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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)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

9,485 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,485
Reviews: 2,832
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 285
Gots: 1,482 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Comes a brown, 12 oz bottle with the normal "painted" Stone artwork. As always, the label text is quite funny, if not as outlandish as it's big brothers Arrogant Bastard or Ruination. Enjoy by 1/19/06, so only has about two weeks left.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, light brown/orange copper. About one finger's worth of head, which quickly disappears. Tons of cloud-like lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Clean, herbal hop aroma, with surprisingly restrained hints of pine and citrus. Some spicy alcohol lurking in the background, along with bready notes.

Taste: Neutral mouth quickly gives way to a wallop of hoppy bitterness. As the beer warms, some malt sweetness helps to balance the taste, but the main flavor is still enjoyable citrus and pine notes from the hops — almost spicy at times. Finish leaves behind lingering, sticky hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with plenty of carbonation up front but nothing overwhelming.

Drinkability: The 6.9% alcohol can sneak up on you, given how addictive this beer is. Probably a bit heavy for a session, but it tastes good enough that you'll be drinking until you see the gargoyle.

My local bar rotated Stone IPA into their taps, so I've been happily drinking this in place of Racer Five for a few months. The bottled version lacks some of the initial bitterness of the draft version, possibly due to the freshness of this sample. While Stone gets more attention, and rightfully so, for bigger offerings like Arrogant Bastard, this more balanced but expertly crafted IPA sometimes gets overlooked. A strong offering worthy of the gargoyle.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,485 ratings.