Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
Appearance: Pours a crystal clear orange-gold with three-finger, soapy white head. Great bubble-bath lacing and good retention to boot.
Smell: Strong citrus and pine, toasted caramel malts, and crisp hop bitterness.
Taste: Caramel and warm bread, citrus (lemon, orange peel), pine, nuts, and oily hops. Very well balanced. Finishes fairly clean with a good dosage of hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a surprising amount of chewiness. Nice warming sensation. Creamy feel with average amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: A go-to IPA for any occasion. Represents the west coast well.
10-10-2008 01:28:49 | More by ThreeWiseMen
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
Bomber into a pint glass. I was surprised I hadn't reviewed this before, but alas, here it is.
Appearance: Lighter golden yellow with hints of copper and a rich foamy white head with nice retention.
Smell: Earthy hops, grains, and caramel malts. Nicely balanced, with some cherries in their and fruit creeping in as it warms, and the hops striking a nice point between flowery and bitter citrus.
Taste: A rich balance of earthiness, grains, and sweeter caramel malts and mild chocolate, along with the pungent hops, somewhere along flowery perfume, citrus rinds, and candied fruit. Long finish which features a balance of both very nicely.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, though on the lighter side, with good carbonation.
Drinkability: One of the staples, and one of the best-balanced IPAs out there, with lots to admire on both sides, and enough bite to keep the hopheads happy.
10-08-2008 03:35:18 | More by asabreed
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
A: Pours a light golden/deep orangish yellow with an off-white head that dissipates gradually.
S: Smells of floral hops and faintly of caramel/sweet malts.
T: Tastes predominately of floral hops. Was expecting this part to be a bit more tangy than what I was met with, not that this was a disappointment. Has some sweetness to it that I was also not expecting, but not sure how to describe the flavor. The finish uniquely maintains both this sweetness and the hoppy bitterness simultaneously but independently.
M: Not too think or thin--good balance.
D: Good example of the style, will get again. Only had a half-pint with dinner at a cafe near my place, so I definitely want to revisit my review after another try.
10-07-2008 04:29:35 | More by lhaqq
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
A - Semi-cloudy golden, fading bright white head
S - burnt hop smell - very unique. Some sourness and skunky smells as well.
T - overload of hops! Like the smell, a sour hoppyness with a slight bitter finish
M - Not to thick or sticky
D - If you're a hop head.. this is for you. Wow. easy drinking not to bitter.
10-05-2008 15:09:30 | More by Yesac
4.88/5 rDev +15.4%
pours a wonderful copper with a fairly substantial head. aroma is very pronounced, mostly citrus and floral hops. Taste is bold and hoppy, but just the right balance for an IPA. This beer is a perfect example of the style as far as I am concerned. Will get it whenever possible.
10-05-2008 00:07:05 | More by icemonkey908
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
12-ounce bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a hazy golden-orange body capped with a thick lid of fine-bubbled, bright white foam. The head recedes slowly into a chunky sheet that leaves plenty of fine lacing spattered all over the glass.
The smell is sweetly hoppy, with leafy grassy notes and grapefruity citrus. The barest hint of sweet malt lurks underneath all the alpha-acid fireworks.
The taste is punctuated by a bright, citrusy bitterness that plays well with a dry biscuity malt backbone. A hint of sweet orange is layered in, deep beneath the mostly herbal bitterness that continually threatens to dominate the drink, but the brew is rescued from the imperious bitterness by a mild silky caramel maltiness that works hard to peek through the hoppiness. Fruitier and more citrusy as the drink warms, with a citrusy hop-oil linger in the aftertaste.
Medium-bodied with fine carbonation, Stone's IPA is all that I've heard it was, and everything it should be. Superb drinkability.
10-04-2008 12:14:34 | More by cvstrickland
4/5 rDev -5.4%
Stone IPA pours a hazy, pale gold color with a large, white head. Lots of sticky lacing stays on the glass while drinking. The nose is mostly sweet, grapefruity hops.
The taste has a bit of that grapefruit in it, along with lots of earthy hop flavors; a bit like dirt and leaves if dirt and leaves tasted good. The smooth bitterness shows up quickly and sticks around for a while. The mouthfeel is nice and full with a medium amount of carbonation.
Overall, this is a really good beer, though I wasn't quite as impressed as I expected.
10-02-2008 01:52:52 | More by Spidey13
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured it from a bomber into my accomdating beer stein; a nice, cloudy amber color, with a nice thick head that lasted for several minutes. Good lacing on the glass too as the beer was quaffed.
The taste was good; the hops had a nice inital bite, and then mellowed off. Good hoppy scent as well. Very flavorful. The hops were strong, but not overpowering.
Pretty good drinkability; I think 2 bombers would be my limit for it over the course of an evening.
Definitely an easy beer to recommend, and I'd buy/drink it again.
10-01-2008 18:02:23 | More by tjbartjr
4/5 rDev -5.4%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a good quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: Aroma of hops, with a hint of citrus. Not overwhelming, but nicely done.
T: Not as hoppy as I expected - I guess they save that for the Ruination IPA. Still, very tasty. Also had citrus elements and a tinge of malt.
M: A vibrant, high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Pretty full-bodied.
D: Like most of the Stone beers I've tried, this is very drinkable. It goes down easy and has a well balanced taste.
10-01-2008 12:48:41 | More by avalon07
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Color is a hazy amber color with a nice 1/2" head. Very nice floral and citrus hop aroma with a excellent malt balance. Taste is a nice smooth hops /malt flavor, mouthfeel is nice & clean a very drinkable brew.
Will have another!
09-29-2008 07:30:57 | More by unionturf
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
A - Pours 1 1/2 fingers of white head that leaves tons of lacing. It also has a good retention, eventually turning into a ring. The beer is a hazy copper color.
S - A pretty hoppy aroma, a mix of citrus and pine. There are also light caramel notes.
M - A light-medium bodied beer with a pretty creamy feel to it. It has a dry finish to it.
T - A little bit of citrusy hops followed by a barrage of piny hops creating a grapefruit taste and leaving a nice bitterness. There is also a subtle malt presence throughout.
A hop heads IPA for sure. It goes down very easy which makes it a great session brew.
09-26-2008 00:45:36 | More by boralyl
3.98/5 rDev -5.9%
I would agree with others who've called this beer balanced. This is a really easy-drinking IPA that I could probably drink all night. I love variety and beers that are extreme, but I'd buy a six-pack of this to drink at a party or wherever...there's been a lot of talk about "session" beers on this site, and I'd nominate this one.
Pours an amber body with good head. Aroma is distinctly hoppy, but not over the top. There is some light sweetness and citrus notes. Flavor is hoppy with a significant malt backbone. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Very drinkable, but not too unusual or exciting. Still good though.
I'd buy this again and recommend it. SurlySober left this at my house, and I have no idea where he got it.
09-25-2008 23:58:58 | More by BeerBelcher
4.85/5 rDev +14.7%
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. One of the many Stone brews no available in SC.
A. Beautiful light amber brew with a healthy 3 finger head that slowly dissipates.
S. Wow, this is where the beer starts to make itself known. Very aromatic floral hops, citrus hops and even a HINT of malt in the end.
T. Much as it smells, this has a strong, agressive hop presence. While the malt is there if you search for it, this is a hop bomb. The hop burps have been enjoyable as well.
M. Very clean finish. Moderate oily finish with strong carbonation.
D. Very drinkable. This would be a great beer with a very spicy meal. This will be a staple in my fridge!!!
09-25-2008 02:29:40 | More by MarkSCCOT
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
12 oz bottle
A: Pours a nice golden brown with 2-finger head, great lacing.
S: Frech, crisp bright hops. Slight grapefruit, but not as much as expected.
T: Hops. Sharp, crisp hops dominate the palette, yet give way to a subtle sweetness beneath. A definite hop-head beer.
M: Medium-to unexpectedly-light bodied. I like my IPAs a little thicker, but thats my opinion. Aftertaste/feel slightly reminds me of post-mouthwash gum tingle.
D: Goes down rather smoothly, though full of hop bitterness (which is boasted about on the bottle). Given it's 6.9% ABV, i could probably have 3 or so, then the flavor would probably become a little intense. An excellent sipping beer ideal for warmer months.
09-25-2008 02:24:10 | More by watkins
4.75/5 rDev +12.3%
Pours a very bright golden color with a quarter inch white head with nice lacing. smells of very strong hops, lots of citrus, grapefruit , and pines aromas going on. Taste is very hoppy all the way through, taste really resembles smell on this brew. Lots of grapefruit and citrus notes, just the way i like it! Oh and there is definitely a lot of hops in this one, its great. This beer is great! easy to drink, great taste all the way through, i would recomend this to anyone, great brew!
09-24-2008 02:28:05 | More by TerjUGA
3.85/5 rDev -9%
22oz bomber. Pours a medium golden with a nice head that show alot of retention and lacing. Just slightly hazy.
Smell is great. Full hops, fruity and flowering. Even some nice sweet malts smell at the end of the nose.
Taste is a little tamer than most IPAs. Sweet malt base, breads, and a little yeast up front. Hops show up early in a little sweet fruit and then a bitter finish that fades quickly. Surprisingly the malts almost win here, but lose out at the very end.
Mouthfeel is great for the style. Seems light and bubbly with justa little hop slickness.
Drinkabilty is very high for an IPA. I might think this was closer to an APA if it wasn't for the very end of the finish.
09-24-2008 02:16:54 | More by jraycee
4.63/5 rDev +9.5%
I had this one on tap at the Epic Bistro in Kalamazoo
I got a pint of this and after the first smell I knew I was going to enjoy this. Not as highly hopped as it's IIPA brethren but still reeked of centennials. The tasted was exceptional and the drink ability of this beer was incredible. I had one but I felt like I could have had 10. The bitterness imparted by the magnum hops was so smooth I couldn't believe this had as many IBUs as advertised.
The six packs in my area are a little pricey but it's worth the price. Get this one for a nice treat, you won't regret it.
09-22-2008 18:45:42 | More by BrewMichigan
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
Slightly cloudy pale orange with decent head and good lacing.
Smells of fresh, floral hops.
Heavy citrus hop flavor, mainly grapefruit, and even some lemon? Nice balance though - the hop bite is present without being overwhelming.
Mouthfeel oily, carbonation medium to light.
This is a very nice IPA. I just had the Ruination the other night, which may have ruined me for anything less luscious, as I prefer that to this. Can't go wrong here though.
09-22-2008 03:02:42 | More by Strix
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
A - A very pale amber, clear, with 2 fingers of head that settles a lot quicker than I'd expect. Lacing is on the high side of moderate.
S - Very nice aroma. The grassy and herbal elements from the hops jump out first. A citrus and earthy smell blend together giving the brew an impressive backbone. Some malt peeking through, maybe?
T - The great balance is evident immediately. A strong herbal, tea-like taste is backed by a solid grapefruit peel note. A slight malt sweetness rises for just a second providing a sublime balance. Afterwards however, the bitterness grows with a very orangy, tangerine taste. Finish is grainy sweet with earthy bitterness.
M - Moderate carbonation, medium to light bodied.
D - A little strong for a session brew, but a well balanced IPA without too much bitterness. Good stuff.
09-21-2008 07:07:24 | More by PatrickJR
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
A: A nice clear golden brew with a thin layer of off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the sides of my nonic.
S: HOPS! Citrus hops, grassy hops, piney hops... it's all there. Massive hop aroma promises great things to come.
T: Nice bracing bitterness, but not overwhelming like the aroma. A little grapefruit rind comes through, but there's decent amount of evergreen notes as well.
M: Nice medium body as befits an IPA, moderate carbonation. Helps keep the hop fatigue at bay.
D: This is a nice, bracing west coast IPA. NC has been waiting on Stone for more than 3 years and Stone does NOT dissapoint!
09-21-2008 00:44:37 | More by ewright
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
This is my first review in almost a month and my 150th. To mark the occasion I have chosen Stone IPA, a very popular and well reviewed beer. This is not my first Stone and most certainly not my last. Poured into pint glass with a purty lite amber color and fluffy, frothy off white head. Nice small bubbles throughout. Great hop aroma, with a touch of honey. Strong biting hop flavor, bitter. Great mouthfeel, chews on the tongue ever so slightly. The bitterness and hop harshness is maybe just a little too strong to make this a super drinkable beer. Great overall though.
09-20-2008 19:35:10 | More by AChamberlain
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
Small capped bottle poured into a tulip.
Amber-orange in appearance, it has a one and a half finger whitish head, with decent retention and lacing.
Nose is hoppy as expected, citrusy and fresh, very pleasant, with some bready and caramel maltiness to balance.
Light to medium bodied, but pleasant on the tongue, it is amazingly devoid of any signs of alcohol - I was surprised to see it is 6.9%.
Predominantly hoppy, certainly hoppier thatn its APA, it still has a good dose of balancing maltiness.
Not the hop bomb I expected; it does have less hops than alpha king, for the sake of comparison; but it is amazingly drinkable and pleasant.
09-15-2008 01:31:40 | More by brdc
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
Appearance is copper with a thin white head. Smell is very strong of citrusy hops. The taste is incredibly abundant on the grapefruit hops there's also a slight yeast flavor. Very bitter, but not atypical of an IPA. Mouthfeel is crisp, very carbonated. This is a drinkable beer, but it is so bitter and carbonated, I recommend taking it easy with this one.
09-14-2008 22:13:15 | More by theghost3
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
Pours a light golden color with a small white head that settles quickly. Some lacing is left on the glass during consumption.
The aroma features the hops. Has a strong citrus aroma with just a hint of light malt.
The flavor is likewise hop heavy. Starts with a citrus splash then finishes very bitter with resin qualities. Malt? What malt. It is just a vehicle for the hops. Very one dimension but a good one dimension.
Has a very good feel. The carbonation in this lighter bodied IPA is lively at first but let it sit for awhile and it settles down to leave a nice, somewhat creamy texture.
What is up with the almost 7% ABV? Not sessionable at all and with the overwhelming bitterness I am not sure I would want to anyway. Good for a bitter fix then move on to more balanced brews.
09-14-2008 20:44:42 | More by morimech
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
A - A quarter inch of white, lacy head that quickly turns to a thin film soon. Very inviting, very clean, golden amber in color. I've always found appearance a little hard to judge, but it was easy to give this beer a 5 in that category.
S - Big citrus hop aroma, grapefruit, along with complex and subtle grains.
T - Pleasing bitterness, grape and citrus notes, and and interesting sweetness. Lemon comes out as well. Dry aftertaste and some residual sweetness.
M/D - Unexpected light/ med body and medium carbonation. Very easy to put back. Even though it's over 6% ABV, I could easily drink many of these throughout a night.
09-13-2008 00:49:27 | More by SirSketch
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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