Mixtape Ale - Winking Lizard Blend Vol. 5 | Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by pathman on 06-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 72
Photo of Squunk
1.62/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Did you ever try to siphon gas and got a little in your mouth? That's what this beer tastes like. I hated it before it even got to my mouth. It has a weird wine aftertaste that sticks in your sinuses and won't go away.
This is my first review, and I hate to be so negative. I encourage one and all to try this beer and enter your own review. Tell me if I'm wrong.
Sorry Stone Brewery - love most of your beers. This was a strikeout.

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Photo of Rayek
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Back Country Pizza in Boulder, CO. Served in a small snifter.

A: The beer has a pale amber hue and a dense eggshell cap. Head retention is just OK and no lace is left behind.

S: This beer's nose is its strong suit. I picked up heavy fruit aromas of passion fruit and pear, plus a light whiff of citrus. A touch of vanilla rounds things out.

T: The promise of the nose falls short in the flavor. The beer starts out with many of the aromas from the nose. Bitterness is light and bolstered by a mild sourness. And then the beer just sort of stops. The taste abruptly fades after the initial burst and leaves almost no lingering flavors. Very odd.

M: A light body makes for easy drinkability. There's not quite enough carbonation at work.

O: I'm really torn on this one. The aromas are worth the price of admission. However, the flavor really disappointed me. It came and went way too fast for my tastes. I kept wanting more to happen.

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Photo of zimm421
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the Daily Growler in Columbus, OH. Appears a good amber color, with minimal head. The head disappears quickly, and leaves no lacing to speak of.

The nose is fairly muted, but all over the place, as expected. There is a good caramel sweetness, notes of Belgian yeast, wine, and just a bit of citrus. The taste is also very complex. There is sweetness from the malts, as well as notes of the wine barrels up front. The Belgian yeast then comes through, and the wine barrels still stick out. The finish has the bitterness that is to be expected, but it's unlike any other finish I've ever experienced. The complexity is wonderful, but I'm not sure that the combination of everything really works all that well...

The mouthfeel is very smooth, heavy, and finishes in an overly sticky way. Overall, this is a very complex brew, but just doesn't quite do it for me. The wine that is accentuated throughout detracts from the other characteristics. Definitely interesting, but not great.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft at WOB Gainesville. Pours a clear dark copper with pretty one finger white creamy head. Aroma of big wine barrel, oak, sweet fruits. Flavor follows with a big white wine presence, Oakes Chardonnay, more oak, light pear and white grape. Lingering oak on the palate. Slick mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. Interesting beer.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a growler via Jungle Jim's in a snifter glass. This nice Belgian IPA pours a nice clear orange with a moderate head of foam that dissipates to a light layer and moderate ring of foam with spotty lacing. Nose of Belgian candy sugar, moderate amounts of citrus fruits---mandarin oranges, light grapefruit, and pineapple, as well as a dash of very floral and funky yeast mixed with some bittering hops. Flavors follow the nose with mild candy sugars, tart stone fruits, and funky yeast flavors to the rear meld with a wine barrel note adding to a sizable Flemish quality . Moderately dry finish, with a subtle sweetness that fades to a tart aftertaste. Good for the style, muddled between a hash of good brews that are nice on their own, but not outstanding for the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the Stone tap takeover at Stout Burgers & Beer in Studio City, CA.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, Belgian yeast, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop 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 tasty fruit and Belgian yeast presence.

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Photo of pathman
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a blend of 1/3 Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, 1/3 Stone Belgian Pale Ale aged in white wine barrels and 1/3 Stone LeVariation Ale (Stone Levitation Ale fermented with same yeast used for Stone Cali-Belgique), aged in red wine barrels and dry-hopped with East Kent Golding hops.

Draft at Winking Lizard, Bedford Heights,OH, served in Stone Mixtape Vol. 5 glass. Clear, amber with slight head. Vinous, slightly tart. Not as hop-forward as expected -- a Belgian IPA that's more "Belgian" than IPA. Fairly complex, but easy drinking.

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Photo of Florida9
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear light copper in color. Served with a minimal white head. Little retention. No lacing. Aroma is a blend if fruity and vinous qualities. Light sweetness and some very mild floral notes. Taste is similar, but the differences are more pronounced. Light sweetness. Moderate tartness. Quite Vinous with some foxy grapes. Light to medium body. Slight tartness. Low bitterness. A very interesting take on the Belgian IPA

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up another 1 liter growler today at Stone Brewing World Bistro And Gardens - Liberty Station after diggin' the one I got the other night so much! Poured into a Delirium Tremens branded tulip glass.

Pours a fairly clean light copper hue with golden edges when held up to a light source, decent off-white head that lingers for a few sips, giving way to nice lacing in my glass from start to finish. Smell is green apples, peppercorns, light malt, tons of winey barrel goodness, and a nice amount of sweet and fruity Belgian yeast funk. Flavor is on point with the nose but steps it up as far as balance. Perfect blend of 3 types of ale, woody wine barrel, fruity yeast funk, and just a hint of mild bitterness from the hop. This brew should seriously have wine makers shaking in their boots - you could never capture this perfect balance of wine and beer flavors/characteristics in any other fashion other than brewing a fine ale such as this. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with perfect carbonation for the style, mildly bitter, finishing extremely dry and clean.

By far my favorite Mixtape to date!

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Mixtape Ale - Winking Lizard Blend Vol. 5 from Stone Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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