Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.16/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to my DFH IPA glass; freshness date of July 28, 2013 printed in yellow ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“ENJOY BY 07/28/13”). Given Stone’s standard 90-day freshness window, that would mean this beer was bottled on April 29 or thereabouts, just under three weeks ago. Easily the freshest Stone IPA I’ve seen in this area.
Appearance (4.5): This pours with a full, voluminous head (easily three fingers) the color of custard, which seems as if it won’t die down. It dissipates slowly, looking like the texture of meringue, leaving some lacing on the sides. The body is a crystal-clear, 24ct gold. As the beer goes down, it leaves wide, thick patches of lacing and wide collars which cover nearly half of the far side of the glass—very nice.
Smell (4.0): Very nice, fragrant aromas of pineapple juice, pine sap, some dank resin, and some of that weird, earthy spiciness you can get from Simcoe. It all floats above some fresh white bread, sugar cookies, and light simple syrup.
Taste (4.25): Starts off with a strong bitterness that tastes like chewing on grapefruit rind, and that bitterness sticks around through to the dry finish. The malt body follows the character shown in the nose, mostly with a sugar cookie sweetness which ties into some of that pineapple juice hop character. Key lime pie, mint leaves, and more pine sap mingle. It stays light enough to stay out of the way and still finish nicely dry, especially with that undercurrent of pine resin. Straightforward, but well done: solidly bitter from start to finish, with a present-enough malt body and a dry, bitter finish.
Mouthfeel (4.25): Carbonation is moderate with a soft feel, foaming easily with a subtle tingle before finishing, pairing with a slightly less-than-medium weight body that finishes well dry but not parching. Overall, it makes for a very satisfying feel.
Overall (4.0): This is a very solid, very classic American IPA. What I like about it is how straightforward and clear the bitterness is, showing more bite than a lot of the new, all-chewy-juicy-hops (D)IPAs—this kind of beer defines the American IPA, in a lot of ways, and it’s very good beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-14-2011 22:25:00 | More by fmccormi
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 7,998 ratings.