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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

8,029 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,029
Reviews: 2,733
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 179
Gots: 613 | 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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Bravo4

Kentucky

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

Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A- It pours a hazy golden color with not much head that dissipates fast and leaves a little lacing. The head has a grainy texture that I have found typical of most IPA's.

S- It has a floral hops aroma accented by a little citrus that reminds me of grapefruit. It's not very strong but it's not weak either.

T- It has a nice hoppy taste to it with a little malt and citrus in the middle and finishes with that typical IPA hop bitterness. The bitterness isn't too agressive but it isn't weak either. I would describe it as well balanced.

M- The carbonation level seems slightly high but it doesn't detract from the feel. It's pretty smooth and almost has a creamy finish.

D- This beer is pretty drinkable if you like IPA's and would make a good session beer for IPA fans. Overall this beer is a classic IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 02:46:01 | More by Bravo4
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TangTKE402

New York

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

This beer pours clear and golden with a stout 2 finger ecru head.

The smell is mostly of hops, but has a good piney/floral aroma.

This beer is a good, well-rounded IPA with ample hops flavor, and some strong floral notes. The flavors of resin and flowers about with a nice hop-forward character that leaves the mouth a tad dry, but not overwhelmingly so. This is a great example of an IPA that uses enough hops to be bitter and dry AND give it a good hop characteristic without being too strong and un-sessionable.

The drinkability is key for this beer, as I could have myself a lot in one session and not feel bowled-over by it.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 23:34:41 | More by TangTKE402
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DovaliHops

California

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, straw-orange color with somewhat large white head. Extremely hoppy aroma with a bit of sweet malts. Very strong citrusy notes (orange, grapefruit, lemon). The taste is very well balanced. Up front you get great citrus hoppiness, followed by sweet citrus fruits. Then it ends with bittering hops. Very lovely taste. The mouthfeel is almost perfect for an IPA. The drinkability is very high for this 7% gem.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 06:32:28 | More by DovaliHops
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detlefchef

North Carolina

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

Pretty golden-orange color, like that of a sungold tomato. Pours a pure white head that breaks quickly. Pretty apparent aromas of mango and citrus with an almost vinous lingering aroma. Actually, smells not entirely unlike a funkier white burgundy. Maybe one with some age on it or from a particularly ripe year.

Taste-wise, it is pleasant if not remarkable. Mind you, I don't mean that in a bad way, rather that it tastes like it should. Nor particularly boozy or aggressively bitter. Just balanced and pleasant. Odd that should come off as a nearly back-handed compliment, but it does prevent it from getting a perfect 5 in that category. Nice, crisp finish though with hints of tangerine.

Really fine texture and outstanding drinkability.

All in all, certainly a benchmark. Enough exotic aromas to make it stand out and everything else certainly does it's part. A fine brew indeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 23:00:07 | More by detlefchef
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bourbonbock

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz bomber bottle into a clean pub glass. As soon as the cap cracked a pleasant aroma of hops was released.

A. Clear yet not golden copper in color with a smooth white head of 1-2 fingers that receded into a lid of foam after a few minutes.

S. This beer smells fantastic from the first moment it is opened. It smells of citrus and perhaps a slight smell of grassiness.

T. Complex flavor starting with a slightly bitter bite followed by a frothy malt profile and finishes with a crisp floral character. The aftertaste sticks around for a while and leaves a hoppy resin near the throat.

M. Although it doesn't seem that carbonated it is apparent after the initial flavor. It is a smooth beer with an oily aftertaste.

D. I could definitely have a couple of these after a long day at work and fall asleep nicely. A little strong to be a session beer but not a bad choice to keep one or two (22's) in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 20:49:07 | More by bourbonbock
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split with my dad on my parents anniversary.
A- two fingers of bright white head from a hard pour sits atop a golden straw yellow brew. Head settles to a small ring and some gorgeous sticky lace.

S- crisp citrus with grapefruit and lemon some pine sap and cut grass. Very mild malt sweetness.

T- big hops up front with the citrus and pine. Mild bitterness that is balanced out by the simple malt profile. Hint of grass and honey.

M- mid to lite body and mid carb. Semi dry.

D- lowish abv and tons of flavor makes for a great beer. I tend to over look this one for bigger newer thing but this. Is a classic for a reason.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 22:48:38 | More by oglmcdgl
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mcnkuckles

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good solid IPA from stone, but wants to grow up to be the Runition IPA, as this is a far superior IPA from the same company, and worth every penny! The regular Stone IPA has an average amount of hoppiness/bittering, but not overwhelming. Consistency is very light, and the flavors will not blow you away. All in all it is rather forgetable, and does not compare the to the other IPA's by Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 19:37:52 | More by mcnkuckles
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a cap of suddsy white head. Ok retention and spotty clumps of lacing. Great whiff of citrus and tropical fruits along with touched of floral, piney and earthy hops. Faint biscuity sweetness in the nose. Taste is a big rush of bitterness, mostly piney and earthy hops in the taste with a background presence of floral, citrus and tropical flavors. A solid, lightly sweet biscuty background as well. Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth and almost creamy. A good all around IPA from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 13:14:50 | More by rfgetz
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip july12 2010

A on first look it's a clear golden orange but then I notice there's a large number of very tiny suspended particles that are slowly being moved around by the bubbles. The foam takes up the top three fingers of my glass for a minute or two leaving a few rings of lace as it falls to a 1/4in film that still manages to leave some patches of lace

S lots of caramel and biscuit to go along with some orange peel a little grapefruit and pine, a nice balance between malt and hops and the booze is well concealed

T all I smell but the flavors blend quite well together forming a nice balance of citric hops and malty caramel

M medium bodied and enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel, there's a mild bite that works well for it and you can taste it for a while after it's in your tummy

D a solid beer with no doubt, well rounded brew not lacking in any area. went down pretty quick for a 6.9% beer

I wish this was available here in Alberta I would have less money but would be drinking great beer, try this if you can

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 07:24:53 | More by wordemupg
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

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

Appearance -- Pours a hazy orange with a slim, sudsy white head. Lacing is pretty good. Could do with better head retention.

Smell -- Pale malts, grapefruit, faint tangerine, floral notes, and pine. Not as aromatic as I had hoped.

Taste -- Grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine, faint caramel, melon, lots of bready malt. Finish is crisp, dry, with some lingering vegetal flavor.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, moderate 'fluffy' carbonation. Dry in the finish. Overall, not bad.

Drinkability -- This is the Stone offering that I have passed on over and over. While it didn't fully live up to my expectations, I am still glad I went with this. Great balance, very refresing, but the mouthfeel and appearance left a little to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 00:14:01 | More by yeahnatenelson
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aval89

California

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

picked up a 22oz bomber..

pours a dark golden almost orange color with a frothy head that looks wonderful. this is what an IPA should look like. lace sticks nicely on the glass..

aroma: HOPS!! you just get the instant pine aroma, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel.. but its well balance with floral aromas as well. good malt backbone as well but hops dominate!

taste: again right up front the hops hit you.. you get that burnt taste in your mouth that us hop heads love.. quickly mellows out to a pine/grassy taste. also features fruity esters that balance the beer out.. good malt base but again the hops win.

mf is smooth and crisp.. oily hop resin mouthfeel. very nice

one of the best IPAs out there in my opinion.

cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 11:16:04 | More by aval89
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Loot

Florida

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

Hops! And grapefruit ! Me ohhh my!

A- golden , almost ambery, slight haze, or cloudiness. Looks delicious.

S- hoppy glory, definite grapefruit and pine like notes to it. Florals too.

T- you taste the smell of the hops, than the body of the beer, sweet, then bam, a bitter , organic , floral, grapefruit, lots of citrus. Clean tasting, and clean finishing, with a nice bite at the end.

M- a nice froathy full mouth feel, not heavy, just a nice medium body, with out being heavy.

D- I'm slow getting more and more into the hoppy beers , def. Put a sixer down, if you like beer , then bottoms up.

This seems like a corner stone of an IPA, this is what I think of when I think of an IPA. It doesn't totally blow me away, but it what a good IPA should be. If your looking for something more left of center, then I'd probably find something else. But if your looking for what an IPA is all about this is a good beer to start with.
If I had any critique of the beer it would be , its very , two dimensional, there isn't so many little things going on with this beer. Hops and malt. It a nice, bold, straightforward IPA, maybe explore more into the depth of flavor. Why fix something that isn't broke. In my fridge at all the times.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 21:23:23 | More by Loot
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Shakesbeere

Texas

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

Golden pour with an initially thick head. Smells strongly of cascade and floral hops and sweet citrus grapefruit. Taste is initially of bitter hops with some lighter flower tones. It then morphs into a citrus grapefruit flavor. The final stage is a cascading plunge of bitterness culminating in a wave of intense hops in the aftertaste. Palate is somewhat thick and syrupy. A very excellent IPA. As Ludwig Wittgenstein once said, "I turn to stone" -- now who could deny the taste continues?

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 04:41:25 | More by Shakesbeere
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deereless

Colorado

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

A: Good head retention, head is thick and cottony while laying flat, noticeable spotting along the interior of the glass, light to medium straw in color with some minor sediment visible - 4.50, S: Strong aromas of juicy fruit gum, quite floral and citrusy with a lemon zest, very nice hop aromas that dominate the nose - 4.50, T: Malts provide a solid caramel base, a sharp grapefruit bite that is most noticeable on the very tail end of the beer, quite a bit of herbal spiciness if that is at all possible, all around a solid American IPA - 4.25, M: Slight zing to the mouth feel, medium bodied - 4.00, D: A very nicely crafted IPA, good balance and an excellent representation of the style - 4.50

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 22:50:31 | More by deereless
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Mosstrooper

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-orange color with a fairly large white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a heavy lace behind.

Smell: Biscuity malt aromas, with lots of hops- some floral nots along with pine and a bit of earthiness.

Taste: Buttered biscuit flavors up front, with sharp bitter and grassy/flowery hop flavors in the finish. There's also a nice sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a sticky, slightly finish.

Drinkabiliuty: Being from Stone, I expected this to be an assault of hops. However, this is hoppy but also has a very pleasant, balancing malt character. A great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 01:48:11 | More by Mosstrooper
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Arbitrator

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review. I last approached this in February 2009. Time to try again.

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: A hazy copper-gold color that scatters all light. Has lazy carbonation wafting up and forming a 1 finger head, which recedes into a thick film on the glass. The lacing is amazing: thick, sticky sheets all the way down. My only ding is for the lack of clarity.

S: A little weak, but agitation solves that problem. Grapefruit, grass, and floral hops. Some tart lemon, and a mild nose of caramel and biscuit.

T: Grapefruit and floral hops dominate the taste, as in the smell. Lemon tart is stronger in the mouth than it is on the nose. Caramel malt provides a lightly sweet backbone to accentuate the bitterness of the hops, with a general biscuit sweetness noticed throughout. The finish is bitter and grassy, but it's not very sticky.

M: Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. The finish is quite clean, which I appreciate in an IPA (I think I am in the minority on that).

D: Very drinkable. This is a great beer to get a sixer of; it's priced reasonably for the quality, and I can stop at one bottle if I choose. Definitely on regular rotation in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 08:22:54 | More by Arbitrator
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Shuffledaddy

Arizona

4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One fateful night I had this beer at Yard House. From the moment I saw it, with its golden color and ample head, it seemed like a special brew. I took a whiff, and noticed scents of pine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Upon tasting, I discovered a beautiful hop bouquet colored with shades of pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, pine nuts, and peach. The hop bitterness was quite pleasant and intense without becoming acerbic, as many IPAs do. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, even syrupy but not too much so. As far as drinkability, I felt like I could pound a few more, but I had to drive :). I let my friend have a taste, and he thought it was very good even though he doesn't care for IPAs.

Overall, I'd say this is the gold standard in American IPAs. Hoppy as hell, but in the nicest way possible. A must have for all the hopheads out there.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 07:49:35 | More by Shuffledaddy
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 6.9% ABV, Keep Refrigerated, no date.

A - Hazy golden yellow beer flows from the bottle freely resulting in a plump and well-retained three-finger white head. Chunky lace coats the glass. Beautiful.

S - Monstrously bitter smelling hops assault the nose with citrusy American hops backed by floral notes. Malts fall to the background but still provide good support for the dangerous hop level.

T - Balanced hops are key in this beer. A good level of citrus, mostly lemon-like, and floral notes play well with the caramel-sweet malty base rather than completely engulfing it.

M - Medium in body and smooth with a pretty persistent bitterness on the finish. The balance is good here.

D - Fairly easily drinkable based on what I've heard about the bitterness. It makes me wonder how old this bottle is. Regardless, Stone's IPA blends potent hops with a good malty backbone well.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 17:27:59 | More by BeerFMAndy
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timus19

Arizona

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

poured from 12oz bottle into chilled pint glass,still my go to ipa,alesmith & racer 5 close seconds,stone has that hop bite and full mouthfeel that satisfies completely!! still want to try pliny the elder,and bells two hearted ale....thank god for craft beer!!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 23:25:15 | More by timus19
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo. Served in a pint glass.

A - A medium yellow with hint of amber. Small amount of creamy white head.

S - Bitter citrus hops dominate the nose. Not much else here.

T - My pint was like a tale of 2 beers. The first half was just hops - mostly citrus with some piney notes and very bitter with next to no malt profile at all. Dry, bitter finish

About half way through this all of the sudden started to sweeten up. There was some sweet caramel malt flavour to balance out the bitter hops, especially those on the finish. I really enjoyed the second half of my pint.

M - Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - A good IPA but not a favourite. I really want to try this one again because the second half of my pint was very, very good but the first half was too bitter. Overall, review is based on the second half and I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 22:45:10 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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

Dear Stone,
I know I often take you for granted, chasing limited edition and one-off beers, passing up your fine, fine product for elusive beers only to be dissapointed and come crying back to your ever forgiving shoulder. I'm sorry, it will never happen again. Hugs and kisses on all your gargoyles.

I love Stone IPA and I'm not afraid to say it.

Clear gold with a thick, meaty head. Good retention leaves a foamy schmear all down mine glass.

Aroma is sharp pine and citrus hop. Sugar coated pineapple pieces and peach rings. There's a light cracker malt foundation underneath, toiling in near obscurity.

Searing and just barely palatable grapefruit pith bitterness. Just enough bready malt to give hops purchase. This whole beer is just soaked in hop oils and it really adds to the mouthfeel. Just what I would expect from a SoCal IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 14:37:27 | More by donkeyrunner
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michaelpcarney

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: GOLDEN ORANGE / VERY NICE HEAD / LIGHT COLOR

S: VERY HEAVY HOPS UP FRONT / LITE SPICE / VERY NICE SMELL FOR AN IPA

T: BITTER HOPS ON THE FRONT / HEBS & SPICE IN THE MIDDLE / VERY WELL BALANCED

M: NICE CARBS / MEDIUM BODY

D: VERY / NICE WITH SPICY CHICKEN WINGS

BOTTLE

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 05:17:41 | More by michaelpcarney
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jpro

South Carolina

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

Finally getting around to reviewing one of my favorite IPAs. Pours a translucent, bright orange / ever-so-light copper, with a pillowy, cotton white head. A few patches stick to the glass as I down this delicious hop nectar. Smell is a touch piney, but more grassy / earthy / peppery - to me, at least. There are some floral notes in there, too. Taste is more citrusy, with grapefruit rind being pretty noticeable - there is some piney-ness, too. Caramel malt is there, but this beer is definitely hop-forward. Mouthfeel is just about perfect to me. It could use a little more body, but that might deter it from being so drinkable. The finish is crisp, clean and refreshing. I wouldn't consider the IPA as a highly drinkable style, but this is a highly drinkable IPA, for sure!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 21:00:17 | More by jpro
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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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BurgBrewer

Pennsylvania

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

WOW.

Serving- 22oz. bottle

Apperance- Light surprisngly pale ale looking IPA. Very clean look

Smell- Abundance of Hops, powerful, borderline pungent.

Taste- This beer will blow you away with it's taste. Everything leading up the beer is just a show. Big bottle, big hop aroma, overpowering head. You're expecting to be hit with a bitterness you have never experienced before and then, WHAM! One of the most subtle and well balanced IPA's you will ever have. You get all the hops, all the power, all of the might that Stone is known for in a solid-forceful, yet kind and soft nurtuing flavor. Kind like being rocked to sleep (in a good way) by its mascot.

Mouthfeel- Big bold hops flavor, is slowly overpowered by sublte malt flavor.

Drinkability- I blew through the 22oz and could have inbibed in another. They should make 40ozs.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 18:32:32 | More by BurgBrewer
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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