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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

8,712 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,712
Reviews: 2,771
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 232
Gots: 979 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of mick92627
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Outstanding everyday go-to beer. Hoppy and bitter. GF hates it.

mick92627, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA is a real looker. Gauzy medium amber with a large, eggshell colored, slightly lumpy head that has good retention and leaves copious rings and sheets of lace.

This is the most amazingly fragrant beer that I've ever smelled; it hit with both barrels as soon as I popped the cap. Its room-filling bouquet even elicited a comment from my wife. The nose is abundantly citrusy, with grapefruit zest leading the charge. So this is what hops smell like!

The flavor is out of this world. Is this what people mean by a 'wow' beer? Grapefruit, lemon and pine, with a tantalizing hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is ultra-smooth and is full and rich without being heavy. Drinkability is superb. Oh how I wish that I had easier access to this amazing IPA.

It was with some trepidation that I popped the cap on this bomber of Stone IPA today. I've been reading on this site about how it's an incredibly hoppy, bitter beer and that beginners (namely me) should tread carefully, perhaps starting with more gentle, less hoppy styles. I think of bitterness as something unpleasant. Well if this is bitterness, give me all you've got.

Far from being unpleasant, this is the best beer of any style that I've had yet. I struggled with whether to assign such high scores since there aren't too many craft beers under my belt at this stage of the game. In the end, though, I have to go with what I feel. I can't imagine that anyone brews a better IPA, or that there are many other beers (of any style) that are better than this. And so.... a hophead is born.

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I'm not going to re-review, but I am going to re-score now that I have quite a bit of IPA experience to reference. The taste score--I really hate to do this--falls to 4.5. (5/21/04)

BuckeyeNation, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of Merzman47
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Good India Pale Ale. Similar (I think) to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Merzman47, Yesterday at 11:21 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Castor, Yesterday at 06:21 PM
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Maxb611, Yesterday at 06:06 PM
Photo of fipoceilz7
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma includes lots of fresh pine with a grassy touch; there's a twang of lemon and orange; some subtle cookie sweetness rounds it all off. The body is a somewhat hazy dull orange. Sweetness hits the tongue first but is quickly overrun with bitter, resiny hops; the hops also have a slightly fruity quality in the vicinity of peach; the 6.9% ABV is quite noticeable. Despite the level of alcohol, the finish is only somewhat dry. The mouthfeel is otherwise smooth and medium-bodied; the hop bitterness produces a slight sting.

Intense but flavorful and reasonably well balanced. The alcohol and hop qualities are slightly attenuated by some malt sweetness and smooth carbonation, but the former still verge on overwhelming.

fipoceilz7, Yesterday at 12:29 PM
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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,712 ratings.