Imperial Star Fawker
Stone Brewing

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,221
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,053
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 7.2%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
73
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Stone Imperial Star Fawker Hazy IPA is loaded with Rakau & Citra hops for an intense blast of stonefruit and citrus flavors. And the aroma on this one is massive. As in, you-can-smell-the-hops-from-space massive.

This hazy double IPA is a follow up mission to Stone Viking Space Probe Hazy Double IPA, which also originally launched from Stone Brewing - Napa.

STYLE: Double IPA
ABV: 9%
IBUs: 75
AVAILABILITY: Nationwide
Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours a murky orange color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a film on top

S- citrus-forward nose with notes of orange juice and grapefruit zest, followed by mango and peach. Undertones of pine and bready malt

S- tropical hops up front with notes of mango and green melon, quickly followed by a sharp zesty citrus note of grapefruit. Undertones of lemon and pine, with more grapefruit zest on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy finish

Today at 02:36 AM
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow gold in color with a hazy complexion. There’s a fingernail of creamy off white on top. The aroma is of citrus, lemon, and lime. I’m tasting lime, lemon, and overripe pineapple. The mouth is resinous and dry.

Yesterday at 03:49 AM
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Nass from Florida

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is golden yellow. The taste is papaya, mango, & grapefruit. It's a bitter hazy IPA but coming from Stone that should be expected, very good hazy. Cheers!

Friday at 05:53 AM
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I got a can of this beer off the single shelf from a beer store in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. It poured a hazy orangish with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had dank stone and apricot notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with dank stone fruit start that turned fruit peel bitter with heavy booze. The mouthfeel was fuller in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

Sep 12, 2021
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip. A good 1.5 months before it's listed 'best by'.

L: Hazed medium golden pour with massive foamy white head. Great retention/lacing.

S: Rich and malty... citrus and a bit of stale hops. A little pine mixed in.

T.F: Semi-sweet and malty. Bready with toasted grains, pine, and rind. Some citrus/fruit and spice. Medium bodied... sticky on the tongue. Modest bitterness for a Stone offering. Malt/hop finish. A little boozy.

O: Big and a little boozy. More malt than expected, and not your typical Imperial New England with more pine/spice to go with the fruit. Good but not great.

Sep 07, 2021
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nicely hazy golden color with an off white head that is fairly dense and creamy and provides ample lacing. A really nice looking hazy, IMHO. The nose is heavy on the citrus, with juicy tangerine notes most prominent, and there’s a significant apricot aroma as well.

The apricot is very forward on the taste, with the tangerine in the background for balance. That usually doesn’t happen (with the citrus in the background to the stone fruit) in my experience, but Stone did it exceptionally well with this hop bill.

The mouthfeel is substantial and in line with hazy expectations. I think they did a fabulous job with this beer.

Sep 05, 2021
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S: Citrus and tropical fruit up front along with a lighter stone fruit and earthy undertones

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of stone fruit and tropical fruit, then picks up the citrus. Moderate bitterness. Finishes with lingering citrus

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Super drinkable for 9%. Definitely feels more like 7. Fairly standard hazy fare, otherwise

Aug 30, 2021
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Head retention could use improvement. Body and lacing are nice.

The nose is a pleasant enough melange of citrus, tropical, and herbal tones, but it's quite restrained and reveals little.

More bitter than you'd expect from a NE-style (or "Hazy IPA" as Stone uses here, which I suppose doesn't automatically connote low IBU), but it's quite welcome here - especially from Stone, notorious for bitterness. There's a very fresh grapefruit rind kind of bitterness present throughout, as well as mild-to-moderate resinous tones. Additional notes of peach, melon, and tangerine.

Smooth on the palate with a lovely enough liveliness, especially given the 9% ABV.

This beer brings absolutely nothing new to the table. It's not new, it's not unique, it's not game-changing. It's really damn good, though, and I'm certainly not regretting the purchase of a six pack.

Aug 28, 2021
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazed gold. Modest head but it lingers fairly well and the lacing is decent.

Strong aromas and they are the ones advertised. Plenty of grapefruit, nectarine, apricot, and a bit of mango and lemon.

Honey-ish peach, pineapple and mango on the tip of the tongue. The mid-palate is striking, with a whallop of grapefruit mixed with white stone fruit. The finish brings citrus pith and zest and a touch of booze. Overall, this skews fairly bitter for the style. A bit more sweetness at the start would help.

Remarkably well carbonated and the bitterness coupled with the booze delivers a fairly long drying finish.

Rated strictly to style, it's probably too bitter, but it's tough to complain, because that makes it very drinkable for the ABV level, especially with all of the flavor happening. The last few Stone IPA's I've tried have presented more variety than had become the norm, and this one has distinct flavors and a really nice aroma versus others.

Aug 21, 2021
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy, minimal head
S-strong hops
T-Alcohol is present and it knocks this beer down for me
M-Average body
O-A miss by my standards for stone, and the Stone hazy bar set by Viking Space Probe

Aug 19, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It smells so much like grapefruit.  It has sweetness in it's scent as well.  It smells really good.

The acidic citrus is the first thing I taste but it's quickly accompanied by strong bitterness.  There is sweetness in the background but it's almost drown out by the other bold flavors.

It's medium bodied with a light carbonation.  The finish starts fruity and then has a long bitterness that lasts.

Overall this one is really something.  A fantastic IPA with a lot going on.  I give it a 5.3 out of 6.

Aug 18, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dirty light copper color with a finger of head. The nose has notes of overripened tropical fruits. Tropical and citrus notes abound in the flavor profile. The finish is slightly dry and mildly bitter. The body is hearty for the style.

Aug 18, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours very hazy orange-yellow color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of tropical fruits of tangerine, mango and pineapple mixed with some aromas of orange juice and a little bit of lemon and grapefruit. Along with these smells comes a good showing of breadiness as well as some notes of pine and herbal hop. Rounding it all out is a touch of hay and must, giving a sweet and fruity, but somewhat heavy aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a strong tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, and papaya) and orange juice taste mixed with some herbal and raw hop flavors. There is some grapefruit upfront, which grows stronger as the taste advances. At the same time, much more herb and pine come to the tongue, while some of the sweetness fades a bit. Toward the end, flavors of hay and some grass, as well as more dank hop tastes hit the tastebuds, leaving one with a citrus/tropical sweet, but nice and raw hopped up taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the style of the brew the feel is good and makes for a rather nice flavor enhancing media, allowing for the variety of fruit and hop tastes to be well appreciated.
Overall – As would be expected another good IPA from Stone. Big and approachable with a nice blend of hop and fruit, and a whole lot of flavor flavor!!!

Aug 17, 2021
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gooddaydiablo from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look: bright hazy orange

smell: peachy, mango

taste: pretty peachy, also some pineapple, grapefruit peel, very intense tropical flavor

feel: smooth, easy going, medium body, after taste is a little dry and bitter with a hint of sweet

overall: awesome neipa from stone this is! cheers!

Aug 14, 2021
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RyanK252 from California

3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

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

S: Mix of almost over ripe orchard, citrus, and tropical fruit, quickly met with resinous pine and slightly spicy herbal notes, plenty of bready malt, and almost toffee like sweetness.

T: Solid wall of bitterness hits first, resinous pine, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and orange, followed by tropical and orchard fruit, big pear, peach, apricot, mango, passion fruit, papaya, pineapple, and a touch of melon and plum, subtle spicy earthy herbal notes, hints of Southern Hem diesel, bready malt, faint wheat twang, and some almost dark sugar like sweetness.

M: A bit on the fuller side of medium body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: First things first, this one drinks more like an unfiltered DIPA than a hazy IPA. Can't say I was expecting that strong of a punch to the tongue up front, but it is a Stone beer, so that's always a possibility. There's a pear and slight melon flavor in there from the Rakau that's really throwing me, and it kinda plays off the sweetness to make it seem more heavily caramelized. I could swear the first couple whiffs I got out of the can were brighter and almost nectar-y. Gonna try to track down more of this one to really nail it down. For now it's just OK.

Aug 14, 2021
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Paradox1000 from Florida

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable IIPA! Not a juicy hazy like so many NE IPAs. Well balanced and not the bitterness found in west coast style. Stone always does a great job with their brews! I prefer to see flavor depth in NE doubles where I can’t wait for the next sip. While this is good, it is not that.

Aug 10, 2021
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NeilSilber1 from California

4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy golden orange color with nice white foamy cap. Nice hoppy notes with strong crisp hop forward bite. Notes of stone fruit and citrus orange including peach and apricot make this a really great DIPA at 9% ABV. “A stellar hazy double IPA”

Aug 06, 2021
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BillAfromSoCal from California

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 6/17/21. Consumed 7/30/21, Very nice burnt orange color with long lasting 1+ finger white to off white thick head. Hazy but uniformly so without evidence of anything suspended as discreet particles. I would call it nearly opaque but not like a smoothy. A bit of sunshine does come through the glass. I drink slowly and there was still at least a 1/16 inch film of head covering the liquid when I drained the glass. Some lacing, but not overly noteworthy or sticky. Not a LOT of fruit smell coming off it while pouring or when in the glass but the stone fruit comes through in the taste very nicely as does a citrus flavor a bit later. The bitterness is a bit more than expected for a typical hazy but in my opinion spot on for the "double IPA" category to which it is assigned. Medium body, nice gentle carbonation in the mouth. I bought this as a single. There are not a lot of beers I go back to buy more of but this is one the short list.

Jul 30, 2021
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz can cracked into an oversized stemless wine glass. Dark, opaque gold with full-on haze and a tightly-bubbled off-white head. Just absolutely spot-on for a Stone brew with loads of dank, resinous stone fruit and citrus. Strong bitterness and present alcohol character as well rounds this out as an aggressive double IPA. I liked it!

Jul 26, 2021
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 6/17/21 into pint glass. Pours a hazy deep orange-gold with a blocky off-white head. Good lacing. Initial impression is peach, orange rind, tropical fruits, and a touch of sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, bordering on sticky. It's not particularly soft - I'd say it splits the difference between a West Coast IPA and a NEIPA in the mouthfeel department. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is more juicy citrus, with restrained sweetness fading to a slight bitterness. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable DIPA.

Jul 22, 2021
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sjrider from California

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can pour - cloudy opaque dark dirty yellow/orange fruit juice with quickly dissipating white head leaving scant lacing. Nose and taste are a fusion of sweet citrus/tropical fruit and floral/piney hoppiness. Finishes on the dry side with a slight hop bite and a bit of alcohol creep.

Jul 21, 2021
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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

With a strong, hazy and bittersweet hop array, Stone Brewing show that their hop program extends well beyond the bitter, along with the help of Citra and Rakau hops for a tandem hop character of citrus and stone fruit that's out of this world.

Drawing the senses with the sweet tropical and juicy melon, the ripe and rugged nose teases with a background of citrus, orchard fruit, gin botanics, green tea and fresh herb. Radiant with a matte golden austere, the frothy ale soon leads to its malty flavor impressions of sweet cream, agave and pulled candy.

The sweetness carries onto the middle palate where the hops await with flavors of tangerine, peach, mango, papaya, apricot and honeydew. Nearly tropical with pineapple and passionfruit, a juiciness of melon trail into a moderate and spicy bitterness of fresh spruce, grasses, gin, hemp and hay.

Medium bodied, creamy and plush on the palate, the imperial influence of residual sweetness brings a residual candied body that balances the firm hop bitterness for a bittersweet finish that trends herbal with hay and hemp once more.

Jul 19, 2021
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Says it is hazy, however only in ‘color, the taste is 100% ipa. Not like the typical hazy, and that’s a great thing! Little dry on the finish, but lots of bitterness.

Jul 18, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy deep orange-near-amber body with an off-white/burnt cream colored fluff head that mas moderately low retention and leaves occasional thin lacing behind as it settles to a thinned out halo

aroma is boozy tangerine/bright stone fruit with a hint of pine and lime

taste follows suit. suite? it's boozy, for sure. but it's also lush and pulpy packed with bright fruit flavors, as advertised. the pine kicks in with grapefruit bittersweetness at the end, making for a pretty dang balanced brew flavor-wise.

mouthfeel is full body and medium carbonation. it feels full, pulpy, and chewy with an occasional grainy booze prickles and heat before finishing dry and leaving a grapefruit and pine aftertaste.

overall:
it's a juicy Double NEIPA that has that west coast nod and leans on tangerine and booze. I would've been much more impressed by the novelty a couple of years ago but this does stand out among the recent double neipa entries making the circuit. it does a better job at handling the pine, where it doesn't feel like you're licking an air freshener, and while it certainly has the booze heat of a +9%'r, I feel that it's solidly balanced by the flavor profile and overall mouthfeel.
fairly solid Stone entry, and Stone fans should certainly enjoy it, but it's nothing I would look forward to hunting down again in the future necessarily.

Jul 18, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

2.89/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Im not into this one at all. The alcohol is so prevalent in the taste and feel it's warm. Which is definitely better than the vodka taste I've gotten from other brews. Idk can art was the coolest part. I can get what people mean by calling this closer to a west coast DIPA but to me this just ain't it either way. It's not at all bad I just don't think this is one that happens to be for me, FML tasted a lot better

Jul 15, 2021
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 73 ratings