Pat Mulloy's picture

The Partner Ships Series with Stone Brewing Co.

January, 2017
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
39 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

21B Specialty IPA: Brown IPA. I love this beer. It brings together a rich, creamy zaftig brown ale texture and body with big soft alcohol and a balancing yet assertive hop bitterness. Hop resin and berry aromas blend with light chocolate, traces of dark sugar and nuts. It’s a stunningly beautiful brilliant chestnut beer blanketed by a 2”rocky tan layer of foam. The palate settles in with dark chocolate, a hint of coffee and light fruit – primarily plum and a trace of cherry – and then moderately high bitterness comes forward in the middle providing balance and leading to a drying finish with bittersweet chocolate notes. A mild alcohol warming provides a perfect finish. The beer is big but well balanced with nothing harsh or out of place. 

Editorial eNewsletters - Daily

Delivered straight to your inbox!

mail_art-01.pngSelect the days of the week and frequency per month. Industry News, Official Beer Review and The Magazine: Daily Stories.

Sign Up Here