Delicious IPA
Stone Brewing

Delicious IPADelicious IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #1,739
Ranked #9,878
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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Reviews: 491 | Ratings: 2,719
Photo of basics
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The lemondrop with this made it too much. Normally I don't mind additives to my beer (Grapefruit Sculpin, Pumpkin beers, Coriander etc.) but this tasted pretty artificial.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It smells like lemon juice. Straight up. After drinking some down I do get more of the cracker malt on the nose, but right after pouring all I got on the nose was lemon!

The taste was surprisingly not as citrusy and fruity sweet as I was read to believe. I get a cracker-sourdough malt with a distinct amount of bitterness from the hops. The way this one was billed, and even smelled, I was thinking it would taste more along the lines of Born Yesterday; or even Fresh Squeezed. It's definitely a good IPA and something I wouldn't mind to drink now and then, but not as revolutionary as the bottle blurb about lemondrop hops had me going.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Uber Fresh. Hit shelves in the Bay Area this morning from what I was told.

Interesting and unique citrus profile. I'd describe as a lemon-lime citrus forward beer with some grapefruit skin. Grassy and prickly pine complimenting the citrus but there's a weird bready - cardboard thing going along with it. Kind of one-dimensional but easy drinking 7.7%ABV makes this a sneaky beer. Light and crisp body for the ABV with just enough malt to let you know it's there, but make no mistake, this one's not about the malt. Alcohol slightly detectable.

Nothing mindblowing in today's arena of new up and coming amazing hoppy beers popping up all over, but for $8.99 a six-pack....This isn't a bad deal when you consider what a rip Ruination is. Cheers!

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Photo of srandycarter
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From Brewery Grower

A - clear gold hugh white head.Tons of cling.
S - Light malt and hops... less than expected.
T - Matches pretty close to smell. Nice, but mild.
M - Light body, ok finish balance and carb.
D - Very sessionable in spite of ABV.

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Photo of rand
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 12 oz bottle to pint glass

The IPA has a typical copper-tan color, clear. A subdued nose yields notes of citrus zest, grass, pepper, mint and crackery yeast. Flavors are more rounded; hop-forward but plenty of honeyed notes to keep things drinkable. There's a vinous spice mid-sip, kinda non-specific and floral, but gives this a bit of a West-meets-East coast quality. Though most would still consider this West Coast in style.

Nothing breakthrough here, but easy to drink, and it doesn't taste like "Stone". Not that that's necessarily bad, but it's nice to see a brewery that's been more focused on marketing, distribution and expansion actually come up with a new, tasty concoction (memo to Greg: leave the chilies in your garden).

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Photo of cjgiant
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, enjoy by 3/24/15:
The freshness of this beer is a positive. The beer pours very clear golden (towards yellow). Head is white and builds up a bit, sustaining quite well (in an etched glass). Lacing is medium. Nose starts with a lemon edge initially. Later whiffs on a slightly warmer beer brings out some orange zest and some grassy notes. Real deep whiffs bring on an orange candy smell.

Taste starts crisp, cracker to biscuit in front. The orange taste follows that, but while that taste is bright and fruity, there is a drying undertone that I can feel already. There is a bit of lemon added to the orange candy in the middle taste. The end taste finally brings the green notes forward, but not less grassy and more herbal, and also not as strong as I expected.

I enjoyed this beer as a cross between a juicy beer and a crisp, clean IPA. I can see this being hit or miss with different people, and I wonder how it will hold up on shelves.

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

The color is a clear copper tone. When smelling it, you can definitely sense the bitterness. Pretty bitter on the intial sip then has a weird after taste. I think I taste walnuts at the end. It's like a really light Hopdevil

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Photo of pkalix
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not a big fan of Stone, but this one looks beautiful. nice, bright yellow color, creamy head on top, and very good carbonation.... no aroma whatsoever, however in the bottle or the glass.... and true test, the taste..... crisp, clean. pine-y. floral. very floral.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: It's really clear, orange color with a nice creamy white head, lots of lacing down the glass, tiny bubbles stream up the side.

A: Lots of citrus, spice, lemon, orange, smells really good. As the beer warms there is a strange burnt plastic aroma at the end.

T: I got a hit of citrus at first, then bitterness, it's not a bomb, there is more citrus than other Stone IPAs I have tried. Lots of bitterness that lingers. The alcohol is well hidden at 7.7%. It does lose some of its flavors as it warms.

M: Medium mouthfeel, not oily.

O: I think this is the best IPA I have ever tasted besides their Enjoy By IPAs. Stone IPAs have never impressed me but this one does. I like the more citrusy IPAs and this falls in the category. But this does not taste like something new, it taste very familiar but I am not sure where.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a finger of white foam. Moderate retention and lace follow. Nose is hop spicy and lemony citric yet balanced and not too oily in nature. Aroma reminds me of one of Stone's collaboration brews but can't quite figure which one.

Taste follows with spice and lemon again and with a coarse breadiness. Bit more hop and peppery spice on the finish though not overly bitter, aka their standard IPA. Offers a light sweetness yet no notes of ethanol to be found. Still offers a good feel but not such a lingering one. Quite quaffable for 7.7% and quite likely the future of IPA's as more and more non IPA drinkers seek them and brewers tweak accordingly. The hops they are a changing, and I'll take this anyday over the garlic notes that are prevalent of late.

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Photo of rawfish
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful clear and golden body with a finger high head of white suds. The retention is pretty average and leaves a trail of messy lacing down the glass.

Quite floral, not the bouquet of fresh lemons or juicy fruit I was expecting. Grassy with a touch of kitchen citrus. Nicely hopped aroma with lots of interesting notes, under ripe pear, mint, quite spicy and with a bit of plastic wrap.

Balance is here, the clean malt adds a touch of caramel and tight cereal to the hops. Primarily spicy and grassy hop character, the lemon citrus is quite pithy and carries through to a chalky follow up. Not overly bitter but the aftertaste exudes astringency with lemon pith, dried grasses, white pepper and some talc.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol is felt slightly. Rather astringent but not overly bitter.

Stone's marketing team strikes again. That or I think I am just not a big fan of El Dorado hops which seem to get bland and boring as the beer warms. Not the total lemon fruit bomb I was looking for but the hops are there in strength which is probably good enough for most.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Like my baby mama during the holidays this thang is bat shit crazy! It's 50/50 East meets West right down the line. There is malt, but with such a malty IPA I have never experienced such a juice wallop on the backbone. It's like a Pacific beached whale washing to shore on Lake Erie.

Do it for the whales, my peeps.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Buzz Hive in SB.

Look: hazy burnt yellow. Minimal head, good carb.

Smell: very mild; honeydew, lemongrass, sweet notes.

Taste: surprisingly bitter at first given the more mild nose. Floral and citrus quickly exert their presence. Moderate malt sweetness. Nice balance. Definitely a little different for Stone—would believe it's a collab.

Feel: foamy but not sharp. Dry. Weakest component but still decent.

Overall: I like it. Not sure what the hop bill is, but reminds me of some of the odder IPAs I've really enjoyed in the past. Very flowery, but tasty.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
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 dannydetox
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

solid, if not exceptional ipa from stone. certainly easier drinking compared to some of their assaultingly bitter beers. his brew appears a brassy golden hue, with a thin, persising head and light lacing. aroma is not as strong as i would expect; i get berbal notes with some red grapefruit and a little pine forest. on the palate the beer isn't acidic, and the malty qualities of this double assert themselves before finishing with bittering hops on the finish. alcohol is not overbearing, but provides a full mouthfeel.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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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