IPA | Stone Brewing

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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 ale—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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Reviews: 3,138 | Ratings: 11,485
Photo of mschenk
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A clear orange with nice head on the pour. They also have a brewery in Richmond VA which is where this beer came from. Has a nice hoppy citrus aroma and a very clean hoppy taste. Hadn't had this in a while and I don't know why. I guess I like trying other beers but you should always have a few of your favorites on hand to enjoy.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Near clear orange to amber pour with foamy 2 fingers of white head. Aroma is malty citrus, caramel with pine undertones - invitingly sweet.
Taste starts sweet malty becoming bracingly bitter grapefruit, pine at the back of tongue and lingering there on the swallow.
Medium body with nice carbonation and persistent bitterness - super hoppy IPA.

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Photo of muchos
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L. Clear deep golden-orange, slightly off-white head of tight bubbles.
S. Honey, white bread, pineapple, and a little lemon.
T. Freshly baked bread with extra sweetness like honey, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, citrus, finishes sweet and bitter. Quite good. Flavorsome and balanced.
F. Carbonation is right on, full side of a medium body, a bit resinous in the end.
O. A somewhat upside-down IPA in that it tastes bolder than it smells, which is typically not the case, for me anyway when it comes to IPA's. Very good indeed. Cheers!

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Photo of MaltyMagic
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottles. Orange/copper pour with a creamy top and rings of sticky lace. Smell is pretty bright and zesty hops, grapefruit/lemon/pineapple with some pine and floral notes. Not picking up any malt flavors other than a light sweetness, which fades as the finish becomes dry with a lingering resinous biterness.

I probably would've rated this beer a 5 when I first tried it out of bombers back in 2006. Not sure how much of it to attribute to their altered dry hopping, or rather a change in my palate? But while familiar, it seems to have a wider range of hop flavors (more floral, earthy) than it once did, a slightly less bright and perfumy nose, and less malt character in the flavor. Still a solid IPA.

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Photo of Gurney_Halleck
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From can to shaker pint glass. Deep golden haze with foamy inch of head, dissipating to half an inch. Smells very pleasant, much like a richer pilsner with a hint of grapefruit. Sensing mango in there too. Taste is biting and hoppy in a nice way. Substantial flavor but not overpowering or heavy. There's a lot going on here...grapefruit/citrus, mango, pineapple...but not too sweet. Feel is balanced between the bite and the malty tones. A very good beer.

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Photo of stoumi
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Stone IPA pours a clear orange copper color with a one finger, taut, off-white head with some good retention and a spider web type lacing on the glass. The aroma, as expected is dominated by a resiny pine with bright and fruity tropicals including pineapple and mango with citrus notes from orange and grapefruit. Let’s see how it goes down. It’s solid and definitive West Coast style with a bold hop presence with a bang of bitterness, some grapefruit zest with a floral note over a nice malt base.

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Photo of nickles
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer to me is the gold standard for IPAs. Everything i look for in an IPA can be found in this drink. The beauty of this beer is the balancing of the malts and the hops. Its as though the different flavor notes are in a boxing match fighting for your approval. Boy do they fight hard. Nice foamy and dense 2 finger head is like the icing on the cake. The color of the beer is almost a facade that lures the bud light drinker into trying more complex beer. And it is by far the least "craft beer"-esque charactaristic about it. This beer is a staple of the craft beer world and i recommend it to any inexperienced craft beer drinker as a gateway.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

19 Oz Can poured into glass
Look- little bit hazy, golden yellow color with nice foam lacing
Smell - Not a whole lot there. Some fresh hops and minerals. Sweet aroma.
Taste - a little sticky. Pine resin. Tart, bitter grapefruit and orange rind. liquid sugar in the finish. Slight watermelon flavor. Remember eating smarties as a kid? That the flavor the finish lingers. Carbonation is medium-low. Body is medium. Not all that drinkable, not a session beer. Good level of bitterness if that's what you want out of an IPA.

Overall, it's a very solid IPA option. That being said, a bit overrated, several options that are better and some are less expensive. I would like to try other Stone IPA varieties and compare. Grade is an A-

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a bright orange with a nice white head. The beer has a ton of fruit aromas. You get citrus and tropical fruits followed by a hint on pine. The beer flavor is more on the pine side with the fruits being more of an after thought but you do get a nice sweetness. There is a lot of bitterness left on the tongue.

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Photo of defunksta
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:Pours a clear orange color with a moderate and decent foamy head.
Aroma: Strong aromas of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine. Pineapple, mango, orange citrus.
Taste: Much more pine on the taste. Pine forest for days. Some orange, grapefruit, and pineapple as well. Lots of citrus. Much more than tropical. Such a great pine flavor. Followed by tons of bitterness. Finishes completely bitter with little to no malt balance. Terrorizing bitterness for 6.4%.
Feel: Medium bodied. Not to oily or resiny. Pleasant body with appropriate carbonation. Complete bitter astringency left on the tongue.

Overall: This is west-coast IPA all the way. Full on bitterness. Citrus fruit and pine flavored. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Finishes dry and bitter and west-coast as I expect. it's a palate cleanser for sure. Well made west-coast IPA. Quite delicious and exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Benchmark IPA that defines the West Coast Style.
Presentation of the bottle and Artwork is done well, Not a fan of Gargoyles so I'm not impressed with that aspect. Anyway, The Beer inside is all that counts. I noticed this brew has a very nice head and lacing that seems to last forever. The Smell really sets me off and tells me its gonna be a good one. The nose on this Beer is Bright and fruity. You get a lot of citrus notes with dankness and maybe some pine. Now for the most important, The taste. Glad to say this IPA is Damn Delicious. Upfront a burst of sweetness along with Pine apple and citrus notes. There is that Classic west coast Pine needle dankness going on followed by a backbone of European pale Malt character. As it finishes, A slow swell of hop bitterness arises. Like any good West Coast IPA. The finish is clean and dry with a tad of lip smacking stickiness. The beer falls short a little bit for me in the feel and body. Not as Creamy mouth feel as some other West Coast IPAs. A touch of wateriness and looseness. Carbonation is low, Very drinkable. Over all A classic in its own right. worth a Try at least once in your search for the holy grail of IPAs.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/25/19

Pours a slightly cloudy orange-copper body topped with a finger or so of taut, off-white foam; good retention results in an expansive distribution of webby lacing, a light cap, and a frothy, bubbly collar.

Aromas of raw, deep pine, evergreen, and a subtle but immovable foundation of flaky crisp malt; slight dank earth hangs in the background along with some tropical undertones; forest personified in a beer.

Taste profile is evergreen and pine needles, with grapefruit zest coming in to even out the advancing, raw earthiness of it all; bits of herbal weediness follow in tow; bitter hops and a building malt punch mature with the profile as a whole.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a moderate, dry carbonation; vaguely bitter; coats the palate tactfully with a smooth, herbaceous grit, while simultaneously, a juicy pop grows throughout and culminates near the finish.

Stiff but deceptively approachable paragon of old-school hops. I can’t speak of this beer before the Virginia expansion; I just know what I’m drinking now is one fine, expressive IPA, and I’d gladly drink more of it.

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Photo of MackT
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz. bottle into a JACOBI mug. Decent headage, lacing like those Christmas lights people hang from their eaves, supposedly depicting icicles.
Aroma is citrusy, but not too much. Taste of aforesaid citrusy hoppage. Malty backup, ABV of 9.6 is a plus. Aftertaste lingers in the pallet, in a good way. A good beer for AA minor league snobs.
Have, and would buy again.

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

IPA | Stone Brewing. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this has a three finger thick off-white head, solid lacing, and a translucent deep gold body.

I smell sourdough bread malts and very oily "dank" hops.

The sweetness of the malts holds it down while hops reminiscent of pine, citrus, and cannabis give an appropriate bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll choose rate IPA | Stone Brewing with an overall 4.5

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Bottle

Pine aroma

Pine hop taste is hops over malt base

Hop taste lingers, doesn’t bite but Nibbles . Malt is also present

Good beer

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


Wow, that's a nice beer! Probably one of the best IPAs out there. Ballentine's IPA (Brewer's Gold hops) will always be the best, but Stone IPA is a close second! Full bodied. Nice floral, slightly spicy bitter hops. At 6.9% - good session brew. Doesn't get much better than this.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a case of cans from Costco - was on sale for a pretty good deal. Poured into a pint glass - huge foam slowly dissipated away. Still a good layer on there after downing about a quarter of the beer. Definitely pine, maybe apricot, grass - maybe a hint of citrus. Unfortunately there seems to be a bit of a metallic taste - imparted by the can perhaps? Mouthfeel is light in comparison to similar IPAs. Overall, this is a solid beer but, IMO, there are better examples out there now (Racer 5, BP Sculpin, etc). Would like to try from a clean tap.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty standard middle of the road pine-centric IPA. Glad I got my 6 pack on sale at the local Safeway for 8 bucks and some change. There are better west coast IPAs available now since they started brewing this (Even Stone's own Scorpion Bowl is better.)

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

Solid IPA. Poured from pounder into glass tumbler. Clear and light orange in color, with a few fingers of head. Leaves rings of streaky lacing. Lots of aggressive pine notes, but with a nice citrus kick in there to keep it from being one-note. Not too shabby

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Photo of German-Helles
3.08/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The look is solid, a nice fluffy white head that sticks around, the beer pours....I would say a very light amber color with light carbonation.
The smell is strong citrus and pines.
The flavor is the same as the smell and dry from the hops. I have not acquired a taste for the IPA style beer yet. It is not bad, but it is also a style I do not crave.
Bitter and dry

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Photo of dnelson0
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is definitely a good beginner IPA. It indicates what your personal taste wants from an IPA. More fruit or citrus flavor or more malt to balnce out the the hops.
Beer looks good as it has lots of little carbonation bubbles. Head dissapates after short time. Smell was unexpectedly not potent with some citris and pine. Taste follows suit with slight initial sweetness quickly followed by moderate pine bitterness. Very dry.
I need something in one direction or the other. Probably not fair to compare to Sculpin /Fresh Squeezed or Union Jack/Two Hearted. Standard IPA.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 12-pack $18.99 Target
Citrus smells
Clear golden amber tinged color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Citrus flavors, bitter aftertaste
Overall a typical IPA. Nothing outstanding. Not worth the premium price.

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Photo of Helluvaz
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not too much to say. This IPA is just like standard IPA. The hop scent is a bit more perky than some other IPA's, but this is just a normal IPA on the market. Enjoyable, but kinda normal.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single-serve into a pub glass.

Pours a classic amber-gold with a fine two-finger head and good lacing. Just a hint of haze.

The aromas are subdued, but excellent. Grapefruit citrus and oily pine resin hops in equal measures meld with just a hint of crackery malt--not sweetness, but just enough maltiness to balance.

The flavor is skewed hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. Floral hops hit the beginning of the sip, with citrus (grapefruit flesh and pith) rounding out the middle palate, and oily pine hops and a touch of booze at the finish. The malts present on the nose are, again, just barely noticeable here.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Medium-bodied with a fine crisp finish.

I don't remember the last time I had one of these, but it would good to revisit an old-timer. There are certainly better and more creative offerings of the style now, but this is a solid rock.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been so long since I have had this beer. One of the first IPAs I have ever had if I correctly recall.
L: Pours dark straw yellow in color. Nearly perfectly transparent, as is the case with most of these OG WCIPAs. From a simple pour, a frothy 3 finger of head was formed that settled down to what amounts to about a fingers worth of the same, densely packed head. Heaps of lacing on the glass, a true pleasant site. It coats the glass and makes me ever more so enthused.
S: Malt-forward, with healthy amounts of citrus and dankness. A smell that instantly harkens you back to the days of the OG WCIPAs. Dank and citrusy with a malt backbone.
T: Very hoppy and bitter up front, the you get the cascade of sweetness from the malts on the finish. Citrus flavor is present throughout, primarily consisting of lemon and grapefruit. Aftertaste is pine with dank resinous flavor and finally sweet malt at the finish. Sweeter than I remember, maybe due to bottle age.
F: Light in body, more medium in weight. Carbonation is moderate for the style. Smooth and easy to drink.
O: It still holds up well and is fun to revisit classics like this. Very drinkable at 6.9abv. Like I said, it is sweeter than I remember, but still tastes great on this rainy day. I am very glad to have re-tried. Cheers!

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