Saturday, September 1, 2012

Stone 16th Anniversary IPA ....

Tonight I will have a 16th Anniversary IPA from Stone Brewing Company.  It is brewed with lemon verbena and lemon oil.  The 1 pint 6 ounce bottle shows 10% ABV.  The web site lists 85 IBUs. 

This beer poured with a medium, creamy colored head.  Beer color is a lighter orange-ish amber.  There is some VERY fine sediment suspended in the glass.  The aroma is mainly hops; citrus (lemon, orange) and a very floral overall bouquet.  Citrus and pine are the predominant notes to the taste.  The pine is not overly sharp, more of a deep resinous evergreen; makes me think of the needles on a Christmas tree.  Some sweetness, caramel.  There is a kind of floral quality to the taste as well.  The alcohol really warms going down.  You are left with some of the piney bitterness on the tongue for the aftertaste.  

Stone Brewing Company
Escondido, California

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