Friday, January 9, 2015

Stone 18th Anniversary IPA

type: IPA
origin: San Diego, CA
price: ~ $7-8/22oz
ABV: 8.5%
NSP: 7.9

After having this I really didn't give two shits about writing a review for it.  (We'll get to why in a second.)  But, that attitude doesn't work very well for beer blogs, so what does it taste like?  Basically... a light version of Stone's Arrogant Bastard.  A big ABV romper with caramel malts running train on your tongue; lots of brown sugar swirling around, ultra bitter, and mildly aromatic.  After a few months out from the bottling date, I'm pretty much meh on this.

As with the Mendocino Anniversary Ale, I'm quite surprised Stone let a great opportunity to have a big release end up being absolutely boring.  Just straight up boring, and yet another example of BA irrelevance.

Although I can see it having a place next to a big fat plate of charred, smoked brisket, how often does that happen for most people besides Chris?  Most of you will just slug this back with a big plate of microwaved leftover brussel sprouts and frozen burritos, right?

In the end I couldn't give less of a shit whether or not people drink this.  But if you do, here's a special treat:
We're so blah blah blah and this IPA is not for the average beer drinker and blah blah blah blah fucking blah.  Thanks for yet another lesson Stone!

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