Beer 31 of winter – IPA

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Brewer: Stone Craft: IPA ABV: 6.9%
First off, thanks to my sister-in-law Kate for the glass. And now for the beer!
Stone, as I have said before, knows how to make an IPA. And this craft is no different. I’m struck too at the moment by how many varieties of IPA they make and how good they all are. Stone must have a hop guru or something. That would be a fun job. Hop guru.
Anywho, this IPA is simple yet complex. Here’s what I mean. It is simple because there is nothing flashy or out of the ordinary that makes this craft special. It is crisp and refreshing. It is hoppy. It is subtly malty. It is everything I want in a standard IPA.
And don’t misunderstand what I mean by standard. I do not mean boring or plain or simple. Standard, by definition, means it is the one by which all others are measured.
This craft is complex because the hop guru knew what he or she was doing when the hops were chosen and the amount of those hops as well. The blend is solid. The beer is a quality craft. The only other IPA I’d give the standard label to is the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. Those two crafts have set the bar at a pretty high level.
Anytime you are looking for an IPA, find your nearest craft beer store and choose a Stone. You won’t be disappointed. Cheers!

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