Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 8,524 | Reviews: 2,756 | Display Reviews Only:
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
A - Pours rich deep redish-golden hue, rocky off white head that left large amonts of sticky lace. Impressive.
S - Storng and sharp aromas of hops, bitter bit with a spice lingering, much stornger that most IPA I've had.
T - Sharp and strong, mild alcohol taste, the spices and hops bit sharply at your taste buds, for a refreshing and impressive finish.
M - Full bodied but refreshing, it will leave your tounge tingling with its bite.
D - Very enjoyable, looking forward to next round.
03-26-2008 18:22:06 | More by trackstar1043
4.68/5 rDev +10.6%
Appeared very dark amber in the pint glass with minimal head.
It smelled strongly of hops even far from the glass.
It felt medium-bodied in the mouth and tasted very hoppy, not too heavy with little bite.
It was a very drinkable and great tasting beer.
03-21-2008 22:02:52 | More by jeremyd365
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from the bottle into a standard pint. Classic IPA look, body maybe a shade light. Nice head retention, creamy white and bubbly.
Aroma is fairly muted. Hops dominate obviously, citrus elements, as well as herbs and some spices.
Hop flavor is wet and spicy, as well as Earthy and piney. Freshly cut wood is prominent. Strong bitter oils on the back of the tongue.
03-21-2008 02:05:11 | More by HugoGrim
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a nice sticky white head. The aroma is oily fresh citrusy hops with some malt. The taste is dominated by the bitter citrusy hops that are quite puckering and last well into the finish. There is a mild malt presence in the background, but it is hard to even the slightest attention to the malt before the hops demand your full attention. Overall, this is a fabulous West Coast IPA that I would highly recommend. If this was available here in FL, it would be a staple in my fridge.
03-20-2008 03:01:00 | More by cjgator3
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Golden/straw color body with off-white creamy dense head with loads of lace...
S: Not as hoppy on the nose as i'd expect.. they certain are there... but no where near as aromatic as most other ipa's coming out of the west coast these days...
T: Slightly more hops going on in the taste.. slightly piney and oily.. some malts and grains hold down the fort in the middle of the profile... slight bitter finish
M: Smooth. Crisp finish. Moderate body.
D: Pretty solid all around.. Won't be my first choice when I want an arromatic IPA.
03-20-2008 00:40:43 | More by callmemickey
3.88/5 rDev -8.3%
Good IPA but not up to the fundamental stone standard of bitterness. Or maybe this is their attempt to attract the masses.
It's a light bodied IPA (I would argue a pale ale even) with some citrus character up front. A fresh pour of this is quite good and shows bright ruby red grapefruit with minimal malty sweetness to balance (read as not overly bitter but dry finishing). This is a good intro to IPA beer, A gateway beer if you will.
Also the price is right, and ya gotta love that.
03-19-2008 21:02:07 | More by flannelman808
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
This beer pours a golden amber color with a medium sized but thick tan colored head that laces the glass all the way down. The aroma is of very nice citrisy and piney hops. The taste is great! Very nice roasted malt backbone underneath a bold citrisy and piney hop flavor. The mouthfeel is nice - very crisp and dry finish. The drinkability is very good as well. I would definately have a few of these if I could. Well worth a try, excellent IPA.
03-18-2008 02:40:00 | More by erosier
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
Tried this on-tap at the Old Dominion Brewhouse here in DC. It was delicious! Very similar in fact to the Dogfish 60 Minute IPA. I had a hard time telling the difference.
Appearance was good.. rich, golden color, with a nice 1" head. The smell was nice, fresh.. of fruit, straw, and hops. The taste was excellent.. lots of hop flavor along with apples and pears and straw. Very fresh. I would definitely recommend this beer.
03-17-2008 22:20:23 | More by alysmith4
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
Pours a slightly orangish, golden color. A little lighter in color than most IPA's. Nice thick white head that has good retention and leaves a ton of lace. Aroma is hops. Citrusy grapefruit and pine lead the way here.
Taste is very hoppy. Grapefruit peel is very strong here. Its not pure hops though as some bready malt along with a touch of caramel help balance things out. Lingering bitterness on the palate. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth, pleasant carbonation level. Well worth seeking out while I was in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Unfortunately its not available in MO, maybe sometime soon it will be. Great beer.
03-16-2008 03:01:35 | More by hckyfn9999
4.53/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville into a pint glass.
Appearance: Transparent orange amber with a sticky, one-and-a-half-finger head with great retention. Lacing is equally sticky, bubbles are active. The color really is very nice, a treat to look at.
Smell: Every hop scent imaginable is present here - I detect fruity esters (predominantly orange, but with some tangy lemon and pineapple as well), crisp pine, and spiciness floral herbs. Very pungent, I can smell it from quite some distance.
Taste: Spicey! Peppery, herbal hops hit first, with bright, brilliant citrus and sharp, sprucelike notes present as well. Moderate malty sweetness and a touch of earthy mustiness from the yeast, as well as the slightest hint of alcohol, rounds it off. Damn.
Mouthfeel: Probably the creamiest IPA I've ever had. It's very smooth, which is somewhat at odds with such a crisp taste, but it works surprisingly well.
Drinkability: A pretty big beer, large and in charge. Really very enjoyable, eminently sessionable, available in sixers or 22 oz bottles ... what more do you need? A world-class American IPA.
I do believe we have a winner. My new favorite IPA, I didn't believe it possible to pack this many distinct hop notes into one beer. Excellent dry-hopping - a very assertive, very fruity, very pleasant surprise. Cheers!
03-11-2008 19:00:23 | More by CrellMoset
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
The look of the beer is really nice: orangey amber with a great, thick white head that leaves lace all over the glass.
Grapefruit hops and some floral sweetness fill the nose. The smell really comes at you, but it's definitely welcome. I really don't think that there is a single flaw in the aroma, and I could sniff this all day.
From the appearance and the smell, the taste has a lot of hype to live up to, and it does. A very commanding bitter hops flavor dominates with crisp grapefruit, resin, and a little sweetness. Grains come in at the aftertaste to balance things out, followed by a some more hoppy bitterness.
The body is medium with an appropriate amount of carbonation. You can feel it as it goes down, which is nice.
This is especially refreshing on a hot day, and I could drink more than my fill of it. However, I don't think that such an assertive beer can be enjoyed to its fullest at just any time or place. Then again, I'm glad the intense flavor wasn't compromised so that anyone could chug it down like Bud, Miller, etc.
Stone has certainly set a high standard for IPAs everywhere. This will probably turn anybody into a hop-head.
03-11-2008 18:10:43 | More by BlankFrank
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
Have to admit that this is one of my favorite IPA's on the planet. When you head out to Stone brewery, they take you on a wicked 45 minute tour highlighting why a Stone brew is different and made better than any beer.
They packed this sucker full of hops and it definitely will smack you on the side of the head when you taste it. Very hoppy, smooth, crisp beer.
I highly recommend this beer to anyone who is trying to move from a Pale Ale up to an IPA.
Hope this review helps.
03-10-2008 02:43:48 | More by Vansmack
3.98/5 rDev -5.9%
Appears a hazy straw orange. Small head , slight lacing.
Smell is citrus , slight pine.
Of course this is hoppy , with citrus, grapefruit and bitterness coming through. Slight sweet maltiness is in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium , hops leave a residual aftertaste. Decent carbonation.
Overall i nice beer I recommend.
03-10-2008 01:26:32 | More by shroompod
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
A west coast treat for this craft beer deprived Florida boy.
Gorgeous pour revealing a slightly hazy bright orange-gold hue under a thick, tight white head.
Aroma of freshly squeezed grapefruit and orange juice into one glass, backed by a faint nose of lemon, pine needles and caramel malt.
Palate shows a fine and mild spritzy carbonation with a medium body which was perfect for the style.
No mistaking the big hop additions in the flavors; lots of citrus and pine in tune with the delicious aromas. A touch of sweetness from the caramel malts are noted mid-palate, but the finish is a crisp and bitter hop contribution; nice and long. These guys are good!
03-09-2008 06:04:46 | More by macster
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
A- Poured a nice gold with a ever so slight orange look shade. It had a nice head, partly due to an aggressive pour. The head didn't stick around for the whole beer, and lacing is somewhat evident.
S- Had a nice initial floral hop smell that was nice. A touch of malts, and even a bite of sweetness. The hops were def up front and stuck around the most.
MF/D- not to bitter, and flavor stuck around for a bit on the tongue. The Hops were pretty crisp, and the malt was subtle, making it a very enjoyable beer.
03-09-2008 00:27:31 | More by andrewt960
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
From notes in the past:
Deep straw-colored body. Somewhat cloudy with fairly active effervescence. Thin but busy looking white head.
Smells hoppy, fresh, and fruity, with a slight floral touch. Maybe even some sweetness. Somebody could write a review about the scent. Absolutely wonderful
Fresh tasting with a hoppy bite. Can taste some alcohol after the first three sips. After warming, still hoppy and pleasantly astringent, with the malt stepping up. The boldness seems to pick up as I go. Fresh and balanced to the last sip.
A nice example of a tastefully heavy-handed IPA.
03-08-2008 15:51:31 | More by chiefydawg
4/5 rDev -5.4%
A very nice light amber color when it hit the glass. Had a decent white head that stuck around for a little bit. Fruity hoppiness in the nose. A solid malt backbone to support the hoppiness of the beer. Perfectly carbonated with a medium body and a clean finish. A very smooth brew. If I wasn't so broke, I'd buy a case right now.
03-06-2008 06:40:03 | More by jeremy13586
3.58/5 rDev -15.4%
Bottled, consumed on 11/27/07.
Beautiful clear golden with lots of active carbonation. A beautiful one finger white head floats atop this brew.
Aroma: grassy, sweet, grapefruit hops.
Flavor: Lemony, grassy hops. Fleeting sweetness from the malt, then some peppery hops in the aftertaste.
If you're into hoppy beers, it's a good one.
A real hop-head, West Coast IPA.
03-06-2008 04:40:50 | More by charlzm
3.73/5 rDev -11.8%
Tried this one in a 22 Oz bottle.
This is a very good true IPA.
Pours a beautiful colour with a fine head that lasts.
The hops are very fragrant and fruity.
A fine beer, very drinkable.
The only criticism I'd have is that it could use a little more malt to offer a more complex after taste once the hop flavour disapates.
03-05-2008 22:04:05 | More by ElGeordie
4/5 rDev -5.4%
Pours a fairly light orange/yellow with a decent white head.
Smell is excellent. Floral and hoppy, but not too bitter. The taste is great. It's hoppy but not terribly intense. It's a bit too sweet for me (a self-confessed hophead), unlike the Ruination which much heaver in the hops. Nonetheless, this is one you cant' put down.
A great IPA.
03-04-2008 03:00:19 | More by bassmantin
4.8/5 rDev +13.5%
Alright ill get straight to the point. I love this beer! Im already a fan of hoppy ales/lagers especially IPAs and this is by far one of the best out there in my opinion. Pours that classis IPA orange color. Smells of wonderful hops. The taste is great you have the classic crisp hoppy flavor and its not overwhelmed by the alcohol. I could enjoy this one year round for sure. When i compare it to the ruination IPA from stone i like this one better suprisingly because of the lower alcohol that doesnt take away taste from all the hops. But if your looking for a little extra buzz go with the Ruination. You wont go wrong either way trust me. Oh and this ones a little bit cheaper as far as i know. Once again props to stone. without them and other micro's we would be stuck in piss water hell with bud,coors, and miller
03-01-2008 00:43:23 | More by calebmills
4.79/5 rDev +13.2%
Pours a crystal clear golden orange, with a pure white, rocky head. Smells citrusy and piney. Taste is quite dry, with an herbal and citrus hop flavor, as well as a tiny bit of malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is great, carbonation levels are low. I could drink several of these, they taste wonderful, one of the best American IPA's I have ever had.
02-29-2008 05:15:24 | More by tronester
3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
This beer pours a lovely golden hue with a decent head and a nice level of carbonation. The smell is not distinctly hoppy, i am thinking that this bottle might be oxidized because i do detect some cardboard. I have had the beer before and will give the brew the benefit of the doubt and blame the packy for poor turnover. When I drink the beer it is real nice, it has a flowery flavor up front with a mild middle and a decent hoppiness to the finish. Decent thickness to the mouth.
In all I think this one is pretty good, but I wish the bottle was not oxidized.
02-27-2008 23:38:01 | More by jscondon
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
Personally I hold a special spot in my heart for IPA's. Unfortunatly due to the shortage of hops this year I am scared that premium IPA's such as Stone's will increase even more in price. This is one of those "once it hits your lips" beers, in fact you feel that way even before you taste it.
A - A golden slightly hazey color characteristic of the style with a thick, foamy, long lasting head. Lacing remains in the glass until the last drop.
S - This is where the pleasure truely begins. Immediatly hops come through with undertones of fruit (pineapple/citrus). This aroma is very fragrent reminding me of perfume. Along the same lines as Southern Tier Unearthly, however not as pungent and offensive, more appetizing.
T - Immediatly the hop bitterness comes through and then it is softened by the frutiness of the beer. Very smooth, mouthwatering and long lasting taste. As you continue to drink you feel the warming sensation, fragrent perfume continues to linger in the mouth. Not overly hopped and very well balanced.
M - The mouthfeel on this IPA is full bodied, almost boardering on syrupy. Carbonation helps to disperse the flavor and aroma however it is mostly covered by the hoppy bitterness.
D - This is deffinetly a big beer. It leaves you wanting more however it would be difficult to make this a session beer with such pronounced aroma and hoppy flavor.
This is one of the best IPA's I have had in a long time and I look forward to sampling their other varieties of IPA. I highly reccomend this to any hopped beer lover and I know I will be consuming several in the near future.
02-27-2008 02:56:55 | More by ams0286
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $1.93. No freshness date on the bottle. I've had this before a couple of times, but always on-tap. In fact, I bought this because I've never seen a bottle of it before.
Not a terribly promising pour. It came a slightly darker shade than most macro-lagers, with a skiff of white foam. Fortunately that foam then expanded into a decent inch or so. Spotty lace.
I may be crazy (most would say there's no question), but I swear this smells like lime. I'm used to IPAs with a citrusy charcter, but I've never got lime from them. Also a peppery spiciness is present.
The taste is a mixture of juicy citrus fruit and bitter hoppiness. A very shy caramel-like malt sweetness can be gleaned, but it's way in the background. Finish is pleasingly dry.
Mouthfeel is oily with hop resin, but the body is sufficiently light to not come across as thick or cloying.
A very tasty IPA that I could definitely have several of if the occaision allowed it. Needing to shove off for work soon precludes that, sadly. I definitely will drink this again, however.
02-24-2008 22:22:05 | More by woemad
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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