Review: Stone Delicious IPA

Review of Stone Delicious IPA from Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, CA

Beer Type: India Pale Ale (IPA)  ABV: 7.7%  IBUs: 80  Tried on draught.

Their Description: “While our beers are many and diverse, yet unified by overarching boldness, India pale ales are our undeniable bread and butter. We’ve brewed many over the past 18 years, from double-down bitter bombs to piney session sippers. Whether it’s big IBUs or a precise ABV, there’s usually a target we’re shooting for. The same is true of this, our latest IPA, but we gave zero thought to any acronyms. This one was all about packing as much unique and, you guessed it, delicious flavor into a glass as humanly possible, regardless of oomph or octane. This 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 introduce to hopheads everywhere.”

The Reality: Stone Delicious IPA has a nice head with a hoppy citrus and tangerine scent and an unfiltered orange color. It has flavors of tangerine and tropical fruit with a balanced hoppiness through out that is not too strong. I didn’t detect the lemon notes they refer to, but that didn’t detract from my experience. It drinks amazingly light and smooth for a 7.7% IPA. The finish is crisp and clean with an aftertaste of bitter fruit that retreats quickly.

Final Verdict: Does this beer live up to its name? Yes, it is in fact, delicious. Stone has gone out of their way to create a special and unique IPA and they have succeeded. Extremely well-balanced, smooth, light and actually refreshing (which you can’t say about a lot of IPAs). This is officially one of my new favorites and will go into my IPA rotation when I can find it. When I can’t get it (due to its limited release), I’ve ordered some special pants to wear in its honor.