Stone Brewing announces the latest in its seasonal beers, this one paying homage to the ever-present Gargoyle with a tropical mythology. Stone Vengeful Spirit IPA explodes with the flavors of citrus candy and tiki-style cocktails. Find the beer now, nationwide in six-packs of 12-ounce cans.
Stone’s brewers have often been inspired to brew beers on a theme. In 2007 it was black IPAs. 2008 saw Belgian-influenced IPAs, and more than once it’s been Triple IPAs. Right now, it’s tropically-inspired IPAs, as represented by this beer, Stone Tangerine Express IPA and others waiting in the wings. The name of the Stone Vengeful Spirit IPA plays homage to the Stone gargoyle, who, since 1996 has represented an aggressive intolerance for commoditized beer, by protecting the brewery from the omnipresent forces of evil.
“This beer brings together a lot of what’s been new for Stone lately,” said Jeremy Moynier, Stone’s senior innovation brewing manager. “We included three hops most recently featured in our Stone Hop Revolver IPA series. We’ve really been digging the combination of pineapple and tangerine, similar to what we introduced with Stone Tangerine Express IPA. By experimenting with different add rates and much different hops, we’ve come up with a really unique flavor that’s juicy, citrusy and quite frankly, a little mind-blowing.”
The Gargoyle’s vengeance sets off with the pop of the can. An intense aroma of pineapple, citrus, passion fruit and guava fill the room. The robust fruitiness on the flavor is supported by a hint of malt. The beer is refreshing, smooth and appropriately bitter. It’s hazy gold, 7.3% ABV and brewed to be enjoyed fresh.
Hops: Herkules, Mosaic®, Loral™, Mandarina Bavaria
Appearance: Hazy gold. Fine bubbles and a white head.
Aroma: Massive aroma of pineapple with orange, citrus, passion fruit, guava, and also very floral.
Taste: Medley of tropical fruit juices including pineapple, orange and citrus with a hint of malt to support the massive fruitiness from both fresh fruit and hops.
Palate: Super refreshing and smooth, it has a nice medium finish with just the right amount of bitterness coming from the fruit and the hops, and it lingers just long enough to beg for another taste.
Distribution: Australia, Berlin, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and nationwide in the U.S.
Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, the groundbreaking San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 9th largest craft brewer in the United States. Recognized as an industry leader, Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 12 times and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company is the first American craft brewer to independently build, own and operate their own brewery in Europe (Berlin, Germany), and also opened a production brewery in Richmond, Virginia in 2016. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing…and pledging never, ever, to sell out to the man.