Stone (Richmond) / Ardent / Hardywood Give Me IPA or Give Me Death

RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Just as Patrick Henry once stood addressing the city of Richmond in 1775 to spur resistance against the tyrannical British Empire, 20 years ago we were stirred to join the cry for resistance against the tyrannical oppression of industrial beer. And now, the opening of our Richmond brewery is yet another shot in the salvo that has been fired on behalf of American brewing independence. If we wish to brew free, if we mean to retain our identity and preserve the privilege of access to independent craft beer, we must recognize it is a group effort. We do not stand alone. And so, on our new brewing grounds, we gathered with fellow craft breweries and His Excellency, Governor McAuliffe, to join together in force. A group cry of freedom & independence! Consider this aggressively hopped imperial IPA, jam-packed with Virginia raspberries and blackberries, a testament to our passion and unwillingness to settle or sell out! We think Patrick Henry would be proud, and hope you will be too.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (4697) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 23, 2017
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Dark amber, small bubbly head. Dank, hoppy aroma,. Taste brings in more of the malt base, caramel and toffee. Hoppy at first, then subsides to a nice malty brew with a bitter finish. Patrick Henry would be proud!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (6167) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2017
Bottle. Pours murky brown with a tall fluffy tan head. Aroma is floral hops, berries, sweet malt and light caramel. Taste is sweet malt, soft berries, floral hops, soft hop resins and light caramel. Body is medium with a soft bubbly carbonation and a light lingering hop bitterness. Ends with more floral hops, fruit, ripe berries, sweet malt, caramel and hop resins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (5556) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2017
Pours clear sepia with a thick and rather persistent buff head. Aroma presents resiny hops and toasted malt, just a whisper of berries. Resiny hops dominate the flavor, while the berry notes come through stronger - after a couple sips, the strawberry stands out while the blackberry remains a little shy. Mouthfeel offers firm, fairly viscous body and smooth but fizzy texture, with more berries appearing in the finish. Give me the liberty to drink good beer - and try different beers - or give me death!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tia (2047) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2017
Tap at the Cask Cafe. Light Brown with moderate head and lacing. Piney with some perfume. Moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffman52 (16) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2017
A really good beer. I poured it cold into a cold glass. That was a mistake. The beer came off way unbalanced and overly bitter. But I let it sit and warm for a bit and as it got around 46 degrees the flavors really started to show and it balanced the beer. Pours darker than I expected. Smell was typical hops for a fruity IPA. Taste was mango with some earthy sweet taste. The taste on the end was piney hops... It was smooth and dry with some nice hops that I expect out of a double IPA. Very Enjoyable!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1562) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2017
April 1st, 2017 - Its been a solid 10 weeks since Ive had a San Diego hop bomb. This style isnt common or affordable in Japan, so once I landed back in the states it was a quick trip to the liquor store shortly after the airport to recall how well this city does beer. And the first thing I saw on the shelf that looked like it would fit the criteria was Stones Give me IPA or Give Me Death. It is darker than most IPAs, approaching a chocolate color, and with a thin off-white head. The aroma is hugely bitter, pregnant with hops and given to a slight woodsiness. The bitterness extends to the flavor, expounding on the woody, botanical quality, with tree bark and freshly cut lumber sloshing around in a deep, profoundly awesome well of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (47600) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 3, 2017

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ Morten minus Peter Tasting ].

[ As Stone Give Me IPA or Give Me Death ].
Clear medium to dark amber color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, sweet malt, candy, moderate to heavy hoppy, grapefruit, orange - citrus, sweet fruit, sweet hops, sweet berries. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, candy, sweet fruit, sweet hops, hoppy, raspberry - blackberry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20170401]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacBoost (1846) - Victor, New York, USA - APR 1, 2017
Chugged this bomber. Took me two tries to get through it because the beer is terrible. Sweet bitter malt juice. Cloying. Terrible. Buy this beer if you like the taste of IPAs from 2006.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
back (2109) - Holstebro, DENMARK - APR 1, 2017
Kobber klar skum rhvid luftig Citrus grape malt ndder br frugt Bitter meget sd lidt Oile bld @f1 USA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
delnoche (516) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - MAR 31, 2017
1pt 6fl oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint. Copper with a ton of offwhite head. Nose is floral hops. Flavor starts fruity (berries of some sort?) and then danks out into full hops mode. Bold brew. Daddy likes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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