Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.66/5 rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Been very impressed with every other Stone product I have purchased. Looking forward to trying this baby. These guys really know their hops.
Appearance 3.50: Poured out a hazy, semi-translucent gold. Half-inch head stuck around as thick foam on the top.
Smell 3.75: Nice bouquet. Very spicy hop aroma that is almost floral. Not a thick and cloying floral scent, but light, airy...very pleasant and inviting. Also hitting notes of pine..chlorophyll...is this Chinook? Nice.
Taste 3.75: Front is somewhat salty and features a very subdued hop alkalinity. Middle is very hoppy and floral...somewhat too floral. Middle is also malty and semi-sweet. Finish is dry, with more of the floral hop. Ever smelled a tea tree blossom? It reminds me of that. Pleasant, but strange and somewhat distracting. Aftertaste is wonderful: everything described above taken back a step and distilled...almost like perfume.
Mouthfeel 3.50: Good level of carbonation, certainly fits this style.
Overall 3.5: Good IPA and certainly different from the many other IPAs that seem to proliferate the bottle shops. The featured hop in this brew is distinctive; very clever and well-thought out of the brewmaster at Stone. Nonetheless, this IPA is not perfect (IMHO), but it is very good. Sessionable, but probably not all that great with food. I see the floral hop interfering/clashing with certain flavor profiles. Nonetheless, certainly worth trying this beer if you have never had the privilege.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2013 06:14:34 | More by BeerDocT
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