Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,355
Ranked #6,637
4.09 | pDev: 8.56%
Feb 04, 2024
Mar 20, 2018
New England-style IPAs are all the rage. Fans of Stone repeatedly ask for our take on the style, which can be met with some criticism. Rooted in West-Coast style IPAs for decades, how would we do it? Fear no more. Our brewers took the approach to deliver incredibly hoppy and aromatic flavor while keeping it very balanced, and upping the alcohol unnoticeably - nailing this astounding one-of-a-kind creation.

Overall, this unfitered double IPA is juiced up with masve Loral and Mosaic tropical and citrus notes. The mild bitterness and relatively dry body compliment the style, and the residual maltiness nicely rounds it out. Lingering lime peel and tropical fruit derived from the hops stand out on the finish, begging one to seek out more.

What 3 words pinpoint where this indelible beast was born? The location is printed on the can.

There’s a 3m x 3m square in our Richmond, VA brewery with these three words painted on it. What three words? Exactly! For the uninitiated, that's What3Words. It's a global addressing system to bring locations to the previously unlocatable. Inspired by the positive impact of this system, we decided to name this IPA after a 3-meter square in the brewery where it was created. Check it out. So now, when someone says to you "What three words?” You can reply with your own answer... if it's ///Fear.Movie.Lions, we'll see you here!
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Rated: 4.09 by WDWAoT from Arizona

Feb 04, 2024
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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Not a fan of this brew, too imperial and boozy thin. So many better options from stone, this is a movie u can skip.
Jan 17, 2024
Rated: 4.11 by Plonk from Alabama

Jan 13, 2024
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Reviewed by FreePal88

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Just like they advertise, it's somewhere between a west coast IPA and oldschool east coast IPA (and maybe a little newschool east coast since it's hazy, and it SMELLS [not tastes] like some sort of fruitjuice concoction). Pungent, pithy, pleasantly soapy(?). There's some nondescript fruit alongside the piney/herbal notes but it's not there to cover up or compete with the bitterness; it's a very aggressive beer. Although it doesn't spam IBU to compensate for lack of flavor. It's aggressive AND subtle, like a martial artist who can kill you by poking a single pressure point. The alcohol is stealthy but it's there. It's a bit loud on its own but it goes great with cheese, spicy food, etc.
Dec 28, 2023
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Reviewed by donspublic from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from bottle into tulip, good 2+ finger cream colored head, good retention, excellent lacing. Darkish hazy golden in the glass. Smells bright on the nose, good mosaic, loral keeps it bright. Taste is creamy sweet malt, citrus, peach, slight caramel sweetness thru the middle and finishes off in a good firm bitterness. Residual caramel sweetness and tropical notes on the palate. Really nice beer.

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Dec 22, 2023
Rated: 4.66 by brwnchrstpher from Pennsylvania

Dec 22, 2023
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Reviewed by Bitburger from Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Great brew! Doesn´t taste like a Double IPA, more than a really well made West Coast IPA. Sturdy foam head, wc-style approach on the palate and a solid bitterness without too much malt makes it dangerously crushable.
Dec 12, 2023
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Reviewed by mcgiants from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. bottle poured into an IPA pint.

Nice head, nice appearance, more golden than bronze.

Love this beer. Very balanced. They label this a "hazy", but I get all West Coast from this IPA. I will trust the Stone brewers. For an 8.5, you really do not get an overly boozy kick. Smooth. Very well done.
Dec 03, 2023
Rated: 4.13 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Nov 30, 2023
Rated: 3.98 by Taenim from Maine

Nov 27, 2023
Rated: 4 by rfreed from Washington

Nov 06, 2023
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep gold, almost amber, pour. The nose is fruity--peaches and pears--making you expect a NEIPA. But the flavor takes a decidedly West Coast tack with citrus peel and resin, and an aggressively bitter (in a good way) and dry finish. Adding to the brewing intensity is a well-hidden and hefty 8.5% ABV. A nice, solid DIPA to reckon with.
Oct 26, 2023
Rated: 4.29 by scottyshades from Florida

Oct 08, 2023
Rated: 4.13 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Oct 08, 2023
Rated: 4.82 by AndyGG from California

Oct 02, 2023
Rated: 4.35 by RPBeerdude from Colorado

Sep 16, 2023
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Reviewed by RJLarse from Washington

3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a rich gold color, slightly hazy, with a thick white head. Smells of soft fruit, peaches and pears. Taste is also a soft fruit flavor with a malt presence. Slightly cloying finish with mild bitterness.
Sep 03, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by Slyde180 from Texas

Sep 03, 2023
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Reviewed by timon from California

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
If not for the floating crap in the beer this would be a 4.5 looking beer and a bit more punch in the taste department would help as well. Overall, it's a great, yet flawed, beer that is worth trying.
Sep 02, 2023
Rated: 4 by JHeard79 from North Carolina

Aug 28, 2023
///Fear.Movie.Lions from Stone Brewing
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