Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
3.81/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Re-review ^_^ 12 oz bottle poured into a regular glass.
A: Pours a faintly hazy golden amber color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade that retains itself nicely.
S: Not really my bag here. It's mostly some earthy dankness, pine cone, mild grapefruit, with a bit of augmenting caramel malt. I prefer big tropical fruit bomb aromas, so it's not the fault of the brew itself.
T: Better than I remembered. The initial flavor is pleasant grapefruit, before giving way to a bitter, dry piny finish. Malts are only vaguely evident throughout. Quite good, even great.
M: Dry and astringent - bitter, too. There's nothing balanced or delicate about the mouthfeel, but it gives the beer impressive drinkability in conjunction with the lighter texture and moderate carbonation. Still, it would be even better if the bitter dryness didn't fatigue the palate so badly.
O: I keep writing off Stone, and there are many occasions when I'm right in doing so. This one, though, I'm thankful I revisited. I wouldn't quite make it a go-to - there's far too big of a risk of getting a stale bottle here on the right coast - but I would revisit this on tap, easily. A good "palate wrecker" IPA.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2013 00:29:16 | More by ThisWangsChung
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