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Average: 3.98 | pDev: 9.8%

Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 1,309

American Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.80% | Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
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Stone / Beachwood / Heretic - Unapologetic IPAStone / Beachwood / Heretic - Unapologetic IPA
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Photo of KevinReddirt
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It is one of the cool things about IPAs that they can be similar but then be very different. First time buy and taste of Stone Unapologetic. Came from the local HEB in the usual 22 oz brown bottle but with a catchy job of yellow labeling. I carefully poured into an appropriate 12 oz glass mug making sure I left an inch of yellow-white foam. Liquid is a nice medium yellow-gold with a very active stream of bubbles carbonating to the top. First taste, wow, immediate orange and then lemon. A bit of spruce seeping in. Hoppy, yes. All nice. The 9% ABV is lurking. Likely another Unapologetic in the near future.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber with a medium, white lasting head with lacing

Smells of citrus, pine and caramel malts

Tastes of citrus and doughy malt with a faint pine bitterness. Well balanced. Finishes mostly dry with a short linger of resinous pine. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ba Bam! Perhaps the best I have had from this fabled brewer. Hoppy. Flavorful. Great nose. The site says this is "retired," but this was brewed recently and given to me as a gift. Major props and thumbs up!

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Photo of KensWorld
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bottle dated 08/07/16. Most likely past it's prime but still mighty tasty. Thick and sweet with slight top bite. Bitterness abound. Solid DIPA. 4.00

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Photo of qrazvan
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark yellow colour with medium head.
Hoppy smell, very pleasant and refreshing.
Citrus aroma, combined with a lot of herbal, flowery hops, some bitterness afterwards (grapefruit) and hints of tropical fruits.
Very good, but not spectacular.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Still Unaplogetic IPA bottled 8/12/16.

Orange hued amber and gold color, heady thick foam cap.

The aroma popping out of the glass from these three hop strains is pretty awesome. Very spicey, dry herbals with light tropicals and sweet pine. Extremely fresh hop scented, big and bold. The malt is very honey sweet smelling, more tropical tang and sweetness pops out as the liquid warms. Some heat tingle and more sweetness later on.

The hop flavor goes on for miles, very complex indeed. The dominant hop flavor here is a very dry-earthy, herbal hearty edge, I personally love this certain hop effect. Old school hop flavor with pine, tropical fruit and musty earth coloring the edges. Malt is very crisp but giving the brew a full bodied, heavy feel with no lack of crisp bite.

Living in NH I was introduced to Stone around 1999. I really cannot believe its been that long. Happy birthday Stone and friends.

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Photo of maximum12
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle split with my wife. A celebration beer: I had an RBI single tonight off of a former Major League pitcher in a baseball tournament. He broke my bat; fine by me. I’m going to frame it. Bottled 8/7/16. That’s almost faster than we can get Surly around here.

Pour is happy, glowing, smear-on-tan orange: I miss John Boehner. Bit of citrus & oranges in the nose, but nothing that makes my arm hair stand up.

Unapologetic IPA is more West Coast than 2PAC, may he rest in peace. Delicious bitterness lashes the tongue like a pine scrub brush. Complements of mango, grapefruit distract me from my blistered inner mouth. Lemon, citrus flitter in & out. Juicy, resinous, biting. Going down faster than any session IPA on record.

Hot damn, this is one of the best new IPAs I’ve had in 2016. Biting, big, bold, beautiful. It should be a soap opera. Marvelous.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good not great beer.... Glad to find it and buy it... Hops fade quick... Boozy... Almost delicious but not quite., finish falls short... Citracado rolls this... Would be good with f

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 8/7/16, 22 oz poured into a tall snifter. Clear deep amber, thick frothy head. Sweet piney, citrus aroma. Viscous, syrup smooth mouth feel. Strong hop notes, pine citrus, with vanilla and black licorice hints. Mellow, warm alcohol finish. Good DIPA.

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

Bottle is actually named, "Still Unapologetic IPA", but this seems like the same beer. 22oz bottle served in a snifter. Bottled On date is 08/07/16.

Pours bronzy and clear with a small head that fades very slowly. Moderate to low carbonation. Smell is fruity and grassy.

Taste is a little bit floral + fruity sweetness up front with a slam of hop bitterness shortly after, and a long, dry increasingly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, and nicely thick. Overall, it's a good beer.

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Photo of mschrei
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. Orange gold color, thick creamy head on pour, slight lacing with moderate carb. Tough to determine smell due to a stuffed up nose, but slightly bitter hop taste. Nothing bad, but nothing spectacular either.

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Photo of h4ger
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with almost zero head (1/4 inch on a hard pour) bubbly lacing. The scent is not that spectacular, decent but nothing that jumps out at you

The taste is kind of bland, slight boozy flavor, nothing complex. It had a decent feel,smooth with slight thickness to it and a decent carbonation. Crisp

Overall a bit of a miss which is rare for Stone. Maybe they should apologize for this one.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy apricot with an inviting billowy head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Fruity, piney hops
Taste-Apricot,peach, sugared ruby red grapefruit balanced very nicely with tropical fruity hops. Creamy mouthfeel and great hop flavor and character without overbearing bitterness. Very tasty. Excellent!

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my CBS snifter. Cloudy orange body with a finger of white froth.

Nose is tart, minty, vegetal with a distinct bitterness.

Monstrously bitter on the palate. Pine, citrus, mint, aspirin-like bitterness. Delicious, really!

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonated, starts slick, then turns aspirin chalky.

Overall, this is a good IPA. Strong, tart and bracing. A really nice end of day sipper.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L-bright hazy Gold color with a large white head that leave a little lacing
S-strong hop aroma with a citrus smell in there, pine is in there also
T-hops, and pine with a very bitter hop aftertaste that stays with you until the finish
F-light body and high carbonation
O-very hoppy in smell and taste. If you like an overpowering hop punch that does not go away then you will like this one

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, slightly opaque, muddled, orange-gold coloring with a tall, foamy, frothy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, mango, melon, and subtle berry notes, with a tangy sweet backbone, too. Flavors are tangy sweet and tropical fruit forward, with the berry notes a little more forward, and the tropical fruit salad following closely behind. Layers upon layers of tangy, sweet, and tart fruit notes keep pouring over the taste buds with each sip. There are definitely some green characteristics in there, too, with cut grass, a subtle mossy character, some pine notes, dandelion, and floral and spice highlights, as well. Pretty robust flavor profile throughout, on a smooth, slightly dry, effervesced body. The aftertaste is more of the green notes, with a dank, mossy linger. The finish is slightly frothy and slightly dry, with a solid bitter and resinous linger. Very solid beer.

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Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Older review from notes:

This is not one of Stone's better offerings, maybe it was the collaboration.

Color: Hazy darker golden color. Interesting really for an IPA. On the darker side of yellow but not quiet red either.

Smell: Pineapple was dominant on this one, hops were present, but not as strong as other Stone beers.

Taste: Pineapple, tropical fruits, more fruity, beachy than most. I found this one to be too cloying and thick for my taste. It was not as dry as I prefer an IPA to be.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but not spectacular. I bought it as a curiosity, and I will leave it at that. One bomber was enough. Good thing it was a one and done for me. For the same price bring on the Enjoy By, all day long!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"In birthing a double IPA made bitter and fruity care of a mélange of new and experimental hops (Azacca and Belma, as well as HBC 342 and Steiner 06300, yet-to-be-named varieties from Washington's Yakima Valley), they aren't staying in a comfort zone- they're hitting a sweet spot in the name of all that is good, delicious, hoppy and forward-thinking to create an IPA that's both like and unlike anything they, or you, have ever tasted. There's no need for apologies with this beer. All that's necessary is a yearning for hops, a sturdy constitution and an empty glass." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA. Released as a one-time collaboration brew between Stone, Beachwood and Heretic, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Stone Brewing pint glass. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam cream white color head over a moderately hazy pale amber body with plentiful carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and curtained. 4.25

(Smell) Unique hop aromas of tropical fruits, mango, pineapple and fleshy grapefruit, juicy berry fruit, herbal tea leaves and a moderate citrus profile. The malt profile is simple and easy, a clean pale malt body with a mild sweetness. Potency is medium. 4

(Taste) The flavor has less citrus and more herbal tea and lemony flavor than the aroma. Up front very herbal tea, moderately peppery, with hint of lemon, trailing grapefruit and mango. The malt profile seems to be a simple construct of pale malt with a touch of biscuity grain and a reserved sweetness. The hop profile is moderately bitter, although flavor-wise the hops are not as diverse nor profound as the aroma suggested. While enjoyable, I have experienced these hop flavors before amongst many hop combinations and the similarities are starting to become disheartening. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is clean, mildly chewy, lightly dry. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a smooth, airy mouthfeel. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild, and there are no off characters to note. 3.75

(Overall) The India Pale Ale never seems to get old, and it's likely due to the daily introduction of new and developing hop varieties that constantly bring new and unique flavors to the fold. Such experimentation is the main draw of the Unapologetic IPA, with four new or relatively unheard-of hop varieties that to many create a complex and unusual combination of hop flavors. Collectively it works very well, a little more off-the-grid than big grapefruit, pine and citrus DIPAs, but this beer demonstrates that there's a market to be had for the funky, dank and herbal tea hops that usually play second fiddle to their louder siblings. If I had tried this beer a year or two in the past I almost certainly would have been blown away, but hop flavor profiles have become so widespread as of lately that there's seemingly nothing new under the sun. New and experimental hop varieties are cutting it so close to their cousins that the difference is hard to spot if you weren't told otherwise. These are caveats that only a person who had one too many IPAs would bother griping about, but to the average beer enthusiast, Unapologetic is going to be very enjoyable and come off as pretty fresh and unique, so it gets a thumbs up. In following Stone's tradition of brazen arrogance, I unapologetically recommend this beer to any IPA enthusiasts or the passionate or curious casual drinker. 4

Stone Brewing Co.'s
Unapologetic IPA

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Photo of rajendra82
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

The color of the body was pale amber, and the look hazy. The beer formed a beige colored head a little more than one finger thick. The aroma was standard West Coast ale hops, with mostly pine and grapefruit, and some tropical fruit. The taste was more floral than I was expecting, as the hops that they used had a perfume like lightness to them. There was less citrus bitterness here than typical, and more of a herbal taste. The beer was light on the palette, and alcohol was not very well hidden, producing an abrupt burn. This was a little bit of a miss as far as I am concerned.

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Photo of ClePaul
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 16/20

Overall 84/100

Super potent and dank IPA, def has loads of flavor... I will say it leaves a bit if a soapy/oniony aftertaste. Not as bad I make it sound probably, still not something I would care to see again. Also has an awkward sweetness. Still has a very unique and dank flavor~

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Photo of RickS95
3.04/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a milky golden color. Very light and pale, very hazy beer. Head is bright white with decent retention. Small tight bubbles, fairly uniform, not the meringue look of other IPAs. The tiniest of spotty lace.

Extremely aggressive scent. Very floral, which overrules the citrus. A hint of pine, but very grassy, almost dandelion-like. I think I like it, but I'm not positive.

I don't care for the taste. It's very one-dimensional. Reminds me very much of dandelion beers I've had. Kind of an oniony, alcoholy taste. No complexity.

Misses the mark here too. No layers, no depth, nothing but bitterness. There's no tangy citrus feel, no sweetness, simply bitter from beginning to end. Medium bodied and thank goodness it's got good alcohol in it because there's little else positive about it.

A swing and a miss. The bad taste and feel sticks to your tongue and won't let go. Going to need some popcorn or chips to finish this.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

A - Best head I've seen in a while on an IPA: soft and creamy, off-white, with outstanding retention and lace. Moderate haze on a bright gold body. Lively carbonation in the glass.

S - Pleasant orange, bread, and cilantro paired with hints of an off chemical/cleaning product note.

T - Sweet bread crust and honey balance bright wood and bitter plant stems. Tea biscuit, toffee and cilantro finish.

M - Smooth and full bodied with a matte finish.

O - A take on the style that you don't see very day; creamy and biscuity with a strong woody backbone.

3.68 Unapologetic IPA
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.50 4.50 4.55 4.52 10%
S - 3.40 3.90 2.60 3.30 20%
T - 3.00 3.90 4.35 3.75 40%
M - 3.50 3.60 4.10 3.73 10%
O - 2.90 3.80 3.75 3.48 20%

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Paid 9 plus tax for the bomber since stone makes world class IPA's I figure its worth the price.

A - Hazy orange amber color might lighter than one would expect for a DIPA. Head is minimal with just a 1/4 inch that settles to a sexy sticky lace ring.
S - Potent citrus and pineapple hops very strong with little ethanol bite. Slightly sugary and smooth malt/biscuit profile.
T - Sharp aggressive piney hops with lingering citrus rind bitterness. Slightly sweet with a decent crystal malt profile. Little noticeable ABV but it is there.
M - Quite good medium at best with a crisp body.

Overall again it's a good high octane DIPA but with cheaper beers by them I couldn't see paying the 9 dollar price tag again. Good though.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a thin off-white head. Some light sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of tropical fruits (mango, orange, and pineapple) and some malt sweetness.

T - Flavor starts with lots of tropical fruits and sweet malts. The hops appear mid palate and in the finish. The finish has a taste of grapefruit and floral hops.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Very nice DIPA. Lots of sweet juicy flavors. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%

I've had a bomber of this sitting in my fridge for a few weeks now, so I figured tonight was finally the night to crack this open. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a clear, light reflective, light to medium golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles rising up to the top of the glass. This is weird, as this beer in this glass is like a mirror. It is reflecting everything in the room with the way the light must be bouncing off of it. Has a nice white head about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a good solid 1/3 inch with good retention. Eventually settles a bit more to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice surface coat of film foam and very good lacing to boot! Aromas of piney, grapefruit/citrus hops along with some tropical fruits and slightly toasted caramel malty sweetness. The taste pretty much follows suit, with slightly toasted biscuity/bready, caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to piney, citrus, grapefruit hops, and hints of tropical fruits such as kiwi, berries such as black currants. Has a crisp, yet smooth, and frothy, slightly oily/resinous, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Let this one sit and warm up, or pull the bottle out of the fridge and let it sit for about a half hour before opening and pouring it. Another excellent collab beer from Stone and friends!


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