We have a new contributor here at IDGB,Â Ryan aka Ryan Devilhorns.Â He will sharing his trip to Stone 14th Anniversary party as well as other beer relatedÂ events in California.Â Â I snagged this post from his personal blog www.givemeshred.comÂ Check him out!!
For the most part, I like IPAâ€™s, stouts and ales, and that is what I stick to. Â Imperial IPAâ€™s transcend all three for me and are my absolute favorite beer type. Â After attending the 13th Anniversary party and getting my fair share of 13th Anniversary ale, I was thrilled to see that Stone was going Imperial IPA for 14th.
I had a chance to stop by Stone today on the way home, in the hopes that theyâ€™d have some 14th Anniversary for the early birds, and they didnâ€™t disappoint. Â I got a couple of bottles of 14th and a growler each of Self-Righteous Ale and some Smoked Porter. Â The selection this week was pretty much just the normal selection; a little underwhelming, but with the anniversary party coming up, I figure theyâ€™re holding back some of the more rare brews.
I got home early, so I wasnâ€™t going to wait; one was getting cracked tonight. After cooling for a bit, I got out my 13th Anniversary taster and Â had my first sample of 14th. Â The result: totally disappointed. Â DFH 90-minute and Green Flashâ€™s Imperial IPA offerings are straight up delicious, and this didnâ€™t taste anything close to what I consider a good IIPA. Â This tasted dangerously close to Sawyers Triple, of which I am no fan. Â The taste is just too close to a Belgian / triple style beer for me. Â The taste is definitively Stone, but this is not the taste I was expecting from the Stone version of an IIPA.
Iâ€™m actually saddened to see that Stone went a little overboard on this IPA. Â Itâ€™s a good beer, but thatâ€™s about it; just good, not great like many other Stone offerings.