Stone Mocha IPA

California
United States
Stone Mocha IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

With deliberate disregard for traditional brewing styles, this revolutionary IPA blurs the lines between an IPA and a stout. Technically an all-out double IPA, this decadent creation is brewed with the combination of golden-roasted coffee, pure dark chocolate and citrusy hops. The result is a love child of a beer characterized by a beautiful meld of imperial IPA and mocha indulgence. Brewed “inexplicably“ with cocoa, milk sugar and coffee. The cocoa hits first, then coffee. The beer finishes with a nice citrus zing from the Citra and Amarillo hops, where all the flavors play perfectly together.

Profile

ABV: 
9%
IBUs: 
80
Served at: 
50
Hops: 
Cascade, Citra & Amarillo
Malts: 
2 Row, Munich, Crystal 40, and Victory
Judges Review 
Randy Scorby's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Mocha IPA by Stone Brewing is being evaluated as a Specialty IPA (Category 21B) from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Mocha and IPA in the same sentence? Although one would think there has been a crossed circuit in styles, the ingredients play extremely well together in this specialty Double IPA. One look at the light amber color would certainly make one question the mocha aspect of this beer, but as soon as you take your first sniff you will understand. The drinker is greeted with light roast coffee and chocolate in the aroma, followed by an uppercut of fresh grapefruit citrus hop aroma that leaves no doubt that IPA is the proper category for this beer. Rounding out the aroma is a light floral alcohol character. The hops take center stage in the flavor with mixed tropical fruit and grapefruit rind, with support from the roast coffee and chocolate that rise and fall in the flavor like a sine wave. The medium-high hop bitterness provides additional support and lingers into the dry finish that is typical of an IPA. This beer is an excellent example of how we sometimes need to look beyond the conventional expectations of a beer style and appreciate experimentation.

Brewery Introduction

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing has come a long way since opening up in San Diego, California in 1996. We have been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate ... Read More

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