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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

8,433 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,433
Reviews: 2,746
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 207
Gots: 831 | 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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guitarsnbeer

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

22 oz bottle on my desk. i drank the first half with a big smile on my face. i have some rory gallagher playing in the backround with some great slide work on his guitar as i pour my second glass, good times. great taste for my palate with all the strait forward hop aroma and taste, overall a good beer i will purchase again soon and a good first beer to reveiw.

12-29-2010 23:04:40 | More by guitarsnbeer
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer is bright golden, more towards a lager than most IPAs. There was no significant head. There was a spice (pepper?) and hop smell to the beer; green and sweet at the same time. Tastes of pine and hops on first taste, somehow balanced with a sweet base. The beer is smooth and full bodied in mouth, with a smooth finish. Surprisingly, there are sour notes to the aftertaste and finish. Fairly easy to drink, but the sour tones make it hard to drink multiples in one sitting.

12-29-2010 06:14:54 | More by GarthDanielson
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sitarist

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a hazy, golden honey color. Two fingers of white head falls to a bubbly top coating that leaves copious amounts of lacing.

Its aroma is floral with hints of pine, grass, herbs, and faint hints of sour-dough.

The flavors are herbal, and match the nose with an added peppery bite. Id love to have this fresh on tap!

It has a creamy medium body with little carbonation. It is slightly astringent.

A good beer with no freshness date.

12-29-2010 02:33:15 | More by sitarist
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MatthewPatthew

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Had a taste of this after the brewery tour.

Crystal clear.

Incredibly pungent aroma that is exceptionally floral. Very bright and airy. Taste is quite bitter, but not enjoyably so - no harshness. The hoppiness is largely in the aroma and less in the flavor.

Very solid IPA.

12-28-2010 09:05:48 | More by MatthewPatthew
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hawks10

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

12oz bottle - Best by 2.16.11 - Poured into a pint glass...

Pours a clear golden amber with tons of fluffy white head, leaves tons of lacing behind...

Fairly strong floral and piny hop aroma, resinous. Strong toffee malt background...

Piny hops, but somewhat weak. Taste falls a bit thin, bitter but not much else. Malt doesn't add any sweetness in the finish...

Medium bodied, lower carbonation. Bitter lingering finish...

12-28-2010 04:28:24 | More by hawks10
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Came off the tap with a hazy orange gold. An inch of thick head that falls down evenly and sticks to the sides.

A piney resin hop punch to the face. Some toffee with grapefruit and some woodsy characteristics.

The hops keep punching you and there is a candy malt background. The hops are very piney with some citrus bringing up the rear.

Pretty light(malt) IPA with amazing hop characteristics Pretty easy to drink and leaves a nice astringency so you constantly want more. I drink this on tap a lot at a local English pub.

12-28-2010 01:57:48 | More by DrinkingDrake
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bdp1201

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Nice mostly clear amber/tan hue when poured. Pretty frothy head on top that leaves a lot of lace. The smell is mostly floral with a lot of pine. It goes down very well with a less dominant flavor (mostly pine and nice hopes) than expected from the smell. There is a nice bite as well. All around a very drinkable IPA that is one of my favorites.

12-26-2010 02:57:41 | More by bdp1201
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TheKtulu7

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%

A: Slightly hazy, bubbly. A moderate tan tint with a thick foam head. Lacing, especially on the side of the glass opposite the sipping side, is persistent as hell. Leaves a honeycomb pattern across the wall.

S: Piney. Strong aroma initially but fades.

T: Piney, bitter back end, flowery.

M: A bit frothy and prickly.

D: Good. Goes down easy.

12-24-2010 20:59:44 | More by TheKtulu7
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Kromes

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Crystal clear straw color with a thick white head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Peppery, floral and pine hops.

T: Very subdued hop flavor. Thought it was going to be very strong, but it is smooth and very tasty. Much like the nose, peppery, pine and floral hop flavor. The finish isn't all that bitter, it is actually rather sweet.

M: A very nice feel to it. Smooth and light.

D: This is good as it gets for drinkability in an IPA. Nothing too overpowering and it's light.

12-24-2010 00:38:02 | More by Kromes
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%

Enjoy by 02/06/2011 marked on bottle. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a golden orange color with a 2 finger, white head. Head quickly dies by about half, leaves a nice lacing almost immediately and continues to do so throughout the time it took me to enjoy it.

Tons of hops in the nose and it seems to have almost everything: piny, citrusy, grassy, some floral notes.

Taste is similar to the nose. All hops, more citrus, grapefruit and grassy notes than floral or piny. Real crisp, dry finish with a bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

Medium body and medium carbonation in this one. Carbonation seemed to fade towards the end but that may be more of a product of me taking a bit to enjoy this one rather than a characteristic of the beer.

About as highly drinkable as possible for a brew of this ABV. I've had it many times before finally reviewing it and it was a bit surprising to be reminded that the ABV is 6.9%

12-23-2010 23:38:45 | More by ms11781
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WildTurkey

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%

Served from bottle to pint glass.

Dark honey color. Not too much head but there was some lacing. Some piney, and floral hops in the nose. Tastes have some tart citrus and piney flavor. Also some sweet bready malt. Light to medium body and fairly dry. Nice IPA.

12-23-2010 11:54:05 | More by WildTurkey
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is light, clear orange with a sticky 2 finger white head and poillows of lace. It has a big citrus and tropical fruit aroma. The first sip is great, pine, grapefruit and some papaya. It has a lingering bitter finish. The body is medium, nice carbonation. A great IPA, drinks like a bigger beer.

12-22-2010 02:30:12 | More by bonkers
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Golden color mostly orangey, very nice head that leaves some nice lacing as you drink this beauty

S - Some nice hops, hints of oranges and pears

T - Great Ipa, nothing crazy but perfect in the sense of comparing to other IPA'S. Never let down with stone brews. This one has some citrusy hops and hints of sweet sugar.

M - Nice beer with moderate carbonation.

D - Definitely enjoyed this beer, would like to have it again for sure.

12-21-2010 21:14:18 | More by thedoubler55
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gkunkle

Oregon

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a hazy amber color with a decently sized white head. It very slowly receded to a foam on top of the beer leaving a little bit of lacing. The nose is mostly hoppy with some citrus as well. The taste starts with hops and grapefruit and finishes with a hoppy bitterness with a little bit of breadiness. It has a medium mouthfeel with average carbonation. The taste is great and this is an enjoyable beer to drink but at 6.9% you should be a little more wary of how much you have enjoyed.

12-21-2010 01:15:59 | More by gkunkle
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours amber/orange with a large lasting head.
Nose shows lots of grapefruit, resin, pine and grassy hops. Pretty delightful. Underneath is sweet clean malt, and lots of it.
Flavours are quite different, instead focussing of some interesting toasty malt that mixes in with the grapefuit and resinous hops. Finishes with a powerful, spicy, hoppy bitterness.
Great moderate carbonation, nice slightly slick mouthfeel.

12-21-2010 00:28:03 | More by CrazyDavros
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. A nice golden orange body with 2 fingers of head leaving lots of sticky lacing throughout consumption. Lots of hop aromas in the nose, both floral and pine, even some citrus coming through. Great tasting IPA, all kinds of pine / citrus / floral / earthy flavors are prominent on the tongue. Not tasting much of the malt bill on the tongue at all (which is fine by me), really fresh tasting with a nice bitter finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation, perhaps slightly dry but nothing overwhelming. Really solid IPA by the people at Stone.

12-20-2010 02:42:42 | More by prdstmnky
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured into a tulip pint: Moderately vigorous pour creates four fingers of glistening, buoyant, cotton head that drops to a thick finger with a mound in the middle & leaves resinous patches of lacing all around the glass. Body is golden-orange, barely clear, with moderate nucleation. Attractive.

Solid smell of grapefruit, tangerine zest, a little grass, with a lingering baked sweetness in the background, like lemon bars. Nothing unexpected, but solid.

Sweet, light, & citric up front, then rolls in a moderately piney bitterness that takes over & pushes the other flavors aside. Like I said, it's moderate & doesn't overwhelm, but it definitely takes charge. Kind of phases itself out & allows a little maltiness back in, but only slightly. Crisp finish & that bitter sticks around in the aftertaste, like I chewed on a little bit of grapefruit peel.

Medium-bodied, active mouthfeel that's close to abrasive but just pulls back. Still, my tastebuds are still feeling it afterwards.

All around solid IPA, nothing jumping out at me, the alcohol's well-concealed. This could easily be a repeat taster, though I after maybe three I'd probably have reached my limit. Not incredible, but very decent.

12-19-2010 16:29:21 | More by OneDropSoup
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured a deep straw/golden color from a 12 oz bottle with the gargoyle, ABV and the freshness date on the label.
Massive, massive head that stays forever with good carbonation. The aroma is high on hops, with hints of malts, pine, sweetness and yeast. This is an 'in your face' IPA, the hops have a titillating effect on your taste buds. The hops are blended perfectly with the malts, an oily piney aftertaste lingers. Very good lacing along the glass as I kept sipping.
Stone has a lot of winners, and this is definitely one of them. A solid IPA and a treat for every hop-head. Mouthfeel is very good with a nice smooth finish and only makes you want to have more. Drinkability is therefore good, but it is a good idea to keep the drinking in check. Would definitely have this beer any time, any place.
All in all, a highly recommended IPA.

12-17-2010 02:46:40 | More by CaptDavyJones
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BeerisfoodLLC

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into a pint glass at a bar in downtown Baltimore:

A - Gold in color, slightly hazy, thick head.

S - Citrus & Pine scents, slight alcohol notes.

T - Strong bitterness, hoppy like it smells, balance with a strong malt backbone.

M - Well carbonated, medium bodied.

D - This is exactly how I imagine a west coast IPA should be! Very drinkable.

12-14-2010 01:05:11 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
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curasowa

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a golden yellow color with 3 fingers of creamy head. The floral hop aroma is noticeable without even lifting the glass to my nose. Upon closer smell, there is a lush bouquet of floral, lemon and grapefruit hops. Hop bitterness right off the bat over a sweet malt backbone leading to a very bitter, slightly oily finish that is quite lingering. Body is medium and drinkability is OK, hurt by a bitterness that boarders on harsh. I know that's Stone's thang, but I think this would be an exceptional IPA if they toned down the bitterness just a touch.

12-12-2010 00:12:18 | More by curasowa
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers worth of puffy head that leaves nice lacing and retains well

S: Strong aromas of citrus and piney hops along with a generously smaller malt backbone. Hops kill it here

T: Follows the nose. Hops all the way, with the nice citrus and pine notes along with a lightly bready malt backbone that does just enough to hold the hops up and be slightly balanced

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This is one killer IPA that focuses on hops, hops, and more hops. The malt does just enough to balance out the hops and make this one drinkable brew. Definitely a top-tier IPA

12-11-2010 06:14:41 | More by BEERMILER12
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

beautiful beer, has that perfect amber color, almost orange, and just looks like quality. Smells like hops and tastes the same. Huge hop taste up front and yields to a dry, hoppy finish. Great beer, maybe a little too big for my taste as an everyday beer but who knows, I could really see myself growing a taste for this beer.

12-11-2010 04:05:20 | More by chodinheaven
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daledeee

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Got the last six pack of this while in Wisconsin.

Pours a very clear yellow and big nice head.

Nose is really floral with hops. Clean smellling.

Taste is medium hoppy and the citrus floral thing is going on also. This is a very easy to drink beer. Five years ago I would have given this really high marks. There are so many IPA's out there now that this one is above average but not THE best.

12-10-2010 11:58:00 | More by daledeee
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climax

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Stone IPA is on the pale side. The bright gold body has pretty good clarity after the haze and bubbles calm down. The head was a good few fingers of eggshell froth which receded lazily leaving notches all the way down.

The aroma oozes herbal goodness. Cannabis (good cannabis) buds, grass, orange pith, bubblegum, and soapy bitterness.... Yum. The malt.... er, I don't know where it is, but I'm assuming they put some in there somewhere. Not too worried about it, my search party's too distracted by this hop delirium.

The flavor is bursting with hop oils. The pinching bitterness, teases the taste buds and then squeezes the cheeks in the long finish. This is an assault of hops for being just the "regular" IPA, but I'm digging being in the line of fire. Heavy grass and white grapefruit flavors take the stick and beat the other flavors with it. Some tangy orange with a hair of sweetness get a couple blows in before getting mauled once again in the finish.

This one has good viscosity and stickyness, yet it still feels light and very easy to drink. Nice balance. The carbonation keeps it crisp and alive, but doesn't me distract from the bodacious flavor. The feel begins to get chalky half way through and turns to try in the finish. Give me more!

Not that they need more reinforcement for what they do, but +1 Stone. Find me a flaw in this one, and I'll drink Bud light for the rest of my life.

12-10-2010 02:09:22 | More by climax
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ryantaussig

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

A: Head and lacing are out of control with this beer. I wish I had used my Duvel tulip instead of my Piraat because of the etching. It's not really needed--I just want to see it. It might have pushed it up to a 5. As close to perfect as you can expect.

S: Lots of complex hop aroma here. There's a vegetal leafiness to it to go along with the fruity esters that also come through.

T: Excellent levels of hop bitterness with just enough malt backbone to balance. Vegetal character cuts through and the fruitiness and sweetness buzz around in the background. Excellent overall balance for an IPA without sacrificing any of that hop bitterness we all love.

M: Quite smooth for a medium bodied beer. Finish has a certain drying effect because of all those hop oils. Quite good here.

12-09-2010 22:41:50 | More by ryantaussig
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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