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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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.

Added by SocalKicks on 01-05-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
361
Ratings:
2,172
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
22.45%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
862
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
Photo of Nugganooch
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bruski Burgers in Mira Mesa
Full pint – 05/23/2014

A: A perfect goldenrod pale ale with good clarity revealing some effervescent action. Short layer of paper white suds rests across the top for a few moments. Light dotting and some random patch work of lacing hits the glass.

S: Not particularly pungent or hoppy here which is unexpected for a Stone IPA. It is fruity and floral but in a different kind of way. Has a fruity bubble gum scent to it. I get some perfume like flowers and herbals with lemon oil. Like lavender or lemon verbena or something. Oh geez I hope that is not another one of those.

T: Heavy herbal notes, minty even, with lemon concentrate and fruit gum. A bit of an odd mix really. Has an Orange Julius vanilla crème flavor thing going on about midway kind of like one of those 50-50 ice cream bars. There is an overall smooth level of bitterness to the beer and the alcohol is definitely not shy. It is kind of boozy really and not all that hoppy. Has some stone fruit character there and a bit of understated malt sweetness. A little all over the place and not coming together for me. Kind of disappointing considering they freakin’ coined this IPA to be delicious.

M: Moderate body hitting a touch on the heftier side from a lower level of carb or heavier malt base. Perhaps a combination of the two. Bitterness is modest really with some noticeable alcohol warmth. Slick and clean with some drying at the finish.

D: False advertising! A pretty big miss from Stone in my opinion. Maybe it’s these experimental hops…I am not exactly sure but this one just didn’t work for me at all. They do present some interesting and unique flavors but the bigger issue is everything is fairly muted and extenuated. Not exactly bad but comes across very meh in my book. I would skip this one all together.

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Photo of Buannaich
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm so this is a Stone beer?
Very average. One of those beers that will be forgotten.
A = OK nothing bad here. Nice light color slightly hazy. Looks inviting.

Smell = Again nothing bad very light flora notes. Different Hops so a nice change up.

Taste = Balanced Nothing to write home. I left a second bottle to warm with no improvement.

Mouthfeel = My first thought is Thin.

Overall = Different hops in this and I like different so why didn't this beer excite me?
I need to revisit this beer with a different mood/attitude and surroundings.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's not imperial. It's not complex. It's not laced with elements of rarity or limitations. But what it is, is a straight-forward American IPA that doesn't back down from its bitter pedestal or cave to smoother, softer hop impressions. It is a bitter IPA and it is delicious!

The light golden, crystal clear, and highly effervescent beer builds a foamy lather of froth to aspire the aromas of grapefruit, orange, lemon and fragrant stemmy botanicals. Its first sip is tepidly of caramel and grain but hardly makes a mark on the hop onslaught to come.

Its quick middle casts aside any sweeter influence and favors hop taste, texture ad whimsy early on. Freshly grated oranges, lemons and grapefruits all capture an herbal, perfumy and woodsy spice as to capture a flavor that's most redolent of green tea, sassafras, fresh-cut grass and citrus peel.

Fully drying in the end, the medium-light ale closes with bone dryness and no apologies. Aggressive in its sharp and resinous finish, an afterglow of gin, spruce, lime and pepper begin to grace the quick aftertaste. with only echoes of citrus washing over the late palate.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a bit subdued - resiny piney catty hops with some sugary fruit.

The flavor is sweet bready malt and a little fruit with catty resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I taste no difference due to lack of gluten - definitely the hoppiest gluten reduced beer I've had. The hops aren't my favorite though...a bit catty.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden orange in color with a rocky, white 2-finger head. Good retention, eventually leading to a thin, broken layer of surface suds and a fair ring around the edge.

Smell - Bright citrus notes of orange and lemon with hints of stone fruit and a light, sweet bready malt undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose, mostly. Candied orange with hints of lemon, pine and stone fruit. Light, generic bready sweetness hit near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, then a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Splendid offering - don't let the 'Low Gluten' tag fool you. Fantastic hop profile with just enough malt base to keep it honest. Hop heads will enjoy this.

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Photo of Jjk0211
2.79/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is more pine than citrus with lemony undertones and slight dank smell. Pours a moderate eggshell white head. Beer is a golden to slightly orange hue and clear when gently decanted from the yeast that was fairly firm to bottom of bottle. Mouthfeel is a bit thin with minimal malt taste. Taste starts off reflective of aroma with moderate bitterness but the lemon taste builds with every sip and develops into an unpleasant pithy bitterness.

Though far from undrinkable, I wasn't compelled to finish the bottle and dumped the last 3 ounces.

Glad I bought a single and not a six pack.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Sweetwater Tavern and Grill on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. First stop on our walk to Soldier Field for the final night of the Grateful Dead show. Any IPA would have done nicely on this day, but this was an exceptional early afternoon start. The beer held true to its name. Very drinkable.
Updates:
4-10-16 - On tap at Harbor House in San Diego.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typically, I do not enjoy Stone's beers. I find them to be over hyped and I have often found they don't provide the follow through from the hype. However, this beer was no disappointment. It poured a nice yellow/golden color, opaque with a half finger head that quickly faded into lacing. Smells of citrus and hops, nice and floral. Potentially light and highly reminiscent of the Fresh Squeezed IPA. Tastes as it smells, hops right off the bat with a nice grapefruit flavor. Feels a bit too carbonated for my preference but still enjoyable for sure. Overall, this is a beer by Stone that I not only enjoyed, but I'd also recommend it.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Founder's pint glass. Says Enjoy By 3/19/15, so maybe 6 weeks old or so?

A: Pours a bright golden-yellow with a 3/4-finger foamy white head that sticks around. Very clear and very carbonated, with tiny bubbles lacing up the glass.

S: Lemon, lemon pie, orange candies, some papaya and apricot as well. More exotic tropical fruit aromas than your traditional grapefruit and mango. Very unique.

T: Lots of lemon, orange, tangerine, papaya, and some pineapple. Not too sweet. Some bready malts on the finish.

M: Nice and full, great carbonation. ABV is somewhat noticeable, but this is a 7.7% IPA. Very, very dry finish. Almost, too dry.

O: So other than the unique spin of being "gluten-reduced", the main thing this beer has going is it's unique hop profile. There's some nice exotic fruit notes and nice lemon notes here you don't get in your average IPA, and I like that they mixed it up here. Very refreshing. The whole gluten thing doesn't really come into play, at least I can't tell the difference. I'd like the ABV toned down a touch, but the balance here is nice. May not blow you away, but it's an above average IPA from Stone that's unique above all else.

Recommendation: Gluten-intolerant or not, every hop-head should check this beer out at least once.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold color, medium size white head with good retention and plenty of frothy patchy lacing....a good looking beer. Aroma is robust, citrus hops and a good indication that this one is going to be bitter enough for hop heads.

Taste is citrus hops, never had Lemon drop hops that I know of, but there is a lemony/citrus presence. This beer is plenty bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter, no hint of 7.7% abv.

A very tasty AIPA that I would try again.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting beer I think the ABV might be higher than needed here for this beer though. I am dying for a 6.5% in between beer of Go To IPA and Enjoy By. I think that beer in 6 packs would crush. I like this beer and will revisit. This is an impressively crafted IPA but should have been a bomber format beer to test the waters. I'm ready for Go Enjoy IPA.

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Photo of teromous
2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle: no freshness date that I can see

Appearance: Brilliantly transparent dark gold color under a creamy fluffy white head.

Aroma: This is going to sound nuts, but I used to use this catfish blood with my bait and I'm getting a similar smell from this beer.

Taste: It has a very faint grain flavor along with a bit of tea, but it's very watered down.

Mouthfeel: Pretty dry, but it doesn't have enough presence in the mouth.

Overall: I wasn't a fan of this beer and I wouldn't pick it up again. The hops just didn't have enough flavor, there wasn't enough body supporting the beer...it just fell flat.

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Photo of smith_s4765
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

These guys don't miss ever.

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Photo of Dope
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't find a bottling date, it just specifies 2015.

A: Clear orange pour. Tall, frothy offwhite head. Great head retention but just a little bit of lacing.

S: Citrusy. Lemony, to be specific. Pretty one note, and oddly subtle.

T: More of the same, just not subtle anymore. Very lemony initially, followed by tons of bitter, bitter lemon peel. Maybe hints of orange in there but I think it's lemons mostly. No real sign of malt, crackery maybe? Reminds me of sorghum from The Alchemist's gluten-free saison they made. Very bitter and dry finish with just a touch of some dankness.

M: Medium bodied, bitter and dry.

O: Nice lemony IPA. I see that this is gluten free/low gluten, probably the best of the genre. Actually, by a mile I'm thinking. Not something I'd pick up all the time but pretty decent and a good alternative to celiac sufferers for sure.

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Photo of churchillps
2.76/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Totally average, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Not clear enough to look good, but has nice lacing/retention. Tastes fine, feels fine. Doesn't smell like anything at all. Good to give to guests.

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Photo of tasteology408
2.43/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pretty interesting beer here. You really get a punch from the lemony Hops upfront with the usual bite I would expect from stone. But the finish. Hmmm is nice and crisp but the only thing I can think of is black licorice. Ugh I hate black licorice. It's the last flavor I get on my tounge. Pretty smooth for 7.5stone brew. Tasted better from the bottle than the glass since it didn't let the black fruity licorice taste come thru and open up like in the glass.
Would not buy or drink again. ..... Unless I had to drink it

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Photo of biegaman
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious IPA wasn't intended to be gluten-free. While tinkering with a new spring seasonal that kept coming out cloudy, Stone turned to their friends at White Labs for help. Little did they know the enzyme that clarified the batch also left it with a mere 5 parts of gluten per million (under 20 ppm is legally gluten-free in Canada). So they repeated the experiment nine more times, each one returning delicious results with virtually no gluten.

The great irony is that this sunny golden beer, now a year-round brand, is still hazy. Regardless, Delicious IPA is even brighter than Stone's standard IPA. Calypso, Lemondrop and El Dorado hops live up to their names, imparting tropical, citrus and golden orchard fruit notes; these Australian varietals really bring the sunshine. My nose is getting a tan. Each smell is like opening the curtains in the morning and letting bright rays illuminate the room.

The fact that this is gluten-free is neither here nor there (unless you're gluten intolerant, in which case it's an important detail). First of all, unlike most gluten-free offerings, this one is brewed with barley and not some inferior alternative (i.e., buckwheat, millet). Secondly, no one misses gluten - it doesn't have a taste! I challenge anyone without prior knowledge to be able to tell this is a gluten-free beer. There's nothing that gives it away.

Let's hope you like citrus and tropical fruits because they make up about 95% of the flavour profile. Passionfruit, kiwi, lemon, orange, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and mango are stacked shoulder-high with merely a couple handfuls of bready, wholesome barley grain that comprise the rest. Despite being way lopsided on paper (and the palate for that matter), it's rare to find IPAs so impeccably balanced and composed, especially at 7.7% alcohol and 75 IBUs!

Celiacs should fall to their knees and rejoice - Stone Delicious IPA is exactly as it sounds and maintains a hearty malt spine even at reduced gluten. An offering like this speaks to the talent, integrity, and ingenuity of its producer; not many could (or would be willing) to do what Stone has done. Check your reservations at the door and enjoy all the juicy, pulpy tropical and citrus fruitiness you'd expect from a proper world-class IPA.

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Photo of ZAP
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L-Deep honey colored....nice lacing on glass.moderate carbonation.

S-Good hop aroma...floral upfront, with some tropical fruits and even a little grungy weed like notes.

T-Hops up front again...floral and lemon notes dominate....some light mango as well. Malt just works as a canvas. Hoppy beer with moderate bitterness.

F-Maybe a tich thin in body but easy drinking....nice drying bitterness on the long finish.

O-A well done beer. Maybe a little light in the shorts but a nice drinker with good hop aroma and taste.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
2.13/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Yawn. Appearance of a west coast IPA, nose of a west coast IPA, taste of raunchy citrus hop smegma with notes of armpit cheese. Dare I say, delicious?

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Photo of CNoj012
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a dense, 2 finger white head. Retention is excellent. A one finger cap sticks around for the entire beer. There are many sticky sheets of hanging lacing. Smell is sweet lemon candy, orange, grapefruit, floral, pine and sweet bready malts. Taste is the same, juicy on the front with a bitter finish. Feel is light and slightly sticky. Overall a very good beer. I thoroughly enjoy the nice mix of citrus and pine, although the candied lemon is a bit sweet.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA is one of the best IPA's out there and a "Delicious" IPA how could I not get this!

A - Dark gold, almost orange color. Pretty clear with a big white head and nice lacing.

S - Huge hop fragrance with citrus fruit, lemons (duh), and some pine/herbal/dank. Really just tons of fresh hops but there is a light grainy, malt character underneath the candy hops.

T - Great flavor with the strong citrus/lemon hop character predominant with some of the normal herbal, resin, dank, and pine notes in the middle. The hop bitterness is also pretty strong and adds a nice crispness at the back-end to let you know that you are drinking an IPA and not liquid candy. There is much less malt character in this one compared to the regular IPA which makes it taste more like a session IPA instead of a normal IPA but with enough hop flavor for a double IPA!

M - Light mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. This one is just perfect for a hot day for me with tons of flavor and a lighter, drier finish but still enough ABV to keep me happy.

Overall, a DELICIOUS IPA. I was slightly worried when it read "Brewed to reduce gluten" but with the amount of hops that were squeezed into this beer and still with a 7.7% ABV tag there is nothing to worry about. It is less balanced than many IPAs in terms of the bitter vs sweet/ hop vs malt but I like bitter hops and this one has so much dry hop flavor that makes up for the lighter body. I would strongly recommend this one and I am surprised at the modest reviews.

Glass- Perfect Pint

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aszatk01
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of legalag11
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ericstites
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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