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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,292
Ranked #4,331
4.09 | pDev: 8.07%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
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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mikeinportc from New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 8/6/21. BB date 12/4/21.

Hazy orange-gold, with one finger of long-lasting head.

Smell is orange marmalade, biscuity malt, slight pine and tropical fruit mix. Nearly the classic DIPA aroma, but slightly fruitier and sweeter.

Taste is orange,grapefruit, and lime rinds, pine, and light caramel sweetness. Moderate lingering bitterness.

Feel is medium, and moderately sticky, with moderate sharp carbonation, and a slightly drying finish.

Overall , I like it. NEIPA? Doesn't seem like it. Seems more an old-school DIPA that is slightly fruitier than usual , which is just fine by me. :)

Wednesday at 03:10 AM
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4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Stone Brewing's offering of "Fear. Movie. Lions." was a rollercoaster ride for my tastebuds. From the moment I grabbed the (1 pint) can upside-down and flipped it upright, taking in the fearsome Gargoyle, I was impressed. I judged this book by its proverbial cover. Gargoyles are, after all, historically, protectors, so I thought, "what could go wrong?" As it would turn out, nothing went wrong—I just happened upon one of my new favorite West-Coast IPAs.
Granted, most IPAs with traditional West-Coast ingredients that tout subtle, fruity notes will always "twang my buds," this particular blend with the intriguing moniker—Fear. Movie. Lions—checked all the flavor-filled boxes.
Super-hoppy yet in control, the brewmasters at Stone Brewery have crafted a beer worth celebrating. The alcohol by volume—a whopping 8.5%—creeps like a ninja around this beer's mango and citrus-lined edges. Before one knows it, 3 of the 6 are gone; vanished, leaving a tongue that yearns for more.
Stone Brewing has delivered unto the beer-lovers world a complex, fruity, and well-balanced contribution to the rapidly (over) crowding world of IPAs.

Sep 01, 2021
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Spikester from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange with three fingers of cream color head. Rings of dense lace appear as the head drops.
Smell is malty spicy hops.
Taste is spicy piney hops with big malts and some caramel malts.
Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. Finish is dry and balanced.
Overall a terrific DIPA. Canned on 06/21/2021.

Aug 26, 2021
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden copper pour with finger of short lived white head.
Caramel malt on the nose; piney, hop forward - citrus, slightly floral aroma with perhaps just a whiff of booziness.
Tastes of resinous piney hops, tangerine, ripe pineapple and a building bitterness complimenting the boozy sticky caramel malt sweetness.
Sticky full bodied mouthfeel - caramel sweet and resinous bitterness on moderate carbonation - and a kick of boozy heat.
Stone seems to take a bit of stick, but they still make some fine beer.

Aug 25, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice copper/amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head.
S: Smells super rich of pure hops upfront, nice malty backbone, nothing funky.
T: Follows the nose, great balance.
F: Coarse, biting, boozy, medium-bodied, moderate carbonation.
O: Great balance to this beer.

Aug 19, 2021
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Shiredave from New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

19.2 oz can printed upside down - is that a thing now? Past code of 7-01-21 - brewed on 3-3 so that's a short 4 month window.
Clear medium amber color, slight haze but thankfully no starchy murk. Full, dense white head with lovely lacing, cling and retention.
The aroma is just inviting, old school IPA - rich and malty, earthy with mulched conifer needles, ground grain and a whiff of alcohol. The more you sniff, the more you smell - notes of citrus , toffee and berry pie.
The flavors make me lean back and recall when the letters IPA meant something definable. This. Rich malt backed up and balanced by firm and tasty mid boil hop flavors and long boil bitterness. Stone fruit slathered in caramel, pecan nuttiness and pine pitch bite blending together in harmony and discord at the same time, as a real IPA should.
That a big batch brewery can produce an IPA on this level, at 8.5% and still come in under $4 for basically an imperial pint - small batch breweries need to take note.

Aug 18, 2021
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Jaasoares from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pale amber color with a short lived white head which turns to lacing. Caramel, malt and tropical fruit especially pineapple and tangerine on the nose. The taste is sweet as the nose suggests but with a hop bite. Solid brew!

Jul 26, 2021
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This ale is a bright bronze in color with a white, full, stubborn head.

Smell – There’s a nice mix of light grapefruit, orange rind, and lemon zest but the nose is very mild for a Stone DIPA.

Taste – I do get a malt base which was absent at the nose. The bittering hops come on strong as well. It’s nicely-balanced if a bit underwhelming.

Mouthfeel – A solid medium-bodied with some nice bitterness.

Drinkability – This went down well for a DIPA.

Jul 17, 2021
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iguanodon from Utah

4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz can. Pours clear orange with an off white head that fades quickly. Nice fine carbonation. Aroma: caramel, tobacco, leather, citrus, straw, pine. Taste: starts bitter, leather and straw, then candied orange with a sweet finish. A top notch DIPA.

Jul 17, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got a 4pck of this beer off the single shelf from my local meijer store. It poured a slightly hazy golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had dank ripe stone fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with stone, tangerine and melon fruit presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.

Jul 03, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The website they refer to is really interesting and honestly this beer tasted great. Alcohol covered and really a much better hop flavor than other doubles I've had.

Jun 07, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, part of Stone's IPA mix pack

hazy dark golden color, white head. nice big aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. similar flavor, not overly bitter but also not too sweet. softer mouthfeel

Jun 01, 2021
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Gmann from New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a tight white head that left a wall of webby lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and hoppy. I pick up some citrus peel and general tropical fruit notes. A spicy element as well.

The taste is of pineapple and mango. Candied orange. Some pepper spice and lemon notes. The malt is a tad sweet almost bringing toffee notes.

The feel moderate with airy carbonation. Sweet both from hops and malt.. Light grassy/peppery bitterness in the finish to balance.

A big sweet west coast IPA. Big malt and big tropical fruit flavors. A bit too sweet for my liking.

May 30, 2021
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davisdahlberg6 from Tennessee

4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed in a 16oz snifter on 5/28/21, canned on 5/5/2021.
A: Pours a lovely copper burnt orange color with 2 fingers of cream-colored foam. Foam dissipates fairly quickly with minimal lacing down the side of the glass. Slightly translucent, with minimal haze which is surprising for this “New England” IPA.
S: The second I opened the can I get a strong hoppy whiff of pine and citrus. Hops dominate the front end with grapefruit and orange peel supported well by strong smell of piney resin. Some underlying sweet and grassy-earthy notes. Caramel notes consistent with a classic west coast IPA.
T: More citrus than is present in the nose. Grapefruit and orange peel are well balanced by sweeter fruits of tangerine and apricot. Pine and resin are more subtle but do add a refreshing amount of bitterness without being dominant. The underlying sweetness becomes prominent as the beer warms.
F: Well balanced, medium amount of carbonation really brings out the hope without detracting from the malt character. Beer is tremendously smooth and the abv is well hidden for 8.5 %.
Overall: This beer is phenomenal and really hits the sweet spot between west coast and the hazy New England style, but certainly more toward the west coast side. I certainly would recommend considering the price point and it’s just a great tasting beer.

May 29, 2021
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Stovepipe can bought from Safeway in West Salem Oregon.
Pours a hazy dark/burnt orange colour with a lovely thick and frothy eggshell white head.
Aroma is nice and pleasant but not outrageously fruity as we have become used to expecting from hazies. Its nice
Like it says this is just an unfiltered IIPA..not a NEIPA and it shows in the taste. This is a fairly traditional California style Imperial. Honey, pine, bitterness.
Mouth feel is OK..but tends to get a tad too sweet in the end.
It is Ok but wont be drinking this on the way home from the Taphouse on those hot August nights

May 21, 2021
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BaniJet from Indiana

4.91/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is my favorite go to mass made DIPA. it never fails. It has a great pour,

nose is awesome with pine, orange and grapefruit.

It is very solid and balanced, full bodied.

there are many IPAs that I get tired of, but this is not one of them, it is fun every time i get it.

May 12, 2021
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

///Fear.Movie.Lions pours a lighter copper color, with a nice sized, long lasting head. Aroma is sweet and earthy. Flavor is bitter, lots of earthy hop notes, with a pale clean malty flavor mixed in. Good body and feel. Overall, lots of flavor here, lots of bitterness, lots of earth too.

May 05, 2021
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep orange body, hazy but not turbid looking, with a good degree of clarity and a real nice orange glow. Shows off very fine amounts of clear carbonation, that reaches to an off white head, almost khaki in color. Head stands a solid three fingers easily, kind of creamy looking, but does settle somewhat quickly, with a little bit of lacing.

Really nice hop nose. Aromas of big tropical fruit, slightly pineapple but more hints of mango and citrus zest rolling in the mix nicely. Hits with a hints of sweet spicy herbal tones as well, making for a nice mix.

Palate seems to keep it simple. Hop amplified, a bit of West coast flavoring citrus oils and bitterness more so than tropical. Touches quite a bit of pine bitterness, and good sharp bite. Finish is a little hinting chalky, but not terribly, mixing weak grain slightly but with at least a very fruity finish. Hits with a bit more melon and juicy tones as well.

The aroma is truly the most impressive thing, which at least makes you want to dive in and enjoy just a good solid IPA. Also really dig the bitterness angle on this, which I find is something that is missing now these days with IPAs.

Apr 30, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with a 2 inch foamy white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end. Slight haze.

Aroma: Pine dominates, also grapefruit, orange.

Taste follows nose: Pine, grapefruit, orange. Resinous.

Medium bodied, light carbonation, Dry finish with lingering bitterness.

Stone nails it again. An outstanding DIPA.

Apr 26, 2021
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tempest from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's hazy and quite juicy, but still a very Stone and very West Coast style IPA. There's a notable, bready malt backbone like a classic DIPA. But that's under the giant pineapple and guava fruit upfront. More mellow citrus follows as the beer dries out. Big hops, and frankly a nice change of pace from a standard, thick hazy.

Apr 18, 2021
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy honey amber color with nice head with lacing. Flavor of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon. Caramel maltiness. Nice mild bitterness. Warming finish. Overall, very bland. Doesn't have the fruitiness of a hazy NEIPA and lacks the bright hoppiness of a solid stone beer like their IPA or Ruination.

Apr 11, 2021
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a light copper with fluffy off white head. Great retention and lacing.
Nose is blueberry, grapefruit, resin
Taste follows. Berries, blueberry, grapefruit, pine, moderate bitterness. Subtle but present malt backbone.
Clean crisp beer with a lingering pine, bitterness.

Apr 02, 2021
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mschenk from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - Pours a slightly hazy darker amber with a thick creamy head that has larger bubbles and lasts. There is also some lacing

Smell - Has citrus notes. Not a lot of maltiness.

Taste - Like it smells. Definite hoppiness that you would expect from a double IPA. Hops overpower the malts in this brew

Feel - Not a lot of carbonation but a pleasant mouth feel

Overall I enjoyed this beer but at 8.5% I hesitate about drinking too many.

Mar 24, 2021
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Profundobaso from New York

3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - poured into a standard pint glass. Light copper in color, hazy, with some floating particles in the beer. One finger head with plenty of lacing retention.

Smell - tropical fruits led by pineapple and moderate sweetness. a bit of dankiness too, but overall relatively mild and inviting.

Taste - candied pineapples initially with some malts, followed by a small but sudden wave of bitterness. malts and light sweetness rounds out the taste in the end. finish is malty with moderate hoppiness.

Feel - medium bodied, high carbonation, and reasonably high ABV at 8.5%. Alcohol is well masked.

Overall - a NE style IPA that still keeps the West Coast IPA traditional alive with decent hoppiness and mild to moderate bitterness. The resulting brew is different, and in a good way.

Mar 19, 2021
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from Market of Choice.

A hazy copper with a dense, off-white head that recedes leaving gorgeous sheets of lacing, this looks great. The nose is not quite what I was expecting given the hazy look. Pungent and bitter grapefruit, bitter orange juice, very fragrant and mildly floral with orange blossom, a little rose essence. The palate opens bitter and fruity, a blend of grapefruit juice and mild pulp, bitter oranges, a touch of peach. The mid-palate is soft with a delicate fruity peach note, a creamy caramel flavor and some fruit juice. Fruity on the finish with a lingering pungent bitterness, this beer is medium in body, creamy in carbonation and quite excellent.

Mar 13, 2021
///Fear.Movie.Lions from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 756 ratings