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Stone Brewing
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,528
Ranked #7,018
4.08 | pDev: 8.58%
Tuesday at 02:02 AM
Mar 20, 2018
Notes: 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 by acycler01 from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Absolutely awesome
Tuesday at 02:02 AM
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Reviewed by vabchbrewer from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 16-ounce can with an enjoy by date of 12-17-22. Approximately a one-inch dense foamy head that dissipates at slowly. Delicate lacing. Color is medium amber with no haze. Aroma is moderate fruitiness. (Loral and Mosaic duo according to Stone's website). Slight bitterness on front end quickly dissipating while the juicy taste is appreciated at the mid to back range. Medium slippery mouthfeel.

All in all, a very nice beer blending West Coast bitterness with NEIPA fruitiness. One of my "Go To's."
Saturday at 11:30 PM
Rated: 4.38 by florisj135 from Virginia

Sep 21, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by Dewpoint79 from Delaware

Sep 14, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by Lockhart from Alabama

Aug 31, 2022
Rated: 3.26 by Duhast500 from Rhode Island

Aug 31, 2022
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Rated by RamseyHeadrick from Canada (QC)

4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Really solid and tasty beer. Spicy hops.
Aug 20, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Stovepipe can bought at a local WaWa gas station beer cave.
No glass required.,.
Hop and malt do a balancing act on the tongue. Sweet and ABV do their dance too. This is a damn good IPA for sure.
Appropriately carbonated. Medium body.
Quite quaffable - xlnt counterpoint to the batch of Culver’s cheese curds I’m sitting in the parking lot enjoying!

Overall, I got no grief at all with this effort. Big can full of big flavor.
I’m a grab one to go.,.
Aug 12, 2022
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours golden orange red with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and grassy hops, inviting. Tastes of citrus and grassy hops, with nice grain and slight tropical fruit. Beer is medium bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Aug 12, 2022
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Hazy, slightly cloudy with suspended matter, light amber color with a substantial off-white head that sticks around and produces a bit of nice lacing.
The aroma is light sweet malt, tropical fruit, hints of honey, citrus and pine.
The taste is mango, grapefruit, honey, and lemon with a dry spicy pine resin finish.
The body is medium/full with smooth carbonation, very drinkable.
Altogether this is an excellent attempt to merge a bit of hazy, juicy New England style IPA with Stone's traditional West Coast style.The West Coast wins, but the hazy, juikcy routine adds some tasty interest. The ABV is well hidden making this almost dangerously easy to drink.
Jul 27, 2022
Rated: 4.74 by hyzerfool from Georgia

Jul 16, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by hokieguy95 from Virginia

Jul 12, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Jul 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Vykk_Draygo

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Clear, golden. Thick, tight white head that dissipates to a thin cap. Little lacing.

Aroma is moderate. Dank, slightly resinous, almost oniony. Mild mango and tropical fruit, with light maltiness in the background. Grapefruit is there with a good swirl, but dissipates.

Palate is lightly sweet up front, followed immediately by citrus pith and pine sap. Some mild to moderate tropical fruits. Mostly dank and resinous.

I feel like this is the 'hazy' for West Coast IPA lovers. I like it.
Jun 27, 2022
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Rated by ivanbrew

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Definitely a good beer!
Jun 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Taylor88 from California

1.66/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Maybe I got a bad batch, but this is perhaps the worst beer I've ever had from Stone! Where are the hops? I'm not a fruity/hazy IPA guy, but I don't get the described "tropical punch/berry/peach" they put on the can...this beer is a big "fail" in my IPA book! I'd rename it WTF DIPA, or WOT IPA...
Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by USAF-Mike from California

Jun 11, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Part of a variety 24-pack $29.99 Costco
65 days old
Hazy amber color
Heavy-medium mouthfeel
Medium-light carbonation
Tastes of citrus but not too strong, lemons, apricots, some sweetness, light bitterness aftertaste, hides alcohol well
Overall good for the style.
Jun 04, 2022
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Reviewed by ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
19.2oz can poured into pint glass. Picked up from liquor store for a few bucks. ENJOY BY 06/07/22 printed on bottom of can so this has another couple weeks in it.

Appearance - Pours extreme large light brown to tan head with amazing retention. Despite the name, the body is only a very slightly hazy gold amber.

Smell - Sweet malty hop. Like honey and a hint of coffee and hops. 4.5

Taste - Great amount of sweetness and hops, balanced. Though admittedly a bit more on the sweet side, maybe a lot of bit. 4.25

Mouthfeel - Good crisp feel, a slight bite. Medium to heavy bodied, though it feels a little lighter than it actually is due to the effervescence. 4.25

Overall - Really solid beer. A little on the sweet side, but very enjoyable. One of those rare beers where the one flaw is being a little too sweet. 4.25
May 24, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by Cdips from North Carolina

May 19, 2022
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Reviewed by whitro17 from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pour is clear golden in color. Smell is floral and herbal. Taste is light fruity, a hint of lemon and herbal spice that settles in on the finish. It is mildly bitter and goes down easy for 8.5%. Solid brew.
May 16, 2022
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Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Picked-up as part of a mixed twelve-pack at Bradford's in Plymouth for about eighteen dollars. My fifth brew reviewed from these guys, have had many more. Just ok.
May 12, 2022
Rated: 4.51 by Beecham from California

May 04, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by runlikeakenyan from Indiana

May 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
L: Pours a clear light amber orange color with a medium white head and thick lacing around the glass.

S: Some sweet tropical fruit, a touch of mango and orange, smells fairly sweet and like and average hazy IPA.

T: Sweet tropical fruit, a touch of mango and some orange, with enough bitterness to balance the sweet, but overall taste seems a touch light for an double IPA.

F: Medium to large body, smooth carbonation.

O: This is a very average IPA.
Apr 25, 2022
Rated: 4 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Apr 14, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by tonystanhope from Florida

Apr 04, 2022
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Rated by josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
De Labirratorium. En copa shaker de Garage. Estudiando. Aspereza característica de Stone que le sienta francamente bien
Apr 03, 2022
Rated: 4 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Mar 08, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Mostly clear light amber appearance with a medium size white head and a decent amount of lacing. Subtle aroma of tropical fruit with a bit of citrus. Taste is a step up as the bitterness takes a stand against the sweetness but still seems constrained by staying true to the style. Not as creative as I had hoped BUT still very enjoyable. Best by date of 4/02/22.
Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 4.55 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Feb 27, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
So much for "hazy", this pours a clear pale gold, small white head, some nice lacing. Nose gets lemon and grapefuit, just not much of it. Taste is similar, medium bodied, low carbonation. Another one and done from Stone.
Feb 22, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by AmitC from New York

Feb 22, 2022
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Rated by Mattgm1234567

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
IMO, perfect double IPA. Great balance between drinkability and hoppiness. Would definitely buy it again.
Feb 16, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by jbexphys from Maryland

Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by miwestcoaster from Michigan

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4 by trickynicky from Maryland

Feb 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Dark copper colored with a hazy complexion. There’s a quarter inch of off white on top. Heavy soapy, lacing is present. The aroma is of melon and grapefruit. I’m tasting lots of melon, grapefruit, lemon, and lime. The mouth is dense and resinous.
Feb 05, 2022
///Fear.Movie.Lions from Stone Brewing
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