Beer of the Week – Stone IPA

If one peruses this blog (and I hope one does) one may notice that I have an unabashed love for all things malt. Dark, syrupy, inky stouts and porters are my forté. While many beer enthusiasts consider such dark fare to be “winter beers,” I enjoy them all year round. That being said, i’m also “hip to hops.” I enjoy a bitter, hoppy brew as much as the next guy. That’s why this week, I’ve searched out a hip, hoppy beer to review. Luckily, Stone Brewing had me covered.

i call this one "Hip Hop"

I call this one “Hip Hop”

While my earliest wanderings in the world that is Craft Beer had me avoiding hoppy beers like the plague, years later I find myself seeking out the hoppiest beers I can find. One of those that I was most impressed with is Stone Brewing’s IPA. First off, their labeling is just COOL – painted on graphics give their bottles a “cool” factor that most labels lack.



It pours a gorgeous orange/gold that one could mistake for honey, a really gorgeous hue. The aroma of pine, citrus, pine, hops, and … uh … PINE. Seriously, I thought I was in a damned pine forest by the time the bottle cap hit the counter. The aroma of this beer would make a frasier fir Christmas tree blush. The head was a generous 2 fingers deep when first poured (the photo above is after a sip or two, I couldn’t contain myself) and left some lovely, glorious lacing as I imbibed. The first sip punches you in the taste buds with a ubiquitous tsunami of citrus and pine, which was well balanced with a caramel maltiness finished with a just a tad of heat. A moderate amount of carbonation gives way to a smoothness that is not unlike the slickness of an infant’s backside. Seriously, has to be one of the smoothest liquids I have ever had the joy of quaffing. A perfect rating of 100 at may very well convince you that I am not making this up … it’s truly a great beer.

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Don’t take my word for it!

All in all, one of the best (if not THE best) IPAs I have ever had to revel in. If you’re a hop head, give it a go.

5/5 -joel

Joel is a local beer enthusiast, home brewer, member of the American Homebrewers Association®, The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild and is a Cicerone® Program Certified Beer Server

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