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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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9,485 Ratings

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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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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stone IPA is one of the flagships for American IPA's in my humble opinion.
The beer pours out a beautiful gold color with the tiniest bit of orange tint. A 1" creamy white head rests on top. The head recoils to about 1/8" and leaves great lacing on the glass. This is how a beer should look!!
The nose is a masterpiece. Pine, spruce, citrus, orange peel, something candied in there. Very appealling.
The taste is wonderful with a bright hop explosion midway through the mouth. The citrus notes from the aroma carry over into the taste. The beer rolls over the tongue into a bitter, long hoppy finish.
The mouthfeel is crisp, clean and creamy and not highly carbonated.
Stone IPA is wonderfully drinkable. It is "The Nectar". The English soldiers in India would have been ecstatic to pull this IPA off the boat!!

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4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big pillowy and foamy head with a perfect golden and clear color with a strong lacing.

Smell is of sweet hops with some pine and sweet dark plum.

Taste is great, just not very complex and very light on the palate without almost any aftertaste. It's hoppy and smooth, not too bitter.

Very smooth and soft on the palate.

Very drinkable, If I lived in CA, this would be my session beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The logo for this San Diego brewery is a gargoyle, those eerie stone creatures one sees perched along the roofs of great cathedrals, where they serve as rain spouts. Why? This is unimportant; what is important is that Stone produces great craft brew; this IPA is one of the best.

It begins in a luxuriant froth, spongy and shimmering, and slowly subsides beneath the glass rim, forming a sudsy crown atop a cloudy pool of gold. The nose detects faint whiffs of apple supplemented by myriad notes of butter.

However, the action occurs on the palate; there is an initial citrus explosion, containing various shards of lime and orange, which fades in a quick, but intense, bitterness provided by the generous dry hopping. Pleasant well-balanced mouthfeel brings to close a satisfying quaff and an important reminder of how great craft brew should taste. Still, you gotta love them gargoyles.

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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber. Golden-honey with a frothy head that dissipates rather quickly but forms a nice cap and leaves sticky lacing (somewhat sparse, but there nonetheless) all the way down the glass. Nose is all floral and fruity hoppiness, very inviting! The taste follows the nose with a powerful bitterness at both the front and the back -- a great achievement in itself. There is a honeyed maltiness and the taste of peaches and flowery esters. The mouthfeel is full and juicy, very satisfying. Great drinkability...too bad this stuff is so expensive as a sixer. A bomber is enough for me, though. And at 6.9%, there's really no reason for more than one 22 oz bottle anyway. Superb representation of the style.

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4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mostly clear gold/amber pour. Very little head, (poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Ommegang chalice).

Nice hop nose that let's you know you are in for a treat. Aggressive, but not unwelcome.

Hop fiesta flavor! Nice grapefruity burst, sharp piney flavor also present. Definitely for hop lovers. I can't remember when I have had a better IPA. Probably never.

Sharp, crisp mouthfeel. It begs you to take another sip.

Drinkability is tops! 7% ABV and it goes down insanely easy. I could drink these almost exclusively with no complaints. Certainly will be one of my new session favorites, when I can afford it ($37 a case, $10 a sixer around here).

My love affair with Stone beer continues, too bad they are located all the way across the country. Luckily most of their line is available here in MA.

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4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My BA friend (cdkrenz) brought this back for me from Vegas.

Poured into a pint glass this brew was a clean gold color that was minimally transparent. Very little head.

The aroma was overwhelmingly HOPS, but in a good way. It also boasted a sweet smell as well.

In taking my first sip I was expecting a very bitter taste, but there was actually a great balance of hops and a sweet maltiness. There was just the right amount of carbonation to give this a great mouthfeel yet leaving it with a clean crisp aftertaste.

This is a very solid IPA. You can tell this beer is made of high quality ingredients. I will look for more from Stone brewery.

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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bomber poured into a pint, one inch head, orangey light brown coloring, not overly carbonated, great looking bottle with the definition, really nice.

s- not overly strong, wafts of grapefruit, pine, spice.

t- soo tasty, spicy, tangy, traditional grapefruit rind and pine but kicked up a notch, with a great backbone of caramel malt.

m- medium body.

d- so drinkable, easily one of the best ipa's i've ever had, am definately planning on buying some more to stock the fridge up, i could session this almost too easily.

this is the perfect beer for my 50th review!!!

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4.36/5  rDev +3.3%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass, this beer is a cloudy golden color with two fingers of off-white head which sticks around for a few minutes. Very nice rings of lace left behind on the glass. Nose is full of flowery and perfumy hops, slight amount of citrus, and a hint of doughy biscuits. Taste starts out with a rather sweet malt and then hits you with loads of flowery hops giving way to a gently bitter finish. Very nice delicate hops meld well with the strong pale malt for a very drinkable balanced IPA. Hop bitterness seems a little too subdued at first, but builds as you make your way through the glass. Medium bodied, medium/low carbonation, and an absolutely silky smooth feel. This is a nice enough IPA, solid and balanced, but really is something you'd rather have in 12 oz bottles than in a bomber.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice flower blossoms in the nose with a tinge of orange and other fruitiness, and a fluffy white head that doesn't last long but sticks to the sides of the glass. A bit of malt up front offers some sweetness, then there's the giant bite as it goes down. Wonderful! Very dry, quite fizzy. Hugely bitter in the aftertaste with plenty of citrus rinds and pepper. Pretty in the glass, too. Highly recommended.

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4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance of this brew was a standout charaterstic. Copper in color, with an excellent pillowtop head, that reduced to a nice fluffy cap. Impressive lace remains throughout entire beer.
Dominant hop aroma on a solid caramel/malt foundation. Floral aromas and tastes are a standout feature to this brew. More floral than most any other IPA I have had to date. My wife is not a hophead and she even defined the aroma and taste as "very floral".
Medium-high carbonation, medium-thin body, light finish.

I very much enjoyed this brew. Hop dominant with floral bitterness and very drinkable. I would pursue it again, and could be the most enjoyable Stone offering I have had to date.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with "enjoy by 12/23/07" stamped in very small print around the base of the bottle. The etching artwork of the gargoyle certainly gains your attention. The best by date should be more prominent.

This ipa poured a clear, golden color with a small, dissipating head that left nice lacing on the side of the conic glass.

When I opened the bottle, the smell of northwest, piney hops burst from the bottle and continued as I poured the ale into the glass. I thought I was smelling a Christmas tree.

With all of that superior hop flavor, the beer tasted incredibly balanced. Yes, the flavor of spicy hops dominated throughout, but the slightly sweet malt in the background certainly balanced everything nicely. I could still taste the hops on my tongue well after the first taste.

The ale was medium bodied with strong carbonation.

It is somewhat difficult to believe this ipa is 6.9% ABV; it is extremely drinkable. If not for the high ABV, this would be the ultimate session ale.

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