Revengeful Spirit
Stone Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,622
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,797
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 7.77%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
126
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 126 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap at Cask and Vine
Hazy golden orange in color with a thin off white head that dissipates. Earthy lemony citrus and pineapple against a crackery bready maltiness.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Creamy froth old white head sits atop a deep hazed orange colored body. Slow steady rise of carbonation bubbles are densely packed. A touch of yeasty particular matter dances about. Thick and creamy lace ring encircles the glass. Has a long lasting topping throughout the drink.

S: Fruity alcohol laced pineapple scents along with fresh green melon with notable strengths of the mandarin oranges on the trail. Some yeastiness of peaches and cantaloupe of moderate strength.

T: Flavor of sour tangerines/oranges and tart pineapple. Dank citrus and green melon with a citrusy grapefruit bite. Apples and pear yeastiness, with some candied fruit. Spicy and sweet hops with a tart and citric appeal.

M: Full and creamy mouthful, soft and luscious feel. Viscose with a soft carbonation texture, fulfilling on the tongue.
Spicy tropical warmth of alcohol on the tongue and cheeks.

O: Some dank tart tropical-pineapple, truly some NEIPA influence is backed with dank oranges and comes of with some east and west coast influences. In a world of NEIPA infatuation, Stone dips their toes into the pool, but still remains, and retains, a lot of what got them popular to begin with, a truly sensory overload of hops with a blend and flavor that is respectable no matter what your tendencies leans towards. A big , and dry flowery hop embracing.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body was amber in color and looked slightly hazy against the light. The head was two fingers thick when first poured and left a thick lace upon dissipating. The aroma was quite potent and evident from a distance. I could smell grapefruit, cut hay, and melon. The taste was quite citric with flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, and sweet lime being quite dominant. There was also a good presence of hops, which provided a finish that was both bitter and spicy. This was an Imperial IPA cast in the classic West Coast mold, with feeling of my tooth enamel being stripped off with each sip. The body was medium dense, and alcohol burn was well hidden. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz can into a pint glass, this beer pours a fairly cloudy/hazy medium orange/copper color with a thick white head that's sell over an inch thick when first poured that settles eventually to a very thick ring lining the inside of the glass and big glob of foam 1/4 of an inch thick floating on the beer's surface. Good lacing. There's certainly some sediment in this beer from either whatever years is used, the fruit that is used, or some of both. Appearance wise the color and clarity, or lack of, of this beer reminds me of a lot of Belgian ales I've had. Aromas of some bready malts with caramel sweetness along with honey notes and certainly citrus fruit that give way to earthy, floral, citrus hops. The flavors follow the smell, with bready, caramel sweet malts along with nice fruit flavors of orange, a bit of cantaloupe, grapefruit, and pineapple that blend so nicely with the floral, slightly earthy, citrusy hops. Not too bitter though. A very nice balance of flavors and just a really tasty flavor profile overall. Has a crisp, slightly prickly, also smooth and creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a nice sweet and citrusy, fruity aftertaste. Stone does it again!

Eric

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Photo of izraelc
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chunky golden orange. This one has big flavors. Big tropical fruity body with a big hoppy bitter finish. Not for the amauter beer enthusiast. Best enjoyed while plotting against your enemies.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a nice, bright, crisp, hoppy imperial IPA with great aromas and flavors. Pours a clearer dark golden color with just a little white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some bright citrus zest hops - pineapple, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, mango - as well as some malt, bread, lighter floral and herbal hops. Taste follows the nose, with very crisp hoppy notes balanced by the sweeter malt backbone. Not quite as hoppy as I would have liked - maybe this beer was a little too old. Smooth, mild, slightly sticky mouthfeel with good carbonation. Great beer!

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Photo of Marraybay
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Cloudy; honey-colored; suspended particles, 1 finger of quickly dissipating foam

Smell: mango / mandrine; honey;

Taste: Sweet; mango / tangerine / honey rounding into some citrusy bitterness,
but the sweetness wears out its welcome as it warms...

Feel: fair carbonation / bite on the tongue; decent feel

Overall: Hmmmm...tough one; back in the day, I'd have loved the sweetness
of this, but now that aspect is a little over developed for me; will have
a hard time finishing this one; may keep one or two around to revisit, but
will likely trade / gift the remainder of the 6...

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Very hazy dark orange color with very thick, creamy cream colored lacing. The head retention on this beer is amazing.

S - Nose is pungent and dank tropical fruit: primarily mandarin orange and pineapple dominate (go figure, right?). A little sugary sweet on the nose but it doesn't detract at all from the beer.

T - Bittersweet mandarin orange from start to finish with some of the sweeter pineapple hitting the palate towards the end of the sip. Balanced but surprisingly a little bitter up front (I expected it to be sweeter at the beginning). Some small amounts of spiciness starts to build as you work through the beer.

M - Thick and frothy mouthfeel that's slick, creamy, and silky from start to finish.

O - Rock solid. Not memorable. Glad I tried it. Recommended.

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Photo of AleManDan
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks great...hazy, orange and gold. Lots of carb.

Smells of amazing honey and hops and citrus.

Taste is a big, bitter, tropical hops. It’s so juicy that you can tell there is real fruit juice in there. I doubt prefer real juice in my IPAs but I’m also open to it and this beer tastes amazing so it’s all good. I just got one bottle to try out this version 2.0. I don’t know much about Herkules hops, but I know and love Mosaic, of course.

Only Stone uses Loral as far as I know and it seems to provide some great floral flavors. I also don’t know kick about Mandarina Bavaria but all of these seem to work well together.

If you want a juicy west coast ipa and don’t mind added real Pineapple & Mandarin orange, this is your beer!

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Hazy golden with a thin off-white head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind a solid amount of lacing
S - Piney hops along with a lot of citrus notes - some honey as well
T - Follows the nose with some bitter hops up front and throughout, but mostly it's dominated by sweet, juicy tropical fruit notes and honey - solid amount of malt to hold it all together
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - juicy, smooth, somewhat creamy
O - A pretty solid, almost NEIPA style IPA coming from Stone. Seems like they are getting some of their mojo back

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Enjoy By: 08/13/19.

Appearance: Fairly well-hazed, nigh turbid body, dingy gold in color with a thin, wispy, whitish head.

Smell: Both the pineapple and mando are readily available. Underneath, bready malts, wheat, hints of honeywine and the hops with additional tropical, citrusy elements as well as some floral, resiny pine.

Taste: Opens sweet with a tangy, twangy, juicy acidity. Fairly fruity, plenty of oily citrus, honeydew, blendered pineapple, gooseberry, mango and such. Little flourishes of spice, dankness. Moderate bitterness. Holds its juicy fruitiness through the lightly crisp yet lightly smooth finish. A bit of warmth and heat from the ABV, but, it really hides the booze pretty well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Surprisingly easy to drink.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a can to a snifter glass. Had a golden yellow / orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a below average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A decent, but not brilliant, aroma of hops, citrus fruit, tropical fruit, a grassy quality, malt, and pine.

T: Tasted of a small amount of pine (quite sharp, though), a good amount of tropical fruit (pineapple, in particular), a bit of the grassy quality (never welcome), a good shot of hops, and some citrus fruit (oranges). This is a big, aggressive, if somewhat out of whack, flavor. A little over-hopped at times, but still, not bad.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but it has some good qualities. Worth a look.

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Photo of defunksta
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a completely hazy, bright and deep orange/yellow color. A small, sticky head.
Aroma: Strong aroma of citrus, pine, and a herbal garlic and onion. Pineapple mostly on the nose.
Flavor: Strong earthy herbs and pine flavors upfront with a prominent sweetness throughout. Some pineapple and sweet orange in the middle before a light bitterness presents, but it is no match for the heavy and dank sweetness that is the flavor here. Finishes sweet, no doubt.
Feel: Heavy bodied. Mild carbonation Resiny syrupy sweet.

Overall: A classic imperial IPA. Hazy, sweet, and less bitter for Stone than I was expecting. They are venturing out of their west-coast element here. The pineapple and mandarin orange aren't overwhelming and it has a pleasant herbal and pine quality which I like. It's rather heavy and sweet for me, but it's an imperial IPA, so this won't be for everyone.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUUUGGGEEE citrus/Mandarin orange smell & taste. Initially skeptical due some other "fruit" IIPA's that were horrible, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Lower %abv for an imperial but even at 8.1% it's nearly non-exsistent! Word of caution, do not consume with any other IPA as it will ruin it...IMHO.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing "Revengeful Spirit"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED: 04/08/19" and sampled on 06/13/19

Notes via stream of consciousness: Pineapple and Mandarin Orange, eh? I can only assume that'll be good, and that they've thrown in hops that will emphasis those. It's poured a cloudy golden-orange body beneath a slightly yellowed off-white head. The aroma is not nearly as bright or juicy as I thought it might be but there is a tropical fruit juice note to it with both pineapple and orange present. The flavor offers more fruitiness (pineapple, orange, blueberry, papaya, mango) atop a lightly bready malt base, and it's threaded through with alcohol. How strong is this? 8.1%? I wouldn't think the alcohol would be so present, but OK, it is "Revengeful Spirit" after all. It's got a firm bitterness that leaves it dry in the finish, perhaps with help from the alcohol, despite a little bit of residual malt and fruitiness. Looking back the head held fairly well and there's some nice initial lacing but not much more. Given that the haze doesn't seem to have helped the aroma I'd like to see this a little bit clearer, but maybe that's just me. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a bit of a dextrinous edge, and gently crisp and then smooth. Stone has been doing a lot of beers like this lately, and in my mind this is one of the better ones.

Review #6,602

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Photo of imnodoctorbut
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured from can to pint glass. (so shoot me)

A: deep gold with a hint of red/orange, hazy as the spell waiting to be cast, my friends. low rising off-white head with low retention that settles into a thin cap. like sunscreen, if you could get gloriously drunk off sunscreen.
S: citrusy-pineapple-orange with the faintest scent of lush hop.
T: dense and wicked mixture of pineapple/orange citrus and dank hops rinsed over with what I can only imagine is the blood of Stone's enemies. I mean, there's a slight "darkness" to that citrus, man. Oh, and there's plenty of malt body to go around.
F: this one stays right in the middle with all the feels. medium body, carbonation, and dryness. smooth landing, holly.

Overall (personal opinion):
if you get the pleasure of this one, make sure to pass it to the left and share it, my dudes. perfect mixture of citrus, hop, and malt, in my not so humble opinion. plenty of cats claim to have the whole "citrus IPA" thing down, and plenty-minus-like-20 of them do. but this? this is what I've been looking for. this is one of those "new standard" brews for me. the one to look onwards to beat.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy; deep gold in color; 2 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice rings of lace;

S: pineapple, mandarin orange, and some cattiness;

T: pina colada with cattiness; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: interesting; not my cup of tea;

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light copper to gold in color with a lot of sedimentary haze. There’s an inch of creamy off white to beige on top. Heavy lacing. The aroma is of pineapple and citrus. I’m tasting a wallop of pineapple, some melon, mango, a touch of lime and citrus. The mouth is smooth and yet resinous.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 10 oz serving with a happy hour pizza dinner at the Happy Valley Mellow Mushroom on 6-7-19 for $5.50.

Beer was served orange with a solid white head initially.

Nose was sweet tropical fruits forward.

Taste was very well balanced. Pretty substantial malt base melded nicely with a pineapple led hop addition. Also got some mango and a little orange in the background. Bitterness was 4/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth.

Overall a solid beer, not nearly as bitter as it's little brother.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I dunno. This one doesn’t really speak to me like a Lionel Richie single - not that it’s bad - but it just doesn’t tease my palate like Adrianna Lima in a corset. Again, those are too high standards to set. And maybe I’m tripping, but I kind of wanted Stone to bring their A game on this one. Now, it’s not as bad as Taylor Swift’s last single, or Rosie O’Donell in a two piece, but it’s kinda like that ‘Call Me Maybe’ chick singing a b-side, or Ashlee Simpson in a pencil skirt. I’ll consume it happily, but if I had my druthers, well, you get the idea.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can
CANNED: 04/08/19
ENJOY BY: 08/06/19

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice cloudy dark orangy color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, mango, pineapple), some diesel like kinda. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, mango, pineapple), some diesel like kinda. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Glad to see it around here.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of orange, grapefruit, pine and toasted caramel. Sweet tropical fruit taste with a piney bitterness and a caramel/toffee backbone.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can given to me by a friend. Thanks

Smells and looks good, like all Stone beers. Taste is good but mostly serves to mask the alcohol flavor. Over-bittered and "sweet". It's all hop and citrus oil, mostly the fruit. Goes down easy enough (gets ya drunk)

whatever

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: gold color, hazy, nice lacing and head
S: tropical fruits
T: I get pineapple and citrus, slightly bitter
F: great mouthfeel, all upfront, a little bitter finish
O: I’m not a huge fan of Stone anymore, but this is nice

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a single serve can into a tulip

Pours a hazy apricot-gold with a single-finger head, limited retention, but decent lacing. Just a shade clearer than a NEIPA. Nearly cloud and almost pulpy.

Citrus and tropical aromas are the first to hit the nose, with hints of honey/malt and piney resin.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with fruitiness from all over the spectrum--mango, pineapple, yuzu, mandarin orange, ruby red grapefruit, but the honey/graham and hops quickly take over with white pepper and then some fairly aggressive booze, beyond even what is expected with the ABV.

The brew is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, an interesting DIPA with some strong fruit notes.

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Revengeful Spirit from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 126 ratings