Beer 

Delicious IPA

Brewery

Stone Brewing Co.

Style

India Pale Ale

ABV / IBU

7.7% / 80

Availability 

Six pack of 12-ounce bottles

Where I bought it / Format / Price

Sprouts Market / 12 ounce bottles /$7.99 per six-pack (sale)

Company Beer Description

“While our beers are many and diverse, yet unified by overarching boldness, India pale ales are our undeniable bread and butter. We’ve brewed many over the past 18 years, from double-down bitter bombs to piney session sippers. Whether it’s big IBUs or a precise ABV, there’s usually a target we’re shooting for. The same is true of this, our latest IPA, but we gave zero thought to any acronyms. This one was all about packing as much unique and, you guessed it, delicious flavor into a glass as humanly possible, regardless of oomph or octane. This intensely citrusy, beautifully bitter beer is worthy of the simple-yet-lordly title of Stone Delicious IPA. Lemondrop and El Dorado hops combine to bring on a magnificent lemon candy-like flavor that’s balanced by hop spice. It’s unlike anything we’ve tasted in nearly two decades of IPA experimentation, and another lupulin-laced creation we’re excited to introduce to hopheads everywhere.”

Pouring / Tasting / Reflection

During 2014-2015, Stone released many more core IPAs, working to redefine and expand the format. Delicious, with lemony-minty-green tea Lemondrop hops and fruity-tropical El Dorado hops, seems to be aimed towards the hop connoisseur. Now sold in bottles, this is within easy reach whenever one needs to freshen up the hop palate.

Delicious opens with a light, enticing aroma, redolent of herbal tea steeped with opal basil. This is perhaps my favorite quality of this beer,  In the mouth, this beer is difficult to define. There are channels of pine and resin which cut through an overall earthiness of this IPA. Many diverse traces of citrus glimmer in the back palate. On the finish, Delicious comes in for a crash landing, like many Stone hoppy beers. The bitterness erases most of what came before. Overall, very quaffable, yet one would hope for something more definitive in the taste.

Words I would use to describe this beer

lemon cough drop, damp moss, grapefruit rind, lemon sherbet, grapefruit marmalade, lemon merengue, camphor

Pair with these foods

pistachio nut bars, orange chicken, kabocha squash tempura

Weather

watercourse

comes in for a crash landing Delicious opens with a light, enticing aroma, redolent of herbal tea steeped with opal basil.
Crafts(wo)manship76
Flavor/Aroma 71
True-to-Style / Unique Stamp74
Drinkability71

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