Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
A classic west coast IPA. Golden orange body, with a thin cap of creamy foam that retains itself and laces well.
Light citrus in the aroma, fresh with a touch of green hops. It's not as pungent as I expected, but it's certainly pleasant. Pale malt and vegetal notes come out later as it warms up.
Bitterness is not to an extreme level, but it's up there. Not mild by any means, the bitter hop notes come out more in the aftertaste. There's some grapefruit/citrus rind, balanced by a tasty light maltiness. Very quenching and easy to drink, i've gone through two bombers this week, and Ruination is on deck after this one...
05-07-2008 01:26:42 | More by emerge077
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
Nice head from an aggressive pour into my pint glass. Only modest retention. Slightly cloudy appearance when cold.
Taste is smooth and hoppy, but not overly so. As it warms up, the taste really smooths out a lot and mellows, becoming much less bitter. Don't drink this too cold, it is much better a bit warm.
A classic IPA.
05-06-2008 16:28:49 | More by rgdgerard
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
Bottle into mason jar.
A: Golden amber with nice 2 finger head.
S: I can tell this is a stone beer. Supper orangey beeswax yumminess.
T: That hoppy orange-beeswax Stone flavor. Super bright. Very hoppy but not unpleasantly bitter. A perfect IPA.
M: Medium body on this yummy lass.
D: A one!
05-06-2008 03:03:53 | More by baos
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
A classic for a good session.
Stone IPA pours a slightly cloudy orangey yellow with good white head. Nose is balls out citrus hops. Taste pretty much follows, super west coast grapefruit citrus hops with somewhat of a malt backbone, but the hops overpower them by far. The mouthfeel is good, drinkability is pretty good too. Overall this is a great session IPA, but it is quite unbalanced on the hop side of things. Personal preference would be for just a touch more maltiness in here, but overall it is a great IPA.
05-06-2008 02:33:55 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.53/5 rDev +7.1%
Pour is a nice light golden/orange color with white head. Scent is big on hops with some orange peel, lemon, and lime and a hint of cinnamon. Taste is overflowing with hops, some spice and a faint citrus sweetness. The mouthfeel is great with the huge bitterness, pretty smooth. Drinkability is as high as it gets, just amazing.
It's hard to believe that this is an IPA; it is strong as hell, and it kicks the ass of almost all of the IPAs I have had before it. With it's alcohol content and drinkability, it is both a blessing and a curse to not have any more at the moment. I've had some mixed feelings about Stone's brews, but between this and Ruination I will gladly buy their beer for as long as I walk this earth.
05-06-2008 01:36:08 | More by paco1029384756
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured from 11.5oz bottle into standard pint glass. Heavy handed pour yields 1 finger head, of nice white foam. Head diminishes somewhat quickly leaving moderate lacing . Beer itself is an orange amber, beautiful in color. Smell is all hops, piny resiny citrius hops. First sip perfectly echos the aroma . A very nice hop bite on the tongue, citrius and pine resin. Body is a bit thin afet the hop explosion. A very nice drinkable IPA.
05-06-2008 00:52:38 | More by Kraken
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
this is my first review.
this is simply one of the best beers i've ever had.. but reader beware because this brew is not for the weak at heart.
this beer is bitter. and i mean bitter. with an aftertaste of citrus and flowers.. trust me. this brew is hopped up to the extreme. even the gargoyle on the front of the bottle is telling you to step down.. but the beer is just too great.
all of stone's creations are magnificent.. my favorite being this or the oaked arrogant bastard..
if you are an IPA fan. i highly recommend this beer. its the best IPA i've had. and most people agree that its one of the top 3 out there.
05-03-2008 19:14:50 | More by Fireal1222
3.53/5 rDev -16.5%
Thanks to TexasStout for this bomber of Stone IPA.
Appearance gets an appreciative nod not only for the gorgeous golden color but for that absolutely freakin' cool Stone bottle. You could leave a row of these up as art in your house with no one the wiser. Smell's a slap in the nads even a full arm's length away, all roses & hops.
This is a good IPA. There's lots of sweet in the back as the beer goes down further, the hoppy bite is there, & the malt in the background. It doesn't wow the tongue like it grabbed by nose, but good stuff nonetheless.
A little too much ABV for a session beer, not in my top tier of IPAs. I could drink a glass or two, but would switch out to something either more wicked or subtle.
All in all something I'm glad to have tried.
05-02-2008 01:24:13 | More by maximum12
4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
A: Impressive silk screened brown bottle, freshness indicator stamped on glass. Aggressive, multi-staged pour to form pretty off-white "ice cream cone" head in a standard pint glass. Rich golden honey color tinted with amber, sporting a slightly sexy haze. Solid head retention, forming sponge like puck with sticky lacing down the glass.
S: After a couple of swirls to break up the puck like settled head, the nose released a sweet floral hop aroma, followed by some citrus notes, very pleasurable. After some whiffs there was a detectable sweetish malt base.... A harbinger of what was to come.
T: This is where this brew shines. Unbelievable hop profile, pronounced yet still subtle. Citrus, grapefruit up front followed right behind with wonderful floral notes filling in, then just the right amount of bitterness grabs your tongue. A malt backbone supporting the whole hop extravaganza is there but defiantly takes a back seat.
M: Decent carbonation, not as thick as I expected but certainty not thin, again the hops just stick all over you with their tasty goodness. Defiantly a pleasure to have in your mouth.
D: Well what can I say, with almost 2000 reviews at this time, I'm just adding to the legend, throwing another log on the fire. So here we go.... Extremely drinkable, a classic depiction of the style, west coast all the way, top notch hop profile that grabs you by the face, but doesn't over power, showing its complex hop flavor but not lacking in bitterness or ABV and just enough malt to not be forgotten. A wonderful IPA, and a fine beer period, I can see why Stone gets may accolades, well done indeed!
04-30-2008 04:42:28 | More by LoboLikesBeer
3.5/5 rDev -17.3%
This beer is a medium cloudy honey color in the glass, but without much of a head. It smells of citrus, alcohol, hops, and apricot. It's a pleasant, fresh smell. It tastes crisp and properly-balanced in terms of hops and fades to a sweet flavor alluding to the complex makeup. It's pretty dense in mouthfeel with good carbonation. This is a good beer, and nicely exemplifies this style.
04-29-2008 23:49:23 | More by jayrod20
United Kingdom (England)
3.88/5 rDev -8.3%
Appearance: Cloudy pale straw colored. Minimal head.
Smell: Piney hop aroma with malt sweetness in the background.
Taste: Piney hops with a toasted malt finish. slightly astringent.
Mouthfeel: Moderatly carbonated. Feels heavy.
Drinkability: Nice beer. I would buy it again.
04-28-2008 01:09:21 | More by Squelch
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
as usual stone goes 'big' with this beer, but does a great job of not getting obnoxious.
appearance - light copper. thin head that lasted throughout. visible active carbonation.
smell - pine/herbal
taste - hops of course...bitter with a medim body
mouthfeel - sharp, bitter with a lingering aftertaste.
drinkablity - yes. perfect big IPA.
Another great job by Stone, highly recommended... if you were trapped on a deserted island... and could only have one IPA... this might just be it.
04-26-2008 20:09:37 | More by isthisme2
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A - pours a golden color with a one finger white head
S - mostly smells of hops.
T - a really nicely balanced ipa. the hop bitterness is there, but certainly not overpowering.
M - medium bodied. the carbonation isn't too strong.
D - a highly drinkable, tasty, west coast ipa. i really liked this one.
04-24-2008 16:51:07 | More by dill
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours a clear golden yellow with thin white head, ok retention and good lacing. Smells of grapefruit, pineapple, grass clippings, pine needles, and honey, lots of hop character in there. Taste is very hoppy, grapefruit, pine, grass, but is also well balanced with a honey sweetness. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth with a nice crisp bitter finish. Lots of hoppy flavors, easy to drink, very sessionable, even if it is almost 7% ABV.
04-21-2008 21:01:03 | More by HopDerek
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
Poured a slightly cloudy straw/ golden color. Rocky white head with decent retention.
Smelled bitter with a lot of citrus and a bit fruity.
Taste was remarkably smooth for a stone beer, especially considering the usual comments about its "big character" on the bottle. Even though it was smooth, it had plenty of bitter in it. The result is a taste that is really nice and hoppy but without the face wrinkling overbearing quality that plagues many IPAs. The aftertaste is a lingering citrus flavour.
Drinkability was decent. This isn't my go to style of beer which means that I wouldn't want more than one of them in a sitting. Despite that, this is a damn good IPA, possibly the best IPA I've had yet.
04-21-2008 15:03:45 | More by GeoffW
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Finally review # 200! This beer poured a golden, coppery straw color with a huge white rocky head. The smell was great! Nice typical hoppiness smells such as citrus nd pine. The taste was wonderful as well with a nice maltiness in the front followed by a proper bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was thick. Nice heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall incredible. Stone Brewing is one of the best breweries out there. Enough said.
04-20-2008 22:23:09 | More by Beerbuddha
4.68/5 rDev +10.6%
Had on tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe. As common as this beer is in So. Cal I've only had it a couple times in the last 2 or 3 years since in my first couple experiences with it I just found it too "grassy" of an IPA. Well I don't know what has changed- my palate, or their recipe but this was a fantastic IPA. It had a bit of citrus in it which I never noticed before plus a load of pine. I will definitely be ordering this as one of my regular beers from now on.
04-19-2008 22:13:44 | More by MiScusi
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
I don't know why I haven't reviewed this beer earlier. I love Stone IPA. It's an old standard and a fantastic representation of the style. There isn't much I could complain about in this beer.
Great "C" hop aroma and flavor. The bitterness is apparent but isn't crushing. There's a small malt backbone to it, but it's not sweet even for an IPA. It finishes dry. I'm left feeling like I can, and have, consume 4 or 5 of these.
What a great example of a West Coast IPA.
04-16-2008 22:23:56 | More by TheEremite
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
Golden orange; BIG head; minimal carbonation; head settles into a thick cream; leaves some intricate lacing; awesome bottle design
NICE! Really pungent, floral, fresh smelling hops here; this is great!
Taste & Mouth Feel
Full hop flavor; they really did deliver on their promise of lots of hops; mouthfeel is a little thin, with not a lot of carbonation; leaves a really nice bitter aftertaste; the malt side is just present enough, though is by no means in balance with the hops, which is totally fine; gets better as it warms (malts become a little more noticeable)
Very nice! I wish I could pick this up whenever I wanted. The hops smell and taste are just so pleasing, it keeps me coming back, rushing this first bottle quite a bit!
04-16-2008 18:22:23 | More by JEdmund
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
A- Clear yellow orange. Minimal cream colored head
S- Citrus & pine hop with a note of malt
T- Similar to the nose. Stong cirtus & pine hops dominate with sweetness in the back
M- medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Taste lingers on the tounge
D- Excellent. "More bottles!!"
04-08-2008 22:46:01 | More by Avryle
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
An organish-tint that is somewhat seethru and carbonates greatly. Received a rocky, two-finger head that dies quickly but leaves sticky lace patches. An unbelievable floral and earthy hop smell complete with fruits and spices mixed in. One of the few beers to actually make me turn away to catch my breath (it was like I had put my nose in a peanut butter jar; my breath was literally taken away). The hops dominate the tastebuds while only being slightly spicy and mildly bready, and this beer actually has a smooth finish. Don't know why exactly, thought I tasted caramel and/or butterscotch and the hops gave off some fruitiness (like apples), but a great finish to a great beer. Considering I can get this on the cheap at my local grocery store, this is a must redrink and I recommend it to any IPA drinker.
04-07-2008 19:41:14 | More by clayrock81
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
a - poured a one finger thick off-white thick and bilowy head into a goblet. left great sheeting and lace, coating the glass throughout.
s - sweet and minty (wasn't expecting that) with grapefruit and other citrus aromas.
t - this is very balanced. sweet and malty with an understated citrusy flavor in the beginning. piney hops and more citrus flavors really come through in the finish.
m - medium thickness but really creamy and smooth on the palate.
d - wow. incredibly easy drinking ipa from stone.
04-07-2008 14:53:17 | More by GPHarris
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured a little hazy. Medium straw in color. Nice big head left fair amount of lacing.
Smells was a good mix of hops and malt. Very big and floral, and then again the caramel and crystal malts poked through nicely.
Taste was a well balanced pale ale. Very hoppy, but well balanced with the malt of caramel. Grainy and good.
Mouthfeel was good as well.
04-06-2008 20:04:18 | More by dmamiano
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
Ok, after tasting the Ruination, i had to break into the regular ipa and i have to say that im am SO glad i did. The color and smells were almost the same as ruination, fruity, red orange amber.
But the taste is much different. I realize now that the Ruination was an imperial Ipa, i didnt realize that until i read the reviews after my review of it. I am a much bigger fan of this regular Ipa. Not so much hops and none of the bitterness. Nice smooth going down and very drinkable. Bit of a bite at the back of the throat after swallowing, but not in a bad way. Definetly more of a beer for me.
04-04-2008 00:21:32 | More by blatherbeard
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured from a 1pt 6oz bomber into a pint glass.
A - Golden color with slightly darker hues. Thick white foam with good lacing.
S - Hoppy, loaded with hops. Hints of citrus and spice. Very floral, smells a little like perfume.
T - Hops galore, crisp with slight hints of citrus. Dry spicy finish.
MF&D - Thin to medium bodied IPA. Spicy and flavorful finish. Highly recommended. Paired extremely well with a spicy bowl of turkey chili.
04-04-2008 00:09:07 | More by nasty15108
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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