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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

8,010 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,010
Reviews: 2,733
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 179
Gots: 602 | 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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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice Amber colored body, with a decent sizes creamy white head. Little bit of lacing that hangs out for a bit. Not much carbination, which could be a challange on this one.

Aromas are very present on this one. Very heavy with a citris hops aroma in the forefront of this one. Its followed up with some other aromas as well...being some some caramels, oranges, and a trail of a floral hops as well.

The taste on this brew is very good. The first sip of this brew has a nice hoppy flavor to it. It follows up with a strong presence of grapefruit and a hint of orange mixed as well. Its sweet and bitter all at once, which makes this a very interesting beer. Its very nice finish.

The mouthful is great on this west coast born IPA. Its crisp and smooth and has the perfect bitterness that you expect from an IPA. Spices sit well and give you that bit of a bite you are looking for. Nice medium body and little carbination, which actually helps round out this beer.

Drinkability is good. This wouldn't be a great session beer due to the higher ABV, but it goes down smooth and I would definitly have it again. I will have to try some more brews by Stone Brewing Company.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 02:05:31 | More by mattgreger
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kreeper

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another world class beer from Stone. Take it out of the fridge, let it sit on the counter for ten minutes or so before opening it, then lavish yourself in the beautiful floral aroma of hops. It's readily available in six packs in my area, so I'm spoiled. It has the hoppy, citrusy flavors one would expect from a west coast IPA. I've used this beer on four occassions to introduce a BMC type to real beer. Each time was successful.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 02:28:59 | More by kreeper
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

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

A - Hazy amber body, with a nice creamy beige head. Good head retention and some lacing. No visible carbonation to speak of.

S - West Coast-style citrus hoppiness. Juicy grapefruit, oranges, and some floral notes. Also hints of caramel, apple, and sour dough. Pretty hop-forward but not one-dimensional.

T - First you get a good hop bite, with very apparent grapefruit notes and a hint of orange. Then sweetness, breadiness, and bitterness come in all at once. The finish is bitter and bready, with a little tartness. Very tasty!

M - Light-to-medium body to it. Not very carbonated. Quite dry in the mouth, though. A little spiciness from the hops can be felt on the tongue. A little hint of alcohol.

D - Pretty good drinkability, however, I wouldn't make this my session IPA, because of its dryness and its ABV. Goes down smooth at first, but then it may become more challenging to drink, especially if you're not a hophead.

Overall, I agree that this is one of the finer examples of the style. A true classic American IPA!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 04:29:18 | More by NightINgale
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joepais

Maine

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

Well time to review this monster, I do mean monster. Because like with all the stone products they tend to be a tad heavy handed with there hops. With a IPA that can be a good thing.

The bottle poured into a Stone IMP pint glass produced the most perfect looking IPA you can imagine.
It looks like the advertisement photos you see. A nice golden orange with a beautiful pillow of a white head on top. As you consume the brew the lace just follows the beer down the glass.

The aromas are hop forward. Again there is no surprise, it's the typical pine almost floral bouquet. I would expect from an IPA. Only hoped to the max.. (LOL) This is a typical west cost IPA. If you want to experience one out here in the east this is the one I would point you too. The flavor is bitter grapefruit with almost no malt profile in it at all. Balance would not be a word I use in describing this one. The feel is a soiled medium to me with a good amount of carbonation in it helping to cleanse the pallet.

This is a great IPA drinkability is perfect. This beer is one everyone needs to try at least once. I myself tend to return to this one quite often.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 15:19:07 | More by joepais
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wallaceandvomit

Florida

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

a- semi-pale amber color with small head and small ring of lacing
s- nice pine scent with a little bit of floral/fruity, pretty hoppy
t- goes down really easy, nice mild bitterness with pine and notes, sort of a mild minty hop aftertaste
m- has a nice smooth medium-thick mouthfeel
d- overall a very nice beer and must have for ipa fans

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 22:27:33 | More by wallaceandvomit
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Pballa4lyfe

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

WOW!

A- great copper/amber color, with a thick inch of head that last throughout the entire pint!!!!

S- nice aroma, piney, hoppy

T- good taste, like pine trees, hint of peppermint i thought, and hops

M- very good, nice carbonation

D- drinkable, i drank it on an empty stomach, feelin good now, could definitely have another

overall, great beer, i will buy this again to switch up the routine, highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 20:50:00 | More by Pballa4lyfe
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tbern007

Colorado

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

Good all around IPA.

Great looking honey gold color.

Smells of pine, strong hops.

No malt. Good hop taste, bitter. But once you've had the ruination IPA by Stone, this "regular" IPA doesn't pack the same punch you expect. I've been tainted. Floral, piney.

Good moutfeel and aftertaste. Overall a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 04:26:21 | More by tbern007
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megahurts4

Louisiana

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

Stone Brewing India Pale Ale

Served at 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

Appearance: Golden, small head with good lacing.

Smell: Citrus fruits and hops with some flowers.

Taste: Floral hops, warm malts, flowers, and citrus fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Overall:
This is a really good IPA. I like it better than Sierra Nevada personally. It has this large bouquet that lingers.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 05:54:33 | More by megahurts4
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Spider889

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my favorite beer, though I prefer the maltier Eastern IPA's more as it is. As a side note, Stone has proven to be about the worst bottles to save for homebrewing because their art is painted on the bottle, no label (I was saving these at first to reuse and eventually decided that it would be too obscene and pitched them). Very cool for drinking the beer though.

Appearance: Bottle is unique, good art, though trying the read the 4.5 type font 500 word essay on the back of their bottles is a chore, and ultimately for me, unrewarding. Pours a golden honey color, nice white foamy head.

Smells of straight hops. Pine, oily and resinous, semi-floral, and nothing even remotely close to sweet - I think Stone uses bittering hops as finishing hops!

The flavor is typical for a West Coast IPA. Very clean tasting, the quality on their beer is always spot on. Bitter dry hops, no malt or sweetness to obscure those little flowers that Stone pays homage to.

Crisp and easily drinkable if you like the style, this is a great beer. But for the price I can get other things that I like a lot more as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 22:07:13 | More by Spider889
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JToad

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Bar Louie last night. I've had it many times, but this is the first time I've decided to review it.

Came to me at the bar a dark yellow, with tangerine highlights. Minimal head, but nice off white lacing throughout.

Smell's instantly of hops. Sweet, piney citrusy hops. Clean and eye opening.

Tastes of sweet bitter hops right up the front, smoothe on the sides with a crisp finish. Very clean,crisp IPA.

Awesome when fresh and on tap. One of the hoppier single IPA's I've had. Extreme bitterness, with some creaminess to balance out the beer.

Outstanding, almost perfect IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 15:25:03 | More by JToad
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drtth

Pennsylvania

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

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear peach/amber color with a ½" fluffy white head that recedes slowly leaving sheets of foam on the side of the glass. Sipping leaves a sheet of ridged foam on one side that clings to the glass while on the other side the speckles and legs of lacing do their thing. The head and lacing on the glass persist for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is fresh pine mingled with grapefruit zest. There's a mild presence of malt. I'm expecting this one is going to be all about the hops.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors are a nice mix of pine and grapefruit with maybe a touch of lemon in there too. While the malt backbone is present, the malt and its light caramel sweetness never really moves front and center, rather it keeps to its supporting role.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly smooth and creamy with the active carbonation. The finish is medium long and begins with the grapefruit zest showing but then trails slowly off in to dry light bitterness that just disappears.

Drinkability: I can see why this IPA regularly gets high marks. This is definitely a well-made beer that fits the style nicely. I have had this one before, am enjoying this one as each sip easily follows the one before. I certainly expect I'll be choosing this beer again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 21:35:03 | More by drtth
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

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

BEER Review 100!

A - Pours a light somewhat hazy gold color into my pint glass with about one finger of head moderate retention and very nice lacing.

S - Strong aroma of hops, pine and grapefruit citrus notes as well as sweet malts.

T - To me, this is a great tasting IPA. Sweet malts, followed by a very nice pine and citrus hop fusion that finishes with just the right amount of bitterness.

M - Medium in body, crisp and refreshing.

D - This drinks great as an IPA, and all you hopheads out there like myself remember this is an IPA, not a double or imperial, and for the category it's in it is an awesome beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 21:45:05 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a large head. Lots of lacing throughout. Wonderful aroma. Blend of citrus, hops, pine but no one aroma more powerful than the other. Taste is bitter with a citrus flavor to it. Good amount of hoppiness as well. Lots of flavor to this IPA. Not overly drinkable but can be consumed at a good clip.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 21:32:54 | More by PicoPapa
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lstokes

Illinois

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

Attractive, great-smelling, very tasty American IPA. It's orange with a head that fell pretty quickly but left nice lacing, and smells of wonderful citrusy hops. It tastes of them too, although the finish gets a bit piney/spicy, and has a light, clean mouthfeel with vigorous carbonation that you can't help but enjoy. This is a reliable beer, nothing particularly unique, but perfectly crafted and a must-have for IPA fans.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 06:48:19 | More by lstokes
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Dspohn

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 12/08/10, I believe this dating system for the IPA is for 3 months, making this bottle a few weeks old, a good start.

A firm pour yields a 2 inch white rocky white head on a clear light orange body. Some pretty nice lookin lacing also. The smell of this beer is a little interesting, very clean, with grapefruit and pine dominating. There is this sort of strange citrus rind almost melon like flavor and smell that I always get with this beer (Hop Czar from Bridgeport gives me the same thing). The taste is much the same, quite bitter with about equal emphasis on grapefruit and pine. No tropics to speak of. Some light malts give a little support but not much. Actually a quite bitter IPA when consumed fresh, I might actually go as far as to say this beer is more bitter than the Ruination which I find has some more sweet citrus and tropics. Pretty much the standard when it comes to IPAs, but definitely not the best. Carbonation is pretty much spot on.

The rindy/melon taste kind makes the flavor profile kind of distracting in my personal opinion. This is a beer I've had many times but is definitely not my favorite from stone. Give me a Ruination or SSR over their standard IPA any day when I'm looking for some hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 21:06:45 | More by Dspohn
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greenbean3

Tennessee

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

On tap at my house :)

Appearance: cloudy, light golden color; lighter hue than expected for a high ABV beer.

Beautiful head, especially just after tapping this baby.

Smell: Piney hints with citrus aroma. Typical IPA scent

Taste: Great beer. Comparable to my favorite, Bells Two Hearted Ale. Citrus overtones but a decent malt balance. Dry finish

Mouthfeel: ????

Drinkability: Alcohol hidden, like all great IPA. I do not know why I keep excellent high gravity beers on tap at the house.... glutton for punishment.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 03:16:11 | More by greenbean3
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Gobzilla

California

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden tangerine orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little blotchy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: on the first whiff I got more sweet maltiness than hops but did manage to detect pine, bready, and slight citrus notes.

T: the hops are not that potent like the nose but it did seem to come with grassy, earthy, pine and tea like notes. I thought the malts were playing a prefect role on the balance and not overly sweet.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a decent amount of carbonation which had a grassy, piney, tea like, and very mild hop bitter pinch.

D: it drank quite well but was kind of dissapointed on the hop profile and bitter punch that was lacking especially coming from the arrogant bastards. This IPA was a west coast hop let down.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 09:36:48 | More by Gobzilla
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

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

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark orange/yellow, some tan mixed with unfiltered floaters. Not much of a head

Smell - Pine, malts, grapefruit. Hops, very citrus smell.

Taste - Pretty much from the smell i knew what i was getting. Strong hoppy ipa. GRapefruit and orange is present. This is pretty strong for a regular ipa. Nice and bitter

Mouthfeel - Feels like i just bit into a grapefruit, then chased it with orange juice. Very fruity that covers mouth but doesnt ruin it.

Drinkabilty - Very high. This is near perfect unless i wanna go hop heavy, then i move up to ruination or such. You can drink 3-4 of these no problem. I always keep a six pack handy. One of the best ipa's out.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 06:04:52 | More by wvsabbath
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Dunkle

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to have this on tap way over here in Michigan!

A: Hazy golden orange color with an inch of white foam. Some lacing throughout.
S: Smells like citrus (especially when compared to the bottle) fruit. Some floral hops as well. Smells quite fresh.
T: Initially, I taste the citrus hops. Then come some pine hops which leave a bitter aftertaste. Well-balanced and not over-the-top.
M: Well-carbonated and medium-bodied.
D: Drinkable for the style, but I've had more drinkable IPAs. One or two is enough for me.

A good IPA, but nothing too special. I would recommend this, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it. It's readily available though, so bombs away!

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2010 05:41:44 | More by Dunkle
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RRoeb1123

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint glass

Appearance: A bit of a straw color, with a nice yellow. HUGE foamy head, that settle down nicely and leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Very floral and citrusy, with hints of caramel, grapefruit, and pine from the hops.

Taste: Absolutely wonderful, the bite of the hops is there, but it's not aggressive, it's balanced nicely with the malt. Finish is very nice, and leaves a hint of pine on the palate.

Mouthfeel: A bit of carbonation, just enough to feel a bit prickly, but not overbearing.

Drinkability: I could drink these all day long, but at 6.9% it would hit the head after a few. Absolutely a joy to drink

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 03:36:02 | More by RRoeb1123
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SkunkWorks

New York

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: There's a slight haze in the copper, straw colored beer with a pretty huge slightly off white head. The head leaves behind great lacing and retains very well.

Smell: One of the best smelling IPAs I've had. There's a huge floral hop character in the smell with some hints of citrus and grassiness. There's a little sweetness in there but its pretty much all hops all the time. Incredible.

Taste: Follows the nose very well. There's some toasted malt in there but its mostly the floral hops and the citrus hops in the taste. There's some pine taste towards the end of the taste. I'm surprised to see that its 6.9% alcohol because the taste doesn't give this impression at all.

Feel: this is medium bodied tending towards light. There isn't that much carbonation but just enough. Again, you don't taste the alcohol at all considering that its just shy of 7% ABV.

Drink: very drinkable. I got to the bottom of my glass a little quickly. Its just too delicious and its not something you have to sip. I could easily see drinking this as a session beer, even with the 6.9% ABV.

Overall, one of my new favorite IPAs. This along with Smuttynose's IPA are going to be my go tos for the style. I'm surprised I took so long to try this out given that Ruination IPA is one of my favorites. Definitely do yourself a service and give this beer a try!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 14:51:58 | More by SkunkWorks
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jsanford

Georgia

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

Poured into my CBX pint galss

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a huge, 2-finger sticky white head. Excellent lacing.

S - Citrus hops dominate with a bit of pine floating around.

T - Toasted malt with more floral citrus hops and pine resin in the finish. Very balanced.

M - Medium-light bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - Infinitely drinkable, this is one of the standard-bearers for American IPAs. Amazing beer, amazing brewery!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 23:10:06 | More by jsanford
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kgrober

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw appearance with 85/15 beer to head split. Nice lacing that dissipates slowly.

Hoppy with lemon, lemongrass, and grapefruit notes.
Fresh and sunny appearance and taste.

Mouthfeel is refreshing with nice balance of fluid and carbonation.

An above average IPA for me with excellent presentation and drinkable because of it's restraint with the alcohol and flavor characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 17:44:43 | More by kgrober
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into a weizen glass. freshness date marked.

pours a standard translucent gold color with a little yellow around the edges. gave me a great big foamy head that rose above the edge of the glass before calming to a thin film. lots of sticky lacing left in my glass too. looks like it should.

big floral hop character in the nose rounded out by notes of citrus, fresh cut grass and lightly toasted bread.

taste is about what i expected. toasty malt with loads of flowery and fruity hop character. strong piney bitterness that hangs on the back of the tongue and a dry finish. nowhere near balanced, though i'm sure that was intentional.

mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium with enough carbonation to fell prickly.

pretty drinkable, but high enough abv that i really feel it after 2 of these. To me the epitome of west coast ipas and probably should be on everyone's beers to try list. i'm pretty sure this set the standard at one point, but there are certainly more exciting examples of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:49:03 | More by divineaudio
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CascadeConan

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a few fingers of off-white head that leaves sticky, resiny lacing that may require steel wool to remove.

The smell is pure IPA thoroughbred. Generous dry hopping is apparent in the heavy citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest as well as pine, very little malt in the aroma but who cares.

It tastes just like it smells, delicious. Very few IPAs I've tried have this delivery of hop characteristics but the retention of individual tastes and the citrus qualities of each hop variety is amazingly well blended. Finishes bitter but the malt carries it through smoothly.

Great beer to represent the American IPA style, bold hoppy flavor and boozy weighing in just shy of 7% ABV. Not a beer to session but goes well with spicy food and it's my go to for the over $10 sixer category.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 23:39:41 | More by CascadeConan
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,010 ratings.