Release Stone Exalted IPA

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by stevepat, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. stevepat

    stevepat Disciple (314) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    http://www.stonebrewing.com/beer/stone-seasonals/stone-exalted-ipa

    Just picked this one up last night. The can makes it sound like it will be a series of varying hop combos. Pretty good IPA, not the most economical (I think it hit me around $12 a six pack) but I've also never heard of Loral hops and stone's work with hops is always interesting.
     
  2. rypkr

    rypkr Crusader (794) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Had this a few weeks ago and was one of the worst ipas I've ever had hands down. I LOVE enjoy by so had big hopes to like this one too.

    Unfortunately it smells like feet and stinky cheese. Literally.
     
  3. CannedWaggoneer

    CannedWaggoneer Initiate (58) May 1, 2017 Ohio

    I find mostly all of Stone's beers that use new, lesser known hops to be pretty bad and usually pretty weird in general.

    It's clear they use weird experimental hops to justify beers that otherwise have to reason to exist, marketing the hell out of them.

    I don't have a problem with IPA breweries, fundamentally, as long as nearly all their IPAs are great. But Stone turned and really went down this path full steam ahead but don't even take the time to make decent IPA anymore. I guess IPA doesn't have to be good to sell.
     
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  4. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (9,268) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    On the up side, you get to try new varieties of hops. I'd only had one beer with Loral Hops before (Yards brewing did a Pilsner that featured them) and my palate was wrecked at that time, so the Exalted was a good opportunity to sit down and really investigate them. As many others found I didn't really like the beer, but that's not really the brewers fault, is it? There was nothing wrong with the beer, it was just the hops. I'm looking forward to more in the future although I know it might be hit or miss depending on my personal tastes.
     
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  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,448) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Jim, I had that beer at the 2017 Philly Bierfest and I really liked it!

    As you know, in brewing it is not just the ingredients but the brewing process that will impact the flavor profile of the resulting beer. I strongly suspect that Yards was judicious in their utilization of the Loral hops in that Pilsner beer.

    Cheers!

    P.S. I was not wrecked (yet) when I drank that beer.
     
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  6. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (203) Aug 2, 2017 New Jersey
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    Stone uses these weird hops and probably make a killing on their margins. Still gonna be an absolute sucker and try them all. Doubt they will be able to touch Sierra Nevada's Experimental Hop Pack in terms of quality though. Loral & Dr. Rudi's Inevitable Adventure was a pretty solid Stone Experiment though!
     
  7. jbakajust1

    jbakajust1 Moderator (1,266) Aug 25, 2009 Oregon
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    I wasn't a fan of this beer either. I also bought the Costco mix pack and the Herkules Revovler tastes like shit. Like fake Canteloupe. I hate Canteloupe. 1/4 of my 24 pack is getting dumped.
     
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  8. Aztec_Chris

    Aztec_Chris Initiate (146) May 7, 2015 California

    My guess is that Stone went all in on Loral hop contracts and are now experimenting with the hop to find a beer that sells. Seems a similar thing happened with Mandarina Bavaria in 2.0 and when that went away other beers poped up with that hop. Both of which are in Scorpion Bowl which is now year round.

    Looking forward to tasting Righteous IPA which I believe is Mosaic and El Dorado and Ruination 3.0.
     
  9. scream

    scream Zealot (533) Dec 6, 2014 Wisconsin

    While not up to some of their other IPA's such as Delicious and Ruination I did not find this to be bad at all. I got no onion taste as some mentioned in their reviews. 3.69 rating
     
  10. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (131) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    That Pale Ale 2.0 was really unique and quite delicious....I just don't think it had what it takes to be a flagship year-round brew.
     
  11. Ahonky

    Ahonky Initiate (131) Feb 13, 2018 New York

    The name "loral" doesn't do itself any favors. Like I would fuck a "Citra", but a loral I would put a blouse on and call it Blanch.
     
  12. sculls65

    sculls65 Aspirant (258) Dec 15, 2008 Michigan

    Hated Exalted. Galaxy Bowl was a step in a better direction in my opinion.
     
  13. CannedWaggoneer

    CannedWaggoneer Initiate (58) May 1, 2017 Ohio

    I think of Laurel and Hardy, so I picture a beer that's a stupid buffoon.
     
  14. AWA

    AWA Aspirant (265) Jul 22, 2014 California

    I do believe I have a new favorite post of the year.
     
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  15. AWA

    AWA Aspirant (265) Jul 22, 2014 California

    And btw, I kinda liked Exalted. Probably wouldn't pay 12 bucks for it again, but I didn't feel ripped off.
     
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  16. djtothemoney

    djtothemoney Aspirant (220) Nov 30, 2015 Ohio
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    I didn't love Loral and Dr. Rudis, so I'll skip this one.
     
  17. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (5,344) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    Worth checking out if it shows up around here.:slight_smile:

    Cheers!