Stone Mocha IPA | Stone Brewing

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Stone Mocha IPAStone Mocha IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Clearly, style lines have been crossed. Is it half-IPA, half-stout? Not quite. It’s definitely all IPA, but it’s also the best of both styles, making this love child of a beer simply just a beautiful, pleasure-seeking meld of imperial IPA and mocha indulgence. How did we come up with this inexplicably delicious creation? Well, that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that it exists and that it’s here for you now, thanks to our deliberate disregard for brewing norms. Some things are not meant to be known, just enjoyed...thoroughly.

Added by StoneBrewingCo on 06-03-2016

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Ratings: 751 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wrigfen
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kips
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drtth
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This year’s release which, according to the Stone 2017 Beer Release Schedule, began in Jun so there’s not more than about 2 months of bottle age if that much.

The lightly hazy copper colored beer pours out into a snifter glass with a 1" ivory head that recedes slowly to a film over the surface, a noticeable ring around the glass and a couple of small patches of leggy lacing. Sipping creates a couple of arches and some scattered patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are dominated by the coffee with some noticeable cocoa backup, There's also some citrus, some pine and an almost catty resinous character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose, with lots of coffee and cocoa mingled together with the citric, resinous piney hops. This complex package is moderated by a bit of sweetness along with some more noticeable bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with some very light, persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the coffee, cocoa and hop flavors start to fade, allowing the bitterness to become more noticeable but nicely moderated by the sweetness. Eventually the bitterness moves to the back of the palate and eventually fades away.

Overall a well made, drinkable DIPA with some unexpected flavors for a DIPA—the coffee and the cocoa--that all work together well with the hops. Would I have another? Well, that depends…. As an occasional change of pace it would be worth a repeat once in a while. However it's not something I'll be buying regularly.

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Photo of Trentt2
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet smelling bronze colored shimmering beer poured into a pint glass. Nice foam to it. Beer well within the enjoy by date. Few waves of lacing.

Smell is a clean sweetness of the malt, still a little vague hop loaded resin bite on the scent. The taste is much more like a classic DIPA, that Stone bitterness we all have become accustomes to.

The standard india pale ale malts have at least partially been swapped for those of a stout. Honey like sweetness on the feel, a little booze, and indeed some coffee or light chocolate to the taste.

Overall a good beer that performs better when it warms. Also an excellent & warming alcohol delivery system. Haha. Cheers

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Photo of princessbay710
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I absolutely didn't realize that this was an IPA at first grab. Look is clear and glassy amber, smells of sweet mocha. The taste isn't exactly consecutive, on a good sip you catch delicious, bold, herbaceous hops, with slightly chocolate undertones. Imagine a chocolate bar crammed with parsley and bitter greens.

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Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Mocha IPA pours a fairly clear amber and copper color. The head is about half a finger length high and leaves rings and lacing as it dissipates.
Unsurprisingly, the most prominent aroma is of coffee/espresso which hits the nose with all of its roasted glory. Playing a supporting but no less prominent role is the grapefruit packing a citrus punch. Later on there are traces of caramel and butterscotch hinting at barley wine and strong ale qualities.
The flavor represents a killer combo nation of resin and espresso roast. It coats the palate with sticky bitterness, ample sting and chewy quailed. Medium to full in body with gentle combination. Despite the high abv, it is highly drinkable. Other flavors include pine needles and grapefruit pith. The malt profile has a crystal/caramel and slightly buttery feel that showcases a nice interplay between bitterness and sweetness. Towards the end the espresso begins to fade and there is a softer grapefruit finish.
I really liked this DIPA for its complexity, drinkability and dynamic hops and coffee punch.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 5/18/17

clear, medium golden color, nice white head. good lacing. aroma of coffee and chocolate- as advertised. taste is a weird combo of earthy hops and mocha flavor. but it works, good balance. thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of WDJersey
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear clean copper color. Strong hop aroma. Outstanding taste. The mocha blend is awesome. Smoother than a cheerleader's thighs. Alcohol is hardly detectable. Can't wait to finish this review so I can have another!
On draft at Ron's Corner Tavern.
Squared Away Stone! Keep 'em comin'

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Photo of gangstabobangsta
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of runeatdrink
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BamfBacon
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jame515
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hazedandconfused13
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roguer
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful clear copper, much like the original Stone IPA. Head production is epic, with a solid three fingers of cream-colored foam. Retention is good, leaving behind thick lacing.

Nose is aggressively bitter. Pine, citrus peel, green leafs and herbs, and coffee beans. Wonderful blend of old-school IPA bitterness and coffee.

Flavor is a similar blend, with one exception: this is clearly a double IPA, which took me completely by surprise. Huge malt backbone; tons and tons of juicy, piney hops, laced with herbal and dank notes; and waves of coffee. It blends surprisingly well. The coffee brings a bitterness of its own, along with chocolate and roast tones.

The body fits well for a Stone DIPA clocking in at 9%: a touch of alcohol heat, plenty of body, but a ton of balancing bitterness. Few in the business are willing to make modern IPAs as bitter as Stone (even Sierra Nevada has backed off). An absolutely incredible amount of flavor.

This beer was a complete shock, and in very pleasant ways. I've had several pale coffee brews now (but not Dayman), but this one retained the bold and brash DIPA character better than any of the others. A wonderful beer to try, although I wouldn't want to drink it regularly, most likely.

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Photo of matcris
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very clear amber with a finger of off white head that leaves a decent lacing down the glass. The aroma is fruity. Citrus/orange/grapefruit, and a little bit of tropical but generic. You have to dig a bit for the mocha in the aroma, but it is there. Very much an under currant. The taste really combines that traditional fruity IPA with that mocha, but, the IPA still comes out on top. But, you do, in the flavor, get a nice hot chocolate note right off the bat, with the fruit notes following and then, a bit more of the mild chocolate flavor. The feel is a milder carbonation, dry, and medium full body. Overall, quite different and really worth a try.

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Photo of gutbuster
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mindsculptor
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The mocha is subtle but nicely balances the bitterness of the hops.

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Photo of MJ64
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 5/18/17, so 6 weeks old.

hazy orange body, small creamy white head which persists. good lacing.

coffee and a little chocolate on the nose.

Taste follows the nose. There is a decent hop bite and some bitterness at the end.

Between medium and full on the mouth. slightly bitter roasted malts at the end.

Overall, this is one of the better Coffee ipas i've had, but I'm still of the opinion that coffee belongs in coffee or in stouts.

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Stone Mocha IPA from Stone Brewing
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