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 ncstateplaya
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the pour on this beer was simply amazing. The sun was shining directly into the glass, so the beer was a hazy saffron yellowish...a brilliant orange. Easily one of the coolest colors I have ever seen in an IPA. The head appeared creamy and white at about 1/4" thick, but dissipates to form a gracious sheet over the surface. There was good lacing left in the glass.

Needless to say, this brew smells hoppy! A great pungent aroma, and maybe slightly musty. In addition to all of the hops there is a nice malt profile...lends a mellowness.

By all means this is a pretty bitter beer. No if ands or buts here, there is plenty of lemon zest to go around. The citrusy notes are complimented by loads of pine.

A medium bodied beer that fully coats the mouth. It is remarkably smooth and creamy for such a bitter IPA. There is a nice drying on the finish.

This beer is highly drinkable...its just so smooth. The bitterness is great and what I look for in an IPA. Damn shame the beer was gone well before I had finished my review. Guess that means its time for round 2.

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Photo of Kataklizmik0
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My experience with this particular batch was a bit upsetting. It was burnt a bit and well,o well. Haven't tried a decent batch just yet. Good still but I believe it may be over rated. A bit on the clean and not as on the danky as I prefer side.

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Photo of GeoffW
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy straw/ golden color. Rocky white head with decent retention.

Smelled bitter with a lot of citrus and a bit fruity.

Taste was remarkably smooth for a stone beer, especially considering the usual comments about its "big character" on the bottle. Even though it was smooth, it had plenty of bitter in it. The result is a taste that is really nice and hoppy but without the face wrinkling overbearing quality that plagues many IPAs. The aftertaste is a lingering citrus flavour.

Drinkability was decent. This isn't my go to style of beer which means that I wouldn't want more than one of them in a sitting. Despite that, this is a damn good IPA, possibly the best IPA I've had yet.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a medium cloudy honey color in the glass, but without much of a head. It smells of citrus, alcohol, hops, and apricot. It's a pleasant, fresh smell. It tastes crisp and properly-balanced in terms of hops and fades to a sweet flavor alluding to the complex makeup. It's pretty dense in mouthfeel with good carbonation. This is a good beer, and nicely exemplifies this style.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: gold and slightly copper, with a nice clarity. Large rocky head and sticky lace.

S: Orange, Bread notes, and sweet, sugary smell I can't quite place. Some light fruit scent as well, maybe a little bit of peach?

T: Bitter and slightly acidic tasting up front, and sweet and smooth on the end, just as a good ipa should be. I detect citrus, sweet bready flavor, a hint of a yeast characteristic, which is intriguing, since most ipas are super clean. This one is still clean, but has a little bit of estery flavor to it. Nice and dry in the finish.

M: Very good mouthfeel, Nice and chewy for an ipa. I sense a good amount of body from the crystal malts.

D: you could knock a sixer of these back in a sitting! The dry finish and the hoppy sensation is quite refreshing. the beer is sweet and full enough to please your palate as well. All around an interesting and good ipa.

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Photo of cbreitro
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Stone, in part because they are not afraid to go heavy on the hops. Because of that I was a bit disappointed with their IPA. I guess they make it more in the British style rather than American, which tends to be heavier on the hops.

The appearance was a nice copper color, and it is clear, not cloudy like many IPAs.

The taste was very good, but I was expecting more of the hoppy bitterness. That being said, it is very drinkable, and if I was not expecting more bitterness I would probably rate it higher.

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Photo of garuda
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy orange color with a thick white head that has good retention and also good lacing down the glass.

S - All hops with fresh pungent pine resin up front, then some citrus notes of grapefruit and orange. As it warms, an assertive smell of black pepper, grassy scents come forth.

T - I found it a little less complex from the smell, but still good with toasted malt sweetness up front, with big grapefruit zest bitterness through the finish.

M - Light body, good elevated carbonation level emphasizes hop character. Sticky mouthfeel from all the hop oils.

D - Another one of a kind, big, bold Stone brew. The grassy/black pepper notes I was getting from the smell really keeps me from drinking too much of this at any one time, although it was mighty tasty and surprisingly complex.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden, frothy head. Smells AWESOME! Very hoppy, very citrusy. The taste was a let down. Did not taste as hoppy as the smell, nor as citrusy as the smell. Not a big fan of the bitterness. Total let down. Typical mouthfeel for an IPA. Solid carbonation. Overall, the bitterness killed this for me. I think without the bitterness, this would've been better. Also, I wish the taste would've matched up with the nose.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a chilled pint glades

Pours a light pale amber with a small light head that throws on some sticky lacing. Nose vegetal, slightly heady and earthy.

Taste is bitter, sticky and a bit sweet but the malt takes a bac seat in this big west coaster. A bit harsh on the finish but it's solid. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Very good.

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a small white head that settles quickly. Some lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

The aroma features the hops. Has a strong citrus aroma with just a hint of light malt.

The flavor is likewise hop heavy. Starts with a citrus splash then finishes very bitter with resin qualities. Malt? What malt. It is just a vehicle for the hops. Very one dimension but a good one dimension.

Has a very good feel. The carbonation in this lighter bodied IPA is lively at first but let it sit for awhile and it settles down to leave a nice, somewhat creamy texture.

What is up with the almost 7% ABV? Not sessionable at all and with the overwhelming bitterness I am not sure I would want to anyway. Good for a bitter fix then move on to more balanced brews.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Hazy golden with a thick lasting off white head and sticky lace.

Aroma is citrus and floral hops with a good dose of caramel.

Flavor is piney, grapefruity hops, balanced with some nice caramel sweetness.

Finish is long and mildly bitter. yum

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Photo of mullenite
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy gold color with a 1/4 finger white head that made it's exit rather fast and left nice ring around the glass. Lots of sticky lacing despite this however.

Strait up hops in the nose, I'm almost afraid to try it as I wanted to review Vitus tonight as well. More citrus hops than I expected, I was thinking this would be very piney and floral for some reason.

Not as much of a hop bomb as the nose was leading me to think it would be. The hop presence is strong with little balance but not overwhelming. Some of the pine and floral tastes I was expecting in the nose do make an appearance with the grapefruit/citrus rind bitterness that was there.

A lot of sharp carbonation that I'm not too fond of but it doesn't really effect things too much. Fairly light bodied and easy to drink.

Overall this is a decent IPA, not my favorite but by no means is it as offensive and damaging to the palette as I thought it would be.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had the Stone Arrogant Bastard in a 22oz bomber and enjoyed the extreme hoppiness of it. I was in the distributor deciding to either go with my everyday IPA (DFH 60) or try something new. Went with the Stone IPA. Served in a DFH Signature glass.

A-Nice amber color. Slightly cloudy but not off putting. Lots of carbonation rising from my glass. Nice lacing left on the side of the glass.

S-Nice citrusy smell mixed with a sweet, hoppy smell.

T-Definitely more on the hoppy side than the DFH 60 which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There's a nice grapefruit or citrusy taste mixed in which is pretty common with many of the IPA's I've tried.

M-Nicely carbonated. Leaves a slightly bitter taste in the mouth after each sip.

D-Tough call...I liked this beer a lot BUT not as much as my DFH 60. I don't know quite what it is but if given the choice in the future, I'd rather have a DFH 60 or even a Founder's Centennial IPA or Lagunitas IPA. That being said, I'll have no problem finishing off my case. Worth a try for sure...


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Photo of HosP
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours golden with light lacing and a white head. Slight haze to it.

S- Mostly citrus hops. Some pine smell mixed in. Smells like a nice IPA.

T- Very nice strong hop taste. Citrus at the front of it all. Grapefruit and pine hops mixed in as well. A very solid IPA. Not the best I've tasted but a very good hoppy IPA.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nice bitterness to it.

D- Very solid beer from Stone. Wouldn't expect anything less from them. Not the best one I'd ever had, but a pretty damn good one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What a classic, got a keg of this for a graduation party like almost 20 years ago, and man was it a kick ass night.

Anyways, pours a darker yellow, dry hopped nicely, not huge these days, but back in the day it was one of the first bottled ones. Plenty of pine and grapefruit notes all over the nose and tongue. Malt bill might feel bigger by today's standard, this was right before the lighter drier malt bills took off in the full west coast vein.

Its got bitterness, but more going for it than just that, like I said, pine, its here.

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Photo of andrewt960
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a nice gold with a ever so slight orange look shade. It had a nice head, partly due to an aggressive pour. The head didn't stick around for the whole beer, and lacing is somewhat evident.
S- Had a nice initial floral hop smell that was nice. A touch of malts, and even a bite of sweetness. The hops were def up front and stuck around the most.
MF/D- not to bitter, and flavor stuck around for a bit on the tongue. The Hops were pretty crisp, and the malt was subtle, making it a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber
Pours a nice cloudy orange with a small head that seemed to dissipate, but it did leave a little lacing.
Aroma of citrus and piney hops and a nice malt backbone.
Taste was of honey and carmel biscuits, the malt profile was great. I wasn't overwhealmed by the mix of pine, citrus and the floral flavors from the hops, I like the attempt at the complexity, but the complexity came through better in the malt.
Great creamy mouthfeel, smooth and well carbonated.
I could definatly drink one of these every so often, just not my favorite as the style goes.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color that is slightly hazy with a white fluffy two finger head. The head gives way to a little lacing. The smell is of hops with citrus much like pineapple juice and orange with a hint of floral. The taste is of hops with some citrus tons much of pineapple and orange again. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. The overall drinkability on this beer is extermely high.

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (enjoy by 7/8/09) poured into SN pint glass...hazy piss yellow body with three fingers of white rocky head. Decent lacing and head retention...

I love hops! Huge splashes of grapefruit and notes of citrusy hops with a touch of peppery spiciness. Some caramel and pineapple as well...

Bitter little demon! A bit bready with the slightest bits of citrus that gives way to a nice bitter finish. Minute amount of malts peaking through...

Slick and buttery with a good bite of carbonation.

Definitely a quaffer. I could do a couple of these in a sitting.

Overall, I think this one smells better than it tastes. In a world of amazing IPAs, this one is a slight step down. A great brew, however, just not a world famous IPA in my book. Drink it fresh!!

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Photo of ramseye4
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color, huge head, and as expected, huge lacing. Aroma is hops, hops, and more hops. It is simple, but appealing. A bit of citrus and slight grapefruit, but the aroma is of primarily hops.Bitter hops dominate the taste, with some lemon and citrus, with hop bitterness dominating the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated, and drinkability is good for a beer of this ABV. Overall a good IPA, but nothing special. Ruination is a lot better

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Photo of EMH73
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap, first time in a long time. Have to say It was not as good as my memory of it. IPA's have come so far in the last few years that this was a disappointment. Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a one inch, well retained head that left gorgeous lacing all the way down the glass. Smell is citrus, pine, sweet honey like note and some malts. Flavor follows the smell, but it smells better than it tastes. Slight astringent bitterness on the finish. Light bodied, moderately carbonated, slightly sticky mouth feel. Good, but certainly not great.

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Photo of Dalem
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, clear gold in color with not a huge head but still a sticky lacing on the sides of the glass through the entire beer. Though usually a hop fiend where I have to notice a pungent floral scent jumping out at me right off the bat or I'll already start having my contentions about how good an IPA gonna be even before it's first there's something nice and different about the subdued character in the aroma of this. It smells of citrus and pine along with some malt and I'm thinking something along the lines of peach but laid back, sweet and nice instead of brassy, bold and upfront. It's deceiving though because on first sip there is definitely a sharp hop tang up front. Not all pucker power though but like the scent-crisp and citrusy with that peach thing I mentioned in the backbone. Malt shows up in the middle adding a nice balance to the the sweety tarty flavor that surrounds it. The finish is slightly dry and kinda spicy with a bit of alcohol burn but nothing that would make ya think that this is close to a 7% ABV.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This golden beer almost looks a bit too light under a modest white head. It offers a very hoppy aroma, which hints at the initial tastes - a symphony of well-blended hops. Unfortunately, the brew doesn't maintain it's complexity throughout the tasting, as it finishes thin and bland. For an IPA, the brew is a bit light but it is still quite drinkable.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle (since the local bar no longer carries this on tap) sports the typical Stone arrogance and poetic comedy defining a gargoyle, an IPA and their philosophy.

Vigorous pour into a tulip glass produces a large creamy off white colored head that rests above a clear pale orange beer. Nice thick lacing, too.

Smells of citric grapefruit like hops. These hops are large and in charge and nothing else really comes into play, except for a lingering impression of a faint sweetness lurking in the background.

Tastes less hoppy than I remember on tap and the hops seem to fade instead of biting back at the finish. Grapefruit hints are there and its definetly for hop fans, but I recall this being better on tap.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin and the carbonation serves the hop oils nicely. Drinkability is great even if the abv is on the higher end for single IPAs. Enjoyable, but look for this on tap where I feel it would be better.

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Photo of denver10
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orangish copper with a slight white head. Nice aroma and flavor citrus, some piney resin, and a touch of bready malt. Some bitterness throughout but balanced with the rest of the flavor. A crisp mouthfeel. Good drinkability to this. I am a fan.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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