Description:"An 'India Pale Ale' by definition is highly hopped and high in alcohol - you'll find our Stone India Pale Ale to be true to style with a huge hop aroma, flavor and bitterness throughout. If you're a hop-head like us, then you'll love our Stone India Pale Ale! Medium malt character with a heavy dose of over the top hops! Generous "dry hopping" gives this beer its abundant hop aroma and crisp hop flavor." — Stone Brewing Co.
The tasting: Golden straw (hazy) in color. It had a big fluffy white head that dissipated slowly and left lacing on the glass. Very strong aroma of grapefruit and floral hops. First, I tasted some caramel and sweet malts. When it hit the back of my mouth, the bitterness of the citrus hops kicked in a big way. Alcohol taste was not noticeable. It finishes dry with bread-like malts and resiny hop bitterness. Light to medium in body. It had medium carbonation and a nice effervescent mouth feel.
Rating: 4 star.Really Good! I want this again! I had high expectations and Stone IPA didn't disappoint. I thought the level of hop bitterness was similar to what I've tasted in other double or Imperial IPAs. Given Stone's in-your-face style, this isn't too surprising. Now I'm really curious about how Ruination IPA will taste. I'll brace myself for a full-on hop assault.
Have you tried Stone IPA or any other Stone beers?