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Jan
12

Stone IPA

By Andy Murphy
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ipa-mondayWhen some people drink too much, they see pink elephants.

Pastel pachyderms aren’t for me. The next time I over-imbibe, I hope to see Stone gargoyles.

I first discovered the Stone Brewing Company (San Diego, CA) when their “Arrogant Bastard Ale” beckoned me from an otherwise dull beer menu. Since then, I’ve been pleased by several of Stone’s standout selection of bold brews.

Each Monday, I’ll be featuring an IPA. The first official “IPA Monday” brew will be from Stone.

Stone India Pale Ale pours from the bottle soft and golden, with a fluffy, fragrant pillow of foam. There’s a slight, sweet citrus smell mingling with hop aroma.

The bottle text claims that the gargoyle on the label keeps all aspects of the beer pure. To ensure Stone contains only barley, hops, water and yeast, the gargoyle. . .

“. . .wards off modern day evil spirits such as chemical preservatives, additives & adjuncts. One taste, and you can tell he does his job very well.”

I don’t know about that, but just one sip is enough to recognize that someone is doing a heckuva job at Stone. The beer is extremely refreshing and easy to drink. There’s a light, bread-like malt that plays a supporting role, blending carefully with complex citrus and “green” tasting hops.

Most IPAs seem to have a strong aftertaste. That’s what originally kept me away from the style — the hoppiness would linger uncomfortably. Stone IPA stands that on its head. The beer has a light, distinctive, and extremely pleasant aftertaste. There’s a residue of warmth and a sweet oiliness at the back of the tongue, almost as if the beer has just melted in your mouth.

It’s official — I have a new favorite IPA. Since I can’t have another Stone IPA for the rest of the year, I’ll be working in as many of the other Stone brews as I can.

Heck, somebody needs to keep that Gargoyle company.

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4 Comments

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That’s one tasty IPA. I’d say it stands up to any Northwest IPA as far as taste and general yumminess goes.
Stone is my second favorite California import, after Lagunitas.
I love them for their Zappa themed beers, and for their infamous parties. Dude.

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If you think this is good, just wait until you try the ruination.

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Ben M, the more I educate myself on Stone and other breweries, the more excited I get. I’m really looking forward to the Ruination “liquid poem to the glory of the hop”. Thanks, and keep the suggestions coming!

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