Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Stone IPA is brewed in the American style for an India Pale Ale and is remarkably solid IPA offering that you should try if you can find it. Fortunately for me, a smaller package store out here in eastern Massachusetts has Stone Brewing bombers on their shelves, a nice addition from the west coast to an east coast palate. The bomber version of the Stone IPA (22 ounces) is really the ideal way to drink this beer, so pick yourself up a couple for a nice weekend of quality beer.
The Stone IPA comes in with an ABV of 6.9%, so it certainly packs a nice little punch in terms of alcohol in the beer. Though it comes at 6.9%, there is a sensational drinkability to this beer and the alcohol remains off in the background and is not trying to ruin the taste by being too in your face.
Though this beer certainly could be simply a session beer and not one to serve with food, for the bombers that were picked up I decided to serve them with grilled salmon and it worked out perfectly. Seafood always seems to complement IPAs remarkably well and the spiciness of Stone IPA lent a welcome hand to the grilled taste of the salmon.
When poured, Stone IPA pours a rich amber to gold color that nicely fills the glass. Upon pour, there is more than a moderate amount of carbonation that really does not give way much but instead leads to a thick white head that holds true almost all the way through the offering. Since the large head holds steady for quite some time, needless to say there is a thick white lacing present along the glass, as well.
Stone IPA is a medium body IPA to pour and the quasi-cloudy nature of the beer remains throughout the drinking.
The rich aroma of this IPA is toward the top of the recent memory of IPA smells. An almost immediate smell of grapefruit and caramel malts are noticed once the beer is poured. From the nose alone there is every indication that this is going to be a good hop filled offering. Other citrus smells like lemons and oranges can also be found in the nose.
If you are not into hoppy beers or have no idea what a hop head is then this beer is one that you should stay away from. The taste of the Stone IPA is rich with an impressive hop flavor that is beautifully crafted as being the right balance of spice and flavor. While there is some pine noted, other than the hop taste of the beer, there are also subtle citrus tastes that also work their way into the offering.
Serving type: bottle
08-16-2008 01:15:18 | More by Bounty628
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