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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

8,907 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,907
Reviews: 2,783
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 244
Gots: 1,076 | 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 -5.2%

bjadams688, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Daveychu, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

BankerNes, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

foulhooked, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ChesterHop, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

PaBeerLover, Nov 30, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

danotronik, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

alwaysanswerb, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of troysoy2
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Stone IPA. We meet for the first time.

It's pretty. I have to admit that. No flaws here. It has the color of the "ideal" IPA. Bubbles rising to the top to form a beautiful head that refuses to die below the point of covering the surface.

The smell is... well, let's just put it this way: it's hoppy. And that's all it smells like. Simple, strong, and unashamed.

The front of the taste is almost indescribable. Just the essence of bitter. Towards the middle of the taste, actual 'flavors' start to come into play. Still, it takes until you swallow for there to be anything to say about this beer other than "HOPS". And even then... what can I say? Pine? Awesome?

The mouthfeel is what I've been looking for in an IPA. The right balance between frothy carbonation and sticky resiny goodness.

The only negative thing I'll say about this beer is how single minded it is. "Let's see how hoppy we can make an IPA". Not sure if this is exactly what the people at Stone Brewery had in mind, but I have a feeling they wouldn't mind me saying that. Thank you Stone, for brewing interesting beers.

troysoy2, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

rudy611, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

i3ei3s, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber and pretty transparent, has a nice glow to it. Sticky white lacing with some fizzy carbonation in the pour.

S - Fresh grapefruit that gives off more of a bitterness than the typical sweetness, which is balanced out by citrus. A touch of the malt comes through as well, gives a base to the hops. Nothing complicated going on in the aroma, just a nice, inviting hop character.

T - Fair amount of bitterness. Up front there is a combination of pine resin and grapefruit. Lots of citrus comes through in the finish, grapefruit being predominant along with hints of peppery spices. The finish leaves a distinct pine resin that sticks to your throat.

M/D - I quite like the feel of it. The body is medium with a little bit of carbonation that lasts throughout.

O - I thought I had reviewed this by now, surprised that I haven't. I usually pick up a 6 pack whenever I'm in the US and see some that is only a few weeks old. It's nice that a solid IPA like this is affordable and usually fresh in stock in Michigan. Just a nice and solid IPA, especially for a beer of its availability.

StarshipPoopers, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

forummember, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Trancelogix, Nov 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

InspectorBob, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

MrTopher, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Demosthenes255, Nov 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

LostHighway, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

onedogtwodog, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Tenente, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

allforbetterbeer, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, orange body with a substantial white head that stays around for a while, before dissipating into a ring around the sides of the glass. Good lacing.

Smell: A dense hop nose with some floral citrus, pine resin, and spice as well. Light, slightly sweet malt noticeable, and some clean, fruity esters as well.

T/M: Big bitterness up front, followed by some pronounced floral/citrus rind hop notes, light body but smooth. The finish is lingering bitterness, more citrus, pine resin hops, and a subtle candy malt flavor on the bone dry finish.

Overall: Great beer, and so damn easy to get. I frequently pass this one up for other IPAs I have not tried yet, but here in Montana, this one is hard to beat. Stone, what would I do without you?

Siriusfisherman, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

MareInfinitus, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

anyhoodle, Nov 28, 2011
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,907 ratings.