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Sorry Not Sorry IPA

Rating: 4.0

A bit of a special one now for my eighteenth beer from the Stone brewery, a double IPA that was brewed in collaboration with Missouri’s 4 Hands brewing and Washington’s Bale Breaker brewing. I say it’s my eighteenth Stone beer but I’ve since learned that their Arrogant Bastard beers are now split from their regular operation but I’d say they’re still Stone beers and I’ll continue to list them as such here. This one is a one-off from the brewery that was released in November of last year and is one that I miraculously managed to find pouring on-tap at Brewdog’s original Glasgow location over the weekend when I stopped in for a visit. It is brewed with peaches and a few experimental hop strains, this one comes in at 70 IBU’s and promised to be quite a fruity, hop-filled offering that thankfully did not disappoint. It is actually the second Stone collaboration offering that I’ve managed to sample on-tap at a Brewdog bar, it follows on from the Suede Imperial Porter (in collaboration with 10 Barrel Brewing and Bluejacket) that I managed to review here back in December of 2013 and that was a beer that I really enjoyed at the time too so hopefully I’ll start seeing some more of these types of beer making it to the UK in future.

Sorry Not Sorry IPA

Appearance (4/5): Quite a bright looking beer, this one sits an orange/amber colour in the glass and has quite a clear body. There is a small amount of white bubbles around the circumference of the glass and the odd bit of froth in the middle in lieu of a head but overall the beer is not a bad-looking one.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a strong nose with a lot of hops coming through early on alongside some pungent pine notes and plenty of grapefruit. There was a fresh smell to the beer with nice floral touches and it seemed quite sharp too. There was a lot more alcohol showing than I’d expected but I guess it was a strong beer so that’s not too much of a complaint really and some citrus and peaches made an appearance towards the end along with some subtle spice.
Taste (8/10): Matching the nose, this one was again quite a strong beer with a lot of bitterness early on and some strong grapefruit flavours not far behind. I got plenty of citrus and mango with the peaches from the nose featuring too before some alcohol grain and spice started to make itself known. A few tropical fruit flavours began to appear towards the end with some further floral touches and overall the beer was a strong flavoured but very enjoyable one.
Palate (4/5): This one was a medium bodied beer that came through a lot stronger than I’d expected without it truly overpowering thankfully. The palate was clean and quite sharp with a good warming feel to proceedings thanks to the high alcohol content that gave the beer a strong kick as well but the balance remained a good one and the beer was quite drinkable.

Overall (16/20): This one was another really good IPA from Stone, they definitely seem to have the style nailed with this one coming through very strong thanks to the alcohol and high bitterness levels. The beer remained drinkable throughout however and it proved a great one to sip away at with some nice tropical and citrus flavours coming through along with plenty of pine and floral ones too. A strong but very enjoyable beer, although one would probably do it for me I imagine.

Brewed In: Escondido, California, United States of America
Brewery: Stone Brewing Company / 4 Hands Brewing / Bale Breaker (collaboration)
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Imperial/Double IPA
Abv: 9.3%
Serving: Draught (1/3rd Pint)
Purchased: Brewdog, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.15

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  1. September 29, 2016 at 08:35

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