Since being founded in 1996, Stone has made its mark on the craft beer world. Starting in San Diego, they’ve since become so popular a 2nd brewery was opened in Richmond and even a 3rd in Belgium. Thier beers show the West Coast roots, being hop dominated with above average ABV’s. Called an “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” twice by Beer Advocate, the accolades keep coming from this SoCal legend.
ABV: 7.3% IBU: 70
Pour: A rustic deep red color with plenty of carbonation swirling up.
Head: A firm off white head raises and lingers, sticking to the side of the glass as it slowly disappears.
Nose: Plenty of pine notes here, followed by hints of lemon. Bread like aromas of malt on the back end.
Palate: Nice and balanced, rich malts lead to crisp pine needles. Medium bodied with a sticky resin like feel that coats your mouth.
Overall: I’m a big fan of Red IPA’s, most brewers have found the perfect balance of hops giving that IPA feel with a strong malt background to give weight and Stone really hit the mark on this one. This was one impressive brew, the malty backbone makes this IPA one to enjoy on those cold nights until spring is in full swing. A nice pairing with spicy chicken, tangy chesses or even pound cake with a little fruit on top.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Pints