Stone Brewing Updates its IPA Mix Pack

StoneLogoStone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that it will release its latest IPA Mix Pack – featuring Stone IPA, Stone Ghost Hammer IPA, Stone Tangerine Express IPA and for the first time ever in bottles, Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA – in late October 2019.

Arriving just in time for “your upcoming holiday parties – be they spooky, jolly, turkey-centric or otherwise,” the newest Stone IPA Mix Pack is a variety 12-pack containing three 12 oz. bottles of the following four hop-fueled India Pale Ales (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • Stone IPA – By definition, an India pale ale is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its little brother, pale ale—and we deliver in spades. One of the most well-respected and best-selling IPAs in the country, this golden beauty explodes with tropical, citrusy, piney hop flavors and aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character. This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.  ABV – 6.9%  IBUs – 71
  • Stone Ghost Hammer IPA – A fermenting beer never slumbers. Consequently, there is always scattered activity tending our precious beers throughout the dark hours. In these late nights and wee hours that hallowed responsibility falls to the shoulders of the overnight Brew Crew. These brewing soloists brave the long nights, often alone, to do what needs to be done. Most areas of the brewery are dark or in shadows. Throughout the night the cellars resonate with the occasional knocking of expanding and contracting pipes. It can be a bit spooky to hear the brewery creak and groan as if possessed by a spirit randomly knocking about with a mallet. This IPA, liberally hopped with Loral™, honors our intrepid overnight team by naming it after their mischievous poltergeist companion – the Ghost Hammer.  ABV – 6.9%  IBUs – 56
  • Stone Tangerine Express IPA – This ain’t no just-add-juice approach. This one is for adults. We use bountiful whole tangerine purée, which brings pithy, crisp bitterness to the citrus flavor. In addition to the complexities of the tangerine — the likes of which you can only get by using the whole fruit — we judiciously employ just a hint of whole pineapple for a backnote (you’d likely not even pick it out of the mix if we didn’t tell you it was there). We’re not looking for a sweet concoction to appease the “I want my beer to taste like fruit juice” crowd. This is Stone. We like our IPAs to taste like IPAs. Big, bold and not for kids.  ABV – 6.7%  IBUs – 75
  • Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA – New England-Style IPAs are all the rage. Fans of Stone repeatedly ask for our take on the style, which can be met with some criticism. Rooted in West-Coast style IPAs for decades, how would we do it? Fear no more. Our brewers took the approach to deliver incredibly hoppy and aromatic flavor while keeping it very balanced, and upping the alcohol unnoticeably – nailing this astounding one-of-a-kind creation.
    Overall this unfiltered double IPA is juiced up with massive tropical & citrus notes. The mild bitterness and relatively dry body compliment the style, and the residual maltiness nicely rounds it out. Lingering lime peel and tropical fruit derived from the hops stand out on the finish, begging one to seek out more.  ABV – 8.5%  IBUs – 60

The refreshed Stone IPA Mix Pack is rolling out now and will be available until the next update.  You can expect to find this Variety 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer-friendly retailers located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!




Stone Brewing’s Tangerine Express IPA Now Available in Cans

TangEx_LS_FULL_1Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) recently announced that it is expanding packaging options for Stone Tangerine Express IPA by now offering this new Year-Round beer in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans.

After being introduced just six months ago as Stone Brewing’s newest Year-Round Core beer, Stone Tangerine Express IPA has made such an impression with fans that the brewery has decided to now make it available in 12 oz. cans.   Developed to be “an express ticket to a beach hammock getaway with refreshing drink in hand”, this golden-colored India Pale Ale is brewed with “whole tangerine puree to capture the essence of the bright flavors of the fruit with the addition of whole pineapple for a subtle, yet lingering tropical backnote.”  Combine that with a “marked dankness” supplied by eight different hops, and it is no wonder why this brew has been such a hit with hop heads.  Now that Stone Tangerine Express IPA has been given its new aluminum digs, Stone Brewing “now offers four of its year-round core beers in cans as well as select special releases.”

“We brew beers we like with hopes that our fans will like them too,” said Dominic Engels, Stone Brewing CEO. “In this case our co-founder Greg Koch had fallen in love with an experimental batch of Stone Tangerine Express IPA and insisted we bring it to market. Turns out our fans have loved it too, so that leaves us with the important task of making this beer as widely available as we can. There’s nothing quite like cracking into one of these cans and drinking in that complex tangerine aroma before the first sip.”

Stone Tangerine Express IPA is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans in California only, but the brewery will eventually expand the roll-out nationally in January 2018.  Until then, you can still find Stone Tangerine Express IPA available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Stone Tangerine Express IPA from Stone Brewing

Release – Year-Round, cans launch in California in August 2017 and will reach full distribution by January 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.7%
IBUs – 75
Featured Hops – Citra®, Centennial, Sterling, Azacca & Mosaic®
Added Ingredients – Tangerine and pineapple puree
Availability – 22 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft



Stone Brewing Co. Adds Tangerine Express IPA to Year-Round Lineup

stonetangerineexpressbottle_editedStone Brewing Co. (Escondido, California) has officially expanded their Year-Round portfolio with the release of Stone Tangerine Express IPA.

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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