Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stone Delicious IPA (review)

This weekend a spur of the moment trip to Long Pond for the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway meant drinking 8 dollar Yuengling's. One of my first beers as a young man was Yuengling. As a lifelong resident, I'm proud of the fact that my home state of Pennsylvania is home to the oldest brewery in the country. However my sense of taste has long since moved on, and its time to cleanse my pallet with a high quality American craft brew. Today I'm drinking and reviewing "Delicious IPA" from California based Stone Brewing Company . Unless my memory fails me, this is my third review of a beer brewed by Stone. I most recently tried their excellent Ruination Double IPA.

Weighing in at 7.7% ABC, Delicious IPA is billed as a "Gluten Reduced" beer, if that sort of thing interests you. Its brewed with El Dorado and Lemon Drop hops. From the limited information I can find, Lemon Drop hops seem to be a newer varietal of American hop closely related to the ever popular Cascade. The use of those Lemon Drop hops in a huge dry hop addition up the flavor factor and give it that fresh-hoppy flavor profile I like in all my favorite IPA's.

I'll continue this review with the caveat that I've been experiencing tooth pain due to a dental issue I have an appointment to take care of in a few days, which means the inside of my mouth is pretty torn up by toothpaste, mouthwash and Orajel, as I do my best to deal with the pain. That said, its still pretty clear that this is a massively citrus beer.  My beleaguered taste buds detect lemon grass and orange peel and a bit of pine. But despite being a West Coast produced IPA, this isn't your typical dry, throat raping West Coast IPA. Expect a bit of bready sweetness on the back end.

Not a bad beer. Not as good as Ruination, for sure. I would, however, like to try it again when my mouth is feeling better.

Musical Pairing: Juular by the Devin Townsend Project

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