I’ve been having a lot of beers from Stone lately, and this is another one from their Collaboration series. Since it highlights peach, which is one of my favorite fruits, I couldn’t wait to pry the cap off.
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We make no apologies for the fact that we love brewing bold, flavorful, hop-centric beers. Naturally, we welcomed the opportunity to work with two amazing craft breweries that share our lupulin-fueled dedication: St. Louis-based 4 Hands Brewing Co., known for its innovative IPAs; and Bale Breaker Brewing Co., whose owners’ family has farmed hops in Washington’s Yakima Valley for generations. Since theirs was the first hop farm to commercially grow the beloved Simcoe variety, using that piney, stone fruit-like hop was a must. Pureed peaches upped the fruit factor, while experimental hops HBC 342 and fruit, berries and citrus to this IPA. Yes, we made another IPA. We concede it’s not surprising, but we are who we are: an unapologetic band of hopheads psyched to explore the ever-expanding IPA universe.”
Random: My cat, Simcoe sniffed this beer and immediately walked away.
This beer poured with a thin, two finger, off white head. It dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark brown color. It had moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of grassy hops. Citrus and stone fruit came through next. The taste had way more malt than I expected. It hit up front at the same time that the grass and grapefruit came in. The stone fruit, specifically peach was in the flavor as well, but not nearly as strong as I would have liked. As I mentioned, the malt was significant and gave the beer balance, which in turn, hid the alcohol exceptionally well. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with hops and caramel malt. A bomber of this was $9, which came to $.41 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again. It went down way too easily for something with this high of ABV.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0