Liquid Poem
Stone Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
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4.11 | pDev: 9.73%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
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Notes: Hops, used artfully, can be a lyrical journey for the palate. What you have here is the liquid equivalent of some old school classic punk rock poetry. We took the path less traveled 25 years ago, and it could be accurately argued we were a bit noisy in our adventures co-pioneering the West Coast-style IPA. People heard that noise and joined us in the hoppy mosh pit, and the path has gotten even more lively since then. We based this recipe on the classics, with citrusy-piney Centennial, Chinook and Columbus hops, plus a dash of 'new classic' Citra for good measure. Big yet refreshing, bold yet nuanced. Undeniably LOUD. Just as we like it.
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mixed feeling about this one. Great look and mouthfeel but it lacks where it really counts, smell and taste. The quality is there but it leaves me wanting more. Had high hopes for an abrasive west coast hop bomb. This one fell short.

Today at 12:34 PM
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sjrider from California

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour - clear copper/gold color with thick eggshell head leaving a copious amount of lacing. Nose is mostly resiny pine and taste follows with hints of citrus. Tastes like Stone for sure. Finishes with a bite and a bit of alcohol creep. Tasty.

Today at 12:52 AM
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teromous from Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can't seem to find a date on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has good transparency and it has a copper color with shades of gold and flame orange. It has a short white head without too much retention. It leaves a nice thin sheet of lacing on the glass as it fades to a film on the surface.

Aroma: Garlic and onion comes through at first, then alcohol. There is a hint of cooked cabbage in the background. After a while a light bit of pine comes through.

Taste: It has a bit of a rosemary and biscuit flavor up front with a hint of lime. Towards the middle there is pine. The back of the mouth is bitter grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: It is medium bodied and very bitter. A notable highlight to the beer is the strong hop bitterness that drives its overall character and makes the beer worth drinking.

Overall: The highlight of the beer is the strong bitterness which forces more character out of the otherwise simple flavor profile. While the beer doesn't have much of an aroma, the beer is still enjoyable to drink given its overall character. It's worth drinking if it is readily available or if you're looking for a decent Double IPA while you're out and about at a museum, zoo, airport, etc. It isn't a Stone beer I'd likely stock in my fridge.

Yesterday at 06:26 PM
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Rogerlb from California

4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean golden, a bit hinting towards clear neon. I got a very thin head (but it's a careful pour here).

Aroma is hoppy wet pinecone with some vegetable. No kidding, almost like tomato plant. Man those dank hops. Bit of alcohol in the smell too, all but hiding the malt. Taste is a solid Stone IPA - grapefruit, bitter, sweet malt (not too cloying, it's no Lagunitas) and booziness (others below aren't tasting it). It's a bit hot and it's a good ingredient.

Later in the sip pepper, bit of cat piss, a full body. All this is pretty well balanced, not the aggression Stone sometimes leans into (not that there's anything wrong with that!), still that distinctive Stone bitter and balancing sticky flavor.

No joke DIPA, more drinkable than a more sloppy Imperial.

Thursday at 11:48 PM
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour with finger of white head.
Smell is resin and malts.
Taste is aggressive hops with aggressive citrus/ grapefruit and aggressive bitterness. Peppery finish with a kick of heat.
Feel is medium and sticky.
It’s a hardcore poem.

Thursday at 11:06 PM
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Tuck_leepulin from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled 04/22/2021.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale amber with 1/4 finger of head with fine lace

Smell: Deep, dank hop aromas with citrus notes

Taste: incredible pine and citrus hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Semi-dry finish with plenty of body

Overall: This is a fantastic example of the exact type of beers that made me fall in love with Stone and the West-Coast style in general. I was very excited to try this and it fully exceeded my expectations.

Monday at 11:44 PM
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-dark golden, more and longer persisting head than you would expect from the high ABV
S-dank goodness
T-really dank goodness. The 9.4% ABV is nowhere to be found on the palate which is amazing. Above average bitter, average sweet.
M-Full (-) body, tingly carbonation
O-near perfection for an imperial IPA

Jun 07, 2021
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm down to my last bottle from the sixer of this I found. Time for a review of a beer that hearkens back to Stone's golden age as the Kings of the West Coast IPA. This beer is big but not overly boozy. It doesn't skimp on bitterness but rather hits you with everything Stone does well. Big piney, citrusy hops. This beer is unrepentantly West Coast. Transparent golden color with a mouth puckering dose of hops. Solid! One of my favorite beers in a while.

Jun 06, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Mostly clear amber color. Soapy white head had decent retention and lefter celebrate lacing.

S---Pine is dominant with backing citrus.

T---Follows the nose, plus a malt backbone.

F---Medium/full bodied. Nice carbonation.

O---Really, really nice. I wish I got more than just the one.

Jun 05, 2021
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RyanK252 from California

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours crystal clear golden amber with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Resinous pine, citrus zest, dank herbal notes, a little peppery spice, kinda subtle underlying fruity side, slightly toasty biscuity malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Resinous pine, dank herbal notes, big citrus, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and a little tangerine, peppery spice, slight fruity undertones, peach and apricot, floral notes, slightly toasty biscuity malt, and just a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, alcohol is very well hidden for a 9% beer.

O: Stone showing they still know how to make a killer West Coast DIPA. It's been too longs since I've had a good hop punch to the tongue like that.

Jun 05, 2021
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A clear brassy color with a modest white head and some lace.
Aroma of citrus, sweet fruit, and pine.
Taste of grapefruit, orange, peach, and pine over a sweet malt base.
Nicely hopped. I liked how the pine built to a finish.
Well done!

Jun 04, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Stamping on bottle neck looks like bottled on '03/22/21' and best by date of '08/20/21'.
Clear, pale amber colored body. Thick one finger white head, which recedes to a bubbly cap. Leaves partial rings and spots of lacing.
Aroma is tough to pull out. Citrus, piney hops, with a toasty malt base.
Taste is more expressive than the smell. Very bitter but with a smooth and sweet caramel base. Lots of piney hops, and some citrus. The bitter hops continue into the aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel. Slight syrup texture. Very good carbonation.
Blast from the past high bitterness IPA but with a good caramel malt balance. Ultimately dry finish. Palate dominator and a palate cleanser. At least we know that such a beer can still be brewed. Where is the audience in 2021?

Jun 04, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of puffy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a ton of spider-web lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a big herbal hop smell mixed with lots of pine and some light caramel malt smells. Along with these aromas comes a little bit of a orange and grapefruit smell as well as a touch of hay and yeast.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice pine and herbal hop flavor that is backed by some cracker malt and a bit of the caramel malt that was detected in the nose. As the taste advances the pine and herbal hop get stronger and are joined by a little bit of the citrus hop that was in the nose. At the same time the caramel fades a bit and is replaced by a little bit of a light grain and light fruit flavor of a stone fruit nature. Toward the end a bit of earthiness overtakes the citrus, and with the rather moderately strong pine and herbal hop, mixed with the crisp cracker malt flavor, one is left with a nice crisp and hopped up taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is lighter for a brew of 9.4 % with a carbonation level that is average. The thinner body is awesome for the flavors of the brew and makes this one a dangerously easy sipper.
Overall – Anther awesome IPA by Stone. This one is up there in my books. It has a great crisp taste and a fantastic hop blend. Very easy to drink. I certainly hope this, or a rendition of it, become a mainstay!

Jun 01, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper copper excellent clarity. There’s a quarter inch of creamy off white on top. Moderate, soapy lacing. Lots of citrus, mandarin orange, and light malt aroma. I’m tasting a massive wallop of mandarin orange, citrus, pine, and biscuity malt. The mouth is dry, sticky, lightly chewy, and resinous.

May 31, 2021
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous crystal clear golden color with a head the color of pearls that provides some lacing. I could stare at a full glass of this with the cap on for days. The nose is bitter resiny pine and citrus notes, especially tangerine and some grapefruit.

The pine is indeed forward and bitingly bitter on the taste, but it’s balanced by a traveshamockery delicious tangerine flavor and a subtle caramalt note as well.

The mouthfeel is dry, but there’s an almost oily feel to this as well that I’m crediting to the “C-hop” lineup. This is a beautiful representation of what Stone does so well - the absolutely uncompromising, crushingly bitter WCDIPA. I could drink this for days.

May 30, 2021
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good head production and retention. Very lively, coppery-gold body; crystal clear.

Very resinous aroma, along with notes of peach, grapefruit, pine, and orange. A hint of caramel in the background, along with a peppery spice. If the goal is an old school-style WC IIPA, I think they nailed it.

Bitter and clean on the palate. While the focus is on the hops, it really takes its time, letting it build in both flavor and bitterness through the sip. Malt base, though large, isn't overly sweet and only slightly grainy. Similar to the nose, hop expression is resinous, along with bits of tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, and peach.

Fantastic mouthfeel for the sky-high ABV; crisp and clean, with a semi-dry, effervescent finish.

May 29, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium dark copper gold color with vibrant white lacing and light carbonation.

S - Juicy, spicy citrus rind, citrus, oranges, with some sweet malt hits the nose. Overall aroma is light.

T - Spicy fruit rind, citrus, sweet grapefruit, resiny pine, a sweet malt base, and ends with an aggressive resiny pine finish to clear away the sweet malt.

M - Thick and a little frothy around the edges with light carbonation giving way to a soft semi-dry finish.

O - Old school D-IPA that's rock solid.

May 28, 2021
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12th review. Candied, marmalade, bitter DIPA, pine and candied rind.
a) Totally clear golden amber, with 1 finger head that laces bits.
s) Marmlade strewn with sharp pine, almost woodshop sap.
t) Big hops, challenges your senses, caramel adds to the marmalade sharp, rindy bliss.
f) Sticky, velvety, good thickness.
o) Agree it's close to Ruination. piercing, potent, power pour. Sum greater than parts.

May 26, 2021
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle dated 4/22/21 into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent brownish gold color with about one and a half fingers of white head. Great retention, moderate lacing. Several lines of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smells of pine, earth and a hint of marijuana.

Taste follows. Piney, resiny, dank bitterness.

Sticky mouthfeel but drinks pretty easily. Bitter aftertaste. Moderate carbonation.

Overall another bitter pine bomb from Stone. They do this style well and this is no exception.

May 26, 2021
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VABA from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pleasant golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has floral and hop hints
The taste follows the nose with a pleasant bitter floral hop flavor
A medium bodied very well carbonated beer
A good DIPA

May 23, 2021
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what put Stone on the map 20+ years ago! Grapefruity-piney west-coast DIPA! The standard with which all others should be judged by!! Delicious!

May 23, 2021
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass. No date on the bottle that I could find.

Appearance: Clear golden amber. Initial white head upon pouring died back to a thin skin across the top. Islands of persistent lacing.

Smell: That classic hop candy west coast IPA smell! Lots of pine, grapefruit, citrus, and some underlying sweetness.

Taste: Very hoppy with lots of bitterness at the start and finish - pine, grapefruit, citrus rind. Some bready/slightly caramelized malt sweetness in the middle for that tiny bit of balance, but not quite because the hops dominate as you would expect with a beer like this from Stone.

Mouthfeel: Very sticky on the teeth. Light carbonation with good thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite potent, and approaching Ruination territory for what it's doing to my palate. This is quite the bitter hop bomb. A sipping and savoring beer, but I cannot have more than one due to the potency. Definitely a solid model of the old-school west coast DIPA.

May 21, 2021
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright & effervescent honey color with 1 finger of beige head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Mangos, not much else, meh

T: Green melons, tangerines, nectarines up front, plus dryness, a little leafy & herbal hop as well. This beer takes a bitter turn as it warms, plus way drier, lots of woody hops, some lime & green melon & just a hint of nectarine. Finishes dry with woody & herbal bitterness &7 just a little nectarine

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, good balance

Start out like a new school IPA & then takes an abrupt West Coast turn, solid and pretty drinkable, but lacks the asthetics & isn't very memorable

May 19, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured clear and dark golden into a pint glass. low-medium carbonation. minimal head and lacing.
S: Some pine, slight citrus. Subtle -- not overpowering. Would have liked more hop prominence on the nose
T: Old school DIPA. Strong malt backbone but bitterness to support. Bitterness lingers on palate.
F: A bit thick but appropriate for a DIPA.
O: Would definitely seek out again. Good flavor and not boozy for a 9.4.

May 15, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear dark gold body with an off-white foam head that peaks at about a finger height and has low retention but leaves plenty of sticky sudsy lacing behind as it settles to a rocky halo

the big C hops really come through in the aroma. pungent West Coast pine and candied orange with caramel malt and a hit of booze

taste follows that up with a juicy, hoppy explosion. it's dense, thick, strong, with a great balance between the bitter and the sweet, managing a certain freshness to boot that's hard to match among other doubles. grapefruit straps up in the taste more as well.

mouthfeel: mid-level carbonation and medium body that runs smooth and full with occasional carbo and booze prickles before finishing crisp and dry, leaving an earthy, hoppy grapefruit aftertaste that has a little "sparkle" to it.

this is a live one, y'all. it's big, it's balanced, it's a love letter to Big C hops and the West Coast tradition. soak it up if you can!

May 15, 2021
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