Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Philousa:
4.88/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Sits an opaque gold in the glass with a good amount of head. Lacing is great, leaving a trail of your Stone experience like rings in a tree trunk. A complex hop profile greets the nose. It's earthy, citrusy, floral, and light with some bitterness. Pale malt meets the tongue first, tasting fruity with higher temperatures. This fades to bitter with hints of earthiness. The bitterness is a kick, but not overwhelming. There are some yeast flavors in the brew if you're looking for it, which speaks to the delicateness of this beer. The mouthfeel is balanced. Lots of carbonation, but it isn't harsh on the tongue or throat. Stone sure picked their yeast carefully. It feels a bit too malty at first, but it lightens up due to the carbonation.
This is a model IPA that should be followed, if not replicated, by other breweries. Many say that Stone is too bitter or hop crazy, but when you compare this IPA to others (such as Lagunitas or DFH), you notice this is much more delicate than its competitors. There are floral and fruity undertones to this beer that you just don't get with others. Now it must be admitted that I'm a bit partial, since Stone introduced me to the wonderfulness known as hops, but I think there is a reason I listened when they spoke. Stone knows what they're doing here, and anyone with taste buds will sit a little straighter and take note. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2011 04:33:55 | More by Philousa
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4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
There may be no other IPA that so confidently displays what it means to be "west coast". Its premier and dedicated focus on hop bitterness is supported by the perfect type of barley malt- the nonexistent type!
Its nose-piercing scent of hops take center stage with the strong presence of white grapefruit, tangy orange peel, fresh-cut grass and an overall aura of resinous pine. And upon the first drink, the mouth dries and waters at the same time; contending with the full brunt of hop flavor and yearning for refreshment.
The middle offers up a malty-dry taste and texture that's of faint caramel and thin honey, but with a wafer-thin light bread texture. As the palate acclimates to the tongue-sweating hop dominance, its floral and fruity periphery show fleeting glimpses.
As the bottom falls out of the malts, its sweetness recedes quickly and allows the hops to develop into a smoothly resinous bittering, that intensifies to the proportions of freshly torn pine needles, bark and sap. Still, its pithy citrus sharpness ensures a high level of refreshment and drinkability as the ale concludes with resolute dryness.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 18:12:57 | More by BEERchitect
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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