Revengeful Spirit | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the late summer of 2017, we debuted Stone Vengeful Spirit IPA, a tropical IPA brewed with pineapple & mandarin orange. Its purpose was to demonstrate the gloriousness whole fruit can add to our IPAs. It did so, with a vengeance. So we tasked ourselves with creating an even bigger and more aggressive version of the beer, packing it with extra hops alongside real citrus & tropical fruit. The result is Stone Revengeful Spirit Imperial IPA: a beer, like revenge itself, best served cold.

Hops: Mosaic, Loral, Mandarina Bavaria

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
38
pDev:
9.23%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 38
Photo of hman43
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden with a white head. Head retention is good. It is very clear.

Smell: It has very intense citrus with pineapple and tropical fruits. There are some very low grassy notes with some malty sweetness.

Taste: There are intense pineapple and tropical fruit flavors. There is a very low level of melon and grapefruit in the background with low grainy sweetness.

Feel: It has a medium body with a bit of slickness. The finish is a sweeter than most other beers in this class.

Overall, a good beer with plenty of hops flavors, but a little sweeter and slicker than I like.

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Photo of NCSapiens
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting tropical fruit flavor of mandarin and pineapple with a solid hop and malt backbone. Tasty, but the fruit punch overpowers the other elements too much for my taste.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: orange in color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a spotty covering.

Smell: loads of orange are easily picked up here.

Taste: big juicy imperial IPA with a bunch of orange, pineapple, mango, and hearty bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a slight dry aftertaste. Long lasting orange sticks to the tongue.

Overall: a very enjoyable brew on a sunny afternoon. Loads of flavor and looking forward to some more of these later this week.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with a light haze, and 4 fingers of yellowish head. Little to no carbonation.

Smells of dank onion, garlic, tropical fruit, and ripe jackfruit.

Tastes of dank garlic and onion, a bit of tropical fruit and creme brulee.

Thick, syrupy body with little to moderate carbonation.

I got this at Trader Joes and am drinking it at home May 10th, 2019. Very decent brew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and tropical fruit hops, pineapple, orange, tangerine, light mixed tropical fruit. Flavor is caramel malt, citrus and lightly tropical fruit hops, pineapple, orange, lemon, mixed tropical fruit concentrate (like fruit punch); orange and pineapple finish with moderately resinous hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I may have needed a more aggressive pour, or there is variation in this because my glass has almost no haze at all, which does not seem to be typical. Has what I want in a big IPA; flavorful malt and an interesting hop bill. It's hard to say what fruit flavors are from the hops, since there is actually pineapple and orange in the brew, but the tropicalness from Mosiac is clear. It's a bit on the sweet side for me for this style, but that comes with the territory for a juiced IPA. I like it, but Stone has my number and I like most of their IPAs.

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Photo of beertunes
2.21/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

12oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a murky, muddy brownish-orange color with 1/2 inch of white head that had OK retention and lacing.

Aroma was dominantly pineapple, with light malt.

On the tongue, same just harsher. I thought it was a matter of a couple sips to adjust, but, no. The more I drank, the worse this beer tasted, and the more difficult to drink.

The body was medium light, sticky, and had a sharp alcohol edge. Drinkability was not good, it was a chore to work through this. Overall, if I did drainpours, this would be one. Avoid.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass; canned on 4/8/2019, best before 8/6/2019. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy pineapples, mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, strawberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of pineapple, mandarin orange, citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy pineapples, mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, strawberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness; and light fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy pineapples, mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, strawberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of pineapple, mandarin orange, citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance; and no astringent hop/fruit flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, fairly crisp/resinous/rindy, and lightly acidic/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.1%. Overall this is an awesome fruited DIPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of pineapple, mandarin orange, citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, and bready malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish; not overly aggressive. Fantastic Mosaic, Loral, Mandarina Bavaria profile. Extremely juicy/vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops/fruit; with a great clean bready malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and outstanding west coast style example as expected.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Once again, a Stone Brewing demeanor equipped with assertive bitterness, premiere fruitinessand with an irresistible tropical flare, their imperial IPA has certainly taken a bolder direction in taste . So what's so re-vengeful about Stone Brewing Company's stronger mandarin orange and pineapple IPA? Well, its just those advertised fruit overlays of elegance, enticement and intrigue on their bold bitterness that makes all the difference once more.

Pouring with a strong haze and golden hue, Revengeful Spirit pours much like orange juice with extra pulp. A frothy ivory foam forecasts a bright aromatic display of the prescribed citrus and tropical medley of fruit. Its taste is juicy with honey, light caramel and a touch of shortbread.

But then the middle palate opens with a relaxed sense of sweet maltiness as the fruits billow into a radiant and gloriful display of pineapple, mandarin orange along with hoppy suggestions of passionfruit, grapefruit, kiwi and kumquat. Succulent and bittersweet, the ale trends slightly sherbet-like as the finish comes with herbal teas, bitter spruce and a spicy gin-like linger.

Medium bodied and tangy, the herbal notions of sassafras and light sherbet play hard on a drying, spicy and resinous finish. A medium long aftertaste sheds its fruit pectin bite and its sweet tanginess in favor of a crisp tastes that leaves the beer with the same Stone-worthy demeanor- that revenge (and imperial IPA) are dishes best served cold.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: Canned on 04/08/19, consumed on 04/30/19.

Appearance: Revengeful Spirt has a burnt orange color in the glass, totally opaque with a large amount of floating pulp. A decently hard pour resulted in a two fingered cream colored head.

Aroma: This one is as advertised and more, loads of sweet pineapple, orange, Lemon, citric acid, typical Stone Brewing green onion and herb notes, and blueberry. There is a lot going on here, but it also smells very sweet and juicy, atypical for Stone, even with their fruited beers.

Taste: Bitter herbs and hop resin pop out first, but are quickly thrown aside by a significant syrupy assorted citrus fruit taste that takes over and carries all the way to the finish. The IBUs don't feel very significant to this beer in the way they do to other Stone IPAs, as they only return as a lingering aftertaste. As it has warmed, the lemon and blueberry are punching through the citrus wall, which creates and interesting layered quality. The fruity sweetness on display is still fairly substantial, but I am enjoying it anyway. The mouthfeel is medium full, but I do get the occasional hint of the 8.1% coming through. Revengeful Spirit is not at all a bad beer, too sweet really and not characteristic of the majority of what Stone is doing lately, but it's not bad overall.

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Photo of jwc215
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can - Enjoy by 08/06/19:

Pours slightly hazed golden. A wispy head leaves patchy lacing.

The smell is of spicy hops - pineapple, mandarin orange. Alcohol shows through.

The taste is of pineapple, mandarin orange, spicy citric/tropical hops. Black pepper from the raw alcohol.

Malt backing does give some smoothness despite rawness. Full-bodied - a bit thick.

Well, even though it does have a certain smoothness the alcohol shows through in a raw way. An Imperial IPA with real fruit added. The fruit does not overwhelm - though it clashes slightly with the hop character of the same fruit character. I like it well enough, though not enough to get it again most likely (esp. at the somewhat high price point for what it is.)

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Revengeful Spirit from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 38 ratings