Stone / Miguel Ceja Andrade / Brandon Berube Merc Machine | Stone Brewing

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Stone / Miguel Ceja Andrade / Brandon Berube  Merc MachineStone / Miguel Ceja Andrade / Brandon Berube  Merc Machine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,834
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
81
pDev:
7.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of rorjets
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Viaduck
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smells piney. Tastes sweet. Flavor is is a nice balance of honey, Pune & citrus. Feel is a bit thin, not not much carbonation, not much alcohol detected but a one pint, 8 oz bottle with nake your head spin around a few times.

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Photo of DrBier
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stone with another ipa winner. So consistent in creating beers with an inviting bouquet of hops, and this one is no exception. It harnesses the different hops well without becoming a hop bomb or needing other flavors to balance. Just a solid, delicious west coast dipa.

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Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2/16/18 draft @ Brew Kettle Hudson

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Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CSO
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of deonreds
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 22 fl oz bottle on January 14, 2018. Collaboration double IPA brewed with Cascade, Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grill20
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nyar
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well, this beer was a treat. Poured it into a tulip glass, the liquid is a very cloudy golden orange with an almost outrageous amount of sediment. The head is a little wispy, with nice lacing. The smell is dominated by hops, but there's definitely some yeast in there. The flavor is pretty complex; as you swirl it around your mouth there's a lot of sweetness that compliments the floral hoppyness and the very robust body. It felt a little unctuous in my mouth, and it goes down with an almost spicy alcohol bite. I see people calling this 'hops candy' and I have to agree with that. Stone is the brewery that made me realize IPAs can taste of something other than shampoo and this one doesn't disappoint.

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4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had tasty double IPAs before, but this is just ridiculous. Below, mactrail called it "Hop Candy" and I've got to agree that's a perfect word for this. Poured the top half of a bomber into a goblet...

L: Even if you don't get any of the large collection of sediment chilling at the bottom, the body is not quite transparent. It is a nice golden orange color however, and the somewhat minimal cream head leaves clean lines of sticky lacing all around the glass. Poured the rest of the bottle in. I actually like how the sediment looks, speckling throughout the body. Makes it look kind of like jello.

A: Damn. Tons of tropical fruit. A touch of pine introduces papaya, pineapple, passion fruit, apricot, mango, orange, peach, pear, white grape, honeydew, grapefruit, lemon, citrus rinds, and white pepper. Tiny bit of caramelly malt sweetness in the background, but no real bread notes and definitely no char/roast (which is unlike Stone--nearly all of their IPAs have a rich and roasty malt backbone. This one tastes stripped; like a Ballast Point PA). This is probably the most purely and richly tropical DIPA made by any large craft brewery to date.

T: Like straight candy. This is ridiculous. Seems like cheating. If you handed someone a glass of a this, I'm not even sure they would recognize it as a beer. Almost purely fruity. I get fresh squeezed orange juice, mango, papaya, honeydew, peach, white grape, caramelized sugar, grapefruit (which comes on strikingly late into the profile), pine, citrus rinds, and pepper. Not quite as tasty as it smells, but what IPA is?

F: Stone is certainly a master of producing beer with that perfect balance of sweet, sour, bitter, and clingy. This concoction is a perfect monument to their prowess.

O: As I've alluded to earlier, this brew gives an overall impression of being engineered. This is not the same animal as the living beverage developed over many centuries in Europe. It has evolved into something more streamlined and refined. As humans always seem to do, it appears we have learned to make our favorite hops give us only the flavors we want, and to leave out the excessive bitterness and herbal character that usually comes along with it. I'm not sure how I feel about this, but this beer tastes really fucking good.

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3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh man, it's hop candy. Stunningly sweet and massively hopped. I can't help but think this would have been twice as good if they'd made twice as much beer from the amount of malt and hops that were stuffed in.

Appearance: golden amber brew with bubbles streaming and a cap of white foam in the 1998 GABF flute. Fruity nose with every fruit that people like to apply to beer tasting.

Taste is alcoholic fruit cocktail with an unaccountable bitter finish. This is a practical joke of a DIPA. I really like the series of "Enjoy By" DIPAs, same alcohol content, but this is just silly. Sweet and bitter. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market on West Point Loma, a good place for all the less common Stone brews.

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Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cherche
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerLover99
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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