Monday, March 4, 2013

Stone IPA



Diving Deeper!


Stone Brewing Co


Beer Reviewed: India Pale Ale
Style: Ale
Brewery: Stone Brewing Company


Stone Brewing Co IPA

Discovery


There isn’t much to day here. I enjoyed my recent experience with a Stone Brewery Ale, so I decided to try a couple more of their beers. I wanted to try something safe, or at least as safe as an IPA from a  craft brewer can be, so I moved on to this one.

It’s amazing to me how my tastes have changed over the years. I’m not making a judgement call, but I used to think Bass Ale is a perfect beer. I’m not in that space anymore, and it is causing me to revisit all my previous likes and dislikes.

One thing I really like are brewery videos, so please enjoy this one:







The Beer


Beer characteristics

Quantitative parameters of beer character

  1. The brewery provided IBU rating for this beer is a shocking 77. It’s not totally surprising, as my preconceived notions of Stone beers are extremely hoppy. According to The Hitchens Taste Scale, I would put this at about a +5, but again, the very high IBU is based more on the strong flavor, and not just a hoppy bitterness.
  2. This IPA has high end of typical 6.9% alc/vol.
  3. The color is a honey, straw with cloudiness. Using SRM, I would put this at about a 6 on the Lovibond scale.

Qualitative parameters of beer character

  1. The aroma is a bright citrusy, hoppy nose that jumped right out of the bottle. I don’t think I’ve experienced this recently, but I smelled the aroma while I poured it at arms length.
  2. The flavor is initially citrus, and it lingers for a while.
  3. The aftertaste has a bright, citrusy beginning, but a bitter trailing ending flavor that lasts for quite a while.
  4. The mouthfeel is bright, driven by the hoppiness with nice tingly effervescence.
  5. The carbonation is pretty decent. The glass had a steady stream and the head lingered for quite a while.
  6. The temperature should be cold. The higher alcohol and bright aroma aligns itself well with being very cold.

Recommendation


Breaking down preconceptions and enjoying tastes previously discounted, this IPA from Stone Brewing Company is another offering that is enjoyable, and not nearly as scary as previously imagined. I’m looking forward to trying the next couple of Stone beers, but staying in the moment, I’m going to enjoy this and recommend you do the same.

- Enthusiast