Paste Magazine recently blind taste tested and ranked 21 Black IPAs from brewerie
Paste Magazine recently blind taste tested and ranked 21 Black IPAs from breweries around the country and ranked them from worst to best.
Stone Brewing’s “Enjoy By 05.04.16 Black IPA” ranked number one on the list, and we aren’t surprised. Here’s what Paste Magazine had to say about their Black IPA brew:
“This offering is seriously hoppy, which gives it perhaps the best overall nose on any of the beers in the tasting. A plethora of fruit notes explode from the glass—tropical fruit in particular, but also a delightful stone fruit character that reminded some tasters of apricot. It’s admittedly lighter on the “black” side of the equation—dark brownish red in color, really, rather than true black—and this is reflected in the malt flavors, which are more like the stage for hops to dance upon. Search enough, though, and you’ll find just enough cocoa and nutty malt impressions on the back end that you would realize this wasn’t simply an IPA, drinking it blindfolded. It’s also remarkable how well that ABV is hidden. There were beers on the table in the 7% ABV range that tasted boozier than this 9.4% offering.”
Stone released this black IPA in March and it features Amarillo, Super Galena, Centennial, Cascade, VIC Secret and Ella & Galaxy hops.
Read the rest of what Paste Magazine had to say about Stone and the other BLACK IPA’s that made the list here.