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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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2,876 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,876
Hads: 10,223
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.09%
Wants: 358
Gots: 2,254 | FT: 7
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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Photo of jmdrpi
3.32/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, enjoy by date of 05.06.12

appears a golden in color, minimal white head. strong hop aroma- herbal, slightly flowery, a bit piney.

hops dominate the taste too, very minimal malt. spicey. I think it needs some balance. thin body with fairly high carbonation.

overall - nice hop flavors, but in my opinion needs some more malt body.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw colour with a nice bubbly and lacey head.

Smells slightly of honey with candy sweet floral hops.

Floral hop flavors dominate the entire experience. Hops are one-dimensional as well. Beer has some soapy flavors going on.

I know I am going against the masses on this one, but I am really not that impressed. I like a more dynamic hop character in an IPA, I found this one rather powerful, yet lacking in complexities. A good beer, but I have had far superior IPA's.

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Photo of Brunite
3.36/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale straw-yellow color with a decent head.

S: The smell was plenty of hops with a predominance of floral and grassy notes.

T: The taste was disappointing. No sense of any malt at all. All hop bitterness...and not in a way that appealed to me. I get that thi is an IPA...but just bitter is not what I want.

M: Pretty good...medium bodied.

O: One and done for me. There are other IPA's I prefer. Two hearted, Green Flash, Hop Devil.

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Photo of kajerm
3.37/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, pours pale amber and slightly hazy, with a big white head and signficant lacing. There are a lot of beers that smell and taste hoppy, but this is one of a very few beers that looks hoppy-- if you look at the glass closely, you can see clouds of emulsified hop oils; pretty cool, and maybe a little ominous.

The aroma is loaded with pine and citrus character-- the dry-hopping really shows here. As far as I can tell, they didn't use cool hops (although it smells like there MIGHT be amarillo in there somewhere), but this doesn't smell as mundane and straightforward as a lot of west coast IPAs.

Opens up with citric hop flavor and some nondescript fruitiness. The finish is intense bitterness that sucks your soul out through your tongue. Bittering seems even more over the top since this beer is so empty mid-palate, and because the malt backbone is light to nonexistent.

Mouthfeel is thick and resinous, with low carbonation.

I looked forward to relaxing with one of these (and pairing it with some spicy chicken arabiatta), but the balance is no good-- bittering is out of control compared to the rest of the beer.

It's a damn shame too, because it smells so nice.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.37/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a modest but lasting off-white head. The smell is overwhelmingly citrusy hops as an IPA should be, but not far behind it is a nice biscuity malt and a light sweetness as well. The taste is , whew!, a very sharp citrus hop bite that hangs around but slowly lessens to reveal the fresh baked bread flavored malt that stands distantly behind. This is a medium bodied brew that finishes almost brutally dry.

Notes: This one is just about the hops IMHO. Have you ever chewed on hop pellets...this is what it's like. I tried it at 50 degrees and on and off all the way to 60 degress and I can't get more of the malts. If you like balanced brews, this one is not for you. These kinds of brews are not hard to produce. It is okay, but not real good. It is rather one dimensional to come from a brewery of this caliber. Shocking to me that it is top rated when there are so many more complex beers out there. Cheers!

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Photo of philipquarles
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours clear copper with a fluffy white head. The foam dies down to leave a considerable amount of lacing. Smells well-hopped, with heavy citrus. Only a hint of malt and some sweet light fruit. Tastes outright heavily hopped, with notes of dish soap predominant. Maybe it's the mixture of citrus and resin, but whatever the taste is, it's unpleasant. Gets better as it warms and as the palette gets numb to it. Pleasant sweet malt eventually shows through. Medium body. I don't know what it is about the hops Stone uses---I really enjoy other IPAs and DIPAs, but both this and Ruination have had the same soapy quality, and I'm not a big fan.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: apricot 1 1/2 finger foam lacing till last drop
S: grapefruit grapefruit grapefruit zest little hop
T: grapefruit, hops , little pine
F: nice creamy
O: taste like grapefruit I personally likr the black ipa better

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Photo of dalimsta
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- Pretty typical appearance and texture for an IPA.

- Aroma is interesting--a bit of citrus and pine with something else I just couldn't place. Not bad, but it didn't draw me in.

- I definitely agree with some other reviewers about the grapefruit bitterness up front. It's a bit overpowering, especially when taking a lot in at a time--it really does taste like unsweetened grapefruit juice with some pine at the end. After the bitterness cleared up, though, I got a really nice malty breadiness. I just wish it had come sooner, since the overwhelming hops presence isn't all that pleasant.

- Drinkable, but go slowly. Taking in too much at once bombards the palate with astringent hops.

Some might like the bitterness (and Stone writes clearly on the bottle that they loaded their IPA with hops), but it just isn't for me.

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Photo of dvsbizzyb
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Shows a bright golden orange with a very thin white head. Leaves a nice lacing throughout the glass.

Smell - Strong hop scent with hints of citrus in the background.

Taste - Dominant hop flavor that lingers on the tongue but an aftertaste of grapefruit and an unknown sweetness help balance it out very well.

Mouthfeel - This has a refreshing feel to it. It's on the low side of medium as far as carbonation goes which is great. Leaves a mellow coating of bitterness but nothing overbearing.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer. It is well balanced and highly drinkable.

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Photo of jrbuch
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal, Golden Color. Not much head retention and a little lacing. Typical to style.

S - There is a pretty hoppy smell here. It has the citrus and some grapefruit, but it really smells like opening a bag of hops. It smells like hops.

T - There is a sweet malty taste, not too dry. The hops come through (there are definitely some C hops in here), and thee is a very clean bitterness in the end (tastes like Magnum). Very well bittered.

M - Good carbonation, not to light.

D - It's a good IPA, just not my favorite. It is what you would expect a Stone IPA to taste like.

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Consumer Beverages. Bright orange color with a nice head. I like the color of this. Aroma is fruity and floral with some sweet malts. Starts out with lots of malt sweetness but gets more bitter and dry towards the finish. Not bad, but a pretty average IPA.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a chance to try this on tap. Stone beers seem to be popping up all over now a days.

It had a typical, floral-like smell, which is common in most IPAs. Actually pretty strong, which made it so deceiving the flavor was quite mild and not as hoppy as I would have expected.

I am not the biggest IPA fan, but this was pretty good. As noted, I didn't find it overly hoppy, so if that is what you are looking for, you may want to try something else.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy bright gold. One finger creamy white head that provides some lacing. Nice carbonation: steady streams of tiny bubbles throughout. Aroma is piney hops with rosemary/floral on orange marmalade on crackers. Pine-grapefruit taste, no sweetness here. Bitterness dominates mouthfeel yet creamy. Lingering bitterness.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $3.99 for 22 oz. Good smell, good taste, maltyness washed away by the dominating hops. You could drink a lot of this, but I'd spend your money on a cheaper IPA as this isn't anything terribly special. A great brew from Stone, but they've got many other far better beers than this.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

transcribed from a super old rating.

12 oz. bottle tasted blind.

pours hazy gold with little white head.

Solid aroma of jasmine and lemon.

Unfortunately, something just tasted off and out of balance for this IPA and the bitterness just did not work for my palate.

Super dry crisp clean mouthfeel with solid carbonation and a quick finish.

Overall, a solid IPA, representative of what Stone does with hops.

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Photo of mrcharlie
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Massive bitter assault and nothing else for me. Choked it down with the help of some spicy food. Not too fond of other Stone offerings either, other than their pale ale. Maybe I'm just a sissy.

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Photo of tylerss20
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good for the style, just a little too much for me. High marks for quality, low on drinkability. Pour is a slightly cloudy hay yellow. Thin crown dissipates quickly. Alpha hop is strong and forward, not the balance I enjoy in singles.

Another good Stone offering, just marked aggressiveness for a single-IPA.

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Photo of Kelp
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A hazy yellowish color with a decent amount of head to the beer. A nice white head with a bit of lacing left behind.

Floral hops smell dominate some citrus smells to it grapefruity. A malt and pine smell on the end.

A hoppy, bitter taste to the brew. Very one sided and ends with a citrus/grapefruit finish that lingers for a while on the tongue. Definitely has a better smell than taste to it.

A smooth beer with a medium body to it and a bit underwhelming carbonation.

This is a decent IPA at best to me. Too bitter for my tastes. I can drink, but usually would chose not to if I have any choice in the matter.

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Photo of chaunur
3.41/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

First, I an NOT a hophead so this isn't a beer I would purchase, it was given to me by a friend who didn't like it. Having said that this wasn't a bad experience. It poured an slightly hazy orange tan into a pint glass, produced a nice 2 finger head that stuck around for awhile. Of course it had a very hoppy aroma with overtones of floral and citrus. I was surprised by the flavor, while the hop flavor was pronounced it was well balanced by a touch of malt sweetness.Thought the carbonation was on the spot and the brew went down easy. But I dont think this a beer I could drink more than one or two of in a sitting.

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Photo of matthewfuchs
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy bright amber in color. Powerful hops aroma, some citrus coming through. The taste is not as hoppy as it smells. I guess the bark is worse than the bite. Very smooth beer, especially for an IPA. Overall a good drink for a small session. Half of the attraction is the bottle art, for sure.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Transparent medium amber body. An aggressive pour only produced a head of 1 finger. The tiny bubbles constantly rising to the top (which is great because I'm drinking this from a standard pint glass) give this one a decent head retention. Eventually a thin collar remains and no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Wonderful bouquet of citrus, floral, and earthy hops with a sweet caramel malt backbone.

T- A balance of herbal and citrus hop taste upfront with a weak caramel malt backbone. The finish is mostly herbal hops with a caramel malt sweetness. Lingering bitterness is aggressive and somewhat unpleasant. Also lingering is an herbal hop taste, caramel malt sweetness, and alcohol warmth.

M- Aggressive carbonation and oily body of medium thickness.

D- This is a decent IPA but not one of my favorites. I was surprised that the alcohol was detected in this medium ABV brew. This one is full of hop flavor and bitterness. I may revisit this one again.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice (light) amber color. It had a modtly hop flavor to it right off the bat.the malt IS there, but this, by defiination is a hoppy beet. Smells nice a citrusy on the the pour, and it has a nice follow thouw when you go through it. All in all it has the prolific hop flavor that most Stone products have, and, all in all, it is a very nice brew, Find, and enjoy, it if you can

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Photo of retry4z
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a standard beer glass, cold. Solid head, about 1 finger size that disappears quickly. Strong malty aroma with citrusy hints. Color between bronze and golden, light-medium clarity.

Medium-bodied, with above-average carbonation. Initially sweet, and then very dry-bitter finish, not well balanced.

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Photo of mattster
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened 12oz bottle and poured into pint glass.

Nice light golden brown color, somewhat hazy but still translucent. Very little head that dissipates quickly, light lacing on top.

Smell is hoppy, slight citrus notes. Taste is even hoppier, also with a good hints of citrus and a little spice.

Little aftertaste, pretty pleasant brew. After consuming most of the beer, I noticed that it was stamped "enjoy by 12/11/07" but I've had this brew before and didn't notice any major change. Generally, IPA's are made to last for longer periods of time. I feel comfortable saying that this brew would probably still taste good a month from now.

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Photo of simpliciter
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - yellow --- not a lot of character in the appearance (bad pour?)
S - slightly floral, but not very distinct
T - [[no notes on the taste of this beer survived this evening.]]
M - slightly coats the mouth, finishes clean
D - lingering bitterness

All in all, not as impressive as the Cali-Belgique version of this same beer. Belgian yeast, woo!

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,876 ratings.