Beer Review: Stone 20th Anniversary Citracado IPA

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Cheers to 20 years! To celebrate their 20th anniversary Stone brewed an IPA, like they have done so many times before for their anniversary. In addition they brought back some old favorites, a few of which I reviewed. Citracado is brewed with Citra hops and showcases avocado flower honey as well. Citracado comes in at 9% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy slightly darker amber, deep red copper color with a 1 finger head.

Nose: Pine, resin, grapefruit, orange and tangerine up front. Honey, caramel, juicy tropical fruit and citrus fruit aromas come through as well.

Taste/Mouth: This is definitely a Stone IPA and has some of its classic characteristics. It is piney, floral and has a nice amount of citrus flavors from the Citra. Good malt backbone with some caramel flavors and some honey as well. Easy to drink.

Price/Availability: The bomber itself is around $8 and also comes in the Encore series 4 pack of bombers which is around $23.

Overall: Stone can close the book on an extremely successful anniversary celebration this year as they celebrate 20 years of brewing excellence. Glad they brewed an IPA for the big 20 and although it is not their best ever it is a well done and easy to drink IPA from some of the masters of the hop. Looking forward to another 20 years of hoppy beers from Stone. Cheers.

Grade: B

Beer Review: Stone 10th Anniversary IPA

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Next from Stone’s encore series I have the 10th Anniversary IPA which comes in at a whopping 10% ABV.

Appearance: Deep reddish, copper, amber color with a 1/2 finger head which dissipates to a thin layer that sits above the beer. Decent lacing.

Nose: Caramel malt, resin, pine, woody, earthy, floral and some orange zest. You can sense some heat on the nose as well from the high ABV.

Taste/Mouth: Follows the nose closely with pine, resin, citrus, orange and is balanced out nicely by caramel malt. Some toffee and earthy notes as well. Surprisingly not a ton of heat but it is definitely there, chewy and full feel. Very balanced all the way through, good carbonation as well. It very much feels like an American Barleywine.

Price/Availability: Available in the 4 pack of bombers for Stone’s Encore series celebrating their 20th anniversary. The 4 pack was around $23.

Overall: This is a Double IPA very much bordering an American Barleywine. Pretty awesome, like the 5th anniversary, to finally get to try this beer. Stone and beer have some a long way since this, especially the Double IPA style, but this still stands the test of time as a super solid beer. The fact that Stone can bring back these beers from 10-20 years ago and they are still great is a testament to how well crafted their beers are, thanks Stone!

Grade: A-

Beer Review: Tree House Haze Imperial IPA

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Happy to finally get some more Tree House on the blog, this time in cans. A while back, when Tree House was literally still a shed in a backyard I did some reviews of Julius and That’s What She Said (old school reviews). Well they have come a long way since and their beers are somehow even more difficult to get now. Haze is their Imperial IPA and comes in at 8.2% ABV.

Appearance: Super hazy orange juice. Nice 1 finger head with some sticky lacing. It is a New England style milky juice bomb IPA.

Nose: Pineapple, orange juice, mango, great tropical and citrus juice notes. New England style IPA so really heavy on the juicy notes with some floral and toasted malt coming through as well. You can literally smell this beer from across the room.

Taste/Mouth: All signs point to this tasting like a juice bomb and it sure does. Where is the alcohol in this? It says 8.2% but I wouldn’t even believe it if you told me this was .2% alcohol, it’s nonexistent. Great mango, pineapple and orange flavors. Grapefruit is big with a nice malt backbone. Has some biscuit and honey flavors as well. How is this an Imperial IPA, it drinks like a session beer. Medium body finishes dry.

Price/Availability: Brewery release, so much hype. Just hype, I got it in a trade and unless you like lines I think that’s the move.

Overall: What an incredibly well crafted beer. Tree House basically invented the NE Style IPA and every beer they make is unreal. They literally don’t have a hoppy beer on BA with less than a 90 score, and Haze isn’t even close to their highest rated beer (it has a 100 btw which is the highest score). Haze is one of their best beers and one of the staple NE Style doubles you should try. I could crush these all day and not even realize I was drinking beer. I seriously don’t understand where the 8.2% is, it is a testament to the incredible work these guys are doing. This thing is packed with flavor and has a nose to die for, get it now. Haze is perfect.

Grade: A+