Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Stone Enjoy By 12.25.16 Unfiltered IPA

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20ChadPolenz (1735) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 22A Double IPA

AROMA: Intense hoppy aroma of American and New World hops. Citrus, stone fruit, and flowers are all prominent. Slight grassy spiciness as well. Clean, subtle malt presence. No overt boozy character. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Flame orange hue; fairly hazy but Co2 visible. Large bright white froth retains and laces extremely well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Lightly sweet peach or other stone fruit (no pun intended) immediately. Citrusy hops follow with a slight orange juice flavor. Strong hop bite at the apex finishes with a dank bitterness. Low-to-medium caramel flavor and sweetness throughout the palette offers balance. Alcohol creates for smooth warming sensation and accentuates the malty sweetness. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium+ body; well carbonated still rather viscous. Smooth but slightly sticky. A lingering resiny bitter aftertaste. The 9.4% ABV is subtle and not distracting. Very quaffable for such a strong brew. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Of course Stone is going to make a World Class DIPA. This is exactly what everyone wants and expects in the style and it’s great! 10/10