Beer Review: THE ALCHEMIST/NINKASI/STONE MORE BROWN THAN BLACK IPA

Beer Review: THE ALCHEMIST/NINKASI/STONE MORE BROWN THAN BLACK IPA

Stone Brewing Co – The Alchemist/Ninkasi/Stone More Brown than Black IPA – 12 oz. bottle served in a goblet. ABV: 7.4%

Appearance:

The pour reveals a dark rootbeer brown complexion crowned with a scant frothy layer and minimal bubbles. Light struggles to penetrate the body, leaving behind an impressive display of lacing.

Aroma:

Upon cracking open the foil pack, a burst of hop pellets, possibly Amarillo or a similar dank variety (though, upon closer inspection, Amarillo is absent). The aroma is dominated by this singular hop profile.

Taste:

The flavor profile unfolds with citrusy, floral, and dank green hop notes, accompanied by a robust pine bitterness and toasted malt undertones. The finish is characterized by a crisp, clean bitterness.

Mouthfeel:

With a medium body, the beer offers a somewhat juicy texture complemented by average carbonation, contributing to a balanced mouthfeel.

Overall:

While undeniably tasty and notably fresh, the supposed “brown” malt presence is somewhat elusive. Closing one’s eyes might lead to the impression of sipping on an exceptionally verdant IPA, as the anticipated brown character remains faint.