Pataskala Red X IPA | Stone Brewing

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Pataskala Red X IPAPataskala Red X IPA
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4.07/5
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Pataskala Red X IPAPataskala Red X IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pat-ASK-ala? Pata-SKALA? Pa-TASK-a-la? While those in the know favor the third pronunciation, no matter how you say it, this is a unique red IPA. The beer was first brewed in September 2015 to support music and arts education programs in Pataskala, Ohio, where Stone co-founder Greg Koch grew up. People there loved it, so we added the beer to our seasonal lineup. The deep crimson hue is courtesy of a fairly new special German malt variety by BESTMALZ called Red X. Dry-hopped with Mosaic, Cascade and Amarillo hops, this beer is incredibly citrus-forward, rounded out with biscuit and toffee notes. We think you’ll find this red IPA to be quite deliciously satisfying, no matter how you choose to pronounce it.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,828
Reviews:
263
Ratings:
1,094
pDev:
8.11%
 
 
Wants:
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Reviews: 263 | Ratings: 1,094
Photo of corby112
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby/copper color with dark mahogany edges and a two finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention, lingering for the duration with large rings and streaks of soapy lacing left in its path.

Floral, slightly earthy aroma with delicate resins and grassy soil countered by a sweet malt backbone. Surprisingly tame coming from stone. Hints of caramel, toffee and vinous dark fruits. Sadly not much going on here. Pretty bland and hops are minimal.

Thankfully more complex and interesting than the nose suggests with a pretty nice hop profile. Dank, earthy and bitter countered by juicy, tart citrus sweetness and a touch of summit/onion flavor. Grass and dank, piney bitterness followed by ruby red grapefruit, orange peel and tart pink lemonade. Sweet malt backbone with caramel, toffee, light bread and vinous dark fruit sweetness. Well bakanced and easy to drink. Interesting hybrid of wcipa and red ale styles. Solid beer.

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Photo of Mike_Benson
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

rich, red/orange color, fairly aromatic and tastes as good as it looks and smells, one of my favorite, if not favorite from Stone, particularly after having a "normal" IPA or two. This mixes up the rotation pretty well.

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Photo of FLima
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange copper color with a thick beige head with great retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with notes of caramel and slightly toasted malts, oranges, mint, mango, house yeast, grapes and red berries.
Flavor with notes of pine, toasted malts, peppery spices, orange peel, American yeast, stone fruit towards mango, flowers, raspberries, grapefruit, caramels, melons and plums. Dry and bitter aftertaste. It doesn’t fell its full 75 IBUs.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.3% is well hidden.
Well executed flavorful Red IPA with great fruity complexity. Bold, but not harsh.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

For me the issue with this red ale is hop excess. Not too bitter but hop flavors moving to the unpleasant. The malt base is quite good and I like that. There are aspects of the hops that are good but the grassiness turns to too much.
Good looking and feels good too. Tan head that laces. Good color. Carbonated well and heavy enough to have a pleasant feel.

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Photo of laketang
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle
copper red hue, large head with great retention
floral and malty notes.peppery or spicy to me.
medium feel for me.a red that I like to occasionally drink.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep cloudy red-amber, with a nice head of tan suds and spidery lace.

Aroma: Tropical fruity hops, pineapple, mango, orange. Stunning.

Taste: Hoppy up front but there are plenty of big malts here, too, as a red or amber beer normally would. It’s just that Stone packs in the flavors heavily and all over the top. Another winner.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ruby/brown mildly hazy body with a tall, coarse tan head that leaves 3D lace on the glass. Between the intense orange rind/grapefruit and the intense caramel/toffee malt nose, it's intense. The flavor does better with managing these two (badly) contrasting camps, instead favoring the toasty, slightly sweet maltiness and adding just a hint of the citrus flavor. There is a fair amount of bitterness remaining, but as a pure element, without the big citrus flavor itself, it's fine. The body is medium/full, assertively but not aggressively carbonated.
*Bitter* citrus and toast- it has yet to not be gross to me. Thankfully, the main component, the flavor, ditched this foul combo and picked the malt's side, but not without being dragged down some by the nose and residual citrus components. If style weren't a factor this would be rated .25-.5 lower, but since what is presented is the style's goal (to my eternal confusion, but not as much as Black IPAs) I can't criticize it too much.

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Photo of Bones10
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly surprised by this.

I'm a sucker for well done red IPAs and this is well done indeed.

Pours a clear red/brown/orange with a thin off white head. Lacing is webbed and quick to recede, leaving spiderweb patterns on the glass.

The smell is sweet citrus with no hint of a dominant odor. It's pleasant and inviting.

The taste is where this beer gets it right. The "red part" is well played with sweet caramel being represented here without ruining absolutely wonderful citrus hops. I'm looking forward to every sip.

The feel is smooth with subtle carbonation.

This is up there with Blood of the Unicorn and Furious in my book. Well done. Cheers!

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Photo of flgimp
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, nose is pine and grapefruit. Taste is bitter ( not too bitter) up front then dry and piney, straight forward IPA. Feel is medium with ample carbonation.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange and has loads of citrus and floral hop notes, and a decent maltiness to balance it out. Pretty good in my opinion, check this one out if you can find it.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red with a thick tan head that leaves a nice trail of lace.

Smells of tropical citrus and resinous pine backed by some nice floral notes.

Bitter sweet citrus -lemon, orange, grapefruit - followed by a heavy hit of resinous pine flowing to a thick malty backbone with some fig and caramel notes. Seriously big flavor on this one.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a semi-dark hazy burnt amber color with a one finger white foamy to bubbly little head. Light lacing here and there. The smell starts off with dried piney hops over top of some caramel malts. The taste was mainly dry and sweet. Bitterness rides in for the balance. Dry piney aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Sharp pine dryly hits my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good sessionable beer. Most likely come back to by itself, preferably without food.

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Photo of Dwreck
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells tropical, biscuit, malt. Taste vegetal, herbaceous, warmed up to more tropical notes. Great mohagany Amber color. Not a ton of head or lacing. Worth going through a sixer. But that's about all

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Photo of R_i_P
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently picked up a sixer from Trader Joes. Bottled on 04/09/2017. Brewed with Mosaic, Cascade and Amarillo hops. 7.3% ABV.

Pataskala IPA pours a slightly hazy-to-clear red chestnut color. 2 fingers of ecru foam with some lacing. The smell is citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is similar -- supported by a moderate malt backbone. The "unique" part about this IPA is the German "Red X" malt, which lends a slight biscuit and toffee flavor to the overall taste. However, there's not much hop aftertaste that lingers nicely after each sip. Nor is this IPA particularly bitter -- it's just well-rounded.

This is a very good IPA -- not the best or worst from Stone Brewing -- just somewhere lost in between. I personally found Pataskala IPA boring -- I won't be adding it to my weekly rotation of daily DIPAs.

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Photo of claminat420
3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle that states bottled 2/21/17 enjoy by 05/22/17

Appearance- from a hardy pour into my sierra Nevada spiegelau ipa glasss. it's a transparent amber/ crimson red color with a super frothy off white head. leaves some solid lacing.

Aroma- smells like a lager. just biscuit. thought this was an ipa?

Taste- bitterness with a floral hop. expecting tons more from cascade and mosaic dry hop. biscuit. malty for an ipa.

Mouthfeel- solid medium bodied. alittle over carbonated if you ask me but still nothing worth complaining over.

Drinkability- can drink five out of the six pack tonight. don't ever see purchasing this again unless options are limited.

Overall- I was expecting a lot more hop action coming from this brew but it's definitely on the malty side of ipa's. as it warms up I pick up some more hop notes but still kinda weak. just a biscuit taste with some floral bitterness. stone to me has been slacking for awhile. what happened to their basic ipa with centennial Columbus and chinook hops? it's all new school hipster hops in every ipa they brew now.

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Photo of kotocar
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

It says it's a "red" IPA. To me this means it tastes like a more rough IPA. Tastes like a Torpedo or any other strongly hopped IPA. It has less of a floral range to it and more of a toffee range in the IPA department.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is predominately of malts, some hops. Taste is malts, citrus. somewhat bready, light caramel, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a deep amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of off white, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of hops, malt, citrus, and a sugary quality.

T: Tasted of some malt content, a fair amount of malt (not as much as I expected, but still good), citrus (orange), light pine notes, a bit of toffee, and a light bready quality. A pretty well done flavor that's not overly hoppy, but still pretty complex. Quite well-balanced and tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, easy to drink amber beer. Worth a look.

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Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz silk screen brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Bottled on 01/30/17, enjoy by 04/30/17 on bottle neck.

A: Light mahogany with 2-finger medium beige bubbly head with decent retention and several layers of lacing down the glass.

S: Aroma has faded as I get mostly low-medium crystal malt with a bit of onion/garlic hop, maybe a touch of lemon/orange citrus, a little pine

T: Flavor is bold and delicious with a robust maltiness carrying the beer, avoiding the candy-like character of crystal malts and instead asserting with breadiness and light-medium caramel. Hopping is mainly bitterness, at least medium, with some pine and orange/grapefruit citrus in the finish. No yeast character. Soft biscuit/scone with candied orange aftertaste.

M: Dangerously smooth with even carbonation, probably medium-high with medium body. I think I finished it in about 10 minutes -- very smooth and drinkable.

O: I will have to seek this out closer to its bottled on date in the future. A great beer nonetheless with exceptional feel and flavor.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - a nice reddish amber with a medium tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind.
S - A really strong hop presence with some malt and biscuit notes lingering behind
T - Hop and citrus notes up front that linger throughout the taste. Malt, biscuit, and some caramel notes follow behind.
F - Medium body with medium carbonation - nothing too crazy here.
O - This is definitely a different take on an IPA. It's an intriguing mix of a red ale and an IPA. There's a strong hop and citrus presence but malty and caramel notes. This is definitely a great beer - however there are many other Stone IPAs I would choose over this one.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel. Bottled on February 9th 2017.

L: Beautifully clear red hued amber. Finger width cream colored head has mediocre retention.

S: Balanced on the nose, toffee and biscuits for malts and citrusy hops.

T: Definitely a different take on an IPA. Very malty, toffee and caramel with some citrus and pine hops.

F: Medium body, good carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Very unique and tasty. Not Stone's best but not their worst either.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, drink by 4/27/17

Clear dark amber in color, white head that fades. Earthy piney hops, and crystal malts. Taste is a good balance of caramel, bitterness, and hop finish. But the flavors don't meld totally. Medium bodied.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled Feb 21st 2017. Enjoy by May 29th 2017.

Deep amber body color, dark red more towards a thick brown mahogany and fairly clear as well. Head is a solid three fingers, khaki to light tan in color, with some retention and lots of ring and pill like lace.

Soft malts with a chewy grain aroma on the nose. Light caramel with a soft earthy hop tone. Lots of floral tea like aromatics, and even a touch of thick juice hits out as well.

Palate sticks to solid basics. Light caramel and a touch of tea like hop warmth brings a good mid palate sweetness. Simple finish is supportive in earth and herbal tea flavors, without any dryness or syrupy sweetness. Doesn't seem to have much citrus character surprisingly, but certainly a decent hop profile remains.

Strangely not that varied, but nothing really wrong or boring here. Just a solid brew.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Firehouse and served in a nonic.

Clear amber/red capped with an off-white head that laces well. The nose leads with resin and malt backed by a good amount of grapefruit pith and some citrus, pine. More of the same on the palate, more grapefruit here than the nose, malty backbone, hints of caramel. Decent bitterness, medium body.

Decent red IPA. I would revisit.

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Photo of Gavage
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish in color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: citrus and bread with some earthy tones.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, grainy bread, and some earthy and woodsy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: a hearty IPA that hots the spot.

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Pataskala Red X IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,094 ratings