Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Groomsy:
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. "Enjoy by" date of 03.03.13.
The pour on this yields a thick, fluffy head of bright white foam that clings all over the glass and leaves sheets of lacing. The body itself is a crystal-clear gold/honey color with nice carbonation from the bottom of the glass. A great looking beer.
Make no mistake: This is the definition of a West Coast IPA. Brimming with the smell of candied grapefruit, oranges, lemons, floral hops, and some piney astringency in the back, the hops are front and center on this beer. Even as a hop-forward brew, there is still a lot of sweetness; I'm getting a lot of ripe tropical fruit in the nose. This is all backed by just enough bready/biscuity malt profile to balance the abundant bitterness. Great nose on this one.
The taste profile follows the nose. On the front of the tongue, there's a big burst of citrusy bitterness, followed by some malty sweetness and tropical fruit (see above) on the middle of the tongue. Some floral and piney astringency hangs on the back on the mouth in the finish. Perfectly balanced, but hop-centered. All of the 3 Cs of the hop world are in full force here and are beautifully intertwined with each other.
Stone's IPA feels great on the palate. For a relatively high ABV for its style, the alcohol is well-hidden and stays in check through the flavors. Mildy carbonated and smooth, this is a dry and refreshing beer of which you can easily drink several. Its light body makes it easy to drink as well.
Through and through, this is a great and quintessential American IPA. You owe it to yourself to try this.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2013 02:16:53 | More by Groomsy
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is my favorite IPA and a goto beer for me.
Pour - excellent voluminous, frothy pour; leaving a gorgeous three finger, frothy, sea foam head.
Appearance - Very nice, clear amber. Lacing is outstanding.
Nose - The nose is not powerful, but does bring up a nice light grapefruit/pine/resin scent.
Taste - Yummy. Not thick and or over the top; but rather a perfect balance. Ruby Red grapefruit juice, pine resin, yummy sweet malt.
Finish - perfect. Bitter, long lasting, citrus sour.
This is truly a world class beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 19:43:24 | More by davidsumner
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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