Delicious IPA | Stone Brewing

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Delicious IPADelicious IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 486 | Ratings: 2,700
Photo of Pivopijak
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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Photo of jaialai-untilidie
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

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Photo of QMobs
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.

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Photo of SolarPower36
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.

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Photo of good_to_sea
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.

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Photo of Mandpasbury
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.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
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

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of wh400
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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden amber coloration with a medium, foamy head. Smell is quite subdued, with only faint citrus aromas and a hint of biscuity malt. Taste is a good balance of biscuity malt and floral, slightly herbal citrus hops, with notes of tangerine and just a hint of lemon peel and pine. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some herbal, citrus hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. A nice IPA that is dominated by a herbal, citrus character, with some lighter floral and piny notes. Not quite as resinous and bitter as most Stone beers, feeling a little more mellow and easy-drinking.

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Photo of Helluvaz
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid IPA with good amount of tropical fruit scent. Bitterness is just right. Not too many layers of flavor in this IPA, but it is indeed easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a variety 12-pack $18.99 Target
Citrus smells
Slightly hazy golden amber tinged color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Bitter, lemon tastes.
Overall not for me. Almost like an unsweetened lemonade.

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Photo of H-TownMcBuck
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass, small layer head, but decent retention. Lacing dissipated quickly. Color is gold with slight tint of orange, maybe a smidge cloudy. Smell is sweet and citrusy, like a lemon peel, but subtle for an IPA. I love the flavor. Sweet like life saver candy, but crisp and bitter finish, underlying west coast maltiness.

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

Strong sweet citric hop nose on this beer. West coast malty centered flavor with mild bitterness. Alcohol totally hidden. Medium and medium carbonation. Decent.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious IPA | Stone Brewing. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head's two fingers thick, with lateral lacing, and a translucent deep gold body.

I smell pine and citrus hops with a cracker malt base.

The taste mirrors the aroma, with more of that citrus ringing through mid-palate Very clean and crisp finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll give Delicious IPA | Stone Brewing an overall 4.25

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very citrisy and lemony flavor to this beer. Medium head to this one. More a summer beer tastes than anything. but over a decent beer to enjoy on a good day

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

Look - poured from a 12 oz bottle. Lemon yellow in color, and cloudy. A two-finger head that dissipates, leaving behind ~one finger worth of lacing.
Smell - candied lemon peels with light citrus hoppiness. very inviting.
Taste - hoppy, but not overly bitter initial taste, followed by a nice wave of citrus flavors rounded out with a sweet finish. really quite tasty.
Feel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, and modestly high ABV at 7.7%.
Overall - true to its name, this is a delicious IPA. it packs a nice hoppy punch but is mellow enough that non hopheads will also be able to enjoy it. i think i'll have another...

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Photo of D9sus4
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap; good half inch head, cloudy amber color, not much of a nose, lemon drops from the hops smack the tongue right away, second sip the bitterness comes through and helps to balance the prevailing lemon flavor. Good malt backbone rounds it out. Not my favorite, but a good solid IPA by Stone.

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Photo of Quackershnoc
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly hazy, golden orange color; frothy white head that becomes a film

Aroma: grassy and earthy; lemonhead candies; hops; pine sap

Taste: starts with a hint of lemon and pineapple; moves into some nice caramel maltiness; the finish is clearly the star...big dank hop flavors; lemon; grassy/earthy notes; bit of pine; good hop bite that lasts awhile

Mouthfeel: medium bodied; perfect carbonation; very smooth

Overall Impression: this is a classic IPA that is bold and bitter; huge flavors; really downplays the citrus notes that are so popular in IPAs right now

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Photo of timon
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice. Tastes like a salted peach, or something. Very juicy with a bit of bitterness, but not too much. The look is nice with a clear copper color and some head and a bit of lacing. Smell is my favorite part. Very interesting and fragrant. Hard to describe at least for me. DRANKABLE at 7.7%. IMHO, 7.5% is the scientifically best level of alcohol for beer. Just my opinion and this sticks close to it. Very easy to get faded off.

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

Actually picked this up since the price was $6.99 for a six pack. Pleasantly surprised with this brew, Pours a cloudy gold color, doesn't look unfiltered to me. Hoppy with a solid malt backbone and a medium mouthfeel. Goes down pretty easily and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. I like it, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Delicious IPA - 7.7% ABV - 75 IBUs
Date: Bottled on 06/27/18, enjoyed on 08/15/18.
Appearance: Clear gold in color with lots of streaming carbonation and a fluffy two finger head.
Aroma: Sweet lemon, a little herbal quality, some sweet malts in the background, citrus fruit peel, and a little bit of grapefruit.
Taste: Substantial resin hop bitterness immediately followed by a brief sweet barley malt and lemon interlude before the bitterness returns with vengeance that lingers on the palate. Lots of herbs swirl around the mid palate. This massive bitterness also helps to dry the beer out quite a bit giving a cracker aspect to the finish. As Delicious IPA warms, more tropical fruit peel flavors are added to the mix and the carbonation becomes slightly prickly. The herbal-lemon mixture is not overdone, and is really hitting the spot. The malts also rise to a small degree, further lending a touch of cereal grain like sweetness, however this one is still firmly rooted in the west coast style, never allowing the malts to overtake or even match the hops. Because of this, Delicious IPA feels lighter and more sessional than most IPAs in the same ABV range.
Biased comments: Long live these bitter old school Stone IPAs, and this one is the most aggressively bitter thus far and I am really digging it. The only real complaint, and its not much of one, would be that the mouthfeel could be a touch more full-bodied, but overall this is a fine IPA that manages to be both characteristic of Stone yet distinctive enough to stand out.

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Photo of ravisingh
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Pours to a half inch head good amount of lacing left behind. Aroma is bready, almost a sour dough. Taste is pine and citrus peel - mostly lemon and orange. This is not an especially bitter or hop forward ipa in terms of flavor. Nice ipa.

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Photo of Strix
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale gold

Malty leafy nose

Sweet malt, orange zest, lemon, black pepper

Medium mouthfeel, highly carbonated.

Something a little different. Not my favorite flavor profile in an IPA, but well done for what it was.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6/30/18, consumed 7/29/18

Looked great, clear gold with a nice head that left good lacing.

Aroma is very mild lemon and honey, not bad or great.

Taste and feel is just a super bitter bright citrus, honey, maybe some danky hop notes. Altogether way too sweet, lasting bitter bite that I pretty much expect from Stone.

Overall, although pretty cheap at TJ's, there's still just a lot of better alternatives even for the price.

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