I tend to drink alone when I sit to do a review, but this time I had the pleasure of sharing the pint with the lovely @ElizaDolores. She is adventurous when it comes to beers and has never said no to me when I’ve poured beer. The last time we shared a meal I brought some Ranger IPA to the table and she really liked the hop flavor of it, so I knew she might like the 14.
This is the first anniversary beer I have from Stone Brewery and I enjoyed it; makes me wonder what I’ve missed the past 13 years. I read on the bottle that the brewers took a trip to England in search of inspiration and to learn more on the India Pale Ale style; always a good thing to do some research right? Just like with all IPA’s. you’ll be able to smell the hops and I whiffed a bit of fruit sweetness from the malt. It has an excellent hop flavor, the sweetness lingered, and had a peppery/pine finish. At room temperature it remained the same, nothing overpowered nor rose in flavor, just perfect sips; a perfectly balanced beer. Eliza noted she liked the color and density, “just yum!”
This beer is deserving of 5 caps.