But we weren’t willing to just water down an IPA and call it a day. bottles, © 2020 Paste Media Group. Both gluten-reduced beers are now available nationwide for those who need to watch their gluten intake, and those who pretend they do. Not gluten-free, “gluten-reduced.” This is achieved with help from yeast-sellers White Labs, who provide an enzyme that “breaks down gluten proteins, separating and denaturing them, resulting in a beer that meets the Food and Drug Administration’s gluten-reduced classification.” This stuff, which is called Clarity-Ferm, “does not affect its color, or, more importantly it’s flavor,” according to Stone. Users can even visit the beer’s page on the Stone web site to find exactly how many parts-per-million of gluten are in each batch, according to White Labs tests. All Rights Reserved. While Stone Delicious IPA earned its keep as a simply delicious IPA, it has since gained notoriety for its – wait for it – added feature and has become the nation’s top-selling gluten … Delicious IPA is a dry, West-Coast IPA that also plays with a … Rather, Stone Features & Benefits IPA speaks to the features of a badass IPA with benefits to boot: Sure, the latter does give the middle finger to bread, but that’s not the point, nor the intention. It’s a nice bonus that will allow nearly everyone out there to enjoy our bold style of craft … Last update: 11-27-2020. But making a beer to meet the stringent features of Stone Features & Benefits IPA was not easy. So, we went through countless iterations, mixing up the process and engaging in fermentation experimentation techniques. This is an interesting product, and I give Stone credit for not simply making a similar IPA to their previous efforts while removing the gluten. The fact that I can immediately call this the best “gluten-reduced” or gluten-free beer I’ve ever had speaks less to the idea that Delicious lives up to its moniker and more to the dearth in truly enjoyable craft beers for the gluten-free market. If you’re not, well just enjoy the beer, you don’t really need to worry about it. The result is an intriguing citric aroma that strongly reminds me of the leaves of lemon verbena, when crushed to release the essential oils. There’s also a bright, green, grassy note and herbal qualities, and a suggestion of sweetness that marries together with the citrus to produce the impression of a stroll through the greenhouse or a handful of old-school lemon candies. So by all means, if you’ve missed hops since giving up gluten, check this one out when it has its nation-wide roll-out on Jan. 5. Flavor: “Very tasty hops profile full of grass and resin and mint with a full puckering bitterness. It’s light bodied and crisp with orange, pear, white peach and melon hop character. However, the gluten aspect isn’t the only area where Stone is experimenting here. Stone Features & Benefits IPA joins Stone Delicious IPA in the brewery’s offerings of gluten-reduced beers. Stone Features & Benefits IPA packs the benefits you’d expect in an IPA brewed by Stone, alongside a few added features. There’s even a little bit of grainy maltiness that pops up for a moment on the back end, which is really sort of an accomplishment for a gluten-free product. “Calories and carbs contribute a lot to the things we like in food and beer. Because the beer began with barley (which contains gluten), it cannot be labeled “gluten-free” in the US. In addition to being incredibly flavorful and hopped in our typically heavy-handed way, Stone Delicious IPA is also fermented in a manner that breaks down and removes gluten, rendering gluten levels so significantly that the beer qualifies as a “gluten-reduced” ale per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Even when we thought we’d landed it, we went back once more, working to make it even better. Delicious IPA is a dry, West-Coast IPA that also plays with a new hop variety called Lemondrop in addition to the new-ish varieties of El Dorado and Calypso. 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This website contains links to third-party websites on whose contents we have no influence and for which we therefore accept no responsibility. In addition to being incredibly flavorful and hopped in our typically heavy-handed way, Stone Delicious IPA is also fermented in a manner that breaks down and removes gluten, rendering gluten levels so significantly that the beer qualifies as a “gluten-reduced” ale per the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). However, I find myself wondering whether, if I tasted this blind, I would really identify its profile as an IPA. Also, for those obsessed with muscles, those who want to drink six beers instead of two, and anyone interested in a badass beer with tons of added features. Most notably, it’s a “gluten-reduced” beer, which is a term I’d never heard before. OUR GOAL IS TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN BEER LOVERS AND THE BREWERIES WHO BREW FOR THEIR ENJOYMENT. It’s only fitting that the brewery behind Arrogant Bastard would be the one to come along and simply name their next beer “Delicious IPA.” Some breweries have a good sense of what their culture and image are, but then there’s Stone—they live their image, from Greg Koch on down. However, the amount of gluten in this beer is far below the Codex threshold of less than 20 parts per million in total gluten for “gluten-free” products; so much so that its gluten levels are too low to be measurable by available testing methods. “We knew that making a vibrant, full-bodied IPA that’s this low in calories, carbs and alcohol was going to be a huge challenge,” explained Jeremy Moynier, Stone Brewing Senior Manager of Brewing & Innovation. It’s certainly a step in the right direction, even if it doesn’t immediately jump to the front of the pack as an IPA specifically. Besides Co-Founding BeerAlien.com, Raymond is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Popular Movie Review website 'MovieFloss.com'. Filed Under: Beer Reviews Tagged With: american ipa, beer review, california, delicious ipa, ipa, stone brewing About Our Team Nicoli Carr has been tinkering with homebrewing for over 10 years and graduated from the American Brewers Guild (CBA) Craft Brewers program in 2014.