Brew Review: Stone Delicious IPA

by Kelli H. on January 20, 2015

Delicious2Beer: Stone Brewing Delicious IPA
Date: 1-10-15
Location: Escondido, CA
Alcohol: 7.7%
IBU: 75
Price: $1.95/1 (12 oz) bottle or $8.99 on sale at Whole Foods for a six-pack

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 “This beer was fermented from barley, a grain containing gluten, and crafted to reduce gluten. The gluten content of this beer cannot be verified, and this beer may contain gluten” – Stone Brewing

Appearance: Perfectly clear, barely any bubbles rising to the top, very standard golden color

Aroma: sweet/candy, citrus, hops, fresh 

Body & Texture: tingles the tongue a tiny bit, medium bodied, very easy drinking

Aftertaste: hops, bitter 

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Overall Impression:
I’m loving this IPA. They are correct by calling it Delicious IPA.  It’s funny that this isn’t technically a gluten-free beer. The way they make it gluten reduced is by using a specific yeast from White Labs that eats the gluten amino acids. They’ve done tons of testing which are coming up with results showing the gluten is under 10 parts per million which is pretty damn crazy. From what I read bodies won’t be able to detect the gluten. Since the beer is made in a facility which makes beer with gluten, the government won’t allow them to call it gluten-free, but it is definitely gluten reduced. Since I’m not gluten intolerant, but I like to reduce the amount of gluten I eat (to a bare minimum) I can tell you that this is a beer I will definitely keep stocked. 

Besides having minimal gluten being an exciting aspect of this beer, the aroma of it is AMAZING. It smells so citrusy, fresh, and hoppy. It’s not as much of a hop punch to your face which lots of Stone Beers and other IPA’s have. I think it’s balanced so well in the aroma, as well as the taste. Basically, to sum it up this is a delicious IPA that anyone could enjoy. It’s without a doubt a Stone beer, so if you’re a fan of Stone (which I am!) then you’ll enjoy this gluten reduced IPA.

After doing the initial tasting, David and I ate some salmon tacos with a jalapeño cilantro slaw. This IPA paired very well with the tacos. I think it had to do with the hops being Lemon Drop and El Dorado. The beer has a citrus characteristic that can’t be denied which goes great with fish.

If you see this beer in the stores, do yourself a favor and pick up a six-pack. Believe me, it’s worth it!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Giselle January 20, 2015 at 7:41 pm

I’m not a huge beer fan but I do love a good IPA and Stone is one that is much enjoyed in our house! However, I don’t do much gluten and tend to drink Ommission when drinking beer. Which is good but I MUST try this! Soon!

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Kelli H. January 20, 2015 at 8:24 pm

I’ll have to check out Omission if you’re recommending it!

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health January 20, 2015 at 9:39 pm

Wow, I had no clue there was a yeast that eat gluten amino acids. It’s eating all of the protein! haha.

Sounds like it’s a tasty beer. I’m sure it’s good if you recommend it too. I would definitely consider you a beer connoisseur. 🙂

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Kelli H. January 21, 2015 at 5:48 am

Good thing I don’t drink beer for the protein. 😉 haha.

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David W. January 21, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Yummm!!! Posting this in the middle of the week really doesn’t help my beer cravings, since I don’t drink during the week! :*( It’s okay, now I have more to look forward to! 🙂

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Jane January 21, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Love the sound of this citrus-y IPA! Going to a beer tasting this week — will keep my eye out for it!

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jackie @ marin mama cooks January 21, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Hey girl! Long time right? I feel like this past year has been a whirlwind and I’m starting to get my feet planted on the ground again (slowly, but I’m trying). I’ve missed haunting my favorite blogs, like yours! It’s so nice to come by and visit your blog and I’m loving your new look! I really adore your new logo! Totally cute and totally you! 🙂 xoxo, Jacquelyn

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Kelli H. January 22, 2015 at 9:53 am

Thanks, Jackie! Hope you’re doing well. Looking forward to reading more of your posts in the future.

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