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Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Unapologetic IPA

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Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 285   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1300) - - SEP 21, 2014
Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed orange-amber color with a small rather fizzy white head. The head fades almost instantly, leaving a persistent ring of foam around the circumference of the snifter as some decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a sweeter fruity smell with a mix of tropical fruits of mango, tangerine, and some melon as well as some smells of lemon and apricot. Along with these aromas so too comes smells of a nice doughy nature and a bit of smooth graininess. A lighter level of grapefruit, floral, and herbal hop with a little bit of a peppery spice smell round out the aroma, producing a nice fruity and welcoming aroma overall. Taste – While fruits are quite large in the nose, they are not quite as strong in taste as I would have anticipated. The taste starts out strong with a bready taste along with some of the fruitiness that was in the nose. There is a decent showing of a herbal and floral hope flavor upfront, with these flavors remaining relatively constant throughout the taste. While the taste advances a bit more, lemon and tangerine comes to the tongue along with a little bit of a lessening of the other tropical fruit flavors of mango and pineapple that were present upfront. Along with the transition of the fruit flavors, comes a strong arrival of a grapefruit hop taste. The grapefruit is joined at the end by a little bit of a melon flavor, which when mixed with the rest of the flavors, leaves a very pleasantly melon and fruity sweetened but still bitterly balanced taste with a good hop blend flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the light to average side. The thick body and moderate carbonation are great for really nicely accentuating the mix of bready, tropics, apricot and melon flavors of the brew all while also being great for creating a base for the smooth blend of hop flavors to penetrate the tongue nicely. Overall – A rather smooth and tasty double IPA with a quite nice blend of bready, fruit, and smooth hop flavors which all in all combined with a great aroma and feel to produce a fantastic brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2335) - JAPAN - SEP 21, 2014
Pretty straight forward DIPA. Can say in all honesty this was well rounded, hoppy and full, but missing the character of some other beers this night. Dirt Wolf, Dreadnaught and Modern Times were all in the next category p from this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7608) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Orange malt and orange peel /spruce aroma. Hazy golden yellow with small head. Sweet earthy orange malt and moderately bitter orange peel and pine flavor. Body on the lighter side. Nice balance. Very tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badwhale (368) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bomber to shaker glass. Pours s hazy yellow with a nice white head, that dissipates quickly. Lots of hop nose, and flavor. Really good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonmac (331) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Tap at Red Cow. Citrus on the nose and plenty of hopness as expected from a Stone beer. Appearance is mostly golden orange with some lacing and froth. Vibrant hop taste with some real earthy qualities. Honestly hard to distinguish from other Stone beers but since they are all tremendous I’m OK with it. Really clean, hoppy finish that I wish wouldn’t end. Apologies are completely unnecessary.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1883) - Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Tap: Hazy, golden-orange body with a lasting, soapy, off-white head. Fairly creamy, mild lacing left on the glass. Aroma of Fruity Pebbles, lemon verbena, herbal tea, flowers, & fresh cut grass. Very herbal, grassy, & fruity all at once. Vibrant. Flavor is much more bitter than expected, however there’s still a strong, backing sugar cookie malt sweetness. White pepper, bitter weeds, perfume, lemon pith, & a slight alcoholic warmth. Semisweet finish as the pungent, floral & herbal bitterness fades. Lightly sticky. A good beer. I enjoyed the first few sips more than the last couple, but pretty solid overall.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spab (2397) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
650 ml bottle from Premier Gourmet. Pours a clear golden orange with average-sized, lasting white head. Aroma is full of pine resin, with fair amount of breadiness, caramel, floral hops and some tropical fruit notes. Flavour is big on the resiny hops with floral and tropical fruit hop notes too, bread and caramel. Moderately bitter finish. Doesn’t feel like nearly 9%. Slick mouthfeel. Body verging on full. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bigguns22 (682) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Pour is a clover honey color with a lasting creamy head that lingers in the glass. Aroma is lite but nice floral and citrus most noted. A full flavored ipa that is not overly bitter and has a creamy mouth feel that is reminiscent of melting chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6052) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
[Bottle (22oz)] Pours a cloudy copper-gold with a large long-lasting frothy white head and a bit of lacing. Aroma is bready along with tropical fruit first followed by some sugary sweetness and light piney/floral/grassy notes. Flavour is quite fruity and sweet with a big dry bitter finish. Alcohol is present but not 9%. Medium bodied. Pretty good, a tad too sweet though.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Handypaul (213) - - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear yellow with a small white head that thins to a ring and leaves fair lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel and vanilla. Medium sweet, lightly bitter, medium body, flavors of caramel sweetness followed by a lingering bitterness. Medium body, oily feel, average carbonation and a bitter finish


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