Name: Stone IPA
Brewery: Stone Brewing
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Escondido, California
Style: American IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6.9%
First Brewed: 1997
Pale golden in the glass, topped by a white head that turns into thick lacing that tracks your sipping history. Bold from the start, with citrus and opine dominating the aroma; balanced by a measure of sweet malt on the palate. Long, bitter, finally dry finish.
I LOVE Stone. Nearly every beer they make is amazing. I am not sure I have ever had a beer they made that wasn’t just incredible. I have had this beer before, and being that I LOVE a good IPA, I have managed to find and order this time and time again. I prefer it on draft, but the point of this blog is not beers on tap, rather in the bottle. Anyway, let’s make our way through this tasty brew,
In the Glass: It looks like an IPA. Most of their beers appear more heavy in the glass and have a certain home brew look to them. Anyone that makes their own beer knows what I am talking about it. Regardless, it’s a good looking beer in the glass. There is little to no head, which is fine by me. Think barleywine.
Nose: It smells like an IPA! Actually, it smells like an IPA with a hint of orange. Not sure where that orange scent is coming from, but it gives it a certain “wetness” to the nose. We are drinking this beer cold, too, which is not how I would typically prefer an IPA. I like them halfway from fridge to room temperature for the true flavors. Speaking of flavor…
Flavor: Whoa! As I said, I have had this beer before. But here, drinking with purpose, I am able to enjoy it and take a little more out of it. The bitterness that you demand from a good IPA is immediately noticed when you take a sip of this beer. The way it dances across your tongue on the way down just begs me to take another sip. You swallow, and while the aftertaste (we’ll get to that) isn’t what you desire, it still tastes amazing.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is quick, wet, and cold. Of course, that’s because I am drinking the beer cold… but you get the idea. It has a hint of carbonation to it, but not too much to make you put the glass down. The best part of the mouthfeel is the end, when the beer is gone yet the flavors are still all over the palate. That is when you know you have a good brew.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is not what you expect from a beer with this much flavor. It’s there, and it lasts for a while but it’s nothing to write home about. It’s clean, crisp, and the subtle bitterness toward the end lingers for a while. It’s not one of those aftertastes that makes me want to stop and smell the roses, if you know what I mean. Regardless, this is a great beer, one that is easy to find, and is not very expensive. I will order this time and time again. Bottoms up people!
Second beer of the day. Now we are tasting an IPA. The beer looks peach-colored in the glass, with a little bit of white foamy head. It smells fruity, almost like a wheat beer. This is surprising, usually IPAs smell a bit spicier than this. I’d definitely expect this more from a wheat or fruit beer. But, let’s see what it tastes like.
Well, it definitely has the taste of an IPA. It tastes spicy and leaves that lingering IPA aftertaste that not everyone is fond of. I like it, though. IPAs leave a very different aftertaste than most beers. It’s very distinct.
This beer is a pretty good IPA. It has a solid flavor, smell, and aftertaste which lasts quite a long time. I think if I was in a store looking for an IPA, I’d buy this one again. I’d definitely recommend giving it a try.
937 bottles of beer on the wall…