2015 has seen a lot of IPAs from Stone Brewing Co. At this point it is just absurd. Yes it is Stone. Yes it is San Diego. However, for once, can an Alien walk into a bar and pick a beer that is not an IPA? Before you clad your pitchforks with Mosaic and Citra hops, this Alien has a confession to make. The abundance of Stone IPAs are too much at this point, but dammit, they are too hard to put down. Stone has made matters worse with their Sorry Not Sorry IPA. This unapologetic Peach Double IPA is the home wrecker that ruins the relationship you may have had with your darker ales this Fall/Winter Season. You may have a couple of barrel-aged, special Stout releases waiting for you in your fridge, but one look at a bomber of this IPA and your hop fueled beer lust takes over. You know this is the 1000th Stone Whatever IPA you have had this year, but you cannot deny the confidence in the beer. In the end, the Sorry Not Sorry IPA follows in the footsteps of this year’s releases. This collaboration release IPA from Stone, 4 Hands, and Bale Breaker is as appetizing as it is confident.
Color: It pours a crisp and golden brown color. Inviting and great to look at.
Aroma: It releases a vibrant hoppy and piny aroma that sneaks hints of fruity richness. As the beer settles down, it emits a nice, but subtle level of peachy sweetness.
Mouthful: The roundness of the beer allows it to be both bitter and fruity. It is heavy beer but the malts used allow the fruits to flourish. It also has a great bitter aftertaste which is smooth and bitter, but not overpowering. Ultimately, the balanced nature of Sorry Not Sorry makes the drinker forget that it is a double IPA that rings in 9.3% ABV. If that is a good or bad thing is up to you.
Taste: Overall, the taste is balanced and rounded. The combination of Simcoe and Mosaic hops created a balanced IPA, while the experimental hops (HBC 342 and HBC 344) supplied by Stone and Bale Breaker create some new tastes. While the peach is subtle, the beer carries a fruity character in its initial taste. Then it finishes with a great and balanced bitter aftertaste.
At the end of the day, Stone is too confident. Their IPAs have been too good to resist this year. Sorry not Sorry IPA makes it harder to resist the hoppy temptations a San Diego local might feel on a day to day basis. It is not the greatest beer they have released, but this IPA provides a rich and solid balance that any hop head can take great pleasure in. It is not a defining Douple IPA but it is one that appeals to a greater audience with its balance of bitterness and fruity tastes. At the end of the day, Stone knows it can repeat the same trick over and over again, but the people will still be amazed no matter what. Stone Brewing Co. alongside 4 Hands and Bale Breaker know they brewed another IPA but it they have no apologies for it whatever-so-ever because it is too good to be angry at.
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