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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

9,334 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,334
Reviews: 2,806
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 273
Gots: 1,294 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001)
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm tired of drinking stouts, porters and various spiced, sometimes far, FAR overspiced Autumn and Winter beer types, so I decided to ditch the sweater and the liquid bread and go with something a little bit lighter and fruitier this time around (if I have to drink another damn "pumpkin" beer I'm going to puke.) Having had the Arrogant Bastard Ale before (which is damn good in case you weren't aware) I'm going with the Stone IPA.

Bought in a six-pack with the iconic gargoyle printed on the front (thanks for keeping us and the brew safe, ol' pal) this pours a beautiful gold with just a hint of copper-amber to let you know that you aren't just drinking swill. I really can't emphasize enough how crystal-clear and pretty this beer looks. Lots of carbonation, a decent two fingers of head which dissipates into a lacing that covers fully the head of the beer and sticks quite well to the side of the glass.

Smell is standard IPA fare (but in a good way) with a lot of variety between grass and citrus notes, pine-needles and nice esters. Taste is some heavy hops punching you directly in the nose and mouth that as the flavor mellows strikes a nice balance between the malt and the hops. This is crisp, refreshing, slightly bitter but also delicately balanced and a tiny bit sweet, and overall is exactly what I would expect from the folks at Stone. One last note: the 6.9 percent ABV will leave you with a nice little buzz after finishing a glass or three.

So, of all the IPAs I've had so far, this one is particularly hard to beat and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Probably the only beer that comes close so far is the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which is also quite nice. IPA fans should already have had this beer. If you haven't, you're missing out. Anybody else who hasn't had this beer is also missing out. Just try it.

Cheers, to good health and good beer.

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4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale bronze with off-white cap that leaves sheets.
Lemon balm, camphor, and fresh skunky cone on the nose.
Sugar cookie up front with lime, candied grapefruit, pine needle and fresh crystally oil.
Lemonhedz finish and loong aspirin linger.
Crisp, halfway between light + medium, slight cling.

Light, lean, fresh, and bright - just enough malt to hold it up yet sparkles of sugar popping through to keep things light, great brightness to the citrus, firm bitterness that doesn't hint at 77 IBUs- so many things to like about this beer. Like Ruination with all the potentially alienating qualities toned down. Funny how, as an old school recipe (1997) it reminds me of another 90s IPA, Goose Island, in the lime sherbet feel.

Definition of a SDPA.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear and pristine, but not transparent. A glorious amber color with a thick, creamy white head that eventually dwindles down to a frothy cap, leaving sticky white lace down the glass. I could have done with more lacing, but it's not enough to subtract from the score.

S: Hops galore! Definitely lots of floral hops, with a little pint of pine. A little bit of citric zest peering through, but this one is almost exclusively herbal and floral hops. Very rustic. I wouldn't mind having this scent in a candle!

T: Herbal and floral hops, and LOTS of them. Those pine notes that I detected in the nose come through with some fresh-squeezed grapefruit. Tons of bitterness throughout, but it never becomes too pungent. A little bit of alcohol spice in the finish, but other than that, this one lets the hops do the talking.

M: Oh my goodness, this one is smooth, creamy, full-bodied, a bit on the thick side... Everything I look for in a mouthfeel, essentially. This one would have gotten close to a perfect marking in this area, but I did find the carbonation to pack a little too much of a bite. Other than that, this is a flawless drinking brew.

O: Man, oh man... I'm a fan of dark brews, but this one has my palette-preferences playing tug-o-war! This is without a doubt one of the finest, easiest-drinking IPAs that has ever graced my mouth. My wallet is currently shuddering at the thought of how many sixers of this I'll be buying in the future.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,334 ratings.