Delicious IPA | Stone Brewing

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Delicious IPADelicious IPA
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, pine, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a very nice fruit forward hop profile.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

usually i gripe a little bit about stones hoppy beers, because they all seem to carry more bitterness than hop flavor, and its distracting, samey, and incredibly predictable. i was on my way to saying the same thing about this one, until i real the back label, which suggests this beer was brewed to offer a characteristic stone experience to those who have been unable to enjoy it before, the gluten free folks. while this one isnt all the way gluten free, its apparently low enough to not bother anyone but the most sensitive people, which i think is awesome, a noble mission, and a fine beer, very true to stones norm. the lemon drop hops are nice, but its better in the nose than it is in the taste, the taste is classic stone bitter, and the nearly 8% abv is a little unnecessary, it comes on quick. not sure about how they got the beer gluten reduced, if its with the new enzyme that was rushed through the FDA and all, i am skeptical, but i will never drink enough of this for that to affect me personally. still, i like the project, hope they keep it up, and i would love to see the use of lemon drop hops expand a little bit.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of nmann08
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pears are present in the nose.
T: The taste has interesting flavors of watermelon and pears. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness. Slight hints of pine-like dryness are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of El Dorado hops in this beer makes for interesting flavors in the taste that are quite unique compared to other IPAs. The beer is rather easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz glass at the Edmonton location of Beer Revolution - hoppy gluten-reduced brew on Christmas Eve, why the hell not?

This beer appears a slightly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with one surprisingly chubby finger of puffy, rocky, and bubbly (of course it is) off-white head, which leaves a bit of thick stringy lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of mildly dank pine resin, grainy and crackery pale malt, a twinge of forlorn caramel sweetness, some flinty bath salts, a tame generic citrus fruitiness, and further leafy, herbal, and floral hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, sodden white saltine crackers, a muddled tropical fruit character, fading acerbic pine needles, and more rounded herbal and floral hop bitters.

The bubbles are duly supportive and challenging in their robust frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, those varying house hops snickering and traipsing through the daisies here, as it were. It finishes off-dry, the touched malts struggling to keep up with the lingering south seas and domestic hop goodness.

I feel that the 'delicious' moniker here is solely employed as a version of their 'sorry, not sorry' mantra, i.e. they are pre-apologizing for any lacking perceived in this offering due to the messing about with the gluten. They've got nothing to worry about, IMHO.

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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 kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Iron Horse Ale House, served in a branded fluted tulip.

Bright golden orange with a little haze, a ton of lacing that forms concentric rings down the glass, lasting surface coverage too.

Pungent aroma, reminds me of fresh Columbus at harvest time, but it's El Dorado and Lemondrop. Dank, slightly cheesy, green as hell. Mary Jane, sweet citrus.

Similar flavors, lasting grassy hop bitterness with a flash of funky weed and melon/cantaloupe at first. Light to medium bodied, very easy drinking. Nice IPA giving me renewed faith in Stone.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/22/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, mint, pine, herbal, grass, light cracker/bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine/earthy hops and light pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, mint, pine, herbal, grass, light cracker/bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pineapple, mint, pine, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine/earthy hops and light pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and unique IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine/earthy hops and light pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color with a white head of foam. Nice head retention and it left sticky rings of lace. It smelled piney with some strong citrus notes. It tasted of pine and orange with a sweet caramel backbone. Great balance. It was crisp and very smooth.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with the slightest chill haze, the color of gold; on top of the liquid is a finger's worth of foam; decent stickage and shards of lacing linger

Smell: Lemon and pear tones

Taste: Pear forward, with the lemon and cantaloupe tones building, through the middle; bitterness builds, after the swallow, with more citrus intensity; in the finish, all that is left is the bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: It is nice to have a Stone IPA without a sticky malt bill; still, I am not so crazy about the way the hops play out here; the beginning is auspicious but the end is rather one-dimensional

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Delicious IPA from Stone Brewing
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