Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Beer Review: Stone IPA

Reviewing the original Single IPA from Stone Brewing Company.
Score: 93

2011 vintage bottle served in a Sam Adams glass. Forgot to snap a pic, so I am borrowing the one from the Stone website.

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange color. Pretty translucent. Pours one and a half fingers of foamy head that sticks around a while with some lacing on the side of the glass as well. 4/5

Smell: Very herbal, tart-citrus aroma. Lemony fresh with nondescript spices. 4.5/5

Taste: Very hoppy and citrusy. The carbonation makes the lemon/fruit-citrus bitterness quite zesty. Quite piney too. Lasting hop finish. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. 3.5/5

Overall: The golden standard of year-round single IPAs.

Recommendation: An absolute must try single IPA. If you have not yet had the pleasure, you must. Even casual beer drinkers should be able to appreciate the quality of this brew, though hop haters might need to avoid this one.

Pairings: Hamburgers.

Cost: $4.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle or $10.99 for a six pack.

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