Since today is International #IPAday (click here to read more about it), I thought that I would write a review of a beer that most Craft Beer drinkers know very well: Stone Brewing Company’s India Pale Ale.
Actually, #IPAday is my second reason for writing this review. My first reason is because of a Twitter conversation that I had last night concerning the subject of Comfort Beer. Here’s a brief snippet of what was said …
Brewniversal: Would you rather sit at a bar that has 100 different basic #craftbeer taps or a bar that has 10 special/limited taps?
Ryanhudak: I’d go with the special/limited at this point. The basics you can find anywhere anytime.
Boozedancing: New phrase… #ComfortBeer
Brewniversal: I like that… #beersecurityblanket
Boozedancing: Good, but a bit tough to say when your done with a few elusive #CraftBeer and need a #ComfortBeer.
Ryanhudak: What are your #ComfortBeers? Great Lakes Eddie Fitz is definitely one of mine.
Boozedancing: #ComfortBeers : @oskarblues Dales Pale Ale, @GLBC_Cleveland Eddie Fitz, @smuttynosebeer Finest Kind IPA, @BPbrewing Sculpin, @greenflashbrew West Coast IPA, #SaisonDupont, @VictoryBeer Prima Pils.
So what is Comfort Beer? Comfort Beer is the beer that you select when you don’t want to take chances on a new beer, and instead pick something that you are familiar with, and that you KNOW will be good. Stone IPA definitely falls into the Comfort Beer category.
Here’s what I think of this beer…
- Appearance: Cloudy, pale orange color. Fluffy one inch head that dissipates slowly. Lots of fast rising bubbles. Very little lacing.
- Aroma: Big dose of orange and grapefruit. Honey. Piney hops.
- Taste: Medium carbonation. Starts off with some citrus and honey sweetness. The hops take over at mid-palate and lead you to a pleasant and lingering bitter finish. Thanks to a solid malt backbone, the bitterness is never overwhelming.
- ABV: 6.9%
Since this is such a well known beer, I was a bit hesitant to write this review. What could I possibly say that hasn’t already been said? It has been reviewed 2,440 times on Beer Advocate and has an A for its overall rating. It has been reviewed 2,515 times on Rate Beer and is currently ranked #6 against other IPAs. Although I will occasionally go against the crowd, this is not one of those occasions. Stone’s IPA is a delicious and well balanced beer that does a really good job of hiding it’s relatively high alcohol content. Although you could probably drink this all night, I wouldn’t recommend it. This beer will definitely creep up on you.
What will you be drinking to celebrate International #IPAday? Let us know in the comments below.