Stone Brewing Celebrates 2023 With Rare Variety IPA 6-pack

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by ESHBG, Jan 3, 2023.

  1. ESHBG

    ESHBG (420) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    A variety six pack at the same cost is a nice move and who knew that Delicious IPA was so popular?
    https://www.americancraftbeer.com/stone-brewing-celebrates-2023-with-rare-variety-ipa-6-pack/
     
  2. Resistance88

    Resistance88 (600) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    the Delicious DIPA is pretty good .
     
  3. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi (1,005) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Hopefully they print the labels upside down - that’s pretty cool. Anyway, it’s a bummer to see them fall so far (like Green Flash and Ballast Point). Greg Koch seemed so arrogant and unlikable though, so whateva. Not releasing Xocoveza this year was the nail in the coffin for me. Done drinking their stuff unless it’s the only option other than Heineken.
     
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  4. LiquidAmber

    LiquidAmber (975) Feb 20, 2009 Washington
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    You had me at Stone rare variety. Got lost on the road to gluten reduced. I thought Delicious was an above average gluten reduced IPA, but I'll probably not be getting a pack of it again.
     
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  5. beerjerk666

    beerjerk666 (1,265) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    Not something I'll be making some special trip to find and purchase, that's for sure. Especially when it's just a variation on Delicious IPA only.
    There's plenty of other IPAs I can purchase.

    Stone used to be the shit, now...meh.

    I agree with @RaulMondesi Greg Koch's apparent arrogance, which at one time for me, was seen as a good trait, what with being adamantly independent, I now perceive as a joke. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
     
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  6. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ (655) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I got excited, saw the title and assumed it was all their original IPA/pale ale recipes or something similar.

    Stone IPA, Ruination, Enjoy By, Pale Ale, Levitation...
     
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  7. steveh

    steveh (950) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    More IPA, all the time. And in another "variety" pack, no less. :wink:
     
  8. beerjerk666

    beerjerk666 (1,265) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    Same here!! What a HUGE buzzkill to find out otherwise.
     
  9. ESHBG

    ESHBG (420) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    If this pack sells well maybe that will be next?
     
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  10. carolinabeerguy

    carolinabeerguy (405) Oct 10, 2005 North Carolina
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    This I would buy. Whatever this delicious thing is, I’m not interested.
     
  11. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa (735) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    To quote @beerjerk666: "Stone used to be the shit, now...meh."

    I have stopped buying Stone beers a couple of years ago and with this latest IPA(s) release I will continue that trend.

    Cheers!
     
  12. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA (535) Mar 28, 2009 California

    This is how stone is celebrating 2023? Meh
     
  13. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson (845) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    It's a fitting finale to 2022.

    Here's a crappier version of the world you used to love. Your welcome.
     
  14. PatKorn

    PatKorn (0) Aug 30, 2007 Hawaii

    Man saying Green Flash has fallen is like saying Kevin McCarthy is having a bad day. GF tumbled out of orbit and disintegrated in reentry and had their ashes were spread out in the middle of the ocean...
     
  15. keithmurray

    keithmurray (0) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut
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    How exciting....yet another IPA mix pack. Cant wait to see it collect dust on shelves.
    MF Stone unless they release Xocoveza and IRS and Wootstout in my area
     
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  16. Domingo

    Domingo (730) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    I'm sure it will stand out from the 500 other all-IPA mixed packs being sold from every other brewery Stone directly competes with.
     
  17. bubseymour

    bubseymour (1,065) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Yeah I thought the DIPA was quite solid as well. The other 2 were sub-par IMO compared to most other IPAs on the shelves. Won’t repeat buy those 2 again.
     
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  18. bubseymour

    bubseymour (1,065) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Ironically, Stone used to be one of the most expensive IPA brewers sold in stores (at least in MD) when they were good, now that they aren’t very good, they are one of the more reasonably priced IPA options. I guess they price accurately to the quality of their product.
     
  19. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa (735) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Just to clarify: are you stating that the beers they made a number of years ago were of 'better' quality then the current beers? If so, what are the specific changes?

    Cheers!
     
  20. G_Harn78

    G_Harn78 (0) Mar 13, 2020 California

    Wow! What an exciting “variety” pack….when I saw the headline I was hoping for something else, like the one-off 12oz bottles they did 10+ years ago.
     
  21. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead (805) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado
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    Hard pass. The only way they could have made a less appealing pack is if one or more of them were hazies/milkshakes.
     
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  22. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead (805) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado
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    I never cease to baffled by the stupidity of Stone Brewing. If they had actually released something like this people would buy it. But this "Delicious" variety pack? Nobody's going to buy that. It's just going to sit on the shelf and collect dust.
     
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  23. J-legend-K

    J-legend-K (0) Feb 6, 2021 Colorado
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    In the time it took me to scroll to the bottom of the page, I already forgot what the beers in this mixed-6 are. That’s how exciting it is.
     
  24. muchloveforhops3

    muchloveforhops3 (1,040) Apr 5, 2009 Montana
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    Not the most exciting or inspired variety pack, but will probably grab one to try if I see it around.
     
  25. Resistance88

    Resistance88 (600) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    I know most of yall in here are talkin shit about how weak it is, but these things move like crazy in the taproom. So many times Old Guardian, Imperial Stout, Mikhail , DB and the like are on tap , but what do the normies order? Fucking Delicious and Michelada crap.

    We forget we are now in the minority and no one cares what we want as far as beer goes .

    The casuals now frequent these places . None of them are on this site. We are a small number. You not buying the 6 pack is like me not buying the "extreme stout box".

    You think Sierra Nevada and the rest make those variety packs to lose money?

    It's said but what can ya do?
    The beer is good tho
     
  26. bubseymour

    bubseymour (1,065) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Hi Jack, I’m talking specifically about their hoppy IPA styles. Pale Ale, Ruination and the Enjoy By series I really liked all of those quite a lot back then (when fresh). These new “Delicious” series IPAs aren’t nearly as good. I was always just luke warm on Stone IPA (regular) back then and still just luke warm with today (is it same formula)?

    Ironically, when they have been bringing back these periodic offerings of classic beer style 6packs from the past, they are expensive.
     
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  27. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ (655) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I do have have to say I see a lot of Stone IPA these days. On tap at random dive bars, on the train when I went out to NYC. Not a bad thing to have in places that don't carry too much craft.

    Didn't Sierra Nevada jsut bring back Oktoberfest and Summerfest for 2023 because of the outcry on these boards?

    You're mostly right, but I've seen more than a few trends start on BA and then play out in the real world.

    I've been on this site since 2004...I've seen people here tout their love of IPAs...and then IPAs became king. This place was the first to rave about New England IPAs from Tree House and Trillium back when they were small operations...and now New England IPAs are king.
     
  28. Resistance88

    Resistance88 (600) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    Outcry is a nice way to put it.


    You remember why they stopped making it..SeirraTerrance said they stopped selling. I forgot how many barrels they ended up making dude.to declining sales..I'm sure someone has the number though.
    Even if they bring back those 2 for people on the board do you think they're gonna stop selling any of their Little _____ Thing that the majority of people here say sucks or the mixed variety packs "no one wants"?
    It's their biggest seller. Same with Stones Delicious line.
    Thats all i was saying.

    Most of these things being made by brewers at grocery stores aren't for beer advocates. Their for the middle aged guy who thinks he's cool at a backyard bbq that "likes good ipas" .
     
  29. PatKorn

    PatKorn (0) Aug 30, 2007 Hawaii

    Solid take and agree with you. I would even add on that these mixed packs are driven by data from bean counters with super elaborate spreadsheets these larger breweries employ and mixed packs are a good way to fully deplete packaging materials for these beers they have in stock but don't plan to make again in large format. These larger breweries have turned to off premise accounts so they can move in volume and off premise is where "the casuals" shop. Cheers.
     
  30. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco (655) Jan 27, 2013 Virginia
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    No Dayman, no care!
     
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  31. retention_

    retention_ (0) Jan 8, 2022 North Carolina

    I wonder how this will be priced when compared to the 12 Days of IPA or whatever that holiday mixed 12-pack was called. I was at the grocery store yesterday and saw quite a few of them marked down 50% off to $14.50 which is more in line with how it should have been priced from the get-go.
     
  32. ramseye4

    ramseye4 (245) May 14, 2010 Virginia

    I’ve been out of the beer news game for awhile. Can someone catch me up to speed on the issues with Green Flash (which i havent had for probably 10 years) and Stone?
     
  33. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ (655) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I imagine Summer Break and the IPA they put out this fall didn't sell well though for them to even consider bringing back Oktoberfest and Summerfest.

    Are they going to remove "Hazy Little____"? No. But they had to remove two IPAs to reinsert two lagers back into the lineup.

    And if their IPA mixed packs are selling so well, how come so many people see them out of date and rotting on shelves...

    But overall, I don't disagree with a lot of what you said. The whole "let's throw 100 billion IPAs at the wall and try to make money" wasn't going to be more profitable than selling out. They sold out for a reason. Let the big guy take the brand and figure it out.
     
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  34. budsNpils

    budsNpils (650) Aug 6, 2021 Texas
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    It's a pass for me..
     
  35. Resistance88

    Resistance88 (600) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    Every other year someone brings this up and my heart hurts.
    Dayman was the king of their IPA lineup. Lucky to have had such a treasure.

    I remember wife knew how much i loved it and she got me the Groundbreaking Series of Dayman ..
    shit was infected. They did trade in the empty bottle for any pick of 2 other Groundbreaking Collabs but i wanted my fuckin Dayman

    Literally the one that got away...
     
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  36. zac16125

    zac16125 (920) Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
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    He was an arrogant bastard.
     
  37. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA (535) Mar 28, 2009 California

    So is stone delicious the new hazy little thing, voodoo ranger, two hearted, sculpin? Regional breweries taking a popular beer and just making variations of it? Seems like hazy little thing and voodoo are doing well with this strategy.
     
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  38. PatKorn

    PatKorn (0) Aug 30, 2007 Hawaii

    Hubris, over leveraged, horrible leadership making horrible decisions. My fingers would hurt typing all the problems that occurred there. Cheers.
     
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  39. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson (845) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Expanded production and hurt quality, bought darling Alpine Brewing and ruined their product, went bankrupt. Both Green Flash and Alpine are resurrected and bring brewed by someone but are widely regarded as shadows of their former selves
     
  40. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco (655) Jan 27, 2013 Virginia
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    It's probably me! Lol!

    Everything you said it true. I remember gambling on it not knowing if I'd like it and my gosh! So good!
     
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