///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.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 430
Reviews by twage04:
Photo of twage04
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper, dark gold with normal carbonation. My can was about 2-3 months old but the nose was full of oxidization similar to a barleywine. Taste was more smooth hoppy/booze you'd expect from a DIPA. Hops were fruity/citrusy. Mouth feel was fairly sweet like a laguinitas beer. Cool name, I felt as if I was val kilmer hanging out with some guy named remington and morgan freeman happened to be hanging around. the experience was also reminiscent of the film Roar.

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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 TomEfiller
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange with great head and lacing. Smell of sweet tangerines and grapefruits. Tastes like a New England Style IPA should. Not overly hoppy with a smooth finish. The booze is hidden nicely and the feel is tangy with a light bite. Overall the is fantastic beer from Stone that I will buy again and again.

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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 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 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 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 gcasher
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can 2 months old pops when opened.
Orange hazy pour but bright with thick foamy white head.
Medium aroma of floral and tropical fruit hops.
Taste is cracker malt and tropical hop followed by dank bitter hops,
Mouthfeel is super creamy.
Overall, for $14 a Six Pack! This is awesome.
Great tribute to some Sip of Sunshine. Lovin' it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ow the irony says enjoy by 12/26 so I guess this is the best time to drink it if at all
Looks rather hazy sediment floaties throughout but no big chunks, Color is a rather dark amber yellow with a massive full inch of froth. Smell is rather sweet Melon Pineapple and Grassy tones mix in. Taste is pretty good sweet hops no ethanol bit and some good malts to round it out. Body is medium bodied and muddled but drinkable.

Overall to me it's a good DIPA but not really clean or smooth enough to make me want more. It is really my fault waiting a month to drink it though so this beer gets a pass!

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Photo of chiefz1
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BB1313
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 5/16/18. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing golden with a big chunky off-white head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas have subtle hints of citrus and floral notes. Lots of fresh bread and crackers. Malts are there. The flavors are bold and balanced at the same time. Some lemon and grapefruit. Some apricot and peach in the mix. Fresh grass is there. A nice amount of pine, especially in the finish. Malts do their thing. Finishes juicy. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid DIPA. It's nothing crazy, especially when comparing it to other Stone DIPAs, but it's not bad at all. It's refreshing and fun to drink.

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Photo of haines710
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I saw this at Wegmans but ended up buying a six pack at total wine in Delaware. Nice deal for 6 -16 oz cans only $12.99 and tax free!!

How could I resist a DIPA attempted NEIPA from Stone? I love mosaic hops and you can smell them opening the can with bright citrus. I am feeling a slightly maltier version of a mosaic ipa like mosaic promise or sweet water mosaic. The finish is bitter and dry. I like the mouth feel and the taste gets a little more dank as the beer warms. Alcohol is masked and beer is pretty easy to drink. I like this one. Glad I have 5 more

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

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a tulip glass. This beer is an orange shade of gold and forms a rocky one finger width crown. Has A TON of sediment floating throughout, I guess just to prove that it's unfiltered. But that's alright with me. I smelled pine as soon as I cracked it open. The smell in the glass is pine with a surprising and huge berry element. Smells wonderful. The taste is a balanced treat of pine, berries and a toasty almost cracker like malt finish. Overall, I should've got a sixer.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of claminat420
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured heavily into my stranger things pint glass. can marked 12/19/18 then 04/18/19 then 16:26 underneath it on the bottom.

Appearance- a semi hazy copper color with a frothy off white head. leaves some decent amount of lacing.

Aroma- light tangerine hops. not bad but nothing crazy.

Taste- the tangerine hops are front and center but also has some grapefruit and pine notes as well. detect a slight bit of pineapple but nothing crazy. also has a slight cannabis (weed) flavor. some light biscuity caramel malt notes are hidden in there. abv is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- solid medium / light heavy body for the abv. carbonation is great.

Drinkability- easily gonna crush four of these tonight.

Overall- if you're gonna whine about this being too hop forward this isn't for you. it's good to see a newer ipa come out that's not just loaded with some new school hipster hops that just make it a tropical fruit flavor mess.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light hazy orange. Tall, thick, wet white head that lasts a while with lacing.

Smells tropical, citrus peel, Peach and bready malt.

Taste tropical, pineapple, citrus peel, Orange, Light grapefruit, Peach and bready malt. Finish is dry with a citrus peel linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of golf4collet
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brewnme
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a frothy slightly off white head which quickly dissipates leaving nice lacing on the glass. A very well balanced blend of hops and slight maltiness but not over the top fruit juice hoppy. Not quite like a lot of the N.E. styles that I have had that are so juicy you would think they are a breakfast drink for kids. This is a serious adult brew that will sneak up and grab you!

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Photo of mjw2808
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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