With two reviews already posted this week that were inspired by the start of Oktoberfest, I found another theme to go with for the remainder of the week. I have decided to do a three day run of Stone Brewing Company evaluations starting today. It beat out another brewery that I considered for the same role only because the Stone reviews were done about a week earlier than they were. That was an easy tie breaker.
Also despite not making a note of it on my scoresheet, I am pretty sure that I received all three of the beers that will be posted yet this week from working at a festival and did not buy them on my own.
Now the somewhat rare midweek review . . .
Brewery: Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA)
Name: Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a pint glass. 12oz bottle
Aroma: Malty, caramel-like sweetness with a low, hoppy aroma underneath.
Appearance: Deep amber color with maybe a hint of copper. Two finger, frothy, cream color head that has good retention and leaves some laced trail. Clear with what I think was a bit of chill haze and with a few rising bubbles and suspended particulates visible.
Flavor: Good hop bitterness up front that is not overpowering with some underlying malt flavor that has a caramel character toward the end. Well balanced overall with some slight dryness at the finish that does not linger.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to low level of carbonation. Smooth throughout.
Overall Impressions: Profile of aroma and flavor are opposite each other. As I drink more the malt and hop flavors come together a bit more. Clean drinking and quite nice.
Grade: B+ (maybe to an A-)