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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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Reviews: 2,911
Hads: 10,437
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.09%
Wants: 387
Gots: 2,484 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

The IPA That Launched Generations of Hop Fanatics
First Release: August 1997

By definition, an India pale ale is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its little brother, pale ale—and we deliver in spades. Now one of the most well-respected and best-selling IPAs in the country, this golden beauty explodes with citrusy, piney hop flavors and aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character. This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.
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Photo of jpwild240
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A small bottle sits with slight condensation appearing around the bottom of the bottle. I crack it open with my copyrighted "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" bottle opener. The strong hiss makes me wonder if I shook it up too much on the 8-foot trip from fridge to computer. I pour it into a traditional American Bell Pint glass. Beautiful amber color with minimal white head seems inviting.
The hop aroma is nearly overpowering! This reviewer has never experienced an essence of such strong hopping before. I'm almost a little intimidated. Almost. Regardless, I dive right in expecting something decent from Stone.
Wow! Boom-pop in your mouth! Low carbonation but the wet hopped ale hits your mouth smooth but lingers long enough to encourage you to wait a tick before then next sip. Every sip hits your nostrils as the heavily-hopped brew is agitated. I should mention the malt, because it is done healthily in this case. It balances out the outrageous hopping without becoming too 'pleasing' to the palate.
Beautiful white lacing appears around the glass with each sip. (Should one expect less from Stone?)
Overall, the best IPA I've ever had. Forget my allegiance to the Stone brewing company... this is a solid, GREAT IPA. If you're in the mood for a hoppy IPA and haven't tried this yet, buy yourself a couple!

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear light golden/orange. Wonderfully big, white head, just huge. Great retention, and good lacing.

Smell: Citrussy and piney hops are the two dominant aromas at first. A little bit of malt, but mostly big fresh hop aroma. It really smells like a bag of oily, fresh hops.

Taste: Full hop assualt. Bitter, but not astringently so. The malt must be in there somewhere, but this tastes like liquid hops. I likes me some hops, so that's good. What sweetness there is seems to show itself after the initial hop taste and linger some. Usually I get the sweetness first, odd.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from my best youngest brother. Many thanks.

Aroma is a nice and pleasing. Flowery, sweet, fruity, complex and all are agreeable.
Dark gold, clear. Head has a creamy look and an average settling time. Some lacing.
Flavor, like aroma, is nicely complex. Hops present start to finish with bitterness in the middle. Most of the aroma characteristics present in flavor too. Nice malty fruitiness and sweetness up front.
Wonderful softness despite the the bite of the hop bitterness. Smooth. Fluffy feel.
Very nice example of style. Well done. The dryness and bitterness isn't always pleasant on the finish, but other than that...

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bit dry aftertaste a surprise but otherwise a nice drink. Can be session starter or go with food. Pine and citrus grapefruit. Prominent bitterness.

This is a new IPA, sporting a gargoyle emblem. A transparent bottle that really shows big bubbles in there.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow/bronze color. Fair amount of white head that leaves nice lacing for the entire glass. The smell is all floral hops. Just what you would expect from an ipa but nothing too complex. The taste is where things start to get really good. Again nothing too complex, just wonderful hops bitterness but it's not overpowering at all. Very nice balance of sweetness to control the bitterness. Very smooth finish for such a hoppy beer. This one gets added to my list of favorites. Because of the nice balance you could drink a lot of these in one sitting.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clarity. A wonderoulsy liquid orange matter with pudgy bubbles that lollygag their way toward impact at the surface. An appetizing dollop of head perched atop said matter.
Lace giraffes and dragons and parachutes are etched on the sides of my guzzler.

Smell: Luscious malty sweetness and hop perfume. Smells like a sweet slice of paradise. Fresh and crisp. Snappy as all get out. Biting fruity stingers.

Taste: This one makes me want to sing. Excellent base of sweetness with just the right bitterness descending towards the finish line. Wonderfully vivid in all aspects. Citrus florals for the palate. Great hops presence with a nice solid sweet backbone. Did I already say that? A great balance of powerful accessories. Pure and moitzi.

Mouthfeel: Great texture here. A sugary thickness makes this amazingly clear beauty feel so right.

Drinkability: I am so thankful I had the opps to snatch this in Indiana. I so wish we had this stuff in the Mitten. Delicious brew. I wish I were able to to put its drinkability to the test as well!

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Photo of edchicma
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I'm surprised I hadn't tried this brew yet. This is right there with Hop Devil and Hop Walllop. Pours a light amber yeloow with a great initail head and some of the best lacing I've seen. Smell is extremely inviting floral hops...highly rated because it absolutely makes you want to drink it! Taste is eqaully impressive. Definite strong hop presence that last throughout, BUT has an underlying smoothness that makes the experience very enjoyable. The hops linger on the back palate with a pleasant lightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a medium quality and drinkability is very good considering the strong hop presence...a must for hopheads!

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Photo of corporatejim
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

IPAs are one of my favorite styles and I am really looking forward to sampling this one based on my experience with their Arrogant and Double Bastard styles. We can't get Stone in Minnesota yet, so many thanks to Fantome for gringing this back for me from his recent beer trip to Michigan and Ohio.

Pours a nice translucent golden color. Quarter inch head that quickly dissipated. Very nice hoppy aroma. Leaves a lingering thin lacing on the inside of the glass. Awesome hop bite upfront and finishes with a nice malty undertone. Medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold with a big head this beer has one of the better big hop noses out there. The taste is very refined for the style , with the hops allowing for the malt to provide the midbody. The finish is not as bitter as I would have expected. This is an IPA that shows muscles but does not flex them.

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Photo of buckiflyer
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back to North Carolina from Western Mass bottle: gold yellow haze color, decent thick head, immediate hoppy smell, very smooth taste with great balance and super hop finish. very drinkable, wish I had brought back more, upset that we can't get here in NC. Will have friends in Ohio pick some up for me.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber/gold with a modest yet persistent head.

Aroma- first of all, I can smell this beer at arm's length. Strong spicy/citrusy hops in spades, but also a ton of sweet caramel and hints of tropical fruit. Very fresh, very nice.

This is a hoppy beer for sure, but it is also remarkably well balanced. Essentially the flavors carry through on the aroma- but there is the addition of a rich, malty mouthfeel supporting a good amount of bitterness. Everything works well together and nothing about this beer is out of place.

Pour me another!

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Photo of Litterbean
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking orange, with a one finger head and visible carbonation. Slightly cloudy, but still vibrant.

Candy-like smell. Sweet, sugary, and very hoppy. It’s as if this brew was malted and hopped to the extreme, and it shows in the aroma.

Taste like sweet plums. I envision a nice box of raisins as well as I drink this. There is also some bready notes deep down, giving a hidden malt component behind the apparent maltiness. Hints of confectioners sugar pull through with a tart, biting, citric hop splash at the end. Probably my favorite hop-bomb of all.

Good mouthfeel, carbonation tickles a bit but adds to the flavor. A bit gunky on the intake, due to the amazing amount of hops put into this brew.

Drinkable, to be sure.

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Photo of pikemark
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single at St. Mark's Market.

First thing I noticed was the tart grapefruit smell coming off, never smelled anything like it, esp. from an IPA, I knew this one was going to be special. The smell was almost phenolic. The head was very thick and chunky and the lacing was pretty good. It was a clear blonde color.

The taste was huge. Good on many different levels. The alcohol was well covered and the balance was nice. Hops were apparent but not overpowering. The mouthfeel was great,very smooth going down. Crisp finish. Only problem was the aftertaste stuck with me all night.

Shouldve def bought a sixpack, Probably my favorite IPA right now.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a frothy white head, streaming bubbles and a very nice lace pattern. Smells of floral and citric hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, toasted malts underneath, and an earthy banana yeasty quality. Initial citric hop blast on the tongue, piney, good malt balance. Bitterness is not overwhelming, but does leave a lingering aftertaste. Slightly oily, moderate cabonation. Goes down pretty easily, but keep a palate cleanser handy if making this a session.

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Photo of Wonka
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz.
6.9% Alc. Vol.

Appearance –clear orange/yellow body with carbonation that drops instantly; massive and rather sturdy, billowy white head that comes forth in a big pour; fabulous lace

Smell – bitter and more bitter; big fat hops; a bit spicy; and a light dose of alcohol; this is what I want from an IPA

Taste – models the nose with more malts (caramel, bread crust) coming through midway but the citrus hops still run the show; pink grapefruit and grain aftertaste

Mouthfeel – moderate body for an IPA; smooth base and a crisp edge; very light hop sting balanced with a light oily sensation

Drinkability – damn that’s a boatload of hops; there’s easy turnover; the hop stick smacks hard but if you're the hophead, it'll spin you back around easily so you’re ready to roll again

High Hop Tide Warning! Be the bitter! Get ready for a hop kick. This one’s good from 50 yards.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite IPA. Not for the faint of heart, this beer has some serious hops. All balanced with a nice maltiness and caramel characteristic. Pours a golden amber. Aroma his very hoppy, kinda oily in a good way. Very floral. Tons of hops present in the taste, all very well balanced. Very drinkable beer. Excellent after a bunch of sweet beers to cleanse the pallete.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decanting this bomber reveals a pale golden colored brew with a thriving frothy white head. Some patchy lacing is left as this ale is greedily consumed. Aroma is nice and strong. Probably the best nose to any IPA I've ever experienced. The prerequisite hops are present to a large degree - citrous and pine notes are tantalizing, dancing with an herbal quality. What sets this aroma apart is a sweet, estery, floral aroma - quite wonderful really. There is also some caramel and pale malt smell present. Do they sell air fresheners like this?? The taste does not disappoint that which the smell put forth. The lovely product of dry hopping is immediately evident. Lots of clean citrous, grapefruit, and some pine nip at the tongue. Assertive hops? Yes sir. However there is a wonderful balance by smooth malt and sweet caramel. True to the IPA style, the malt holds back and allows the beautiful hop character to shine. A little spice and herbal notes dance around as well. Although the malts take the back seat, they never leave entirely. The flavor is exceptional in the fact that it is all about the overall flavor - not just a kick-in-the-nuts blast of hops. The hops are diverse, and the malt character is expertly contrived. Finish is a great blend of dryly bitter hop oils and the faintest of sweet malt. A little alcohol warmth in the finish drives this brew home. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a little thin. Overall, this IPA is so good, its probably sinful. Who cares - not me. I'll have another (and another).

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Photo of nicechalice
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer, I always get it because I am lucky enough to have a Vons a block away that carries it in sixers for 7 something. It looks nice, rich dark golden yellow, with a nice head if poured hard. The head doesnt stay but the lace does. Strong pine and spice aromas. The taste is smooth with the perfect bitterness for me. I can drink a lot of these.

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Photo of bruachan
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice brew. i felt the hops were not so completely balanced out by the malts. not to say that i didn't taste the fine caramel sweetness, but i could have used some more

fine piney bitterness (though it didn't linger) and a beautiful brew. i don't often hand out 5s but there was something striking about a bomber of this stuff poured into a nice huge mug. brillirantly translucent golden amber with a fine head

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Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn I wish Michigan could get Stone! I had to go down to Ohio before I could ever experience the Stone IPA. Beautiful pour. Copper color with auburn in the middle and an almost golden color around the sides. Huge fluffy white head. Tons of lacing. I love it! Aroma hits me upon opening the cap. Lots of floral hops, almost like walking through a garden. I get a slight pine sensation in the aroma as well. The body in this beer is rather thick for an IPA and holds the flavors of the hops very well. The hop flavor is very floral and that is the showcase here but a nice little hop bitterness comes through in a citric way. Juicy orange and grapefruit bitterness provide an excellent compliment to the floral flavors. Malt also is detectable. It seems rather bready, almost biscuity, with a honeyish sweet compliment. Finish is medium and lingers with a pure hop flavor but is not really too intense. Very drinkable beer here and it seems like there is no way this beer is 6.9% abv. Another excellent Stone offering.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first time venturing into the Stone brew experience.

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle and decanted into my standard pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow/orange. Lookin' good.

Smell: Amazing. I can almost taste that hoppy goodness.

Taste: Wow, that's good. Not what I was expecting. This beer has a great hop character without being as harsh as most IPA's I've tried. This brew comes in all smooth malt and quickly gives over to a wonderful piney middle and a kick-ass centralized bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Why the hell did I only buy one bottle of this. I'll be right back.

Conclusion: Less typing, more Stone IPA.

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Photo of LiquidBreadMan
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone IPA pours a cloudy copper/gold, with very little head. Beautiful. It's aroma is one of the most pleasing in my experience --reminiscent of lush grapefruit and spiced strawberries. Thank goodness the flavor isn't nearly as sweet as the smell. This one starts out with a sharp hoppy bite -- then it mellows with notes of peach and pineapple, with mandarin undertones -- and it finishes dry and hoppy. This is an excellent IPA with many pleasant surprises.

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cool looking gargoyle.
Not much of a head on this but a beautiful golden color.
Super smell, really sweet... honey? Floral but not overwhelming hops.
Taste is hoppy, malty, and citrus. Good balance and not as sweet as it smells.
Mouthfeel is medium with good bitterness. Finishes crisp and dry.
Drinkability is excellent! Really nice balance and drinks like a much lower abv.
Wish I could get this one locally.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear medium golden color with a profuse and lingering head, lots of broken lace, and fine streams of carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of mild floral hops noted, a considerable presence that is, dominant, but not overpowering. The hops dominate the aroma, but beneath them there is a strong note of sweet, honey-like light malt.

Taste: Opens with slightly sweet malts with notes of honey, this carries through much of the taste, the finish is dominated by a strong grapefruit hop presence.

Mouth feel: Quite full, almost syrupy, smooth and very full.

Drinkability/notes: A superb example of a style that is not a favorite of mine, as I prefer an emphasis upon malt rather than hops. But excellent, nonetheless.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange has a 1/2 finger head with decent retention and thick webs of lacing. The aroma was of grassy hops and not much else. The taste was spicy, bitter, roasted malt and it finished leaving a grassy hop taste. This beer was medium bodied and easy to drink.

Reflection: This is a pretty good beer but not what I was expecting from Stone. The hops never took over the beer it was very well balanced. Again great beer but not a great IPA in my opinion.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,911 ratings.