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Judge's Review: 89 Rating - Stone Delicious IPA by Stone Brewing Co.

October, 2020
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
36 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

Delicious IPA by Stone Brewing Co. is an American IPA and is being evaluated as an American IPA (category 21A from the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). American IPAs are hop-forward beers typically expressing American or new world hop characters that are most typically citrusy, piney or resiny in character. Delicious IPA is gluten-reduced and is brewed with Lemondrop and El Dorado hops.

Delicious IPA pours dark golden in color with excellent clarity and a medium, fluffy off-white head. The aroma is of moderate orange, lemon and flowery hops over a light nutty maltiness. The flavor is moderately orange and lemon hops with hints of pine with a light nutty malt flavor. The beer finishes moderately bitter with lingering herbal and citrus hop flavors and a hint of malt.

This is a very good IPA that is deceptive in alcoholic strength at 7.7% ABV.  The hops are in the “new world” style and hopefully the gluten-removal process makes this an excellent choice for those suffering with celiac disease. Check this one out hop heads!