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Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Unapologetic IPA

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RATINGS: 329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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When you get three hopheads together to collaborate on a beer, it’s only natural to expect some hopped up liquid incarnation of their lupulin lust to spring forth from such a session. Maybe it seems passé to some—three masters of hoppy beer once again exploring the familiar territory of the India pale ale. After all, who needs yet another IPA, double or otherwise, right? It’s all been done. To those who feel this way, this trio’s reply is: “So what?” In birthing a double IPA made bitter and fruity care of a mélange of new and experimental hops (Azacca, Belma, and yet-to-be-named varieties from Washington’s Yakima Valley), they aren’t staying in a comfort zone—they’re hitting a sweet spot in the name of all that is good, delicious, hoppy and forward-thinking to create an IPA that’s both like and unlike anything they, or you, have ever tasted. Rife with essence of pine, resin, and fruits both citrus and tropical, there’s no need for apologies with this beer. All that’s necessary is a yearning for hops, a sturdy constitution and an empty glass.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
airrick2003 (524) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Appearance: light gold very clear color, has a thick beige head that settles into a nice density, laces nicely and the head lasts Aroma: grass, pine, some alcohol hues, smells good if faint under this thick head Taste: strong bitterness throughout and especially on the finish, citrus, alcohol Palate: heavy mouthfeel, average carbonation, very strong bitter aftertaste Overall: this is a very bitter beer, it's pretty good too, some alcohol that mostly comes thru as spice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1091) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle, thanks to wittales. Slightly hazy bronze pour with white head. Aroma is citrus heavy, backdrop of urine and cotton candy sweetness. Moderately sweet taste, appropriately bitter finish. Medium body, average carbonation, oily texture. Overall: this is a nice one. Doesn’t stand out in any particular way, but way nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (8754) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Niels. Clear orange color, medium sized white head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, nicely fruity, resin, piney, a light hint of grapefruit, good hoppyness. Taste malts, resin, pine, grapefruit, bitter hops, fruit hops, bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. If you don’t like resin and pine you shouldn’t order this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4252) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Clear golden colour with a medium sized white head. Smells hopa, fresh, green, nice. Tastes bitter, hops, grassy, malts. Medium to full body, very bitter, nice carbo.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Foggy deep yellow, pillowy head, curtains of lace. Hops! As soon as I uncap the bottle, glorious scents leap forth… once poured, I am entertained by piney/woody, resiny, citric, and buttery cookie dough aromas. Further introspection reveals suggestions of smoke and baking spice. Fruity and bitter in flavor, resplendently hoppy, bready malt, peachy. Sharp and fluffy with carbonation. Clean herbal finish. Finally, an appropriately-hopped DIPA!

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Westchesterco (1062) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a clear golden color with a slight head. The aroma is citrus and the taste is bitter with strong accents of orange

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3538) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2014
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a hazy gold with an off white head. Surprisingly malty nose. Flavors of grass and pine resin with some citrus notes. Bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8006) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
2014-11-14. Hazy dark orange body with a moderate beige head. 3+ Aroma is unexpectedly boozy, orange hop character. Flavour is quite bitter and alcoholic, orange citrus and muted resin and light orange seed notes. Average plus bodied palate with good carbonation. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (842) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2014
This really felt like a hotter version of Stone IPA to me, no better, no worse, just packing more punch. Finish is more aggressively hoppy and bitterness lingers with some heat, but the higher abv is mostly balanced with juicy tropical fruit flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (5042) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Bomber from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. This beer had a little haze under a white layer of foam. The aroma was tropical fruit with some floral. Honey? I tasted plenty of tropical and it lead throughout. Pineapple at one point melded with grapefruit. That citrus was secondary and floral after that. The hops were really well done. They worked together so well and never conflicted. Malts are pale with no caramel and they stayed back and let the hops play. This beer went down like a 6% beer. It is dangerously easy to drink. Nicely done.


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