Stone 16th Anniversary IPA

Stone 16th Anniversary IPA

Double IPA
10%
85

This year our brewing team was inspired by some exotic-ish additions of the lemony persuasion. Yes, it's a double IPA (Can you really say you're surprised?), but as we strive to do with all our Stone Anniversary Ales of the let's-take-this-IPA-in-a-new-direction variety, we've brewed up a Stone-worthy divergence from tradition. The amount of rye malt we used isn't quite enough to warrant the appellation "Rye IPA," but it still adds hints of spiciness that contrast deliciously with the tropical fruit flavors and aromas of the Amarillo and Calypso hops. Add a few European specialty malts, some lemon verbena, and three more hop varieties to the mix, and you have a highly complex brew melding both bitter and fruity hop notes with rich toasted malt character punctuated by nuances of spicy rye and subtle lemon.

August 13, 2012
Magnum
Delta
Target
Calypso & Amarillo

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
,
Brewmaster
Appearance
Beautiful light amber with a thick creamy tan head of foam.
Aroma
An incredible blend of fruits: citrus, lemon and peaches, with hints of mint and dry-roasted nutty malt flavors.
Taste
A very clean maltiness, intense peachy/mango Amarillo hops, hints of apples and berries, finishing in a burst of fresh lemon, hop bitterness and herbal spiciness.
Palate
Smooth and complex malt flavors, medium body, the very slightest hint of alcohol heat, with a refreshingly bitter and citrusy finish.
Overall
From the first time I smelled a broken leaf from a lemon verbena bush at Stone Farms, I thought its intense lemony character would be a great addition to an IPA. It truly is "more lemon than lemon." The lemon flavors combine wonderfully with the peach and tropical mango flavors from the Amarillo, and the apple and berry notes from the Calypso hops. The result is an intense, bitter and very refreshing take on a double IPA. Perfect for a Southern California summer.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
,
Craft Beer Ambassador
Appetizers
Coconut shrimp, ceviche, Thai spring rolls, deviled eggs
Salads
Grilled peach and feta, kimchi, Chinese chicken
Entrées
Grilled cheddar cheese sandwich, fried chicken, camarones à la diabla, pepper steak
Cheeses
Grafton Tavern aged cheddar, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gorgonzola Dolce, Rogue Smokey Blue
Desserts
Lemon meringue pie, carrot cake, peach cobbler
Cigars
Camacho Corojo Churchill, La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Matatan, Four Kicks Corona Gorda