Stone Pataskala Red X IPA

California
United States
Stone Pataskala Red X IPA by Stone Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
84
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

A Massively Dry-Hopped Deep Crimson IPA. A redder shade of IPA.

Pat-ASK-ala? Pata-SKALA? Pa-TASK-a-la? While those in the know favor the third pronunciation, no matter how you say it, this is a unique red IPA. The beer was first brewed in September 2015 to support music and arts education programs in Pataskala, Ohio, where Stone co-founder Greg Koch grew up. People there loved it, so we added the beer to our seasonal lineup, and the Pataskala name stuck. The crimson hue is courtesy of a special German malt variety by BESTMALZ® called Red X. Appearances, however, only tell so much. Heavily dry-hopped with Mosaic, Cascade and Amarillo hops, the beer is incredibly citrus-forward, rounded out with notes of biscuit and toffee from the malt bill. The result is evocative of red IPAs yet different. And as luck — or perhaps skill is more the appropriate word, to give our brewing team their due — would have it, it’s quite wonderful. We think you’ll find this unusual red IPA to be quite deliciously satisfying, no matter how you choose to pronounce it.

Profile

ABV: 
7.3%
IBUs: 
75
Hops: 
Amarillo Cascade Mosaic
Judges Review 
Jason Johnson's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer is billed as a Red X IPA. Therefore I’m going to evaluate this against the Red IPA category in the BJCP guidelines category 21b. Red X is typically a base malt that is known do give a beer deep red hues and a nice toasty flavor.

The beer pours a beautiful deep red color with excellent clarity. The head is a light beige color but has very poor retention. After a few minutes the beer appeared almost still. The aroma holds dry toasty malt aroma that I would associate with a Red IPA, and it’s a typical characteristic of Red X malt. The aroma of the hops is citrusy and has a light background note of pine. Very traditional in hop profile in my opinion, which is not a bad thing. The flavor is intensely malty, with toast and a light roasty character. The hop bitterness is medium, and just a bit on the harsh end but not outside the bounds of an IPA. The balance is decidedly hoppy. The finishes dry and is bitter and a bit unpleasant when coupled with the high roast and bitter hops. The beer is moderately carbonated and medium body, and I didn’t get a lot of creamieness in the texture. I didn’t detect any alcohol warmth and the lack of creamy texture left the beer feeling overly dry for my palate.

All in all it’s a solid Red IPA, but I would prefer a bit more of a sweetness to help round out that harshness. I like an IPA to be dry as it should be, but this beer came across excessively dry for me. If that was fixed I would say it could be more enjoyable.

Brewery Introduction

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing has come a long way since opening up in San Diego, California in 1996. We have been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate ... Read More

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