Vengeful Spirit
Stone Brewing

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #823
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,562
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 6.98%
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
478
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  9
Gots
  110
SCORE
90
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Vengeful SpiritVengeful Spirit
Notes: With Stone Vengeful Spirit we employ a bit of tropical mythology to pay homage to our ever present gargoyle. Since 1996 he’s had our backs, and yours, by representing an aggressive intolerance for commoditized beer. He constantly inspires us to forge ahead with resolve–even with the omnipresent forces of forceful evil. Vengeful spirits can be awesome when they’re on your side.

FEATURED HOPS: Herkules, Mosaic, Loral, Mandarina Bavaria
SPECIAL INGREDIENTS: Pineapple & Mandarin orange
Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 478 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3/26/20....pours pale bronze with an orange hint and light layer of white foam. Tropical fruit nose. Mangoes and pineapples. Oranges too. Strong melon forward flavor w/ latent bitter. Slight fruitiness but with a persistent bitter. Quite nice/.

May 23, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a super haze orange color with a billowy white head of foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave tones of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is massive of tropical fruits, mainly of pineapple and mango, but also having a good showing of tangerine and papaya. Along with these smells comes a big showing of grapefruit hop matched by some nice herbal and grassy hop smells. With some lighter cereal grain smells rounding out the aroma, one is left with a nice sweet and inviting smell.
Taste – The taste begins much less sweet then one would anticipate from the nose with it beginning with a rather crackery taste that has a good showing of grapefruit hop. There is a bit of the tropical fruit flavors upfront that were detected in the nose, but these are much lighter then would be anticipated. As the taste advances the tropical fruits do grow slightly stronger with the pineapple getting more potent and being joined by a decent showing of mango and tangerine. At the end some other hop flavors of a herbal and earthy nature join the tongue and with the rest of the tastes leave one with a nice and robust fruity, but not overly sweet and hoppy taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is slightly lower. For the mix of light sweeter tropics, dry malt, and dank hop the feel is good and makes for a nice sipper.
Overall – A rather nice, not overly sweet, but tropical and dank IPA overall. A fun one for sure.

Oct 07, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Alanna and Richard!

A: Yellow in color with a bunch of chunks floating about, large white head.

S: Pineapple. pear, mango, and apricot. Piles of juicy fruit.

T: Bright citrus, and tropical fruits, with pear, and pineapple. Light bitterness, with a simcoe flavor in the finish, as well as something else... earthy maybe.

M: Medium in feel with somewhat lighter carbonation.

O: Overall pretty good, Nice tropical flavor, but the yeast chunks are funky looking a little funky tasty.

Sep 10, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vengeful Spirit brewed by Stone Brewing, with an ABV of 7.30% This American IPA pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a nice hazy amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with hop bitterness mixed with sweetness. Lots of pineapple notes an other fruits mixed in. You also pick up a nice amount of earthy grains and malts in the smell as well. So far Vengeful Spirit is a nice inviting American IPA. Now for the taste , it is Bold with hoppy goodness mixed with sweetness. The pineapple and manidarin orange is a nice touch to this brew. The fruit sweetness off sets the hop bitterness making this a more enjoyable drinking brew. The earthy grains and malts give this brew a nice smooth finish. The body of Vengeful Spirit is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.30% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. This brew would go nice with a nice dinner. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Hoppy, Sweet, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Vengeful Spirit a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity too. Stone Brewing, did a super nice job with this American IPA.

Sep 04, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange, with a medium white head and a bit of thin lacing.

S: Citrusy, with some pineapple, a bit of a weird woodiness, ripe tropical fruit.

T: Citrusy, with some pineapple, a lemon peel bitterness, ripe tropical fruit.

F: Medium body, smooth carbonation.

Sep 02, 2019
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JayQue from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good citrusy IPA. Pour a hazy honey yellow color with a good size frothy white head and thick frothy rings of lacing. Head retention is very good. Aroma features strong bitterness, orange and pineapple flavor, not much maltiness. Flavor is outstanding. The citrus fruit jumps out at you and the bitterness level is high. A good, tasty hop bomb!!!!! Mouthfeel is strong and bitter. the fairly high alcohol content is not heavily featured. Still goes down fairly easily despite the initial hops blast. Overall this is a very good IPA.

Aug 30, 2019
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-pack $18.99 Target
95 days old
Citrus smells
Hazy golden-amber color with floating particles
Medium mouthfeel
Light-medium carbonation
Tastes like juice, some bitterness
Overall an ok beer. It is a tropical beer, but with a name like vengeful spirit I was expecting more of a flavor punch, not a mellow juice flavor.

Aug 10, 2019
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T66tah from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stone Tiki Escape IPA Mix 12-Pack! Featuring Revengeful Spirit IPA, Scorpion Bowl IPA, Ruination Double IPA 2.0, and Tangerine Express IPA =A+ GREAT BEERS

Aug 02, 2019
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UWDAWG from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Look- Pale gold, hazy, visible sediment, above average head retention, average lacing.

Smell- Citrus, tropical, mandarin.

Taste- Tropical, grapefruit, mandarin.

Feel- Between thin and medium body, average carbonation, very astringent finish.

Jul 26, 2019
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DoghouseReilly3946 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: Bottled on 06/03/19, consumed on 07/04/19.

Appearance: Spirit has a medium gold color with lots fruit pulp suspended throughout. A easy pour results in a finger and a half of rocky white head.

Aroma: The orange takes center stage here with the pineapple in a supportive but not unassertive role all strewn over a bed of pine and herbs. I get a little malt sweetness, but something tells me that this will be only marginally sweeter than the standard bitter west coast Stone IPA.

Taste: Well, the fruit addition does give this one more sweetness than it does something like Tangerine Express, but not to the overzealous degree that it did in Re-Vengeful Spirit. After the initial blast of sugary citrus, the malt sweetness roles in to change up the taste. The finish is all about the rising piney flavor and lingering bitterness. After warming for a few minutes, the beer gives off some mixed berry flavor as well. The mouthfeel is appropriately full, but never heavy. The level of sweetness may make this one my least favorite of the mixed pack, but it's still a nice beer than should be available in 6 packs.

Jul 05, 2019
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale amber leaning towards yellow with a cream colored head that hangs around and leaves trails of lace.

Citrus and pine hops backed by earthy undertones, definitely pick up pineapple and orange along with floral notes.

pineapple and orange backed by a pine and floral hop note with earthy undertones.

Jul 04, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: Mandarin oranges essence, tropical floral hops, some yeast. Pineapple, dry hopped citrus nose. Bright orange hue, unfiltered with tall white head and ringed lace. Medium body.

Jul 01, 2019
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Tone from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight spicy hops, citrus, sweet malt, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a slight bitterness and slight dryness. Tastes of citrus hops, slight spicy hops, citrus, sweet malt, and a hint of tea. Overall, good appearance, simple, but well blended and a good feel and body.

Dec 08, 2018
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Profundobaso from New York

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured from a 12 oz bottle. Hazy yellow with a one finger head and moderate lacing.
Smell - nice whiff of tropical flavors in the scent. Lots of pineapple, and some citrus. Mandarin oranges smell also comes through.
Taste - surprisingly, its malty notes in the start that is supported by moderate hoppiness. Both the oranges are pineapple are also detectable in the taste, but less so than in the smell. Slightly fruity and hoppy finish.
Feel - light to medium bodied, high in carbonation, and respectable at 7.3% ABV in booze content.
Overall - a solid brew from Stone, this time on the fruitier side. Flavors are interesting and bring in a nice twist.

Oct 25, 2018
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale golden in color small to medium head. Taste of Pineapple and mandarin orange. At time pineapple has more dominant taste other times mandarine. Smooth going and smooth finish

Oct 25, 2018
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer looked like most IPAs, with the exception of the head, which a little thin, and short lived. The aroma was very fruity, showing off the mandarin orange and pineapple additions in a big way. The taste provided much less fruit forward than the smell suggested, because the hops provided a counterbalance. The beer was not overly bitter, but there were enough here to make it interesting. The feel was typical for the style, and the finish was juicy, fruity, and long. Very well balanced IPA, that impressed me more than expected.

Oct 06, 2018
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Jackwack from Florida

4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Retired? I just bought it today. Pretty good Stone brew. Really enjoyed it. I hope that they keep brewing this IPA. Seems balanced, a slight alcohol taste, but I like that

Sep 29, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint. Boo hiss..

Slightly muted brass bronze body, a little cloudy. Classic simple white frothy head of three fingers and a little cling.

Excellent aroma. Vibrant tropical mango, dank earth, perfume stink and citrus like tangerine. Even comes off smokey somewhat. Very impressive.

Palate goes for simple. Juiced tuned down fruit with a simple malt backbone. Flirts with a little caramel, and and almost pith like flavor particularly on the finish. Quite diverse hop bitter and fruity palate.

Nice aggressive Stone beer, a little chaotic but very good.

Sep 29, 2018
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joedvegas from Nevada

4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy amber look with a thin white head that dissolves relatively quickly. Not a lot on the nose. Had to dig for hints of pineapple, melon, orange-peel and lemon. Really great on the front palate with effervescent hints of pineapple, lime, grapefruit, pomegranate and nectarine. Very balanced. Nice finish with deep notes of tar, old road and more tropical fruit. Good beer.

Aug 28, 2018
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flgimp from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting blend of flavours. The tropical notes of pineapple and mandarin orange are up front but balanced with the other typical IPA hoppy bitterness.

Aug 23, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember if I did have it before or what, but I picked up that variety 12 pack of ipas from Stone and this is 3 of the bottles.

Pours a darker gold to light amber color. 1/2" off white head. The commercial tug job speaks of a bunch of dumb shit, but the pineapple and orange adjuncts aren't dominated the nose. For having Mosaic hops, those don't really shine either in the aroma. I'm guessing the other 3 varieties are used in greater proportion. Its a decent nose, but aromatic hops aren't Stone's hallmark or anything.

The taste isn't over the top adjunct fruit, so that is nice. Not a fan of overly sweet milkshake ipas. Find another style of beer to jack up. Bitterness is in the 50ibu range I suspect. It leans on the orange notes the hardest of any of them. Alcohol is decently hidden, which usually Loral seems to kind of bind with alcohol and make it a little more pronounced in my limited experience, something about that kind of grapefruit bitterness with it. Its not as sweet as the tangerine express one, but pretty similar.

Aug 15, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by October 17th, for a brewery that emphasizes drink fresh, the stamps on their bottles need to be read easier.

Pale gold in colour, no visible bubble action going on, the foam is good and long lasting. Lacing is above average.

Bitter smell of tangerines, definitely imparts tropical fruit notes, pineapple, oranges? Not sure aboot that.

Taste is tropical fruit, pineapple, wee bit of grapefruit, hints of onions, kinda dank.

Almost a hop oil stickiness on the tongue.

Good but not an IPA I would return to on a regular basis. Flavours are wearing on my palate.

Aug 14, 2018
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brewnme from Maine

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold color with thick ample head that leaves a fine lacing. Smell is light fruity. The taste had a fruity tropical thing going followed by a good feel of the bittering hops. Well played!

Aug 08, 2018
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was weird for me. Had the look and mouthfeel of a Stone IPA. The muted smell and taste is where it fell apart. I almost passed out trying to get a decent whiff out of my snifter. Taste was light tangerine and a nondescript mix of fruit. Glad I tried but nothing I care to have again.

Jul 25, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz bottle
Served in a Stone tulip glass

This beer pours a hazy amber color with burnt orange highlights. Suspended yeast is visible when held to the light. It is topped with two inches of beige head that leaves a few spots of lacing.

The smell is tropical and citrus fruit.

The taste is the same with tangerine standing out to me.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a good IPA from a great maker of traditional west coast IPAs.

Jul 22, 2018
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 478 ratings