Tonight’s selection is a beer from Stone I bought years ago. Let’s pop it open.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This IPA is spiked at bottling with Brettanomyces, a wild yeast that, over time, brings about charmingly unpredictable complexities of spice, funk, acidity and more. The operative words in our beer-cellaring thesis are ‘over time.’ For those of you who are impatient or like to experiment, the earliest we recommend sampling this beer is one year before the date on the label. The beer won’t be fully carbonated until that date. Ideally, you’ll want to cellar the beer up to-or beyond-the Enjoy After date to help it reach its full evolutionary potential. At that point, some facets of the Brett characteristics will have mellowed, while others will have become more profound; it all matures into a fascinating and delicious culmination. Individual results will vary…and that’s both the beauty and the intent behind this beer.”
Random: Stone has really lengthy descriptions on their beer bottles.
This beer poured with a super fluffy, four finger, pure white head. It hung around for awhile and left some lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow and cloudy and had some visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of funk and lemon zest as well. There was some grass and hay as well. The taste also had a lot of funk, like the nose with a lot of hay. The lemon was present as well and then there was a slight pine note with bitterness from the hops. The body was on the lighter side and there was a punch of booze. The finish was lengthy with hay. This was $14.99 for the bomber, which came to $.68 per ounce. I thought this was an interesting concept and the flavors were solid. I’m glad I tried it, but I’m not sure that I can justify the pricetag.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0