It’s no secret Stone Brewing Co. has a love for hops, and for their Go To IPA, they are embracing the obsession in a new way. Stone has used a new technique they call “hop bursting,” where a large amount of hops are added during the final phase of brewing. This process gives you all of the dry, bitter, hop flavors and aromas you love, bottled in a manageable 4.5% ABV so you can make it to the fridge for many more rounds.
Appearance: Pours light gold with a white-colored head of foam.
Aroma: The hop aromatics blow everything else out of the water. Intense peach, citrus and melon flavors dominate the aroma in the best possible way.
Taste: Hop flavors continue to dominate, but are balanced by just enough malt to keep things reasonably in balance. But make no mistake, this beer is very, very hop-forward!
Palate: Dry and bitter, with a finish that makes you want to drink more!
Overall: This beer employed the “hop bursting” technique, which in essence is a hopping method where all or most of the bitterness in the beer comes from late hop additions in the brewhouse, like at the end of boil and in the whirlpool, instead of the more traditional approach where most of the hop bitterness comes from earlier additions at the start of the kettle boil. The result is a beautifully aromatic beer with substantial, but somewhat mellow, bitterness. The hop bursting also enhances the flavor retention of the hops, and combined with the dry hop, creates a very intense and complex hop flavor.