During lat night's end of the Phillies season (sob), I was drowning my sorrows in a couple of India Pale Ales. I love a good IPA, but sometimes I feel like IPAs taste a bit... samey. However, the two I had last night were both exceptional and distinct.
Stone IPA: Stone is known for being very aggressive in their marketing and their beers. This is one of their more "normal" brews, but damn if it isn't one of the best IPAs I've ever had. It pours a light, clear golden/orange color with a decent sized head. Smells floral and citrusy. The taste starts sweet, with a crisp, bitter finish. Refreshing, tasty and superbly balanced mixture of sweet and bitter. I actually had this on tap earlier this week and loved it then too (honestly, it seemed even better on draft, though that could have been because of all the drinking done before I got to this one). Not sure how many of these I had on that occasion, but it's definitely something I could drink all night. It's a solid A, and one of my favorite discoveries of late.
Beer Nerd Details: 6.9% ABV bottled (12 oz). Drank out of a pint glass.
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA: Dogfish Head is a brewery known for its mad scientist stylings, producing flavor and alcohol bombs that are best consumed in relatively small quantities. This one, though, is very drinkable. Pours a little darker than the Stone and the smell is less citrusy and more bitter. Not as refreshing as the Stone either, but there's a more flavorful bitter finish. Bitterness is definitely the center of attention here. It lingers a bit longer and is more complex than most IPAs. I guess not as well-balanced as the Stone, but it's hard to really find any fault here, especially if you're a hophead. A-
Beer Nerd Details: 6.0% ABV bottled (12 oz). Drank out of a pint glass.
There we have it. It's hard to beet this duo, though I've got another double feature planned with a few more aggressive IPA style.