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 #885
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,046
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 6.97%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
65
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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Reviews by BB1313:
Photo of BB1313
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 1/4/20. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and cloudy yellowish golden; fluffy off-white head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are on the subtle side. Mild blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Some bread and crackers. Malts are there. The flavors are bolder than the nose. Some orange, grapefruit and pineapple leading the way. Subtle hints of peach and apricot. Subtle spiciness. Some black pepper in the mix. Solid bitterness. Solid hop flavors. Malts do their thing without completely dominating. Finishes juicy with a mild warmth. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, slightly fluffy and smooth.

This is a nice DIPA. It's like a mix between a "New England DIPA" and an "American DIPA". The flavors are bold. The craftsmanship is on point. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drunkenmess
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benish
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of Celtics76
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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 golf4collet
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 fehrminator
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stone nailed this one. Amazing nose. Light bodied. Tropical hops close on the finish. Way too easy to drink for an 8+% iipa. Good stuff here.

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Photo of strengthdoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Unclevince
3.29/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MJSFS
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Txex06
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Such a great beer from Stone. Juicy, hoppy, bitter, piney, dry, and fills yo mouf! One of their best in a long time. Great job!

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophead723
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A $15 six-pack found at Trader Joe's, this better be worth it. Brewed only 16 days ago! It is supposed to be released on the 27th, I feel lucky to have found it this early in the beer's release. Poured into a Samuel Smith British Pub glass.

Look: The unfiltered brew pours a completely hazed golden light-orange color, like mango puree. The head is fluffy and outrageous at first, but soon shies away and settles to a solidly lingering thin cap. When I shine a light through, it glows like the sun. Even through the murk of the unfiltered body, I can see low carbonation levels swirling lazily from the nucleation sites at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is relatively subtle and complex with an array of unique fruitiness. Enticing hues of orange, apricot, mango, lychee, papaya, pineapple, lime zest, orange peel, marshmallow, light buttery graham cracker, and a flash of herbal character. The apricot and pineapple dominate the nuanced nose.

Taste/Feel: Ella and Citra hops deliver flavors of yellow peach, orange, grapefruit, mango, papaya, pineapple, lime, guava, marshmallow and a glint of refined zesty herbal character. Biscuit and honeysuckle malt supports an intricate grapefruit pith bitterness. The equally complex yeasty hues go right along for the flavor ride and contribute much of this subtle complexity. The beer glides across the palate, smooth in both body and bitterness. I even get juicy mandarin orange on the burp. The flavors are in no way cloying, but still present to the palate sweet tropical fruit-fueled goodness underlined by marshmallow and buttery graham cracker malt. The alcohol is completely incognito, hiding behind a rich tropical complexion.

Overall: Super smooth and drinkable with the higher ABV and gobs of fruity hop character. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth. It is unique at every gulp, enchanting upon each sip. A very good beer! Fun to drink. I wonder if this is similar to King Julius by Treehouse Brewing. I have consistent access to Pliny the Elder but not King Julius, I want to try that and Heady Topper one day.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
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 brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Blogjackets
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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 JuiceMan818
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Viking Space Probe Double IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 65 ratings