Thursday, July 28, 2016

Stone Mocha IPA (review)

Beer Review #143

Mocha. The very name suggests a dark beer. When I picked this brew off the racks I was expecting another nonsensically named 'black IPA," but as it turns out, Stone Brewing Company's Mocha IPA, is a relatively pale (transparent amber), hoppy beer that doesn't feel gimmicky wearing its "IPA Badge."

You have to go all the way back to February (review #93) to locate my last review of a Stone Brewing Company beer. I'm not sure why its taken me so long to get back to Stone, as their products are consistently good, despite their rock start status. And speaking of good Stone beers, Mocha IPA does not disappoint.

Mocha IPA is one of those beers that shouldn't work. Why would you even think of such a thing? And yet it does. Mocha IPA, an Imperial IPA brewed with cacao and coffee, packs the roasted flavors of a dark beer into a lighter bodied pour.

"Clearly, style lines have been crossed. Is it half-IPA, half-stout? Not quite. It’s definitely all IPA, but it’s also the best of both styles, making this love child of a beer simply just a beautiful, pleasure-seeking meld of imperial IPA and mocha indulgence. How did we come up with this inexplicably delicious creation? Well, that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that it exists and that it’s here for you now, thanks to our deliberate disregard for brewing norms. Some things are not meant to be known, just enjoyed...thoroughly."
There is definitely coffee in the aroma, but also citrus, and hints of chocolate and mint like chocolate chip mint ice cream.

The taste is bitter up front, just as we expect from an IPA, but surprisingly creamy, almost like a milk stout. Coffee, chocolate, and some puckering bitterness on the lips. I'm enjoying the hell out of it.

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