Stone Points Unknown IPA

Posted: February 5, 2016 in American Double/Imperial IPA, Reviews, Stone Brewing Company

This was the other beer that I had at El Barrio Cantina. It’s a Stone Collaboration that I hadn’t tried.

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ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It seemed no single beer could adequately convey the collective talents of Portland, Oregon brewing legend and Ecliptic Brewing founder John Harris; Luke and Walt Dickinson, the brewmaster duo behind North Carolina’s Wicked Weed Brewing; and Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. So, this vertiable triad of power opted to brew TWO beers. The first was a traditional Belgian-style tripel aged four months in oak barrels that originally house red win, the tequila. It was blended at a one-fourth to three-fourths ratio with a freshly brewed West Coast double IPA to create this beer. A variety of diverse flavors coalsce into something more unique than any one beer our trio could have conceived.”

Random: This was released May 11, 2015 in bombers and draft. It uses Magnum, Styrian Celeia, Amarillo, Calypso and Jarrylo hops.

This beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark orange color with no visible carbonation because of the cloudiness. The nose was very fragrant. I picked up a lot of citrus, specifically grapefruit, that was quickly countered by a malt backbone. The taste had a lot of grapefruit flesh and lemon zest. Alcohol came through next and the malt was at the end of the sip. It provided slight balance, but not a lot of sweetness. Given the description of the beer, I was expecting more depth from the barrel or sweetness from the tripel, but didn’t get any. The body was thick and syrupy with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with grapefruit flesh and booze. This was a decent beer, but not one that I feel a need to have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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