Mocha IPA | Stone Brewing

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Mocha IPAMocha IPA
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4.07/5
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Mocha IPAMocha IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American 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 StoneBrewing on 06-03-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,033
Reviews:
236
Ratings:
829
pDev:
9.34%
 
 
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23
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Photo of ppavlick
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elohim
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of MittenBreezeMD
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
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 tjg584
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrfrancis
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bark0707
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of beerthulhu
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Fishwhisperer
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
1/5  rDev -75.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Strix
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Rimbimhoot
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trbtodd
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLima
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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 BEER88
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of nater919
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jack77
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Mocha IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 829 ratings