Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
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Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

Added by kbub6f on 01-25-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3,006
Ratings:
10,894
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
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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...

Cheers!

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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on a 4oz flight sampler.

Body is honey-amber colored with the typical distinct IPA lacing.

Aromas of orange, grapefruit, and pleasant cracker malts.

Very strong notes of pine and a pleasant under layer of onion. What surprises me here and what brings a welcome appearance is a nice malt backbone to balance things out.

A crisp carbonation follows through on the feel and provides perfect stability for the flavors.

Overall, Stone IPA was better than anticipated. I was expecting an onion bomb but pleasantly surprised here. Will have again.

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

As someone else said, this one is about the hops. Apart from the hops, however, I found the flavor a bit on the bland side. Nothing about this beer set it apart for me.

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

From a 12-oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice gold color with a decent off-white head that sticks around for awhile.

Smell: Strong citrus and pine.

Taste: Citrus and pines again. Nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied oily feel.

Drinkability: Pretty solid IPA. With all of the excitement of this beer coming to Milwaukee, I was expecting a little bit more, but I would definitely seek out again.

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

$4,45/bomber at Kwik Liquor North Green River Rd. Evansville, Ind USA

I actually enjoyed this a bit more than I though I would. It poured up nicely with a cloudy pale orange body and nice looking white foamy head. Lace was extra sticky, and the smell was precisley where I thought it would be: freshly crushed pine needles and un-sweetend grapefruit juice. Taste, however, was much better balanced than was expecting. There certainly is a high level of hop character in the taste, but nothing like the aggressive hop profile I had envisioned. This turned out to be very well balanced indeed.
Moderate hop presence up front with a substantial level of malt to iron things out, and of course, a hop sting in the middle. Finish was nice and smooth with a dry bitterness that I liken to biting the rind of a piece of citrus fruit. I must admit, I am indeed surprised with this one. A nice representation of the style that isn't over-done like so many others.

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

Had a few bottles of these on Friday night at a local Middle Eastern restaurant. Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice vibrant orange body with a fine white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing. Smell was full of hop aroma. Very potent, just like a lot of the West Coast IPAs tend to be. Taste was also mostly hops, and that lent a nice pine-like flavor to the beer. Very crisp beer, with a bit of dryness at the end. Not an over the top IPA, so it was enjoyable to drink. Plus the high abv was not much of a factor. I thought it paired well with the spiciness of the evening's Lebanese food. Good match.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Hazy golden orange colored... good 1 fingers worth of creamy white head after a nice pour... settles to a nice layer, with fantastic lacing.. Wonderful looking beer.

S: Big piny hops right upfront.. little grass and grapefruit. Strong.

T: Damn Hops hits pretty hard... mix of pine, grass and grapefruit up front... finish is bitter and warm from the ABV.

M: Medium body, mild carbonation, warm and creamy smooth

O: Up on front street.... I'm not a hop head.. not a big fan of IPA, but I will not hold it against this beer... It looks fantastic, it smells great... it feels good in my mouth.. just a little to bitter and hoppy for my taste... ABV makes this a one and done for me... Stone just cannot do wrong.. (and I don't even like this style of beer)...

Stone You Rock

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Photo of kell50
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into my OMB tulip. Enjoy by 9-23-13 written on the neck.

A - Pours a clear, amber color with a slight haze. A small head vanishes quickly leaving a small touch of foam in the middle of the glass. Very light lacing holds on tightly.

S - Touch of pine with slight citrus undertones chiming in. Not too overwhelming. I actually expected some more punch from their flagship IPA.

T - Tastes much better than it smells. Perfect amount of hops for an IPA and malt backbone. I'm also picking up some grapefruit rind, ground black pepper and caramel. The alcohol at 7% is pretty masked.

M - Finishes pretty clean and is refreshingly light on the palate, which I don't typically experience with Stone beers. I love how easy this goes down.

O - Stone has created yet another excellent example of a "west coast" IPA. It's very drinkable and very true to the style. I wish I had another.

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Photo of TheKtulu7
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, bubbly. A moderate tan tint with a thick foam head. Lacing, especially on the side of the glass opposite the sipping side, is persistent as hell. Leaves a honeycomb pattern across the wall.

S: Piney. Strong aroma initially but fades.

T: Piney, bitter back end, flowery.

M: A bit frothy and prickly.

D: Good. Goes down easy.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty beer - big, creamy, rocky head. Great retention and plenty of lacing. Very light amber color.

Subdued aroma - a bit of fruity esters and sweet bread. The flavor is more impressive with some herbal hops and a touch of pine. Clean dry finish.

Medium body with a zippy carbonation. A solid basic IPA - very drinkable.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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