Mocha IPA
Stone Brewing

Mocha IPAMocha IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,188
Ranked #3,950
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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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of MittenBreezeMD
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
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.

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Photo of Strix
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.

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Photo of FLima
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.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
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...)

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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.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
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,

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Photo of SteelCity36
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.

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Photo of DavidR_9
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.

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Photo of Blackop555
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.

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Photo of IPAExpert69
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
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.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
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.

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Photo of CHickman
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.

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Photo of tmalt
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.

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Photo of JayQue
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.

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Photo of The_Beergery
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!

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Photo of elNopalero
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.

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Photo of LeRose
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
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!

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Photo of Czequershuus
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.

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Photo of drtth
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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 HotDogBikeRide
4.49/5  rDev +10%
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 +4.4%
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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