Stone Brewing Co., founded in 1996 by Steve Wagner and Greg Koch, has quickly risen to the top of the craft beer movement, producing full-flavored and sometimes, daring beers to tantalize the tastebuds and senses of the consumer.

Fine tuning, recipe changes and collaborations with leaders in the industry have kept them on top of their game.

Stone:Ecliptic:Wicked Weed Points Unknown IPA bottle

The origin for the Points Unknown IPA came from Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele’s decision to call on experts from well-known brewing regions to brew something other-worldly. Enter Ecliptic Brewing founder and brewing legend John Harris and Luke and Walt Dickinson from Wicked Weed Brewing. And so the collaboration begins, once again, to produce something unique and something to be talked about.

Stone Points Unknown IPA is actually two beers brewed separately and blended at the end before bottling. The first part of this equation is a Belgian-style tripel, that when finished its brewing process, was aged for four months in oak barrels that originally housed red wine, and later, tequila. After the four tedious months of aging, the tripel was blended with a freshly brewed West Coast double IPA. The ratio was 25 percent Belgian tripel and 75 percent DIPA. And here you have it, a tripel-DIPA blend, a beer to please many a craft beer drinker.

This beer pours an orange tinted amber color with three to fours fingers of slightly off-white head that diminishes to a sticky lacing that holds onto the sides of the glass for what seems like an eternity.

The aroma is complex, with stone fruit, wine essences, yeasty malts, some pine resin and a touch of earthiness. The taste is similar with the dominant notes being fresh grapefruit, citrus peel, pine, floral nuances and a bit of malty barnyard funk.

Stone:Ecliptic:Wicked Weed Points Unknown IPA

Carbonation is light, I am assuming from the Belgian taming the IPA. The aftertaste is tannic, yet the balance between these two entirely different styles is amazing.

Stone/Ecliptic/Wicked Weed Points Unknown IPA
BREWERY: Stone Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Escondido, Calif.
STYLE: Double IPA/Tripel
ABV: 9.5 percent
IBU: 72
PRICE: $9.99
AVAILABLE IN: 22-ounce bottles
This beer seems to cover the whole spectrum, from tannins from the red wine barrels, to pine from the hops, to malty, yeasty earthiness from the Belgian tripel. What a mélange of flavors in this one, and I am assuming this will please many a beer drinker. The balance is incredible, with both styles making themselves known, slightly struggling for dominance, yet coming together harmoniously at the end.
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