Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #1,381
Ranked #13,006
3.95 | pDev: 11.14%
Feb 12, 2024
Feb 03, 2014
A vibrant hop-bursted session IPA
First Release: March 2014

Since Day One, we've been abundantly forthright and fully transparent about our lust for hops. It's led us to craft many an IPA, most of them imperial—some intense for their time and all timeless in their intensity. For Stone Go To IPA, we embrace our hop obsession in a new way, funneling an abundance of lupulin-borne bitterness into a "session" IPA that delivers all the fruity, piney character of a much bigger IPA. To accomplish this, we employ "hop bursting," a new technique wherein an irrational amount of hops is added during the final phase of the brewing process to coax out extreme flavors and aromas while also imparting a burst of desirably pleasant bitterness. The result is an alpha-acid-rich beer that fans can enjoy more of without missing out on the assertive hop character you, like us, crave. So, sit back and go two with your new everyday go-to IPA and bask along with us in the glory of the almighty hop.

Featured Hops: Ahtanum, Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook, Citra, Crystal, Magnum, Mosaic, Sterling, Hopsteiner 06300
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Rated by izraelc from New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear pale yellow. Thin foam. Hoppy aroma. Soapy hop body. Very thin. Flavor fades quick to light bitter finish. Average at best.
Feb 12, 2024
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Reviewed by spectru from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
1/29/2024 - Slightly hazy, almost clear, light amber. White head recedes to a thin cap, some lacing; Taste is okay but not remarkable; Mouthfeel is also okay but not remarkable; Not bad. Wouldn't turn it down but wouldn't ask for it.
Jan 29, 2024
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a golden straw color with a half finger of head. The nose is fairly faint - some citrus and that's about it. The flavor profile is similarly bland. There is the signature Stone bitterness on the finish, but that's about it. The body is surprisingly hearty compared to other session IPAs.
Jan 11, 2024
Rated: 3.5 by bundy462 from Texas

Dec 28, 2023
Rated: 3.9 by arini10 from Oregon

Dec 24, 2023
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Reviewed by OfficerVZdiver from Florida

3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Liked it enough for a session. Still us a very good lemon and citrus taste as a regular Stone IPA. Just missing that little punch, but would recommend on a king day.
Dec 03, 2023
Rated: 3.87 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Nov 28, 2023
Rated: 4 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

May 11, 2023
Rated: 4 by blackcloud from Alaska

Sep 16, 2021
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Jul 11, 2021
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Reviewed by rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
After trying a lot of session IPAs, I basically ended up avoiding the style save for Founder's All-Day. Well, this bottle of beer, which I consumed on the porch during the pandemic, reminds me a lot of All-Day. It has a soft hop bitterness. Many sessions are almost overly hopped and quite thin without the malt backbone.
Jun 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Spike from England

3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
330ml can.
L: Hazy marmalade colour with a long lasting head and sheets of lacing.
S: Incredible rich, earthy aroma. Like freshly turned soil.
T: Wood and resin.
F: Bitter and astringent, as it’s supposed to be.
O: A full-on west coast IPA at only 4.7%. It’s technically very accomplished but the mouthfeel still suffers and I’m not convinced that a beer this bitter will ever be truly sessionable, regardless of its ABV.
Jun 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
330 ml can, brewed in Berlin. ABV is 4.7%. Bought at Gulating Ølutsalg, Stavanger. Hazy golden colour, small white head. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits, a hint of dill. Hoppy and citrussy flavour, slightly sweet, also notes of tropical fruits and pine needles. Bitter finish. Good beer.
May 08, 2021
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Reviewed by MrOH from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear gold, great white head, awesome retention and lace
Pine, orange zest, and light dank
Light orange and pine, a little bit of sweet malt, but kinda thin tasting
Light bodied and good carbonation
I feel that this would be a good beer for outside around the grill in the summer, not just getting in from walking the dog in the winter. I'd probably like it better then. Tried my best to be objective
Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle, tulip, bottled on 10/22/20.

Light gold yellow, big fluffy head with great retention.

Nectarine, lemon, tangerine. Impressively aromatic with lots of delicate fruit.

Two row, gritty bitterness that’s really great for a session IPA, and lots of fruitiness. Lychee, tangerine, white grape, stone fruit.

Light body, dry finish, impressive bitterness.

In the running for best session IPA I’ve had. Hop aroma and flavor are all there, including significant bitterness and great drying, bitter finish not usually seen in the sub-style.
Dec 25, 2020
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: Pours crystal clear golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: Zesty citrus, mostly lemon and grapefruit, grassy, resinous pine, and crackery malt.

T: Citrus zest, grapefruit and lemon,a little tangerine and lime, grassy, resinous pine, subtle fruity notes, passion fruit, peach, apricot, and mango, crackery malt, pretty much bone dry finish.

M: Light body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: Haven't had this one since it was first released, before I was on BA, so it's nice to get to try it again. Takes me back to when session IPAs were the new toy on the shelf. To its credit, this one is bright and crisp, and would definitely do the job as a lawnmower beer. That said, it does have a bit of the trademark session IPA watery-ness, and there are other session IPAs out there with a bit more balance and flavor. Wouldn't turn it down, but wouldn't be my "go to".
Dec 21, 2020
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Reviewed by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Lightly hazy, bright golden hue, slim white head.

Aroma: As advertised, very vibrant and utterly bursting with hops. Bold and bright citrus and pine. Ah, so nice.

Taste: More of that big, fierce and shining hop flavor, with just enough juicy malt below. Lean bodied, with a dominant buzz of hop bitterness. Drinkable, yes, also refreshing and tasty, too. It's good beer, and I can drink it, but…just doesn't thrill me. I really don't desire the session IPA. I like the regular ones just fine, thank you very much. Faced with the choice of this or a regular Stone IPA, I know where I'm going.

This one is merely "okay", and that's not what I expect out of Stone. Low on my priorities.
Dec 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Clear, bright golden color, with a finger or so of creamy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Getting a lot of citrus notes in the aroma. Orange, lemon, and lime zest, along with the fruits themselves, some biscuity malt, mango, and a strong smell of pineapple.

Tasting primarily the citrus zest and rinds too. Nicely bitter hops, some pine and resin added in the flavor, along with the biscuity malt. Can't say that this beer tastes sweet however. Body is medium light.
Dec 14, 2020
Rated: 3.23 by Vyvyan from Illinois

Dec 10, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by bump8628 from Oklahoma

Dec 06, 2020
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