Category Archives: Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Imperial Russian Stout

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 10.8%
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Other Notes: 2016 release. 65 IBUs. Hops – Warrior

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Stone Imperial Russian Stout is so thick, rich and, well, sinful, you might feel certain that you will be doomed to the fiery pits just for thinking about taking a sip. It almost seems evil. Rest assured, however, that our ever-faithful gargoyle has done his job well by successfully warding off all evil spirits. In fact, we guarantee that no sin was committed in the production of this seemingly pernicious brew. We will admit to using copious doses of decadence in creating the viscous beauty you have before you, but no actual sin.., you’ll have to add that on your own. Brewed in the authentic, historical style of an imperial Russian stout, this beer is massive. Intensely aromatic (notes of anise, black currants, coffee, roastiness and alcohol) and heavy on the palate, this brew goes where few can-and fewer dare even try. The style originated from Czarist Russia’s demand for ever-thicker English stouts. Expect our version of this mysterious brew to pour like Siberian crude and taste even heavier!

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.23
My rating: 4

Intro: A 22 fl. oz. bomber, 2016 release, bottled on 23rd March 2016. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a just under one finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with some sweet dark fruit, plum, black currant and cherries.
Taste: Similar to the aroma with roasted malts, lightly burnt smokiness, dark chocolate and coffee, followed by dark fruit sweetness of plum and prunes.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, full bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: Great aroma and nice taste at the beginning, but perhaps feeling that it was a bit too sweet towards the end, after finishing a full bomber by myself. Alcohol is well hidden though, and it’s a great bottle to share.


Stone Vengeful Spirit IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 7.3%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 57 IBUs. Hops – Herkules, Mosaic, Loral and Mandarina Bavaria. Special Ingredients – Pineapple and Mandarin orange

Brewer Description: (from can) We’ve often been inspired to brew beers on a theme. In 2007 it was black IPAs. 2008 saw Belgian-influenced IPAs and more than once it’s been Triple IPAs. It’s been fun to dive deep, and you’ve ridden those waves right along with us, But like you, we also crave new breaks to surf. Right now, it’s tropically-inspired IPAs as represented both by this flavoured ale, Stone Tangerine Express IPA and others we’ve got waiting in the wings… With Stone Vengeful Spirit IPA we employ a bit of tropical mythology to pay homage to our ever present gargoyle. Since 1996 he’s had our backs, and yours, by representing an aggressive intolerance for commoditized beer. He constantly inspires us to forge ahead with resolve-even with the omnipresent forces of forceful evil. Vengeful spirits can be awesome when they’re on your side.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.19
My rating: 4

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can, canned on 22nd September 2017, and an enjoy by date of 22nd September 2018 (which seems a bit long for an IPA from Stone… I thought it was supposed to be 3 months or something). Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Tropical and citrusy with mandarin, citrus pith, mango and pineapple along with a good dose of nice biscuit malt.
Taste: Quite similar to the aroma with mandarin, orange rind and pineapple. Sweet malt and fruitiness to begin while there is some light bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice and easy to drink with good fruit flavours and a nice balance between sweet and bitter.

Stone Ripper

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 5.7%
Style: American Pale Ale
Other Notes: 40 IBUs. Hops – Cascade and Australian Galaxy

Brewer Description: (from can) Sourcing classic Cascade from the Pacific Northwest and Australian Galaxy hops from… yes… Australia, we made a beer both lovers of frothy peaks and hoppy green buds will be stoked about. While some might think it lingers on an edge far closer to an IPA, with all the dry-hop flavor and aroma, it’s actually right in line with the current-day interpretation of a West Coast pale. Ours just so happens to have an Aussie accent that’s cascading with a juicy amount of grapefruit and passion fruit hoppiness.

My rating: 3
My rating: 3.74
My rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml can, canned on 21st March 2017, with an enjoy by date of 21st March 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear dark copper amber colour with a slightly less than two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Grapefruit, grapefruit rind, pine, resin, pineapple with a hint of malt.
Taste: Grapefruit, orange peel, mandarin and pine with hints of tropical mango. There is a light but lasting bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was nice and worth a try but with so much choice out there, probably not a regular for me.

Stone Ghost Hammer IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 6.7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 56 IBUs. Featured hops – Loral

Brewer Description: (from can) A fermenting beer never slumbers. Consequently, there is always scattered activity tending our precious beers throughout the dark hours. In these late nights and wee hours that hallowed responsibility fall to the shoulders of the overnight Brew Crew. These brewing vanguards brave the long nights, often alone, to do what needs to be done. Most areas of the brewery are dark or in shadows. Throughout the night the cellars resonate with the occasional knocking of expanding and contracting pipes. It can be a bit spooky to hear the brewery creak and groan as if possessed by a spirit randomly knocking about with a mallet. This IPA, brewed with a striking array of hops, honors our intrepid overnight team by naming it after their mischievous poltergeist companion – the Ghost Hammer.

My rating: 2
My rating: 3.32
My rating: 3.1

Intro: A 330ml can, canned on 18th May 2017, with an enjoy by date of 18th May 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a just under two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Lemon zest, floral tea, dank pine, herbal and a light spicy pepper feel.
Taste: Floral and herbal character is quite strong with lots of fruity lemon, lime and melon in the background. There is also some pine, honey and a light pepper bite on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is just ok for me as I’m not too fond of overly floral flavours and unfortunately for me, this IPA really has quite a bit. The citrus and melon combo was nice, but I just couldn’t get away from the floral.

Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series: 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 8.9%
Style: English IPA
Other Notes: 2010 label, 2016 re-release. 100 IBUs. Hops – UK Target, Boadicea and East Kent Golding

Brewer Description: (from bottle) We went to England this past spring as self-styled “IPA Hunters” on a mission to learn more about the confusing and often contradictory history or India pale ale – to look for some certainty where those before us have found mostly mystery and mercantilism. While our success in this pursuit is open to debate, there can be no question that we returned home inspired by the ghosts of Burton and by the experience of poring over 150-year-old brewers’ logs handwritten in (India?) ink. Stone Brewing Co., after all, traces its lineage back to the British Empire’s brewing history: We make ales, and all of our original offerings used traditional British styles as a jumping-off point. If this seems a roundabout way of letting you know that, yes, we are in fact brewing another IPA to mark our Anniversary, well, so be it.

This one, however, promises to be different! From the imported white malt to the “Burtonised” water to the rare yeast strain to the most pungent hops Kent has to offer, we used all-British ingredients to brew our “Emperial” IPA. While we may have brewed Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA with our own distinctively modern, San Diego-style touch, what good is history if you can’t rewrite it to suit your tastes?

In this case, our tastes called for highly intemperate quantities of Target, East Kent Golding and Boadicea hops, bestowing upon this dry-bodied ale a powerfully spicy, earthy aroma. On the palate, peppery hops assert themselves early and often, with malt sweetness making a brief appearance before being beaten back by a long, complex and decisively bitter finish. What better way to contemplate the fate of empires past, present and future?

My rating: 3
My rating: 3.86
My rating: 3.7

Intro: A 22 oz bomber, bottled on 22nd October 2016, and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy pale golden orange colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Caramel and pine with fruity apricot jam, orange and perhaps a touch herbal.
Taste: Caramel malt, biscuit sweetness, light lemon tea, followed by pine, herbal and lingering citrus bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Dry-ish, medium to light bodied with moderate to light carbonation.
Overall: This was an interesting English DIPA with nice maltiness and hops.