Hop Revolver IPA - Ella | Stone Brewing

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Hop Revolver IPA - EllaHop Revolver IPA - Ella

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ovaltine on 05-30-2017

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Beejay:
Photo of Beejay
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Orange amber in color, slightly hazy with a moderate white head.

S: Bright and sweet, almost cloying with a touch of cherry, orange peel, tangerine, and mandarin orange.

T: Taste follows suit with orange and citrus dominating.. almost a touch too sweet.

M: Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, with a long bitter cling.

O: Overal a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of G_Shoe
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The third rotation in the shop Revolver series, brewed with Ella hops. 7.7% ABV. Stone Mixed 12 IPA pack.

Look: Pours a golden yellow color with a small head of white foam, medium retention, minimal lace.
Smell: A mild aroma, dominated by light citrus and floral notes. Only very slight pine bitterness.
Taste: slightly earthy, not as much citrus as in the aromas, with an undeniable piney bitterness accompanied by grapefruit.
Feel: even, crisp, refreshing. Pretty typical, nothing unique here.

Overall I'd say my least favorite of the Revolvers so far, however that by no means meant it was bad. Subtle but citrus and floral dominated aromas balance a more pine forward taste. A crisp beer, overall a milder IPA but with a distinct bitterness. Worth trying if you've had the other two in the series.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy golden amber, with a nice head of off-white suds and thin lace.

Aroma: Citrus and tropical fruits — pineapple, grapefruit, mango…pretty delicious.

Taste: Big and sweetly tropical, with a rush of bitterness at finish. Superb IPA all the way, packed with a bounty of hoppy power.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChuckTom
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laves quite nicely.

S: Spicy pine and citrus up front, followed by a rather unique mix of fruity notes, some biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Spicy pine, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and orange, floral, underlying fruity notes, blueberry, mango, papaya, and passion fruit, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Super interesting hop. Stone did a great job showing it off.

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Photo of Buck_Jones
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Giggy
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Always pick up a stone when I find it! Mixed six price set at 2.16 pretty much the cheapest you can find in PA. A touch hazier than I expected deep brown orange hue with a 1/2 inch of frothy head. I can see the aroma falling off a bit but with a bottle almost 2 months old I guess I should expect it. Still very tropical with flower hop aroma and sweet malt base. Earthy and bitter taste some would describe as West Coast style but to me taste a bit acidic and soapy like a floor cleaner. Only beer I could think close to this is Green Flash West Coast IPA which to me is putrid. Body is balanced enough after a few sips the hops do mellow a bit when warmed sort of medium bodied.

Overall to me it's still very pungent and I guess I don't like "Ella" hops since this brew is borderline nasty. Would try the other versions if I ever found em!

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was extremely interested in this "revolving hop series and had never heard of "Ella" hops, but it's Stone...all in all, this offering is an IPA ala Stone. I honestly cannot tell a difference between this and any other hop Stone uses or has used (truth be told, I recently enjoyed several locally produced lagers...). Bottom line, it's an IPA and it's from Stone! Nuff' said!

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Photo of ovaltine
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The pour reveals the ubiquitous Stone IPA: burnt orange, ever so slightly hazy from the hops (of the Ella varietal), a couple of fingers of slightly off-white head. Beautiful beer.

The aromas are tropical passion fruit, maybe some berries, and a spicy character. The taste is heavy on the passion fruit and the spicy flavor - a sweet, licorice-like flavor.

The feel has bite and sizzle, which I enjoy in an IPA. I know I'm drinking a well-executed beer from one of my favorite brewers.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bones10
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden straw color with a pure white, albeit thin, head. Lacing is minimal.

The smell is lemons and grass with pine underneath. Appealing.

The taste follows the nose with lemon and pine dominance over the more earthy notes that are buried under the hop goodness.

The feel is sharp, not overwhelming but rather light and appropriate carbonation.

I like it, it's my first experience with any of this series and will happily sample any I come across. Cheers!

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with greenish hues and an off white head that hangs around and leaves a trail of lace.

Tropical fruit, woody flowers, citrus, and pine in the nose.

Bitter citrus and pine up front flowing to a slight biscuit malt middle which quickly dissolves into forest flowers. Finishes crisp, clean, and slightly dry.

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Photo of chris826
3.24/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ER527
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brucebeernut
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ahypercube
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Always love Stone's bottle art. They get a little extra .25 on look for that. Got this in a mixed 24 pack from Costco (only $30--fuck yeah Costco). Into a chilled pint glass...

L: Only a finger of head with a gentle pour, but it is nicely carbonated and leaves graceful lacing. Copper-tinged clear yellow body with dancing bubble streams throughout.

S: People are really talking up these Ella hops, but I'm not blown away by the aroma. Pretty basic tropical smell. Passion fruit, pineapple, orange, lemon, mango, and a strong malt undertone that's a little woody. Pine and white pepper on the finish.

T: Mmmm. I'm liking this flavor profile a bit more. Pepper is prominent. It reminds me a lot of Union Jack (but richer). Notes of white grape, passion fruit, papaya, blackberry, grapefruit, lemon, and pine on the hops, plus a nutty, tasty malt presence with faint molasses undertones. Tastes like a solid West Coast IPA.

F: And absolutely feels like a solid west-coast IPA. Clean, crisp, bitey and bitter, but creamy and smooth. Somewhat oily feel, but the thickness holds it together perfectly.

O: Balanced, rich, tangy, crisp, refreshing...not much more you can ask of a West Coast IPA. That said, it is a limited batch and it could be a bit more striking and bold. A-

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Photo of MJ64
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevepat
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange/amber, little to know head and dissipates quickly. Smell is bright and robust, banana, candied orange, with a hint of lemon and grass. The flavor is a little off, could be an issue post bottling but the case was labeled as fresh for another month and I'm in cali and got this pack from a shop that usually does a good job of caring for their beer. There is a pleasantly sharp lemony/citrus flavor over the top but the undertone is a sort of musty/malty thing that flirts with notes of guava or papaya. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, very clean and pleasant. Overall a drinkable IPA featuring a hop that I've not seen anywhere else. Might be the source of the funk I taste, definitely an unusual fruity character to the hop overall.

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Photo of flgimp
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle, nose is slight pine and fruit, taste is hoppy up front with a late malty flavor. Not overly bitter. Feel is medium with ample carbonation. Hard to beat the standard Stone IPA.

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Photo of gamblebc
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hop Revolver IPA - Ella from Stone Brewing
3.98 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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