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homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


Brewery: Stone
Style: IPA
ABV: 6.9%

Had this one today on draft at a local establishment.  This was my first try at this really highly-regarded beer, so I was pretty excited.

Appearance: pours a bit cloudy gold into my pint glass.  I get a finger of off white foam that doesn't linger very long, though it does leave out of this world lacing behind.

Aroma: pretty nice citrusy hop aromas dominate everything.  Still not the hop explosion I'd like to have, but who knows who old this keg was?

Flavor: huge citrus hop flavor up front.  This really gets my attention - there is way more flavor here than in most of the commercial IPAs I've tried lately. It's definitely a West Coast style IPA, as there is little but hops here, though there's enough malt presence to keep me from calling it hopwater.  Finish is rather bitter, honestly a little more than I personally prefer, and it lingers a bit.  There is no real alcohol flavor, no diacetyl, no flaws that I can pick up on.  This all goes pretty well with the burger and fries I'm having.

Mouthfeel: moderately light body, easy to sip.  No slickness, no astringency, carbonation level a tad lower than I prefer.

Overall: I've been sampling a lot of IPAs lately, and this is easily one of the best.  My impression is that this keg probably wasn't ultra fresh; I can only imagine how good this beer would have been had that been the case, but still, this was very enjoyable.  





Posted 34 days ago.
Edited 34 days ago by homebrewdad

KidMoxie
Charter Member
San Elijo Hills, CA
405 Posts


Stone IPA is still one of my favorite beers ever, even moreso than all of Stone's new MegaDank™ IPAs. When it's fresh it's the perfect balance of citrus and a light bit of floral. Soon enough I imagine it'll be considered a Pale Ale :P
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Posted 34 days ago.

ingoogni
nl
314 Posts


| Soon enough I imagine it'll be considered a Pale Ale

Interesting. APA's pushing the boundaries or IPA's way out there?

Sadly no decent fresh IPA's here.





Posted 34 days ago.

rayfound
Charter Member
Riverside, CA
313 Posts


Man, I think stone IPA is pretty uninteresting and was one of the reasons I thought I didn't like ipas.


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Posted 34 days ago.

KidMoxie
Charter Member
San Elijo Hills, CA
405 Posts


¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I can't recall, are you on Team Centenntial-Is-The-Worst? It's a pretty Centennial-heavy beer.
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Posted 34 days ago.
Edited 34 days ago by KidMoxie

homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


Ingoogni - I'd say that IPAs keep pushing the envelope.  
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Posted 34 days ago.

KidMoxie
Charter Member
San Elijo Hills, CA
405 Posts


New Pale Ales in San Diego are frequently > 6% ABV and hoppier than old-school (i.e. 10 years ago) IPAs.



Posted 34 days ago.

brulosopher
Charter Member
Fresno, CA
167 Posts


I think it's a perfectly run of the mill IPA, certainly doesn't make the list of my favorites. I'll Union Jack, Blind Pig, or Lagunitas IPA all day long.
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Posted 34 days ago.

mchrispen
Bastrop, TX
485 Posts


I have kind of gotten to the point that I expect an occasional exceptional beer from Stone, but the rest just don't stand out. On draft - at least here in Austin - Stone IPA is excellent, but in the bottle I will skip it. I am sort of past the IPA and IIPA thing... then again I tip my APAs into IPA territory so.




Posted 34 days ago.

homebrewdad
Charter Member
Birmingham, AL
2480 Posts


I liked it better than Lagunitas, though to be fair, the Lagunitas I had was in a bottle... who knows how old it was.

Now, Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin is another story.  
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Posted 34 days ago.

rayfound
Charter Member
Riverside, CA
313 Posts


Stone IPA: Run of the Mill malt, moderate generic aroma, and excessive, harsh bitterness. 


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Posted 34 days ago.

brulosopher
Charter Member
Fresno, CA
167 Posts


Lil' Sumpin Sumpin is amazingly good.
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Posted 34 days ago.

brouwerijchugach
Charter Member
Anchorage, AK
59 Posts


Lil' Sip of Sunshine is my go to.  Double sunshine is even better.  (However their consistency isn't perfect...)
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Posted 34 days ago.

davidg
Kula, HI
137 Posts


Ya know, there's just something about this IPA that just doesn't get me excited.  I tried it forever ago and remember liking it.  Recently, I think maybe my tastes have changed as I don't enjoy it as much anymore.  It's just kind of "meh" to me. 

I'd still take it over a bud light any day of the week though. 




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