Sunday, October 29, 2017

Stone Brewing Vengeful Spirit IPA

Beer Name: Vengeful Spirit IPA 
Brewery: Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA)
ABV: 7.3%
How sold: 12 oz cans; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $2.38 for 12 oz. bottle

Canned on Date: September 7, 2017
Date Purchased: October 1, 2017
Date Drank: October 26, 2017
Best By Date: January 5, 2018 (enjoy within 120 days of canning)
IBUs: 57

What's on the Label/Website: "We’ve often been inspired to brew beers on a theme. In 2007 it was black IPAs. 2008 saw Belgian-influenced IPAs, and more than once it’s been Triple IPAs. It’s been fun to dive deep, and you’ve ridden those waves right along with us. But like you, we also crave new breaks to surf. Right now, it’s tropically-inspired IPAs as represented both by this flavored ale, Stone Tangerine Express IPA and others we’ve got waiting in the wings....With Stone Vengeful Spirit IPA we employ a bit of tropical mythology to pay homage to our ever present gargoyle. Since 1996 he’s had our backs, and yours, by representing an aggressive intolerance for commoditized beer. He constantly inspires us to forge ahead with resolve–even with the omnipresent forces of forceful evil. Vengeful spirits can be awesome when they’re on your side." Read more here!

When brewed? Seasonal beer, this version was released September 11, 2017.

Where distributed: Stone Brewing shipped this beer nationwide (within the United States) except West Virginia. It also has been distributed to Australia, Berlin, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan. Check to see whether this beer could be found in your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy golden to light orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered, lots of sediment suspended in the beer. White head; some lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): As advertised: mostly pineapple and mandarin orange. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose; easy drinking due to the abundant tropical. Tons of citrus and mandarin orange on the aftertaste. Huge fan. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied; good carbonation. Very juicy on the tongue. 4.75/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding to world-class IPA. I'm already a fan of Stone Brewing's IPAs, and add this one to the list. Tons of tropical, awesome label design, and good price. Totally worth getting. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.675/5

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