Exalted IPA
Stone Brewing

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American IPA
3.86 | pDev: 8.55%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Stone Exalted IPA represents the elevated state of reverence that Stone extols for the venerable and almighty Hop. Loral & Citra hops have been anointed to bestow their divine qualities on this sacred brew. This limited release is part of Stone’s Hop Worship Seasonal IPA Series…Glory be to those who imbibe it in its freshest form…and faithfully worship thy Hop in the beauty of blissful bitterness.
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Photo of Harrison8
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy orange-brown with two fingers of off-white foam that retains well. Aroma is driven by biting notes of pine, resin, and dank hops. It's a hop soup, with no signs of wear or tear - in other words - it's strong and doesn't hesitate. Flavor profile is biting hops, nailing out pine and resin first, before sinking into a soupy display of syrupy resin and dank hop notes. Chopping through the dense forest of hops reveals a base of bready, caramel, and biscuit malts. Mouth feel is velvety with an effervescent finish. It has a medium thickness that expands to a medium-thick at the finish. Overall, a dense, hoppy beer that excels at dunking the tongue in evergreen forest hops.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber with puff; overripe cantaloupe, orange zest, and gooseberry; thread of toffee then noble spice, strawberries, eucalyptus, lime rindl. Zest linger.

Loral, Citra

4 4.25 4.25 4 4.25

Super spicy, along with subtle fruity notes. Very “pale green”: herbs, green tea, underripe stone fruit, honeydew. No tropical juice, which is a nice change. Not a million miles from the first batch of Windjammer. If this is Loral, I’m interested.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of pine, light malts. Taste is pine, hints of citrus, some spiciness, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy amber color, two finger white head, messy lacing, good carbonation.

S: Hops, malts.

T: Hoppy but not overly bitter.

F: Light bodied, extremely drinkable.

O: Pretty decent beer.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 3-1-18 for $2.29. Canned on 1-26-18 and best by 5-26-18. Cold stored since purchase, no fear with Stone's quality track record.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head that has some good hang time.

Nose is citrus forward and surprisingly fresh, nice!

Taste is well balanced between the pale and honey malts and the grapefruit and lemon hops. Finishes with a touch of grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, refreshing but smooth.

Overall i liked this brew despite its age. Glad i got to try this!

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden pour, light head. Definite floral scents with a fruity note. Taste is very hop forward (gee, I wonder why?) with pronounced bittnerness. No attempt here to hide the fact you are drinking an ode to the hop. Not exceptional, but well made.

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Photo of monkist
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I am surprised that I'm not punched in the face by a Stone Limited Edition IPA! As a first impression it suggests a somewhat less complex flavor, but let's dive into it and see what we get!
This IPA is one that you would definitely want to leave out warming up a bit because there is such a difference between how much the hops come out. Starting to have sweet malt backed heavy hops - they definitely feel heavy, the body round with a kind of thick syrupy bitterness on top. It is not the kind of IPA that people would want on the market, it is rather something unique - never even heard of Loral hops before! It is a massive amount of hops that lurks upon you as you drink it, scary. The more you drink it, the more you like it to an extent you love it in the end. Definitely exalted. It lifts you up. Try it - while you can!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My Tavour foray CANtinues with yet more CANs that they have shipped to me since signing up. I had a pretty good run during New Beer Sunday (Week 693), but I was left feeling unfulfilled. I am doing my best to get to these as quickly as possible simply because they are just so intriguing. It is an integral part of The CANQuest (tm) to have this inherent curiosity.

From the CAN: "Hop Worship Series"; "Citra & Loral"; "Stone Exalted IPA represents the elevated state of reverence that Stone extols for the venerable and almighty Hop. Citra & Loral hops have been anointed to bestow their divine qualities on this sacred brew. This limited release is part of Stone’s Hop Worship Seasonal IPA Series. Glory be to those who imbibe it in its freshest form and faithfully worship thy Hop in the beauty of blissful bitterness."

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. You CAN imagine my relief when I saw the clarity as it was being deCANted. I sat back & allowed it to puff up, forming just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention. It slowly fell away, leaving loads of great lacing in its wake. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a solid pine-like mintiness along with a honey sweetness and an earthy maltiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was a cool blast of pine mintiness initially, leading into a a honey-lemon tea-like flavor, underlain by a biscuity, earthy maltiness. Mmm. This was SO much more in keeping with the descriptors for an AIPA that I was ready to fall to my knees & begin weeping. I feel shortchanged every time that I am subjected to a NE-style AIPA, which lately is all too often. Finish was dry, bitter, minty cool and just what the doctor ordered.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

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

S: Resinous pine, citrus zest, floral, peppery, faint tropical fruit, biscuity malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Resinous, citrus, lemon and grapefruit, peppery, floral, a little tropical fruit, peach/apricot and melon, biscuity malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Seems like Stone is going back to their roots a bit with this one. No fruit, plenty of bitterness, but it does showcase Loral hops which seems to be their new favorite. I wish the Citra side came out more, but still a solid beverage.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is copper, head is light tan with fine bubbles, good dense 1/2 inch presentation with lingering frothy top and great lacing on the glass; good effervescence from the bottom of the glass as well.

Smell is pleasant hops, a bit subdued - pine, grapefruit, light tropical notes, and some notable grassiness.

Taste follows the aroma but with more emphatic presence - great blend of hop flavors: floral, pine, grapefruit/citrus; malt is quite present with light toast, some bread/biscuit, and caramel.

Mouthfeel is a highlight with just the right amount of bitterness, light lingering malt sweetness with good balance on tongue and cheeks.

Overall a very good ipa that showcases both hop notes and malt flavor.

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Photo of puck1225
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Clear golden yellow color with good head and nice lacing. Sweet floral,smell. Taste is of orange, lemon and honey. Maybe a bit too sweet, but a good IPA.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw yellow, clear, with a thin white head.Citrus hits right up front. Aromas of fresh lemon and lime, floral notes, and fresh hops. Mild grain and wheat characteristics come through as well.
Citrus dominates throughout this beer, especially with lemon and lime. Big floral component still befudles me with the citra hops being used. This beer has a very crisp finish with lingering citrus flavors and bitterness.

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Photo of dertyd
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a medium to full on haze dark golden color, with 1 finger of off white head-------------- the aromas are of pine, dank weed, grapefruit, orange and tea---------------- the flavors are of citrus, pine, orange and dank weed, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with bitter finish------------- overall this beer is good,it's your typical stone west coast ipa--

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Photo of Suds
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a can, this brew had a towering, brilliant white head. The appearance is utterly clear, amber-gold in color. The aroma is sweet, with a honey-like scent, along with an earthy, herbal hop scent. There is a little pine and fresh-rain notes. Sweetish, malty, bitter, with lots of hops. The beer is also very smooth.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy golden with a fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind.
S - Notes of pine and hops as well as some citrus and floral notes. The smell isn't too strong in my opinion though.
T - Up front there's bitter hops with pine, citrus, and floral notes intermixed. Held together with a nice malt backbone.
F - Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.
O - A solid IPA from Stone, but again, as the last two IPAs I've reviewed from stone, they are just "solid"; they're good, great even but they seem to be run of the mill so to speak. I'm used to Stone pushing boundaries or at least delivering distinctively different IPAs and now them all seem to be melding together for me - especially the last three. Maybe this is due to their use of Loral hops, which are one of my favorite hops, but maybe they're overusing it in their beers? Regardless, it's a really good IPA - just not special in my opinion.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. canned 2/28/18, so 2 months old.

medium amber body with light carbonation. small white bubbly head which persists leaving very good lacing.

somewhat sweet smelling. not detecting hops.

however, despite the aroma, there is a decent hop bite all over the tongue, and bitter. fair malt background.

mouth closer to full than medium, finish bitter and faintly sour.

overall, another decent stone ipa. leans more toward the hop on the balance front, but decently supported by the malt background.

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Photo of Strike00
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden and copper with a lasting head. It smells bright and floral. The taste is floral and pine with grapefruit on the back end. Not one of my favorites forms Stone, but still pretty good.

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, canned on 1/26/2018.
Pours clear with an amber color topped by a moderate size, rocky white head. Very good retention. Soapy lacing clings to the glass.
Aroma: citrus rind with hints of other tropical fruits and some floral notes.
Flavor: citrus peel & juice, hints of other tropical fruits including mango and melon, and faint white pepper. A hint of honey in this moderately bitter IPA. Floral, earthy and grassy hop notes.
Overall: a fine, modestly distinct, fruity IPA with good complexity, robustness, and balance.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice IPA that is quite drinkable and has good balance. Good clarity on the look with a lack of head retention. Overall solid, but doesn't blow me away as the hops take a bit of a back door on this one.

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Photo of baldy00
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the tap, into a pint glass, clear in opacity, yellow to barely copper in color, well balanced in hops to malt but end result is indifference or apathy

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy amber/honey color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Very floral aroma with hints of piney resin and slight orange citrus. Taste is similar. Very floral up front with a good transition to a strong bitterness. More of a lighter citrus flavor at the end. Overall floral and earthy, though. Decent bitter aftertaste. Somewhat astringent. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can , canned 2/8/18, poured into an IPA glass. A golden orange with a two and a hal finger head that retains well. An initial pine and floral blast on the aroma, with some orange and tangerine citrus. The taste is a mix of pine, herbal notes, and some caramel(?) malt. The feel is medium, carbonation is medium low. Overall, a decent IPA, its got the bitterness but also some odd (to me) herbal notes.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-A nice clear amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has hop and citrus hints
T-Taste follows the nose with hop and citrus flavors
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent IPA

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Photo of dcotom
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce can into a Spiegelau Adina beer goblet. This is what a beer is supposed to look like. Crystal clear amber color, with a thick, long-lasting white head that left plenty of sticky lacing. Strong malt backbone that asserts its presence without overpowering. The hop character really comes alive at around cellar temperature, with lots of citrus and pithy bitterness. Not mind-blowing, but very delicious and drinkable.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a gold amber clear a finger of head that stuck around.
S: Lemon, grassy, pine, citrus, a little herby.
T: Same as the nose, but the grassy/citrus character came out.
M: Nice and chewy, level of bitterness is excellent.
O: I loved this, I think I just enjoy Loral hops. I believe it's the first I've had. Get more of this and try other brews with Loral hops.

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