Stone Brewing Debuts Stone Viking Space Probe Double IPA

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  1. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (264) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    (Escondido, CA) – In the spirit of all the exploratory missions deployed across the galaxy — be they spacecraft, Viking or other — Stone Brewing launches Stone Viking Space Probe Double IPA. The 8.5% ABV beer boldly goes where no hazy brew has gone before with an unchartered combination of hops and Belgian Candi Sugar that earns it a spot among the ranks of Stone’s genre-defying creations.

    The beer’s name is a nod to the legendary space probes, Viking 1 and Viking 2, celebrated for their far reaches of space exploration. Here on earth, Stone charts a constant course of discovery across the world of beer. Not quite the 34 million-mile trip to Mars, but an epic destination still, this asteroid of a beer hails from Stone Brewing – Napa. It’s within this small batch spacecraft of craft that many of Stone’s most adventurous brewing techniques are explored.

    Stone Viking Space Probe Double IPA was the third beer ever produced at Stone Brewing – Napa. Its flavor profile was astonishing – lingering on palates and winning over craft beer connoisseurs in the same way it thrilled Napa’s prestigious wine drinkers. Naturally, both groups recognize that it takes a particular expertise and knowledge of ingredients to create such an experience. Stone Brewing Senior Manager of Brewing & Innovation – Small Batch, Steve Gonzalez explained:

    “I’ve never seen this combination of ingredients before. Citra hops, as their name implies, add citrus flavors but also stone fruit. I get a ton of ripe peach notes. Ella hops create the tropical flavors, but not the typical stuff – more complex tropical flavors, like Papaya. Belgian Candi Sugar offers two benefits, a perceived sweetness, and a dryness. So, there’s this pillowy extra layer of sweetness and it’s still more dry than most hazy beers. All around balanced with lingering wheat and peach notes, I really think we nailed it. I can’t get enough of this one.”

    Stone Viking Space Probe Double IPA is dark gold with a subtle haze like that of a far-off nebula. Pineapple, peach, lychee, watermelon, papaya and even marshmallow can be found in the aroma. Ella and Citra hops impart flavors of tropical fruit, notably pineapple, peach, papaya and sweet guava, along with a hint of lime zest. It’s creamy and smooth with warmth on the finish.

    Stone Viking Space Probe Double IPA releases the week of January 27, 2020 in 12oz six-pack cans, 22oz bottles and draft for a limited time. It is brewed for life on Earth – Vikings, Space Explorers and Average Joes – but if intelligent life exists in the unknown, there’s a very good chance they’ll like it too.

    Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, the groundbreaking San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 9th largest craft brewer in the United States. Recognized as an award-winning industry leader, Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 12 times and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company operates brewing facilities in Escondido, CA and Richmond, VA, in addition to tap room locations throughout the US, Germany and China. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing… and pledging to never, ever, sell out to the man. For more information on Stone Brewing, please visit or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

  2. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Zealot (522) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Love the name, but I pretty much stopped drinking Stone once they became an IPA shop.
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  3. ericwo

    ericwo Initiate (94) Aug 21, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I pretty much drink everything Stone makes BECAUSE they are an IPA shop.
  4. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,368) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Tastes Great - Less Filling!:confused:

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  5. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (216) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    This will be a cop, Stone always seems to find a way to suck me back in regardless of their nauseating marketing strategy. Just goes to show good beer always is my motivating factor.
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  6. JTW10

    JTW10 Initiate (67) Nov 25, 2013 Pennsylvania

    If I wanted to drink juice I would buy juice. I hate to be all cynical but Jesus Christ, every new IPA(and popular old ones!) has a description that sounds like they are selling a fruit basket.
  7. mambossa

    mambossa Devotee (403) Jun 30, 2015 Ohio

    I wish they would bring back the Emperial DIPA...
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  8. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,368) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Have you tried the newly released Sierra Nevada 40th Hoppy Anniversary Ale? That might be your 'cup of tea'.

  9. OscarO67

    OscarO67 Devotee (421) Nov 12, 2011 California

    I had a bottle this weekend. Good, but didn't get all the notes they are talking about in the review. I think the candi sugar brought out the malt more and only a touch of citrus flavor. Definitely not a juice bomb. Cheers!
  10. pjeagles

    pjeagles Initiate (152) May 29, 2005 New Mexico

    There weren't enough Loral hops for my taste.
  11. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,414) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    My bro picked up a 6 pack this week. All I have to do is ask him for can but I don't really want to try this.. even for free.
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  12. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (424) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    LOL. Saw this the other day for $15 a 6er (one place in Central PA is charging $17). Assumed it would be around $12-13. Not something I'll be purchasing.
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  13. ClockworkOrange

    ClockworkOrange Poo-Bah (2,264) Feb 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Soooo much cheaper now that they only ship from VA now instead of CA right? lol oh yeah, and cans are cheaper too (for the breweries)
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  14. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,877) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I have grown very skeptical, every time Stone kicks out a new beer it always tastes the same as their other offerings and most of what they mention are in the beer I cannot pick up. I will snag a single if I can get one to see but my expectations are lower and lower over the years.
    I wish Stone would do more Stouts and Porters and some Lagers, every time they do something non-IPA its usually solid.
  15. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,015) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Speaking of beer, space, and nomenclature I think Event Horizon takes the cake. It was a beer far, far ahead of its time, or it all happened long ago.
  16. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (618) Mar 28, 2009 California

    I concur. Stone is known for their ipas but I prefer their stouts and lagers.
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  17. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,877) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I really wish they would focus a lot more on non-IPA beers, I think their IPA blinders need to come off already. I get they love over the top hop bombs, but I feel they became a one trick pony to many. I bet if they spent the next two to three years doing other things a lot of folks would gravitate back to them. I still like Stone but they lost that special appeal they once held.

  18. neenerzig

    neenerzig Poo-Bah (2,575) Feb 15, 2006 Ohio

    I agree that it would be very nice to see Stone not be as laser focused on IPAs as they seem to be these days. It certainly seems that 10 or even 5 years ago they were doing many more non IPA beers than they are these days. Stone's made a lot of absolutely outstanding non IPA beers. More variety from them these days would be nice. All that being said, all of their IPAs are always at the very least solidly good, and quite a few are outstanding. I've yet be disappointed from any beer I've had from Stone, and I've reviewed well over 100 of their beers over the years on this site. And there are more that I've had from them that I did not get the chance to ever review here. For me at least, they are still the most consistent brewery making good IPA after good IPA. And I picked up a 6 pack of the Viking Space Probe the other day. And it is another damn good beer from Stone.

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  19. Lucular

    Lucular Poo-Bah (3,031) Jun 20, 2014 Maryland
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    I tend to be pretty cynical about Stone (especially their IPAs) but I had this one on tap and blew me away. Tons of citrus/tropical/peach flavors with some wheat and a pillowy mouthfeel - pretty much as advertised. I had the beer before reading the description and went in with fairly low expectations which were easily surpassed. For a mass-produced NEIPA it is quite good.

    That said, I will not be picking this up at $15/ it is likely a one-and-done for me.
  20. DokiDokiLitFam

    DokiDokiLitFam Aspirant (207) Jun 3, 2019 New Jersey

    Is $15 for a 6 pack considered unreasonable? At 8% ABV, a DIPA that is quite good would be a quick pick. A staple if I liked it enough. But maybe I'm the weird one. I dunno...
  21. traction

    traction Devotee (485) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia
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    Not really surprised to see another Stone IPA. The last interesting IPA I had from them was the Mocha IPA from a few years ago I don't know how well it sold but I really enjoyed it and ended up buying a case. I would love to see that one again ideally in cans.
  22. traction

    traction Devotee (485) Dec 4, 2010 Georgia
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    $15/6 is definitely on the higher end of Stone IPA's in my neck of the woods although that is around what Xocoveza is priced at. The old school Stone IPA is $10/6 pack here and most of there other IPA's are $13 or less. A 4 pack of pints of Fear Movie Lions is $12 pretty much everyplace around me. It is really only their non IPA offerings I have ever seen at the $15 price point. If I was paying $15 I would almost certainly get 4 pack of pints from someplace local over any Stone IPA offering.
  23. BrewHound601

    BrewHound601 Initiate (24) Jan 30, 2020

    I've never seen Stone heavy on marketing; I'm on the EasT COAST Do yo see billboards where you are?
  24. BrewHound601

    BrewHound601 Initiate (24) Jan 30, 2020

    Wow that's expensive for Stone.
  25. JBogan

    JBogan Champion (837) Jul 15, 2007 California

    One of their beers that came out not long ago that I really enjoy is their Notorious P.O.G. Berliner Weisse. Problem is, I've never seen it for less than $15 per sixer (12 oz cans), and have seen it for as much as $18. It's a really nice beer and I'd buy it much more often, but not at those prices.
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  26. BrewHound601

    BrewHound601 Initiate (24) Jan 30, 2020

    gotta check that one out.
  27. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (331) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts

    Xocoveza and all the other specialty beers 6 packs like Enjoy By that come out in Mass have been $17-19 so I'm anticipating that price point and it'll be a tough sell even though it sounds great. The price is just a lot for a 6 pack.
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  28. BrewHound601

    BrewHound601 Initiate (24) Jan 30, 2020

    Mass is massively outrageous on that; you guys have it rough. I thought Jersey was bad.
  29. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Zealot (530) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    This... while I want to explore sours more, esp. the mass-produced ones, I'm not going to drop 18$+ (or more) for low ABV.
  30. BrewHound601

    BrewHound601 Initiate (24) Jan 30, 2020

    I agree. I don't buy anything with less than 6.7abv at a rate over $9.99 for a sixer.
  31. Thankin_Hank

    Thankin_Hank Savant (918) Nov 18, 2013 Texas

    I just got a couple on draft at my new place at 'What's On Tap' and I was impressed.

  32. Singlefinpin

    Singlefinpin Disciple (392) Jul 17, 2018 North Carolina

    Xcoveza is my Number One Rated Beer for the year so far. I had it on tap and it was amazing! I can't say what the bottle is like, yet.
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  33. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Disciple (374) Nov 21, 2008 Texas

    That was a good beer. I drank a lot of it. It found it somewhat similar to Victory's Hop Wallop, which I also miss. I don't know why more breweries don't experiment more with floral, spicy and earthy hops. I think they work well in IPAs.
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  34. ichorNet

    ichorNet Meyvn (1,248) Mar 16, 2010 Massachusetts

    That beer was ridiculously good, but yeah... way too expensive for what it was.
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  35. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (264) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Hop Wallop is back and out right now if you're interested and can get a hold of it where you live. The current recipe is slightly different, though.
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  36. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,368) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

  37. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (424) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

  38. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,368) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Below is what I posted on the New Beer Sunday thread:

    "What you want to look for is the enjoy by date on the label - small font, white ink.

    The bottle in that photo has: ENJOY BY 09 MAY 2020".

    This bottle is from my third 6-pack that I purchased. It is my understanding that Victory uses a 5 month best by date so this bottle is from December 9, 2019. I would encourage you to seek out a January bottle date. Even though this bottle is only 1.5 months old there is a noticeable drop-off of hop aroma/flavor in this beer. The others I drank earlier (3-4 weeks ago) were absolutely glorious!!"

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  39. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (264) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Jack and I do not share the same opinions of this beer and I find it to be just okay for my palate. However, I can attest that it is most certainly a hop lovers dream and a fresh bottle has a strong aroma and the taste is almost like chewing on a hop cone (okay not as harsh as that probably really is of course but you get where I am going here :wink:). It's a hoppy beer through and through and yes with this one fresher is better and I would imagine could fall off a little quickly.

    You know, come to think of it I would be open to trying a less than fresh bottle just to see what it's like, something at the 45-ish day mark maybe.
  40. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,368) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Let me know what you think.

    I had three bottles left from my third 6-pack but my wife drank them all in one drinking session. I am guessing she liked this year's Hop Wallop as much as I did.:slight_smile:

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