Viking Space Probe Double IPA
Stone Brewing

Viking Space Probe Double IPAViking Space Probe Double IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #935
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,112
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 6.54%
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
176
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  22
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is murky copper, head is 1+ fingers thick with frothy top, head lingers well with spotty remnants on glass and a solid top.

Smell is like candied hops - sweet, full, moderately malty - notes of citrus pith, tangerine, light pine, herbs, lemon, melon; malt is neither caramel-like sweet or grainy base like but it provides some backing sweet maltiness.

Taste is sweeter and similarly candied - dried or sweetened citrus, tangerine, with notes of pine, grass, lemon, and melon, neutral malt flavor providing a fuller base sweetness, but not caramel like.

Mouthfeel is well done for as candied sweet as this comes across otherwise - moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness and the right amount to back the sweeter flavors of hops and malt.

Overall thicker, fuller HDIPA but the hop mix and beer construction bring this brew through to the finish.

May 26, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Caramel orange and hazy. Mildly carbonated (Carbonation is often leeched off during longer fermentation processes). Glossy on top.

S: Big tropical hop aroma. Not bitter, but fruity. I'm picking up barley and oats.

T: I guessed 3 hops but reading the bottle says 2. The citra is, well, citra. The ella resembles mosaic--it is more pungent and darkens the color. They got lots of lupulin out of these hops.

F: A layer of deep dank resinous bitter coats the tongue and into the stomach. It's a rather strong flavor.

O: A full strength, but not maximum, IPA.

May 12, 2021
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is a dark golden color, with more than a finger's worth of tan head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: peach, apricot, pine, mango, papaya, passionfruit, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and bread malt. Smells greatly of tropical hops, but there are some citrus ones too.

Essentially tastes like the aroma suggests, lot of tropical and fruity notes, some breadyness, and also tasting some caramel. Chewy texture. Body is medium.

Apr 26, 2021
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My “worker guru” at the local Total Wine recommended this to me so bought just one to try. Stone hit this out of the ballpark. Very nice and I will go get the 5 pack I took my one out of. Well maybe they put one back to make it a 6 pk?

Apr 10, 2021
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

finally something new from stone, but i had higher hopes for this, super thick and hazy from the tap, denser than is generally appealing to me, even though the head is high and lasting and there is no visible particulate, its just super viscous, a pretty dull shade, and looks a little raw to me. it smells fine, generically dry hoppy, nothing unique to me in this, definitely was hoping for a little more from the ella, but it almost takes on a citra mosaic thing, some light canned pineapple juice and cat pee, with the typical assertiveness in dosing that we have all come to expect from stone, but its not particularly interesting or well refined, and i will admit the name and branding are a little bit lost on me here. i think the nose is slightly brighter than the flavor, where more of the malt heft kicks up, this feels as strong as it is not from alcohol but from grain weight, lots of body here, off dry but not rich or sweet or anything. cool to have it be so dry hopped but also pack in a little bitterness at the end, its full spectrum in that regard, but this just seems like a beer ive had a million times before, not as unique on the hop side as i hoped it would be, and to me a little below stones usual quality level. that said, i am curious to try the packaged version, perhaps a little more cleaned up in that medium. there is potential here, but it feels just big for the sake of being big, and whatever nuance the ella contributes is kind of lost to the size of this, as well as the more more familiar and robust citra hop profile. nothing special on tap in my experience, maybe not at the peak of freshness...

Apr 09, 2021
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-love the bright orange haze that lets you see the carbonation bubbling up. Pretty substantial head
S-danky citrus
T-peach, apricot, pine. above average bitter, avg to below average sweet.
M-realllly nice chewy, smooth medium-full body
O-one of the best Double Hazy's on my repertoire

Apr 09, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Hazed, rich golden color. Fluffy, white head had good retention and left gorgeous lacing.

S---Smells like a tropical fruit bomb.

T---Mango, papaya, passionfruit. It's the tropical fruit bomb the nose promised.

F---Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O---Really, really nice one. Wish I got more than one.

Mar 21, 2021
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timon from California

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's an interesting one. Look in the glass is nice golden haze with light head and lacing. Smell is a bit weak, can't make it out well, but it's not bad or anything. Taste is growing on me. Tastes on the tongue like dark bread with nuanced hints of citrus and fruit sparkles around the side of the mouth. Mouthfeel is a good mix of light with a hint of syrup. Overall, not their best beer, imho, but worth trying for something new.

Mar 21, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a super hazy mellow apricot/amber-tined gold body with a sizeable white foam head that has moderate retention and leaves a high amount of thin sticky lacing behind as it settles to a faint halo around a light murky cap

aroma is spicy mango hop; dripping and juicy and earthy and floral. elements of peach, gooseberry, lime are present, with a grapefruit bittersweet. a woody, funky chunk of cedarwood on the wings.

taste follows up that complicated aroma and leans in further with the juice. the malt is akin to lemon bread and caramel, but takes a subtle backseat position.

mouthfeel: moderately high carbonation, medium-light body; relatively smooth and pillowy with carbo prickles far and few between. finishes dry and carries a deep grapefruit hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

overall:
utilizing the under-repped Ella hop (related to the Galaxy) brings a spicy alternative that certainly stands out in both the aroma and taste, while the Citra provides an excellent balance and compliment by way of shared tropical leanings along with lime and grapefruit. the malt isn't pronounced, but plays the part it was assigned. the mouthfeel balances the other complicated profiles with a classic dry finish, a grapefruit earthy aftertaste, and a solid yet pillowy and balanced body. have I said balanced enough? no? well, Stone has done a wonderful balance-beam act with this one, introducing something starkly new (Ella and her spices) with something familiar (classic west coast grapefruit and dryness)
Stone continues to push good ideas into the near-overpacked hop gambit.

Mar 21, 2021
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

ok, i'm fine with this beer but i don't see it as one of the stronger offerings from this classic house. bottled 2/19/21, consumed 3/19/21, best by 6/19/21 nice job getting it to me in a timely manner.
L: Drinking it from the bottle, which is very stylish as one would expect from stone. Notable sediment at the bottom so you've been warned if you have a problem with that.
S: pretty subtle... some pine and light lemon. bit of caramel as it warms a bit. i was hoping for more..
T: follows the nose; not really doing it for me. lemon zest, grapefruit, pine. but not blending in a great way. citra hops i know & i'm good with. this ella is new to me...
F: fine. no strong impression
O: i'll keep heading to the stone aisle, never fear. but this one won't be coming home with me too often...

Mar 21, 2021
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There's a reason this Brewer is legendary.... This beer is a fine example of that... Murky, dank, hoppy, and all the other things that make an imperial and great class of brews ... Very, very good!

Mar 19, 2021
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 1/7/20 into pint glass. Pours a very hazy murky amber with a nice two-finger off-white head. Great lacing. Initial impression is malt-forward, with juicy citrus (grapefruit, lime) becoming more noticeable later. Mouthfeel is hefty and sticky, with enough carbonation to explode the flavors. Alcohol is well-hidden. Finish is sweet, but not cloying, fading to a citrus sweetness. Closer to a NEIPA than a West Coast brew. Kind of hits my personal power zone, so I rated it accordingly.

May 11, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

*Drank one week before the best-buy date*

Appearance: Pours a completely hazy, deep but bright flame orange color with a creamy off-white head. Visible sediment suspended in the glass. Beautiful. (4.25)

Aroma: Milder aromas than I expected. A lot of floral pine upfront with only vague fruit flavors. There is peach, lychee, papaya, melon, and citrus. Does have a creamy malt sweetness though. A touch of "did I say pizza dough sweetness". Not as much pineapple as I would expect. (3.75)

Flavor: Sweet and wet-wet-wet fruit flavors of wet citrus and tropical pineapple. Some tropical guava. But it's tropical and vague. Wet and sweet. Not much appreciable bitterness. (3.50)

Feel: Heavier bodied and sweet as expected. Low carbonation and finishes wet, flat, and sweet with a sticky sweetness lingering. (3.25)

Compared to Odell's Double Dry Hopped Imperial IPA 5/3/20: Pours hazier with a larger head. Milder aromas. More floral and pine and tropical fruit flavors. Less peach. A flatter body with more sweetness. Winner: Odell

Overall: This one was slightly disappointing for what is supposed to be a hazy IPA. It has the right appearance for sure, but that's about it. The aromas were milder and the flavor was rather vague and sweet. The body was most disappointing in that it was flat and watery. Don't get me wrong, it's not a terrible beer and it definitely tastes good and sweet. It just doesn't capture the NEIPA quality and leans on the traditional Stone pine flavors at the expense of providing enough fruit flavors and body. *Maybe my rating is too harsh, but for a dry-hopped imperial ale, it underperforms compared to its peers. (Final Rating: 3.58*)

May 03, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Citrus, light pine, and some floral hops up front along with a decent malt backbone

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of the citrus and floral hops and then picks up some light pine and earthiness. Lightly bitter. Finishes with lingering citrus and floral notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the softer side

O: A good DIPA that is extremely well balanced and super easy to drink. Worth checking out

Apr 28, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler for $4.39. Canned on 1-8-20; best by 5-7-20; consumed 4-25-20. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a hazy light orange with a nice white head that has very good hang time.

Nose is a nice combination of grapefruit, orange, and mango.

Taste follows the nose where a large pale malt base combined very well with a medley of citrus and tropical fruit flavors led by orange, mango and grapefruit. Finishes very well balanced; 5/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is medium to large bodied and smooth, drinking like an old school DIPA.

Overall a very flavorful, dangerously drinkable beer. Glad i was able to try!

Apr 25, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of orange, pineapple and toasted caramel. Sweet tropical fruit taste with caramel and a subtle piney bitterness.

Apr 21, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce can - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden-orange body with a medium-sized, near white head.

Smell: Tropical fruit, citrus (grapefruit, tangerine) sprinkled with cut curt herbs and resins. Morsel of sweetness underneath the hop aromatics, hinting of fresh-from-grandma's-pocket cellophane-wrapped butterscotch.

Taste: Toasted grains, biscuit dough with a light drizzle of honeyed butterscotch. Hops quickly deliver a barbed resinous quality with pithy citrus, mango pulp, melon and matcha - all aided by a warming alcohol presence. Moderate, punchy bitterness. Bittered finish with a lingering resiny dankness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some fluff and fullness to it. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Potent, punchy. Though, with so many lower-ABV beers and ones with subdued or curtailed bitterness,

Apr 19, 2020
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Glass: Pure Project 14-oz. Teku glass
Price: $2.50
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Purchased: Feb. 7, 2020
Consumed: Feb. 16, 2020
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 7, 2020; Enjoy by May 6, 2020

Picked this up at Trader Joe’s the first time I’d seen it in stores I think. Website description read, “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 complimented 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.” I know I’ve had Ella before, but no way I knew any of the characteristics going in.

Poured a golden hazy color with three fingers of rocky white head. Could see a few bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Almost perfect spiderweb foamy lacing. Excellent foamy retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled Hawaiian fruit punch, Jolly Rancher watermelon candy (no El Dorado?), melon, peach, pineapple, papaya, coconut, vanilla, green tea and herbal. Not quite as good out of the can. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted almost as good as the nose. Was really digging this. Got pineapple, peach, watermelon candy, coconut, green tea, herbal, Hawaiian fruit punch, passion fruit, guava, vanilla, cedar, tangerine and hints of sugary green apple. The 8.5 pct. ABV was well hidden. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Sugary sweet finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Wow. Was surprised at how much I liked this beer. Outstanding. (Overall - 4.00)

4.11 | 92 | A-

Apr 13, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours hazy orange with an slightly orange white head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has some pine aromas and a bit of dankness to it. There are floral elements in the background with some grainy sweetness.

Taste: It has some caramel, pine, and dank flavors. There are some background notes of stone fruit and flora elements.

Feel: It has a creamy, medium full body.

Overall, the flavors were surprisingly well defined and a bit different from what I expected from the aroma.

Apr 08, 2020
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Panda_Brew from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It's a great beer that's got that old fasion chewy grainy body. You can really taste the malt here so don't expect a new age West Coast, this has more of a dogfish head 90 min feel to it. It's also not over the top hoppy because of how grainy it is, if you're expecting a dry West Coast, it won't be. But if you like the 90 minute, you'll be delighted

Mar 27, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really hazy orange color with loads of floaties under a bone white head that is dense and creamy. The first thing I noticed on the nose is a big blast of mango, followed by ripe oranges and pineapple.

The mango is really forward on the taste, and the oranges are vying for attention as well. There’s also a sweet malt flavor, approaching caramel. Really nice touch.

The mouthfeel is pretty full and has some bite. Stone is one of my favorite breweries, and this beer is another example of why that is so.

Mar 26, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Man, I dig Stone BC & their defiant sense of independence SO much! It really heartens The CANQuest (tm) to see a CANned offering from them on the shelf & even more so when it is in a more reasonable 12-fl oz CANtainer. Such was the case during a recent visit to The Beer & Beverage Shoppe on Roseville Road. You CAN bet that it quickly went into my shopping basket!

From the CAN: "Unfiltered Double IPA"; "A Hoppy Cosmic Nebula"; "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."

I was paying attention to the labeling so after Crack!ing open the vent, a slow, gentle C-Line Glug was in order. It may have been "unfiltered", but that was NOT meant to be interpreted as "hazy" or "cloudy". My efforts resulted in the formation of a finger's cap of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). I would have chalked it up to a chill haze had I not known that it was unfiltered. Nose reminded me of orange rind/zest and honeydew melons! I felt like I was back in HomeEc Foods 1, learning our way around/with fruits. Mmm. Mouthfeel was appropriately big & full, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. The taste saw grapefruit acCANponying the aforementioned orange, but now joined by guava & mango for a tropical smoothie-like flavor. Mmm. This should notbe misCANstrued to suggest that it was sweet. There was a solid bitterness to this one throughout, just the way that this self-described, self-avowed hophead likes it! Others mentioned that this seemed like a throwback on Stone's part & while I partially agree, the tropical fruit flavors are a new(er) twist on things. Finish was dry & bitter, just the way I like 'em to be. YMMV.

Mar 19, 2020
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Really nice looking hazy orange/yellow with solid white foamy head and thick lacing.
N: Tropical notes, citrus, malt, and pineapple.
T: Follows the nose, big tropical hit up front with citrus, malt, and then a large back end bitterness washes through.
M: Juicy then dry/bitter.
O: Would have loved it if the back end bitterness was toned down, it was almost out of balance with the bitterness removing that nice up front feel.

Mar 14, 2020
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The body looked liked orange juice, because of how hazy it was. The head was about one finger thick. Not many carbonation bubbles streaming up in this pour. The aroma was full of grapefruit, mango, and pine. The taste was quite tangy, with a sharp bitterness, and some sweet malts in the finish, I am not sure if it was the acidity or the alcohol, but this felt quite warm in the finish. The mouthfeel was luscious and thick. This was definitely a New England IIPA.

Mar 14, 2020
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Bright yellow, orange, with 1 finger of head and lots of sticky lace. Gorgeous

S - Big citrus hop aromas, oranges

T - Big hoppy taste, tangerine, citrus, tasty as hell! Tastes like classic Stone IPA's from the past. Maybe dusted off a few old recipes?

F - Medium body and well carbonated.

O - This IPA reminds me why I loved Stone in the first place. It has the classic Stone IPA strain. Fantastic, delicious brew!

Mar 14, 2020
Viking Space Probe Double IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 176 ratings