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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

8,227 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,227
Reviews: 2,737
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 196
Gots: 718 | FT: 4
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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CBFanWish

New York

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

When I drink any Stone beer, I have to put on Pantera (RIP Dimebag) as loud as I possibly could. For every beer that they make, Pantera has the perect song to go with it. For the IPA, it's F#*&ing Hostile. Why? because this beer really is hostile. A hoppy masterpiece. When you want a smooth, well-balanced beer, it would be in your best intrest to keep the hell away from this one. If you are looking for an over the top aggressive hop monster, you've looked in the right place. I love it. Pours a hazy orange colour with a thick white head. The aroma is grassy and very strong. The taste is as bitter as could be and is just full of grassy and citric tastes. I want more. Turn up the music!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 22:25:53 | More by CBFanWish
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bbothen

California

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from 22 oz bottle.

Light orange/straw color with a 1 finger soapy/bubbly head. Plenty of sticky lacing.

Big aroma of piney & citrus flowery hops. Tangerine, lime, grapefruit, spruce. Yum.

Tastes like the aroma. Nice hop bitterness. Big pine flavors. Enough malt presence to even things out. Hops dominate though.

Medium bodied. Sticky. Oily. Lingering hop flavor.

Drinkabilty is good. Nice west coast style IPA. Others I enjoy more. But I'd gladly buy & have this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 00:13:06 | More by bbothen
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jar2574

Missouri

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

Stone IPA - I've had this a couple times and always loved it. Time to rate it. Easy-to-drink, just the right level of hops and type of hops for me. Flavorful without being too aggressive. Great beer.

Pours a dark yellow color with plenty of carbonation and a very nice white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smell is citrus hops, a touch of honey, a touch of bananas.

A well balanced IPA - it is only slightly bitter and there's plenty of malt to balance things out. Taste is orange & banana hops, a touch of grassiness, and some sweetness. I prefer citrusy hops to piney ones, and this beer is more citrusy than piney.

To quibble, the mouthfeel could be a little more dense. But then, I am spoiled because I had Ruination last night and loved the creaminess.

Very, very drinkable. An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:10:00 | More by jar2574
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ralree

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pretty clear, with a white head that recedes quickly. Light gold color.

S: Really grapefruity with a strong hop backing. Pretty piney.

T: Well-balanced. The hops bring the bitterness beautifully, and the fruit gives it just enough sweetness to bear. Not as sweet as some other IPAs, but very good. A little more fruit would have actually been good. Bitterness coats the tongue well.

M: Perfect carbonation, very clean and dry, medium-light bodied, just a touch watery. A little astringent.

D: Drinks well. I could definitely go for this with or without food, but it would accompany a good meat and bread feast nicely, such as a good burger.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 02:04:23 | More by ralree
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josefnewsong

New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-04-2011 16:46:43 | More by josefnewsong
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone IPA | 650 ml. | 6.9% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Stone Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
Glass: Pint

Appearance:
A hazy golden honey orange with an unbelievably milky white head of about 2". Lacing is decent. Overall, it looks more inviting than most IPA's I've seen.

Aroma:
A rounded, hoppy punch blasts from the glass into my nostrils. Very aromatic, with pronounced herbal / spice characteristics. Most IPA's are pungent with a rank quality. Stone's has an elegant but muscly aroma that's quite pleasing.

Taste:
Intense bitter hop character. Rounded herbal and spice notes. A hint of fruitiness in the middle. Grain and hop leaf flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied and very slick and oily. Carbonation pops nicely.

Harmony:
A beer for hopheads. Either handle the intensity or bow out politely. I like it. I like it substantially more with spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 23:22:16 | More by BeerNemesis
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core42

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-18-2014 17:56:34 | More by core42
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baybassboy

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-21-2012 04:20:36 | More by baybassboy
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Yellolab2010

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-02-2014 19:07:24 | More by Yellolab2010
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MJR

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale copper with faint gold edges. Good clarity. The head is a sticky, thin cap that leaves lots of lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is raw and pungent with hops leaping out of the glass. Pine, grapefruit rind, and a touch of citrus are the strongest scents. There's a decent malt backbone, but it merely serves to hold up the hop profile. I barely pick up on a whisper of caramel.

Taste: Hops, hops, and more hops! No surprise there... This one has a nice firm bitterness that tends to overwhelm the malt base. Is that apple I detect? The grains comes across as a bit fruity and more caramelly than anything else. There's a touch of alcohol on the tail end. Starts bitter, finishes bitter...a well done IPA.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat medium in thickness with a dry, crisp mouthfeel. Small swipe of alcohol on the finish. I really wish Stone would bottle-condition their beers...

Drinkability: Pretty good for the style. Believe it or not, I expected this brew to be bigger and with more hops... I much prefer their Ruination IPA to this. Still a damn good IPA though...

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 18:52:24 | More by MJR
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dan027

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-02-2013 20:25:37 | More by dan027
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irish01980

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-29-2013 20:06:59 | More by irish01980
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ThisMoonlife

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-02-2013 06:18:55 | More by ThisMoonlife
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monkeybeerbelly

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-02-2014 21:51:30 | More by monkeybeerbelly
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RangnaR

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

09-30-2013 19:51:36 | More by RangnaR
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

08-02-2013 01:22:15 | More by cwelsh55
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tylerstravis

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

03-13-2014 04:43:33 | More by tylerstravis
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from the bottle at Sunset Cantina in Boston, Ma. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass yielding a small barely there white head atop a dull yellow haze colored beer. No lacing throughout the sample.

Smell was very hoppy and fruitty. Strong citrus frangrances of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine.

Taste was very hoppy and with a crisp, strong (but not over-powering) bitterness to every sip. Some citrus to the taste; but not any one fruit overpowering the other flavors. Similair in taste to Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA but without the grapefruit. My main reason for not being crazy about Smutty IPA was the grapefruit and this Stone IPA delivers all of what the Smutty did without the grapefruit which makes it rank pretty high in my book.

Light on the palate with ample carbonation.

Drinkable for sure but not overly so. I could have more than one in a sitting but would not be apt to push this beer too much. Very enjoyable and as such enjoyed in respectable moderation. All in all, a very good beer and one I'll go to again soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 03:58:40 | More by Sycodrummer
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mfl620ks

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%

07-18-2013 02:03:42 | More by mfl620ks
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, more winged devils.

A spicy black pepper nose and an aroma which seems to bew to suggest balance. There's a brief dead zone in the aroma department before the spiciness returns accompanied by an orangy liquor nose. Foamy fluffy white head. To the eyes there is beautiful slightly yellow golden glow.

Very hop forward with long firm bitter development through the middle palate and to the end with a long and strong finish.
Supportive body, not heavy, but balanced and porportional. Reminds me of a more refined leaner and fuller Punk IPA. Pretty certain this was BrewDog's inspiration.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 19:08:28 | More by Zimbo
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sanitarium16

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-16-2014 14:16:18 | More by sanitarium16
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SpongeRuiner

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-07-2013 02:15:09 | More by SpongeRuiner
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Shawner

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-10-2013 15:59:40 | More by Shawner
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mobyfann

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.69 for a 12oz. bottle

The appearence looks pretty average on the start with the lager-colored base and small white head, but the beautiful lacing during the drink was quite a nice sight. The aroma was really charming in this one; aromatic blend fruity-lemony and sweetness poured in a pint glass, one of the best smells I've ever had.

The taste is a lot of fruits, mainly acidic fruits also that sweetness is there too, it kind of feels like a little-mixed drink is in the bottle; quite interesting! The mouthfeel is nice on the palette, especially at a 6.9% ABV and the drinkability isn't as high, because it is that fruity, where more probably isn't better.

Final Thought: This was my first IPA ever, my first Stone brew ever; and it won't be the last... ever....

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2004 01:41:40 | More by mobyfann
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xav33

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone India Pale Ale
22 oz bomber
Recent brewing, chiseled into 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.


Poured clear amber with a huge frothy white mostly lasting head with excellent lacing.

Smelt of moderate bready cereal malt, grassiness, lemon rinds and grapefruit. Overall soft and inviting.

Flavor was upfront moderate to heavy grapefruit bitterness with light lemony sweetness followed by a slightly harsh pine bitterness and soft clean earthy feel on a long lingering grapefruit finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium, creamy, softly carbonated, with some moderate astringency and slight alcoholic warmth.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA with envigorating hops taste, but it feels like it could have delivered just a bit more on the malt sweetness on the finish to balance out the equation towards perfection.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 04:31:34 | More by xav33
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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