This time we got our hands on Stone’s 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA, which was inspired by the British brewing traditions using ingredients imported from Britain. It features Target and East Kent Golding & Boadicea hops as well as coming in at 8.9% AVB. This IPA is a memorable one packing a punch of hops layered with other flavors that compliment said hops.
Appearance: It pours as an opaque gold color, which forms a creamy head. The head stays for a bit longer than expected as well and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass as you drink your beer. We tried this in a pint glass.
Aroma: The pungent aroma of hops definitely is the feature in this beer, followed by light citrus and herbal hints. The thing are note at the end is the dryness of the hops left on the nose of the drinker.
Taste: As you taste it you get a slight malt flavor, which almost immediately makes way to for the massive hop flavor. The hop flavors are very earthy and piney especially towards the middle with a very dry and bitter finish, which mellows out to give way to the grainy flavors.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light for how dark it appears to be and very crisp as well as you drink. Despite the light mouthfeel it still seems to leave a slight film on the palette.
Overall this beer is very simple yet complex, hop-centric yet layered with subtle flavors and light yet dark in certain aspects. Very well crafted beer from Stone and shows us why they are so well known for their IPAs, go check this out now.
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