709. Stone Brewing 18th Anniversary IPA

Stone 18th AnniversaryThis is my fourth Stone Brewing Anniversary review; 14th, 16th, 17th somehow I missed 15. Not sure if their Anniversary ales are always IPAs but the 4 that I have reviewed all are. This one is described by Stone as a “golden brown IPA”. Not sure how something is golden and brown but this beer is an interesting color with a deep amber and thin white head.

Aroma is not what I expect from an IPA with a big sweet booziness. Taste is an interesting mix of a brown ale and a big IPA. Sweet start with an odd mix of citrus and dark fruits. Moderately bitter and some heat from the 8.5%

An interesting beer but not something I am interested in drinking again. 

Alcohol Content: 8.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 75
Brewers Website: Stone Brewing
Brewers Description: As we compose the text for this celebratory beer‐a golden‐brown India pale ale dry-hopped exclusively and abundantly with El Dorado hops‐we stand ready to leap from the precipice of all we know into a new era for our company, our beers and, most importantly, our fans. It’s one that will see us exploring new territory, both geographically and creatively, as we evolve from pacesetters for the American craft brewing movement to cross‐planetary champions of the worldwide cause of craft, hoisting our banner to proclaim artisanal beers’ vast superiority over stripped‐down, business-driven, industrialized, fizzy, yellow mediocrity. We thank you for shadowing us for the first 18 years of our journey, and welcome you to join us for next leg and all that follows.

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