The idea for Stone Tangerine Express IPA originally came about when Steve Gonzalez, Stone Brewing’s Senior Manager of Small Batch Brewing & Innovation, and Jake Karley, Director of Beverages & Special Projects at P.J. Whelihan’s Pub & Restaurant, were tasked to create an original beer to feature at the 2016 Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia. What they came up with was a golden India Pale Ale brewed with eight hop varietals, pureed tangerines, and whole pineapples. Their creation proved to be a “bright, juicy and tropical” drinking experience where “neither the hops nor the fruit dominate, yet together they create several complex fruit layers, which can only be achieved by brewing with the entire fruit.” The beer, now known as Stone Tangerine Express IPA, was such a success that Stone Brewing made the very easy decision to add it to their line of Year-Round Releases.
“Together they landed on a beer that is really hoppy but at the same time has incredible fruit flavor, which was achieved by using high-quality, whole fruit,” said Jeremy Moynier, Senior Innovation Brewing Manager. “When I tasted it with our co-founder, Greg Koch, and other members of our leadership and sales team, we loved it so much so that we went back to San Diego to hatch the plan for a future nationwide release. Greg was particularly adamant that this beer should be in our year-round lineup and personally championed it through the process. I love that it’s a great hoppy beer but has just the right amount of fresh fruit with a complex, pithy quality to balance it out.”
Stone Tangerine Express IPA was officially sent into distribution the week of Monday, January 30. You can expect to find this new Year-Round in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution area. It has been widely speculated that fruited American India Pale Ales will grow tremendously in popularity during 2017, and it sounds like Stone Tangerine Express IPA will be a welcomed addition to the mix. If you are one of the many craft beer fans that have been enjoying this trend, keep Stone Brewing’s newest Year-Round in mind while on your next beer run. Prost!
Vital Information for Stone Tangerine Express IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
Release – Year-Round, launching January 30, 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.7%
IBUs – 75
Hops – Chinook, Magnum, Centennial, Citra, Sterling, Mosaic, Azacca & Simcoe
Added Ingredients – Tangerines & pineapples
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
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