///Fear.Movie.Lions | Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by smutty33 on 03-20-2018

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Reviews by ChrisMon02:
Photo of ChrisMon02
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-hazy orange, nice head, citrus hops, a touch of berry and malt make for a pretty nice drink. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. If the malt was toned down a bit this would be fantastic. Still good but not great.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy translucent orange with some floaties. Huge rocky white head with long-lasting retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Ripe cantaloupe, mango, orange candy, pineapple, toast, caramel, and some grapefruit.

T: Big mango, apricot, orange, and cantaloupe upfront; followed by sweet toasty/caramel malt. Some pink grapefruit, papaya, and pineapple in there as well. A touch of light pine on the finish, with a moderate but lingering orange peel bitterness. Leans sweet but finishes balanced.

F: Fairly full, well-carbonated, rounded and slick. Sticky on the finish.

O: A solid, fruity DIPA--but NOT New England-style. Let's not mislead customers, Stone.

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Photo of LarryV
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque burnt orange color with a dense fluffy head. Nice lacing creates artwork on the inner glass. Some floks have criticized it as not being a real NEIPA, but I think they pretty much nailed the flavors expected from a NEIPA. Soft, creamy, tropical fruits, maybe a bit more dank hoppiness but I have no opposition to that. Very good and easy to quaff.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a weizen glass.

Murky, hazy, yeasty golden amber. Creamy white head. Moderate carbonation.

Grapefruit, tangerine, orange cream, mango, honey, and oats. Some alcohol presence.

Grapefruit juice, orange cream, and tangerine. Ripe mango, pine sap, and dank. Honey, caramel, and oats. Finishes with light grapefruit zest and pine needle.

Full bodied, creamy, smooth, and juicy with hardly any bitterness.

Major points on mouthfeel and the flavor is pretty spot on for a New England.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of hops, tropical fruit, citrus, malt, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of citrus fruit (orange, present throughout), a tinge of malt in the finish, light caramel notes, a medium amount of hops, and lots of tropical fruit (grapefruit). A super solid and focused flavor. It's not as overly juicy as a lot of NE IPAs, but it's still quite zesty and sweet.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A rock solid West Coast version of the NE IPA style. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Succumbing to the demands of hop heads, the Stone Brewing team suspends their West Coast attitude about IPA and adopts the New England styled IPA for a short spell. On the backs of Loral and Mosaic hops, their imperial IPA still shows a glimmer of those Californian roots that they can't let themselves shed completely.

Mysteriously named Fear. Movie. Lions., the hazy IPA pours nothing more than typically dry-hopped and not the usual scrambled egg appearance. As a frothy, cottony head builds, the nose fills with a boisterous floral scent laced with tropical, citrus and faint herb. Malty sweet on the tongue, the ale introduces with honey, mild caramel and a hint of graham cracker to start.

As the ale opens up on the middle palate, its sweetness shows a slow and steady retreat while the hops blossom into a rich tropical fruit presence. Mango, apricot, papaya and pineapple quickly command the tastebuds while radiant orange flavors with a pep of lemon trail shortly after. Blackcurrant and gooseberry add a curious berry twang while a bitterness of chive, green tea and cedar bring a tightening and crisp taste and texture to the late palate.

Medium bodied and retaining a moderate support from malts, the ale trends drier than juicy Vermont versions, but not classically San Diego dry either. A medium long afterglow of grapefruit and lemon peels have the peppery hop resins outlasting much of the succulent fruits or malt complement with relative ease. A racy spice of gin comes as the bitterness finally subsides.

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Photo of Squire
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy deep gold color with good cap and lacing.

Aroma of clean, zesty citrus hops with a somewhat mild yet strongly present malt base. A touch of yeastiness gives the malt away.

Taste is surprisingly mild yet exceedingly rich. Hops forward, of course, yet malt establishes a presence that it maintains throughout. There is an overriding hop presence that reminds me of grapefruit yet it's the fruit itself, not the zest or essential oils. Hops and malt are well blended to a whole that only gives up a bit of bitterness in the finish. Not a single thing out of place here.

Full creamy texture with balancing carbonation.

This is an inspired brew that drinks very well. Not a food matching or casual company brew, rather one to be savored on it's own.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Xxambersky89
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall can...RVA 5/17/18 (?) and EJBY 9/14/18 stamped on the bottom.

Pours out almond Amber and fully hazed...Stone joins the NEIPA world

Fine bubble film and a load of nice looking fine bits of lacing and sheeting left behind.

Dull pineapple and some grapefruit on the nose.

This is a bold and flavorful brew, with more ripe pineapple notes along with a juicy/stone fruit melange of flavors.

Big and bold, well worth a try

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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ledouge
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Unclevince
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mantooth
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GOBLIN
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of terry33
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DCHritz
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dacrza1
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE: July 8, 2018... OCCASION: in between trips from Penn State and the shore, and taking to a sipper that Jer was talked into at the Deli Bar... GLASSWARE: Duvel oversized tulip... a fine, thick, dense peach-colored body shows beads of bubbles at certain locations... its head is a celebration of cloudy wisps and coral curls... orange peel, dank oats and blanket, grapefruit, plum, baked bread, oregano and lemon... a strong, warm aroma overall, one that brings herbs and fruits... the first sip is creamy, medium-bodied, with a soft finish that demands the next one... is this 8.2% ABV? way too easy to drink! The flavor profile is citric, with orange, lemon, grapefruit, baked bread, a touch of toffee, and the blanket of thick, aromatic flowers and creamy orange peel--this one is indeed a departure from the West Coast offerings usually associated with Stone... to make an East Coast variety is a compliment to them for their versatility...

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice orange hued hazy gold. Medium lace, creamy head.

Sweet citrus, mellowed out by a surprising abundance of dank hops. Hints of malt, citrus rind. Nose comes the closest to competing with top Haze.

Nice creamy medium body. A little filmy and sticky . A little juicy, but much more of a West coast feel. Bitter, hoppy, dank. Truly a Stone NEipa. Left with sweet malt, slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint can. RVS 6/26/18 EJBY 10/24/18....opened on 7/10/18

This thing piurs out looking very fearful, fearful for my tastebuds. A bright orange glow comes from within the burnt gold and white haze. Apricot colored, unfiltered, so hazy with a ginormous, creamy foam topping, thick with sea foam style edges. Constant coverage, fat lace.

The hops give off a very heady sweet...candy sweet tropical fruitiness. Mango...banana's, citrus, pineapple and wild honey pie. Fruity sweet and malty sweet like raw honeu and sour fruits. Pretty damn complex.

What if Stone created a Westy style version of the New England style IPA. Dipa...this is pretty much it. A lighter color than anyother Stone ipa I can think of, a hazy-opaque orange and burned golden color. Unfiltered, so h a z y just like most NEdipa's. Crushy foam and dense look!

The dominating hop flavor's are various, mango, pineapple, salty sea foam, crispy golden wheat with medicinal herbals, dry earth and high alpha acids in the form of pine and tangy fruit. Sour, wild tropical fruits mingle with a high toned alcohol heat tingle, dry hops and bitter alpha's that add many levels of complexity. The Stone malt profile will always be very distinct, like a guitarist signature tone or lick, the malt comes across as a classic Westy based effect, burnt sugar, dark wheat, maybe some light caramel and then sour-earthy in the finish. Certainly not as light and golden as the NE ipa's malty profiles. But still, classic Stone. The fruitiness and dense complexity settles in like a fine wine or aged Scotch Whiskey. Flavor tones and depth just seem to keep advancing throughout the duration.

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