Mocha IPA
Stone Brewing

Mocha IPAMocha IPA
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Stone Brewing
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,680
Ranked #7,520
4.07 | pDev: 9.34%
Dec 21, 2020
Jun 03, 2016
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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3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by GarrettB from Colorado

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
4 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Dec 01, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

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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2.91/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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
4.13 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 05, 2020
4.46 by apereira2 from California on Jun 20, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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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3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Scottsbeer from Florida

An odd flavor combination that just doesn't seem to work for me.

Feb 09, 2019
4 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 23, 2019
4.04 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 27, 2018
4.17 by ppavlick from New Jersey on Sep 09, 2018
4.13 by traction from Georgia on Aug 31, 2018
3.5 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Apr 29, 2018
4 by Howlader from Canada (AB) on Apr 23, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by MittenBreezeMD from Tennessee

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
3.67 by tjg584 from Tennessee on Mar 01, 2018
3.84 by mrfrancis from Kentucky on Feb 20, 2018
3.69 by Bark0707 from Ohio on Feb 13, 2018
3.75 by AyatollahGold from Indiana on Jan 27, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by beerthulhu from New Jersey

-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
3.88 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan on Jan 11, 2018
1 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Strix from Wisconsin

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
3.69 by Rimbimhoot from Illinois on Dec 27, 2017
3.22 by BenHoppy from Michigan on Dec 10, 2017
4.45 by JuiceMan818 from California on Dec 09, 2017
3.61 by Trbtodd from Virginia on Dec 09, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by FLima from Brazil

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
3.94 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 20, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jjamadorphd from Florida

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
3.88 by nater919 from New York on Nov 12, 2017
4.25 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Nov 05, 2017
4.04 by Jack77 from Georgia on Nov 03, 2017
3.5 by AndrewMichael from Virginia on Oct 29, 2017
4.26 by swblackford from Wisconsin on Oct 28, 2017
4.16 by andrenaline from Canada (ON) on Oct 22, 2017
3.98 by sjrider from California on Oct 14, 2017
4.17 by Skabiski from Maryland on Oct 12, 2017
3.94 by bb-magic from Florida on Oct 07, 2017
4.33 by golf4collet from West Virginia on Oct 03, 2017
Mocha IPA from Stone Brewing
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