Tiki Escape IPA
Stone Brewing

Tiki Escape IPATiki Escape IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #2,027
Ranked #14,197
3.95 | pDev: 6.33%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Very Good
Tiki Escape IPATiki Escape IPA
Notes: While this beer is not a fruit-added IPA, our beloved hops can achieve sublime levels of fruity flavor and aroma all on their own. This beer combines the tropical, complex and much-loved Mosaic hops with an intriguing newcomer, Sabro, and its notes of stone fruit & coconut. This is a beer for your evening’s staycation - a refreshing new perspective on something familiar.
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits. Taste is pine, tropical fruits, moderate to heavy bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall it ain't bad, but the flavors just seemed a bit off to me.

Jan 24, 2021
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a teku glass from the bottle.

Appearance: translucent darker gold color with medium bubbles to the body creating a white head rising a subtle quarter of a finger's length off the body.

Smell: Malty aroma which comes off a bit bland. But has a sweetness to the smell.

taste: Mango and dried peaches. Hints of orange zest and lightly malty.

Mouth: Medium to full carbonation. Semi sticky. But overall thirst quenching leaving the palate a bit dry.

Overall: Descent brew, more of a summer IPA. Always in a glass, salud!

Jan 22, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a 90% clear, deep orange color with a strong, lacy head. SRM of 11-12. (3.75)

Aroma: Huge aromas of green tropical fruit. There is green tropical fruit. tangerine, kiwi, guava, green melon, followed by a strong stonefruit. Even slight coconut. (4.00)

Flavor: Upfront there is huge green tropical fruit. Stonefruit, kiwi, guava, tropical green melon. Very juicy and sweet, but flavorful too. Maybe some light coconut, but I'm not getting much. Hints of cinnamon even. (4.00)

Feel: Medium to heavier bodied. Moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel which is nice. Soft on the palate and finishes creamy and smooth. (4.25)

Compared to New Belgium's Higher Plane IPA 12/22/20: Pours a slightly darker color. Much stronger and jucier. More green tropical fruit, stonefruit, flavor all-around. Less herbs.

Overall: An actually delicious and fruity craftwork from Stone. Nice green tropical and stonefruit flavors. Very light on the coconut, and hardly detectable. Strong aromas, flavorful, finishes sweet as expected, but with less bitterness than is usual for Stone. The green citrus even gives way to hints of cinnamon which I appreciated. Big, candied, and fruity at 7.5% (Final Rating: 4.01)

Dec 23, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love being a regular at the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS) here in Lancaster, PA! The owner knows that I am working some insane hours (ten per day, six days per week) & sets one of each new CAN aside for me as well as those bottles (gasp!) that he thinks might have appeal to me. This one was apparently only available in a mixed-12 pack & broken open to parcel out to the regulars. Yay!

From the Bottle (gasp!): "Tiki Escape IPA w/Sabro & Mosaic"; "A Getaway in a Glass"; "Based on the name, it's fair to assume this beer is loaded with exotic tropical fruits, right? Yes, and no. While this beer is not a fruit-added IPA, our beloved hops can achieve sublime levels of fruity flavor and aroma all on their own. This beer combines the tropical, complex and much-loved Mosaic hops with an intriguing newcomer, Sabro, and its notes of stone fruit & coconut. This is a beer for your evening’s staycation - a refreshing new perspective on something familiar."

I was feeling more curious than usual as I Pop!ped off the cap on this Bottle (eek!), given the preceding verbiage. Once accomplished, I proceeded with a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. It foamed beautifully of its own accord to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white had with excellent retention. Color was a gorgeous 24-carat solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity, leading to a visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus, all clamoring for a taste. Nose was less Sabro than the now-familiar tropical fruitiness of Mosaic, but I refused to give up hope, since Stone is famous for knowing what they are doing. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, solid on the tongue & in the mouth, but never quite achieving creaminess. The taste was definitely tropical fruit with coconut in the mix! 8=O I still did not get anything that made me think of "stone fruit", but there was also a much-welcomed bitterness to this one, which was something that was sorely lacking for a long time in Southern Hemisphere IPAs, IMHO. This bitterness led to a semi-dry to dry finish. As far as my "evening's staycation" goes, I am an essential Postal Service worker on the night shift so I am going s**t-for-nowhere + my evenings are spent sifting though packages of mail! It's the thought that counts though, right? YMMV.

Nov 29, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a slightly hazy pale gold color with a one-finger foamy white head that has great retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- the aroma is more piney hops than tropical, which is surprising given the hops that were used. There are some coconut and pineapple undertones, as well as some toasted malt

T- the Sabro come through more in taste, with a definite coconut note up front, followed by some mango, pineapple and tangerine. Mid-palate gives a hint of woody cedar before finishing with some toasted malt, with more coconut and pineapple on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes slightly creamy

O- two or my favorite hops certainly makes for a tropical experience

Nov 16, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has tropical fruits and hop hints
The taste follows the nose with a nice tropical fruit and hop flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A good IPA

Sep 12, 2020
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izraelc from New York

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

Pours a almost clear gold. Low foam. Mild aroma. Not a whole lot of fruity flavor. Mostly hops. Bitter hop finish. Aggressive. Not my favorite from Stone.

Aug 31, 2020
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone sampler copped from Joe Canals in Parsippany. Pours an apricot hue with impressive frothing. Mild to moderate aroma replete with notes of coconut and vanilla. Hoppy flavor profile with a bitter front and sweet finish. Not bad.

Aug 23, 2020
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always wonder if breweries take an existing beer recipe and just take out elements to create a new offering - case in point Tiki Escape. Right off the bat - truth be known I love this beer cuz of its label and name. A little shallow I know but hey I am a sucker for anything tiki. The taste on this is mellow and light so I am guessing they just used the flagship Stone IPA and reduced the bittering hops to create this beer. That being said it tastes like a hop neutered version of Stone IPA. It has a very malty base with very little hop bite IMO. Kudos for hiding the alcohol - there is very little alcohol burn so the 7.7% abv is not noticeable. It's classified as an American IPA so not much west coast citrus going on - I'd say this is akin to a Dogfish Head 60min IPA. Lots of butterscotch notes and caramel flavors straight out the gate. Aroma is pretty much the same as the flavor. Not a bad IPA but I just wish it was more tropical with the flavor profile to match the name.

Aug 23, 2020
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MrOH from Malta

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear brownish-yellow, thin white head, good retention and lace.
Coconut, mango, a little pineapple, a touch of pine and berries
Coconut, pine, generic tropical fruits.
Medium-light bodied, well carbonated.
Well enough made, not my jam

Aug 18, 2020
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ramseye4 from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy and hazy with a head that rapidly fades but leaves some pretty lace behind.

Smell is a bit underwhelming. Mild citrus hops that are fairly weak, especially compared to the tropical paradise the beer presents itself as. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t stand out.

Taste delivers more than the aroma promises. A volley of tropical citrus hops hits up front, with some slight bitterness bringing in the rear complemented by an ever growing citrus taste. This tastes great. It’s not an overpowering hop bomb, it’s more subtle, but the flavors blend together nicely. Unbelievably drinkable for a beer that is nearly 8 percent ABV. This is a dangerous one.

Mouthfeel pops and is a. It oily.

Overall it’s worth picking up. It’s a subtly complex citrus forward beer that is dangerously easy to drink.

Aug 13, 2020
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is straw, head is off white with fine bubbles, head presents 1.5 fingers thick with white color, some spotty lacing, thin solid top.

Smell is tropical fruit blend with touch of coconut, noted fruits include apricot, pineapple, grapefruit pith, tangerine, maybe some peach and light biscuit malt.

Taste follows with notable tropical fruit flavors - big stone and tropical fruit juice blend, touch of coconut, milt herbal and light spice component.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, lower sweetness, moderate bitterness and slow drying.

Overall this is a great IPA with balance in the sabro/mosaic hop mix - has the subtle hop notes in aroma and flavor but still provides Stone like bitterness.

Aug 13, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a rather clear, lightly tinted copper beverage. There's not much lasting head, no glass lacing. An unusual aroma meets the nose and it may not be for me. That carries into the taste. I don't find much needed malts and the hops are unfamiliar and a bit offsetting. A quick word to describe it would be stale tasting, even though it's not. The best I can say about this mess is that the 7.5 % ABV is well disguised. I still think very highly of Stone and I appreciate pushing the boundaries of taste in beer. I'm sorry this doesn't work for me.

Aug 01, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding clear, golden amber body; excellent carbonation; thick and creamy white head with sticky sheets of foam coating the glass. Nice fresh aroma with a fruity character and light cereal grain. The taste follows along the lines of the smell with the addition of a tasty, balanced hop bitterness; mildly sweet with a bread crust undertone. Medium body; crisp and semi-dry.

This one the third of three Stone beers a neighbor shared with me. The first two were straight from the bottle, and I thought they were decent. Now, if they would be anything like this Stone IPA in a glass, I probably did them a disservice with lower than deserved ratings. This particular beer is fine all across the spectrum. Tasty, balanced, and decently complex. Very fine...

Aug 01, 2020
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2beerdogs from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No discernible date although it is marked with "Enjoy Fresh."
Pours amber tinged golden orange. Fluffy white head is strong at first then slowly recedes to a half finger. Nice retention and some scattered lacing.
Smell is a tempting mix that starts off with a smooth orange sweetness that gently carries notes of coconut. Then it moves to more of a tropical melange: citrus goes a little pithy, mango, papa, and grass.
Flavors follow the nose well. A lot going on. Begins with tropical notes first, then moves to citrus and coconut on the back end. Citrus is orange, tangerine, and a hint of zesty grapefruit. Some pineapple peaks in, as does a hint of peach or nectarine.
Mouthfeel is great for style.
Overall, a solid summer beer.

Jul 26, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seemed like a no brainer since Stone's IPA rep still top notch and mosaic hops are an all time favorite for me. I think tiki masks look cool as a bonus. Definitely starts tropical and you get a subtle whiff of coconut and stonefruit along with citrus and papaya. The head is outstanding and dissipates only after several minutes.

The flavor is a nice melange of those same tropical fruit notes and a solid caramel backbone paced all the way with herbal and citrus hops. The sabro flavors give extra complexity to the finish but the mosaic is still the top dog. This is another solid twist on the IPA for the boys from Escondido.

Jul 25, 2020
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with a frothy off white head that hangs around.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruit with earthy undertones.

Bitter citrus followed by mango and star fruit notes ending with bitter herb.

Jul 18, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

25th review. Escape indeed. Stone is a favorite brewer but this one is "also-ran" for me, I suppose I'm not a fan of Sabro/coconut.
a) Strong amber clear body sporting energetic, lacing head.
s) Mango, coconut, peach.
t) Follows the smell, a bit more tart pineapple, then more green-ness, grass, coconut, peach /apricot. It's layered.
Must let this warm.
f) Solid, mid-weight.
o) Strong food beer, better at cask temp. Well made, just slightly off the coconut for me.

Jul 15, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

my favorite beer in the new tiki pack, an ipa i have not seen from these guys before and frankly one of the best i can remember from them in years. i could swear it has coconut in it, maybe a pinch of pineapple too, its to tropical, hard to believe its all hops, but they claim it is. mosaic and sabro, amazing what they do together in this, and its awesome that the beer is so full of character, so distinctive, and yet so drinkable, it drinks way lighter than its listed abv too, man you could easily get in trouble with these on a hot friday afternoon! just a little haze here, an inch of white head from the bottle, and a pale orange color to it, lots of bubbles. fresh coconut to me seems obvious in nose and taste, and while i can get the mosaic isolated, the sabro does something new in this. notes of pineapple juice, mandarin oranges, and lemongrass here too, this really is vacation in a bottle, and the graphics fit it perfectly well, further entrenching the island vibes. high carbonation, raw coconut flesh through the whole thing, a hint of honey from the malt but a dry finish on it, and because its a stone ipa, its got some bitterness to finish, despite the obvious robust dry hopping leading the way. really delicious stuff here, they should make this a full timer, super modern but also really well refined and balanced. i loved this one and look forward to my next!

Jul 10, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Translucent orangey-gold, with moderate white head, that leaves a 1/8" ring, & a thin surface sheet.

Smell is mild pine, melon, and tropical fruit mix, with a slight (coconut?) sweetness.

Taste is pine and tangerine rind, followed by pear, melon, sweet apple, finishing with moderate, biting bitterness.

Feel is medium, and smooth, with moderate very, very fine carbonation.

Overall, decent combo IPA, that mixes old-school piney, with the newer fruity sort.

Jul 05, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light copper colored with excellent clarity. There’s an inch of tightly packed, dense off white on top. Moderate soapy lacing. There’s some tangerine and faint green vegetables in the nose. I’m tasting melon and some orange at the back of the palate. The mouth is resinous and sticky.

Jun 27, 2020
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HopHippie from Wisconsin

4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

T: Dark golden, good frothy white head.
S: Pine with some tropical citrus.
T: Doesn't taste as bitter as it smells, tropical citrus with some coconut and hints of pineapple.
F: A little dry but feels good and refreshing.
O: A surprisingly good tropical IPA, good fruit flavors and a little bit of coconut.

Jun 25, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a an English pint. Clear golden yellow color with good white head and lacing. Strong citrus smell and taste. Orange and grapefruit. Clean, crisp feel. Overall good beer.

Jun 23, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with a finger of beige head. Sheets of lacing & good head retention

S: Tropical fruits aplenty

T: Pomelo, green melon & pineapple, plus a little dryness up front. Green melon, white grape, and more pomelo as this warms. Finishes dry with green melon, pomelo & some green apple, some coconut on the edges

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, nice balance

Easy to drink, a solid take on the tropical IPA

Jun 20, 2020
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Melon rind? Not much aroma.

Taste: Mild sweetness, melon fruit, coconut, some graininess, mild to low bitterness.

Overall: Second beer from the Tiki mix pack. This one had me stumped, could not place the flavor until I read the bottle and said "yes, that's coconut". Interesting and different flavor but not one I'm too excited about.

Jun 14, 2020
Tiki Escape IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 100 ratings