Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 8,006 | Reviews: 2,733 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by axisjones:
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I had the honor of being poured a glass at the Stone Brewery straight off the bottling line.
Pours a yellowish gold with a stately head that holds the whole way. A sight to behold.
The smell is hopporific. A nice mix of pine and herbs coated on a citrus base. There is a hint of malt in the nose as well.
This is an IPA all right. Damn is it ever! While no where near the intensity of Ruination, this is more hoppy and bitter than your standard IPA fare. For a west coast IPA, Stone departs from the bunch while still maintaining the character and quality control of the region. This is not as outright piney and juicy, but has alot of hop flavor and a lingering bitterness. The pine is there as well. While this beer is more hoppy than most IPAs, it is remarkably balanced with solid malt complement, giving it a biscuity finish.
For my money, one of the better IPAs around. Great for singles, great for sessions. This is a great example of how to make a beer with more character, but perfect balance. Cheers to Stone!
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2005 09:35:45 | More by axisjones
More User Reviews:
4.59/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served from 22 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.
A - Straw-colored, slightly hazy body. The head is thick and white. This is the way an IPA should look!
S - Orange, grass and spring flowers. Just a hint of pine and hemp.
T - Much like the smell, but more pungent. The orange and floral notes work in perfect harmony, with the semi-sweet crackery malt keeping everything in rhythm. The finish has more hoppy flavors and some assertive, but refreshing, bitterness.
M - A smooth mouthfeel to go with a medium body. Carbonation is near perfect.
O - A fantastic IPA. When enjoyed fresh, it's one of the best widely-distributed single IPAs around. If the six-pack weren't $12, this would be my go-to beer without a doubt.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 11:47:09 | More by hail_seitan
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,006 ratings.