Brew Review: Stone IPA

by Kelli H. on June 26, 2012

Beer: Stone Brewing IPA
Date: 6-23-12
Location: Escondido, San Diego County, CA
Type: IPA
Availability: Year-round
Price: $18.99/12-pack
Alcohol: 6.9&
IBU’s: 77

Aroma: Citrus and hops, very inviting.

Appearance: Pale straw, hazy, tiny little bubbles rising to the top.

Body & Texture: Ridiculously smooth! One of the smoothest beers I’ve ever tasted. Feels pretty light for an IPA. Well balanced.

Aftertaste: No alcohol taste, just a light bitterness.

Overall Impression: 
I had to do a brew review on Stone’s IPA, because it’s quickly become a new favorite. David has been buying it lately as our stock beer, and I’m so glad he is! Upon my first sip of it, I knew this IPA was special. I usually base all of my IPA’s off of Lagunitas, because I’ve always considered Lagunitas IPA to be a very standard IPA. Stone’s IPA is without a doubt the best IPA I’ve ever had. I really can’t recommend this IPA enough. It’s definitely one of my new favorite beers. I’m sure David & I will be enjoying it over and over this summer. You can also read Tiff’s from Love, Sweat, & Beers Stone IPA review here!

A little side story on this review…
The day we did this brew review was the day we were brewing another batch of Ryder’s Rye IPA. When brewing one MUST drink a craft brew. It’s just the rule. We were super happy to be drinking our Stone IPA while we were doing our 60 minute boil. Shortly after this brewing session, Ryder started panting. I know, seems normal enough, but it was only about 60 degrees out, and he’s not a panter, unless it’s right after exercise. He was panting in his sleep. We were a little worried, so we checked his nose, which was dry and hot. His heart rate was also elevated. He was very restless and kept pacing, trying to find cool spots on the hardwoods. David’s research led to hops. We discovered that Ryder most likely ate some hops while we had been brewing a few hours earlier. The website said you need to contact poison control and take your dog to the vet immediately. Unfortunately, we had to take Ryder to emergency since it was about 9:30. They induced vomiting, gave him activated charcoal to clean his system, and sent him home. This batch of Ryder’s Rye, is now our most expensive batch to date! We learned a valuable lesson, hops are toxic to dogs! Please learn from our mistake, and be careful when (if) you’re brewing with a dog around. Our brew dog could have become seriously ill or died. If a dog ingests hops, it’s causes hyperthermia, which causes their temperature to rise. It’s very dangerous! Spread the word.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers June 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Thanks for the link love! It’s a keeper. πŸ™‚

I’m so happy you guys were paying attention to you pup. Who woulda’ thought dogs would react like that?!?!

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) June 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I’m so glad that you shared about the hops and most importantly that Ryder is OK! I just told David to make sure Koda never eats hops. So thanks!

PS- you look great in the picture with Ryder!!

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Made in Sonoma June 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Thank you! I’m glad you told David, so it never happens to Koda!

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Annie June 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Oh my word, that’s awful about Ryder! That must have scared you to death, but so glad he is okay! Good to know!

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Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board June 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm

We just made a trip to Michigan yesterday to buy some American beers and Ryan picked up this one and tried it last night – he loved it! I’m glad your dog is okay!

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Made in Sonoma June 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I’m so happy he liked it! It’s one of my favorites. πŸ™‚

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Cinnamon @ eatpraytri June 27, 2012 at 10:03 pm

AHHH I love that second picture!! So cute! πŸ˜‰

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