Stone was one of my favorite breweries when I first started getting into beer, but for some reason or another I haven’t had a chance to properly sit down and enjoy one of their beers in quite a while. Of course seeing them put out a Red IPA got my attention in a hurry. Imperial Royal Guard not included.
Beer Name: Pataskala Red X IPA
Brewer: Stone Brewing Company
Style: Red IPA
Description: Stone provided one of their usual verbose back stories to the beer on their bottles and website, but for the condensed version they created this brew using German Red X malt and Amarillo, Cascade, and Mosaic as dry hops. Bottled on 01/21/2016, the beers for this review were consumed during the second week in February.
Pour Info: One refrigerated 12 oz. bottle at a time.
Appearance: It had a dark amber body, with a cranberry juice-like glimmer when the light hit it just right. An off-white bubbly head formed on the initial pour and rapidly fizzed away.
Smell: Slightly sweet with dank hops lurking in the background.
Taste: Citrus and sweet malt upfront. Dank resinous hops come on quickly and dominate through the finish. Assertive bitterness and grapefruit hops abound, with the malt largely taking a backseat after the initial taste.
Mouth feel: Smooth and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. It also had a sticky feeling, especially when cold.
Hype Factor: The beer was well advertised and not exactly difficult to come by. Doesn’t mean I wasn’t excited though. I’m always eager to try out a Red IPA and was very curious to see how Stone would handle the style.
Overall: I thought this was a very good beer and liked the hop profile a lot. Keeping true to my well documented Red IPA preferences, I wish the malt stood out just a little bit more to prevent the hops from taking over entirely. At $13 for the six-pack, this was slightly more expensive than the Ipswich Ruby Red IPA I had last week, but still at a decent price for my market. Worth checking out.