the end.

Aroma of grapefruit, pine, mango.

Tastes of grapefruit, pine, mango, orange, lemon, earthy, resinous.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Another outstanding IPA from Stone!

May 19, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 ml can, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 7.7%. Gluten free. Brewed with Lemondrop and El Dorado hops. Golden colour, only slightly hazy. Moderate white head. Moderate aroma of grapefruit, pine and spruce. The flavour is mid between dry and sweet, with citrus (incl. grapefruit) and a resinous bitter finish.

May 08, 2021
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber color on the pour with bubbles just sticking to the side of the glass. Finger of bone colored head.

Nose is bitter and sweet. Getting lemon peel and an orange presence. A bit of pine. Lots of pith smell from various citrus fruits. And also a touch of dankness.

Taste is bitter and fruity. Lots of lemon and orange rind going on. Some kind of tropical fruit thing hinting around the palate as well. Lots of lemon mixed with pine. Reminds me on the taste of the smell you get from lemon scented pine sol cleaner.

Mouth is medium with a lingering bitterness. Feeling the alcohol warming as well. A very big bold punch to the mouth.

Stone brewing does a lot of IPA's so it is surprising to find another IPA in their line up. Not really. I find myself gravitating towards the scorpion bowl IPA yet this one is another good IPA from folks who know how to make an IPA.

Apr 15, 2021
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mintzmeet from Washington

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Non existent head, but nice deep color. Smells hoppy and a little sweet. Name is accurate, it is quite delicious. It’s got a great grain profile and hoppy complexity. Slightly bitter aftertaste but it’s not bad at all.

Feb 23, 2021
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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz can into a 16oz pint glass.
L: Pours amber with a soapy whitish head. Some lacing. Well carbonated.
S: A bit grassy with citrus zest.
T: Hop forward with lemon drop candy, lemon zest, pine, ripe soft fruits and a hint of bread. A grassy herbal bitter swings back in midway to the finish. There is a hint of alcohol.
F: It has a thick sticky mouth feel that is a tiny bit gritty. The finish is slightly drying.
Overall: Quite easy drinking and satisfying for it's higher ABV. Rather hop forward it is as it's name states: Delicious. A very interesting example of a reduced gluten American West Coast IPA.

Jan 27, 2021
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simonrgilbert57 from California

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look is fairly average, not much going on with it. Smell is fairly bitter and boozy, which previews the taste accurately. It's a very bitter and citrusy IPA. A good complex taste, but the booze lingers toward the end while the rest of the flavors dissipate. Feels somewhat overpowering for its abv, which probably has to do with its booziness/bitterness. Overall I'd recommend it if it's on hand, but probably will not prioritize getting it again.

Jan 23, 2021
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brewerburgundy from California

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, tulip, bottled 10/23/20.

Hazy honey colored with a creamy cap of tawny, light head.

Lemon peel, lemongrass, slightly herbal, hit of honey, whiff of alcohol. Reminiscent of limoncello.

Dry, Meyer lemon, delicate citrus. There’s something herbal going on, like a very nice white tea with lemon zest. The alcohol helps along the solid bitterness, but goes further than I’d like, becoming too hot too fast.

I love gritty, dry IPAs with scrubbing carbonation like this. The alcohol again is a bit much.

I really want to love this beer. Lemon drop hops and Stone are great, but there is too much alcohol bitterness and heat that distracts from the aroma and flavor.

Jan 16, 2021
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PJBScript from California

4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have no problem reaching for Stone Delicious IPA. I can't think of anything wrong with it ... didn't even like IPA's two years ago ... I'm still getting up to speed on all the brewing terminology, but 'delicious' really sums it up. I can't believe I'm saying this now, but this is bitterness that goes down smooth and stays with you throughout the sip. And you look forward to more. Nothing offputting at all about this well made brew.

Dec 29, 2020
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is hazy gold with a finger's worth of white head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: quite sweet and citrusy. Citrus notes of orange, lemon, and grapefruit, along with other fruits like apricot, melon, peaches, pineapple, and papaya. Also candy, pine, and lemongrass.

On the palate, tasting a lot of citrus, particularly lemon and grapefruit. Somewhat piney, and somewhat bitter aftertaste from lemon and grapefruit peels, while also not being particularly sweet as the aroma would suggest. A noticeable earthiness is present too. Body is medium-light in feeling.

Dec 20, 2020
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing 'Delicious IPA' @ 7.7% , served from a 355 ml can
A-pour is gold from the can to a hazy orange/gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a fine spotty lace ring along the Spiegelau
S-Lemon Drop & Eldorado hops
T-clean & crisp IPA , very drinkable , dry swallow
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-good beer/IPA
prost LampertLand

Dec 14, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, honey yellow with a frosty white head that melts like butter under a blow torch. Lacing is short and limited.

Smells faintly of orange blossoms that were weaned on droplets of lemonade.

A tangy medium powered by a cyclone of tiny, prickly bubbles with a lightly puckering linger.

A mighty, citrus gale that blows away most of the floral and tropical fruit aspects. Concludes with a feeble stint of piney mango and a long contrail of lemon rind.

Dec 12, 2020
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Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First I want to qualify my review: my score is based on the fact that this beer is a reduced gluten beer and I appreciate that.

L: poured from bottle into a Spurgelau IPA glass. Bright clear orange with a pillowy 1/2 inch head with great retention
S: oranges, sweet lemon, floral
T: very similar to smell initially. The hops are shinning on a sold malt base. Very clean finish.
F: medium bodied, good carbonation
O: I really liked this beer a lot; especially nice in a reduced gluten offering. I can drink more before the bloating becomes the obvious.

Dec 05, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very nice clear golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has citrus and floral hints
The taste follows the nose with a well balanced citrus and floral flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A good IPA

Oct 03, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can pours a clear copper color with a average off white head of tight bubbles, leaves good lacing in my glass. Fresh grapefruit and pine aromas, citrus and pine flavors. Medium bodied with a nice bitter finish.

Sep 25, 2020
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entheos from California

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Really a nice IPA! It has sweets, bitters and love. Strange how it settles with the warmth of a lager yet packs a punch with an IPA. Delicious is right!

Sep 07, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz 'upside down' can

Typical 5/5 Stone beer look: clear, immaculate head. Not much scent. Very bitter beer, like lemon on steroids. Lingering pine bitterness, or sumpthin..

It was okay, not really 'delicious' EDIT: smells and tastes much better as it warms. Still just okay

Aug 28, 2020
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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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