Viking Space Probe Double IPA
Stone Brewing

Viking Space Probe Double IPAViking Space Probe Double IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #859
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,828
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 6.95%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
70
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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Viking Space Probe Double IPAViking Space Probe Double IPA
Notes: In the spirit of all the exploratory missions deployed across the galaxy — be they spacecraft, Viking or other — we’re constantly probing the world of beer back here on Earth. That quest has brought us to this latest creation, which comes from our brewing team at Stone Brewing – Napa. With a subtle haze reminiscent of some far-off nebula, and further complemented with the juicy flavors of Ella and Citra hops, this beer is most definitely out of this world. Crafted to be enjoyed on Earth, but if intelligent life does exist out there, we’re pretty sure they’ll like it too.
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Photo of Franziskaner
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a light brown tint. Murky in complexion. There’s a fingernail of off white on top. The aroma is of pineapple, lemon, banana, and citrus. The flavor is bold citrus, banana, melon, lime, and pineapple. The mouth is acidic, full, and yet smooth.

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Photo of BrewsOverHoes
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange with minimal one finger frothy head.

Huge aromas of pineapple and mango, definitely getting some alcohol on the nose.

Taste follows with tropical fruit; mango, pineapple, papaya; citrus, a little spice and bitterness from the hops and there is the alcohol.

Medium bodied; not too much carbonation. Drinks well for 8.5%.

A great one by Stone yet again, glad to try their take on the haze craze.

A solid offering from Stone, but at $16 a sixer; probably won’t be picking this up again. Can grab M43 for that price and be more satisfied for the amount and less beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tropical...tropical...tropical!!!

Mangoes and pineapples and oranges fill my head with every smell or sip... it's definitely hazy but not super murky like some others... its definitely more intense as it isn't soft and pillowy at all...it has teeth and brings a more forward bitterness which is really appealing... one of the better offerings from Stone I've had in a while.... really tasty stuff!!

I would recommend this wholeheartedly if you see it...if you like NE IPAs with a kick, this one is for you...

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky dark golden yellow with thick white foamy head. The color really stands out. Good lacing. Thick and oily. Strong but easy to drink.

Great beer, would definitely buy again.

Dared can 12/28/19
Enjoy by 04/26/20

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives a cloudy copper color with a one finger head; a few shards of lacing

Smell: A nice contrast between the tropical fruit tones of papaya and pineapple, the melon and, finally a strong tangerine element

Taste: Melon, papaya, pineapple give way to the tangerine as the citrus really builds; after the swallow, there is a strong pithy character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Leave it to Stone to take a NE-style IPA to another level here with the tangerine and the citrus pith

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in Meridian.

Attractive hazy orange ‘juice’ - lots of lacing left behind.

Pineapple and soft orange jump out of the glass - tropical, fruity, citrusy, and...dank? Resiny as well.

The taste follows, unfolding in a mixture of orange/pineapple juice mixed with a very herbaceous note bordering on spicy - good, and unique.

Soft moderate mouthfeel gives a ‘juicy’ impression; lower carbonation.

Liked it a lot, this is one to revisit.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$2.99 for a 12oz can. Brewed with Ella and Citra hops. 8.5% ABV, 80 IBU, released 01/27/2020, enjoyed 2/14/2020

Pours out to a very turbid deep orange, forming a creamy white head with very nice sticky sheets of lacing and excellent retention. The aroma is a bit mild, ~2.25 carbs or so. The nose is straight up mango and grapefruit juice with a little MJ and cat pee. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, medium-dense bodied, slightly syrupy in a good way. The taste is quite nice, well balanced bitterness with sticky thick malts and tons of tropical hops. No off flavors or aromas. A little grassy towards the middle. As it warms up, it gets quite catty with pungent pine. Interesting and odd.

Quite nice. For the price point, I don't know that I'd buy this again as there are juicy DIPA's that are just as good and a bit cheaper. I'm glad I tried it. Recommended.

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Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, poured into a snifter glass. Had a bright orange color and a very cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of dank hops, citrus fruit, pine, malt, and tropical fruit.

T: Tasted of a small amount of malt (mostly in the finish; second fiddle to the other ingredients), some citrus fruit (orange, in particular), a lot of dank hops (present throughout, but not overdone), light pine notes and some tropical fruit (papaya, mango). A bright, sharp, and focused flavor. Quite delicious.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well done DIPA. Drinkable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on January 10th, enjoy by May 9th.

Pours a hazy, unfiltered, orange with the usual excellence with the head of foam and lacing.

It smells very tropical and dank. Melon, mango, grapefruit, little bit of onion.

Taste is tropical with melon, mango, guava, dank with the onion, slightly sweet, finish is bitter and dank.

Excellent mouthfeel.

One at a sitting is all I can handle but it's very enjoyable.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look - dark copper hazy with a big white head that goes away but leaves a great lacing
Smell - dank citrus slight spice
taste - more taste than smell, slight dank more citrus. Some bread. Juicy
feel - medium body with a crisp medium carbonation
Overall - great NE. Love the taste of it. Slight bitter but not overly done

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Photo of justintcoons
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Extra hazy golden orange. 1 finger of creamy off-white head.

Nose
Mango, papaya, eucalyptus, orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel, and candy sugar.

Taste
Grapefruit, lemon, and orange zest. Mango, papaya, and a chalky earthiness. Eucalyptus and pine with a light caramel and candy sugar backbone.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, oily, creamy, crisp, sticky, bitter, and dry.

Overall
Earthy, bitter, pithy. Meh.

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Photo of Blogjackets
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise from Stone. An absolute crusher of a double IPA. 8.5% of juicy goodness that has a tropical fruit nose and enough mouth feel to complement the flavor from the Ella and Citra hops. Yes, I love this beer.

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Photo of JediMasterLenin
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a Teku. Review from notes.

Look: Pours a dark, opaque orange/amber. A huge, soapy, off-white head with good retention leaves foamy lacing down the glass.
Smell: Tangerine, melon, pineapple, peach/apricot, papaya. A light sweetness to it.
Taste: Super-ripe cantaloupe/honeydew melon, pineapple, papaya, tangerine and orange. Finishes with a lingering citrus rind flavor.
Feel: Full body, decent carbonation, tight bubbles.
Overall: Another great DIPA from Stone. Love the name too

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Photo of woodchipper
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured at Fridge temp to a Nonic from a 12oz can stamped "CANNED 01/04/20 ENJOY BY 05/03/20".
Pours orange and hazy with white foam that laces really nicely. Some micro floaties are visible, but not distracting.
The aroma is Citra and alcohol. Kind of a sucker punch, as is the sip. Alcohol is little too prominent in this one for me. So many hazy, floral IPA's seem to hide high ABV values well, but knowing Stone, this wack may have been their intent.
Mouth is excellent though, smooth yet properly carbonated.
Overall, not for me, but well done if the intent met the result.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In my snifter the beer is a hazy gold/orange color. There is a small white head that leaves a bit of lace.
Aroma is tropical fruit and citrus fruit.
Very nice taste. Pineapple to start, then melon. Nice finish of grapefruit and grapefruit rind.
Medium-bodied. The 8.5% ABV kind of sneaks up on you.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Notwithstanding Stone's proclivity of late for churning out IPA after IPA that all seem like variations on a similar base brew, I keep coming back to the well--because they are all still pretty tasty. Still, when I pulled this one off of the shelf, I internally thought--I hope this one is different.'

Pours a fairly hazy--nearly NEIPA cloudy, orange/gold with a swiftly subsiding head (understandable given the ABV) but solid lacing and legs.

Aromas are, at first, instinctively tropical, but on reflection, not so much. Less citrus and mango and more honeydew and other light melons. The clean melon aroma mixes with spice/herbal notes, including white pepper and grass/chive. Hints of mango and white peach still present. Very little, if any, citrus.

Unlike many DIPA's, this brew eschews the traditional caramel malt backbone in favor of a softer, fruitier, but ultimately less sweet first sip with honeydew/white-green melon and cucumber. Mid-quaff, fleshier melon (cantaloupe/musk melon) and more traditional tropical flavors arrive, with mango, passionfruit, pineapple, as well as white stone fruit. The Stone west-coast influence shows up near the finish. Resin and white pepper join grassy/hay flavors and some warming alcohol at the conclusion.

The "D" in DIPA shows up more on the feel, as this is beyond medium bodied and certainly not crisp or drying. The brew isn't low-attenuated by any means, but there are some residuals that make this a creamy offering on the palate.

I don't know how far from the beaten path Viking Space Probe really treads, but it seems markedly different from some of Stone's recent D/IPA's. It feels like It's almost like a cross between an NEIPA and a West Coast DIPA--clearer and more aggressive than the former, yet juicier and more restrained than the latter. A pretty darn good combination of both.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque dark orange tan color with creamy white foam lacing.

S - Pungent tropical fruit with some light spiciness.

T - Pineapple, juicy floral, grapefruit, lime, and finishes balanced with a slightly bitter finish. Nice lingering peppery spice fruit rind on the back end.

M - Thick and soft texture on the palate, and very dry on the back of the tongue.

O - Interesting hop profile that works.

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy orange golden color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has hop, citrus, tropical and grapefruit hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a well balanced hop, citrus, tropical and grapefruit flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Double India Pale Ale

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Photo of SawDog505
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass canned on 1/08/2020. Pours a very dark orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves a thick layer of white lace along the sides of the glass with excellent retention. 4.5

Smell is cantaloupe, mandarin, papaya, apricot, and some grapefruit rind. 4.25

Taste is bold ripe melon, papaya, tangerine, apricot, and grapefruit very balanced all around and mildly bitter. 4.25

Mouthfeel is big, gentle carbonation, sticky not dry, and at 8.5% ABV extremely drinkable. 4.5

Overall I have been waiting for one of the big brewers to brew an excellent NEDIPA and leave it to Stone the brewery that got me into DIPAs to be the first. Around $16 for a 6 pack and really tasty. 4.25

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Photo of Roguer
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent head production, with 3-4 fingers of off-white, clumpy foam. Excellent retention and fields of lacing. Body is very hazy, nearly pulpy and opaque in thicker portions of the glass, but also littered with large white chunks of sediment. The chunks detract from the appearance somewhat, but it's still a very attractive brew.

Nose carries plenty of weight from the ABV, malt load, and hop bill. Bright herbs, mild dankness, tropical and citrus fruit, green leaf, dough, white bread, honey, lemon, pepper.

Big sweet tropical fruit tones on the palate, surely accented by the malt bill. Nearly doughy, and the very smooth mouthfeel (still lively, with a bite around the gums) helps the sweet malts translate even better. Alcohol presence is underrepresented. Very low citrus or dank tones on the palate, with some tangerine and green leaf, but the focus is definitely on sweet tropical fruit, in particular mango, pineapple, papaya, and berries. Fairly bitter finish, and shorter than expected - but this beer quickly begs for another sip.

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Photo of breakakeg
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another hit for Stone. They keep brewing one great beer after another. The cost was a little more than I like to pay for beer, but it was worth it after the sixth beer was gone.

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Photo of brureview
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden orange color in a Spielgelau IPA glass.

Peach, citrus, vanilla aroma.

Just the right consistency for the MF.

Great taste:peach, tropical fruit which os not overshadowed by the very hoppy finish.

I like this better than the usual Enjoy By offerings. A masterful DIPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With a strong, hazy and bittersweet hop display, Stone Brewing show their brewing prowess with the help of Citra and Ella hops for a candied hop flavor that's out of this world.

Luring the nose with the sweet tropical scents of hawaiian punch and juicy melon, the ripe and rugged nose teases with a background of gin spice, green tea and fresh herb. Glowing with a golden pastel appearance, the frothy ale soon leads to its first flavor introductions of sweet cream, agave and pulled candy.

The sweetness carries onto the middle palate where the hops await with their rife and roaring flavors of tangerine, pineapple, lemon, lime, passionfruit, nectarine and a bright green berry influence. Nearly apple and strawberry-like, a juiciness of cantaloup trail into a moderate and spicy bitterness of fresh cedar, tea, gin and botanicals.

Medium full, creamy and slightly marshmallowy on the palate, the imperial influence of residual sweetness brings a residual cereal body that balances the moderate hop bitterness for a bittersweet finish that trends herbal with hay and hemp.

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Photo of IronLover
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark tangerine orange in color with a heavy unfiltered appearance. Tall, creamy, off-white foam with medium low retention. Sweet, boozy, candied orange with the classic Stone malty backbone. Notes of mango and stone fruits. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Slight thick, creamy feel with expanding boozy warmth that gets a little prickly at the end. Mellow fruity citrus and fleshy tropical fruit flavors. Medium hop bite through the middle followed by more tropical fruitiness and definitive booziness. Finished semi-dryly with light fruit notes, a boozy bite and light piney bitterness. Hop character was generally mello, but nevertheless tasty.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy orange color with a one finger head of puffy white foam. The head has a amazing level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tone of foamy lace clinging to the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of a grapefruit hop smell mixed with some aromas of a herbal and pine hop. Along with these smells come some notes of a hay smell and a little bit of a floral and grainy nature.
Taste – The taste begins with somewhat doughy taste that has a great showing of some herbal and light grapefruit hop. Along with these taste comes sweeter flavors of a caramel and fruity taste of some tropical and light harvest fruit flavors of peach and apricot. As the taste moves forward there are other flavors a light pine flavor as well as a bit more sweetness comes to the tongue. These tastes take the taste to the end, where they leave one with a very smooth, slightly sweet, balanced hop, and very pleasant taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly thicker and more chewy with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the abv and the tastes of the brew the feel is awesome and makes for a nice slow and flavorful sipper.
Overall – This is a rather robust and tasty brew. Big in flavor with a still easy drinking brew.

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Viking Space Probe Double IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 70 ratings