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Stone Brewing Company

Official Web Page 
155 Mata Way, #104,  San Marcos, CA 92069, USA
Tel:  (760) 471-4999

Opened: 1996
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Stone IPA Type: IPA ABV: 6.9%
This is pretty full in color with its reddish amber body, maybe indicating a little toasted malt. The foam is decent although not particularly enduring while the carbonation is very light. The nose is instantly greeted by a fruity hop sensation, like a morning fruit punch of lemon grapefruit and pineapple. I get light signs of pale malt, again suspecting a light toastiness. Thereís also a faint metallic aroma, which is sometimes the case in such heavily hopped brews. The palate is medium bodied, impressively smooth, and the carbonation light. I did think the carbonation was a little low, but from an Englishman there are very few complaints. The first sip hits the back of the throat with a strong but not overwhelmingly citric tang. Itís bitter for sure but thereís also some smoothness running through it. The hops are noticeable right at the tip of the palate and do provide for a nice crisp dryness throughout. The malt is slightly biscuity in the middle, and Iím still guessing toasty but to a lesser extent. What really balances out the tangy bitterness however is the pineapple I got in the aroma coming through on the palate, although Iím not sure what produces this. It kind of adds a protective smooth fruity sweetness for the more timid.
Ratings: Appearance: 3/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 3/5 Taste: 10/10 Overall: 18/20 Score: 4.2

Last Updated: 09/04/2001

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