Stone Brewing Co.’s newest seasonal release is a little harder to pronounce than most of its beers.
According to a press release, the new beer is Pataskala Red X IPA, a 7.3 percent ABV IPA brewed with a relatively new German malt named Red X and “massively” dry-hopped with Amarillo, Cascade and Mosaic hops. The beer was first released by the Escondido, Calif.-based brewery in September “to support music and arts education programs in Pataskala, Ohio,” where Stone co-founder Greg Koch spent his childhood.
“Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele discovered Red X malt through homebrew circles and was intrigued to experiment with this uniquely malted barley,” reads a press release. “Rarely used in hoppy beers, the special German malt variety is typically reserved for German amber lagers, Irish red ales and other mildly hopped beers and is known for creating a deep crimson hue. Given Stone’s well-documented obsession with hops, an abundant hop bill was (without hesitation) considered the perfect combination for a trial.”
According to a press release, Pataskala Red X IPA is packaged in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and has shipped to retailers across Stone’s entire distribution footprint.
Update (Feb. 2, 2016) — This post was updated to include details on the release date, brewing information and packaging details. It was originally published on Nov. 20, 2015.