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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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8,657 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,657
Reviews: 2,764
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 231
Gots: 949 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

SDG1070, Jul 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a cloudy light caramel-color with half a finger of frothy white head. Considerable sediment is apparent throughout. Fantastic lacing on my pint glass.

S- Mostly pine hops with some citrus hops thrown in.

T - Hops are actually not that pronounced, thought their flavor does last. The malt character is nice, and the finish includes a very appealing breadyness. Well balanced and delicious, but not as hoppy as I expected -- probably not the best IPA for hop heads.

M - Actually a bit thin for my tongue. Good carbonation with bubbles that just keep on coming.

D - Oh yes. Very tasty with that lovely finish that is actually a bit warming. Easy to down and would be wonderful to session. Good competition for 60-Minute in that respect.

greenmonstah, Oct 26, 2010
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

NCbeerpirate, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

frankthetank86, Jul 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

JSBILK, May 14, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Got a 22 oz bomber. Poured a brilliant golden orange colour, slight cloudiness. Looked like a nice peachy iced tea. Creamy off white head, left a thin layer of foam, lacing clinging to the side of the glass.

Smelled floral, fruity, citrusy, tremendous hop aroma, very inviting.

Taste was very well balanced. Starts very sweet and fruity, but a whole load of hops rush into the picture. There's some spiciness from the hops. Also, there was something very earthy about this beer. This beer had moderate body, and the mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. Went down really easy. As it warmed, the power of the hops was very apparent.

Wish this was available in Canada...if only it was.

baiser, Aug 15, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Paid $9.29 for a 6pack of 12oz bottles from BevMo in Gilroy, CA. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours really well, leaving a fizzy 1.5 inch white head after a gentle pour. Nicely carbonated. Light yellowish orange color. Quite cloudy. Nice lacing. Minimal head retention.

Smells quite hoppy for a single IPA. Citrus, orange/grapefruit with hints of pine. West coast style. Malts are there, but are well taken over by the hoppiness.

Taste is nice and hoppy - grapefruit citrus mainly, but the malts back this one up nicely - actually more than my nose would have predicted.

Medium bodied. Mild creaminess to the mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated and VERY drinkable.

ibbjamin, May 22, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Slight touch of haze in this deep yellow brew with bright orange hints throughout. Pretty fluffy head that reduces as expected, but manages to stick around a while. More of a floral secondary to citrusy hop notes in the nose. There's a good bit of hops in the nose and the taste. There's quite a bit of bready malts coming through as well. More of a citrus forward taste leaning toward grapefruit with only hints of pine. I found this to be very well balanced (what can I say, I like lots of hops.) Certainly finishes cleaner than Stone's bigger beers, but is great for the style. Not my favorite of the style, but right up there with the best of them.

alkemy, Sep 10, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

mattafett, Sep 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

grubefresh, Dec 31, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

TriageStat, Feb 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

NW2285, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Ben7773, Jan 01, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance: The body of this brew is a light copper color with a slightly off-white collar of foam. Lacing is excellent and clarity is over-the-top perfect. This is easily off the chart perfection.

Aroma: The nose holds the obvious hop notes (edit: Cenntenial & Chinook hops) with an underlying floral sweetness that makes the mouth salivate in expectation not unlike one of Pavlov's fabled pooches.

Taste: The dry hops are sticky to the tongue and the flavor is all-hops followed by support from the barley. The taste is sweet with piney overtones as this West Coast IPA flexes its mighty dry-hopped muscle. The Brits only wish they had shipped ale this good to India!

Mouthfeel: This brew provides something for every bit of the mouth as the taste sends the entire tongue into high gear. The C0² level and quality malt provide a superb base for the onslaught of floral hoppiness.

Drinkability: A great all-day sipper if you're in the mood for an IPA, although my guess is that the taste buds would be burned up after several pints (that's a compliment).

Authors note: I just learned today that Stone is a Cascade-free brewery...who would have guessed!

IceAce, May 15, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

durwood64, Jan 06, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

poured from a 12 oz bottle into clean pint glass
A: The beer is nice and golden, I didnt pour the beer that hard and subsequently have little head, however a good head thicker than normal lasts the entire drink. This is a beautiful beer.

S: I pick up strong hop aroma and some sweetness. I dont detect spice but this could jsut be me.

T: Extremely smooth especially for an ipa. This might be my new favorite IPA. There is a rush of hop flavor flowed by slight sweet/bitter notes. All well balanced and all delicious. It blends very well together.

M: Thick but smooth, not oil liek more syrup like. but still thin enough.

D: Ovrall its very drinkable especially for the IPA crowd. almost 7% is a bit high for an every day beer, but very smooth and easy to enjoy anytime

Redwood21, Mar 26, 2007
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

KGarrett, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

cletusdog, Dec 09, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -18.4%

A: Pours a vibrant golden orange, with a bright white head that dissipates quickly. Not too much lacing going on.

S: Strong presence of pine and citrus hops, with a certain sweetness. Smells tasty.

T: Very underwhelming. Not much hop bitterness, but the pine taste is very upfront. There are also great notes of juicy citrus-grapefruit flavors that saves it. Enjoyable to a degree.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation, but not as smooth as I would prefer.

D: I've had this on tap and in bottle several times, trying to get into this beer, with all the hype around it. I've been disappointed every time. I doubt it's a freshness problem (having it fresh out of a new keg), I am trying to like this, but there are too many other good IPAs out there to give it another chance. The only Stone product I never plan on buying anytime soon.

mostpoetsdo, Aug 12, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

CSQ1111, Dec 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

SharkNado, Mar 13, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

12 oz bottle

Pours a golden color with a rocky 2 inch tall white head. After a few moments this head dies down and leaves a great deal of sticky icky clinging to the sides of the glass. Smell is of hops, and hops! Plenty of citrus aroma making me want to dive right in. Taste does not disappoint with some pine and grapefruit flavors. Mouthfeeling is just carbonated enough to make this one bitter, yet crisp and refreshing.

genog, Dec 20, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint. This beer pours a reasonably clear golden color with a nice level of viewable carbonation. A bried head is formed that gets up to about an inch and then recedes to a full covered lacing.

The aroma is as expected with a nice combination of hoppy citrus and pine. There is a malty sweetness, as well.

The taste is, as it smells. There is a heavy level of hops although it is not overwhelmingly bitter. The malt again comes through mildly, but nicely. It finishes dry.

The mouthfeel is pleasant from the dryness and lack of too much bitterness. However, it does seem that it could be a little thicker to me. Carbonation is quite good for the combination.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer if you like hops. It gives the exact components of a good IPA and I will enjoy this again when I can get my hands on it.

SykDoc, Jan 18, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Sipchue, Dec 31, 2012
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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