25 years ago, Stone celebrated the first anniversary of the fledgling brewery with a beer that was a far cry from the craft beer norms of the time. It was far too intense. It was far too hoppy and bitter. Yet it became the shot heard ‘round the world, and beer history was changed forever. This beer was the brewery’s flagship Stone IPA. This year, to celebrate the beer that (eventually) launched generations of hop fanatics, the brewery presents an imperial version that made Stone’s name among the budding craft beer legions. Stone IPA is still Stone’s best-selling beer.
Stone 26th Anniversary Imperial IPA is loaded with gloriously bitter notes of piney, citrus, resinous dankness. It’s full-bodied and warming at 9.7% ABV. Heaps of Centennial hops make this everything there is to love about Stone’s classic West Coast IPA style. Pair it with other bold flavors like Shiitake Garlic Noodles, Mango Habanero Shrimp Tacos and summary peach cobbler.
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