Beer Review: Stone Delicious IPA

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One of Stone’s newest additions to their year round offerings. It is “Crafted to reduce Gluten” (which is the lamest thing Stone has ever wrote). It is brewed with El Dorado, which is a hop that I often enjoy quite a bit especially in a single hop situation along with the newer Lemondrop hop variety. Delicious IPA comes in at 7.7% and 77 IBUs.

Appearance: Very slight haze with a golden copper color. 1 finger head which makes for some sticky lacing down the glass.

Nose: Citrus, pine, lemon zest, lemon peel dominate the nose with some earthy and resin notes as well.

Taste/Mouth: Good bite of bitterness right up front with some pine and citrus. Most noticeable flavor right off the bat is a really strong strange lemon flavor. It is like a bad lemonade or lemon flavored drink. The initial citrus and pine flavor is pretty nice until you get to the backend and experience the terrible dry lemony finish.

Price/Availability: It is available year round in 6 packs and on draft, I believe it is also in Stone’s mixed 12 packs.

Overall: Huge disappointment. Love El Dorado and Stone IPAs and I had really high hopes for this one but it just totally missed. The lemondrop addition totally kills this beer for me. I understand they were trying to make an accessible and appealing IPA to a larger audience but I just couldn’t enjoy it. Won’t buy this again.

Grade: C-

Beer Review: Westbrook’s Gose

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Westbrook Brewing is quicly becoming one of my favorite east coast breweries, their IPA being one of my go to IPAs and everything I have been trying by them has been great. Added bonus? Well the cans of course! Today I have my review of their sour, salty and delicious Gose. It is their take on a classic German style sour wheat beer. A style that was once nearly extinct has been seeing some daylight thanks to the adventurous nature of American craft brewers. Westbrook’s Gose comes in at 4% ABV and a whopping 5 IBUs.

Appearance: Little hazy golden orange with a small white head that is gone quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles moving in the glass as well. As usual absolutely love the cans and the can artwork.

Nose: Salt, salt water, the ocean and sour candy. Lemon, lime and wheat are on the nose as well. Can almost feel your glands salivating when your smelling this.

Taste/Mouth: Sour, salty and sweet all at the same time. Acidic as well like white vinegar. Wheat, lemon and maltiness on the back-end with some sourness finishing it out. Finishes dry and sour; immediately want to take another sip of this strange, delicious and complex beer. Really unlike any beer I have ever had, really any beverage I have had in my life.

Availability/Price: Rotating offering from Westbrook who always keep their prices very reasonable for 6 packs.

Overall: So unique! Really love it. While drinking it I kept thinking to myself this doesn’t seem like something you should enjoy really but it really is so refreshing and delicious. Makes you want to keep drinking it. I have to say though I am glad I split the six pack with a friend because I have to say drinking six of these sounds like a bit much. Not an everyday beer but definitely one I will gladly drink again in the future! Well done Westbrook.

Grade: A-