Stone Delicious IPA
Reviewed by Brady White on November 25, 2016 in Gluten-Free Guide
- Brewery: Stone Brewing
- Origin: Escondido, CA, US
- Rated On: November 25, 2016
- Best Before: July 16, 2017
- ABV: 7.7%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: American IPA
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 12oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with three surprisingly chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly (of course it is) off-white head, which leaves a bit of thick stringy lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.
It smells of mildly dank pine resin, grainy and crackery pale malt, a twinge of forlorn caramel sweetness, some flinty bath salts, a tame generic citrus fruitiness, and further testy leafy, herbal, and floral hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, ephemeral caramel notes, sodden white saltine crackers, a muddled tropical fruit character, fading acerbic pine needles, and more rounded herbal and floral hop bitters. The bubbles are duly supportive and challenging in their robust frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, those varying new-fangled hops snickering and traipsing through the daisies here, as it were. It finishes off-dry, the touched malts struggling to keep up with the lingering south seas and domestic hop goodness.
Overall, I feel that the ‘delicious’ moniker here is solely employed as a version of their ‘sorry, not sorry’ mantra, i.e. they are pre-apologizing for any lacking perceived in this offering due to the messing about with the gluten. Which is much ado about nothing, as they’ve got nothing to worry about, IMHO. A solid West Coast IPA, gluten-rife or not.