Stone IPA India Pale Ale
85 Blade Chainsaw
Stone IPA is an India Pale Ale style created by the Stone Brewing Company based in California. This IPA is brewed with Crystal and Pale Malts featuring Magnum and Centennial Hops followed by two weeks of dry hopping to produce 77 IBUs and an alcohol content of 6.9% ABV.
Stone’s Gargoyle mascot is a Thomas K. Matthews illustration and is prominently displayed on the brown bottle – it is a protector of impurities. As the company’swebsite indicates, it is a 100% natural brew with no additives, preservatives, adjuncts or pasteurization. I’m quickly becoming a major fan of the pure beer approach!
With its hop induced bitterness, Stone IPA is aimed at pleasing the hop-head in all of us!
Onto The Method
9.0/10 – The Classic
2.0 – Appearance – A nice golden amber with some cloudiness, medium carbonation and a nice full head that sticks around, impressive! Clearing the glass leaves some lacing that reminds me of the venomous face of Spider Man’s nemesis. This is what a good beer looks like!
2.0 – Taste – The flavor is nicely complex; hops are initially obvious and stay all the way through, somewhere in there are some light malt flavors showcasing the clean crystal and pale malts. It finishes with even stronger hop bitterness. This brew exhibits a total disregard for balance; the hops overpower the flavor like a leather clad dominatrix yielding a leather whip and an ancient sword of the Gods.
1.5 – Palate – The bitterness and carbonation kick into high gear and stab at my senses like sharp razorblades into the welcoming enchantment of darkness!
2.0 – Overall – In spite of its monstrous character, it is super easy to drink this rough, bitter and unyielding authority. My body and mind continuously welcome this monstrosity into my life’s blood.
8.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – This starts of at a 6.9% abv and harmoniously dances with all other factors.
10/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – A fine, super sharp dagger of Wiccan worship blessed by the highest of priests – used for sorcery and sacrifice. It is so easy to drink this elixir that the alcohol cuts through the ingredients, flesh, rib cage and straight into the heart – creating white beams of magic protruding from this beating organ as a result of its fateful union.
9.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift –Damn, one and a half of these brews – I’m f*ed up!@ Spiders? They’re all over the place and showed up seemingly out of nowhere, wearing purple gems and golden crowns ready for worship and human devour.
4.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – It’s a struggle to stay in control, having to excuse myself for fear of crossing over to the other side. Had I been inexperienced, I’d be knocked out. Six brews are way too many and four is more than enough!
45.0/50 Blades – The Buzz – This magic formula is so powerfully enchanting that it is almost spiritual. If I could find a buzz, I would rate it. However Stone IPA skips the buzz, doesn’t look at drunk, and dives straight into possession. The 6.9% abv shouldn’t be a big deal, but it is certainly respectable. It is the combination of the abv, fineingredients and especially its easy drinkability that allows this monstrous formulation to get right on top of you. To be sure, I had to repeat the experience with similar results. Stone IPA has a fantastic classic, strong hammer, magically appearing spider that gets you so stoned you need to control the motor with great effort. Even with all its great qualities, the Knife shines as it represents a divine mechanism of sorcery and power – Chainsaw the night!