Category Archives: Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Grapefruit Slam IPA

– aka Stone Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: Hops – Centennial, Chinook and Magnum. Special Ingredients – Grapefruit. A zesty Double India Pale Ale w/ Grapefruit Peel

Brewer Description: (from can) We’ve made a hell of a lot of beers since 1996. Probably thousands at this point. Some stick around for decades, some for a few years and some are brief visits, gracing us with their hoppy presence fora short time before becoming fond memories. Occasionally stars, planets and brewing schedules align and we bring back one of these ephemeral creations. In fall of 2014 we created a draft-only version of this delicious double India pale ale. Its bitter, zesty grapefruit peel infusion created a bright accent to notes of pine resin and fresh citrus well in advance of the explosion of fruited beers we’re all reveling in at the moment. We never stopped thinking about it, so a long five years later, we’re bringing back Stone Grapefruit Slam IPA for round two. It’s a link to the past planted delightfully in the present.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.67
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can, canned on 16th January 2019, and with an enjoy by date of 16th May 2019. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: A clear copper colour with a big three finger slightly off white head that had good retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Grapefruit peel, citrus rind and zest, caramel, pine, resinous.
Taste: Like the aroma, bittersweet, grapefruit zest and rind, caramel, pine, resin, and light biscuit.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I think maybe the bittersweet grapefruit zestiness was probably a bit too intense for me. I preferred other versions of IPAs by Stone.

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Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 9.3%
Style: Belgian Quadrupel
Other Notes: Malts – Pilsner and Flaked Triticale. Belgian Yeast – Ardennes Strain. Special Ingredients – Dark Candi Sugar

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Trappist ales as we know them have a proud lineage dating back nearly a century. Rather than follow the footsteps of the monks who forged the quadruple – the warmest and darkest of monastery offerings – we aimed to test its inherent makeup. In doing so, we added triticale, a hybrid grain combining the pleasant flavor of wheat with the elemental durability and spice of rye, to breathe new life into the malt bill. Because of this, this reimagined brew comes across differently than its classic Belgian predecessors, and beautifully so. Lower in sweetness, but rich with flavors mirroring dried fruit, it’s a modern interpretation of one of the most historically sacred styles on Earth.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.68
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber, bottled on 9th June 2014. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.
Appearance: A clear brown orangey colour (almost rusty) with a thin beige head that settled to a very thin layer over the top with nice curtain like lacing.
Aroma: Plum, prune skin, grape juice, caramel, toasted toffee with hints of clove and banana.
Taste: Sweet, toasted caramel, plum skin, prunes, grape juice and hints of booze.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Aroma was great, and while the taste wasn’t bad, it was perhaps too sweet for my taste.

Stone 22nd Anniversary Anni-Matter Double IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 9.1%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: 22nd Anniversary. The no haze Double IPA. 81 IBUs. Hops – Columbus, Denali, Hopsteiner #06297, Galaxy, Citra and Amarillo

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Stone 22nd Anniversary Double IPA is a clean, crisp perfectly filtered IPA that reinforces giant, juicy, hop forward IPAs are a bailiwick of ours. Every year we have a special recipe creation challenge with two-person teams from our brewing department we’ve called the Stone Spotlight Competition. This year’s winner “Anti-Matter” was brewed (and named) by Stone brewers Jason Smith and Jose Flores. We felt it was a perfect candidate for our 22nd Anniversary IPA, as it’s not only an amazing IPA, but a perfect way to showcase the deep bench that is our talented and dedicated brewing team. This light amber colored IPA features an incredible mouthfeel from the malted oats. Citrus rides in the forefront, with plenty of fruit character to back it up. All in all, we felt this was the perfect IPA with which to say: Here’s to me, to you and twenty-two too!

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.87
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. bottle, bottled on 24th July 2018, and with an enjoy by date of 6th November 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear light copper amber colour with an almost two finger white head that had excellent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Light biscuit, caramel malts, citrusy orange peel, grapefruit, citrus rind, hints of tropical melon, pineapple and pine.
Taste: Moderate bitterness, orange peel, mandarin, light caramel, pine and hints of melon.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: A good Stone styled Double IPA with nice aroma and flavours. The 9.1% ABV just drinks really easy.

Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 7.5%
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Other Notes: 2016 rerelease. 40 IBUs. Hops – Centennial. Special ingredients – Sweet orange peel, Curaçao orange peel, coriander & black pepper

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale is quite easily the rarest and most highly sought-after beer we have ever brewed – with winning bids at one time surpassing $1,200 on eBay. It was so rare that even at the time of its release our own team could barely get their hands on the first bottle of this millennium-inspired, sequentially released series. We produced just 300 cases and one of our delivery drivers at the time dropped and broke one (if calc’d @ $1,200/bottle, that was a $14,400 case!). This bumped-up, Stone-ized version of a Belgian witbier was our first Belgian-inspired beer. Featuring orange peel, wheat, coriander and black pepper, it was our first beer brewed with ingredients beyond the four beer-making essentials of malt, hops, water & yeast. The first time in which co-founder and original Brewmaster Steve Wagner gave former Head Brewer Lee Chase free rein. And, to really pile on the firsts, it was the first time a brewery created a series of different beers designed to be enjoyed together in an epic eleven-part vertical tasting so far into the future (10 years, to be exact…originally sometime after 12.12.12). The cache was more than just in the numbers. Boasting impressive high notes of citrus, spicy hops and honey-like character, Stone 02.02.02 Vertical Epic Ale was a bright, if less-than-obvious, way to begin this eleven-movement symphony of flavor. Today, while it’s impossible for all but the most uber collector to experience the original, those who desire can once again taste what was the start of something truly epic.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.89
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber, bottled on 22nd July 2016. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a big three finger white head that had decent retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Orange peel, clove, banana, coriander, orange creamsicle, Belgian yeast, with some light funk.
Taste: Orange creamsicle, orange peel, clove, banana, coriander, Belgian yeast and a light but spicy pepper finish.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I enjoyed the first glass and could see how it was ground breaking in 2002, but despite this, a whole bomber by myself might just have been a bit too much.

Stone Loral & Dr. Rudi’s Inevitable Adventure Double IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 8.9%
Style: American Double IPA
Other Notes: Limited. Double IPA w/ Loral & Dr. Rudi

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A pairing like this was bound to happen. Loral hops were released in 2016 and quickly became one of our favorite new varieties. It was highlighted in our Stone Hop Revolver single hop IPA series, and was the featured hop in our hugely popular 2017 summer seasonal beer: Stone Ghost Hammer IPA. Then there’s Dr. Rudi, which has been around since 1976. Originally known as Super Alpha, this hop brings classic resin and piney notes, which pair it perfectly with the floral, citrusy aroma of Loral. Traditionalist GenX meets adventurous Millennial. What do they talk about? Nothing. Hops don’t talk. Together however, they speak. It’s apparent that a pairing like this was bound to happen. At Stone, we call it inevitable.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.86
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber with an enjoy by date of 11th April 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A nice clear copper amber colour with a three finger off white head that had great retention and left lots of nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Mandarin, orange peel, grapefruit rind, pine, floral, herbal and some very light caramel.
Taste: Moderate bitterness, grapefruit, citrus rind and peel, pine resin, herbal with hints of sweetness from caramel malt and a touch of booze.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warming.
Overall: I’m generally not a huge fan of floral and herbal beers, but this was still quite good as it was balanced by the nice citrusy fruitiness and lasting bitterness.