This beer is dominated by citrus and pine hops that changes to a sweet caramel malt. The pine hops with the malt gives a nice earthy scent and there are tropical and grapefruit hints.
This DIPA pours a golden orange color with a finger of creamy off-white head that has nice retention.
The flavor definitely follows the aroma nicely. You get a nice punch of citrus, tropical and grapefruit in the start that leads to the nice caramel malts in the middle. The finish shows off the piney traits and leaves with the expected bitterness of a double.
This beer is full-bodied, but is nicely balanced with some creaminess and medium carbonation.
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Stone did a very nice job on the complexity of this Double IPA. The caramel malt backbone complements the strong and various hop additions, while the dry hopping has given this beer a very strong citrus and pine aroma that translates well into the flavor. The bitterness is a heavy hitter at 100+ IBUs, but it is surprisingly well balanced.