Stone 18th Anniversary IPA

Stone 18th Anniversary IPA

The Hoppiest Golden-Brown IPA on Earth

Double IPA

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.

About This Beer

Release Date
August 11, 2014
Featured Hops
El Dorado
Sterling & Hopsteiner 06300

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
Pours deep amber with a golden-brown hue and an off-white-colored head.
Herbal, lemon and lemongrass hop notes, combined with very light levels of cocoa, coffee and roasted malts.
Fruity hops, lemon, orange zest and tropical fruit, with a complex malt base featuring coffee and toffee elements. The hop finish is very lemony.
Full-bodied with a bitter, dry finish.
Several iterations of this beer 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.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
Craft Beer Ambassador
Sweet potato fries with roasted garlic aioli, blistered shishito peppers, grilled prosciutto-wrapped shrimp, fried pork wontons
Kale & white bean, miso ramen, tortilla
Chicken, green mango
Roasted chicken, pad thai, stuffed acorn squash, pork chops, carnitas tacos
Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, Idiazabal, Cypress Grove Chevre Lamb Chopper, Bellwether Farms San Andreas
Peach cobbler, apricot cheesecake, carrot cake, baked nectarines with pistachios
Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Piramide, Tatuaje Cabaiguan, Rocky Patel Connecticut, L'Atelier Lat56