Favorite and least favorite beer from Stone

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  1. breadwinner

    breadwinner Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2014 California

    Favorite: Thought it was the classic IPA, which is brilliant, but it's probably fallen into a tie now with IRS -- this year's batch is an absolute steal at the prices we get out West.

    Least: I'm one of those folks who got weird onion/garlic vibes out of Go To -- really didn't care for it. Levitation also had some way off flavors. And I'm in zero way averse to the low ABV ales/session IPA sort of stuff -- living in a warm climate, that stuff has a serious place in my fridge. But those two just didn't work for me.
  2. Beerswag

    Beerswag Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2013 California

    Favs: Ruination, Enjoy by, old Guardian
    Not favs: Crime, Cali-Begique (ok but overrated)
  3. pinkfloyd4ever

    pinkfloyd4ever Initiate (0) May 19, 2009 Missouri

    Fave: Espresso IRS or Enjoy By
    Least: definitely Levitation. Wtf is that crap?
  4. neurobot01

    neurobot01 Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2014 California

    Favorite: Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal (with 6 yrs on it), Southern Charred.
    Least: Matt's Burning Rosids, though I'm cellaring another to see if it mellows out with age.
  5. Mersh

    Mersh Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2013 Connecticut

    Fav: Sublimely Self-Righteous (regular offering) Enjoy By (seasonal)

    Worst: Double Bastard
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  6. breadwinner

    breadwinner Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2014 California

    Ah, forgot about Sublimely -- make it a three-way tie then b/w that, IRS, and IPA. Sublimely > Wookey Jack, and I say that as a major FW fan.
  7. HoppyDazed

    HoppyDazed Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2014 California

  8. neurobot01

    neurobot01 Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2014 California

    I prefer Wookey, also said as a huge FW fan, but it is quite close between that and SSR—and honestly, if they sold SSR at Costco for $4.29/bomber (as they do WJ), I might change my mind :wink:

    I wouldn't go quite that far, but I do think they're massively overhyped—however, I totally respect Stone's focus on setting up distro to emphasize freshness.
  9. raulstotle12

    raulstotle12 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2014 California

    Espresso IRS, Arragont Bastard , & Enjoy

    Cali-Belgique IPA
  10. bigolwilly

    bigolwilly Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2014 Nebraska

    fav: smoked vanilla porter.
    least fav: Suede. it just confused my mouth. i was not a fan. may try agian in a couple of months though. never know how your mouth changes.
  11. Boca-X

    Boca-X Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2014 Missouri

    Best...Stone IPA...classic

    Worst...Enjoy By...sorry, i don't get it...rancid water :wink:

    I am a lover of big flavored IPAs and doubles are my favorite overall style but "dank" doesn't do it for me...
  12. NHhomebrewguy

    NHhomebrewguy Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2012 New Hampshire

    Favorite - Enjoy By/Ruination (first real IPAI had)/Southern Charred
    Least - Coconut IPA
  13. lucasj82

    lucasj82 Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2009 Indiana

    Favorite: Arrogant Bastard is still my #1.

    Least: 12.12.12.
  14. BourbonJersey

    BourbonJersey Initiate (0) Jan 18, 2014 New Jersey

    Favorite: Enjoy by 2.14.14, though IRS 2014 is fantastic as well

    Least favorite: Matt's Burning Rosids on tap. Though I did enjoy the bottled version.
  15. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Pooh-Bah (2,842) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland

    The best beer I've had from Stone was RuinTen, fresh, on tap in DC. It's everything I want out a big, sticky, boozy, monster DIPA and then some. If I have to pick something from the main line, then probably Double Bastard. Stone seems to be at their best when they're making big, sticky, boozy monsters.

    The worst? Calling out Punishment would be too easy, wouldn't it? So how about their 16th anny IPA. It's good, if you like drinking Lemon Pledge that is. And while it's definitely not their worst, Stone IRS was really damn underwhelming considering its legendary status.
  16. Hophead21

    Hophead21 Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Favorite: Stone IPA
    Worst: Double Bastard
  17. itsscience

    itsscience Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2013 Florida

    Favorite: IPA (above Enjoy By!)

    Least Favorite: Arrogant Bastard
  18. DustinSWB

    DustinSWB Initiate (0) May 4, 2013 Florida

    Favorite: Cali-Belgique IPA or Old Guardian

    Least: Crime or Punishment, take your pick
  19. TEdubbaD

    TEdubbaD Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2013 Minnesota

    Haven't had many of their brews yet but of those I've tried "Stochasticity" was my fav. My vote for worst goes to "Levitation" which I was very underwhelmed by.
  20. Joshmistake

    Joshmistake Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Minnesota

    Favorite: RuinTen or Espresso IRS

    Least Favorite: Crime/Punishment or 17th Anniversary
  21. JOrtt

    JOrtt Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2012 North Carolina

    Least: Crime...it was a crime brewing this garbage
    Fav: Enjoy By, Arrogant Bastard
  22. rdilauro

    rdilauro Savant (1,076) Mar 8, 2010 Connecticut

    Favorites: Enjoy By (last 4), Ruination, IPA, Arogant Bastard, Smoked Porter, 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung. .....

    Least: hmmm I am not sure
  23. Lobina

    Lobina Maven (1,291) Sep 9, 2009 Arizona

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  24. FenderOffset238

    FenderOffset238 Initiate (0) May 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Favorite: w00t stout or Enjoy By
    Least: The Perfect Crime

  25. HopBomb515

    HopBomb515 Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2013 New Jersey

    Favorite: Enjoy By and IRS/Espresso IRS
    Least favorite: Götterdämmerung
  26. SpaceEurope

    SpaceEurope Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2012 New Jersey

    Favorite: Smoked Vanilla Porter

    Hate: Smoked Normal Porter
  27. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 New York

    in fairness, i can certainly see why someone would call stone overrated. many of their beers are extremely, even unpleasantly, bitter while lacking other flavors, yet they get rave reviews all around. but i'm with you. Enjoy by is very tasty and quite drinkable.
  28. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 New York

    the stochasticity grapefruit slam ipa was pretty good, least favorite is still go to but i think the most overhyped is their regular, stone IPA, even though it isn't expensive to me it is just such an unimpressive IPA.
  29. RandyV

    RandyV Zealot (609) Aug 8, 2010 Arizona

    Favorite: Arrogant Bastard; I always have a bomber in my fridge. Close second is Ruination. It truly made me realize that I am a hophead at heart.

    Least: Belgo-Anise. I see that I am definitely not alone in that sentiment.
  30. StLeasy

    StLeasy Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2013 Illinois

    "While lacking other flavors", if the bitterness is totally overpowering the fruity Centennial flavors in Stone IPA and Ruination, or the big sticky caramel malt in Arrogant Bastard, your palate might just not be ready. I think most people (definitely me) find Stone's beers to be very flavorful.
  31. grimey68

    grimey68 Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Favorite: Enjoy By, although I wasn't a huge fan of 4.20 tbh. Go To is awesome as well.

    Least: Crime. Absolutely disgusting.
  32. xanok

    xanok Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut

    The correct answer for favorite is Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout (12th anniversary). A true masterpiece of an imperial stout before the style was cool.

    Least favorite? Crime and/or Punishment. I've also found some of their odd beers for odd years strange as well, but not as appalling as the aforementioned chili beers.
  33. xanok

    xanok Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2009 Connecticut

    Not to discount your opinion, but first time I had Levitation, I too disliked it. By the time I reached the end of the sixer, it grew on me quite a bit.
  34. StLeasy

    StLeasy Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2013 Illinois

    Levitation's style needs to be taken into account, too. If you're not a fan of light/session ales, or reds, of course you probably won't like it.

    As for "imperial stout before it was cool", I'm confused; Stone IRS was released years before the 12th anniversary.
  35. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Favorite: Ruination 10th Anniversary

    Worst: Punishment…fuck that.
  36. MykeJ

    MykeJ Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2013 Minnesota

    Favorite is espresso stout and least favorite is suede
  37. McStagger

    McStagger Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2005 California

    Favorite: IPA, Enjoy by 4/20.

    Least Favorite: Smoked Porter, Levitation. Haven't tried Crime or Punishment, and I can't bring myself to splurge twenty bucks for a beer that promises heat and little else.
  38. StLeasy

    StLeasy Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2013 Illinois

    There's a lot of bourbon with that heat, too, but I wouldn't expect to like it if you don't eat a lot of hot food. I liked Crime, but then again most people don't eat a couple pounds of chiles every week. Haven't tried my Punishment yet, but I've been meaning to pick up a couple more bottles of both.
  39. SteveB24

    SteveB24 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 New York

    i have never tried centennial, i am actually a big fan of arrogant bastard, what i meant was, as i may have said in my OP , other COMPLIMENTARY flavors. i do not mind bitterness, for instance in go to i don't think the bitterness is overpowering i just think that it needs to compliment other flavors, not stand out strongly on it's own. and i just find stone IPA to be a very average IPA, not a bad beer just not a standout.
  40. Boverhof3

    Boverhof3 Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2006 Michigan

    My favorite is Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA. This stuff is amazing, complex and awesome.

    My Least favorite is Stone Go To IPA. Tasted like a watered down brew. I'd rather have a BMC any day over this junk.
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