“By definition, an India Pale Ale is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its little brother, pale ale-and we deliver in spades. Now one of the most well respected and best-selling IPAs in the country, this golden beauty explodes with citrusy flavor and hop aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character. This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.” 6.9% ABV
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my nonic. Golden in color, and slightly hazy. The head is nearly nearly white, with a yellowish tint to it. The head is pretty sudsy/foamy, and settles to a thin covering that persists throughout. Good lacing is left on the glass.
Ample floral, citrus-scented hops. The scent is similar to grapefruit juice.
Moderately carbonated, medium-bodied, and pretty easy going down. Finishes plenty dry, with lots of hoppy bitterness. The bitterness really coats the tongue from tip to back. The flavor of bitter grapefruit juice is the main one on the palate, as well as some floral/piney characteristics as well. There is a faint graininess in the aftertaste as well.
I’ve always been a little scared/shy around IPA’s, as I found them quite unpalatable initially. However, as I try more beer, I’m finding an appreciation for quality hops (as opposed to the big malty beers that I clung to early in into my ventures in the beer world), and based on what I’ve learned about the style, Stone IPA is a class act. The flavors and mouthfeel are tight and properly aggressive. Even with a lengthy lingering bitterness, I feel the refreshing nature of the brew really coming through. I’m still not an IPA guy per se, but I can definitely recognize quality beer craftsmanship. 8/10
Stone Brewing Co. – Escondido, California