Ok, another week, another beer blog. You know I’m a total sucker for Stone. Love it. Think they are one of the, if not the best brewery around. Big, hoppy, creative and easy to find….#winning. Anyway, this is a new specialty IPA they released, I was pretty excited about it…and it did not disappoint! This is a collaboration between Stone, Ecliptic Brewing and Wicked Weed Brewing. Typically, I find the Stone Collaborations to be pretty unique….sometimes amazing and sometimes confusing. This one….very very good
Presentation: Very nice looking beer. Deep copper/orange color that was pretty cloudy (personally, I love a good cloudy IPA). You can see in the picture a good solid 1″ foamy head on the pour. I was grilling when I drank it and it just looked and smelled like the kind of beer you want while manning the grill.
Style: Imperial IPA
Brewery: Stone Brewery
ABV: 9.5% (wheel house!)
IBU: 72 (damn!)
Method: 22oz bomber glass
Overall taste: Very unique and very flavorful. It’s aged in red wine and tequila barrels. So when you first taste it, it’s a really good hoppy West Coast IPA…and then, you get the VERY subtle tequila flavor. SO good. I’ve had a few beers like this and they are tough but man when they are good….they are good. Some other fruit and red wine flavors but I really enjoyed the tequila finish.
Recommended drinking location: I feel like a broken record but I mean, I live in the Bay Area so I’m always outside….drink outside 🙂
Ideal consumption amount: One. Definitely one. Drink two of these and you’re like to go Frank the Tank
Similar Beers: Pretty close to Dayglow IPA which is a pretty strong comparison.