Mixtape Ale Vol. 1 - GK & LU's Blend | Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dubbed Stone Mixtape Ale-GK & LU’s Blend Vol. 1, it’s a calculated mingling of seven beers from Stone Brewing Co. devised by CEO Greg Koch and brewer Laura Ulrich.

Those beers include everyday normies like Stone Levitation IPA, Smoked Porter and Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, plus library beers including 2011 Imperial Russian Stout and Belgo Anise Imperial Russian Stout brewed the same year that’s been infused with sage, peppers and lemon thyme.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 04-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Murrhey:
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3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Hollingshead's Deli in Orange, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width cream color head. Long retention and thick ringed lacing. Deep mahogany color with nice clarity.

S- Earthy hops and caramel malts. Kind of strange and sweet.

T- Sweet. Caramel malts, earthy and bitter hops.

M- Medium bodied and creamy with a wet finish.

O- Nice. Better than I thought it would be.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the Bittercreek Stone Tap Takeover... 5oz pour ... Fairly clear brown... light brown head...

Nose is herbal and somewhat floral... brown malts... this brew is all over the place.

The palate mirrors the nose with something that I guess is chilies.. a bit roasty and some licorice... herbal notes with wamrth... lemon verbena? lemon thyme?

Meh... not my cup of beer.. Glad I got the chance to try it.. but I probably would not buy again.


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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of DubbelBastard
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer yesterday, but I took some brief notes.

Not knowing which 7 beers were mixed together, I went in blind.

The appearance was quite dark, with a strong head that hung around for a while.

The bouquet was also excellent, with a myriad of aromas intermingling in my nose's taste buds.

The taste (what I usually think is most important) was pretty good. Maybe I'm biased, in liking most stuff that Stone puts out, but honestly is was a good beer.

Body: lacking. Felt like a porter, hoped for more of a stout feel...

Synopsis: Couldn't pass up such a unique brew. However, if I could only drink one beer in a night, this might not be my pick.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 2nd Anniversary event at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of beer form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and a huge mix of herbal, floral, and spice aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, herbal hops, and a variety of herbal, floral, and spice flavors. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very interesting blend that actually reminds me very much of Anchor's OSA in the flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kevanb
2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena

Pour is a dark brown, borderline black color, hints of tan and crimson when held to the light. A big thick off white head sits atop the beer, great retention and lacing. The aroma quickly turns me off this beer, huge note of sage, some anise, bitter hops, some roast, but goodness is it muddled, unbalanced and just plain unpleasant. I was really hoping to get some of the pepper and chocolate out of the aroma, but got an odd, earthy blend of hops and spicing, nothing that compliments each other. Fortunately, the flavors are a bit more interesting and palatable. Starts straight away with some dark roast and bitterness, earthy hops come to mind, the pepper caught my tongue, and in a good way too, faint chocolate, but at the finish, again with the sage and spice bomb, again, completely out of balance. The body is good, a bit thin, medium carbonation is spot on.

Verdict: This is a miss for me, I love Stone and this is certainly an ambitious beer, but it's really hard to tell what the objective is when you taste it? Reminds me a bit of It's Always Sunny, let's just toss all the skunk beer in a pot and call it microbrew, sometimes it's best to leave all the component beers alone.

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2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in a 10 oz snifter at Downtown Johnny Brown's (San Diego, CA).

A: Very dark brown with a thin cap of off-white tightly bubbled head with few spots of lace.

S: It is an odd melange of herbs like sage and tarragon and spices with a fairly strong dark maltiness

T: The flavor of this beer, while palatable, is not something I would choose again. The herbal components are way too strong and overtake any malt component. Then you throw in some spices and it is really a mess.

M: Decent medium-to-full body. Carbonation is medium.

O: Really a strange and not so wonderful one-off. I would avoid.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Mixtape Ale Vol. 1 - GK & LU's Blend from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 28 ratings