Peak Conditions
Stone Brewing

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,301
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,849
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 8.01%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
80
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Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  5
Gots
  9
SCORE
91
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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: 31 | Ratings: 80 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have some Crowlers for The CANQuest (tm) that I have been meaning to get to & this seems to be an ideal ocCANsion on which to do so. This one was procured at Rieker Bottle Works & refrigerated since.

From the Crowler: "Stone Peak Cond. Hazy Double 8.1%"; "Darn Good Beer".

I am in love with the CANcept, but these Crowlers have one high hurdle - following the Crack!, one must be diligent with regards to the Glug as the vent sits further back on the lid than on other CANs. Why is this an issue? It CAN lead to dribbling, spillage & other unwanted messes! My perseverance led to the formation of just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was Amber to Deep-Amber/Light-Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Who needs haze?!? Nose was redolent with guava & I could feel the juice running across my cheeks as my LBFM & I shared a fruit snack.

During my first visit to Olongapo, Luzon, Philippines, I had a local (ahem!) girlfriend whose claim to fame was her prowess with fruit. She would make her own perfume/body wash/scent with fruit & while she was sticky, she smelled great! We met on the first night & as I was a boxer in CANstant training, my food intake was (mostly) fruit. She sidled up as I was finishing a street-procured mango & offered me a papaya to share! We became insCANt friends & she was my girl for the duration, culminating in her & mama-san making a fruit dress & hat (eat your heart out, Carmen Miranda!) for our final performance.

The smell of guava makes my heart go pitty-pat & such was the case here. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was beautifully tropical fruity, especially oriented towards guava with passionfruit & orange/CANgerine in the mix! 8=O

This was not the mistakenly-sweet Southern Hemisphere-style IPA, either. I was really excited when Cousin (f'rilz, yo!) Colby put me onto Sculpin in Beta in 2001/2002, but once such flavors became the norm, I burned out on them very quickly. Some = good. Too much = too much.

This had a pleasant citrusy bite that, while not exactly hoppy & bitter, was not fruity sweet, either. This, I CAN dig, daddy! Man, drinking through this number really sent me.

Miryam & I became glued together, sometimes literally as a result of the fruit. I would pass her off as my wife & take her shopping (totes verboten!), where we would load up on FF&V (fresh fruit & vegetables) for our evening performance. Nobody cared about our sprees as they were after the black marketeers, not a couple buying perishables. If only they knew. We became a live sex show early on when all of the beds were occupied & our only amorous option was a hammock across the dance floor. Soon, we were stars with lots of people clamoring to get in for the show, all involving FF&V. Ha! I fought my last boxing match there, was interviewed by Stars & Stripes & our last night saw us busted in flagrante delicto as the SPs chased me into the night, starkers. A couple/few weeks after, a beautifully packaged bundle shows up in a plain brown wrapper during mail call. It was my clothes, numerous Polaroids, dried fruits & a heartfelt letter from Miryam & mama-san, both thanking me for everything! 8=O

Back to this beer. Every beer should be so tasty & evocative! I did not miss its not being "hazy" as advertised. I was really enamored of its citrusy-tropical bitterness as opposed to any sweetness that it may have been supposed to evince. Finish was semi-dry, but highly fruity, if that CANputes. It did for me. YMMV.

Aug 15, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap in Meridian ID.

A: Hazed dull gold; minimal head.

S: Hmmm, unique nose. Fruit juice...citrus? Tropical? Unique for sure, can't quite put my finger on exactly what I'm smelling but its juicy and floral and somewhat 'exotic'.

T: More of the same; fruit flesh, orange, tropical, grapefruit...spices? Peach, papaya, mango...pineapple? Apple? Taste buds are struggling to comprehend but that makes for a fun brew in my opinion.

O: Really enjoyed this one more than I thought I would, a good unique offering from Stone.

Jul 08, 2020
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micada from New York

4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very surprised at how good this is. 2020 12 oz can from 02/14/20, so just made the best by date. Poured chilled to an IPA glass. Pours a deep hazy goldenrod orange, with a meandering orange-white head, that leaves tons of lacing. Nose is citrus all day. They talk about the three beers that went into this, none of which was a winner for me. This has a very rich fruitiness, that follows a taste sequence like if you bit into an orange: quick pithy bite first, followed by a full sweet orange juice, with a mellow balance on the back, bringing in the guava and passion fruit. Nice nose. Nose color. Nice carbonation. Crisp. I have it chilled, but maybe a little colder would really make this a quencher. No alcohol burn, no fast buzz. I don’t even want to have it warm up. If you take big swigs, it’s really a party in your mouth. Enough of a swallow, and you almost get an orange Crush vibe. More will be needed!

Jun 09, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 2/14/20, so 3 1/2 months old, tad older than would be preferred.

Looks okay. Deep orange colored body with some reddish notes. Small white head quickly dissipates to a small ring, no lacing.

There is a dull stone fruit aroma.

On tasting, this seems like alcoholic fruit juice. The passion fruit, orange, and guava all come through, leading to an overall bittersweet taste, favoring the bitter side. Hops seem to have faded, which might actually help the balance.

Mouth above medium, finish bittersweet fruit juice.

Overall, more fruit than you would expect from Stone, but it's a good drink nevertheless. (Though more than a couple might be a bit much)

May 30, 2020
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hazy golden orange color. Medium-sized white head with some delicate lacing.
Mostly a tropical fruit aroma. A little citrus and a hint of pine.
Pineapple, orange, and guava taste. Late pine.
Medium-bodied. Very fruity.

May 28, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

May 19, 2020
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Way more fruit forward than anything I've ever had from Stone, I think.

Absolutely loaded with fruit flavors. The pour is a little cloudy and has some particulate in it but I attribute that to the amount of fruit that was added to this beer.

Huge tropical fruit nose.

Flavors line up pretty much with what I was expecting here. Lots of tropical fruit and a slightly bitter hoppiness. Alcohol is very well hidden. This has the potential to be a poolside beer. The 8.1% alcohol content might hurt that aspect a little bit but I can still see myself reaching for this on a hot summer day.

Definitely recommended if you see it. Give it a shot. Stone sort of steps out of their realm a touch here and it seems to be working.

May 01, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Lots of the guava, passion fruit, and orange up front along with some citrusy and tropical hops

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the guava, orange, and passion fruit and then goes into some citrusy hops and moderate bitterness. Finishes with lingering fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good, fruity DIPA that is quite easy to drink. Makes for a good warm weather drinker

Apr 25, 2020
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TheSixthRing from California

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 02/21/20

Appearance - Pours hazy and slightly muddled orange in color with an off-white, near finger width head. Sub-par retention, settling quickly to thin, broken layer of surface suds with a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing; a handful of tiny patches and small spots.

Smell - Juicy, citrusy aroma. Getting a very strong red grapefruit aroma here.

Taste - Follows the nose. Prominent ruby red grapefruit flavor. Yeah. That's basically it.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium-bodied with fair, slightly bitey carbonation. Slick, smooth drinker before a slightly dry finish.

Overall - They added orange, passionfruit and guava to this beer, but to me this tastes like straight up ruby red grapefruit. I really don't taste much else, truth be told.

Apr 21, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Umm... Yeah... Hmm... This is a strange one (kind of like the weird/hot chick in high school that played Magic The Gathering). Like, she is in her own class. And right here, I feel like this beer should be its own style. To me, it’s more than just an IPA or a Hazy one at that. I don’t think grapefruit juice is popular, right? Like, there isn’t a Tropicana or Simply Orange of grapefruit. That being said, try and picture a grapefruit juice company, and then picture them making an “adult version.” Yeah, this is it. Grapefruit first and alcohol second. It’s definitely crushable, but at the end of the day, Raul would prefer the captain of the cheerleading squad over the pale chick with jet black hair.

Peace!

Apr 21, 2020
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber
CA: 02/21/20
EJB: 06/20/20

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice cloudy dark yellow/orangy color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, guava, passion fruit), some diesel like kinda. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, guava, passion fruit), some diesel like kinda, nice little sweetness. 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.

Apr 12, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 2/14/20
Consumed 4/11/20

Pours, as this style often does, a muddy copper with two fingers of pretty off-white head with lotsa lacing. Hop and fruit notes kinda pop outta the glass in a wonderful way; getting lots of ripe, freshly squeezed oranges in particular. Smells fantastic. Taste is mucho citrus as well, though there's a mildly bitter grapefruit vibe to go along with the straight-up alcoholic orange juice. Wonderfully balanced with sweet malts that don't overwhelm. Medium-bodied, as this style ought to be. This is probably the best Stone IPA I've ever had. Certainly in recent memory, anyway.

Apr 12, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours murky orange with a white orange head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has a strong orange aroma that is like a cream sickle. There are some background notes of passionfruit.

Taste: It has a strong orange flavor with noticeable alcohol. There are background notes of passion fruit and mango.

Feel: It has a full body and a creamy texture. The alcohol is a bit hot.

Overall, with the alcohol being hot it is more like a mixed drink than a beer.

Apr 11, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned February 21st, enjoy by June 20th 2020.

It pours a hazy orange gold with a finger of foam, lacing is good.

The added fruits that are touted on the can are sure there in the smell. Passionfruit, orange, guava. Really delightful aromas with a low dankness level. No onions. :)

The flavours are just a tad less impressive but still quite good. Passionfruit, orange and guava are there, a little more dank than the smell, still no onions though. I'll just leave it at the taste is less refined than the smell.

Good mouthfeel, alcohol is not a factor.

It will be easy to sip on the rest of the 6pack.

Apr 09, 2020
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flagmantho from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Apr 04, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Apr 03, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +1%
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

Apr 02, 2020
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Apr 02, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev 0%
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.

Mar 30, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Mar 29, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Mar 25, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Mar 22, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Mar 20, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Mar 19, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Mar 18, 2020
Peak Conditions from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 80 ratings