Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.53/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
MmmStone IPA This was the first non-Arrogant Bastard Stone beer I tried. I bought a boat load of Stone on a trip to Arizona, and drank the IPA first for two reasonsI expected it to pale in comparison with the likes of Old Gaurdian and Ruination and because at the time (March 2003) it was due to be available in Texas within days. Well, its mid-June and IPA is finally here! Anyway, Im sorry I so under-estimated this beer, because it might just be my favorite Stone. The brilliant, clear gold body sports a stylishly-contrasted white, creamy head and a massive aroma of fruity PacNW hops OTHER than Cascades. The nose isnt one-dimensional either, just like the beer itself. Under the fresh, floral, green hoppiness is a touch of earthy maltiness and a soft, fruity sweetness. The flavor is identical, with the bitterness being far from assertive, allowing the hops to be flavorful, not astringent. The pale maltiness shows even more of the fruitiness in the flavor than it did in the nose. The velvety smooth fruitiness glides effortlessly past the initial hop smack and doesnt end until a touch of alcoholic warmth reminds me that this is almost 7% ABV. How a beer thats this hoppy can maintain this kind of balance and still be as quintessential an example of an American IPA as Ive tried, I honestly dont know. Masterful brewing, simply masterful.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2003 20:29:30 | More by TXHops
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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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