Stone 16th Anniversary Ale

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Wow, this one continues to knock my socks off. So much going on with this beer. The hops package is Amarillo and Calypso… more on that in a bit. The grain bill includes a healthy dose of rye but not enough to classify this double IPA as a Rye Ale. The adjuncts include lemon verbena and lemon oil. This is a fragrant, smooth citrus explosion with a sweet body and a 10% ABV burn. Calypso is undeniably my favorite hops. With a fruity pear and apple bouquet, it brings the unique fragrance to this beer and a smooth fruity first taste. The Amarillo seems to pair well with the slight rye bitterness and brings a bit of a grapefruit zing to balance the Calypso fruit. The finish is appropriately bitter, clearing the palate for your next sip. Served with a medium rare ribeye and grilled squash, the beer held up well but did not overpower the savory beef flavor.

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