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

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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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Photo of PhxHorn
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone Brewery in Escondido. Color is a medium yellow with a small amount of white foam. Smells of citrus. Tastes of citrus and heavy bitterness, but the taste just isn't all that intense. I've had the stuff on tap before, and it was much better in the past. This time, it didn't do all that much for me.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably my, what, fiftieth go-around with Stone IPA? Stone's beers (I'm not complaining) are extremely easy for me to come by. That being said, I recently held myself to stop my recent round of "coveted rare beerz" reviews and start reviewing those favorites I have tried, but didn't review. So this review is in that spirit.

Appearance: Pours with a one and half finger lively frothy head. Lacing is about medium-level quality - doesn't always catch, but when it does, it produces some wonderful patterns. The body is probably the let-down - no beauty to speak of, unless you like yellow straw. Still, it's a session beer, not a masterpiece.

Smell: Aroma is lightly and freshly hoppy. Grassy hops are the most prominent aromas, followed by pine. Citrus is very subdued, I've found, in Stone IPA relative to some other IPA's, but it's there. There's also a barley/straw/corn scented malt backbone that lightly holds up the hops. A clean aroma.

Taste: Citrus is more prominent in the flavor. Light orange rind, followed by some pine-y and slightly grassy hop flavors. A little fruity citrus backbone that melds with the existing malt. A bit more impressive than the aroma, but again it's light, clean, refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Essentially how a beer "should feel" in terms of carbonation. There when you need it, hidden when you don't want it to overpower your taste buds. Frothy.

Drinkability: A massively sessionable IPA that, I would argue, is the flagship session beer of the craft beer world. It gets the point across - this is a sessionable beer that does not yank or push, but retains a sense of easibility and likeability.

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Photo of shertz
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint Glass. Temperature was at a cool 45 degrees and there was no date on bottle. Received from another BA friend.

A- One finger head goes quickly to just a coating. Yellow in color and lots of tiny bubbles rising to top. Nice lacing.

S- A few hops in the nose but mostly a yeasty malt smell. The hops smell citrusy.

T- Lots of flavor going on in this brew. Definitely hoppy, much more so then I expected. A piney/citrus taste is turning dry in the finish. This one is for hopheads.

M- Slick start, dry finish. Hops put a nice tingle in the throat. Pretty good carbonation.

D- Really can't taste the alcohol. A little high for a session, but would be happy putting 3 or 4 of these down in a sittings. Another nice one from Stone's.

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Photo of loren01
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden slightly cloudy color with frothy white head and lots of lacing down the glass.
S: Smell is a very complex malty scent up front. Smell is very fresh and clean.
T: More bitterness than I was anticipating it to have. You can taste the alcohol definatly.
M: Medium bodied mouthfeel
D: Pretty good IPA, loved the smell on this one. I prefer an IPA that is slightly less bitter than this one however

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Photo of colt45n
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a tulip.

A: very clear, medium yellow color, no haze at all.

S: Lots of piny hops in this one, typical for most west coast ipa's, all piny no fruit smell at all.

T: Freshly poured(while cold) all I am getting is the piny hops, didn't really like the flavor profile my first couple sips. Flavor actualy improves as it warms slightly.

D: Very easy drinker, goes down very smooth, light mouthful

Overall I thought this one was pretty decent, the 1st couple sips kind of turned me off but I it warmed slightly the taste got a lot better.

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Photo of metal850
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a 2.5 finger off white head theat leaves great lacing. Golden in color with a slight haze.

S: Big hoppiness, with citrus, grass, and resin notes. Nice subtle malt background.

T: Intensly bitter with a strong hop flavor of resins and earthiness. Malt is there, but just enough to tell you that this is malt based beer you are drinking.

M: Crisp with a low carbonation.

O: Good IPA, very assertive as Stone is known for.

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

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear amber topped with a two finger thick white head which dissipated to a thick foam surface film and heavy lacing.

s: Moderate pine, leaning to intense.

t: A piney hop assault on the tongue suggestive of an IIPA. Lingering bitter finish.

m: Moderate, the hop bitterness detracts.

o: A powerful and unpleasantly bitter IPA, typical of West Coast IPAs, indeed reminiscent of Green Flash and Lagunitas, although the latter is a bit less hoppy and far more tasty.

Definitely one hopheads will enjoy. Not for me though, the finish is too persistently bitter, although I enjoyed it more near the end. Yet I just had an SN Hoptimum last night and loved it. And Uinta's Hop Notch the night before that, and liked it a lot.

Oddly, I loved Ruination, which is even more hoppy than this. Perhaps my taste buds do not appreciate certain hops. I'll take the slightly more pricey IPAs from another California company, Firestone Walker, over this any day. And for not a lot more than half the price, SN Torpedo will suffice to satisfy my hop cravings.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear golden copper color with a white fluffy head. Nice lace left on the glass. Orange, citrus, grassy, all in the nose. Clean and crisp. Light/medium mouthfeel. Buliding bitterness. Sweet upfront with the bitterness flavors. I know this is highly rated and it’s decent but in all honestly I’d almost rather have a Centennial IPA from Fournders.

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Photo of AMoceri7
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, I just so happened to get robbed the two days ago I bought a Stone Brewing Company Stone INDIA PALE ALE and instead 4 out of the 6 were that and the other two were Stones PALE ALE. Not paying attention to the bottle, pouring it into my beautiful Rogue Revolution pint glass eager to try it I had begun to rate a Pale Ale in the India Pale Ale category. Wasn't pretty, so my apologies to anyone who read it.

A: Gold, sheer gold. Great head and great lacing to the last sip. Enough said.

S: Hops hops and more hops, but there is a distinct GANJA smell to this. This is not a mistake for hops as other IPAs Ive had dont reek as bad as this one. Probably the most potent of the smells is the weed. Has to be, of course the legal stuff. I hope... Anywho, some malt sweetness with a faint yeasty fruitiness.

T: Undoubtedly chinook accounting for most of the bitterness. But crazily smooth. Very good, nice grapefruit hop bomb flavor. A bit watery mouthfeel compared to other IPAs I've had. Cant say this is balanced, but it kicks.

M: Great carbonation jumps across the palate nicely. Leaves a mild bitterness after sipping.

D: Under par, just couldn't do more than two.

Overall: Why drink this when you could have a solid Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA? Probably wont go out of my way to buy this again. But all in all, Good.

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Photo of poundboy
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A true American style IPA. This is a style which I have only learned to enjoy very recently. Pours into my pint glass with an inch or so thick head which quickly settles into a thin coating which mostly covers surface of the beverage. True Gold in color. Leaves some lacing. You can smell the hops and even the apha acid in this one. The smell gives a pretty good indication of the taste. Hops dominate, which good floral flavors and plenty of bitterness. Smooth pleasant malt becomes apparent in the background as it warms. Overall a very tasty beer, did not enjoy it quite as much as Dogfish 90 minute, but pretty close. Gave it a 3.5 for drinkability because I can't imagine drinking more than say two of these in a night.
Thanks Mrpicklerelish for the bottle

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Photo of Spike
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Light copper. Clear. One finger head. Lots of carbonation. Rings of lacing.

S: Light aroma of brown bread malts and spicey hops.

T: Lots of pine. Noticeable burn. I will be tasting this beer long after it's finished.

F: Drying. Fiery hops. Medium body, medium carbonation. A little stickiness.

O: Easy to drink despite the taste and mouthfeel being dominated by pine forest hops. It's intensely hoppy but somehow not heavy-handed. The 6.9% alcohol appears all of a sudden, however. So be careful!

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Photo of pbr85
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to a pint glass
A: Pours a hazy, golden yellow with a shining white head. Beer is hazy and difficult to see through.
S: Hops (obviously). Piney and earthy hops.
T: Pretty standard tase for an AIPA. Piney hops up front with a sourdough malt backbone.
M: Very smooth and slick going down. You can feel the hop oils on your tongue.
D: I'm a little underwhelmed with this, maybe I was just over-hyping it. Definetly would go for another IPA first, but this is still pretty good.

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Photo of MichPaul
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maybe this bottle was a little older, they say that hops fade over time. Nothing struck me as spectacular with this beer. It really didn't feel like an IPA to me but rather a plain ol Pale. Not a bad Pale, but just a pale.
A-Pours nice, just a typical cloudy bronze.
S-The smell was nice, nothing that blew me away, but did have a nice aroma.
T-Again, nothing spectacular. Not much bitterness really to speak of, most IPAs seem to have more hoppy flavor.
M-The carbonation and such seemed about right.
O-Overall, this beer was just OK for me. Not sure why, as an IPA, this gets such a strong rating... If it was just a Pale Ale, I could see it though. Not a bad beer though. I did enjoy it, just have had much better in the IPA class.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Cloudy tangerine, 1 finger head and decent lacing

S - Hops, hops and more hops. Tropical, floral, pine and citrus

T - Hops all the way through BITTER SWEET finish

M - Fluffy, carbonated and an awesome bitter through and through

D - This is your every day IPA, all the way

Final thought - You can get this beer at Disneyland and Angel games. Enough said

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Photo of onecrazybreeze
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Baker's Street Grill and Bar. Poured a reddish-tan color with a decent head that left nice lacing throughout consumption. Smelled very hoppy, grapefruit, pine and sweet notes. Tasted hoppy, again sort of grapefruit, pine and almost a little too sweet. Good malt mixture in there as well. Overall a good go to IPA, however the sweetness coming off the hops makes the drinkability of it for me, a little too much to make it a staple.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.89/5  rDev -8%

The nose is of the piney and forest like hops I've come to know and love on the west coast.

Taste keeps the hop nose very well but with a huge malt characteristic followed by a very bitter end. Honestly too much of an off putting bitterness at the finish. I can take bitter all day but this was not exactly in the right direction, and it's surprising because Stone always has a good malt backbone to balance things out.

It's still a very good IPA but of course Enjoy By and Ruination are a bit better in every way.

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

This is the one for the European market, brewed in Germany. It's only 2 weeks old. Great fresh smell of hops, classic west coast with pine and citrus. Taste is maltier than most West Coast IPAs, and the finish is very hoppy, very bitter. However, it's like Alpine and their IPAs : sure they're classics, but nowadays, they're nothing exceptional. Now in Europe we get better IPAs from Omnipollo or Oppigards. And we have access to quite a few great American IPAs as well. So as far as American IPAs go, I believe that AleSmith or Bells are much better. You may find that Stone IPA is cheaper in the US than the ones I've mentioned, but for a German brewed product, I've had this one for 4.1 € per 33 cl can, more than an imported Torpedo IPA, and a similar price to what I paid for an imported Bell's Two Hearted Ale. It's brewed right next door, it should be cheaper than the ones crossing the Atlantic... In any case, it may have been a classic 19 years ago, but it ain't one now. Now it's "just" a well done West Coast IPA.

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Photo of hophugger
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

wow, Stone Brewing, you go !!!. Great color and head with nice lacing. Hops is awesome and flavor is awesome with hops, and citrus and finishing with more hops and some citrusy-grapefruit finishing. Great balanced brew and one of the top 20 IPAs I have had. Probably top 10. The balance, as I stated before is incredible with the perfect amount of grapefruit and hops, its hard to believe !!!

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

A: clear amber beer with a one inch of off-white laced head that recedes quickly. Poured into a tulip.

S: in this order: lemon, floral hops, onion, spices, earthy pine

T: sweet candied fruits with a spicy pepper to it upfront, which is replaced by an extremely bitter, spicy finish; i can feel the hop's oils stuck on my tongue on a lengthy finish.

M: creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

O: not my style, but i didn't hate it. The hops are a little much, but i like the spicy, sweet notes.

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Photo of Noyt
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Gold pour with ivory white head. Aroma is heavy pine, a whole coniferous forest’s worth. Some sweetness too slightly citrusy or some pineapple. Taste is definately piney and grapefruit with an extra bitter finish. Good sparkling mouthfeel with a bitter dry taste.

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Photo of claytong25
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Definitely not my favorite IPA, but its decent. It has a great smell, but there is a skunkyness to this beer that is pretty over-powering. Not to much to say about this Stone Beer, yes its drinkable and readily available at a decent price, but the wow factor is just not there. If it tasted as good as it smells then my rating would be higher.

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

Pours a somewhat light orange-gold with a fantastic rocky head that keeps on giving.

Smell is all nice fresh hops, largely citric. The taste is, as boasted, a hop assault, and it does the whole range from grassy to citric to resiny to fruity and sweet-tart sour candy. There's a bit of mineral undercurrent leading to a grainy, rather bitter finish, and the alcohol shows itself as well. Hop bitterness lingers afterwards.

This is good stuff, I definitely don't mean to knock it--but it is kind of one-dimensional. If you need a hop fix (and sometimes I do), this is a good place to go, and it's definitely quality, but I don't think it's really a go-to beer for me.

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Photo of zplug123
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with light lacing, relatively clear but not pristine

S: Pine/floral aroma is rather apparent along with a hint of citrus

T: Resiny/grapefruit bitterness at the front with malt complexity adding to the mix. Lingering bitterness is pleasant

M: A medium-to-light bodied beer that's finishes cleanly with the hops. Lightly carbonated

D: I could definitely down a few more of these, a top-notch IPA

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

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Murky honey color with a thick light tan frothy head that doesn't quit. Slowly turns into a thick smooth cap. Solid layers of stringy lacing.

Sharp piney hops with a sweet malty aroma.

Grainy malts set up a relatively tame hop presence. The finish is somewhat astringent, and the middle lacks a lot of hop flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

I felt a little dissapointed in the complexity and punch of this one. I was expecting more. I feel there are better American IPAs out there.

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Photo of CyclingLush666
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is very nice, a dark amber orange color that lets you know right of the bat it is a genuine IPA. I really like the darkness because I enjoy a darker beer. And one of Stone's motto's is "Yellow fizzy beer is for wussies".

A very strong smell of hops and barley. I can't really smell anything else, and I don't think they want you to smell anything else.

The taste is great, and much more mellow than some of their other beers. The Arrogant Bastard and some of their other beers are almost too bitter, while this is very smooth for a Stone. I like their IPA a lot and could drink it all night.

The mouthfeel is nice as well, nice and smooth nothing that bites too much. But still this IPA has some balls, and may grab your taste buds if you do not normally indulge this kind of beer.

Go out and grab one of these. Their around 6 bucks, and a 22 oz with 6.9% alcohol by volume will take the edge off your day for sure. And if you don't like IPA I don't know why you are even reading this review.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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