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Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens- San Diego (Liberty Station)

I finally made it to Stone Brewing at Liberty Station!  Now I know why my friends have raved about it.  Stone has really built a fine establishment at Liberty Station that in my opinion, rivals their Escondido location.  Like Stone Escondido, the service was great as soon as I walked in.  Like Stone Escondido, the interior is spacious and impressive.  Like Stone Escondido, the food is wonderful.  Unlike Stone Escondido:  the gardens.  They are still very nice, but different.  Go there and you will see what I mean.  Plants need time to grow up and flourish.

It was a hot day when I visited so I was ready for a cold IPA.  At the top of the menu list was a “Stone Farms Fresh Hop Ale” American IPA made with hops from Stone’s Farm in Escondido.  Since fall is fresh hop season and I love fresh hop brews it was a no-brainer to order this one.  I was not disappointed.

Photo of Stone Farms Fresh Hop Ale in a tall tulip glass at Stone Brewing Liberty Station

Stone Farms Fresh Hop Ale

Served in a proper tall tulip glass (there are no shaker glasses at Stone), this fresh hop ale was golden in color with a half-inch white foam head when it was served.  Temperature was perfect.  A thin, feathery lacing followed the brew down the inside of the glass.  Lighter, yet distinctive grapefruit and pine aromas pleased my nose before delivering a smooth, fruity, slightly spicy bitterness flavor for the taste buds.  Nicely carbonated, it had a pleasant, lemon aspect to the clean finish.  I found out from the bartender that this beer was made with neomexicanus hops (along with Sterling and Chinook), which I assume helped with the lighter aroma and bitterness.  Overall, this was a classic American IPA which I would love to order again.  Foodies recommend pairing a beer like this with Asian dishes. Cheers!

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