Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Stone IPA (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Fill date: 7/6/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Bright, clean fruity aromatics with strong citrusy components (especially grapefruit) and some tropical juice character as well. Background note of pine or resin. Malt base is basic pale malt with just a touch of character. Subtle, clean alcohol presence. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Deep amber/orange hue (5-7 SRM). Slightly hazy body, but no sediment. Large ivory froth retains and laces extremely well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Citrusy hop flavors dominate the palette with distinct notes of grapefruit and orange. Tropical fruits are a bit more subtle and emerge towards the end along with a piney/resiny flavor. Bitterness is at the high end of the spectrum for the style, but is not absurd or difficult to handle (well, maybe for newbies). Malt presence is firm enough to create for perfect balance. Just the faintest trace of caramel, though it is not a sweet or bready brew (well-attenuated to be sure). Alcohol is noticeable, but clean and restrained and seems to synergize all the components. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate carbonation. Smooth, comfortable texture. Citrusy flavor makes it refreshing for a moment, though the hops linger in the aftertaste without becoming astringent. The 6.9% ABV is noticeable, though overall drinkability is quite high for a beer with such heft. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: The beer that pioneered the "West Coast Style IPA" and it still holds up after 21 years.


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