Peak Conditions
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,782
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,622
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 6.6%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
43
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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Peak ConditionsPeak Conditions
Notes: West Coast hops. East Coast haze. Passion fruit, orange and guava juice inspired by the popular Hawaiian drink. This ridiculously tasty double IPA combines influences from across the country into one of the most flavorful beers we’ve ever released. One could call it a perfect storm, we’d say it’s Peak Conditions.

This beer is inspired by three other Stone beers: Stone///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA, Stone Tangerine Express IPA, and Stone Notorious P.O.G. Berliner Weisse. It originally started out as a special creation from our brewers and we liked it so much that we decided to do a big release. It has all the hops and bravado of a double IPA along with real fruit additions that give this beer added complexity and depth.

Featured Hops: Loral & Mosaic
IBU: 55
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 43 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug. Canned 2/21/20, so it's still relatively fresh.

Appearance: murky orange hue with a finger of frothy ivory foam atop; it's turbid, but I like it.

Smell: sweet mango and pineapple tropical fruit aromas. There's some orange in there too, along with a little bit of dankness. It's earthy, rich, deep, and basically just my taste. Shazam!

Taste: fruity, dank, and earthy; the flavor is more of a mess than the aroma. The aroma is a thing of beauty, but the constituents don't work together as well in the taste -- there's a bit too much sweetness, a bit too much dankness, and overall just a clash of character. Still a good and interesting beer, but not quite the amazing concoction that the aroma suggested.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a really big carbonation and actually a great big smooth creaminess that really works for me. Kudos.

Overall: this is a good beer, and I like it. I just wish the flavor lived up to the aroma a little bit more.

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Photo of DokiDokiLitFam
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dense orange color with two fingers of head. Soapy looking with a slight tint of orange. Medium strength lacing.

Nose is tart citrus up front. Very dominant orange notes. You know that this isn't hop character. Sweeter, more overt, less green. There is some hop aroma underneath but its forced back by strong orange and guava. Mostly citrus, less tropical.

Taste opens up more. The tart orange appears right away in combination with the hops to provide a short initial burst of bitterness. It quickly transfers to the fragrant passion fruit lingering only briefly to turn into a hop character then to a mild malt backbone. This all happens very in a short period time. No flavor lasting very long on the pallete. This is sweeter than your standard IPA but not necessarily brighter. The zing of the orange provides it own bittering quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild to medium carbonation. Fine enough. Not really impressive or refreshing, but unobtrusive.

A drinkable hybrid brew. Nice for a hot day. At 8.1% this will get you going pretty quickly which it hides pretty well. Perhaps not my favorite combination of tropical fruits, but a nice excursion.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - great dark orangish color, thick and hazy
Smell - Lots of orange, guava, passion fruit scents
Taste - Very fruity just like the taste and easy going without the bitterness, really tasty.
Feel - Medium body with a medium light carbonation. A little to syrupy though.
OVerall - really tasty different

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Photo of neenerzig
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber of this. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a fairly hazy/cloudy dark golden/amber color with white head that's over an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a thick ring surrounding the inside of ehg lass along with nice nice, big cluster swirls of film layer of foam and some excellent lacing. Aromas of some bready malts, passion fruit, citrusy and resinous dank, just slightly piney hops. The flavors are pretty similar, with some bready, biscuity malts along with passion fruit followed by a refined itrusy and resinous dank, just slightly piney hop bitterness. A very well balanced flavor profile. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth, slightly frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish. A very solid beer here.

Eric

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Photo of EMV
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed dark golden amber pour. Hazy with whirls of sediment. Thick foamy head... great retention and lacing.

S: Citrus and passionfruit. Juicy and fresh.

T.F: Sweet with a hint of tart up front. Strong passionfruit and orange. Milder guava and grapefruit. Tropical and very fruity... but not quite a New England juice bomb. Some bite towards the finish but downright mild for a Stone offering. Medium bodied.... sticky on the tongue with smooth carbonation. Lingering orange and passionfruit on the aftertaste.

O: A fantastic DIPA from Stone. As noted above very gentle considering the brewer. Very tasty and super dangerous given the ABV (you barely even notice it). The Gargoyle has really been delivering with the new stuff lately.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a nonic point.

Pours a murky orange/gold with an excellent fluffy head that lingers well. Excellent legs and lacing.

Aromas of orange, honey-graham, juicy-fruit gum, slightly resiny and slightly dank hops.

The aroma suggested a sugar-sweet double. This is nothing of the sort. Orange, ruby red grapefruit, passionfruit, guava, lemon, lime, pineapple, mango, white pepper, all take turns in the front and middle of the brew. At the final stanza, the pulpy grapefruit, spicy white pepper, and orange win out, with some moderate resin/dank bitterness, and very restrained booze notes.

Some of Stone's recent releases have been wanting in the feel department but not this one. Excellent carbonation and acidity lend a lively drying feel to the quaff, particularly in light of the ABV.

After being somewhat underwhelmed by many of Stone's offerings in recent years, this is a nice brew. The bitter grapefruit note isn't "billed" on the can, but it's definitely there and it's the star of the show. This is one tasty DIPA.

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

Poured from a can - murky and turbid dirty tangerine with short white head leaving a ring of bubbles and a bit of frosty lacing. Nose is big citrus and sweet malt. Taste is milder than nose ,kind of weak with a thin citric finish. ABV hidden well.

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Photo of BB1313
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 2/14/20. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and cloudy burnt golden; fluffy off-white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are loaded with grapefruit and citrus. Some caramel. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. Citrus overload. Lots of grapefruit. Some orange. Drinks like juice. Subtle sweetness. Moderate to low bitterness. Malts do their thing. Finishes extremely juicy. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice brew. It drinks more like grapefruit juice than a beer at times, and I mean that in a good way because that's not always a good thing, in my opinion. Citrus dominates, especially grapefruit. This is a beer that could've been rough around the edges, but they really nailed it. The craftsmanship and execution is on point. Well done.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Striking a balance between the juiciness of New England-styled IPA and the drier, more bitter mouthfeel of West Coast varieties has Stone Brewing's Imperial passionfruit, orange and guava IPA drinking at peak condition.

And with the backdrop of Loral and Mosaic hops, Peak Conditions pours with a racy effervescence, Golden orange in its appearance, the standard hazy beer swoons with a tropical, Hawaiian punch scent above a frothy ivory cap. A mild mannered maltiness greets the early palate with toasted angel food cake, honeysuckle and a wafer-like crispness.

The beer slowly turns its malty upstart over to the hops and fruit as the tropical punch flavors of orange, passionfruit and guava roll in additional flavors of berry, pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. Trending spicier as the taste rolls along, a quick late palate of peppery black tea, verbena and cedar frame an acutely bitter dryness.

Medium bodied and trending lighter, the carbonaiton and alcohol spice link up for a gin-like bite to close the session with a snap and a zeal. A long aftertaste of lemongrass and freshly shaven spruce close the ale in a classic West Coast demeanor.

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Photo of imnodoctorbut
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from can into pint glass.

A: super hazy, cloudy, golden amber body, and an off-white head with mid-level retention and patchy amounts of lacing, leaving a scattered foam cap across the surface
S: pow-hops. deep caramel malt notes round out the lush tropical citrus hop. earthy grapefruit hop aroma comes through big as you sit with it later
T: follows the nose. dank hop forward with a deep rich caramel malt backbone. lush tropic fruits up front, dry pine and guava tang show up later in the journey
F: solid amount of carbonation. medium-thick body. a slight dry finish with a minimal coating

Overall (personal opinion):
this is one of the more complicated and rewarding "hazy IPA" brews I've had up to this point. it nails the lush tropical fruit mixed with dank hop expectation you'd have when looking at it, but as you sit with it, it blooms into a different jam, the earthy pine springing forward with warmth and bringing the near-lime tang and crisp citrus of the guava with it. the feel of the body barely keeps up appearances with this change, but it sticks the landing.

worth it. get the pack and dive in.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed amber with one finger of cream colored head. Better than average head retention

S: Tropical fruit & grapefruit once warm

T: Mango, grapefruit, green melon & pine up front, just a little dryness. Grapefruit, green melon & lime as this warms. Finishes with plenty of grapefruit, guava & some dryness & lime

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, nice balance

Easy drinker, would certainly buy this again given the chance

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy orang-ish fruit color with a half finger of head. The nose and flavor are as close to fruit juice as possible for something that can still be legitimately called beer. The passion fruit is really noticeable.

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Photo of Juuuuiceeeeeeey
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite DIPA I’ve ever had. Not hazy really and a bit thinner in the mouth than some, but the flavor layers are incredible! Lots of fresh tropical fruit (pineapple/citrus/guava) with enough bitterness to make you come back for another sip. And then... it’s all gone...

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Photo of chinchill
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can with a Valentines Day 2020 canning date.
Pours with a cloudy apricot colored body with a good, durable off-white head.
Slighyly dank and very citrusy aroma. Like the aroma, the flavor has a strong component of fresh squeezed oranges. Sweet up front with a moderately bitter grapefruit aftertaste. Another fine (D)IPA with the winning POG combination, but this one is clearly better than average.
Feel. Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper colored with a very hazy complexion. There’s a fingernail of beige on top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is an intense blend of passion fruit, guava, and citrus. I’m tasting lots of passion fruit, guava, and a touch of citrus. Guava gives the mouth a cooling sensation and it is otherwise smooth.

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Photo of Blogjackets
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super tropical nose upon opening the can. Taste is also citrus forward, but much less pronounced than the nose. I was shocked to see that it is a double. Dangerous crusher of a beer from old stalwarts Stone. Coming on the heels of Viking Space Probe, Stone is on a roll.

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Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1st Review. Thrilled to be 1st review of one of my heroes, Stone. This beer rocks.
a) Apricot burnished hazed body slashing lace as it retreats.
s) Fruit punch with emphasis on guava, passionfruit - the juicy ones with small seeds.
t) Follows the Hawaiian punch theme, perfumed, but with a kaleidoscope of fruit flavors, none of them interfering with this is a DIPA beer.
f) juicy, wine-like, but cleans up nicely - as good as any white or fruity rose wine.
o) Stone finds novelty again.

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Peak Conditions from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 43 ratings