Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
I had this IPA on tap at the Batdorf Restaurant in Annville, PA.
Served chilled in a standard pint.
A - a mango nectar hued ale w/ 1 1/2 fingers of smooth snowy suds cap the beer. Mild haze w/ moderate lace on the glass the IPA has a fine bead
S - The scent of apricot + lychee w/ a floral note and grapefruit accent. The nose has a light herbal odor w/ a lot of citrus carrying the smell into west coast hop realm that is familiar and fragrant
M - A sharp hop bitterness is abrasive at first, but in a good way. Well seasoned w/ a spicy, highly bitter, focused feel but hey it's an IPA
T - A sweet tea like malt followed by a grapefruit rind w/ mellow tropical elements and grassy hop acidity that is lasting. The balance is not a word this Ipa ever heard of. The taste of dry apricot w/ a dry herbal/spiced taste that is crisp and allows for a lasting bitterness in the taste. The alcohol flavor comes forward as the glass nears 1/2 full, but still in check w/ a gently creamy malt layered under a dense array of hop flavors
D - A great West coast IPA one of the best w/ a dry and highly drinkable quality. The taste is still not intense for the sake of intensity -this is a classic example of an American IPA w/ a more bitter hop focus. I enjoyed this IPA it is easy to take large gulps of this, it is refreshing.
07-11-2009 16:32:32 | More by Slatetank
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
I am quite surprised I haven't reviewed this one yet... Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass...
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light bronze-ish color with a nice inch of fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving behind some nice soapy lacing.
Smell: A nice subtle citrusy/grapefruit hoppiness, not overly pronounced but certainly enough to get your attention.
Taste: Like the smell, a nice bit of mildly bitter grapefruit mixed in with some very subtle malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth, not over- or under-carbonated, with a medium body.
Drinkability: This IPA is one of my absolute favorites. I believe it emphasizes all the goodness that is an IPA without any single characteristic being overwhelming or offensive. This is one of my go-to IPA's.
07-10-2009 22:59:52 | More by krisandajt
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
Pours a clear-ish amber with two finger white head, lacing but head collapses. Smell: full of citrus - lemon rind, bitter orange, grapefruit, pineapple juice, floral too!, with some malt sweetness in the background. Taste: also full of citrus - more grapefruit is prevalent here, orange, spiciness and a chill bready malt. Creamy and soft with a nice drying finish that is stopped short of puckering by the sweet malt backing up the citric hop punch. Fantastic.
07-08-2009 02:24:32 | More by babaracas
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
From a six pack.
Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-orange with a fluffy little white head that leaves some sticky lacing in my pint glass.
Smell: Its just great. Hoppy- some sweet citrus and some grapefruit too. Like fruity hops candy.
Taste: Nice bitter punch with those hoppy citrus flavors. Its got great balance with the sweet maltiness. Goes down sweet and smooth and leaves some pleasing bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full for an IPA. Not syrupy or creamy. The carbonation is nice.
Drinkability: Hard to find much to fault it, really. Its great stuff. I'm pretty much a sucker for most of Stone's offerings. This one is a staple.
07-07-2009 23:47:51 | More by rapidsequence
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
Beer pours copper in color with a nice 1 finger head that stays, wonderful lacing left in glass. The smell is all hops, sweet citrus, pine, grapefruit; they are all here and blend wonderfully. The taste is mostly hops with the citrus and pine flavors coming through; a touch of sweetness from the malt comes through ever so faintly and adds a nice subtle complexity to the beer. Carbonation was spot on and mouth feel was soft for the amount of hops in this beer.
A wonderful beer and one of my favorites. I can write nothing that has not already been said, a great beer and brewery.
07-07-2009 14:31:58 | More by rugerj
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours a big, impressive froth that almost refuses to settle (which, of course, is a good thing). Leaves nearly enough lace to make it look like it didn't even settle! Copper to orange color. Absolutely beautiful hoppy aroma. Tons of floral and citrus character. In fact, it jumps out at you before you even finish opening the bottle. More citrus-like hop bitterness in the flavor, with some hints of spiciness and great malty undertones. Hops make it very smooth and crisp, and the bread-like maltiness underneath rounds it out quite well. Great balance of bitterness and sweetness as well. Dangerously drinkable! This is one wonderful brew. I'm loving every Stone brew I try with a passion! If you're just starting to love hops, this is a great step up from their pale ale if you're not quite ready for "ruination". And for the seasoned hophead, this is a wonderful treat and an exceptional brew all around! No matter who you are, try this! It will not fail to impress.
07-07-2009 03:23:42 | More by ExtraStout
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
A) Lovely orange-amber, minimal head but some lacing.
S) Citrusy hops, heavy on the pineapple, some pines/floral, but sweeter than some other IPAs, almost like a little caramel
T) Pure hoppy goodness. Starts sweeter, ends bitter. Definitely more of a citrus-hops flavor.
MF) Crisp and well carbonated
D) Extremely high, would never guess this had a higher than 5%ABV. I downed this extremely fast and wished for another!
07-06-2009 23:29:38 | More by sophisticated
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -5.4%
22oz bottle to a whiskey glass.
Appearance - Has a decent, very bubbly head with some light lacing and a clearish light orange color. Pretty average.
Smell - Grapefruit and lime citrus with some raisin and oats to round out the smell.
Taste - Sticky and smooth, with a light floral grasp and light citrus flavors. Well-balanced malts and the 6.9% ABV is barely noticeable.
Finish - Creamy and exceptionally delicate for its medium body. Strong hop aroma rolls in at the very end of the beer and into the aftertaste. Finishes remarkably well.
07-06-2009 11:36:10 | More by TLove
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.98/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip pint glass.
Pours a 2 finger beige head. Pretty good retention once it faces down to 1/4 finger. Leaves some lace patches. Color is a clear golden orange. A lot of carbonation bubbles floating to the top from the etching.
Aroma: At first I was smelling something I didn't like. But after a few minutes the aroma changed. Seems to be a nice smelling IPA. Pineapple citrus, very light floral hops. Now I am getting some grapefruit citrus. A big pine aroma as well.
Taste: A lot like the smell. Pineapple and grapefruit citrus, floral and pine hops, and a biscuity malt flavor. A pretty solid IPA. A huge hop flavor going on here.
Mouthfeel: Bitter, very bitter, but it is creamy at the same time when you let it roll around your mouth. Medium bodied. A fair amount of carbonation. Leaves the typical sticky hoppy aftertaste. A person really can't expect much else from these hoppy beers.
Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA. I have been going through a lot lately and this one seems to be one someone would consider a standard for an IPA. Definitely one to keep readily available for those hop heads. I could easily drink more of this.
07-06-2009 08:10:06 | More by mothman
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Appearance- hazy pale amber with two fingers of off white head. Good retention. Nice lacing.
Smell- Fragrant floral and fruity aromas dominate the nose, followed by a nice, crisp pale malt to back.
Taste- a great balance of light, citrusy hops and some pleasant pale and caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Medium-full bodied. Pleasant texture. Good carbonation.
Drinkability- A very drinkable IPA. Refreshing and versatile. Especially good in warm weather.
07-03-2009 21:53:53 | More by endincolorado
3.83/5 rDev -9.5%
12 oz. bottle poured into my CCB pint glass.
A: Pours a clear, deep straw/gold color with one finger of eggshell white head that leaves minimal lace. The head does retain nicely.
A: Pine and citrus hops are balanced very well with the crystal malts. Lemon, orange peel, and some pine cones are prevalent.
T: Very nice. This is a hop forward beer that gets some balance from the malt. Again, I get the citrus with some pine, and some sweetness from the malt. Beer finishes very bitter, which is nice for the style.
M; Light to medium body, good amount of carbonation gives it a little tingle.
D and overall impression: Drinkability is high due to the fact that this is one of my favorite styles and the ABV is on the low side. Sessionable. I really like this beer so I could have quite a few of these. I don't think it is on the level of Jai Alai from CCB or two hearted, but a very nice example of the style. Skal.
07-03-2009 20:37:52 | More by Gtreid
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a nonic pint glass.
A: A light amber orange with a one finger fluffy white head. Nice glass lacing.
S: Piney earthy hops with a nice biscuit malt backround.
T: Hops jump first with notes of pine, herbal floral and orange citrus. Very hoppy up front. Middle is biscuity malt that carries the hops, but this beer is all hoppy and lovin it. Finish is bitter and lingering. Nice, different than bottle.
M: Medium, dry, bitter, prickly, no alcohol detected. Nice carbonation.
D: High, drink them all day.
Overall a little different taste than bottle (better), and still a damn fine IPA. Stone knows hoppy beers, and this one is no exception. Awesome.
06-30-2009 17:20:28 | More by Kadonny
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
Many thanks to my beer buddy JZED for bringing this back from Boston while at the beer fest.
Appearance - an attractive clear copper ale with a nice head and light lacing. Fine carbonation keeps a thin head across the surface.
Smell - Complex with hops-o-plenty. Noticeably sweet citrus with herbal and perfumy notes. Not overpowering and one of the nicest aromas I've experienced to date.
Taste - Whoa...that sweet aroma didn't prepare me for that first taste. They weren't kidding about everything else in the world tasting bland after that. Obviously balanced towards the hop side for the extremists and sweet with nice citrusy grapefruit and lemon tones. There's a high bitterness in the finish as expected for the style. But after the first few sips the taste buds calibrate and you can enjoy the full flavour of this exceptional IPA.
Mouthfeel - Interesting since it starts with a smooth and creamy feel but finishes slightly coarse in the bitterness. The carbonation is well sustained throughout the drink.
Drinkability - I would definitely be tempted to have a second one but I couldn't make this into a session beer. But then again, I'm not a fully addicted Hop-head...yet.
06-30-2009 01:21:29 | More by ecoastman
3.85/5 rDev -9%
Poured from 22oz bottle. I think this bottle that I had was a little funky. Review reflects this issue with this bottle.
A- Poured a clear deep yellow with a one and a half finger cloudy white head. Some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass after the head went down in a fashionable amount of time.
S- This is a good smelling beer. This is also a Stone smelling beer as well! Big huge citrus hop smell right off the bat with hints of pine as well. Bready sweet malts and a tint of metallic tinge to this bottle as well. Since this is my like 100th Stone IPA I realize the metallic tinge isn't suppose to be in there. Also the alcohol is suprisingly covered with the hops in this beer.
T- The citrus hops blast through the liquid onto the tounge as this beer rolls over the palate. Lots of citrus hops to be honest. The pine and malts come in next with a slight sweet malt with a semi bitter hop balance each other out nicely. There is something of an issue with this bottle as I sip on it. The taste of metal really shines through with the ending. It's very strong and I don't really like it.
M- This has a medium mouthfeel to it. The carbonation was good leaving this beer a nice dancing effect over the palate. Nice hop taste left on the tounge and pleasant hop aftertaste.
D- This is a very drinkable brew. It's a shame this beer was tainted when I cracked it. I love Stone and this beer is the only off one that I had pretty much ever from Stone. But I drink this and like it. You should too.
06-29-2009 04:04:39 | More by alleykatking
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
Hazy peach colored body with a fat cream colored head of foam that melts slowly and leaves a good deal of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is really good on this one, fresh and resinous smelling piney hops with a touch of grapefruit rind and pineapple. The flavor mirrors the nose with nice hop bitterness that lingers long into the finish and just enough caramel maltiness to balance the flavors. Medium bodied with a slippery hop oily mouthfeel. A really great example of the style that never gets old, I can't begin to guess how many of these I've had over the years and it still tastes as good as the first one.
06-28-2009 20:36:05 | More by biggred1
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured a clear golden color with a decent one finger head in my Sam Adams ale glass. Medium lacing down the glass.
Smell was very cirtus-like, grass, pine, hops galour. Taste was similar; very much up front with the bitter citrus flavor, remaining bitter all the way down, as a solid IPA should.
Mouthfeel was smooth and enjoyable. Drinkability is good, as this one is very delicious.
06-26-2009 18:13:43 | More by BeTheBall
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
Another delicious Stone hopbomb.
A small white head covers a dark golden brew. Decent retention and some lacing on the glass. Aromas of fresh squeezed citrus, and bready malts to balance. Very floral and delicious...I can't wait to take a sip! And when I do, it's incredibly hoppy with tons of West Coast florals and herbals. I can taste such a great amount of hops...it really dominates my palate and not much else can pull through (in the true Stone style). Medium body mouthfeel offers my mouth tons of residuals, so that I can hang on to the bitterness. I would buy a 6er of this brew without thinking twice about it. Another great Stone offering that adheres to everything expected from a West Coast IPA.
06-23-2009 04:50:06 | More by washburnkid
4.72/5 rDev +11.6%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Slightly hazy burnt yellow with foamy head and pretty strong lacing.
Smell: Pine and citrus, slightly sweet toasted malts. Some tropical notes.
Taste: Fantastic hop taste - mostly pine, citrus, mango and some grapefruit. Some mostly dry malts to counterbalance the hop explosion, but not too much. Persistent bitterness at end.
Feel: Very smooth and very dry. Medium body and moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: For being so hop-centric and bitter, this is unbelievably easy to drink.
This has now become one of my top IPAs, along with Celebration and Two-Hearted.
06-23-2009 00:32:57 | More by bsp77
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
Hey, this Stone IPA has become my standard beer in my fridge bought by the case. While I like really hoppy and bitter IPAs, this beer is bitter enough and so drinkable. I actually look forward to popping the cap without wishing it were a different beer.
The IPA pours nicely into a glass with a great brown color. I find the aroma pleasant and the first and last taste delightful.
06-23-2009 00:25:54 | More by efhart
3.88/5 rDev -8.3%
12 oz. bottle (enjoy by 7/8/09) poured into SN pint glass...hazy piss yellow body with three fingers of white rocky head. Decent lacing and head retention...
I love hops! Huge splashes of grapefruit and notes of citrusy hops with a touch of peppery spiciness. Some caramel and pineapple as well...
Bitter little demon! A bit bready with the slightest bits of citrus that gives way to a nice bitter finish. Minute amount of malts peaking through...
Slick and buttery with a good bite of carbonation.
Definitely a quaffer. I could do a couple of these in a sitting.
Overall, I think this one smells better than it tastes. In a world of amazing IPAs, this one is a slight step down. A great brew, however, just not a world famous IPA in my book. Drink it fresh!!
06-22-2009 22:20:32 | More by BitterPachyderm
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Alright so this was actually a very good beer in my opinion except the taste was a bit lacking.
Appearance is very good, nice billowing head with lots of lacing. Smell is very citrusy lots of grapefruit and lemon. There are some underlying dry hops as well. Taste was good but not great in my opinion. NOt one of the more bitter IPA's I have had. Mouthfeel was better, oily and slightly carbonated. The positive side was this was the most drinkable IPA I have ever had- it goes down so easy
06-20-2009 15:28:23 | More by supercolter
3.2/5 rDev -24.3%
Poured from a 22 fl oz bottle into my pint glass
Pours a very light copper color with a three inch slightly off-white head. Great head retention that leave scattered amounts of lacing all throughout my glass. This is one of those heads that go down in places(like rocky).
I pick up a slight citrus smell and caramel malts, biscuit, honey with a slight pepperness s
Minimal citrus flavor with the malt character mainly dominating this one. What is it with this? I seem to have been having bad luck with IPAs recently.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Had better IPAs and wont seek this one again.
06-18-2009 22:05:03 | More by tr4nc3d
4.8/5 rDev +13.5%
Tasted on June 15, 2009.
Omg... this is one of the best beer I drank. So nicely done.
A: Simply beautiful. A copper color with a tiny head. I bigger head would be great.
S: Strong aroma of hops which make you think the taste will be a bomb of hops.
T: Bitterness... I would say hops bitterness. The most surprising it was a medium intensity taste. The hops are piny with some citrus. Very nice tasting.
D:Very easy to drink.
Again, Stone has achieved almost perfection with this beer. One of my top 5 beers.
06-17-2009 01:04:49 | More by ZorPrime
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
Another Stone beer that I have had many times. Reviewing from notes taken at my last Stone beer night. Poured into a Stone Pint glass. Pours an orange-caramel into the glass, with a frothy head, and wonderful lacing. The aroma has all you'd expect: grapefruit, citrus, pine, and flowery. The taste has exactly the same qualities. There is a light caramel sweetness mixed with the huge hop presence. It has a very nice, refreshingly creamy finish that I loved. Truly, one of the best IPA's.
06-16-2009 19:23:41 | More by atpben
4.4/5 rDev +4%
The color is a bright golden-amber. The head is like a fluffy pillow that could have rested a reasonable weight without giving way and never fully dissipated, leaving small patches of thick lacing throughout the glass. It's very appealing already.
Pure, clean floral and citrus hops are straight on the nose with a bit of spice.
Hops bitterness is right up front...the pureness of raw bud is very appealing. There's a fantastic freshness in the citrus, heavily grapefruit, and pine resin. Herbal notes are strong as well and the underlying zesty spice is very nice as well. There are some grains and an herbal leaf note in a very dry finish with lingering hops bitterness that never fades.
The mouthfeel is a nice balance of smooth and crisp and the body is moderate. Carbonation is light to moderate, very much present without overwhelming.
I dare say this is a purist's brew and a standard for IPAs. ABV is a little deceiving, but low enough that this one can be sessioned with some frequency.
06-16-2009 13:13:45 | More by Brenden
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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