Stone / Marble / Odell Megawheat Double IPA
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Stone / Marble / Odell  Megawheat Double IPAStone / Marble / Odell  Megawheat Double IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,697
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,733
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 7.02%
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
300
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Stone / Marble / Odell  Megawheat Double IPAStone / Marble / Odell  Megawheat Double IPA
Notes: Kick back and crank it up as we’ve done all the brewing…the we being us and the special guest appearances of two heavy hitters in the indie craft beer industry: New Mexico’s Marble and Colorado’s Odell. Credited with 58 years of brewing chops, our trio built their wheat ale foundation on the classic “C” hops. Then, we rocked a pure hop triad of “M” hops to achieve a supercharged succession of orange, tangerine, lemon, lime, spice and dankness. The undulating riffs of Motueka, Mosaic and Mandarina Bavaria hops slash through the wheat haze with equal footing, never playing over one another. The cacophony of flavor is what fans would expect with a name like Megawheat. So join us as we forge ahead on a path that directly leads to the main stage…and then off the front of it, into the crowd!

If you feel the urge to smash the bottle afterward, don’t. That’s what guitars are for.

70 IBU
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Photo of Nugganooch
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 22oz bottle
Firestone Walker Nonic glass

The pour is a semi-clear golden orange body with a frothy, sticky white head. Healthy lacing that gobs up in the glass. Smells of citrus hops and fruity wheat berry with some boozy spice. Getting lesser notes of pine with some tropical fruit and more citrus. This one is actually quite wheat-y in flavor with lots of spice hop notes. Some lesser notes of citrus, and topicals. More fruity malt esters to finish out with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
Its a nice brew but I would say drinks big and the spice dominates over the more nuanced citrus and tropical hop flavors.
Decent sipper but no thrasher as advertised. Actually has a tamed bitterness to it with some spicy booze.
Worth a go but I had higher hopes with Odell and Stone working together.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, wheat, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweetness from flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Ego
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

eyes...
2 fingers of craggy white head, the head shrinks back within minutes and remains as an O-ring on the edges of the glass, slightly cloudy orange hue, active bubble-ation (yeah I made that up), decent enough looking thing but not half as cool as the bottle

nose...
citrus-y effervescence, banana bread notes, other tropical tones float on by, like a hefe with more of a back end bite of hops

taste etc...
strangely the carbonation is rather absent from this in the mouth... I really think that would help here if it had that 'fluff' of a good hefe.. but what do I know?
medium mouthfeel, kind of subdued notes all around, this drinks like it sounds in theory, kind of an over hopped wheat with lots of trops hops notes, so like a wheat you get that 'soft' finish but then you get bitterness kind of mixed with that... hmmm ?

verdict?
not for me, I don't like the combinations here, the beer is well executed and has its merits but I am not sure this was a match made in heaven, or california for that matter. the lack of carbonation on the mouth really brought this down for me.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Cool artwork.

L: Semi-opaque medium golden copper pour. 1.5 fingers of frothy white head. Outstanding lacing.

S: Citrus and sweet tropical fruits... dank and bready.

T/F: Malty and bready... very rich with definite sweetness which largely masks how bitter this beer is. The hop profile strongly tends towards the citrus... grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and mango. Some grain character... sharp and dank... medium to thick in body, especially for a beer this hoppy. The finish is sweet citrus with some bitter resin.

O: A nice collaboration... a tropical juice bomb and erring slightly on the sweet side perhaps. Pretty delicious though, and criticism feels like nitpicking. In general I really enjoy the Stone collaborations and this was no exception.

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Photo of cfalls
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - clear copper color, nice 2-finger head fades slowly to a thin layer

S - whole grain bread, citrus, and that resiny smell so common in Stone IPAs

T - maltier than most, fruity mid-palate, rye bread, piney finish with medium plus bitterness

F - nice small bubbles with medium plus carbonation, slightly oily after the swallow, you can feel the ABV

O - really nice, lots of late hop additions compared to older Stone brews, but I still prefer my local Brooklyn options

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Photo of doktorhops
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another Stone brew enticing me towards it with a brash label and (as usual) heady alcohol content (8.4% ABV with this one). Then I had a read of the label: Motueka, Mosaic and Mandarina Bavaria hops - yes please! I’m well acquainted with Motueka (which gives IPAs a real orange juice vibe) and Mosaic (mangos very prominent with this hop) however Mandarina Bavaria is a new one for me, I’m guessing mandarin notes [let’s not get ahead of ourselves Doc]. Added to what will no doubt be another fantastic Stone brew is wheat... so yeah, banana and clove flavours too? Sounds like a bit of a fruit salad in a glass, I’m looking forward to it!

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy, with visible yeast particles, orange body with a billowy white head on top. Very much looks more like a Hefeweizen than a DIPA, but I guess that’s the point when you add wheat to a beer. 8/10.

S: Bit of a fruit salad as expected: Orange-flavoured Starburst, banana, orange juice and hints of, yep, you guessed it; Mandarin. Overall it’s a pleasing, if overly sweet, melange of an aroma, one which makes me eager to dive right in to the next bit (my favourite bit) the tasting. 8/10.

T: Headstrong hopping upfront and all over - Stone do nothing by half measures, and for this we - the craft beer collective voices - thank them. Starts off syrupy with banana/mandarin, then mid-palate hits with a biscuity note, follows through to fresh orange juice/Starbursts, and finishes with a pithy orange moderate bitterness. The balance is on par with what we expect from Stone - that is to say excellent, with just the right amount of sweetness, it’s rather a little too easy to drink for 8.4%, but that’s how Stone rolls [needed a pun in there somewhere]. 8/10.

M: Wheat gives this a nice creamy medium bodied consistency, and the carbonation is spot on - dense but not too gassy, hard to fault here. 9/10.

D: Too drinkable for its own good IMO! This is the Stone you bring round to meet your parents (if your parents happen to be avid craft beer drinkers, mine are not appreciators of the fine art of brewing sadly). Aside from being exceptionally easy to drink and tasty the only question you need to ask yourself (apart from: “Do I feel lucky punk?”) is: Are these flavours that I love? Personally I’m not a huge orange fan, if you asked me to list my top fruits orange would be like 10 or 12th on the scale, however I do love bananas... so conflicted right now. 8/10.

Food match: BBQ ribs with slaw and a brioche (if I want to turn the hipster up to 11).

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Photo of CTHomer
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; copper in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: orange, pineapple, and pine;

T: follows the nose to the middle, then orange zest gets added in; finish is mild to moderately bitter and all orange;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: well made and interesting; for me, it wasn't worth the money;

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Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden Amber in color with white head.

S: overwhelmingly tropical, with citrus notes.

T: huge tropical, Orange zest, and a touch of a cloying sweetness in the finish.

M: medium thick with moderate carbonation.

O: tasty, hoppy, and delicious.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it both on-tap and bottle at O’glee and Feat Lab, Bangkok respectively.

Slightly hazed bright golden color, it tops with a very thick white frothy head that endures very well with great retention before slowly collapsing to an eternal thin foamy layer on the surface and leaving plenty of sticky lace here and there.

The aroma and taste is quite like the same. It is quite sweet from malt also with lots of fruity hop character. There are notes of orange candy, grapefruit, floral, melon, spice, lime, dankness, sweet caramel, biscuit, and persistent grassy bitterness.

Bold and big body with medium carbonation through the palate, smooth through the mouthfeel with quite refreshing feel and some crisp that is proper to carry all the things well, finish is dry.

Based on the softness of wheat with hop adding crispness, liveliness, and intense character, it is not that so hoppy being with good wheat malt base, still good a IPA anyway.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A tad bit more malty than my hop-lovin taste buds are used, especially from Stone, but halfway through the bomber, I got used to and actually enjoyed. Nice hop aftertaste though. Wouldn't seek out again, but wouldn't turn one down either!

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Photo of BEER88
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber with hard to read dates on it but I think it says bottled 1/08/16 and enjoy by 4/08/17, which means it's a few days past it's prime! Poured into a spigleau glass, the look is quite nice with a hazy yellow/orange color but with a big soapy white head and spotted lacing when consumed. This beer smells exactly like when I am mashing out my home brew!! Cracker and bready malts followed by some citrus notes and some subtle dank notes! The taste is like the rest of stones beers: sweet malt forward with citrus hops mid palate followed by some bitterness in the back. The feel is medium with some bubbles but not effervescent. Overall it's a descent DIPA, nothing over the top and not bad; kinda wish I tried this one super fresh! Cheers.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 01/09/17
Enjoy By: 04/06/17

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some really nice citrus, piney. The taste is hoppy, citrusy, nice little pine note. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: nice deep orange color, minimal lacing
S: muted fruit smell
T: some fruit, a little malt, some earthy hops
F: pretty easy drinking, medium body, a slightly bitter finish
O:I'm glad I tried it, but probably wouldn't revisit

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Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle that has a smudged bottling date of January 2017. Sampled on March 31, 2017.

It pours a nice looking heady golden amber with excellent clarity and lacing as it fades.

There is a rich fruity note in the aroma along the lines of nectarine or pineapple with a under belly of sourdough bread.

Medium body.

The fruitiness continues in the flavor with the white bread way underneath. However it is the moderate dry bitterness that really finishes this off in fashion.

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Photo of hman43
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours golden with an off white head. There is a fair amount of lacing with moderate head retention.

Smell: It has aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruit (pineapple like), and citrus. There is a wheat around in the background.

Taste: The flavors are a combination of fruitiness and bitter hops. Tropical fruits are in the forefront which provides a sweet flavor with citrus, wheat, lime, spice, and tangerine.

Feel: The finish is sweet and then bitter and dry which lasts long into the finish.

Overall, this is a flavor burst of citrus and tropical fruits that provides a moderate bitter punch with a bit of sweetness.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer, rich amber color that looks orange-ish in the wider part of the glass. White merengue-like foam that stays put, lacing. Carbonation present, vigorous. Can't say enough about the look.

Smells a little boozy, wheat berries. Though not listed on the bottle, the scent reminds me of centennial hops but there is a lot going on there.

Taste is a complex mash of hops. Pithy-bItterness is high, there's also a little grainy fruit. Nothing too spectacular, unfocused.

mouthfeel is soft and creamy-like. This beer flows nicely over the palette with enough carbonation to work with the bitterness in pleasant fashion

Overall a very good beer, I would like to continue trying beers in this style with other hops (or just fewer varieties in one bottle)

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft

Pours clear copper color with nice thick white head, nice lacing all around the glass

Aroma lots of orange and grapefruit and tangerine very fresh smell

Taste lots of citrus grapefruit, orange peel and lemon bitter taste nice pine hop flavor.

feel - medium body pretty dry finish

I really like this great flavor and feel.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This orange beer has a great white sticky head. Aromas of orange, lemon zest, caramel, floral hops and piney hops. Tastes like orange, lemon zest, sweet caramel malt with a big pine bitterness. Get a little boozy heat in this one. Solid beer.

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Photo of kitch
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A 22 oz bomber, bottled on 9th January 2017 and to be enjoyed by 6th April 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A clear copper orange colour with a two finger white head that had great retention and nice lacing.

Aroma: Orange flesh and peel with hints of honeydew melon.

Taste: Bitter with lots of citrusy orange peel and pith, pine, dankness and hints of apricot plus melon. I’m also getting a tinge of alcohol here and there.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This was ok, but mainly, I’m just not fond of getting any sort of alcohol booziness in any IPA, and in this case, I kept getting a tinge of just that, here and there.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Enjoy by 04/06/17
A - persisent ivory colored head caps a mildly hazed pale-amber colored ale
S - zesty citric aroma with orange and grapefruit, faint pine and caramel
T - juicy and sweet up front but quickly turns bitter; notes of caramel, wheat, mango, pine, orange, passion fruit
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes sweet with moderate bitterness, alcohol is mild yet warming
O - in the long run, this ended up being too sweet for me. I would have appreciated a more assertive bitterness, but even with that complaint, it's still very delicious and was worth the try. Especially with Stone and Odell being favorite brewers of mine.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bottle it poured a golden color with a creamy and foamy cap that retained well and left lacing.
The nose was not particularly fragrant or powerful, rather, a more subdued aroma of citric hops, pine, tropical fruit, wheat and toasted malt. Not necessarily a harbinger of things to come.
In the mouth it's quite a different story. A dynamic brew that has different layers and phases. It first hits you with a resinous pine flavor, bitterness and citrus hops zest, that borders on intense; some malt backbone, but very much in the periphery. The carbonation provides a nice prickle. The body is solidly medium. The finish is decidedly dry. As the drink warms, the character changes completely. Although the hops presence is still there, the caramel malt flavors begin to come out and add a pleasant sweetness. The wheat also makes itself known and provides a supremely drinkable smoothness.
I thought this was a delicious brew overall. I wish I could find it more often.

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ample head with a slow recession to a thin layer of bubbles. Excellent chunky lace throughout the tasting. Lots of blanketing lace between. The liquid is light amber in color with a mild haze.

Raw hop aroma with a piney spiciness. Light earthiness in the background.

This beer is smooth and harsh in equal parts. I get a lot of evergreen on the tongue. The taste starts smoothly, although I do not pick up on any wheat--just some oily pale ale malt. There is notable alcohol warmth particularly in the swallow. The aftertaste features the aforementioned pine-spiced bitterness. Not extreme, but all of the flavors are very bold.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color & head are fine but there were a lot of yeast particulates floating around which isn't my cup of tea. Aroma is fresh & enticing - dragonfruit, pineapple, other citrus notes with a nice hop resin underneath. Good flavor, you can definitely pick-out the wheat malt underneath the hops which provides a nice change of pace along with a crisp body. Hops are tropical & citrus based - lots of dragonfruit & passonfruit, a little ruby grapefruit, some hop oil resin, not too bitter but a good snap at the end. Another solid Stone IPA, minus those yeast clumps.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle with a bottled on date of 1.8.17

L - Cloudy and copper, with no clarity, 1 finger of head, and some nice lacing left on the glass and on top of the brew. Gorgeous

S - Citrus, tangerines, grapefruit, and undoubtedly a Stone IPA

T - Like the aroma, tons of citrus flavors; tangerines, grapefruit, and moderate bitter aftertaste. Just perfectly well rounded and tasty

F - Medium body and carbonation. Nice finish

O - An awesome brew, with 2 of the 3 collaborators being my favorite breweries (I have not yet had anything by Marble). I will get it again before it's off the shelves for good!

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Bullock's (Woodstock, GA). 7.99. Bottled 1/9/17. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a deep orange with about two and a half fingers of fluffy white head. The froth fades gradually but easily swells up with a quick swirl. A wide belt imparts some large swaths of lacing.

This smells good but I can't quite place everything. There is some orange, limes,l and bread going on.

Tastes of limes, grass, citrus, some earthy spice, honey wheat toast, vague garlic and a slight nip of alcohol.

The body is a standout high point for me. Medium full, pillowy feeling with fluffy carbonation. The long, bitter aftertaste has some citrus, resin and a little bready malt sweetness.

No surprise that Stone and company have brewed a successful hop focused beer. Mega Wheat is a solid imperial IPA in its own right but I think that it would make a great recurring series with that great wheat base used as a revolving showcase for different hops.

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Stone / Marble / Odell Megawheat Double IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 300 ratings