Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced the release of Stone VirtuALE IPA as an unexpected addition to their 2018 lineup of Special Releases.
Inspired by the literary works of Ernest Cline and meant to serve as “the latest liquid exploration into the world of experimental hop technology”, Stone VirtuALE IPA positions Stone Brewing as “the first to put to use INCOGNITO™, a brand new proprietary technique for processing hops.” This new process yields “Citra and Mosaic extracts [that highlight] different qualities of the otherwise familiar hops” to give Stone VirtuALE IPA mind-expanding aromatic notes of “berries, resin, floral, orange blossom, grape and grapefruit.” The experience goes on to showcase “flavors of berry upon grapefruit and hibiscus . . . complemented by a light hint of honey.” Weighing in at 7.7% ABV and 72 IBUs, Stone VirtuALE IPA comes together to be an American India Pale Ale “with West Coast bitter roots and a dank hop kick that finishes surprisingly tropical.”
“We were fortunate to be asked by one of our hop suppliers, John I. Haas, to participate in an early trial using this new hop product,” said Jeremy Moynier, Stone Brewing senior innovation brewing manager. “We have worked with different people in the industry doing hop trials for several years at Stone. We have played with some hop extracts as well, which can add an exciting dimension to our innovation process. We’ve tested some of these in combination with other hops and in this case, we combined hop pellets with hops from the INCOGNITO™ process. The final beer is definitely unique, adding another dimension to this really cool IPA.”
Stone VirtuALE IPA is available now and will hang around as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Special Release available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Florida, California, Virginia and in other select states found within Stone Brewing’s distribution footprint. Prost!
Vital Information for Stone VirtuALE IPA from Stone Brewing
Release – Limited/Special, late March/April 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.7%
IBUs – 72
Featured Hops – Magnum, Citra & Mosaic
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – FL, AZ, AK, CA, CO, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL IN, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NJ NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA and WI
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