Points Unknown IPA
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Points Unknown IPAPoints 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
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  32
Gots
  274
SCORE
88
Very Good
Points Unknown IPAPoints Unknown IPA
Notes: Collaboration with Ecliptic Brewing & Wicked Weed Brewing

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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Reviews by Stillmakingnoise:
Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

there comes a time, and this is coming from me here, (the guy who loved the chocolate lobster beer and the double digit barrel blends firestone does each year, and gleefully drank a randall full of winter warmer with swedish fish and tobacco leaves until i threw up publicly) that there is simply too much going on. the idea is great, but this is about as muddled a beer as you will ever taste. the hops of the ipa are almost lost to low budget tequila flavors, which also sit like lousy tequila in a rot gut to write about. the tripel is sweet and very full bodied, and stone still slips in the obligatory (and now annoyingly predictable) out of proportion bitterness. its like santas toy sack, where gi joes for billy get piled on barbies for suzie, slippers for grandma, grill tools for dad, and a rawhide for spot. its a mess, no other way to look at this. now, its not an awful mess, its even worth doing just to taste it, but as a release in this series, especially in bomber format, its way off the mark i think. this beer inspired a conversation that someday, someone, somewhere, is going to pee in a beer, and thirsty wayward guppies like me are going line up to pay 10 bucks a pour out of nothing more than curiosity. it will probably come in one of those funny shaped 12.7 ounce bottles like lost abbey used to use, be corked, cellarable, and boxed in collectors edition gold leafed hand numbed packages. not to say this beer should be put in a category that despicable, but its certainly propping the door ajar more than a little bit. in the end, experimentation is where its at, blending is in vogue right now, and we all buy everything stone makes at least once right? i almost knew this would be a not real enjoyable beverage when i ordered it, but i just had to know, and its certainly memorable. anymore maybe thats more important than good from those who make these types of decisions...

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Photo of Erikberglund
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It was OK I definitely wouldn't spend another $8 for a bomber of it.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/18/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, apricot, mango, pear, apple, pepper, light banana, honey, bread, floral, grass, light oak, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light oak notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, apricot, mango, pear, apple, pepper, light banana, honey, bread, floral, grass, light oak, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of grassy bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, apricot, mango, pear, apple, pepper, light banana, honey, bread, light oak, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light tannic oak flavors; with a great malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice double IPA/Tripel style blend. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light tannic oak flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bringing the wood to the brewing game, brewers of Stone, Wicked Weed and Ecliptic step up to the plate with Belgian triple, imperial IPA and wine barrels in their arsenal.

Hazy gold upon its pour, its rustic Belgian roots begin to show. As its creamy froth towers over the glass, tangy and fruity aromas abound. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, grape, passionfruit and lime all give the scent a unique zing. Sweeter to taste, the flavors of light bread, dough and sugar cookie round out the early palate.

With floral notes of honeysuckle and subtle caramel lurking closely behind, the malt begins to weaken and the beer's fruit and spice medley steals the show. Tropical, citrus, orchard and vinous fruit give the taste a succulent and complex demeanor while the counterparts of white pepper, oak tannin, faint cumin, clove and coriander begin to side with the beer's more barrel-infuenced side.

The finish trends bitter and spicy as the fruit recedes alongside of the malt sweetness. The medium bodied ale remains creamy but dries substantially; highlighting its fresh grass, shaven pine and softly resinous finish with a decidedly heated and prickly bite.

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

Draft at Redbones after the ACBF.
Deep golden color. Dank citrus and tropical fruity with hints of bready maltiness. Very tasty and works quite well with brisket!

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

OK this is a starter review: I WILL come back and update
wife and kids rushed out to the pool - poured my stone bomber into a plastic cup to enjoy by the pool and not doing ther review till I got back to the PC:

be default this gets 4.5 just because its a STONE product

A: LOTS of head, so much in fact I had to wait for it to settle before I could empty the bonmber into my plastic cup:
S sublime hoppiness
T; REALLY, Really good - like world class here. often stone goes way over the top with the hops, this one seems awful close to JUST RIGHT> strong but not overpowering hops with a SOLID malt backbone.
M - BIG body - no doubt you know this is a STONE product.

D really way to fine to guzzle but I did nonetheless
by the way THANKS for the solid buzz )9.5 abv) updating the overall to 5.0
overall LOVE this one

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Photo of Lamdawg420
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nickcal
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ejane
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stagga_Lee
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of scottfrie
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 4/23/15.

A: Pours a deep amber with two fingers of greasy light tan head that slowly collapsed into an oily looking film.
S: A mixture of Belgian yeast and citrus hops dominate the nose with scents of creamy, earthy, and lightly fruity yeast and grapefruit and tangerine hops. The nose has a strange wintergreen mintiness as the beer warms.
T: More tripel flavors than the nose let on. The yeast imparts tons of banana and sweet fruits while the grain bill adds flavors of caramel, dark bread crust, and whole grain crackers. The hops are citrusy but the finish had a very bitter green leafy quality and lingers long after the swallow. There is a heavy presence of booze and spice that doesn't quite work with the bitterness. The finish is almost astringent and medicinal. There is a underlying mint quality as well.
M: Heavy full body, thick, greasy, and chewy mouthfeel, with soft and frothy carbonation that is just as thick as the mouthfeel.
O: I didn't like this enough to to want to drink it again. This does has a unique flavor profile, but I thought the flavors were a bit rough around the edges.

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Photo of richj1970
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of InspectorBob
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SanFranJake
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisterGone
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22->Tulip.

Pours a lightly hazy orangey-amber with a nice off-white (egg shell? ivory? latte?) head that holds and settles into proper lacing. The aroma is, um, subtle. For a double IPA, there is little hop nose. For a tripel, there was only a hint of spice, and that with a heavy draw. My one caveat would be that the brew date was 4-18, so I may need to revisit this with a fresher bottle and see if there is a difference.

The flavor was properly suggestive of a tripel-double. Some citrus and floral hop, with dried stone fruits and spice. A subtle tart finish, mainly citrus. I did ot get the wine and wood the others speak of. However, to be fair, this is a two month old bottle of unknown storage AND I have noted in my reviews many times my inability to extract wood notes from beers (bourbon may have spoiled me...).

Will try again with a fresher bottle.

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Photo of ncelauro
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Elimav
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasty blend. Hoppy finish but also some metallic notes

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of outoffocus
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tb4475
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Drknight
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Points Unknown IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 852 ratings