Stone IPA

Yesterday was a mess.  It was a mess at work, and it was messy weather.  The grocer store (had to pick up the turkey) was a mess.  There was also a bake-off at work, which meant my eating was a mess.  One slice of pumpkin cheesecake and one slice of peppermint torte later, and I was in a bummy mood.  Sooo… enough about that.

In the morning, I started the day off with an at-home workout per this mont’s workout schedule.  Here are the free online videos I did:

The yoga was okay, but I wanted something a bit more challenging.  (Wow – I never thought I’d say that.)  Better luck next week, eh?

If you caught up with my weekend recap post yesterday, you probably noticed a pizza and beer.  That’s not such a rare thing around here, but I wanted to reflect a little more about the beer.  It was an IPA from Stone Brewing Co. It’s a dry-hopped, all-natural beer with 6.9% ABV.

Stone IPA

As a huge fan of Stone’s Arrogant B*st*rd Ale and their Levitation Ale, I knew I had to give this one a shot.  I give it an A-, but don’t let the minus fool you.  This is a really good beer that I thoroughly recommend.

  • Appearance: When poured, it’s a golden color with a bit of amber.  I don’t mean yellow like a lager, but almost brassy.  There’s a small but lingering lace at the top.  The beer is cloudy, but it doesn’t have the particles of other unfiltered beer.
  • Smell: It smells as good or better than it tastes.  I love the fragrant hops.
  • Taste: Like many IPAs, it’s bitter.  There’s no bitter-beer-face though, so don’t worry.  There’s a hint of grapefruit on the front-end (maybe even some lemon), but there’s a pine aftertaste, which adds to the impression of bitterness.  All the flavors balance out fairly well.
  • Mouthfeel: This is pretty typical – medium carbonation, medium bodied, and fairly average in feel.  I really like that this isn’t overly carbonated, which is the case with some IPAs.
  • Overall: This is a very good, well-balanced beer.  It’s not my favorite IPA, but it ranks among the best.  I thoroughly recommend it, especially to hop-heads.

I had one of these with a basic pizza, but I think it would pair fabulously with a goat cheese and rosemary flatbread, perhaps with a bit of pork and/or butternut squash.  By the way, BeerAdvocate gave this beer an A.

Stone IPA

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  • How was your Monday?  I hope it wasn’t as messy as mine!
  • Had any good beers lately?

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25 Responses to Stone IPA

  1. Alexandra says:

    Yoga tends to make me want more intense exercise too, I get kinda bored haha ;)
    Hope your day is better today!

  2. Here’s to wishing today is MUCH better than yesterday! Happy Thanks giving Tiff! I do not like beer much but if I am going to drink some – it’s all about the IPA for me! I like Stone and DogFish Head 90 minute IPA – so good!

    xoxo from Trinidad

  3. Ugh hate it when Mondays are like that. Not ideal way to start the week. Hopefully it just gets better though!

  4. My Monday was a mess too! So glad it’s a short week. I haven’t been in the mood for beer lately. Should have had one after a bad day at work to chill out a bit.

  5. Krissie J says:

    I love Stone IPA! Definitely in my top 10. I was useless yesterday. I slept poorly Sun night and missed having coffee in the morning, so I pretty much spent the day like a zombie.

  6. Kat says:

    Ya I can get bored super easy with yoga, which is why I stick to bob harpers yoga dvd. That thing is INTENSE. Some of the moves Im like are you kidding?! How do you bend like that?! lol

  7. Dorsa says:

    oh dear, I love IPAs :) I am going to have to try this one :)

    The last good beer I tired was the hoptoberfest :) SOOOO hoppy! looooved it.

    I hope you are having a better day today :)

  8. I love IPAs, and you’re right, great with flat breads & goat cheese. Yum!

  9. Never tried an IPA, but haven’t met many beers I didn’t like :-). Will def have to give it a go!

    So glad to be back to reading your blog!

  10. Days like that suck! I really hope today was better! :)

  11. Nice beer review. : ) I have one today on New Belgium’s Belgo.
    I tried Stone’s IPA when I first started drinking beer so I need to try it again. My taste buds have come a long way since then. You’ve definitely sold me on it!
    Best beer I tried lately was Lagunitas’ Sucks seasonal beer. it was REALLY good. I’m going to do a brew review on it next week.

  12. Errign says:

    My Monday was decent – class, lunch at the dining hall, more class, relaxing. Oh, and a five miler before it all too.

  13. I love beer but I wish I knew more. Great review!!
    How did you learn so much?? I’d love to hear any pointers you have for choosing a good brew.

    • Tiff says:

      I just liked trying new ones, so I started reading some reviews. It helped me put words to what I was tasting. It helps that there’s no wrong answer. :)

  14. Luckily I live in the front range of Colorado so craft beer is a plenty! Stone is a little too much for me but anything from LeftHand Brewing company sends my tastebuds singing!

  15. My Monday was a huge mess, until 5:30. I swear Mondays should be half days. Let us come in late, so we can get things in order! haha.

  16. Those look like awesome home workouts! My Monday was alright.. boring school and some exercise. Same old, same old!

  17. Hey don’t feel bad… Mondays are meant to be messy. Its just kind of one of those things. I have a pumpkinator beer this weekend that was absolutely amazing. And I am not a beer person…

  18. I had a really good vanilla porter the other day! I wish I remembered the exact name of it.

    Mondays always seem to suck, at least it’s a holiday weekend, YAY!

  19. You know I had a messy day of eats when it’s a potluck day at work… pecan pie… yesssssss

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