Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I'm tired of drinking stouts, porters and various spiced, sometimes far, FAR overspiced Autumn and Winter beer types, so I decided to ditch the sweater and the liquid bread and go with something a little bit lighter and fruitier this time around (if I have to drink another damn "pumpkin" beer I'm going to puke.) Having had the Arrogant Bastard Ale before (which is damn good in case you weren't aware) I'm going with the Stone IPA.
Bought in a six-pack with the iconic gargoyle printed on the front (thanks for keeping us and the brew safe, ol' pal) this pours a beautiful gold with just a hint of copper-amber to let you know that you aren't just drinking swill. I really can't emphasize enough how crystal-clear and pretty this beer looks. Lots of carbonation, a decent two fingers of head which dissipates into a lacing that covers fully the head of the beer and sticks quite well to the side of the glass.
Smell is standard IPA fare (but in a good way) with a lot of variety between grass and citrus notes, pine-needles and nice esters. Taste is some heavy hops punching you directly in the nose and mouth that as the flavor mellows strikes a nice balance between the malt and the hops. This is crisp, refreshing, slightly bitter but also delicately balanced and a tiny bit sweet, and overall is exactly what I would expect from the folks at Stone. One last note: the 6.9 percent ABV will leave you with a nice little buzz after finishing a glass or three.
So, of all the IPAs I've had so far, this one is particularly hard to beat and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Probably the only beer that comes close so far is the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which is also quite nice. IPA fans should already have had this beer. If you haven't, you're missing out. Anybody else who hasn't had this beer is also missing out. Just try it.
Cheers, to good health and good beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2013 02:41:54 | More by Caj1
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