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Stone Delicious IPA

Rating: 4.05

My thirteenth beer from Stone now and my fiftieth from California, this one is another American style IPA from the brewery and a beer that was first released about a year ago and has recently started making its way across the pond to the UK; I actually attempted to buy this beer from the Brewdog online store recently but they had none left by the time I placed my order so I was pleased to see it on-tap at their Glasgow bar over the weekend. Coming in at 7.7% and 80 IBU’s, the beer is a reworking of the original 8.3% recipe that boasted 116 IBU’s and this one features a reduced gluten content to most other beer without actually being label as a gluten-free beer. I had read good things about this one prior to trying it and given that it’s an IPA from Stone I had a feeling it would be a good one anyway, thankfully it delivered what it promised from its name and was a really good beer; definitely one I’ll look to pick up again in the future.

Stone Delicious IPA

Appearance (4/5): This one sits a medium amber colour in the glass with only a tiny bit of haze and a one centimetre tall, foamy head that is a slightly creamy white colour that leaves a touch of lace on the glass and has good retention through the opening couple of minutes.
Aroma (8/10): Floral and definitely quite hoppy on the nose, this one has a real American IPA smell to it with some nice citrus notes coming through alongside touches of pine and hints of grapefruit. There is some nice tropical fruits in there as well and I got a little sweetness towards the end from some sugars and a hint of caramel malts before some light alcohol rounded things off.
Taste (8/10): This one follows on well from the nose with some nice citrus flavours and quite a lot of bitterness to kick things off with, there is also a nice amount grapefruit that gives the beer a really hop-filled taste with a solid floral backing. I got some resinous pine flavours around the middle and the tropical fruits from the nose feature too; most notably some orange, mango, pineapple and maybe even some apricot giving the beer a hint of sweetness too.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and with carbonation levels coming through as fairly average for the style, there was a solid bitterness throughout this beer with a lot of hops and just a touch of sweetness, particularly towards the end of the beer. The beer had quite a good balance it and despite the odd hint of alcohol, it was a really pleasant and easy to drink beer.

Overall (17/20): This one was a really nice American IPA from Stone, I expected nothing less from a brewery famous for these types of beer but I’m glad it lived up to my expectations as well as its own name. There was a lot of flavour coming through with an excellent tropical fruit and hop-filled taste that still managed to maintain a good balance. A really nice beer and one that I’m glad I was able to find on-tap, it’s one well worth trying and one that I’ll likely try again if I manage to find a couple bottles of it somewhere in future.

Brewed In: Escondido, California, United States of America
Brewery: Stone Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American IPA
Abv: 7.7%
Serving: Draught (Half Pint)
Purchased: Brewdog, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £3.90

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