Surprise surprise, I’m reviewing another specialty beer from Stone. I live in San Diego, what do you expect? This stuff is everywhere. Even gas stations carry Stone. Anyway, like I say all the time, Stone’s regular beers have grown boring for me, but their seasonal beers, one-off brews, and collaborations are almost always amazing. Today I’m reviewing their 17th anniversary IPA I’m drinking it from a tulip glass and it has 9.5% IPA
Bright and golden like apple juice. The head was white and thick and never completely went away. Little bubbles constantly make their lazy way up the side of the glass.
Citrus hops are the dominating aroma here. It makes my mouth water on this hot fall afternoon.
Surprisingly soft and velvety for an IPA. It didn’t have the typical IPA bite that you expect from really hoppy beers, especially for a Stone beer. There was a little bit of drying at the end but just enough that it makes me want to take another sip ASAP.
Not as much citrus on the tongue as there was on the nose. It’s sweet for an IPA. Don’t get me wrong, this beer is definitely bitter, VERY bitter, but it’s more of an after quality than part of the main flavor. And it goes away just before it becomes too overwhelming.
If you have friends who haven’t tried IPA, I think this would be a good place to start them off. Not because it’s a “beginner beer” by any stretch, but it’s very easy to sip for an IPA from Stone. It’s a one-time deal though so make sure you find it before they’re all gone.
Sip Slowly and Enjoy in Good Company.