Stone 18th Anniversary IPA

IBUs: 75 ABV: 8.5%





As we compose the text for this celebratory beer‐a golden‐brown India pale ale dry-hopped exclusively and abundantly with El Dorado hops‐we stand ready to leap from the precipice of all we know into a new era for our company, our beers and, most importantly, our fans. It’s one that will see us exploring new territory, both geographically and creatively, as we evolve from pacesetters for the American craft brewing movement to cross‐planetary champions of the worldwide cause of craft, hoisting our banner to proclaim artisanal beers’ vast superiority over stripped‐down, business-driven, industrialized, fizzy, yellow mediocrity. We thank you for shadowing us for the first 18 years of our journey, and welcome you to join us for next leg and all that follows.



Events: Stone 18th Anniversary Celebration & Invitational Beer Festival
Stone Blog: Hoppy Uncharted Territory: Stone 18th Anniversary IPA


Tasting Notes

By Brewmaster Mitch Steele

Appearance

Pours deep amber with a reddish-brown hue and an off-white-colored head.

Aroma

Herbal, lemon and lemongrass hop notes, combined with very light levels of cocoa, coffee and roasted malts.

Taste

Fruity hops, lemon, orange zest and tropical fruit, with a complex malt base featuring coffee and toffee elements. The hop finish is very lemony.

Palate

Full bodied with a bitter, dry finish.

Overall

This beer was conceptualized a bit later than usual, and several iterations were created before we settled on this recipe. Using a small amount of English Brown Coffee Malt in a double IPA seemed like an interesting idea to me, and was inspired in part by the success we had brewing Aleman/Two Brothers/Stone DayMan Coffee IPA and The Alchemist/Ninkasi/Stone More Brown Than Black IPA. The malt character is rich and complex, with hints of cocoa and coffee that don't interfere with the hop intensity. We used one of our favorite new hop varieties, El Dorado, 100 percent in the dry-hop stage, which provides a distinctive lemony character in the aroma and taste that we've come to affectionately describe as "lemon candy."