Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
I can't believe I never got around to reviewing this, what I consider to be my "baseline" IPA, until now.
Pours a coppery orange/amber color. Two inch white head. Smells of pine, citrus, and maybe a hint of floral.
Taste is largely hops, with some sweeter citrus flavors mixed in, a bit of pine, and just a tad of malt. Not nearly as malty as most DIPAs, or even other nearby breweries offerings (wipeout IPA comes to mind).
Delicious, always refreshing.
11-17-2007 01:10:21 | More by Overlord
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
Grabbed this bottle from Community Beverage in Queens. They don't have too many Stone's, so I grabbed whatever I could. This brew poured into a pint glass a very murky copper gold, with a nice one and a half inch thick head. The head was very foamy and creamy, not just bubbly air. The brew itself does not look too appetizing, however, it smells wonderful. Smells of delicious hops, malts, and maybe fruits. The taste is heavenly. Not nearly as bitter and unbearable as other "strong IPAs." Great balance of hops and malts, and fruit notes. And the feel, it is wonderfully velvety smooth. Overall, if this were more readily available, I'd be on it all day. Easily one of the best brews I've ever tasted.
11-06-2007 23:24:59 | More by zerofear13
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
11-05-2007 04:32:53 | More by Opethsprite
3.88/5 rDev -8.3%
Had what i think was an older bottle, enjoy by date was barely readable, i think it said 7/02/07. Color was a beautifully clear amber gold with thick creamy white head that laced the glass very well. Not really much smell as the hops have diminished over time. Taste was good and hoppy, grassy and piney but balanced by the sweetness of the malt. As badass as Stone tries to be, this beer is obviously well crafted and beautifully balanced. Body was medium and carbonation was just right, slid right down the throat. Could drink a couple of these, will definately re-review again with a fresher bottle to really experience the hop-punch-in-the-face smell.
11-03-2007 23:24:54 | More by wheelinshirt
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
22oz bottle. Love the stencils on Stone bottles.
Pours an amber color with a nice thick head.
Smells very hoppy, like a botanical garden or something.
Probably one of the strongest (in a good way) IPA's I have tasted. Damn good. I have had The RUINATION, and that is a little stonger, but not by much.
This beer is not for a beginner. If you do not like hops, or even like beers with medium hop character then stay away. This is only for the people with the craving for a well hopped beverage, which includes me.
11-03-2007 03:01:43 | More by metallistout
4.4/5 rDev +4%
Lately I've started to shy away from some of the IPA's in favor of more American IPA's. I think this one straddles the genres. I had previously sampled a big bottle or two of this very nice brew, but last night at Wilberts in Cleveland it was the best thing going off their taps. Thanks to a very enthusiastic waitress who kept them coming, I remembered the excessive quantity of these I drank all day today.
They go down easy for an IPA (like I said, lately they bite too much). The creaminess of the bottle was better balanced on the tap version. Very nice.
11-02-2007 23:55:32 | More by schoolboy
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
Appearance- Brilliant straw color, exceptionally clear and clean looking beer. pours an immense white head that quickly receded to one finger. The head clung for life to the sides of my pint glass.
Smell- Grapefruit, with some hints of pine, and alcohol.
Taste-Citrusy, dank, and bitter, yet not overwhelming. Nice dry finish. Very well balance malt backbone to compliment the hops, or perhaps the other way around. At any rate this beer tastes great.
Mouthfeel- light to medium Mouthfeel, very smooth beer.
Drinkability- this beer is dangerously quaffable. Too high of an abv to be a session beer, but surely drinks like a session beer. I'd love to keep a stash of this in the fridge.
11-01-2007 17:10:03 | More by deanhead
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
Pours clear golden with a big soapy white head that laces as it dies. Big pine, grapefruit, citrus rindy hops in the nose. Tastes as the smell promises, big huge hops with a nice bitter finish. Crisp, clean and light in the mouth with a tickle of carbonation. Rediculously drinkable and THE prototype for a delicious IPA.
10-31-2007 23:34:33 | More by franksnbeans
4/5 rDev -5.4%
12 oz brown bottle with the enjoy by date barely readable on the bottom of the front of the bottle. Served in an imperial pint glass.
Pours a medium amber color with a decent sized foamy, white head. Clarity is somewhat hazy with good carbonation that you have to look very closely to see. Head is mostly diminishing, leaving a thin ring on top and streaky lace down the glass. The aroma is mostly hops, ranging from piney to grassy to citrusy and lesser scents of grainy-bready-biscuity malt. Taste is what you would expect from the smell. Mostly dominated by floral, pine, and grapefruit hop bitterness, with enough of a moderate malt backbone to help with balancing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very juicy, with lively carbonation and a lingering, chalky, slightly astringent finish.
Overall, this is a tasty, very good example of an American IPA. Some say that American brewers take classic styles an push them too far. I like the fact that Stone specifically set out to make an over the top, not very well balanced, beer with no apologies. Hopheads, this is a brew for you, and I would gladly have many more.
10-31-2007 00:53:11 | More by littleshamrocks
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
This appeared a lot lighter in the glass then I had expected, but was still a nice pale gold colour. The head was a healthy 3 fingers of cloud-like creamy texture. The lacing coated the glass, to where it was opaque - cool. Smell, oh, the smell. Grapefruit citrus, and pine hops, all in attendance, right where they should be, which follow through to shine in the taste. Firm body, nice balance, sufficient carbonation, dry - can a big IPA like this be called silky smooth? Wow. Very few similar offerings to compare this to in my neck of the woods. Bought at a Yoke's in Kennewick, Washington, during a recent wine country tour. They sell this stuff in gas stations south of the 49th, I can't believe it. Lucky Yanks.
10-29-2007 21:59:55 | More by biboergosum
4.72/5 rDev +11.6%
Recently, this has been my default IPA.
While I miss the IPA by Smuttynose (not available in Southern California), this beer by Stone has provided a good alternative, along with their Ruination IPA.
The Stone IPA is very hoppy, with citrus (grapefruit) accents, and a well-balanced overall taste and mouthfeel.
Slightly bitter, as I expect from a good IPA, but a great overall taste, and pleasant aftertaste.
If you drink this often or exclusively, be prepared to be disappointed by the so-called "standard" beers! ;-)
10-28-2007 05:05:50 | More by cbrakel
5/5 rDev +18.2%
Great IPA.It was a suggestion from a bartender at a great place in Boyertown Pa. called union jack's.It's down a dirt road and you would never expect it to be there.They have over 250 bottled beers and 25 or so on tap.I have had alot of great IPA's at this place ,but stone is my favorite.
10-26-2007 14:55:07 | More by twade
4.4/5 rDev +4%
This IPA has a very floral scent that is quite pleasent. At first drink this beer seems a little more carbonated than most IPAs I have had. Not lacking any taste, but certainly not too overpowering, it is very refreshing and is extremely drinkable. I definately recommened this as an everyday IPA.
10-23-2007 06:00:37 | More by Ryan4
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured from bomber into pint glass. First thing I notice is the color, a crystal-clear golden orange. Excellent thick head with great retention, leaves behind tons of lace. Almost "ring like" as each sip it takes there is a ring left to mark the previous level. Smell is of piney hops (cant distinguish much more with a slight sinus issue). Taste is terriffic. One of the best IPA's I've had. Hard hitting hops, piney and crisp. Smooth going down and leaves a bitter and dry aftertaste. Also something I really havent noticed in some other IPA's which I guess must be the hop oil. A somewhat "slick" feeling present as well. Good carbonation leads to a light mouthfeel making this an easy drinker. Overall a great beer!
10-23-2007 05:38:49 | More by bunnyhustle
4.68/5 rDev +10.6%
Pours a surprisingly clear amber/orange color, with a nice thick head that settles rather slowly to leave behind a well defined lace on the glass. Smell is very hoppy, with equal parts citrus and pine. Most balanced aroma i can recall. Taste is faint citrusy hops, along with a sweet finish, pineapple perhaps? Hmm.... Mouthfeel is likewise excellent, very smooth, slightly sticky finish, not an obscene amount of aftertaste. Goes down way too easy. Before i knew it it was gone. Wow! Well done Stone.
10-22-2007 09:07:05 | More by BigJTrucker
3.88/5 rDev -8.3%
The bottle (since the local bar no longer carries this on tap) sports the typical Stone arrogance and poetic comedy defining a gargoyle, an IPA and their philosophy.
Vigorous pour into a tulip glass produces a large creamy off white colored head that rests above a clear pale orange beer. Nice thick lacing, too.
Smells of citric grapefruit like hops. These hops are large and in charge and nothing else really comes into play, except for a lingering impression of a faint sweetness lurking in the background.
Tastes less hoppy than I remember on tap and the hops seem to fade instead of biting back at the finish. Grapefruit hints are there and its definetly for hop fans, but I recall this being better on tap.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin and the carbonation serves the hop oils nicely. Drinkability is great even if the abv is on the higher end for single IPAs. Enjoyable, but look for this on tap where I feel it would be better.
10-20-2007 02:26:29 | More by Jmamay22
4.85/5 rDev +14.7%
glorious 12 oz. presentation that's ultimately defined by its etching, in a standard format. once poured, an enviable copper consumes the glass topped off by two-finger head. retention is way above average w/ patterns of lacing marking their territory throughout the enjoyment. substantial effort was put into this offering.
hybrid of pine and citrus takes center stage. soft hints of floral spices linger in the background. this is the smell i often dreamed would result after a summer rainstorm. insane.
one of the most balanced tastes for IPAs to date. everything was measured w/ precision and it shows, better yet tastes, in this first-rate offering from stone. hops speak volumes as they should; the malt is sweet, not overbearing, yet the perfect compliment. balance is the operative term when summing up this IPA.
my mouth underwent a massage. the palate is pleased by an unparalleled texture, low carbonation and residual finish.
one of the best IPAs i have had and deserves any accolades bestowed present or future. hops aren't as complex as i would prefer, but i can't complain about a beer that defines balance and registers perfect enough to the taste, that it demands to be consumed all night long.
an elite IPA.
10-18-2007 23:35:33 | More by weiserr
4.9/5 rDev +15.8%
i'm not gonna glorify this any more than i have to. the best IPA i've ever had.
A- 1 1/2in off white creamy chunky build-able foam has great retention settling to 1/4in disc leaving lots of sticky lace in waves and tabby cat spots and stripes over the hazy vibrant orange apricot colored elixir.
S- bready and sweet with spicy fruity citrus and tropical notes, starfruit, guava, mango, melon, and banana come to mind. the best part is the milky toffee cream marshmallow in the thick dense aroma. it's unlike anything i've ever imagined.
T- bittersweet citrus, grapefruit herbal pine, orange cream with a tropical tart cranberry splash, grains, cashew, aromatic wood, lightly toasted malt, earthy meaty spiced pork, pine sap, and a warm creamy fruity buttery bakery fresh yum. this is way too complex, i believe it exceeds that arrogant bastard. herbal lemon pineapple resinous hop aftertaste lingers for a while before transforming into a smooth cured tobacco dryness that doesn't go away. perfectly blended and full of character.
MF- soft and creamy and silky smooth, medium carbonation, like a beautiful goddess is making love to my face.
D- the only things that would stop me from drinking this exclusively are:
2) i still wanna try everything possible
3) i wouldn't wanna "get used to" the subtleties and amazing nuances this shit has got goin on let's have a round of applause for STONE (again) everybody.
EDIT: i dug another one out of my secret stash, this one has the date 21.1.05 debossed into the bottle so that makes it 3 years old! math! head was less vigorous, made about 1/2in settles fast but left alot of lace. where's it come from? same marshmallow milky toffee fruity hop aroma, but in the taste hops are more subdued, but much more developed and complex. as are the malts but the hops are the star from start to the long dry finish. cocoa butter sandalwood tropical fruit and alcohol! i really hop i can find some more of this shit.
10-18-2007 22:35:52 | More by hustlesworth
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Had on draft at Frisco's Grille & Cantina, Columbia, MD.
A- Pours a deep gold with a thick snow-white head of foam.
S- very floral hop aroma, citrusy, and inviting. A true West Coast IPA through and through.
T- Very refreshing, a very strong citrus-grapefruit flavor the hops are strong, but not astringent. Overall, very well balanced.
M- Medium to thin in body, well carbonated.
D- A fresh, hoppy beer, that is a welcome flavor. The alcohol and flavor aren't so strong as to prevent enjoying this beer all evening.
10-16-2007 01:16:34 | More by cichief
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass to form a perfect 1" white head over a clear golden beer. The head stayed around and left very pronounced lacing all the way down the glass.
The aroma was VERY NICE!.... definately a nice floral hoppy smell with some nice malt to balance.
The taste was milder than expected.... of course it's no RUINATION... It was still nice and flavorful with a hoppy tinge nicely balanced by a toasted malt. There was also a bit of a tangy citrus to add to the complexity.
The mouthfeel was thinner than expected. Appropriate carbonation and a smooth feel to this beer.
Drinkability: Well, I was left wanting more.... I only bought a single 12oz. just to try it.... But this would be good all day long. I do prefer the DOUBLE IPA of Ruination though...
10-15-2007 21:32:51 | More by TheBierBand
4.75/5 rDev +12.3%
20oz pint poured ice cold at Suspenders, NYC Financial District.
In a frosty pint glass, I couldnt get a great look at this beer but the peachy amber color with rocky head looked nice. Lacing down the glass.
Wonderfully floral and sweet aroma wafted towards me, despite the overchilledness. As it warmed some (it was too good for me to let it last long enough to really get warm), the aromas became more complex, yeasty, fruity, piney, and a touch funky.
This beer is definitely in the running for my favorite American IPA. It is a kaleidoscope of flavor, all manner of hoppy bitter fruity piney flavors, balanced from start to finish with just the right note of sweetness...this is not a sweet beer by any means. It is a fabulously flavorful bitter beer. But sweet notes peek in just when they are needed to provide the perfect balance. Insanely drinkable. Now I know exactly what to drink when I am on Wall St.
Edit: From a bottle the promise is upheld. Notes I didn't mention: the fruit is definitely pineapple and grapefruit. Fantastic beer!
10-12-2007 02:22:09 | More by kenito799
4/5 rDev -5.4%
Pours a bright transparent copper color, with a fluffy off-white head that leaves a generous lace behind all the way to the bottom. Big floral hop aroma pretty much tells the story here....yep, it's an IPA. Taste begins with a subtle buttery malt flavor, followed by a serious rush of evergreen and floral hop flavors. Very crisp and to-the-point....no dickin' around here. As another BA noted before, the hop bitterness is very prominent at first, but fades quickly as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is a little sticky, with a hop aftertaste that lingers for quite a while...just keeps you sippin' away. I could drink this all damn night! Great IPA!
10-11-2007 23:33:48 | More by jockstrappy
3.95/5 rDev -6.6%
12oz single bottle. As always the flavorful text on the bottle is a must read. Features a definition for not only a gargoyle but the beer itself as well.
A - Very pleasing to the eyes, a glowing golden hue with hints of orange. Just a fingertip of head that rides all the way down. Nice lacing as well.
S - A lot going on here, almost too much for my sense of smell. The hops profile is ever-present, and comes off quite citrus-like.
T - It is entirely impossible to taste everything in one sip. Each time I can detect a different profile shining through, and the bitter characteristics fade as it warms up. Too bad I only purchased one! The complexity of this brew deserves more than one downing.
M - Very sharp, and yes, crisp. Body is medium/heavy, and fits the taste profile perfectly.
D - Quite well I'd say, I could definitely use another. I will revisit this one rather soon I can tell, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good IPA.
10-09-2007 02:37:19 | More by PhageLab
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured almost orange hue with a clingy white head. It was a little hazy and had just the right amount of carbonation.
The smell was all hops just the way an IPA should be. Citrus and grassy aromas were dominant in this one.
The tasts was amazing. Grapefruit and pine were the main hop flavors. There was a dry and bitter finish that just makes you take another drink. There was a nice malty backbone to hold up to the hops and it was very balanced.
I could see this beer being a session IPA. It is not overly hoppy and the alcohol is subdued. This is my favorite example of an IPA.
10-09-2007 00:38:33 | More by snpub540
4.55/5 rDev +7.6%
I poured this from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass and had a golden hue - a bit lighter in color than I had expected. The head was about one finger thick and remained intact for some time. It smelled great, like citrus, and the hoppy aroma imparted a fresh, spring like quality. The taste is truly exceptional. A perfect balance of bittering hops and flavoring hops make this one of the best examples of an American IPA. Hoppy! The drinkability is great and could easily be a quenching session beer.
10-07-2007 19:50:14 | More by gallagherman
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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