I decided to pop the top on Stone’s 18 Anniversary IPA beer last night and let me tell you it was a yawnfest. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting anything was off with the beer, it was just boring. The 8.5% ABV brew was nicely bittered, but muted and muddy in the flavor to the point of being nothing special, more of a brewpub beer. This was the second time I’ve had it and the first time I noted it wasn’t anything to write home about so I’m not surprised to find it underwhelming on my second venture. I like the fact Stone takes chances, but I find it disappointing when they don’t deliver, especially on those special releases such as this.

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