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Stone didn’t invent the black IPA, but they were among the first breweries to make the style a core part of their lineup. It’s a style that has since taken off in popularity, but Stone’s remains arguably the best example of what a black IPA should be. This boisterous ale is dark as milk chocolate and is heavy with richly roasted malts. This is no sweet bomb, though, as every sip is laced with a blistering blast of bitter hops and big aromas of pine forest. It’s a delicious, intimidating beer in every way—even the alcohol content is absurdly in your face—yet it somehow manages to be stupidly easy to drink. How’d you manage to pull off that trick, Stone? See if you can figure it out at Royal Tavern and Prohibition Tap Room.
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