Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.7/5 rDev +11.1%
Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Fancy painted label with loads of definitions and the usual (nice bottle), but no freshness date. Poured into an Imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Clear, but thick looking, brillian amber with a good 2-3 finger clumpy, fluffy, creamy, sticky white foam lace. Excellent head retention! I recommend that you pour this beer hard, but controlled for max. eye candy.
Smell: Hop aromas are off the hook! Wonderfully aromatic, a bit pungent, with strong herbal / spice characters. Loads of thick fruity esters join the fun, too. I think Stone should bottle this scent and market it as a beergeek cologne.
Taste: First thing that hits the palate is hop spice. It's herbally and there's lot of it -- a bit piney, too. There's a background peak of grassy hop flavours, and a near puckering effect -- I know George Carlin hates this word (screw him), but this beer is "zesty!" and one hoppy-ass beer, to say the least. (drink this beer and burp ... gotta love that)
Mouthfeel is so damn smooth, very creamy, a bit syrupy and big all around.
Malt-wise, things get nicely balanced with a very full and rich body and moderate sweetness, in comparison to the hops. Middle fruity flavour, akin to pineapple. Big bready and yeast-like finish (a tad too much, but forgivable), going dry with residual hop flavours still kicking ass all over your palate.
Notes: Simply put ... this is one insane IPA, and not for the weak palate. To compare it to other IPAs would be silly, however I think this sums it up ... Once Stone comes into a new market it's like a challenge to other brewers in the area: "I know my big beers are bigger and better than yours, but let's see yours anyway. I promise not to laugh." Oh ... and this is just their standard IPA doing the speaking.
10-27-2002 14:47:39 | More by Todd
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a silk screen painted label of the "Stone Brewing Gargoyle" which wards off impurities that would otherwise taint the sanctity of the brew.
Appearance: Rich golden hued brew that has a very frothy white lace which sticks all over the glass.
Smell: Very aromatic ... raw hop and hints of fruity ester. Nice dry-hopping!
Taste: Intense hop character, both flavour and bitterness. A bit smooth and a bit crisp with some malt flavour ... a little biscuit and grain, some malt sweetness and fruity ester. Though the hops are very dominant and push their sweet and bitter oils onto the palate. Amazingly the after taste cleans up a little leaving some grain and hop leaf flavour in the finish. Gulp after gulp this brew seems to warm the body more and more.
Notes: Wow now this is an IPA! Well attenuated and very bitter, yet still a little malt character to balance. Seriously ... if you don't like hoppy beers than this one might not be a good pick. If you are a hophead ... than buy a case! There was only one thing this beer said to me "Don't be a whimp, drink a hoppy beer!" Also this a quite deceiving brew topping out at 6.9% abv.
01-25-2001 22:42:29 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured a really nice peach color with small but rocky head that stuck to the glass,wow the smell,first whiff is freshly mowed grass it hits ur nasal passages like a freight train.Very citruisy taste hits u first but the maltiness in the background really balances this out nicely.Iam sometimes leery about getting west coast IPA's but this one is nicely balanced.Stone has to be a world renown brewery by now their beers are just so world class.
05-20-2003 11:42:04 | More by oberon
4.75/5 rDev +12.3%
Appearance Gorgeous, cloudy bright orange body with a monster head that kept well and laced the glass.
Smell Strong hop aroma, announcing the seriousness of this brew. Theres a terrific mix of floral and citrus hop scents, giving this ale a wonderful bouquet.
Taste Deep, passionate, hop flavor is the trademark of this one. The floral hops kick in a little more at the taste, but this is an exceptionally balanced ale. Theres also a good malt balance in this one. Amazing!
Mouthfeel Light carbonation in accordance with the style.
Drinkability This one went down smooth as silk. This is quality at its finest. Another excellent offering from Stone.
Update This is a staple in my house, so I decided to revisit my review in 04. It really is an excellent ale. I was trying to figure out what kept me from 5ing this one. I think its the lack of a good, strong, lingering finish. The flavors just seem to drop off the table. Otherwise this IPA is perfect.
09-03-2003 03:39:17 | More by RoyalT
3.8/5 rDev -10.2%
Brought back to Wisconsin from Ledgers in Berkeley, CA. 22 oz bomber.
Appearance: Fantastic head. Thick, creamy, cloud of sticky, floating goodness. Head rescinds to a quarter inch and cannot be reinvigorated because this beer lacks any visible carbonation. It is not, however, flat. The bodys color is beautiful peachy amber.
Nose: Dry pine. A little unripened grapefruit.
Taste: Hops. Tons of hops. Mostly pine. Caramel malt is barely distinguishable from the hops. Some toast and bread. Grapefruit zest and melon.
Mouthfeel: Not as bitter as the smell and taste would let on but bitter enough. Decently balanced. Medium body. Smooth but quite dry in the finish.
Drinkability: Very high.
06-11-2006 01:20:42 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours a big, impressive froth that almost refuses to settle (which, of course, is a good thing). Leaves nearly enough lace to make it look like it didn't even settle! Copper to orange color. Absolutely beautiful hoppy aroma. Tons of floral and citrus character. In fact, it jumps out at you before you even finish opening the bottle. More citrus-like hop bitterness in the flavor, with some hints of spiciness and great malty undertones. Hops make it very smooth and crisp, and the bread-like maltiness underneath rounds it out quite well. Great balance of bitterness and sweetness as well. Dangerously drinkable! This is one wonderful brew. I'm loving every Stone brew I try with a passion! If you're just starting to love hops, this is a great step up from their pale ale if you're not quite ready for "ruination". And for the seasoned hophead, this is a wonderful treat and an exceptional brew all around! No matter who you are, try this! It will not fail to impress.
07-07-2009 03:23:42 | More by ExtraStout
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
Reviewed from notes created on 11/16/10.
Stone IPA pours a golden-amber color with an eggshell-white, one-finger head into a hefty snifter. After the head recedes, clumpy, frothy ovals and circles of various sizes remain atop the body. Straight, sinewy lines of carbonation move fairly quickly up the sides of the glass. The lacing is great, with a mountain-esque top sguiggly line and many small dots and lines underneath.
When I smell this beer, a wild, unrestrained hop odor fills my nose. Skunk, grass, and fresh bud aromas are evident as soon as the cap is popped off of the bottle. Further delving into the scent reveals a little bit of grapefruit and orange zest to go along with the other hop aromas. A little bit of caramel and biscuit are also in the smell profile, providing a bit of balance to the unrelenting hops.
Bitter skunk, grapefruit, grass, and a certain herbal flavor pop onto my tongue at first sip. The caramel malt flavor balances out the hops in the middle of the sip, then a piney hop bitterness finished off the taste.
The mouthfeel is on the light-bodied side, but the potent hop bitterness stinging my palate makes up for that shortfall. I could use a little more creaminess and less wateriness, but this is a crisp and well carbonated feel.
This is an IPA that I really enjoy and I revisit it from time to time. I think it is a fairly session-able IPA, though the hop bitterness might crush a palate after a few bottles.
12-01-2010 23:08:39 | More by TCHopCraver
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
A: pours the usual amber hue for a very unusual
IPA. The head is strong with consistent
S: The smell is subdued, both slightly sweet as
well as floral.
T: Awesome. A great hop statement, not as
strong as I've come to expect from AIPA. The
flavor and hop balance are further
evidence of Stone's tendency toward
reinvention without compormising old school
M: Clean, crisp, balanced, all cliche but all
D: Very drinkable AIPA, not being strong for
the sake of being strong. True artistry in
05-14-2009 03:24:07 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
Stone IPA 12oz. bottle.
A- Pours a nice burnt orange with hues of hops and nice half inch head. Head quickly dies down but lace retention is very thick. Note that the beginning head is still stuck to the top of glass half way though this brew.
S- Is a nice relaxing scent of grassy, floral, and earthy notes hit my nose first. This is followed by a light malty kick.
T- The taste is what makes this one a excellent session beer. Mild hop bitterness at first that smooths out at the end to a refreshing perfectly balanced finsh.
M-D- Very easy on the taste buds not one sign of anything that would offend my buds! Extra smooth finishing make this one of my choice beer to consume alot of.
Note: At 11.59 a six pack here in jax Florida its not the cheapest though.
04-07-2009 18:33:19 | More by wesbrownyeah
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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