Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.7/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: ~10oz. of rare cask-conditioned IPA in a tulip glass at the Stone 12 event. Served a bit cold. Cost: $5.
Appearance: Typical casked-beer appearance. Thin, loose head that quickly resolved down to a thin, patchy skim. The amber-tinged yellow body was appropriately cloudy, warming my heart in anticipation. Very fine beading that suggested subtle carbonation. This was one of my early samples, so I was able to hold this to the daylight.
Smell: A very rich, hoppy, herbaceous aroma arose from the beer. Not resinously piney, but more like fresh, clean pine-scented mountain air.
Taste: Having been warned by Greg, I expected a palate-assaulting wave of hop bitterness. I was immediately impressed by how refreshing and delicious this beer actually was. I am constantly decrying the tendency of some beers to try and out-hop or out-ABV the competition. This beer never forgets that it is meant to be a pleasurable experience. As expected, the subtle, cask carbonation really lets the flavor of this beer fully express itself. Clean herbaceous flavors vie with the malt backbone, resulting in a wonderfully balanced, distinctive IPA. Has a yeastier, deeper flavor than the draught, which lasted long through the finish.
Mouthfeel: Delightfully smooth, cool, and satisfying. Compared to the “regular” draught IPA that followed, this was smoother and tastier and a bit less brittle.
Drinkability: Frightfully drinkable. This brew is the workhorse of the line; more complex and satisfying than the Pale Ale and less over the top than the Ruination. The alcohol is undetectable (although 6.9% ABV isn’t all that high). An ultra-high quality session beer I could drink all day.
Greg warned me not to have this as my first beer at the Stone/Blind Tiger event as I had planned because he thought it would be too hoppy and aggressive to start with; so I took his suggestion of the Pale Ale instead. Big mistake. Although the Pale Ale was good, it was a bit one-dimensional and thin. In contrast, I thought that the Ruination tried too hard. This beer is everything a great IPA should be, and on cask it is even better than draught. Now, I will have to seek out the bottles. Along with the Oaked Arrogant Bastard, the star of the tasting.
Bottom Line: As Goldilocks said after trying the Pale Ale and Ruination, “This is juuust right!”
Serving type: cask
03-19-2003 14:01:16 | More by Dantes
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