Thursday, January 12, 2012

Stone'd for the First Time

I was lucky enough to see Stone IPA on the menu at Timothy O'Toole's in Chicago back in December.  Of course, I jumped on the chance for any Californian IPA, but this one was special.. for you see, I did not know too much about Stone Brewing Co.

I'd had a Stone brew before, without knowing it - its Arrogant Bastard Ale (ps, that's an awesome beer).

But the Stone IPA - Guess what.. LOVED IT.

77 IBU's and kickin', this 6.9%er was what I like to call a drinkable IPA.  It had a sweet tinge to its bitterness which made me think of palm trees and basking in the glorious sunshine on what I can only imagine the west-coast looks like.

Maybe it was just because I was picturing glorious beaches, and me, laying on the beach with this IPA in hand, but the sweet, hoppy aroma given off by this brew was enough to make anyone want to fly out to California to get one straight out of the barrel.

Hopefully I won't be imagining it for much longer, (or Google Street Viewing it just to feel like I'm actually there) as I'm tentatively planning a Spring visit to the sunshine state.  If I do make it out that way, I'm definitely going to visit the brewery.. if they do tours.

Also, I was lucky enough to have a friend offer up one of his Stone Ruination IPA's this past week... You'll hear more about that gorgeous bottle from me in the next few days.

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