Brewery: Stone Brewing (Escondido, California)

Type: India Pale Ale

ABV: 4.8%

IBU: 65

Thoughts:   It says they used a technique called hop bursting which means they add some (even more) hops at the final brewing phase which ensures maximum flavor and aroma.  Definitely worked- it has that dry and sharp hoppy smell.  It also has a lovely sunshine glow and a large bubble head with lots of lacing.  The mouth feel is lots of carbonation, lots of stickiness, dry dry dry.  It has a pleasant taste but my goodness the hop bursting makes for an aftertaste experience like none I’ve ever had.  The top of the tongue goes prickly from the dry bitterness unraveling for about a dozen declines after drinking.  That’s my least favorite character about high IBU IPAs so this one gets a low score from me.  It’s decent on the swallow, but wretched afterwards.  Might have to chug this one I guess?  Not balanced enough for me- I don’t care for the gasoline hop technique.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. scottdavey says:

    Look at the carbonation! I’ve never seen that in a beer before. I feel like I’m looking at a club soda or something.


  2. Mike says:

    I know! It was insane. And it wasn’t freezing cold either. Out of control.


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