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Miguel Ceja Andrade / Brandon Berube / Stone Merc MachineMiguel Ceja Andrade / Brandon Berube / Stone Merc Machine

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mercenaries. The A-Team. Soldiers of Fortune. Rambo. Chuck Norris. Deadpool. These are just a few of the names that bubble up to the top when one starts to ponder who best to hire when you need something... accomplished. In this case, we at Stone Brewing needed something explosively hoppy. And slo-mo through the smoke walked our own, in-house duo of destruction - Brandon Berube & Miguel Ceja Andrade - more than happy to rain down the hop grenades for us. Not a lot of talk, just all action. The team created a beer that is one of the most highly anticipated hop experiences at Stone Brewing ever. Our dual disciples of destruction have yielded an inspired accomplishment from out of the murk, just what you would expect from Stone's crack team of ace brewers. Make sure to thank 'em if you see 'em, as it's best to keep on their good sides.

Added by WickedBeer on 08-11-2017

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Photo of scream
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just another great IPA from Stone. Look, Smell, Taste, Feel all are very good. I think the hop smell here is more intense than their other IPA's. It would be nice if this were a year round offering in 6 packs.

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Photo of mattknueven
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden orange with two fingers of tight, white head. Great head retention and lacing. Aroma is pine, resin, and orange forming a lovely middle coast IPA aroma. Flavor profile is resin, orange, lemon zest, and papaya, focusing it more towards the citrus side of the spectrum. Mouth feel is medium-thick and velvety smooth. Overall, an IPA with depth that mingles east and west coast styles well.

Served in a 16oz snifter. Draft. Reviewed from notes.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
2.78/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of andrewh995
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange gold with a white head. Smells of citrus, hops, and tropical fruits. Tastes of bitter fresh hops, mangoes, papaya, citrus, and malt. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall an incredible DIPA.

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3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kraks
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DamienI
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maltznhopz
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone gargoyle pint. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a film with light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and piney hop, orange and hints of light stone fruit; a very Stone profile. Flavor is caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, orange, guava, a little pineapple, light stone fruit; finishes with lightly resinous piney hops with some mild citrus rind. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A little more fruit forward than usual from this brewery, but the overall profile is identifiably Stone. Not as aggressively hopped in the finish, this has a very nice balance of fruit and classic herbal hop flavors. Very drinkable and integrated. Never disappointed by this brewery.

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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into Snifter. Bottled on October 29th, 2017.

L: Hazy orange, two finger off-white head has great retention.

S: Very citrusy with a dank pine backbone and some great herbal touches here and there.

T: Deeeeeelicious, not as bitter as I expected but great flavor. Lots of citrus again with a pine that just pulls everything together and an herbal touch. Good amount of malt as well.

F: Medium body, crisp, very creamy mouthfeel that is almost synonymous with Stone DIPAs.

O: Great beer.

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Photo of RobTheKnob
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Semi-opaque golden brown pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Spotty lacing around the glass.

S: Tropical fruits... tangerine and citrus... sweet malts.

T/F: Follows the nose. Strong biscuity malt backbone with a dank heavy tropical hop kick. Not overly bitter for a Stone brew... loads of tropical fruits... pineapple, papaya, and citrus. Grapefruit and tangerine lead the way... medium in body. Well carbonated... sweetness is there but balanced. Finish is fruit juice.

O: An awesome DIPA from Stone. Exactly what I expected. One of their best Collaboration efforts of the year.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrismattlin
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johlac66
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bronze gold with a sudsy off-white head that left a small curtain of lacing.
Mucho tropical on the nose and palate. Hints of grapefruit, mango, and lime. Somewhat herbal underneath.
Light to medium carbonation and body. A bit sweet mid-palate but has a nice drying slightly bitter pine finish.
Another solid collaboration DIPA from Stone.

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3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DFLB
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought at La Bodega, Merc Machine is a Double IPA brewed by Stone Brewing and with a $8.99 price tag.

The scent of pine and hops are strong without having to put your nose into your glassware. At room temperature, the smell of grapefruit and tangerine are noted. The body has a pleasing pine character to the feel. An abv of 9% is light and accentuates the citrus fruit used.

The flavor of mango provides a big juiciness to the take. Grapefruit gives us the familiar bitter bite and fluidity that comes with our IPAs. Tangerine is stronger and comes through more when the beer is drank at room temperature.

Merc Machine is a spectacular Double IPA. The mango is prominent and creates an ease to drinking a hoppy beer. Pine is tasted from start to finish. Grapefruit and tangerine are experienced differently from cold to room temperature. You get grapefruit when it is cold, but you get more out of the tangerine at room temperature. At room temperature, grapefruit is very fluid and unveils the taste and feel of tangerines. I highly recommend drinking this one at room temperature because this beer is like a Belgian because you experience more compared to drinking this libation cold. Merc Machine is extraordinarily delicious and easy to drink from Stone’s long entourage of IPAs to come out there doors. Stone’s hoppy IPAs are an acquired taste, but the intensity of the hops is dialed down in this one. If you strayed from Stone because of its strong hop character, you must give this a go. If you are a fan of their formula, you won’t be disappointed because Stone keeps giving us something new when IPAs are so popular and stylized. Merc Machine is only around for a limited time, so get this while the supplies last. I just hope this brew becomes part of their lineup because it’s too damn good.

Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer.

For more beer reviews, visit my blog “Drink For the Love of Beer.”

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3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of White_Whiskey
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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