Stone Brewing ‘Tangerine express’ IPA


18118983_683798835137598_7323195235284954294_n“Imagine the tropical haze of a lazy afternoon- into-evening. Your official duties for the day have been to maybe take a hike to a secluded waterfall, perhaps grill something, definitely chill with plenty of sand between your toes…and crack a phenomenal beer to complete the experience. Check, check, check again and…pfffft…check.”

Served in an IPA glass. She pours a bright amber hue with a pillowy two finger head. Reduction is gradual, settling to a fine overlay that leaves a streaky drag down the glass.
Wow the aroma certainly pops with heady wafts of orange, tangerine, mango, pineapple and passionfruit. It smells like a lovechild between a tropical breakfast juice and sunkist. A subtle piney note cuts through as the somewhat biscuity malt base fills it out. They’ve nailed the aroma, so summery and alluring.
Definitely showing its IPA characters more in the mouth. Smooth-ish chewy texture, medium body, slightly warming alcohol (6.7%) and an assertive 75 IBU. Co2 is moderate. Quite pleasant actually.
Not as much of the pulpy citrus sweetness in flavour, displaying more of an artificial orange tone that makes way for more of the bitter grapefruit and citrus rind through the mid. Just a hint of that biscuity malt offsetting the bitterness before a fairly fruity yet boozy finish rounds off.
Initially we were a little dismayed at how the beer was progressing but we’ve come around in the end. We can’t speak for all IPA lovers but we don’t want our IPA’s smelling and tasting like fruit juice! The more aggressive palate gives the beer depth and complexity and more importantly reminds us that we’re drinking beer! Kudos Stone, that’s a fine drop.