Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.6/5 rDev -14.9%
12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass (August 16, 2010). "Enjoy by 10-13-10" is printed on the rear of the bottle, so this just about two months shy of the freshness date.
Eyes: A very pretty looking beer. Gold-amber in color with decent haze. A nice white colored head erupts under a vigorous pour. Lacing is significant.
Nose: Strong hops, pine, not overly complex.
Tongue: Damn this is bitter. Surprisingly heavy on bitterness and surprisingly light on flavor. I expected a rich flavor profile, but this is dominated by bitterness. Malt is sparing. West Coast IPA for sure.
Mouth: The sharp metallic bitterness leaves it's impression on every sip. Carbonation is good, but doesn't cut through bitterness.
Libation: I like this beer, but frankly I expected a whole lot more based upon reputation. It's a bitter IPA, I get that, but I'm just not getting the complexity that warrants the bitterness. I think there are better options out there in terms of delivering an interesting/complex flavor profile, which this doesn't.
08-18-2010 01:02:49 | More by OttoBomb
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
My first taste of the stone brewery came on vacation in TX. It remains one of my favorite IPAs, and one of the best values available anywhere.
This IPA was a single 22oz bottle, poured into a 16oz wide top beer glass.
Poured typically IPA-ish in color, golden tan and slightly cloudly. The head was very thick and lasting with tons of lacing. Super-fine bubbles could be seen rising upon close inspection. A very fine looking IPA.
Smells of bitter hops and pine forest. There's an indistinct but detectable sweetness. Very pleasant but not that strong.
Tastes very, very good, and within the IPA style it's definitely a standout. I haven't enjoyed an IPA like this since I reviewed Smokestack's double-wide IPA. A complex set of flavors includes pine trees, grapefruit citrus, a complex hops profile, a nice spiciness, and a light sweetness.
Feels very nice. Mildly bitter, especially for an IPA. Aftertaste lingers slightly between sweet and bitter.
Drinks very highly for the style, and indeed for any style.
Stone remains one of the best breweries anywhere, IMO. Every beer I've had from this brewery is great.
08-17-2010 14:58:49 | More by AlCaponeJunior
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
Appearance- golden in color, small white head from a fairly aggressive pour, crystal clear. good lacing
Smell- hoppy pine, some wood, citrus, NICE
Taste- some sweet malt up front followed by a splash of citrus, and a nice dry hoppy pine finish.
Mouthfeel- pretty light, highly carbonated, could be a bit thicker.
Overall- this is your classic west coast ipa. not unbalanced but definitly hop forward. hops are not overwelming but stick around just long enough to keep you going back for more!
08-17-2010 05:30:40 | More by JLeege
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
A flash of white through the blinds, and I know it's time to start the day. Again: shirt, pants, shoes, belt. It's too damned hot to be wearing this in the Texas heat. "That's why we have A/C at 73 in the office." Yeah well, try telling that to my car's busted A/C. Maybe they should meet up, spawn a new, working A/C for me to pitch (home brew pun) in the car.
I want to walk in the office and scream like Maldoror, curse my boss and the rest of the knee-jerk jackoffs who are laying me off. I want to "restructure" their bones.
Instead, clothes now on, I reach into the fridge and plunk down a Stone IPA. And at this moment, I feel like the gargoyle on the front really gets me, really agrees with my Maldoror impulses.
It pours a nice copper color with white, foamy head. I can smell the hops from the table and as it gets closer, I notice its fruit, citrus companions.
My brain says, "Yep, yep," and down goes the first gulp at 7:30 a.m. The taste is hop bitterness balanced in a way that only Stone seems to pull off so regularly.
It is thick and has a nice body without being syrup. The finish is fantastic, and I can't stop drinking it. I could drink this all day, but alas I have to go in to work, for at least a few more days before they finally hand me the exit.
08-16-2010 23:54:49 | More by TenHornsProud
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
12oz bottle purchased shortly after stone invaded chicago. the bottle date was current when i drank it (a while ago). found notes for this review recently. drank from a stone brewing pint glass.
A- this one pours out a translucent pale copper colored body with a rather large and fluffy white head on top. the head lasts for a while, and leaves behind solid rings of lacing. very nice.
S- being a stone product, the blast of hops i get when i place my nose near the glass is expected. lots of grapefruit and lots of pine. what is also expected is that the malts take a distant back seat here. a small amount of caramel comes through.
T- a small amount of semisweet caramel malts start this one out but are quickly overpowered by a solid blast of hops. tons of pine and citric (grapefruit) flavor.
M- a little lighter than i would have expected or liked. the carbonation is somewhat high. it does leave a nice bitter and dry aftertaste.
D- its a toss up between this and two hearted for my go to IPA. i usually settle for whatever one is on sale. sometimes with green flash's west coast IPA. glad this one made it here. also glad they list the freshness information on the bottle. every IPA should have that.
08-16-2010 21:31:55 | More by jwinship83
4.88/5 rDev +15.4%
Grabbed on a whim in my never-ending search for a better American IPA.
Appearance is light amber to caramel colored. Head forms to medium height of off-white color and retreats nicely leaving its fingerprint behind.
Aroma jumps into your nose as a citrus pine combo and sets the taste buds off in wanting their turn to enjoy the party.
Taste starts off like an above average IPA but quickly shift to a great hop taste served up with a citrus exclamation point.
After-taste is pleasant and sets the stage nicely for your next sip.
Highly recommend this IPA as the Gargoyle emblem has definitely protected the hops from evil spirits that can ruin a good beer.
08-16-2010 01:16:14 | More by UncleRicoII
4.4/5 rDev +4%
A-pours a hazy gold color with a fingers width frothy head leaves a nice generous lacing.
S-Hops floral and earthy with a slight breadiness
T-Bitterness across the palate which is a bit spicy/pepperynot much sweetness or malt stepping up.
M-medium bodied nicely carbonated Hop bitterness that lingers but not too long.
D-Fairly decent effort on the part of stone I could definitely Have more than one of these..
08-15-2010 21:35:26 | More by drinkiusmaximus
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
A- Pours a clear golden, verging on light amber. with a 1.5 finger head that has decent retention and extremely sticky lacing.
S- An aggressive hoppy aroma, with pine scents and fruit smells also permeating. a faint bit of alcohol aroma and just enough malt aroma to prove its existence.
T- Very hoppy opening, herbal and coniferic. Hits the tongue hard, but gently subsides with some malt balance and a bit of breadiness before it finishes with a drying hop flavor. The breadiness seemed a bit strange sandwiched between the hop flavors but it wasn't overly distracting.
M- Smooth and creamy before the drying hop finish sets in. Full body for the style.
D- Top notch drinkability. One doesn't even notive that it's 6.9% until he reads the bottle. An excellently crafted and flavorful ipa.
Edited 7/17/11: Doesn't quite pack the same hop punch for me now that it used to. Still hoppy and flavorful, but the alcohol seems more prominant to me now than it did the last time I had it, thus had to lower scores a little bit. Scores changed to reflect updates.
08-15-2010 06:11:12 | More by jsprain1
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
12 oz bottle obtained during travels to S. Lake Tahoe.
Poured into a goblet. One finger wide head settles to a thin film over a hazy light golden beer.
Smell: Light solvent alcohol, pine, and citrus. My nose is not good enough yet to distinguish which ones. Not as potent as the ruination I had a few days ago.
Taste: Just as an IPA should be, this one is hoppy but also balanced with the malts. The balance is very good. The finish is longish with the carbonation perfect, not too fizzy
Mouthfeel: This one is probably a great example of how an IPA should feel.
Drinkability: If I could get these on a regular basis, I would. This is a very good IPA.
08-15-2010 01:04:14 | More by kagent777
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
pretty standard looking IPA, somewhat hazy orange copper with an almost white head. not quite as big a head as I would have expected, but it retains and laces pretty well.
aroma is very hoppy. pine, tropical fruit, citrus, grass. backed up a bit by some light malts.
bitter and fruity taste. grapefruit is more apparent in the flavor than the aroma, pine gives way to plenty of tropical fruit and citrus peel. malt is just noticable. a bit of a peppery spice comes through and lingers along with the bitterness for a while.
mouthfeel is very good. medium bodied with tons of carbonation and some good hop resin left on the bitter and spicy finish.
drinks rather well. You have to have a decent hop tolerance to enjoy this one, but if you do it will satisfy your hop fix very easily.
08-14-2010 03:07:56 | More by silentjay
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
I've had this many times before, never took the time to review...why not now?!
Golden straw in color, 2.5 finger stark white head, with loads of tiny bubbles. Laces the entire glass.
Smells very bitter, floral and woodsy. It's very good and aromatic, but not extremely in your face.
Taste is an initial bitter punch in the face, fading to some very slight malts in the background. Bitterness much more pronounced than in the nose. Beautiful.
Feel is lighter, crisp, and clean.
Got a sixer, it's Friday, and I'll definitely easily drink a few.
08-14-2010 01:06:04 | More by EgadBananas
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from the bottle down a hooker's chest and lapped vigorously from her navel.
She reclined and a golden orange pool gathered on her stomach. I immediately plunged forward to partake, gazing up at delicate white lacing forming on her ample bosom. The air surrounding her nethers was dense with the aroma of citrus, hops, and gratification. My tongue danced all over her, nostrils flaring as my tastebuds became increasingly aroused with every hint of pine, of grapefruit, of sweat. The finish was crisp, and I firmly pressed a crisp bill into the whore's hand and showed her out. A solid performance. Rock solid.
08-13-2010 01:23:24 | More by corpulent
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
A- golden color with light lacing and a bright white head
S- has a strong aroma of hops and citrus. The sent has a bite to it (smells promising)
T- very simple strong taste. You will taste hops. There is a slight taste of citrus but its all about the hops. It bites at the end and overall has a good taste. It's not the best IPA I've had but it's up there.
M- medium carbonation, medium body, nice bite at the end.
D- Not too expensive when compared to other beers in its class. Its an enjoyable drink but probably not one you have more than one or two of. Overall a solid IPA but not quite the best.
Edit: also had it on tap had to change the taste up a few notches.
08-13-2010 00:19:11 | More by gratedjuice
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured into teh Sam Adams pint.
A - Pours a nice strong golden color with some orange hues and a slight haze. Nice .5 inch head that is white and recedes quickly leaving a nice ring around the glass.
S - Delicious orange and citrus, very typical of a West Coast IPA. Slight biscuit malt.
T - Starts off with a refreshing and straight foreword citrus hop hint. Some nice grassy and flowery taste. finishes off with some mild bread malt and a nice dry crisp finish.
M & D - Crisp, medium body, refreshing and delicious. Great solid offering form Stone.
08-12-2010 22:35:02 | More by JoEBoBpr
3.45/5 rDev -18.4%
A: Pours a vibrant golden orange, with a bright white head that dissipates quickly. Not too much lacing going on.
S: Strong presence of pine and citrus hops, with a certain sweetness. Smells tasty.
T: Very underwhelming. Not much hop bitterness, but the pine taste is very upfront. There are also great notes of juicy citrus-grapefruit flavors that saves it. Enjoyable to a degree.
M: Medium body, decent carbonation, but not as smooth as I would prefer.
D: I've had this on tap and in bottle several times, trying to get into this beer, with all the hype around it. I've been disappointed every time. I doubt it's a freshness problem (having it fresh out of a new keg), I am trying to like this, but there are too many other good IPAs out there to give it another chance. The only Stone product I never plan on buying anytime soon.
08-12-2010 14:56:41 | More by mostpoetsdo
3.35/5 rDev -20.8%
transcribed from a super old rating.
12 oz. bottle tasted blind.
pours hazy gold with little white head.
Solid aroma of jasmine and lemon.
Unfortunately, something just tasted off and out of balance for this IPA and the bitterness just did not work for my palate.
Super dry crisp clean mouthfeel with solid carbonation and a quick finish.
Overall, a solid IPA, representative of what Stone does with hops.
08-12-2010 03:49:17 | More by ChrisPro
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
A-golden in color with a good head. Light lacing.
S-Really pungent and luscious. Graprefruits. I was afraid that the Ruination would blow this beer away, but it does not.
T-Super hoppy. Dry and piney accompanied with a huge grapefruit kick. Hop foward, not much malt. One sided but scrumptious.
M-Lighter in body but still slick.
D-Heavy on the bitterness but still very drinkable. Dry, fits my style.
One of the tastiest and boldest regular (non DIPA) IPAs you can get your hands on. Easily stands next to Ruination without any questions.
08-11-2010 22:38:44 | More by VelvetExtract
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
Pours a clear dark golden color with a foamy white head.
Simcoe/Amarillo hops are big on the aroma, with just a slight hint of malty sweetness.
Hoppy and bitter with loads of grapefruit and citrus, yet smooth and balanced, with a subtle backbone of sweet caramel malt.
Medium bodied and crisp. Satisfies without kicking your ass.
08-11-2010 17:28:34 | More by nickd717
4.6/5 rDev +8.7%
Appearance - Nice generous fluffy head with small tight bubbles. Cloudy amber appearance.
Smell - Citrusy hop aroma that's noticeable from a distance.
Taste - Pleasantly dry and bitter with intense hops that tend towards a pine-grapefruit flavor. Enough malt to balance the taste although definitely leans towards the hops. Finishes well with a clean aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Medium body.
Drinkability - Surprisingly easy to drink and a great beer for an introduction to IPAs. Not as many complex flavors as some others but a great everyday IPA. My initial thought when drinking this beer is that it falls short in comparison to other more complex IPAs but then I found myself unable to put this beer down.
08-11-2010 02:15:40 | More by kazmaniac
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
Appearance: an orange color, with a nice one finger high head. That leaves a nice lacing
Smell: a strong citrus and hoppy smell that i was expecting by the looks of the beer.
Taste: a very good flora taste, that is not to over powering.
Mouthfeel: a smooth beer with a light carbnation, and light body.
Drinkability: a very good beer that i could have plent of
08-10-2010 21:40:24 | More by joeland
3.85/5 rDev -9%
Poured a very hazy straw color and had a very foamy head that clung to the sides of the glass. Poured this into a tall Pilsner glass.
The aroma was reminiscent of a pine forest. It also had some citrus grapefruit.
Like the aroma, the taste was a mix of pine and grapefruit. It was dry and the bitterness was just right. The sweetness was in the middle. It also had a mossy taste to it. Overall the components were all there and were well put together, but I didn't think this was an aggressively hoppy beer.
It had a decent drinkability. I thought it tasted best on the colder side, it didn't really taste that great as it got warmer. It had a dry aftertaste.
I do not understand all the A ratings. This was worth the price and I would buy this again. However, this seemed like a fairly standard, yet solid, IPA. I like Stone, but this one was just okay.
08-10-2010 21:21:59 | More by LacquerHead
3.9/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured into a 12oz. delirium tulip glass and shared with hu4om.
A: A nice yellow-gold color. Looks very light.
S: Hoppy, citrus - strong grapefruit aromas.
T: Perfect amount of hoppiness that stays on your tongue. Not too intense of a flavor at all, not too complicated.
M: Smooth but with a nice tongue tingle. Tasty carbonation.
D: Good, clean IPA. Would have this again - could be a session beer for me. A simple and yummy IPA. love.
08-10-2010 18:21:28 | More by e11a627
3.9/5 rDev -7.8%
Pours orange-gold with a 1 finger frothy white head. Nice grapefruit and slight sweetness in the aroma. Excellent flavor of grapefruity, piny hops with just enough malt to balance but still let the hops shine. Nice smooth medium body. This is an excellent example of what and IPA should be.
08-09-2010 18:11:35 | More by punkrkr27
3.98/5 rDev -5.9%
A- Pours a gold color with bright white 1 finger head that dies to a light film and little to no lacing.
S- Quite dull, which wasn't expected from Stone. Definate light caramel malt followed by a light citrus/pine hop aroma.
T- So many better options out there, seems to be missing a lot in the taste department, maybe an old keg but definately off.
M- Light body with decent carbonation and no alcohol burn, slightly above average.
D- Very easy to drink, but too light for me to give a higher score, wish I could for Greg but just seems lacking
Revisited out of the bottle...
This is much better out of the bottle, I think the bar had an old keg.
Much better hop aroma and taste out of the bottle, scores going up
08-09-2010 02:17:54 | More by Schmaltzy
3.83/5 rDev -9.5%
Good, golden colour with a nice white head. It dissipates somewhat quickly to a nice film over the beer. There's a touch of haze but it's fine.
The aroma is dulled a bit. I don't know how old the bottle is but it doesn't quite strike a chord with me.
Decent flavour. Nice, mild malt flavour with moderate bitterness. A touch of resinous hop character.
Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.
A tasty beer. I like it.
08-06-2010 05:54:22 | More by dgilks
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,444 ratings.