Stone / Ecliptic / Wicked Weed - Points Unknown IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 9.21%
Reviews:
165
Ratings:
852
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
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Stone / Ecliptic / Wicked Weed - Points Unknown IPAStone / Ecliptic / Wicked Weed - Points Unknown IPA
Notes: It seemed no single beer could adequately convey the collective talents of Portland, Oregon brewing legend and Ecliptic Brewing founder John Harris; Luke and Walt Dickinson, the brewmaster duo behind North Carolina’s Wicked Weed Brewing; and Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. So, this veritable triad of power opted to brew TWO beers. The first was a traditional Belgian-style tripel aged four months in oak barrels that originally housed red wine, then tequila. It was then blended at a one-fourth to three-fourths ratio with a freshly brewed West Coast double IPA to create this beer. A variety of diverse flavors coalesce into something more unique than any one beer our trio could have conceived.
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Photo of GarrettB
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

May 12th, 2015 - There's a lot of hands on board making this beer, and I'm worried it's going to be a brew designed by committee. And in a way it is, expressing a chimerical variety of flavors The color is a deep, grade A maple syrup color, and the aroma is danker than the lot behind a dispensary with a nose scrunching hit of body odor. But the flavor has a deep sweetness with chestnut, almond butter and toasted sesames in its core. There's chicken, too, shoyu flavored and savory. It's a confusing array of flavors, but as usual with some of these experimental brews, it's delicious in the confines of a 4 oz taster.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from (very long-standing) notes. Poured from 22 oz. bottle into an unmarked pint glass.

A: Very hazy gold, with a two-finger off-white head with fairly good retention. Average visible carbonation.

S: Surprisingly low here – caramel malts with grassy, herbal, and fruity hops.

T: Bready malts with a fair amount of caramel flavor. Some ethanol sweetness, and grassy and citrus rind bitterness. A lesser amount of tropical fruit hops as well. The flavors fade into residual alpha and rind bitterness with just a touch of sweetness from the malts.

M: Medium-bodied, low carbonation sensation. It seems boozy - more than the fairly average listed ABV would suggest.

O: Not anything special at all. Really a little disappointed, especially with the breweries involved. It's certainly not undrinkable, but I won't have another anytime soon.

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Photo of stevoj
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange/amber pour, small soapy head. Sharp resinous aroma, very hoppy. Overall feel is kind of syrupy, taste also favors the hops, sticky bitterness. For the hop lover

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Photo of DeanWormer
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm not getting the BA Score in the high 80s - this is a fabulous collaboration! The two blended brews furnish an ideal hop / malt combination. Not as hoppy as what I regularly drink, but with the excellent taste and lighter mouthfeel it would be an excellent summer choice for an IPA hophead like myself. C'mon Stone et al, you can't make this just once!

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Photo of Sathanas
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been avoiding this one for a while due some of the other collabs they've done being a little, well, terrible *cough* 24 Carrot *cough*, but after the amazingness of Sorry Not Sorry, I had to pick it up!

An amazing blend of all the components. Spicy, bready tripel characyers, resinous, dank West Coast hoppiness and caramel malts from the IPA. Oaky red wine subtlties, some tequila tannic dryness.

Really well balanced and well blended, in my opinion. Definitely suggest picking it up at least onec!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loose webby beige over syrupy hazy honey gold. 4
Deep caramel orange with some mango, leaf and earth. 3.75
Deep honey, prickles of white pepper, some herb, resin, roasty pineapple, spicy, floral hops. 4.25
Oak and spiced pear end plus light brown sugar and long woody linger with specks of booze.
Medium, oily, hot. 4

Full strength DIPA, I get the tripel, I imagine I get the tequila. Opens beautifully - tripel spice cuts across the hops, citrus flows into Belgian stone fruit is gorgeous and seamless. Holds your interest. 4

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Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at KuniSama

A: Pours slightly hazy golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Fruity up front, peach, pear, hints of tropical fruit, citrus, a touch of pine, spice, light presence from the tequila barrel treatment, some biscuity malt, and toffee sweetness.

T: Fruity, peach, pear, faint plum, maybe almost raspberry, citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, light tropical notes, a touch of pine, slightly toasty biscuity malt, a little Belgian yeast character, subtle oak presence, and some honey/light toffee sweetness.

M: A bit on the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This is what I've come to expect from Stone collaboration brews. Something genuinely different and cool, not just another IPA with different hops. I dig this one.

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Photo of tdi1985
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I had this earlier this summer and really liked it. At the time, I felt like the tequila flavors were very strong and pleasant, however I just found a bottle while home in Florida for Thanksgiving and I feel like it did not age very well. Has anyone else had this experience, if you had it earlier this year and then again later? This second time through I am experiencing less tequila and more hops?

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Photo of Brandon632
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great Stone collaboration. You can definitely taste both style of beers. Its very complex and tasty. One style doesn't dominate the the other making the complexity shine.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky (but clearing to a light haze as the brew warms), pale-medium amber producing 3+ fingers of beige, foamy, moderately lasting head that leaves chunky streaks & webs of lacing. Aroma is bready pale & caramel malt, earthy, floral/herbal, pineapple, spicy, citrus & faint pine hops mixed with thin Belgium funk, peach, raspberries, a hint of whiskey & faint wood. Taste is caramel malt, dough, orange, tropical fruit, grapefruit, humidor cedar & pine in that order with a thin wood, whiskey & honey note. Not much Triple character other than white fruits in the finish. Alcohol is prominent. Aftertaste is caramel malt, alcohol & resinous pine bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, mouth coating slick, wet, juicy & lightly drawing. Nice but the Triple is overpowered by the hoppiness of the DIPA. Again, nice, but this would have better suited my palette with a little more Triple character.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear gold. I have just read the notes ion this site before reviewing and have to say if it is 3/4 IPA and 1/4 Tripel, that it not what I tasted, hoppy, yes, but the nmain flavours are are the orange-like belgian notes you get from the tripel. Very nice but not a DIPA really, and I guess age has taken it's toll.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got on trade during CANBIF. Thx westcoastbeergeek! Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that is gone in 2mins as expected. Very dark gold colour and unfiltered

S- Good hops but has a sour scent to it that is hard to place. Nice sweetness in it

T- Very sweet and a touch sour. Nice blend. The barrel notes are slight but there. The super sweet IIPA style kind of beats down the tripel end of the bargain. The yeast change is welcome and this hybrid should sell well.

M- Dry, tart then rather bitter but that is expected from this style of brew

O- Very good brew. If I see it again I will buy it for sure. Not easy to get these brews here in Ontario as well as Michigan where I go often to bottle shops. Hope I see it again

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went very well with...... BBQ hot sausage. Ground the pork, added the spices including hot chili peppers then a touch of salt, pepper and choice fat chunks ground back into it. Super delicious.

Enjoy!

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy light copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like citrus hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with some toasted oak and light bourbon.
T: It tasted like citrus and grassy hops, with some oak and toasted coconut and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was an interesting brew, blending IPA bitterness with bourbon sweetness and Belgian spiciness. The result was a complex but balanced scent and taste. The body was solid, but the finish was hot, so it must be sipped. Better than most Stone collaborations, but still not the most delicious beer. It was at least a fun experiment to try once.

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Photo of Raptor66
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After taking the wife out for birthday lobster I cracked this bottle and man is it good. I am partial to DIPA's and this blend is a nice variation on the style. I definitely picked up the red wine notes. Keep collaborating gentleman!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA, available in limited release 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Collaborative release between Stone Brewing, Wicked Weed and Ecliptic.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy, crisp head of a doughy white color over a very mildly hazy honey amber body with high clarity and light, relaxed carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) IPA notes forward, hop notes of citrus juice and zest, lemon and grapefruit, light tropical fruit, some soft pine and spice. Malt base of pale and lightly toasted caramel malt syrup with a soft graininess. Very little aroma presence from the Tripel ale side of the blend, unfortunately lacking the more anticipated angle to an otherwise aromatically pleasant IPA. Some toasted oak saturated with a twinge of clean alcohol is nearly all that I draw from the Tripel side of things. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor of the hop profile in the taste of the beer settles at a moderate throughout the drink, with a bold, drying bitterness and a blend of citrus, tropical fruit and herbal lemon-tea notes, the latter much more potent in the flavor than in the aroma, nonetheless never reaching critical mass by itself, as if to share the stage with the Tripel ale element, which still remains fairly transparent or concealed, aside from a slab of pale oak's dryness and trace clear liquor, possibly contributing to a slightly more elevated malt body and a more brazen alcohol presence up front. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, lightly residual, moderately chewy, fluffy, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a medium frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is hoppy bitter and slightly grainy and boozy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Perhaps the greatest disappointment from this beer was that the Tripel Ale component was either too overshadowed or too underdeveloped to shine as brightly as the IPA in this ale. Digging deep one can perhaps isolate some enhancement to the body and a slightly more gruff graininess, which may not be to everybody's liking anyways as the Tripel's boldest contributions. The barrel-aging seemed to be the most forward contribution of this ale. Aside, the IPA flavor of this beer is very well developed and brought out and could have easily carried this ale alone, perhaps if developed a bit further. An appreciated, but underwhelming blended style. I can't say I've had the opportunity to experience a Tripel blended with an IPA before, but I may be more wary in exploring a blend of this nature in the future. 3.5

Stone Brewing Co.'s
Points Unknown IPA (With Ecliptic & Wicked Weed)
3.58/5.00

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Photo of HardTarget
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright golden glass with an amber core holds a halo of white head that gives some lacing to the glass. Fair clarity.

Aroma: Earthy hops with a hint of medicinal or herbal alcohol.

Taste: Slightly sweet with a lot of hop and herbal bitter note but an overall candy like quality.

Mouthfeel: Hot finish, medium heavy body,, low carbonation, small chew.

Overall: I like my IPAs citric where this is much more woody and earthy. A well made beer, just not really my preferred profile.

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Photo of D_Croaks
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light caramel accents the hops quite nicely. Sweet on the tongue with the bitter happiness to follow. An overall good beer as to be expected from Stone brewery. Their limited releases are generally good to great, the bastard ales are at best good, and definitely drinkable, while their "drink by" and other limited releases capture the umf that the regulars lack.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour: On draft at The Anchor in Wichita, KS. Poured into a snifter glass. Appearance: Light orange/ tangerine in color. White head present. Aroma: Surprisingly malty on the first sniff. After a slight swirl the hop character comes through with a vengeance. Taste: Earthy and intense. Definite alcohol notes...tequilla-like? Aftertaste: Boozy and warm given the ABV. Touches of vanilla on the back as well as that strange tequilla-like taste. Overall: Very interesting brew. Was not expecting the weird alcohol notes but i really enjoyed it. Very Good. 4 out of 5

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a snifter.

3.5 A: Murky copper color. One and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is about average and a 1/2 finger of interrupted lacing is left.

3.75 S: Really interesting beer. It confuses the senses. First I smell a tripel with peachy fruits, spicy peppery yeast, and candi sugar. Then an asceptic tequila enters the mix adding woodiness and vanilla. I could just be imagining that I'm picking up some vinous red wine given my prior knowledge of the beer, but I swear it's there. Finally, the floral and citrusy hoppiness of the DIPA shows up. Malts are a hodgepodge of biscuit and graham cracker, and a touch of breadiness from the yeast.

3.5 T: The taste is a bit less wild than the nose. It tastes more like a DIPA that weird stuff was done to. Moderate bitterness. Big floral hoppiness with orange, mango, and papaya citrus fruits. Again crackery and biscuit malts. The tequila comes through with surprising strength. The tripel is a bit subdued compared to the big hops, but still getting peppery and clove spiciness, peach, candi sugar, nectarine, and some apple.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess and a bit chewy. Smooth enough with a bitter and boozy tequila finish.

3.0 D: It's an interesting beer. I don't know that I'd ever want to drink it again, but it was worth the pickup.

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Photo of RickS95
2.43/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

An orangey light amber color, a bit on the clear side. Opaque, but barely. The head only slightly resembles an IPA. Thin and white, it lacks retention, peaks and valleys. Ho hum.

Definitely not a West Coast IPA. Maybe some pine in the nose, but no citrus. I can pick up the earthy barrels it was aged in, but nothing else.

The taste is a disappointment to anything with the name Stone on the bottle. All I get is alcohol, maybe the old wine from the barrels.

Bitter and esters. Nothing more, nothing less.

I hate Stone collaborations. They should just stop doing them. Very disappointing.

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Photo of stortore
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, dated 4/23/15, into a snifter. Have also had on tap.

Pours a bright, light amber, slightly hazy. Small head, some foamy, bubbly cling. Smells of Begian yeast, some citrus- grapefruit, and resiny hops that fade as it warms, grapes, wine, some oak. Also an herbal, kind of spicy aroma. Nice aroma, even with the hop fade. Taste leads with the hops, and they don't fade here. Malt, oak, less yeast than the nose, little vanilla, some wine as it warms. Maybe a little of the tequila barrel in the background. Good level of bitterness throughout. Smooth, crisp, dry, good level of carbonation.

This is a really solid effort. Far hoppier in the bottle than I remember on tap. Still get a lot of the tripel in here, along with the wine barrel. Thought this was a bit unique, definitely flavorful. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber/orange with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: A little lime, & Tequila in minute amounts; & only after it is warm; nose is kind of disappointing

T: Woody hops, a little lime & Tequila up front, a little pineapple as well. Orange peel, tee flavors & Tequila as this warms & a little pineapple. Finishes dry with a little tequila, grapefruit & pineapple & a little orange peel

MF: Medium body with slight carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks fairly easy for the style & complexity, was hoping for better though

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear darker golden almost reddish coppery color with off-white head. Pine, citrus, and malts in the nose; follows onto the palate. Sticky and sweet. Full bodied. Finishes with more of everything. Just too much going on here.

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Photo of Irbycp
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

So, I only drink IPAs, almost exclusively- and I really don't care for trippels. Won't go through all the specifics, but this really is a great beer if you're only in it for the taste. Totally different. Has some good fruit forward beginnings, a nice malt that balances it out and then the hops and bitter finish it off. Not outstanding, but totally so,and I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Dynobolt
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer! Loved the while experience from the pour to the after taste. Wasn't expecting to much out of this one but was surprised by the balance this one brought forth. I wud try this one again

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Stone / Ecliptic / Wicked Weed - Points Unknown IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 852 ratings