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Beer #55 – February 24, 2010: Stone IPA

February 24, 2010

Beer: Stone IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, California

Style: IPA (India Pale Ale)

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $10.99 / 6-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass mug

Strength: 6.9 % ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Breaking the West Coast stereotype, this is an extremely balanced rendition of an IPA.  Very tasty and exceptionally drinkable.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a really hazy apricot hue with a big, frothy, off-white head.

Aroma: Herbal, hoppy, but not overly hoppy, with a touch of orange.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick, with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

Taste: This IPA starts off mildly sweet with a buttery, orange creamsicle flavor.  It moves into a huge, doughy, crusty French bread middle, with possibly the most substance and body of any IPA I’ve tasted.  The citrus comes back, with more Meyer lemon than orange now, with a slightly drying, mineral water, spicy and bitter grains of paradise finish.

Pairing: Not just because it has “India” in the name, an IPA goes great with Indian cuisine.  I’d try this one with a creamy but spicy chicken tikka masala.

Trivia: Each regular year-round beer from Stone Brewing features a different gargoyle on the label.  Local Southern California illustrator Thomas K. Matthew drew each of these gargoyles… all very cool, but begs the question, why a gargoyle?


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