Stone – San Diego Session

Tasting: August 22, 2011
Style: Pale Ale

As a “semi-retired” home brewer, I have immense appreciation for Stone and their respect for the home brewing community. I am impressed that each year, they happily release the home brew recipe for their vertical epic series. This “session ale” is released under the Stone label. They’ve enlisted Ballast Point (Sculpin and Big Eye fame) and homebrewer, Kelsey McNair on this project. It seems that Kelsey’s version of this beer really caught the attention of Stone when they hosted an American Homebrewer Association rally. They wanted to create Kelsey’s beer to highlight the craft beer scene of San Diego. I was also pleased to see that Stone noted on the label that Ballast Point was one of their favorite brewers as I really love their beer as well.

This pours a cloudy orange with little head. This is a very “hoppy” ale to say the least. Easy to pick up on the nose. I definitely get some burnt bread crust under a tight grapefruit core. Thin mouthfeel — no surprise in a 4.2% ABV ale. This is not a complex beer. If you want a hoppy beer without interference of malt or yeast, hops this is pretty much it. If I brewed this back in the day – I’d still be brewing.

I’ll give it 84 points.

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