Soaring Dragon
Stone Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
3.91 | pDev: 6.91%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: A few of our brewers took a side trip to the famous Tianshan Tea City market to experience the legend themselves. They were blown away. Inspired, they began experimenting back home, learning how well the delicate, floral qualities of these teas worked in combination with certain hop varieties. This imperial IPA loaded with White Tea is the result of that bountiful trip and the resulting experimentation. The amazing aromas and flavor profile of this beer are witness to the joy of experimentation and a testament to making time for side trips.
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RyanK252 from California

4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Floral, grassy, slightly resinous herbal notes, citrus, stone fruit, underlying tropical fruit, bready malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Floral, herbal, grassy, definitely getting a nice touch of tea, stone fruit, apricot and peach, citrus, lemon, orange, and a hint of grapefruit, tropical notes, papaya, pineapple, mango, and passion fruit, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I'm usually more of a coffee fan than tea so I wasn't sure how much I was gonna like this one, but I gotta say, everything comes together quite nicely. This is the kind of beer I've been wanting Stone to put out for the last few years. They get to satisfy their Loral obsession, but actually be somewhat adventurous with it.

Feb 03, 2021
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mactrail from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow brew with modest foam in the Chimay chalice. Sharp and alcohol tasting. Doesn't smell like much at first, but nose is earthy and perfumey. White tea is virtually tasteless in my experience, so the aromatics are important. There is some bitterness but hops are in the background.

Sweet and herbal flavors, even a little woody in the finish. Fruity hints of melon and canned peaches. This is quite sippable, though the candy taste gets a little tiresome. But an interesting concept in flavoring beer. From the 12 oz bottle.

Jan 27, 2021
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brewerburgundy from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, tulip, bottled 10/27/20.

Rather iced green tea-like appearance with a rushing whitish head.

Earthy and green like a garden. Definitely notes of tea. Herbal and floral.

Bitter orange oil, earl grey, green twig, lemongrass. It has a nice stiff orange pith bitterness.

Nice medium body leaning toward slick with scrubbing carbonation. It’s also dry.

West coast style with an interesting twist.

Jan 24, 2021
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Beer has an deep amber color and is somewhat hazy. Decent retention and lacing, about a finger's worth of head.

Aroma: pretty sweet, tropical, and citrusy. Notes of pear, white grapes, melon, papaya, mango, pineapple, peach, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, honeysuckle, a little bit of vanilla, sweet caramel malt, and of course tea leaves.

Tea flavor is very faint and vague, otherwise primarily citrusy. Tasting some stone fruit and raspberries, and mainly tasting grapefruit and other citrus notes. There is a slight sweet presence from all the notes mentioned in the aroma, but isn't too prominent. Body is medium-light.

Dec 21, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a pinky of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Mango & leafy hops, grapefruit late

T: Mango, pine, grapefruit, dryness & leafy hops up front. More mango as this warms, cakeyness, leafy hops & a little white pepper as this warms. Finishes dry, with grapefruit, a & little spicy pepper

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, nice balance

An okay DIPA from a brewery that seems making just okay beers these days. I would happily drink this, but wouldn't seek it out

Dec 20, 2020
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MrOH from Malta

4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold with a chill haze, dense white head, good retention, nice lace
Peach, mango, a bit of dank aroma
Mango flavor, a bit of bread, a hint of tea
Medium bodied with good carbonation
I like it, not that much in the way of tea

Dec 17, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 10-27-20, best by 2-24-21. Opened 12-4-20.
2 finger dense and off-white head, great retention.
Golden and slightly hazy to start. Thick, clinging lacing.
Earthy and fruity hops. Delicate nose, some weedy notes and dried orange peel.
Leafy, herbal, coconut, earthy, I feel like I can taste the white tea or is it just subliminal...? Good regardless.
Bright entry/mouthfeel. Medium-minus body, appropriate carbonation.
Unique, nice surprise, big fan.
Very Good to Outstanding.

Dec 05, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i have long loved tea in hoppy beers, and i think stone has done a really nice job designing this one, its bitter but not brutally so, especially by stone standards, and the tea flavors the beer almost as much as the hops, adding some bitterness of its own but also extremely compatible floral notes, this really is synergistic and good, sneaky strong too, it drinks easy for its strength, so look out. a little deeper color to this one and very heady in the glass, lots of tiny micro bubbles amassing a high white head, good looking brew with just a touch of frosted haze to it. aroma and flavor are highly herbal, i get dried flowers, a light honey note, jasmine, and the white tea, which is distinctive and obvious here, a really cool fit with these hops. i pick up more and more as it warms too, elderflower, coconut milk, a bit more grain richness, and rising bitterness. its all real fresh and bold, super unique, i love how forward the tea is in here, how bubbly this drinks, and how clean the fermentation is. this is real high quality overall, and if you like tea at all, you will likely love this. i think its a great match with whatever these hops are specifically, and on the whole this is super well planned and executed, one of the better stone beers in recent memory for me, i wish there was more than a single bottle in this holiday mix pack!

Nov 24, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a can of this beer off the single shelf from a beer store in LaCrosse, WI. It poured a slightly hazy yellow with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had earth, potpourri, tea and pine notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with earth and chai flavor. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.

Nov 15, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a relatively light, clear, bright orange-yellow color with a sticky white head. SRM of 8. (3.75)

Aroma: Upfront there is strong aromas of pear, lychee, green grape, lemonflower and stonefruit. Hints of tropical melon.
Floral lemon lychee stonefruit. Some of the lychee and lemonflower linger in the background. Nice aromas. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavors are slightly more muted. There's some bitter raspberry, lychee, and stonefruit. The fruit sort of falls off the middle into a candied sweetness in the middle. My can is old so I suspect this is from some of the oxidation. Some floral tea and flower off the end to dry it out. (3.50)

Feel: Body is medium, but not to heavy for an imperial. Carbonation is low to medium. Finishes with a flowery astringency on the palate. (3.50)

Overall: A pretty good and unique IPA with the white tea. Nice lychee, stonefruit, and bitter white tea/flower. Can detect it off of the backend of the flavor. The alcohol is nice at 8% for an imperial IPA. Flavors are somewhat muted, but my can was old so it's hard to say what could have been there. I suspect there was more when this was fresh. (Rating for now 3.63)

Oct 07, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Ölrepubliken in Gothenburg.

Pours a semi clear amber with fine, soft head.

Smell is fruity and floral with notes of pine, citrus, wheat dough and green and white tea.

Taste is fruity and floral with notes of ice tea, peach, citrus, pine and white tea. Moderate bitterness, and very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, sticky and well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice IPA where the tea is very noticeable.

Aug 29, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a quarter inch of of creamy eggshell white on top. Heavy lacing. I smell piney hops and white tea. I’m tasting piney to grassy hops and white tea. The mouth is sticky and dry.

Jul 27, 2020
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a tulip glass. RVA 03/23/20. Enjoy by 07/21/20 08:49.

Appearance: Mostly clear (tiny bit of haze) golden yellow with a hint of amber to it. Persistent thin white head with lots and lots of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Tropical fruit and on the swirl a floral/herbal/solventy smell which I assume is the white tea. Very interesting.

Taste: Tropical fruit and herbal notes up front, bready/caramel sweet malt for balance, then a light bitter finish that is a tiny-bit tea-like. It's not like brewed tea, but it certainly has an aspect of fresh-brewed unsweetened tea at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness and quite smooth. A little bit sticky. Light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Certainly an enjoyable DIPA with an interesting flavor and aroma profile. Because I've never smelled white tea leaves I couldn't tell you if I'm smelling it or not, but I do recognize something in this beer that isn't the massive level of hops that Stone typically puts in its DIPAs. Certainly very interesting but I find I only want one per evening. I had this with a BLT sandwich and it was an ok pairing - may need to try some other food to see what this works with.

Jul 11, 2020
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz can into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with a slight copper/amber hue when the light hits it. Has lots of streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continually rising to the beer's surface. Has a nice, creamy looking white head that's about half an inch thick when first poured. Settles to a very thick ring lining the inside of the glass with some nice cluster swirls of film layer surface foam. Very nice lacing here too. Aromas of some biscuity malts, tea, and floral and piney hops are all nicely present here. The flavor profile is very similar, with some biscuity malts with a bit of caramel sweetness upfront that gives way to some piney and floral hop notes with a refined bitter character that's accompanied nicely by the tea notes. The tea really adds something and fits hand in hand with the malt and hop profiles excellently here. Has a crisp, slightly oily/resinous, also smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This one really coats the inside of my mouth too. Has a dry finish and aftertaste along with all the aforementioned flavors that really like to linger on my palate nicely after each sip. Stone does it again with another truly excellent Double IPA!


Jun 01, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 4/2/20, so closing in on 2 months old.

Looks excellent in the glass. Crystal clear bright golden yellow body with good streams of carbonation. Good white head persists in some form throughout, leaving some nice lacing.

There is a faint mustiness on the nose, but nothing else.

On tasting, it's quite sweet. There is a faint hop bite, but it doesn't hang around. The tea notes come in right at the end.

Mouth between medium and full, finish a bittersweet mix with a hint of tea.

Overall, my review is a bit all over the place, but then so is this beer. It's not unpleasant, and the tea is an interesting touch. Drinks lighter than its abv would suggest.

May 30, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a large, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of tea, herbal notes and caramel. Earthy and herbal tasting with a subtle citrus bite and sweet caramel backbone.

May 25, 2020
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet: color is gold, transparent, head is bright white with fine bubbles and presents 1 finger thick and dissipates to thin top with lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is light malt, hops with notes of spruce or maybe cedar, herbal but nothing really 'tea' like, but still enticing.

Taste follows with great spruce/cedar, herbal, woodsy like character - the tea like note presents as you go from drinking to swallowing - very subtle but just a different presence than the clean ipa base.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, solid bitterness, light sweetness, then drying.

Overall a very good DIPA with pleasant hop aromas and flavor, tea qualities seem limited.

May 25, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice crisp imperial IPA from a solid San Diego brewery. “Canned 4/1/20, Enjoy By 7/30/20” printed on can. Pours a slightly darker golden color with some fluffy white head and smaller soapy sheets of lacing. Smells of crisp orange, grapefruit, pineapple and maybe a little floral hops. Also some malt, vanilla, bread and caramel. Taste follows the nose, great balance and quite flavorful. The higher ABV was well hidden. I just didn’t taste any of the tea or tannins. Smooth, crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation. It was very enjoyable out in the hot sun.

May 25, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden with a frothy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind some head and lacing - crystal clear clarity.
S - Notes of tea and piney hops as well as floral notes - smell is somewhat faint
T - Clean and crisp throughout - floral notes up front as well as some herbal tea followed by piney, bitter hops
F - Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Light, crisp, refreshing
O - A nice clean, crisp, refreshing, hoppy IPA

May 24, 2020
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning and enjoy by dates printed on the bottom. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The dense, one finger, bone white head stays around for a while and leaves behind a lot of lacing that covers the whole glass beautifully. It's a hazy gold color.

Smell: It's a beautiful aroma that starts off with a strong, herbal tea note. That's followed by some fruity peach and lemon. It finishes with a pleasant floral scent.

Taste: The strong tea note translates into the palate where it's the first thing that comes up. The fruity and floral flavors are there too with grapefruit, papaya and a touch of honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It's medium bodied, pillowy and moderately creamy with medium carbonation.

Overall: A beautiful beer in both aroma and flavor that's a pleasure to drink. Very delicate and easy going but with a lot of character and complexity. it's great to see big names in the craft beer world like Stone still bringing out interesting and "out there" offerings that don't rely con crazy adjuncts or anything weird.

May 21, 2020
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Glass: Clear 16-oz. Bruges beer glass
Price: $2.50
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Purchased: April 24, 2020
Consumed: April 29, 2020
Misc.: Canned on April 1, 2020; Enjoy by July 30, 2020

Had Rachel pick this for me on a recent Coronvirus trip to Trader Joe’s. Online description read, “A few of our brewers took a side trip to the famous Tianshan Tea City market to experience the legend themselves. They were blown away. Inspired, they began experimenting back home, learning how well the delicate, floral qualities of these teas worked in combination with certain hop varieties. This imperial IPA loaded with White Tea is the result of that bountiful trip and the resulting experimentation. The amazing aromas and flavor profile of this beer are witness to the joy of experimentation and a testament to making time for side trips.” Mentioned hops were Citra and Loral.

Poured a dark gold-to-light amber semi-clear color with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Plenty of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass - fast up the center and slower up the sides. World-class uneven foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled tea, herbal, lemon, menthol cough drops, honey, stone fruit, peach, apricot, floral, sappy pine and mango. Much of the same from the can, but got some Citra too. Very interesting. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was about the same as the nose, maybe not quite as good. In order got herbal, tea, lemon, honey, black pepper, cinnamon, bitter grapefruit rind, papaya, mango, stone fruit, peach, apricot, sappy pine, mint and grass. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, dry finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Maybe overrated this just a bit, but very good overall. Glad I got to try this. (Overall - 3.75)

3.80 | 86 | B+

May 21, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can from Hops and Bottles. Cloudy golden with small foamy head, streaky lacing. Aroma is citrus, grassy, floral. Not getting any dank notes mentioned by other reviewers, a bit of a funky edge though. Taste is mildly sweet, malty, floral and a dry tea presence. Does not come across as a DIPA.

May 19, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned April 1st 2020.

It pours a clear pale gold with heaps of foam, lacing is fine.

Smells dank as hell. Tropical fruit, grapefruit, onions. Bitter nose overall.

Dank taste as well though the onion factor is somewhat dialed down. Grapefruit, tropical fruit, some sweetness, actually not that bitter.

High end of medium bodied, pretty good mouthfeel.

Oops, more of that onion flavour coming through the more sips I take.

Not the easiest beer to drink for me.

May 18, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice clarity with dark gold and bright white creamy dense lacing.

S - Lemon, citrus, and tea leaves on the nose.

T - Juicy lemon, citrus, and white tea from start to finish.

M - Big medium body.

O - Unique. You'll dig this beer if you like tea. I don't like tea. What more can I say? ;o)

May 16, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone Brewing "Soaring Dragon"
12 fl. oz. can coded "RVA 04/02/20 EJBY 07/31/20 13:14" and sampled on 05/14/20
$3.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what do we have here? It appears to be made with white tea. Hmmm. I've never found white tea to have that much flavor at all so that seems a bit weird to me, but OK. It's poured a mostly clear deep golden colored body beneath an inch and a quarter of fluffy off-white foam. The aroma is floral, slightly woody like cedar, herbal like dull eucalyptus, and subtly citrusy. The taste brings a fair amount of grainy malt into play, and there's a much stronger lemony note to it as well as a dusting of white pepper. As noted, being familiar with white tea I don't believe anyone can pick that out but maybe I'm wrong. The head has dropped at this point but there's still a pretty good surface covering and the lacing is made up of broken sheets. Back to the taste, I'm finding a lot of the cedar-eucalyptus- pepper upfront although everything else is still there, and it continues straight through to the long-lingering finish where the lemon pops up again. It's a really interesting beer. I'm even getting some dark fruit from it with some dark berries and plum. Some sage as well. Oddly, it's not that bitter although it kind of seems like it is because of the woodiness and spice. Ahh, and let's not forget the alcohol! It's only 8% but that must be helping it to dry in the finish. Perhaps the tea has left us some tannins as well. Yeah, I'm liking this. There's a whole lot to it and it seems to change as you progress through it. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently effervescent and crisp. So what to say about this beer? Who knows? I can only judge it hedonistically as it's quite original. I think it's very well made with a great mouthfeel that matches the spiciness, and very good head retention and lacing. The aroma isn't its strong point but it's good enough, and the flavor more than makes up for that - if it's something you enjoy. I have a feeling that this might be a "love it or hate it" beer.
Review #7,012

May 14, 2020
Soaring Dragon from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 97 ratings