Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mechamifune:
4/5 rDev -5.4%
Have had this many times on tap and bottled, so I thought it was finally time to give a proper review.
Pours the usual gold/straw color of most "west coast" ipa's. In this particular bottle there is a good bit of setiment floating around, which is odd because I have never seen that in this beer before. Slight white head with good lacing. Usualy appearance would go for a 4.0 as I think of this as a very clean looking beer, but this time I'll have to put it down to a 3 because of the setiment.
Smell is citrus and hops all the way, though it is not one of the more overwhelmingly floral IPA's. But even though the smell is not particularly strong, the notes are what they should be.
Taste is in line with smell, but stronger. Not much of a malt backbone to speak of. Lots of citrus flavors up front followed by a good amounts of bitterness and finishing with almost a little bit of an apple juice taste (odd). Still a very good hop forward ipa.
Mouthfeel is probably the highlight of the beer. Just the right balance of smoothness and crispness. Carbonation is perfect, and for a beer with such powerful flavors going on, it is pretty easy to drink.
Overall I think of this as kind of the standard for west coast style ipas. Not the best, mind you, but note for note it respresents such a good base line for that style. If I had one complaint, it is that there seems to be a little more variance from serving to serving than I would expect given the pure quantity of this beer that stone has/had brewed over the years. But even within that range, it has been between good and friggin great. Oddly enough, I have had the same issue with their neighbors down the road, green flash, and their ipa (and no, it has not been an issue of age on the beer)....but I digress.... this is a great (and easy to get)west coast ipa, and if you are a fan of the style you should seek it out. Save yourself the 5 bucks, pass over the ruination 6 pack, and pick it up.
08-08-2011 00:10:44 | More by mechamifune
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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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