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Give Me IPA Or Give Me DeathGive Me IPA Or Give Me Death

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Just as Patrick Henry once stood addressing the city of Richmond in 1775 to spur resistance against the tyrannical British Empire, 20 years ago we were stirred to join the cry for resistance against the tyrannical oppression of industrial beer. And now, the opening of our Richmond brewery is yet another shot in the salvo that has been fired on behalf of American brewing independence. If we wish to brew free, if we mean to retain our identity and preserve the privilege of access to independent craft beer, we must recognize it is a group effort. We do not stand alone. And so, on our new brewing grounds, we gathered with fellow craft breweries and β€œHis Excellency,” Governor McAuliffe, to join together in force. A group cry of freedom & independence! Consider this aggressively hopped imperial IPA, jam-packed with Virginia raspberries and blackberries, a testament to our passion and unwillingness to settle or sell out! We think Patrick Henry would be proud, and hope you will be too.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a weird one from these guys, a big ipa with raspberries and blackberries, but not nearly as good as that sounds like it would be. super murky pour, a little purple from the fruit, but almost a muddy reddish tan color, just not attractive at all, and not real lively either. the smell and taste are nice though at first, the hops are way out in front of the fruit, fresh and zippy, bitter and piney, with some tartness from the berries along with their inherent sweetness. more raspberry than blackberry, but way more hops than both. im not really sure whats going on with the grain here, its heavy feeling and it tastes weird to me, not quite stale, but just off a little bit, sweet in the middle, but sort of tired and definitely not meant for these hops or these berries it doesnt seem. the fruit adds a little sweetness, has a jammy note, but seems underdosed for how much the hops dominate it. the stupidly bitter stone finish sure enough shows up at the end of this one, rolling over any cool subtlety the fruit contributed earler and leaves me feeling like this isnt such a great beer overall. sloppy on the whole, a lot of unrealized potential in this one...

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours reddish brown amber with a frothy tan head that settles to a firm layer that hangs around and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Big time fruity, some tropical and berry notes, citrus, a touch of peppery spice, toasty bready malt, and caramel toffee sweetness.

T: Fruity, berries definitely come out, peach, apricot, mango, passion fruit, citrus, orange, grapefruit, lemon, toasty bready malt, caramel toffee sweetness, and a bit of peppery spice that comes out on the finish.

M: A bit on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Drinks like a fruity red IPA, not that there's anything wrong with that. I really dig the idea behind this beer. Another solid IPA from Stone.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottled 01/31/17

Pours dark ruby red amber with a creamy off-white foam head. Smells like blackberries, raspberries, roasty caramel malt, dark molasses, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bready malt, grapefruit, orange citrus, melon, apricot, tea, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like tart berries, blackberry, raspberry, roasty caramel malt, dark molasses, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bready malt, grapefruit, orange citrus, melon, apricot, tea, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice DIPA with blackberries and raspberries.

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Photo of avalon07
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a strangely (for a DIPA) dark amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Some very good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of hops, a lot of fruit, malt, and a bit of pine as well.

T: Tasted of light malt notes, a big shot of hops, pine notes, an array of fruit (raspberries and blackberries in particular), a bit of citrus, and an earthy quality. The berries make for an interesting addition. A very well balanced flavor. The malt holds the high hops content in check.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of the more fascinating takes on the DIPA style I've tried recently. Quite tasty.

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Photo of Tone
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of spicy hops, piney hops, alcohol, sweet malt, raisin, and resin. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of spicy hops, piney hops, alcohol, sweet malt, raisin, and resin. Overall, good appearance, good blend and body, but I didn't taste any blackberries.

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Photo of curtis6290
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Incredibly dark for an IPA, due to the blackberry. Nice foamy head that lingers. (8/10)
Smell: Highly fruity, nice balance of fruit and hops. (8/10)
Taste: I was hoping for more berry taste, but it was very bitter. (8/10)
Feel: Smooth, and a nice finish. Opens up with time. (8/10)
Overall: A strange dark IPA with a faint hint of fruit. I wish the berries came through more powerfully, but a decent brew overall. (8/10)

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Photo of stevepat
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a 22 at my local store, always down to try a stone IPA. Especially exited to try the first beer I've seen hyping their new east coast digs. Poured it into a 16 oz wide mouth jar. It has a very hazy and dark look in the glass, reminds me of kombucha or some of my less memorable home brew experiments. Very thin head. The smell seems muted. Nothing jumps out at me, vaguely sweet n sour. The beer is surprisingly thin for a stone brew, barely registers over the pallet. And the taste is nothing to write home about either. There is certainly a note of raspberry on the tail end that isn't unpleasant but there is no body to support it. Again I am reminded of kombucha, one fruit note in an undifferentiated sea of mildly bitter funk. Pretty bummed by this one honestly, stone's done some awesomely weird stuff in the past but this isn't one for me.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bronze color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Citrus, pine, caramel malt, berries, and some earthy notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the earthy and piney notes and quickly picks up the caramel and berry notes. Some very light citrus in there as well. Very hoppy and bitter but the malt holds strong and still manages to almost overtake the hops flavor-wise. Finishes with lingering bitterness and light berries

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Could use more hop flavor instead of just an overload of bitterness. Berries serve as a nice undertone overall. Quite easy to drink regardless of the bitterness. Nothing in here that's a must-have but is is solid if you like raw IIPAs

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Photo of obywan59
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and thick in appearance, like a fruit punch reddish and reddish brown in color with a 2 finger off white head and great lacing.

Typically exuberant Stone hops with fruity berry aromas to back them up.

Sweet malts and berries upfront with molasses, light citrus midway, and heavier bitter citrus rind with occasional punches of berry in the follow through.

Medium bodied with a lasting sting of carbonation or alcohol. Great retention without being sticky.

Another winner from Stone. I like the berry, though I could have used more. Well balanced and tasty. The alcohol is obviously there, but it's not overpowe4ring.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cooper-ish hue with an initial finger-width foam head. After letting it breathe, the first scent was all Stone IPA, that desipated though into, well, I'm not sure. Taste was IPA dry, citrus and orange peel, not tasting the Va. berries though??? Not sure what Stone was aiming for with this one, IMHO, if the intent was to herald the opening of the Richmond brewery, an Enjoy By-Virginian would have been a better mark to shoot for.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on draft

Appearance pours deep ruby color with tan head excellent lacing

smells of raspberry, grapefruit, orange peel, and blackberry

Taste very similar to the aroma, lots of berry flavor black berry black cherry and vanilla. Also citrus orange and grapefruit.

medium feel slightly dry finish.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz Nordic pint glass bottled on 1/31/17. Pours a very dark rusty red, with a 2 plus finger sticky off white head that leaves behind plenty of thick lace.

Smell is fresh hackle berry, vanilla, apricot, honey, pine resin, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows loads of berry flavor upfront, vanilla, apricot, honey, and piney grapefruit that lingers on the tongue long after you put the glass down.

Mouthfeel is a big medium, plenty of carbonation, a little dry, and the drinkability is good, but more flavor than its 8% ABV.

Overall this is different, yet very nice. I can't explain another beer it reminds me of, certainly doesn't look like an IPA. Stone being Stone.

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

650ml bottle served chilled into a pint glass. A gift from wifey's border shopping. Bottled January 31, 2017.

Appearance- an impressive dark amber color, nearing brown with some haze and a decadent two finger light tan head. Rocky in appearance and loads of lacing left at the sides of the glass. Staying power is generous for good measure.

Smell - hoppy with some sweet citrus, elements of mango, tangerine, pineapple and lychee fruit. Some generally earthiness combined with ripened tropical fruit. Rather appealing. Closing fruity sweetness might be some blackberries

Taste - initially some sweet tropical fruit, caramel malt coming through before turning earthy and bitter. Pine needles come to mind with some musty flavors. Complex without being overly so and nice blend of flavors here. Can't really taste any raspberries or blackberries here except for mid sip, whee the fruity sweetness might actually be berries.

Mouthfeel - smooth, robust body and a drying finish. Carbonation a touch light but really good overall.

Overall - another fine one off IPA from Stone. While. Give me IPA or Give Me Death isn't quite as insistent as it's name suggests, there's a certain attraction here to a well made, slightly tropical but mostly earthy IPA. Definitely worth a try while fish and before the limited supply runs out.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This one was a dud. I have drank Stone IPA's for a long time, and this one just did not deliver on the usual good experience from Stone. Musty hop flavors muddled with sticky malt, made for a really odd and off-putting flavor. I didn't taste barely any of the berries.

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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

L: Pours a cloudy dark copper/burgundy color. Thin off-white head leaves patchy lacing.

S: Very interesting bouquet... berries (presence of the raspberry/blackberry is best felt in the nose) mixed with citrus hops and pine.

T/F: Malty and rich... medium to thick in body with ample carbonation forms the backbone of the beer with a very nice bitter hop profile. Grapefruit and pine... west coast in style... some grapefruit notes and just hints of the promised berries which isn't a bad thing. It augments without distracting. Finish is sticky and resinous. Warming... and better as it warms.

O: A fantastic Stone DIPA, and a pleasure to drink. Glad they can still make'em like this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Toasty, fruity and oddly old school, the Virginia based introduction to hops harkens back to a bitter taste and rustic maltiness that's remiss of west coast IPA twenty years ago.

Give Me IPA or Give me Death is a murky and dark garnet beer; one that crowns with a creamy off white froth. Its herbal and fruity scent circulates around citrus, fresh grassiness and a sprucy tingle on the nose. Its early taste is toasty sweet with caramel but woven with the toasty edge of bread crust, peanut skin and granola.

Drying in west coast fashion, the beer's maltiness strives to hold on. Despite the toast, the nuttiness or the graininess that suggests amber ale, the hops win out in true west coast fashion. Bitter at its core, the premiere hop presence of the beer wins out with a complete off balance of pine, grass, stem and leaf for a gripping bitter taste that simply hangs in the back of the throat.

Appreciators of the IPA style of twenty years ago will love this beer. But in today's market, it fails the drinker in the floral, juicy and radiant fruit realms. Medium bodied but flirting with a dry finish makes this beer a dangerously refreshing, crisp and palatable session, but one that's harshly toasty. By the way, where's the blackberry and the raspberry that's promised?!

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Photo of teromous
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the shoulder of the bottle: "BOTTLED RVA 01/31/17"
I don't see any "best before" date anywhere.

Appearance: It is a very dark colored beer. It has a dark hazy brown body with hints of dark burnt orange. The head is thick with a nice eggshell white color. It has very good retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has a light savory aroma of garlic and onion. Every now and then I get a light bit of tangerine. The aroma is pretty nice but very faint and it just doesn't stand out.

Taste: I get a bit of grain flavor up front and it becomes stronger as the beer passes to the back of the palate. There isn't a lot of hop flavor up front but it develops this herbal flavor of mint and possibly bay leaf with a woody cedar-like undertone. The beer has a very "woodsy" quality to it. A strong point to this beer is that it does have a very strong flavor and it really tastes good. What is disappointing is that the bottle claims that the beer is "brewed with raspberries & blackberries" however there is no berry flavor to the beer at all.

Mouthfeel: The strongest element in this beer is the strong bitter aftertaste. It has a bit of a resinous quality and while the beer doesn't feel heavy it does feel textured. It's not a normal feeling beer.

Overall: It's an odd beer to really stick a pin in because while it didn't strike me enough to want to buy it again, it was so full of flavor and bitterness that I would recommend it to others. It is the kind of beer a person should try at least once. I was disappointed that I couldn't taste any of the berry flavor. Perhaps they contributed to the earthy or "woodsy" quality to the beer? Either way the beer overall was very enjoyable.

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Photo of Riff
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark amber almost brown color with a thick, 2+ finger off-white head. Smells of light citrus, pine, and notes of the berries. Taste starts out a little sweet almost caramel then into piney hops melding with the berries, a little orange, and a quick hop bite before fading into toasted malts. Body is medium, creamy, and leaves a short-lived lingering taste. Overall it's a pretty solid IPA with an interesting mix of the berries. The berry flavor is present and melds fairly nicely with the hops, they mellow out the hop bite and add an interesting sweetness.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid brown color where light shines through the center of the glass easily. Small head but it leaves rings of lace after each sip.

Light caramel smell as a counterpoint to the flowery hop aroma.

A bit earthy initially but the beer turns into a very dry combination of sugarless malt and a hop flavor that is reminiscent of dirt. Not quite an IPA despite its designation. If reminds me more of a rye/brown ale combination.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky brown beer that looks like apple cider. Smells like a piney IPA with the aromas of the berries peeking through. Tastes like a Stone beer with a lot of bitterness. The berries seem to show up mostly at the end. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of CHickman
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled RVA 01/31/17, it pours chestnut brown color with a dense foamy 1-2 finger sand colored head that was packed with tiny bubbles. It faded extremely slowly, receding and leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides, rings as it went down and a nice layer on top. The color was odd for an IPA but logical with blackberries and raspberries in the mix, while the head and retention was typical Stone excellence.

Smells of floral hops and berries...I got some blackberries, but no raspberries yet something more like the vines or earthy notes. Next wave is toasted grains, a light caramel sweetness, orange peel and herbs. Metallic notes also come through and this was not aggressively hoppy smelling like most Stone DIPA's.

Tastes sweet and malty to start, with the berries and floral hops dominating the entrance followed by tea leaf, buttered wheat bread, toasted grains, toffee, caramel, orange peel, grapefruit, biscuit, graham cracker, peppery spices, earthy notes and some piney hops. The aftertaste is semi-dry with blackberries, bread crust and brown sugar. It's a pretty complex brew, but like the nose it's not a hop bomb that's normally the standard for any Stone IPA/DIPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slides down easy, but it's a bit thin and the mild carbonation makes it seem even lighter. I do like how the berries and malty sweetness cover up the 8% ABV, helping this slide down effortlessly with a low level of bitterness and a slight berry tartness.

Overall I like the effort and think it's a decent beer, but not one I'd revisit with so many other great Stone IPA's out there.

3/25/2017: Had another bomber and feel the same was as it's rated above. Solid effort and a nice fruity twist on a DIPA, but I'd take Ruination over this any day of the week.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A - Pours a deep amber copper color with a Guiness-like, sticky, creamy heady.

S - Toasted malt and bright citrus aroma.

T - Starts out sweet up front with some toasted caramel malt and builds hop momentum on the back side ending with an agressive, piney/citrus bitter finish. The front and back end are quite opposite sweet=>bitter but still ends up a little more balanced with a slight edge towards the bitter side.

M - Medium body with a creamy texture and delicate carbonation prickles.

O - Enjoyable, glad I was able to try a pint, probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of R_i_P
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bomber of this imperial IPA from Costco on 03/02/2017. Bottled on 01/31/2017. 8% APV. Green-and-gold label. Stone collaborated with 2 Virginian breweries and the Virginian governor to create this IPA. What the governor did is a mystery, but I bet he got lots of free samples.

This IPA pours a hazy ruddy color with lots of sediment and moderate carbonation. 2 fingers of white foam. Some lacing. The smell is hops with a hint of berries -- nice! The taste is identical -- citrus and tropical fruit hops with a hint of berries, followed by hop bitterness, and rounded out with a mild malt backbone. One can actually discern the raspberries and blackberries -- cool!

This is a good imperial IPA and I love Costco's prices. I'll add this IPA to my weekly rotation of daily DIPAs until Costco runs out. It's an enjoyable IPA!

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Photo of mschrei
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a very interesting beer. Very dark for an IPA – brown, almost mahogany, seemed like it had some violet trying to get through, with thinning tannish edges that are present when drinking and a minimal particulate presence. The scent is sweet – almost honey like, with a mild bitterly hop background. Taste first presents itself as sweet, with a mild berry flavor. There is a definite background of hops with a slight bitterness. The berry flavor comes through more as it warms. It has a creamy mouthfeel with slight tenderness and a very minimal alcohol presence. Much better than I was expecting. I look forward to Stone trying something like this again.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber almost red color. Mildly hazy. Big fluffy off white head leaves a nice lacing.
S - big hop resin, pine, grapefruit
T - big hop resin, ganja, dank, garlic onion in a good way, pine, grapefruit, orange peel
M - medium mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is grapefruit and pine
O - good beer but definitely fits the mold of a stone beer. I'd really like to see them branch out a bit. Everything is always very hop resiny with pine and grapefruit being the main notes

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