Drinking On A Monday: Stone/Beachwood/Heretic Unapologetic IPA

Drinking on a Monday is a short column where I share that one bottle that I open after the most dreadful of all weekdays.

Unapologetic IPA

A nice piney IPA from 3 hop-masters in the piney Arrowhead woods.

Purchasing a bottle of beer brewed by Beachwood Brewing can be a little difficult sometimes. With their limited bottle releases, you have to be quick to grab their fantastic beers off the shelves, because in most cases they are gone before you know they are there. Luckily for the rest of the world, Beachwood’s Julian Schrago collaborated with Stone’s Mitch Steele and Heretic’s Jamil Zainasheff to create Unapologetic IPA, a great showcase of what all three of these breweries have to offer.

Unapologetic pours a clear bright copper color with a frothy white head. The aroma isn’t as much of a punch to the face as expected but its full of white wine, tropical fruit and pine. The taste is all about the bitterness, which is to be expected from these brewers. The bitter, piney backbone really clings to the cheeks. There’s some great winey characteristics from the hops as well, followed by some peach flavors and a touch of booze. Its medium bodied with a crisp dry finish.

Whats interesting about this beer for me is that its coming from guys who love making big bold IPA’s but this beer kind of screams ‘restraint’ to me. The aroma was nowhere near what I was expecting, and the bitterness really holds those tropical hop flavors in. This isn’t a bad thing of course and there’s some real subtleties in this beer that you don’t get from a lot of the Stone collaboration releases. It’s something thats certainly welcomed by this beer drinker, and I may need to pick up a few of these before they are gone.