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Stone IPA (Double Dry Hopped) | Stone Brewing

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 294 |  Reviews: 104
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Nugganooch
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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 -4.7%
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 david18
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently had a couple of glasses of this at one of my favorite pubs. This is one of the better ipa's I've had in a long time and a little less extreme than what most have come to expect from this brewery.

Appearance is a cloudy copper color with lots of carbonation activity and a big frothy head.

Aroma is very strong with citrus hops, some pineyness and malt that also comes through.

Flavor is also very hoppy but not too extreme. The hop flavor is there but very well balanced, not too bitter and very drinkable in general.

I hope to see this beer, or beers like it, again soon because it was great.

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Photo of jamescain
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass on IPA day!

Appearance: Golden-yellow with a white head about a finger thick that fades into a thin lacing and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Huge hope aroma, tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus, and floral with a bit of pine.

Taste: Bitter but not as over the top as Ruination, with a more balanced malt backing. The taste is mostly grapefruit with a touch of citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

Overall: I already enjoy their regular IPA offering so of course I’m going to enjoy their more aromatic IPA offering.

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Photo of Phelps
3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
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 Reaper16
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @The Beer Trappe, Lexington, KY, into a snifter

Pours a very, very hazy orange. It's orange like a cough drop held to direct light. Less than one finger of soapy, white head on this pour, but from the looks of the bubbles the head could have been much larger had the bartender wanted it to be. Adequate lacing. Decent looking beer.

Wow. Double dry-hopped indeed. This is perhaps the most intensely green IPA I've ever smelled. It's a veritable garden up in this glass; all stems and stalks and leaves and petals. Lots of vegetal aromas. Underneath all of those are the expected bevy of grapefruit and orange aromas that you expect from Stone IPA. This aroma is not for everyone, not in terms of intensity or in terms of how green it is. But I like it a lot.

That same qualifier applies to the taste. This beer tastes nearly as green as it smells. Very intense plant/vegetal flavors. Almost too much; the citrus and even the pine can get overwhelmed by all of the green flavors. The malt manages to peek out just enough to say hi, which is exactly how I like it.

The body is on the lowish end of medium-bodied, which is just fine by me. I wanted there to be a bit more carbonation to help break up the intense buildup on hops on my tongue, but the carbonation level that is actually present in this beer does a good enough job. Overall, this is a splendid special treatment of an already-good American IPA. If you like the greener, garden-like side of the IPA style then you should really enjoy this one.

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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A hazy, golden orange with amber edges and a moderate white head that sticks around. Leaves rings of lace down the glass with every big sip. This beer could be on a magazine cover!

Grapefruit and lemon and orange rind in the nose. Strong and pungent citrus aroma. Extraordinary.

An exceptional spectrum of flavors including: initial bitterness, hoppy citrus, and then a bready and biscuity flavor near the end.

Smooth yet full and rich mouthfeel. This beer invites you to drink more of it.

Very close to a perfect IPA. I feel lucky to live a "Stone"'s throw away from the brewery.

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3.49/5  rDev -18.8%
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 guinnessjim
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicious...the first Stone DDH i tried. Intensely hoppy nose almost lets you taste the beer from smelling it; Very aromatic...floral, almost pot like. Knew it was going to be great from the first smell.

Tasted like a Stone IPA with an extra hop punch. Good mouthfeel, clean finish. Very much wanted another.

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Photo of beagle75
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a tulip pint glass.
Dry-hopped with Amarillo and Centennial hops, according to the menu at the Stone company store.

A: Hazy, light amber color with one finger of persistent white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Hops dominate, but do not smother, with floral and juicy citrus qualities. Malt is soft and toasty, subordinate but not left out, while carbonic acid enhances the citric side of the hops and also imparts a crisp edge.

T: Begins off-dry, with variable moderate-to-pungent hop aromatics of pineapple and savory cooking herbs. Moderate acidity is also present, remaining within acceptable bounds and adding to early brightness. The middle and finish are more malt-focused, yet the footprint of the grain is feather-light and bready. Bitterness is subdued for the style, lingering at the edges of the tongue and generally staying out of the way.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Freshness is the imperative winning element present in this beer, setting it apart from the standard formula in a fashion that has nothing to do with the brewed-on date. The hop flavors are both titillating and palate-filling at their most intense, yet the perceived intensity varies with each sip and the different aromatic qualities seem not to be entirely copacetic. Still, the finished product is a minor wonder to behold, probably comparable to any other American IPA with similar (limited) availability.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into goblet...

On tap at the Flying Saucer, Germantown, TN

A: pours golden with a thick eggshell white head covering the glass with sticky white lacing

S: boatloads of tropical fruits and piney, earthy, and resiny hops dominating the cracker-like malt base.

T: hoppy all the way through. Tropical fruits up front give way to orange peel and pine sap, then a long resiny, bitter, and spicy hop finish.

M: lighter than one would expect. has a crisp bite that goes well with the dusty, dry finish.

Overall, this beer is a hop bomb that is perfect for anyone who loves the little green things. This beer has set the tone for the evening.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour was a light hazy golden yellow with a light foamy head.

very hop forward with a massive onslaught of citrus and bitterness. tons of orange and grapefruit with a hint of pine. light sweetness.

super juicy and hoppy. almost like drinking fruit juice. tons of sweet grapefruit, tangerine, orange, and a light pine bitterness. tons of resin and earth. light malt body was overpowered.

a bit light malty body with a nice slight easy to drink feel. nice moderate to light carbonation.

this was the highlight of the night for me, so delicious in every way.

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Photo of Snow81
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very light orange, looks nice and malty

Head: Small white head

Smell: Light citric with a sweet malty backbone

Taste: Big hop, almost of a tropical fruit with a heavy malt notes

Weight: Light to medium body with low carbonation

Finish: Big citric sticks around forever and stickiness on the lips

This might be the best beer that has ever hit my palate!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone gives a resiny facelift to the ever-sturdy IPA by infusing more hops- more bitterness, more flavor, and more aroma. It's everything you like in a world class IPA, just more.

The double dry-hopped version reveals a more cloudy than usual golden-orange hue due to the extra hopping. But also, the fluffy white head character is much more dense, stubborn, and laces ideally.

Pungent aromas of pine, rich grass, leafy, and with the vegitation that's usually associated with wet-hopped beers. Very fresh aromas of citursy hop oils and its freshly separated pedals. All this hop character with only the faintest bready-caramel malt hint suppressed far behind.

The sharp citursy flavor is evident with the very first sip, but it continues to grow until the resiny bitterness reaches the highest level imaginable in a beer. The bitterness is accomapanied by flavors of freshly grated grapefruit and oranges, along with the herbal flavor of fresh cut grass and straw. Lightly pungent with the flavor of fresh picke vegitation (hedging on light must). Sticky and sappy with the hop flavor as it weaves into a brutally dominated malt breadiness and tepid sweetness.

Creamy and medium in mouthfeel with the malt richness falling off very quickly allowing the minty hop dryness to take hold early and only strengthen as the beer fades into the resiny bitter finish. As expected the snappy hop finish leads to a long bitter linger with a hint of cracker-like maltiness late.

There's absolutely no room for balance in this beer. Hop dominance is its thing and it makes absolutely no appologies!

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Stone IPA (Double Dry Hopped) from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 294 ratings
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