Archive for the ‘Stone Brewing Company’ Category

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Stone that I was really excited to try. It gets some great reviews on blogs and I always want to try stouts with hot peppers.


ABV: 8.1%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A WINTER-SPICED MOCHA STOUT. Harmoniously layered with cocoa, Mostra coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk sugar, this beer is an insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate. Thanks entirely to you and fan demand, it has gone from being a one-time offering to a yearly tradition too special to skip. Feel free to enjoy it long into the winter months because this festive beer will age beautifully and is definitely not exclusive to the holidays!”

Random: Val made enchiladas for dinner with a great sauce.

The beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was dark and black in color with no visible carbonation. The nose had a jalapeño note to it with some char, smoke and cocoa powder. It also had some lactose with nutmeg. The taste started with cocoa powder, smoke and char. It went into hot pepper with some vanilla and lactose. The booze was well-hidden. It had a thick and chewy body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with dark chocolate and hot peppers. I enjoyed this beer a lot. It was a great take on a stout and I’m a sucker for a beer with a good hot pepper presence.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


Today’s selection is a beer that reminded me of warmer weather, which I think is right around the corner.


ABV: 5.3%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “CLEVERLY TWISTED WITH TANGERINE & KAFFIR LIME LEAF. When it comes to our beers and the ingredients we use, we give a wit. So rather than spinning just the same fruit wheel of the classic orange peel, we punched up our wit with the dynamic duo of tangerine and kaffir lime leaf. The fruit-forward aromatics and flavors are perfectly balanced, so you don’t have to bother adding a slice (or leaf) to the rim of your glass. Even with this lack of unnecessary garnish, you won’t find an absence of intense fruit. In fact, each dryly refreshing, citrusy sip of this coriander-spiced, tangerine-infused, Mandarina Bavaria-hopped creation will satisfy even the most hardcore fan.”

Random: Stone seems to be really into the Mandarina Bavaria hops. I’ve already had a few of their beers that utilize them.

This beer poured with a two finger, thick, white head. It took forever to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright yellow in color. Despite the haziness, there was still some carbonation visible. The nose had wheat, lemon and lime zest. The kaffir lime leaves are quite apparent in the nose. The taste had a lot of lime and coriander. There was also wheat and lemon juice as well, but huge amounts of lime and kaffir lime leaves. It had a light and crisp body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with kaffir lime leaves and coriander. A bottle of this was $1.79 ($.15 per ounce). I enjoyed this beer a lot and it would make for a great summer beer. My only complaint is that it came in bottles as opposed to cans.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val picked this beer up for me last time she went to the beer store. I’m usually into Stone beers, so let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A MILESTONE DOUBLE IPA BREWED WITH CITRA HOPS & AVOCADO FLOWER HONEY. FORTUNE FAVORS THE BOLD. For 20 years our passion for brewing and our obsession with hops have challenged traditional styles and expectations for beer. So it’s only fitting we commemorate this momentous occasion by crafting a liquid ode to bold brewing that satisfies your hop thirst and pays homage to our flagship San Diego brewery, located on Citracado Parkway (which itself pays homage to the citrus and avocado agricultural history of the region). ‘Citracado’ also teases the two key ingredients of this beer. ‘Citra’ refers both to the juicy gem of a hop and its citrusy (and tropical) aromas and flavors. ‘Cado’ inspired us to utilize wonderful, native avocado flower honey. Combine the two and the result pours like silk and abounds with enough hops to match our excitement for reaching this 20-year milestone. We thank you sincerely for the years of support and pledge that we will, as always, strive to live up to the reasons for your loyalty!”

Random: My little cat is named Citra. He loves belly rubs and soft things.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger head that was light brown. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with grass and freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit flesh. There wasn’t much else. The taste started with orange and grapefruit flesh along with the zests of both fruits. It had a touch of booze along with caramel malt sweetness. It also had a bit of honey. The body was medium thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with honey. The bomber was $9.99, which came to $.45 per ounce. That wasn’t a bad price for this beer, although I expected a bit more from it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Today’s selection is a beer that would go great with Sunday mornings, at least because of the coffee and chocolate notes. Although I dare say that this beer would be good at any time of day.


ABV: 5%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “From imperial stouts to IPAs, we’ve discovered the tantalizingly roasty lift that comes from adding coffee beans to just about any kind of beer. This English-style milk stout, originally a limited-edition offering at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, proved the perfect foil for beans from San Diego-based Ryan Bros Coffee. The bitterness of the coffee is balanced out brilliantly by the milk sugar we used to add a touch of sweetness and creaminess to the stout’s smooth, easy-drinking texture. Cheers to the coalescence of two highly artisanal (and delectable) mediums.”

Random: This beer uses Magnum hops and was first released on October 5, 2015.

This beer poured with a half finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. A slight crown was left on top of the dark brown body. There was light carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up a lot of espresso and dark chocolate. I didn’t get milk or lactose. The taste had a bit more creaminess than the nose, but it still has a lot more espresso and dark chocolate notes. What added some depth was a touch of ash and smoke from the roasted malts. It had a thick, chewy body with high carbonation, complemented by a long finish with espresso beans. A single bottle of this was $1.83, which broke down to $.152 per ounce. This drank like a much bigger beer than it was. I will be picking a few more of these up, that’s for sure.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is another IPA from Stone, which is what they are famous for. This beer is being marketed as lower-gluten, so those who are sensitive to gluten can have an IPA bursting with hops.


ABV: 7.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “While our beers are many and diverse, yet unified by overarching boldness, India pale ales are our undeniable bread and butter. The result is an intensely citrusy, beautifully bitter beer is worthy of the simple-yet-lordly title of Stone Delicious IPA. Lemondrop and El Dorado hops combine to bring on a magnificent lemon candy-like flavor that’s balanced by hop spice. It’s unlike anything we’ve tasted in nearly two decades of IPA experimentation, and another lupulin-laced creation we’re excited to introduce to hopheads everywhere.”

Random: This beer was first released in January of 2015.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly. If left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light orange color with high carbonation. The nose had some earthy, herbal notes up front. Then, lemon verbena and honey. The taste had a bit more citrus than the nose did. It had lemon flesh, grapefruit and honeydew. After a few sips, I picked up pineapple too. There was malt too, which gave it a sweet, toasty note. The body was lighter than the ABV would suggest and had a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with tropical fruit and lemon flesh. A bottle was $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. I enjoyed this one, although it wasn’t my favorite IPA from Stone, it’s quite tasty.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Since I completed my database project for the blog (which tracks every beer I’ve reviewed by brewery, style, location and ranking), I have been looking more at metrics when I review beer, simply because I’m a giant dork. As of this posting, Stone is the #3 brewery (in terms of unique reviews) that I have reviewed. This will be the 43rd beer I’ve had from them and they are behind Dogfish Head (45 reviews) and Boston Beer Company a.k.a. Sam Adams (46 reviews). Given that I have at least one more beer from Stone in the basement, I think they will be either catching up or overtaking Dogfish at a minimum.


ABV: 6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A modern american pale with Mandarina Bavaria hops. This decidely American West Coast pale ale represents the next chapter in our brewing story. Showcasing the full essence of vivid Mandarina Bavaria hops plucked from the storied fields of Germany, it presents bright flavors of peach and orange against a crisp, spicy, biscuity backdrop. We’re glad you’re with us on this journey!”

Random: This was first release in late April of 2015.

This brew poured with a thick, one finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, bright orange with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was really bright. It had notes of fresh orange, peach, grass and a touch of flowers. There was a sweetness in there from the malt, but it was dominated by the citrus. The taste was equally bright as the nose, but not as sweet. There was still a lot of fresh orange segments, but grapefruit flesh came in too with grapefruit pith for good measure. After a few sips, the peach came into play with biscuity malt at the end of the sip. I didn’t pick up the spice from the malt that the description mentions, but that didn’t take anything away from the flavor. The body was moderately thick with high carbonation. It has a long finish with bitterness from the grapefruit pith and citrus notes from the orange segments. A single of this was $1.83 ($.15 per ounce), which is a great price for a beer with this much flavor. It was exactly what I wanted it to be and what the old version was not. It was incredibly drinkable and had a lot of brightness from the hops. I would highly recommend this one, especially if you didn’t like the old version.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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.


ABV: 9%

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