Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA

Reviewed by on July 5, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Escondido, CA, US

  • Rated On: July 5, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Wild Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

San Diego County’s Stone Brewing created this offering as a riff, one would imagine, on their ‘Enjoy By IPA’ fresh-beer marketing platform, and probably also because it seems that every craft brewer in the world deems it necessary to play with Brettanomyces, sigh.  07.04.16 version, so yeah, I’m following the rules.

This 750ml, caged and corked bottle pours a glassy, yet bright pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves a few random instances of sudsy snow rime lace around the glass as things lazily subside.  Lots of persistent rising effervescence to boot.

It smells of musty, but generally agreeable funky yeast (hey there, Brett, glad, um, to see that you stuck around!), grainy and lightly bready pale malt, a twinge of caramel sweetness, muddled overripe apple and pear fruity notes, equally hard to pin down domestic citrus flesh, a slight generic phenolic yeast astringency, and more tame earthy, leafy, and floral hops. The taste is earnest piney/leafy/herbal green hop bitters, more acrid than particularly funky yeast incursions, a battened-down pale and caramel maltiness, middling white and black pepper dust, zippy lemon and orange citrus rind, and a further earthy and mildly perfumed floral hoppiness.  The bubbles are still rather active and consuming in their thoroughly pervasive and mouth-filling fizzy and frothy measures, the body just on the medium-light side, weight-wise, and as smooth as you want to convince yourself of right now – cognitive dissonance in terms of M. Brett at your service! It finishes quite dry, the yeast, hops, and wan inherent malt seeing to it.

A much better offering than I was expecting lo these many months that I have so far stared at this offering sitting patiently in my cellar.  The Brett is certainly still more than palpable, but hardly overwhelming, and the very Stone-worthy hops continue to prove their time-worn mettle, if at a more measured distance than the norm.  Anyways, an agreeable enough aging project, to be sure, and if it proves anything, it’s that balance is achievable, even in this outfits’ brews!

Brady White

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