Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The IPA That Launched Generations of Hop Fanatics
First Release: August 1997

By definition, an India pale ale is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its little brother, pale aleā€”and we deliver in spades. Now one of the most well-respected and best-selling IPAs in the country, this golden beauty explodes with citrusy, piney hop flavors and aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character. This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.

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Photo of aleigator
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized, stable head.

The nose is defined by fruity hops, oranges, lemon peel and cakey malts to highlight the hops. Classical nose for an ipa, a very enjoyable though.

Perfectly balanced, well carbonated bright and thirst quenching with a nice taste evolution regarding the evolving hop profile.

Bitter from the first glance, without pushing too far, due to balancing, sweeter malts. The hops are pretty fruity but foremost dry, bitter and in your face. Finishes soft, still dry but with a caramel malt sweetness cutting through.

Pretty wow, one the most well build west coast ipas I ve ever had. It is uncompromisingly bitter, while still caring for remaining drinkable, which is acoomplished by the noteable malts.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml can, Tesco's, Bristol - Pours clear golden with a large white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - strong citrus to the fore - grapefruit/mandarin, light resin, floral /grassy notes. Taste - Sweet n tangy, resin notes, citrus - grapefruit ,crisp bitter finish. Good well balanced IPA.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pleasant and smooth, balanced and crisp, citrus/pine hoppy with decent malt backbone. Not much complexity to the malt - it's all in the hops. Very little aftertaste.

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Photo of 18dgbd
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Was disappointed by the watery lack of flavor. Can tell it's loaded with hops but nothing to back it up which makes for a bitter water get up. Smells good and looked great though. Overall was expecting much more with so many good reviews but it's almost hard to think of an IPA that's not better in my personal opinion.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone IPA v1.1
12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Blonde. Good clarity. Medium-light carbonation.

Grapefruit, papaya, lemon, navel orange, dough, honey, and caramel.

Grapefruit zest and white grapefruit juice. Pine needles, navel orange, and lemon slices. Hints of papaya. Firm caramel, doughy bread, and honey maltiness.

Medium-plus bodied, oily, crisp, off-dry, and moderately bitter.

I like the new iteration of Stone IPA. It adds more fruit juiciness while keeping some malt complexity.

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Photo of richdeneault
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the grandaddys of California IPAs. I have had this on many occassions, including at the Stone brewery. Drank it with friends on March 1st at home in bottle - reminder of how great tasting this IPA is. Lots of hop, but not overpowering in smell - it is all there in the taste.

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Photo of Samlover55
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Nonic Pint
bottled 1/19/17, about six weeks old
L- clear pale gold, with thin white foam cap, solid retention, gorgeous lacing as well
S- Piney and Citrussy, to the tune of tangerines, along with some sweet bready malt
T- solid malt backbone,followed by the citrus of the hops as well as some pine, and a load of alcohol on the finish
F- crisp and exceptionally smooth drinking
Overall, this is a crisp smooth IPA, nice drinking and all the one negative is the extreme alcohol fusels on the finish

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Photo of Viaduck
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely golden color with a modest head of very fine bubbles. Aroma is dominated with the scent of piney hops. Taste: bitter but not in a bad way, pine resin & malt, a little bit of sweetness too. . I'm not a fan of IPA's but I like this. Plenty of carbonation mixed with the spices flavor tickle the tongue.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into Spiegelau IPA Glass. Bottled December 15th 2016.

L: Clear honey gold amber, great two finger head, excellent retention with excellent lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Lots of hop aroma, citrus, pine, and hints of floral and herbal and a spiciness.

T: Spicy hops first, herbal, pine, grassy notes. Decent malt backbone.

F: Very crisp, full bodied, thick and smooth with a oily slick feeling left on your tongue until it goes dry.

O: You really cant go wrong with most of what Stone has to offer and this "basic" IPA just proves that point, big strong flavors with a good body and mouthfeel make this a stellar beer.

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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium gold with a medium, thick, white head that lasts a while.

Smells tropical, citrus, sweet bready malt and light pine.

Tastes tropical and bready malt, light citrus and pine. Finish is dry with a bitter pine linger. Medium body with higher side of medium fizzy carbonation

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Photo of andrewh995
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few stone IPAs but this one is my favorite. Lots of varying citrus such as orange and lemon along with incredibly balanced hop bitterness. This is one of the best widely available IPAs out there in my opinion.

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Photo of porters4life
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After walking past this beer for 3 years I finally decided to throw it into a mix a six and give it a try. I am not usually the biggest fan of IPA's, I'm more of a stout and porter guy, although I have been venturing more into the IPA world and starting to enjoy them.
L: Stone IPA looks great, it pours a nice dark gold color with a bit of an amber tint to it and a head that fades pretty quick. There is decent lacing as you drink the beer.
S: I could not get a whole lot of of the smell other than the hops maybe a little bit of citrus but that's about it.
T: Very hoppy at least for me. I do not think that I would have liked this beer if I would have tried it 2-3 months ago but I am really trying to get into IPA's and I'm finding that I am starting to like them more and this hoppy beast was a pretty good brew for the style.
F: I actually really liked the mouthfeel for this one. To me it was kind of thick for an IPA and I actually really liked it.
Overall: A solid IPA that i would gladly drink again not my favorite but one of the better beers I have had in the style.

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Photo of stephens101
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Highly carbonated with a huge and ever-growing tan froth. Color is a pale red. Aroma is a nice blend of orage, grapefruit and resin. Pine and resin bitterness take over the show from the start, only allowing quick glimpses of grapefruit and orange and finishing with an encore of lasting, spicy bitterness. Medium in body and most definitely potent. A stone cold (pardon the pun) classic and hophead's dream.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is pretty nice to look at. It's a clear medium gold color that looks good. It's definitely as nice as other IPAs and stands a bit above your everyday IPA.

The smell is good. It has a nice and strong grapefruit note to it that has a nice pine running through it. The malt notes also come out fairly well as a sweet note with a bit of bread to it.

The taste is very good. It has a nice strong bitter grapefruit note mixed with a nice pine running through it to give a good bitter bite. The malt note is sweet and light with a bit of bready note to it. While it does not quite balance out the It's simple compared to other IPAs but still very good.

The feel is good. It's a medium bodied beer with a nice dry finish and carbonated bite that makes this beer a pleasure to drink.

Overall, a pretty good everyday IPA and a very good IPA overall. It's hoppy but not overly bitter for the sake of being bitter.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a Standard IPA with a good hoppy taste that is not too excessive. Appearance is good. It has a pLeasant aroma. For an IPA I think this a good but not excellent.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly reddish golden color. It's very biscuity, caramely on the malt front, with some nice grapefruit character from the hops. There's a reason that this is one of the standard examples of a West Coast IPA. It's as solid and reliable as they come.

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Photo of Vader444
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Many bottles poured into 2/3 pint glass.

Having drank buckets of this stuff over the past few months it is time for a quick review. This has everything I look for in an everyday IPA. Huge nose and flavour combined with a near perfect body and mouthfeel make this the first beer I reach for after a long day at work. ABV is a little high to make this truly sessionable but a couple of these blow the cobwebs away of an evening. I keep trying to make a point of grabbing some of Stone's "GoTo" IPA to cut back a bit on the booze but I just can't see past this bad boy. Love it, and I'm very much a stout/porter kind of BA. Cheers!!

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Photo of Mikey440
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very strong balance in the aroma, taste, and flavors. Has a little bit of sweetness mixed with west coast hops and plenty of bitterness. Definitely an IPA where you cannot go wrong.

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Photo of thebeers
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 11/28/16. Hazed amber with a finger and a half of frothy off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt and tropical hops with papaya and pineapple notes. Similar tasting, with a mix of malt and tropical hops up front, a somewhat watery middle and moderate piney bitterness on the backend that lingers in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with strong carbonation. A nice, sweet IPA. Refreshing.

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a moderately cloudy orange, with 2 fingers of lacy head.

The aroma is forward with citrus and sugars - the taste adding bitter pine and floral warmth from those centennial hops. Like other Stone beers, however, I find that the bitterness begins to mask the initial complexity as this one warms. Still, the light, slightly chewy body and peppery carbonation means that you could do much worse for a fridge mainstay.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

cool to finally try the IPA that started it all. drinking this past the freshness date, still has held up pretty well so Ill definitely be revisiting this. mostly clear golden orange color with a white head and some patches of lace. notes of dank earthy pine, peach, floral notes, citrus zest, bready and caramel hops. mouthfeel is medium light but has a bit of creaminess to it, very nice. overall an enjoyable and crushable west coast IPA. would love to see how it tastes fresher.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought on and poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is pure crystalline with zero haziness, being yellow-y and orange-y. It has a wonderful colour. The head is one finger thick, leaves lots of lacing but has still better than average retention, however, for this beer, I was expecting it to have more retention.
S: The aroma is strangely sweet since I has hoping not to find anything sweet here. I guess there's some toffee in the back but I'm not sure of it. Yet, the aroma is very mild and you can't have any clues on the flavor coming from this.
T: The taste is really bittersweet, has it has some sweetness coming specifically from a characteristic I can't seem to find and then connecting it to the bitterness of the hops.
M: The body is medium to medium high. Carbonation is high. Bitterness is mild to strong.
O: I've had better IPAs from Stone but this is remarkably good for 96' recipe. Well done Greg!

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

L- pours opaque gold with little carbonation. A thin, white head with good lacing.
S- Very nice, funky, citrus hop smell.
T- Citeus hop forward that is.vwry juict with enjoyable malt balance. Hop lingers.
F- Very crisp and clean with wonderful hop warming.
O- Great classic IPA that understandibly fueled craft craze.

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Photo of Holderness
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Orange amber with a solid two finger white head that sticks around for a while after pouring. Moderate lacing.
S -- Floral and fruity hops combine with aromas of honey and a faint booziness.
T -- Very hop forward, as one would expect from any Stone offering.
F -- An excellent mouthfeel that is the standard for west coast IPAs: robust hops and carbonation, with a lingering hoppy astringency and a slightly sour aftertaste.
O -- About as classic an (American) IPA as you can get

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

on draft in pint glass. color lighter than i expected but aroma lets you know there is flavor coming. bitter hops vs floral which i prefer. Stone is always reliable and came thru again

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