Mocha IPA
Stone Brewing

Mocha IPAMocha IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,452
Ranked #4,353
4.08 | pDev: 9.31%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Mocha IPAMocha IPA
Notes: 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.
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

July 17th, 2016 - Mocha stouts I get, and Stone's IPAs I get, but the crossroads of the two styles here is a weird trip. It looks more like an IPA than a Stout, with an auburn, hazy hue and a robust head that surgically seals the beer from the air. Piney and herbal, the smell is rich with the smells of the mountainside, but with a visible vein of Stumptown coffee running through the limestone. The flavor, though odd and contradictory, is quite good, blending expresso notes seamlessly with an herbal, grassy hoppy character. Odd, but shockingly well blended.

Dec 21, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

revisiting in celebration of the new Stone coffee ipa release

my old notes have this thing pegged as an absolute anomaly; reaching towards two things at once and accomplishing something that transcends either of the original references. that is to say, perfect alchemy.
it pours an almost unassuming dark hazy amber body with a resilient foamy cream head that settles to a halo, leaving patchy but prominent lacing
the smell is *what* mixed with *whoooa* - a true "chocolate in my peanut butter, pb in my chocolate" moment; coffee bean, chocolate with dark stone fruit floating in the middle of grapefruit, resinous, herbal hop. "effffffff"
the taste blows the mind accordingly. perfectly harmonious, chocolate dipped perfect hops.
feels mid-carb and mid-bodied. slightly dry finish that lingered into oblivion and dreams.

such a beautiful mindmeldingblend of all things holy in the brew world. it's kinda funky and stretches expectation, but bless stone for the balls to pull this one off.

Sep 11, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.91/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Damn if corpulent didn't warn me about this one. How they can make something as awesome as Dayman IPA and then turn this dud out. . .

Anyways, pours a dark caramel color, you know in the good coffee non stout/porter beers I've had, they were lighter than this. Interest piqued. 2/3" off white head. Ooof candied peach rings and espresso. If a band sponsored this beer, it would be The Clash.

Taste keeps up the divide, now there is a chocolate note to it, there is some hoppy bitterness, candied citrus and tropical fruit, oh man. The alcohol is all here, and it even manages to amp the bitterness up I suspect. I dunno, dayman was awesome and this isn't, even though from the outset it doesn't look like the recipes would be that different?

Sure would be nice if they offered both beers at the same time for a side by side. But I'm telling you, these two would appear to be practically the same beer, but the experience was quite different for me.

Jun 09, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/14/16; drank 6/9/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through red/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice eggshell head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Mango, medium roast coffee bean & dark chocolate notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Mango, medium roast coffee bean & chocolate syrup flavors; no booze heat.

I came in with very low expectations, but this was delicious; coffee & chocolate forward with a nice mango balance. Excellent & dangerously drinkable.

May 18, 2019
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MittenBreezeMD from Tennessee

3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Difficult review to write, given my strong bias for ANY Stone brew. However, this is a not my favorite of beers. I appreciate the creative journey the brewmasters are taking with this IPA, but I feel the mocha stout style didn't blend well with the IPA. Poured deep amber with a nice thin head. Smelled of faint cocoa and coffee liqueur. Tasted just as it smelled but more forward. I could pick up much hop aroma because the cocoa and coffee flavor carried pretty heavily. Overall it was drinkable, but simply not my style. I rate the beer for the quality it is and the quality it was made of.

Apr 01, 2018
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-Spiegelau ipa glass. Bottled 05.15.17 enjoy by 09.15.17. Consumed 01.07.18.

A: A huge billowy and soapy pocket beige-white head stands tall and true and two fingers high upon first pouring. Moderate retention rate shows a lapse to a generous and sloppy coating on the glass. A dark bright orange coloring when back-lighted reveals a soft, spacious rise of micro-effervesce bubbles.

S: Fresh wet lemony scents mix with a soft and fresh oily roastiness of freshly ground coffee beans. Fresh sweetness of cocoa powder and chocolate has a soft background of smokiness, of grain and fruit with a finish of dry chocolate that was moderate in strength. Somewhat lingering soft bitterness, even after sampled four months past enjoy by date.

T: Spicy hops are bright and zesty, backed by deep toasted malt and a big whop of grassy hops and spicy, smoked fruitiness. Some toasted tropical notes along with some traditional west coast hopping of cascade is balanced nicely with just the right amount of roasty coffee beans. Earthy roast, dry pineapple tropical hops with some sticky pine resins shows no signs of aging.

M: Sticky hop resins on the mouthful has a medium body with a softly carbonated stance. A sting and glow of spicy orange-alcohol rest on the tongue with a feathery and flowery coating on the after feel. Some alochol warming.

O: This started with a decent first impression, appearance and aroma wise, and was followed up by a flavor that delivered a big helping of hoppiness of sticky hop resins, and oils with fresh golden coffee roastiness. The finish was as good and lasting as it started, very strong drinkability, sweet, roasty, hoppy flavors is balanced nicely for consumption.

Jan 21, 2018
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Strix from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured orange, with good initial head and trailing lace.

This basically smells like a chocolate orange.

I get a lot of chocolate orange in the flavor, some orange, some grapefruit, some cocoa, and somehow it all works. The balance here is to be commended. Alcohol is hidden.

Medium-smooth mouthfeel, well carbonated.

This is certainly a nice change of pace, and well done. Stone rarely disappoints. If you enjoyed this, try Furthermore's Obscura, which is in the same vein.

Dec 30, 2017
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FLima from Brazil

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice aroma with notes of roasted coffee beans, lots of pine, mild cocoa juice and mild mango.
Flavor with predominant notes of cocoa, pine, grapefruit, their house yeast, caramels, orange marmalade with peel, resin, peat, lemongrass, green coffee beans and lots of pepper. Dry and bitter aftertaste. It does not feel as high as its 80 IBUs.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9% is very well disguised considering it does not have a full body.
Well-crafted DIPA with predominant non-sweet mocha, citrusy and piney notes. It resulted in a complexity off the common ground. Interesting.

Nov 25, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another very good offering from Stone...

I find it funny to know I'm not big into IPAs but boy, have I drank quite a few different ones over the years. Every so often I come across something really good and unique - and this mocha IPA falls into both categories at once. It has a nice cloudy, orange look to it in the glass with white foam that quickly evaporates, though there's some lacing down the glass. The smell is mostly citrusy with the most distant hint of coffee and really no notes of chocolate I could pull out, nonetheless, it was good to the nose. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, velvety and lightly carbonated. The taste was a very balanced blend of the hops, the distant coffee and chocolate notes, but all mixed together to give a smooth effect - you can easily forget it's at 9% ABV, easily. I expected a bit more from this, more mocha, but was surprised at it's light boozy effect and it's overall drinkability. (Though I felt it a bit afterwards to be honest...)

Nov 20, 2017
ALHOPLOVER from Alabama

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by date of 9/15/17, poured on 9/29/17
L: Looks great, nice dense head that stuck around.
S: Smells like a spicy, peppery hop with just a hint of mocha coffee. Was hoping to get more mocha out of the deal. Different. A little malty. Just a smidge of booze.
T: Taste follows the nose but has something very unusual, unique and special going on. Complex. Flavorful. Can't describe it exactly. And that's the beauty of a finely crafted beer; there's nothing else like it (and this goes for other crafts out there as well). It's something that I've never tasted before. Dark chocolate, fruitcake and coffee with a touch of mild jalapeño. Who would've thought it? But very enjoyable!
F: Good consistency of an imperial, good bite. Very drinkable.
O: Good out of the fridge but watch out now... I let number two warm up and whoa... I did not want it to end. Found my happy place. This is a peppery mocha DIPA. But I haven't seen the pepper described in other reviews... Glad I bought the six pack cause I haven't had Stone in a while. Would like to try a really fresh one. Also think I might Age one in the cellar; read a review that said this one ages well.

Sep 30, 2017
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a orange hue with nice 2'' head, creamy lacing. Smells coffee,caramel,fresh Italian loaf of bread, Mildly hoppy. Tastes well, like mocha, flowery hops linger in the after taste. Feels silky,smooth, and highly quaffable. This is an awesome brew from in my opinion from one the top 3 IPA brewers.I think I rated Stone IPA perfect, this is right there,

Sep 29, 2017
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SteelCity36 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far one of the best IPA's on the market. The hops and body of and IPA along with the taste and smell, mixed with the characteristics of a great stout taste.

Sep 20, 2017
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DavidR_9 from California

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/1/17. Consumed on 9/17/17.

Wish I could have tried this fresher. Smells like fresh roasty coffee with a hint of chocolate and a slight smoky character. Almost no citrusy characteristic Stone hop aroma on this one - I think the Mocha has really taken over. Taste pretty much follows the nose but a bit more citrusy rind presence. Pretty delicious mocha flavor - clearly evident. Mouthfeel is really nice and full. Great carbonation.

Sep 17, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light hazy Amber. Foamy, short, off Whitehead the fade slowly with good lacing.

Smells Citrus, earthy, pine, sweet roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate.

Taste citrus peel, orange, Bready malt, sweet coffee and earthy. Finish is dry with a bitter Pine linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

Aug 31, 2017
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IPAExpert69 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have been meaning to try this beer for a while now, and after having a few while watching the McGregor-Mayweather fight I feel about as dumb for waiting to try this as the morons who bet their money on McGregor.

L: This is a stunning pour, pours like a double should. Nice frothy head with a perfect lacing. Amber brown beaut.
S: First thing you notice is the dueling styles of this Frankenstein of a beer. Those mocha accents and hops just smack you in the nose. What a crazy, different beer.
T: Was a little nervous trying this beer as I'm IPAExpert69 not PorterExpert69, but damn does this beer deliver what a hop head like me wants. The mocha coffee accent molds nicely with the deep hoppy vibes that protrudes from this sweet nectar.
F: This is a 9% beer and you feel every percent. Dark, heavy beer that with the porter accents makes this anything but slammable. Not overwhelmingly hoppy (SAD!) but definitely a crazy beer.
O: 4.36969, take a risk on this, it's an experience. I'm just looking for an excuse to finish of the sixer I bought.

Aug 28, 2017
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a three finger cream head that fades very slowly to a ring leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Citrus hop nose and flavor is sweet chocolate and pine hops, different. Warming, but higher ABV is hidden. $3.89 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH. Best by Sep 15, 2017.

Aug 24, 2017
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a nice balance between two contradicting styles, this brew brings them together nicely. It leans more to the IPA side than the mocha but that's how it should be.

Aug 24, 2017
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CHickman from New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy copper color with a 1-2 finger off white head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing.

Smells of bitter bold coffee grinds, cocoa, smoked grains, ash, peat moss, earthy notes and brown sugar. Roasty and full of burnt coffee, this is a cup of coffee with an IPA added into the brew.

I love coffee beers and this hits the spot with all the right roasty and charred coffee notes. A nice level of bitterness, this brings fresh ground coffee grinds, cocoa powder, ash, piney hops, peat moss, toffee, metallic yeast, dark chocolate and espresso. More coffee than IPA, but really complex and tasty. Another fine Stone creation.

Aug 13, 2017
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tmalt from Florida

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amber color IPA that is perfectly balanced in all respects. The complex taste of the fruity piney hops are balanced by malt finishing with mocha and lemongrass. Crispy with a substantial mouth feel. The piney and fruity hops really shine through and leave a great taste. I followed the recommendations to try this as a summertime stout substitute and was very impressed. I have to give Stone a perfect score after having two on a hot day.

Aug 13, 2017
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JayQue from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting hybrid. This one is IPA all the way, but the addition of coffee flavoring cuts the bitterness a bit and adds stout-like flavoring. Pours a fairly clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Small white head with great retention, finally fading to a white ring around the glass. Wispy rings of lacing remain on the glass. Aroma and flavor include some fairly strong hoppy bitterness and some slightly sweet (caramel?) malt. The coffee is definitely a strong element in both the aroma and the taste. The coffee and bitterness are a bit off-putting at first, but they blend together beautifully the longer you sip!!!! Mouthfeel includes some bitterness but the 9% abv is totally un-noticible and there is an overall smoothness and richness that goes along with the coffee flavor. THis is slightly different for IPA lovers but it works!!!! I enjoyed it.

Aug 11, 2017
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The_Beergery from Singapore

4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an interesting brew! Poured the brew from its 12 fl oz bottle into a tulip glass - quite a overflowed as the excessive carbonation caused the froth to spill out once the cap was popped. The appearance is an almost clear golden amber, topped with an off-white head of froth. Aromas a distinctly lightly roasted coffee, and grapefruit and citrus hops underneath that initial coffee rush. Tastes are even more complex and multi-layered, starting off with a mix of sweet coffee and chocolate in a mocha brew, then followed by the grapefruit, and finally piney light bitter in the finish. An amazing combo as each of the aromas and flavours are actually quite distinct and not mashed up together. An outstanding brew!

Aug 10, 2017
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elNopalero from California

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a caramel tinged amber. There's a clear java influenced note on the aroma, much more pronounced than any hops. This carries over on the palate as well. Pleasantly bitter with a tasty coffee tinged treat. I'm liking it.

Aug 10, 2017
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LeRose from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a red brass color with about an inch of head that falls quick, but clings nicely.

Not finding what I expected on the nose. Citrusy, resinous, malty, some coffee and some chovolate, but very much subdued.

The flavors just do not work for me. There is plenty of malt, but the mocha-ish flavor fights with the citrus and the resins. It is very linear to me rather than a blended flavor. Nice bitterness, and the flavors on their own work, but there is just a huge collision in the flavors at the end that make it unpleasant.

Mouthfeel, on the other hand, is medium bodied, smooth, and creamy.

Overall, this just doesn't cut it. It isn't a raging mess, but it never comes together for me.

Aug 09, 2017
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doktorhops from Australia

4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best of both worlds or total disaster? I want you to do me a favour: Go out and buy this beer. Don’t question me! Do it! When you get home BEFORE you crack open the bottle and pour that delightful amber fluid into a glass I want you to open your Spotify/iTunes/Google Play/Whatever and cue up a little old [ahem: new] ditty by a band called The Killers, track name “The Man”. Once the track is cued and those speakers are turned up as far as you can without waking up your neighbours you’re ready to crack open Stone Mocha IPA and pour it into your favourite beer glass. Press “play” and begin by inhaling that intoxicating oxymoron of an aroma... take your first sip. That’s right: You’re The Man. The Stone Mocha IPA Man.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazed copper-amber body with a tasty big 2 centimetre off-white head that leaves sci-fi landscape lacing on the side of the glass as it recedes. Great head retention for a 9% ABV, this brew looks almost completely innocuous... it begins! [said in my best Barney Gumble voice]. 8/10.

S: This is a beer where I thought “No way is that going to work - coffee and IPA hops? Nope, not going to go down well at all”. Well in this case I am more than happy to be proven wrong - Sharp herbal resin/cannabis hops, roasted coffee bean with a touch of cold drip coffee and a hint of cacao nibs, MWA! *Italian kissing of fingertips sign* Stone definitely struck on something with these overly earthy aromas - it’s reminiscent of a Red IPA, but it’s got a little sumptin-sumptin going on. 9/10.

T: It’s just like Ruination and Xocoveza had a child! Though before you get too excited - this is the lesser sum of one parent, and that parent is Xocoveza, the flavour never quite reaches the glory of Xocoveza (yes, I love Xocoveza). Profile is: Roasted coffee bean upfront, mid-palate piney/resin/cannabis hops, hint of citrus, leading to an earthy/bitter cacao nib finish - which has a fairly restrained medium bitterness. The character of this brew is intriguing and warrants multiple sips. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied, reasonable amount of carbonation... almost a little too much, with a slight creaminess (more creaminess would be ideal). 8/10.

D: Damn tasty, damn easy-drinking for 9% ABV, and damn (damn)! This brew really put me in my place - I’ve long scoffed at coffee IPAs, now I have seen the stony light, and it is goo-od. *presses play again on The Killers The Man* 9/10.

Food match: Cigars and spicy Thai cuisine unite!

Aug 08, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep amber with a small head. The aroma starts with a fresh, bold coffee smell, then immediately swithces to pine, dank plant matter,and grapefruit peel. There is almost a bit of oatmeal and cinnamon in the aroma. The flavor is a bit of a mouth confuser - at first there is so much going on it is tough to pick things out, But as it settles, the grapefruit peel becomes apparent at the start, with sweet pine, milk chocolate, golden raisin, coffee, and a deep, ashy bitterness. The mouthfeel is quite thick, with lots of sudsy carbonation, and a dry finish. Overall this is a really cool ber - easily the best coffee IPA I have had, possibly because the coffee is restrained and not too dark, and the hops are rather bold and prominent. It provides a strong sense of tension.

Aug 01, 2017
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