The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone – More Brown Than Black IPA

In life, and in beer, sometimes you have to look a little harder to find something truly great. That was the case with this incredible beer I recently had, now easily one of my top five favorite beers of all time!

A collaboration between The Alchemist, Ninkasi and Stone Brewing Company, this appropriately named beer stands alone as the best new beer I’ve tried in a while. Released on December 19th, 2011 I didn’t find this gem until February 2012 but it was worth the wait.

This complex beer smells so good you might forget to start drinking it, but don’t! Strong citrus and pine aromas start pouring out the bottle the moment it’s uncapped. As the name would indicate it pours a muddy brown color with a thick creamy head. Once it reaches your mouth the fireworks really go off. The rich, chocolate flavors of an American black ale hide its true nature at first but the strong hints of its hoppy IPA character come through in the end. It finishes with that classic grapefruit aftertaste and the disappointment that comes from an empty glass of a really good beer.

I first discovered this beer at the HEB in The Woodlands on Kuykendahl and Woodlands Parkway but have not seen it since. I have been unable to find more for a few weeks but word on the street is you can get some at the Spec’s on Louetta near I-45. If you decide to make the trip, don’t scoff at the $3.75 a bottle price tag because those 12 ounces are well worth it. While you are there pick up a few bottles for Chunk, I’ll pay you back!

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2 thoughts on “The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone – More Brown Than Black IPA

  1. Suit here. I agree with Chunk on this one. This is the best new beer I’ve had in a long time – even though I only got to split one with Chunk and Uncle Leroy. The name is the best way I could describe it. Imagine a black IPA, but more mellow and smooth like a brown ale. It is what it says it is. And it is good!

  2. Uncle Leroy in the house! I’m with Chunk and the Suit on this one. I was really surprised at how good this beer was. Definately worth a try. My favorite part of the beer was the intense smell when you pop the top.