Stone IPA (Double Dry Hopped) | Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Westsidethreat on 12-26-2006

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Photo of mattwjones
2.7/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I love me some hops, but this beer was about as unbalanced hop-heavy beer that I have had.

The beer looks good. Nice pale color. Good lacing. Visible effervescence.

The smell is spot on. Good clean hop aroma that does not quit.

The taste was quite a disappointment. It was like drinking sparkling water while chewing on hop pellets. I tasted nothing but hops. This was far more intense than even Ruination, which I happen to enjoy.

Mouthfeel was good, but basically moot after the overwhelming hop blast.

This beer was not the most undrinkable beer that I have had, but I wont be ordering it again.

I suppose if you are a daily "hop bomb" drinker and you have blasted your taste buds with more Alpha acid in the last week than any Bud light drinker has in their whole life, this might be a good beer to drink. As for me, I try to limit my hop forward beer intake so I do not experience the diminishing returns of hop perception. Please do not mistake me for a first time IPA drinker. I have had Sculpin and Pure Hoppiness and Nelson - all of which I love.

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Photo of kevanb
3.49/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall pint glass on draft at the ColLAboration event in Hollywood.

A: Lovely light amber color, cloudy texture with a nice frothy head with great retention and nice lacing.

S: I think something was a bit off here, it was a little fish like. I have to say I was a bit taken off guard by this. The usual aromas were in line, citrus, notably grapefruit, LOTS of hops and some piney notes. Kinda yeasty and bready too.

T: The taste followed the aroma. Great hop flavor, nice citrus and juniper notes to balance the bitter hops. But there was that fish taste. I've never experienced anything like it, something was afoot, it wasn't as bad as the scent, but it wasn't enjoyable.

M: Nice in the mouth, full bodied, smooth and crisp.

O: I hope that it was just something wrong with my pour, the keg at the garden or my glass, because I typically love Stone, especially their IPAs (Ruination is out of this world.) I'm going to leave this review a bit open ended for now, and will likely re-review at a later date to verify.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Stone IPA Double Dry Hopped on tap at Alewife in Baltimore, MD, served in a 12-oz specialty glass.

Appearance: Topaz color, cloudy with some transparency. No lacing, decent head.

Smell: Citrus (orange). Oak and wood.

Taste: Upfront bitterness, an enormous amount of juicy hops. Fairly one-dimensional. Overly dry.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, full body. Incredibly and eventually unpleasantly dry.

Drinkability: One and that's it. Dry hopping the regular Stone IPA adds a nice, interesting touch to a good-but-somewhat-uninteresting beer. However, this is not something I would want to drink often. Dry, pungent and uneasy.

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Photo of harrymel
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scored at brewery one week ago.

Nice honey amber ale wit ha couple fingers of soapy white foam and gauzy lace. Excellent clarity. Nose is grapefruit, peppercorn, honey, pine, a hint of mango and some resin. Flavor is nice and bitter with a solid biscuit malt profile and some nice resiny flavors. There is a bit of tangerine and pine in here as well. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a wet, yet cloying finish. Nice beer.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a glowing orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Some grapefruit and orange peel

T: Sordove mute. Perhaps my expectations were too high. I love the Stone IPA but this one seemed even less on the hop pop for me. It did have some caramel, grapefruit, orange peel

M: Light hops, not much booze.

D; Good

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Photo of Phelps
3.66/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by tlay10.

Pale gold and fairly cloudy, with haze obscuring everything behind to shadows. Whispy white lace remains but doesn't build to a head.

Dank! Absolutely tons of sticky weed in the nose. There’s also a bunch of grass and lemon peel, making this aroma incredibly dense, sticky nose. Honey and a small amount of crackers round it out.

Flavor is much maltier than expected. Lightly cooked biscuits, like dumplings in a soup. Behind everything is an unsettling muskiness, like musty old crackers or bread. I get none of the bright hops from the nose here, though there is some bitter grapefruit.

Very light, tingly carbonation in a big, smooth medium body. Not too bitter.

Having thoroughly enjoyed this beer on tap, I’m thrown off by this. The aroma is just as fantastic as I remember, but that weird musk isn’t.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a rather dark copper. Nearly zero head. Nearly zero lacing.

S-Aroma is far more muted than I was expecting. Its decently dank but it doesn't give me the bright citrus I get from normal Stone IPA. It almost seems to be past its prime in the nose. Sweeter than expected too.

T-The flavors depict a similar outcome here, too. Piney, hempy, grapefruity but not as brutish as I was expecting. Its surprisingly somewhat balanced. However, the bitterness does set in quickly and blindfolds the palate a bit. Its almost bitterness without any flavorful expression behind it.

M-Drinks fine.

O/D-Disappointed. This keg could be waning in freshness. If not, then I will take the un-tinkered-with classic Stone IPA over this any day, every day. I do want to come back to this again someday ti double-check and see if my first experience wasn't fresh.

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Photo of regspeir
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Capone's into a standard pint glass.
Poured a a cloudy lemon yellow with a smallish one-finger white head which lasted throughout. The lacing on this beer was exceptional, leaving a thick set of rings that marked each sip. The nose presents citrus and some pine, but warns of heavy hops - hop-timid stay away! Tastes starts with some bitterness, follows with a tinge of orange, grapefruit, lemon and pine. Mouthfeel is medium with some edge/graininess from the very healthy carbonation, etc. I wouldn't call this a balanced IPA, but I enjoyed it very much and I would seek it out again. Does Stone make ANYTHING that isn't good?

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle, SC)

Pours clear and unremarkable.

Aroma: plenty of bready and caramel malts with hops; sweet.

Flavor: nice hoppy impression but mild and sessionable. Medium/mild bitterniess.

O: a very fine IPA; May not have enough hop wallop to satisfy some hop heads.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale straw yellow, somewhat hazy, not a whole lot of head on this.

S - For something that said "double" dry hopped, was expecting more hops. A lot more subdued than anticipated. Very grapefruity, nicely citrus, but was assuming there would be a more distince aroma to this.

T - Big citrus notes with some earthy undertones. Slight bit of orange/lemon tang, pine on the end with a touch of bitter resin.

M - Medium bodied with a somewhat gritty feel on the end. Nice carbonation bite.

D - Most IPAs seem to get easier as you go, this one got harder, became more and more bitter. Drank it over a fairly long period of time, maybe it just gets that way as it warms up, but not super drinkable.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is the version that I had at the Pony Bar on 12/15.

Poured a cloudy golden color with a big pillowy white head, impressive for a cask.

The aroma was of floral and perfumey hops, perhaps some light grapefruit.

The taste also was of floral and perfumey hops. More grapefruit in the taste which also had a touch of pine. The malt body is very light, just there to support the hop flavor.

The beer had a moderate body with soft to little carbonation. Lightly bitter and dry on the palate.

Good IPA with a light malt body.

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Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado. Poured into a pint glass. No abv info is given.

A-It is lighter than most IPAs. It is a clear golden amber with a nice 1.5 finger head that collapses down to a nice foamy layer. Lots of lace is left in between sips.

S-Citrus, mainly grapefruit, along with some pine are the dominant aromas. I found it to be more subtle than I was expecting from a double dry hopped beer.

T-It has a lot of bitterness. It starts with plenty of grapefruit flavor mixed with some lemon and orange. There is also some earthy hop flavor. The lemon flavor becomes more pronounced towards the final sips. The aftertaste is a combination of grapefruit and earth hops.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, bitter, and dry.

D-A decent IPA. I felt the earthy flavors made it taste a little rough around the edges.

I actually prefer the original version. I enjoyed the bitter character of the beer but the earthy flavors took away some of its nice citric qualities.

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Photo of capra12
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on CBS day @ Capone's on 8/15/09,

Appearance: Wheat and tan in color with little head.

Smell: Hops

Taste: Opens with a strong tangy where citrus hops take over from the middle to the end. Leaving a hoppy aftertaste, What did I expect??

Mouthfeel: Rather carbonated and light-medium bodied.

Drinkability: I would have another, the hoppiness isn't too overwhelming.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this on tap into a pint glass at the Map Room.

The beer is a slightly clear light honey gold with only a light white head that doesn't rise more than half a finger. It fades quickly leaving a light sopay head that has good retentino. Poor lacing and lackluster presentation.

The aroma is much lighter than I was expecting, as knowing stone I was expecting an explosion of hops in both the aroma and taste. It stats off with some light grapefruit and finishes with light fresh hops. It really reminds me of PtE.

Taste is just like the aroma, starts off the grapefruit but then really just explodes in piney bitterness. There are intense fresh greeny hops and finishes with some pine.

Surprisingly, this gets more bitter as you drink, the opposite of most ipa's.

The feel is medium, and finishes with a very grainy mouthfeel.

The drinkability is hurt by the bitterness. I drank a glass easily but I can't imainge going back for seconds on this.

Overall, this was pretty good. Its very hoppy, a hop heads dream, but subdued enough to be pretty drinkable.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing a growler on 2/8/10.

A - Poured a pale golden body with moderate carbonation and a frothy white head that diminished to a patchy film but yielded plenty of thick lacing around the glass.

S - Pungent waft of hops all converging together into an almost superhop. I'm picking up on dry, leafy hops as well as citrus and herbal notes. There is also a hint of catbox in the background (Amarillo hops, perhaps). Aside from the intense hop character, there is also a slight alcohol presence.

T - Hop bitterness simply lambastes the palate with an assault of citrus tang and leafy, herbal notes, the latter of which suggests an apparent dry hopped character. However, I feel that the dry hopping hinders the citrus quality a bit, turning this otherwise West Coast IPA into a leafy, herbal and earthy monster.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and bristly carbonation. Finishes with plenty of dry, lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Nice dry hopped version of Stone's fantastic IPA, although I think I prefer the standard version on tap. Still, this was an intense hoppy beer that was indeed quite tasty.

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Photo of samie85
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Twisted Spoke Stone launch yesterday, 4/01/10. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a light, reddish amber with a light tan head.

S-Piney, orange and grapefruit hop notes with no discernible malt notes.

T-Orange and grapefruit bitterness with a spicy herbal, piney finish. The finish was interesting for me.

M-It's medium bodied with decent amount of carbonation.

D-Really quaffable and nice on a hot day like we had yesterday. Did it blow the regular version out of the water? No, but it is a really solid IPA.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Brew

11-05-11 – Bitter Saturday
*16oz tulip

A: Pours a clear and light caramel copper color with some off-white foam head and spotty lacing. Carb very evident.

S: Smell is a touch sweet – candied citrus fruits and some pine oils. Some real danky fresh hop aromas.

T: Tastes a bit tangy with citrus rinds and lemon zest flavors that settle nicely on top of a bready cracker malt base. Dry hopping evident with resinous bitters across the palate. Slight sweetness. No alcohol flavs. Great balance.

M: Real light and creamy texture. Slight sticky tongue coating. Nice dry crisp finish that is accentuated by the puckering dry hop effect.

D: Take Stone IPA and add some more hops – voila! Very drinkable actually. Nice hop flavors with a great overall balance.

Have had many times and I must say this one held its own amongst all of the great IPA’s sampled today.

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Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper colored with a thick and firm white head that lingers long, even after many sips. Aroma of bright floral and citrus hops. Luscious flavors of floral and citrus hops, moving to a piney finish. Subtle malt flavor provides a good balance. Hops dominate without lending too much bitterness. A very flavorful beer. Even mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a tingly finish.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours gold with a firm white head, leaving beautiful concentric lace throughout the glass.

S: Strong hop aroma, pine/fir tree, heavy citrus/grapefruit, pungent.

T: Forget about the malt here, it's all about the hops. Orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pine and minor notes of pineapple carry the flavour. Not super complex per se, but full-flavoured and enjoyable.

M: Firm, biting carbonation, very resinous with a long aftertaste.

D: Very good showing here from Stone. Liking this better than the regular IPA for sure.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small white head that has decent retention and lacing.

Overwhelming hop aroma with a lot of pine upfront and lighter hints of grapefruit, orange and lemon.

Again, the piney and citrusy hops come out in full force in the taste. There is also a hint of tropical fruit in the middle that lingers on to the finish. No real malty presence at all, its just all hops start to finish.

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall, this was a very enjoyable IPA with a fairly intense amount of hops. This was probably better than the regular Stone IPA but still a few notches below Ruination as far as the hoppiness is concerned.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours slightly cloudy and a bit darker than the regular version. Leaves plenty on sticky white lace.

Smell: Huge bursts of clean grapefruit and pine. Very strong aroma.

Taste: A bit stronger than the regular version. Grapefruit and pine are clearly controlling this brew and the malt is definitely hidden in the background. Almost finishes as bitter as Ruination.

Mouthfeel: Very clean, crisp and sticky.

Drinkability: Overall I like this version a lot better than the regular IPA, although I probably wouldn't go out of the way to get it because it pretty much just tastes like a super Stone IPA.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled up my growler for the second time on a recent trip to Stone. Pours a slightly hazy gold in color with thick white, rocky head. Good lacing and retention. Smell was amazing, a true West Coast IPA. Citrusy hops abundant with some flowers, a little sweet malt and fruit. Taste, in my opinion, wasn't as exciting as the aroma. It was great but the aroma seemed more complex. Taste has a very pineapple element to it with some more bitter hops than it seems in other Stone brews. Nothing wrong with this but it almost seemed a little more mellow than their regular IPA, perhaps its just the melding of the flavors. Mouthfeel was fine, smooth and a little oily. Overall a great beer and glad I got to experience it. I should note this was in my car for 2 days before drinking. Never in any sunlight and the carbonation still seemed good when I opened so I think it survived the trip ok, I had no complaints!

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Photo of nectar14
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado SD.

A: 1 finger head atop dark gold, clear beer. Looks nice.

S: Turn the volume up on the regular IPA, add some more pine. That's what you got here.

T: Hmmm... like their regular IPA, but better. More complexity. Somehow, more balanced.

M: Prickly and bitter. Carbonation rushes those hop aromas right up yer nose.

D: Went very well with the burger I was having. Pretty easy to drink, not too boozy.

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Photo of Overlord
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold, maybe a hint of orange. Kind of surprising. I guess I was expecting more of a double IPA color.

Smells like big time piney bitterness, some citrus, but it's more of a general citrus than specific fruits I can put a name to. Maybe a tad ... of no, on second thought no floral notes.

Tastes like pine, citrus, maybe some identifiable grapefruit, and basically no malt. The aroma is better than the flavor, as what comes across as sharp and biting to the nose is a bit screed-ish and one-note to the palate.

I like it, but I'm not a huge fan of the base beer for this.

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Photo of jdense
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone, special brewing to benefit Peter Reeves.

Golden orange with a bit of haze brew, a finger and a half of lingering head, nice lacing. Good balance in the nose, the dry hopping give it a bit of a spicy (peppery) scent with a bit of sandalwood (1) presence, a pretty unique smelling brew. Good hop presence on the tastebuds, not too aggressive, with a complex maltiness, sweet up front and bready on the back end. Fairly dry finish, and like most Stone brews (sans Ruination) pretty drinkable. Not sure I'd drink this regularly, I prefer the regular Stone IPA, but it was for a good cause, and from that perspective, we all need to have a glass for Peter.

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