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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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9,327 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,327
Reviews: 2,806
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,292 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA may set the standard for American Indian Pale Ales, which are renown (or notorious, depending on whom you ask) for their in-your-face hoppy characteristics and higher-than-average ABVs.

A delicate pour produces a thin head of white foam atop a translucent light amber body. The head does not stick around, but does leave a delicate and beautiful lacy pattern floating on top of the beer's body. I'm reminded of the flavorful oil that sits atop a cup of good, unfiltered coffee. I expect to be overwhelmed by flavor.

The nose brings a smile to my face. A bold bouquet of aromatic hops dominates, but is complemented by understated notes of biscuity malt and the faint, warming smell of alcohol.

The first sip of a glass of Stone IPA is an experience I'd like to have again. Resinous and aromatic hoppy flavors dance around the palate, supported by a fine balance of light malty sweetness and a powerful lingering bitterness. The bitter hang of this beer is not to be missed: It both sustains the piney, resinous hoppy aromas that appeared at the front of the sip and plays counterpoint to them as they continue to develop in depth and complexity. The hoppy complexity is accentuated by the warmth and bite of alcohol.

One of the difficulties in reviewing a beer this complex is that its flavor profile changes with each sip. Once the palate grows accustomed to the bitter hang and resinous, piney hops, it discovers the subtle fruity characteristics of the yeast. The malt is a bit overwhelmed at first, but begins to reveal its subdued sweetness as one comes to the end of the bottle. As the beer warms, the character of the alcohol becomes more pronounced and integrated, producing still more complexity by introducing warmth and a floral quality that adds complementary and sometimes contrasting aromas to the bouquet of hops that has been developing on the palate.

The mouthfeel of this otherwise stellar brew leaves something to be desired. On the first sip I felt the carbonation to be a bit harsh. The harshness did wear off with subsequent drafts and swirls; I found the proportion of fizz to malty body the most satisfying just after I had finished half of the bottle.

Stone IPA is not to be missed. I found it to be like unto cubist art, in which a single, clear perspective is abandoned in order that the object be viewed from multiple viewpoints simultaneously. There is too much happening on the palate to appreciate all of the flavors of this beer at once. Your perspective must be flexible, mobile, and willing to focus on particular aspects of the experience, perhaps at the expense of comprehending the beer's flavor in its entirety. Expect to be overwhelmed, challenged, enthralled and enchanted. Cheers!

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Served on tap from Perry's bar and Grill in Narragansett, Rhode Island into a normal pint glass.

A - slightly hazy golden amber. Medium head that lingers

S- very floral with some citrus and pine notes in the background. Pleasingly hoppy.

T- Follows the nose with more citrus/grapefruit notes coming out. Well balanced and drinkable

M- Low carbonation, medium body

Overall very nice as expected. Easy drinking, balanced and tasty. Exactly what I want from an IPA.

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I've enjoyed many a bottle, but finally on-tap at the 2012 ABR. From notes.

Golden with a cap of white foam, good retention and lacing. Smell has a distinct tropical fruit bouquet with punchy orange/grapefruit zest and resinous pine, subtle mint and pale malt.

Taste is primarly juicy orange and grapefruit pith and resinous pine, not as much of the tropical fruits here. Slightly herbal. Bitterness is moderate, but not overpowering. Medium body that's brightly carbonated. Bitterness is respectful and doesn't blow out the palate, maintains plenty of hop flavor, with moderate bitterness is refreshing and juicy. Very, very good IPA.

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