Now enjoying more widespread exposure throughout the southwestern U.S., the beers from Stone Brewing are building quite a reputation for themselves. The India Pale Ale (IPA) starts with a light head topping its clear amber medium-body. Serious Cascade hops jump out in the aroma. The pronounced hop bitterness dominates an overall smooth hoppy flavor where just a hint of perfumy character accompanies the big malty/hoppy presence. All the big flavors subside on schedule as the beer finishes cleanly, without any aftertaste.
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri -