Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Stone I bought years ago. Let’s pop it open.

ABV: 7%

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

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Stone Mocha IPA

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Stone that I was very interested to try. I thought this beer would either be great or just completely miss the mark, with no middle ground. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Clearly, style lines have been crossed. Is it half-IPA, half-stout? Not quite. It’s definitely all IPA, but it’s also the best of both styles, making this love child of a beer simply just a beautiful, pleasure-seeking meld of imperial IPA and mocha indulgence. How did we come up with this inexplicably delicious creation? Well, that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that it exists and that it’s here for you now, thanks to our deliberate disregard for brewing norms. Some things are not meant to be known, just enjoyed…thoroughly.”

Random: Val and I love a good cup of coffee or a good mocha.

This beer poured with a fluffy, two and a half finger, slightly off white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was quite cloudy and bright orange in color. There was some carbonation visible. The nose was definitely interesting. It had the normal notes that I’ve come to expect from the style: pine, lemon, grapefruit pith. But, it transitioned quickly into cocoa powder and instant coffee. The taste was equally unique. It had a nice dose of booze along with pine resin, but quickly went into milk chocolate shavings, instant espresso and cocoa powder. It had some tropical notes as well, specifically pineapple. The body was on the thicker side with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with coffee and chocolate. A bottle of this was $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. Despite the price, I think this beer combined some interesting flavors and is definitely worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Stone Pataskala Red X IPA

Tonight’s beer is one that I’ve never tried from Stone. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 7.3%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pat-ASK-ala? Pata-SKALA? Pa-TASK-a-la? While those in the know favor the third pronunciation, no matter how you say it, this is a unique red IPA. The beer was first brewed in September 2015 to support music and arts education programs in Pataskala, Ohio, where Stone co-founder Greg Koch grew up. People there loved it, so we added the beer to our seasonal lineup, and the Pataskala name stuck. The crimson hue is courtesy of a special German malt variety by BESTMALZ® called Red X. Appearances, however, only tell so much. Heavily dry-hopped with Mosaic, Cascade and Amarillo hops, the beer is incredibly citrus-forward, rounded out with notes of biscuit and toffee from the malt bill. The result is evocative of red IPAs yet different. And as luck — or perhaps skill is more the appropriate word, to give our brewing team their due — would have it, it’s quite wonderful. We think you’ll find this unusual red IPA to be quite deliciously satisfying, no matter how you choose to pronounce it.”

Random: I’m so glad that “So You Think You Can Dance” features adults this season, instead of children.

This beer poured with a full finger of off white head. It took awhile to go away and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color that had red highlights. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was nutty and had pine sap and sweet orange flesh. The taste had a lot of nutty malt, along with old pine sap and peanuts. The alcohol was astringent and prevalent in this one. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and nutty. A bottle of this set me back $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. This beer was a miss for me. It needed more hops, which is weird to say for a Stone beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Stone Xocoveza

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.

xocoveza

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

Stone Citrusy Wit

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

citrusywit

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

Stone 20th Anniversary Citracado IPA

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.

citracado

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

Stone Coffee Milk Stout

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.

coffeemilk

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