Stone Citrusy Wit

Stone knows how to make good beers, but they also experiment with it not actually paying out. The worst one I've had is still good enough to recommend in general, but it's slightly below average. I like a good brewer who isn't afraid to branch out and try new things, and they've proven that they like to experiment. Welcome to my lab.

Suspended in the hazy pale gold beer are many particulates of... I'm going to guess citrus stuff based solely on the title. It reminds me of the way the tiny little bits float in a nice glass bottle of Sun Drop (you know, the good one with the real sugar). The head dissipates to leave a very nice coating of bubbles as lacing on the sides of the glass as well as a thin layer on top that has lily pads of dense clusters of bubbles. The aroma is simple lemons and wheat grass.

First sip is wheat grains and citrus, so there's no big surprise. The sheer amount of tartness is kind of impressive. It seems to come from the heavy yeast, some flowers, and... I'm thinking spices. It's not really a sipping beer with the bite that it has. So, if it's not a sipping beer, what does it mean? It means that it's time for a manly swig.

Tip-in is grains and even a thin wheat bread (maybe even a wheat tortilla) and spices. It rolls on into a deeper grain - the bread going away entirely - with oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, tangerines, and whatever other citrus fruits you feel like adding to the list. The finish is more harsh than it is crisp; it has a substantial bitterness and the flowers jump out at you.

Bottom Line: These guys make great beers. This is less than their full effort.



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