Stone Brewing Co. Stone IPA & Stone Go To IPA
"I have plenty of favorite IPAs! It's almost easier to pick a favorite from each brewery. When I'm on Big Island, I like [Big Island Brewhaus] Overboard IPA, on Maui, there's [Maui Brewing Co.] Big Swell. Nationwide, my go-to would have to be Stone IPA.
I like the balance. I like a hoppier IPA with a moderate to light body. Some Pacific Northwest IPAs can be pretty full-bodied in contrast -- probably has something to do with the weather. This is just personal preference of course, but I drink a lot of IPAs, and in warmer climes as much as possible. In addition, Stone Brewing has a very clear best-by date that is set at three months from bottling, I believe. If I buy a bottle within code, I know I'm getting a fresh beer. Old IPA... er, um, how to say this... sucks big time."
- Ron Jeffries, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales