Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
A: Dull gold in color. Very clear. 2 fingers of gooey off-white head which is slow to dissipate. Some lacing.
S: Big, dominate, in your face aroma of floral hops with some herbal notes. Like perfumed beer.
T: Grapefruit. Not as intense grapefruit as Smuttynose, but its definately up there. Starts off bitter on the back of the tongue. Some pine notes then finishes with a dry maltiness.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation. Slight bitterness.
D: This is a great IPA and another winner from Stone. Not as an intense a beer as Ruination, but still offers up a wonderful floral aroma and is packed with flavor for what I could easily consider a sessionable beer. It's amazing what these guys can do with some malt and hops.
05-30-2009 01:53:24 | More by Florida9
4.4/5 rDev +4%
This pours a yellowish-orange with a dense white head. Looks to have lots of carbonation. There is a nice lacing as I drink.
The smell is very pungent and hints of citrus, yeast, and sweeter esters come out in the aroma.
Smooth and delicious body with a nice piney dryness in the finish. Lots of citrus bite on the tongue followed by a good amount of maltiness. There are nice notes of apple and pear in the sweetness but this is overpowered by the grapefruit and orange zest from the hops.
Very pleasing to drink and there is an superb amount of hops with just the right bite.
05-27-2009 01:04:53 | More by stewart124
4.6/5 rDev +8.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Looks like a bottling code but no dating info lasered on towards the bottom of the front of the bottle. It was a hazy honey color with some carb streams and really great lacing. It had an average sized light beige head that slowly settled to a constant foam and thick collar.
The aroma was outstanding - a hop lovers aroma. Citric hops, pine resin with a sweet malt base. Really loved this one. The taste was also outstanding. Starts off with a good amount of hops and then does a slight build to a good but not overpowering hop bite and bitter finish. This has a ton of hops but one of the few that I could have more than one of at a sitting and not regret the tongue shredding. Great mouthfeel.
Overall, this is an exceptional beer and one of the best AIPA's out there. Stone comes through again and again. Highly recommend. Been a few years since I've had this but glad I tried it again. Will now be part of the regular hops rotation.
05-27-2009 00:07:53 | More by TexIndy
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours an orangish copper with foamy off-white head.. smells quite hoppy (of course), a bit fruity but the aroma is sort of subdued when you smell it after pouring, you need to smell the bottle to really get it.. A very fruity hop flavor, a bit sweet but, again, in a fruity way, not syrupy. A sweet aftertaste in the back of the mouth after swallowing. A good medium body. Super easy to drink, not heavy at all, could easily put down a ton of them. Its hard to judge which is better between this and Ruination, though..
05-26-2009 16:49:30 | More by BirdFlu
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance: Poured a slightly cloudy dark gold, with a one finger white head. Reduces down to a thin, bubbled layer in not much time. Not much visible carbonation at all. Good lacing, but not extreme.
Smell: The nose is completely dominated by fragrant, fruity hops. Grapefruit and pine are the strongest scents, with other hop smells intermingling. The hops are strong, but not bitter or aggressive. Sweet, but not syrupy. Little in the way of malts; only if you smell deep down.
Taste: A nice hop bite to start, but, overall, the hops don’t taste as strong as in the nose; it’s a little deceiving. They’re good, and you can taste the grapefruit and pine, but more indescript than the nose as well. Malts are much more present in the taste, providing a bready backbone to the beer, as well as, lingering a bit at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. Good bite up front, with a good linger at the end. Quite easy drinking.
Drinkability: A very good IPA. Good hops, with good malt balance. I would have preferred the taste to be closer to the smell, in relation to the hops, but it doesn’t disappoint either way. Easy drinker; definitely sessionable.
05-21-2009 03:36:26 | More by jonziefle
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours a glowing hazy burnt orange color. Two finger head.
A nice hoppy floral aroma and dominated by citrus. In particular grapefruit. Very smooth and bitter with a great mouthfeel.
Rich and flavorful without being overly heavy.
The bitter finish is awesome! This is one of the better IPA's.
I'll be looking for this one again for sure. At 6.9abv. i could drink a few of these badboys.
05-21-2009 00:19:18 | More by BigMike
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from a bomber into pint glass
A - Pours a clear, rich, golden color with a nice thick, white head. Leaves very nice lacing on the glass.
S - Nice floral, hoppy aroma with a bit of citrus behind it
T - Fresh hoppiness with the grapefruit tones coming through most dominant. Bitterness is well balanced with a slight sweetness reminiscent of caramel. Complex flavor with a nice floral, hoppy aftertaste.
M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Nice, crisp, and refreshing on the palate.
D - Very drinkable brew considering its pushing 7% abv. The fresh, floral hoppiness makes it enjoyable to the last sip
Overall, a very nicely done IPA that I will have to revisit again.
05-19-2009 21:20:38 | More by GarrisWH
4.93/5 rDev +16.5%
A - Pours a fresh golden color, with a lacy head and nice retention on the glass.
S - Smells of citrus and pine.
T - floral sweetness that gets outshined by bold and delicious hop bitter.
M - Crisp, light/med body, clean, good amount of carbonation.
D - An allround great IPA, ill definitely have another.
05-19-2009 20:21:03 | More by quinlin
4.72/5 rDev +11.6%
Poured a hazy golden amber with a 1 finger head that left a sudsy lacing
Smelled of pine, orange peel, light malt, grapefruit
Taste is piney citrus hops with a good malt balance. Perfect hop bitterness.
Med/High carbonation with high drinkability.
A great IPA. Stone Brewing has yet to disappoint.
05-18-2009 03:03:26 | More by SirDrinxAlot
4.55/5 rDev +7.6%
A- Golden body with a thick white head that sticks all over the sides of the glass.
S- Raw hops and some citrusy fruit aromas.
T- There is underlying malt foundation that pokes through with a little with some sweet, fruity notes. This mixes well with the citrusy hop flavors. The hops dominate overall though. The hop oils and citrusy flavor as well as the bitterness are prominent.
M- Smooth and crisp feel with a moderate carbonation.
D- An awesome IPA.
05-18-2009 01:58:22 | More by TommyW
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Pours a pale golden with light toasted orange highlights. Bronzed and crisp. Head is full and fluffy white. Amazing sheets of lacing circling and clinging to the glass.
S: Delicious grapefruit hops with pine undertones. Grassy and earthy. This is fresh with floral aromas.
T: Complex hops tastes balanced against a faint caramel honey sweetness. Spiced tart apples with lemon tang. Herbal zest with a peppered bready backdrop. Finish is dry and crisp.
M: Light to medium mouth feel with creamy carbonation. Very refreshing with just the right amount of bitterness.
D: Very drinkable and a long time favorite. Not a whole lot needs to be said as this is one fine brew. Draped up and dripped out.
05-16-2009 02:44:01 | More by erikm25
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
A- Pours a pale golden color with about one finger's worth of head that dissipates a bit and then sticks around.
S- Floral and sharp citrusy aromas dominate
T- Grapefruit citrus flavors are dominant, with a biscuity pale malt backing. I think the balance fits the style really well.
M- Light-medium bodied, with a pleasant medium-high carbonation, and a really nice dry finish.
D- If you're into bitterness it is very, very drinkable.
05-14-2009 19:49:21 | More by anchordrinker
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
A: pours the usual amber hue for a very unusual
IPA. The head is strong with consistent
S: The smell is subdued, both slightly sweet as
well as floral.
T: Awesome. A great hop statement, not as
strong as I've come to expect from AIPA. The
flavor and hop balance are further
evidence of Stone's tendency toward
reinvention without compormising old school
M: Clean, crisp, balanced, all cliche but all
D: Very drinkable AIPA, not being strong for
the sake of being strong. True artistry in
05-14-2009 03:24:07 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear gold color with some effervescence and a moderate white head that sticks around and coats the glass.
The aroma is strong, fresh, floral, and hoppy. Taste is full of hoppy bitterness and flavor with some citrus flavors as well. Not much malt for balance, but it's not missed. Mouthfeel is mildly dry, but will be easy drinking.
05-14-2009 01:27:20 | More by mjaskula
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
Appearance: A slightly hazy, golden-orange colored body with a finger and a half of sudsy, off-white head. Decent lacing.
Aroma: An abundance of floral, perfumy, citrusy hops right off the bat. Beyond the hops, a sweet medium malt base and a few whiffs of booze. Damn, this smells good.
Taste: Up front, tons of grapefruity, piney, and assertively bitter hops lead the charge. Underneath, a solid caramel malt backbone keeps everything relatively balanced. Bright and tasty from the first sip to the last and never too bitter for the style. The aftertaste keeps the resiny bitterness going well into your next sip.
Mouthfeel: A slightly more full than medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish. Every now and then, a hint of alcohol burn.
Drinkability: As long as you're into hops, the only thing to slow you down is the almost seven percent alcohol content.
Verdict: As I had imagined, this is essentially Ruination's (relatively) little brother. In all honesty, this IPA is a lot hoppier (and a damn sight tastier) than many brewer's Double IPAs - just what you'd expect from the boys at Stone. Well done!
05-13-2009 21:13:46 | More by BeanBone
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a hazy orangish gold with a big white head. Enough lacing on the glass.
Smell is of citrus hops with some spice.
Taste is the spicy citrus hops balanced with soft bread malts. Very nice and balanced.
A medium body with a good amount of carbonation.
This is very drinkable.
05-12-2009 17:25:38 | More by ocelot2500
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
A- Moderate sized almost white head that is thick and foamy with small bubbles texturing the top. The head becomes rocky as it slowly drops, it also leaves some good lacing. The beer itself is a lightly fogged golden color.
S- Lots of nice citrus, pine and floral hops are present in the aroma. The hops are accompanied by sweet caramel and vanilla aromas. Some spicy and fruity note also come through.
T- Some nice spicy, citrus and pine flavored hops are nicely balanced but sweet grainy malt. Nice hop profile and well balanced.
M- Medium bodied with a good dry bitterness.
Overall a very nice IPA not to much special going on just a well crafted IPA.
05-11-2009 03:05:13 | More by br3wmeister
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Being as I am newly enamored with IPA's, I went looking for them at the local beer snob emporium. When I found that Stone made just what I sought, my search ended. What does Stone make that isn't good? Many other IPA's that I have purchased have brought disappointment, not the case with this one. While it didn't send my mind into a the frenzy that I was looking for, it definitely scratched the itch. Very well representative as a Double IPA, at least in the humble opinion of this beer initiate.
05-11-2009 02:33:18 | More by myown66
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.
Stone IPA pours a medium gold with a sticky thick three-finger head that leaves beautiful rings of lace.
The smell and taste are crisp, clean, and earthy, with subtle pine notes and a hint of citrus. It's extremely easy to drink (again, crisp) with the feel of sharp bitterness.
I tend to prefer ales that have at least one over-the-top aggressive characteristic; however, Stone IPA is consistent and strong in every area. It's an ideal IPA and the first one that would come to mind if I had to commit the rest of my life to just one. As appealing as that thought is, I plan to continue to play the field.
05-10-2009 23:57:32 | More by MetalHopHead6
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
Bomber, poured into an oversized snifter.
Glowing amber/orange body with a finger of creamy looking off-white head. Sadly, the head recedes to a ring and a skim of bubbles. Very little lacing.
Very mild and floral bouquet, surprisingly subdued considering the brewery. Some sweet and clean bready malt aromas as well. Small amounts of citrus of pine.
The pine and citrus are much more apparent in the mouth. Those 2 flavors bounce all over the palate- very nice. Some other citrus as well- hints of lemon and orange on the sides of the tongue. Just enough caramel malt flavor to provide a touch of balance.
Mouthfeel is medium-full, almost chewy. Drinks like a bigger beer than it is. Medium carbonation. Finishes fairly dry with a nice lingering trail of grapefruit and pine halfway down the throat.
Overall impression: Very solid West Coast IPA. For the first time, I feel that the weighting of the appearance is really dragging down the overall score of a beer. I can't give a beer with minimal head and lacing anything better than an 'average' appearance rating, though.
05-10-2009 19:58:44 | More by PDXHops
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into my DFH snifer.
A - Beautiful light gold/copper color with a nice white head. Lots of lacing along the sides, the head just sticks to the glass. Still a few bubbles of carbonation fizzing up after the head vanishes.
S - Slight hoppy/citrus notes on the nose.
T - Nice crisp citrus and hops melded together very well. Very refreshing. I get some nice sweet oranges on the finish with a slight bitterness.
M - Light in body, a good amount of carbonation, and very smooth.
D - Very easy to drink and a great IPA. A winner.
05-09-2009 02:13:11 | More by Sean9689
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured into a std pint glass. Good head that provides great lacing throughout the pint. Great hop aroma, a little sweet smelling. Hints of citrus upfront, only to lead straight into crisp hop bitter. Surprsingly drinkable. Yet another quality offering from Stone's.
05-09-2009 01:42:34 | More by ProudBeerSnob
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours semi-hazy amber to golden color with white head that dissipates to a thin layer. Nose is mixed citrus, with some focus towards grapefruit. Palate is sharply hoppy at the beginning which is quite nice, light malt midway, and grapefruit-orange citrusy towards the finish. Refreshing.
05-07-2009 19:29:14 | More by yemenmocha
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
A- Pours a straw color with moderate head with moderate retention and little lacing.
S- Big citrus hops. Definitely get grapefruit, lemon zest, maybe some tangerine. A little caramel-y malt in the background. Great aroma.
T- Big on the bitter hops. Piney with some carmel malt. Good, but not amazing.
M- Pretty good. Smooth, light carbonation. Moves along nicely.
D- Again, pretty good. Moves quick and tastes good.
05-06-2009 20:01:27 | More by LordAdmNelson
3.63/5 rDev -14.2%
Pours a light straw color with a weak head that dissipates quickly and no lacing. Smells strongly of piny, grapefruity hops. Maybe a hint of pear? Tastes bitter and a tad bit tart. Mouthfeel is good for a beer this size and I could drink many of these.
05-06-2009 03:52:41 | More by merryjoulton
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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