Stone Delicious IPA

Stone Delicious IPA

A citrusy India pale ale with Lemondrop & El Dorado hops

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While our beers are many and diverse, yet unified by overarching boldness, India pale ales are our undeniable bread and butter. The result is an intensely citrusy, beautifully bitter beer is worthy of the simple-yet-lordly title of Stone Delicious IPA. Lemondrop and El Dorado hops combine to bring on a magnificent lemon candy-like flavor that’s balanced by hop spice. It’s unlike anything we’ve tasted in nearly two decades of IPA experimentation, and another lupulin-laced creation we’re excited to present to hopheads everywhere.

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Release Date
January 5, 2015
Package Types
12oz six-pack & 12-pack cans
12oz six-pack & 12-pack bottles
22oz bottles
Flavor Profile
Hoppy, Citrus, Lemongrass
When to Enjoy
Drink fresh
Featured Hops
Lemondrop & El Dorado

Tasting Notes

Pours deep gold with a white-colored head.
Spicy, herbal and citrusy hop aromatics balanced with light-toasted malt. The spiciness is reminiscent of lemongrass.
The hop flavors really explode with a dominant flavor that reminds many on the brewing team of a lemon Starburst candy!
Medium body with a bitter, dry finish.
We went through many iterations of this beer at our Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station restaurant and brewery, using several hop recipes until we had that “Aha!” moment tasting a beer that I had asked Liberty Station Brewing Manager Kris Ketcham to brew. It was a single-hop beer called the Lost City of Liquid Gold, using 100 percent El Dorado, a new hop from Yakima, Washington. This beer gave us the last piece to the puzzle on the formulation for Stone Delicious IPA. We changed the dry hop to 100 percent El Dorado, and we achieved magnificent lemon candy and spicy hop flavors that are fun and unique.

Pairing Notes

Hummus, Buffalo chicken wings, Cajun shrimp skewers, spiced pumpkin seeds
Tomato and avocado, black bean and corn, quinoa tabbouleh
Roasted chicken, chile verde, vegetarian huevos rancheros with corn tortillas, veggie jambalaya with long-grain rice, spinach chickpea curry
Grana Padano, Grafton Village Cheddar, Maytag Blue Cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano
Rice pudding, coconut macaroons, lemon soufflé, raspberry white chocolate mousse
Illusione Fume d’Amour Clementes, Padilla Reserva Toro, My Father No. 3 Crema

More about Stone Delicious IPA

Stone Delicious IPA is a tangible example of why continual IPA and hop exploration are so fulfilling. With the Lemondrop varietal as a centerpiece and a massive dry hop composed exclusively of lemony El Dorado hops from Washington State, this beer lives up to its name behind a plethora of tart, citrusy notes and a stunning grove-like, lemon tree bouquet, providing a graceful yet in no way subtle one-two punch to the senses.

In addition to being incredibly flavorful and hopped in our typically heavy-handed way, Stone Delicious IPA is also fermented in a manner that breaks down and removes gluten, rendering gluten levels so significantly that the beer qualifies as a “gluten-reduced” ale per the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). It’s a nice bonus that will allow nearly everyone out there to enjoy our bold style of craft beer.

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