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IPA - New England
Ranked #1,570
Ranked #4,485
4.07 | pDev: 8.11%
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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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: dark yellow with a small white foamy head
S: sweet citrus, not over powering
T: nice citrus: pineapple and lemon
F: light feel, easy drinking with a smooth finish

Jun 01, 2019
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Aug 03, 2018
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TomEfiller from Alabama

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Jan 13, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Aug 26, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Aug 15, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

Jun 07, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

Aug 25, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Jun 24, 2018
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Jan 18, 2019
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BabaBeer from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 18, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Dec 27, 2018
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chiefz1 from New York

3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Feb 23, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium, bright orange color with a strong white head. SRM of 9-10. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of sweet berry, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry. Touch of Guava and mango. Lots of sweet grape. (4.00)

Flavor: More sweet berry. Strong alcohol and berries. Hints of pineapple and guava, but mostly berry. Not really bitter, but has an alcoholic bite to it. Strong candied malts to follow, as I expected for an imperial. The "hints of white sage" on the description is not here and just to make up for the malt bomb they created. Definitely more malts than I expected and less hoppy. "Double IPA water" (3.50)

Feel: Not creamy, but heavier and sticky. Alcohol is strong and so is the sweetness. Some sweetness definitely lingers.

Overall: It's not a bad beer, but for the imperial style it lacks hops. It has a strong malty sweetness, but the hops are lost here. As another reviewer metioned, it's a lot like "double IPA water". Very malty and sweet. Lots of sweet grape flavors. Maybe I'm just not a double IPA sort-of person, but sort of disappointing. (Final Rating: 3.50)

Nov 17, 2019
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jun 19, 2018
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Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 19, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Jun 10, 2018
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haines710 from Delaware

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Oct 30, 2018
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dazedman from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 07, 2019
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TomBanahan from Kentucky

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 22, 2020
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mfigueroa713 from New York

3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 27, 2019
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Daniellobo from District of Columbia

3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 09, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

Jul 19, 2018
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krome from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 25, 2018
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Eric_T_07 from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jul 22, 2018
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jacobdunne from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

West meets East! Very sweet, syrupy. Overall, delicious! Juicy and hoppy

Jun 23, 2019
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