453. Stone IPA

453. Stone IPA

I purchased this tonight at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I chilled it to around 45ยบ F and served it in my NERAX pint glass.

The bottle boasts:
Stone IPA: To say that this IPA is deliciously hoppy, would be putting it modestly. And while we have many strong suits, modesty is not exactly one of them. And so, we used a totally immodest amount of hops in the recipe for this gem of an IPA. The result? Big hop flavor and - courtesy of generous "dry-hopping" - a big hop aroma. What about hop bitterness you ask? You bet! We loaded a glorious amount of crisp and refreshing hop bitterness into this brew. The result is a true thing of beauty. First the aroma entices, then the flavor moves one to rejoice aloud! Ahem. Well, it does for us anyway. In fact it makes us feel downright poetic. We know it will for you too!
Beer Stats:
Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Alcohol: 6.90%
Serving: Bottle, 22 oz.
Style: American IPA, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.5): Pours a clear copper, with a thick, fluffy, off-white head that thins to a persistent film leaving patchy lace on the inside of the glass.

Smell (4.5): The aroma is predominantly hoppy, mostly piney and resiny. There are also hints of a malty sweetness, but this is subtle.

Taste (4.0): Nice and hoppy. There's a light balancing toasty and sugary sweetness, but this stands no chance against the hops. The hop character becomes dominant in the center and lingers through to the finish. The hops are predominantly citrusy and resiny.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation and oily.

Drinkability (4.0): Tasty and quite drinkable for such a hoppy beer.

Overall (4.2): A very nice IPA with lots of hop flavors and aromas that aren't overpowered by sweet maltiness.

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