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 | 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 brewerburgundy
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant yellow, and I mean yellow snow yellow. Chill hazed with a cakey, puffy white head. Sheets of lace that are quite pretty and a sight for sore eyes. Ring solid lacing.

What I smell is not extreme that's for sure. Floral with solid citrus backbone. Lemon and grapefruit. A little mowing, fresh grass cuttings.

Citrus rind and piney bitterness. Fairly one-dimensional but done well. Mirrors the nose. A fruity, honey'd finish. the bitterness hits more up front and it finishes sweeter with not much lingering bitterness. Apricot, green apple.

Velvety soft. Not much carbonation feeling on the tongue.

A bomber is tasty, I'd come back to it if I knew I was buying very fresh beer. This seemed like it had too much age on it for an IPA.

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Photo of moodenba
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Case of bottles Stone IPA purchased at big box store in NY state 6/27/16.

45-50 F temperature bottle poured into a highball glass. Big lasting head on top of a light amber brew.. Aroma from a distance was strong and beery. A close sniff yielded a fine delicate hop aroma. Taste was a powerful bitter blast of hops

My preference these days is for a maltier, more balanced brew, with a similar color to this one. Stone IPA probably has some of the character of the old Ballantine ale from Newark (pre 1970). The Ballantine had a similar color, a rocky, long lasting head, big aroma, and possibly a bit more malt character.

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Photo of Squelch
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw colored. Minimal head.

Smell: Piney hop aroma with malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: Piney hops with a toasted malt finish. slightly astringent.

Mouthfeel: Moderatly carbonated. Feels heavy.

Drinkability: Nice beer. I would buy it again.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy light orange with 2 fingers of fluffy white head with good retention and some lacing. Some sediment seen in the glass.

S: Some citrus hops.

T: Grapefruit with a nice lingering bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel and carbonation are both perfect for an IPA.

D: Excellent, a crisp refreshing IPA.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother for sharing this with me!

Appearance - A very opaque golden straw yellow. Cloudy and appears to be well carbonated. A nice sunset orange.

Smell - Smells quite hoppy. Slight malts and grass notes.

Taste - A complexity of floral notes swims with delicious abd fresh hops. Quite a solid IPA. Caramel notes and slightly sweet on the finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite smooth with a bit of orange zest. Very crisp, drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass. Enjoy by 9/9/14

re-reviewed from 11/5/11, coz I like to think I know more now. (Jury still out on that)

Golden yellow with a small white head. Good carbonation & lacing.

Not getting much of anything on the nose.

Taste was a very good blending of the hops and malt, just enough of a hop bite to let you know it's there, with a sweet malt wash throughout the mouth.

Mouth was medium with a persisting sour bitterness on the back of the mouth.

Overall, a good and tasty IPA

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Photo of kush6875
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden orange slightly cloudy with a nice off white head, good lacing

smell: pine and fresh crisp hops

taste: look up IPA in webster's and you have it. the is hop-heads must try. sharp fresh hops dance on the palate!!

mouthfeel" is just what it should be; smooth and crisp begging you to take another swallow.

drinkability: this is an IPA lovers dream could drink this all day!! very thirst quenching, goes great with spicy dishes.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a three finger head. Great retention. Lacing is also excellent. 5

S: Very floral dominated smell as well as a sweet fruit, like an apple... a pungent smell of hops was also present. 4

T: Floral, oak, and herbal flavors. Some malty sweetness. I am not a huge fan of the hop choice, they very seem pungent to me. 3.5

M: Nice smooth character, does not seem like there is too much carbonation present. Good solid body. 4

D: The only complaint I have about this beer is the hops. They seem much too herbal to me. Like one of my mom's homoeopathic concoctions.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good IPA but not up to the fundamental stone standard of bitterness. Or maybe this is their attempt to attract the masses.

It's a light bodied IPA (I would argue a pale ale even) with some citrus character up front. A fresh pour of this is quite good and shows bright ruby red grapefruit with minimal malty sweetness to balance (read as not overly bitter but dry finishing). This is a good intro to IPA beer, A gateway beer if you will.

Also the price is right, and ya gotta love that.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks cloudy orange with a 1 inch creamy head, leads on buttery biscuit with hints of citrus and pine, it has a lot going on in aroma and taste, very complex. taste has a bitter end with a bready initial taste. the bitterness is more piney than citrus. the mouthfeel and the flavor go along together.
at 6.9 abv this certainly is very drinkable. however at 11.99 a 6'er around here. i can pick out about 20 beers that are cheaper and better.

pick some up if you're rollin in the dough.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very hazy straw color and had a very foamy head that clung to the sides of the glass. Poured this into a tall Pilsner glass.

The aroma was reminiscent of a pine forest. It also had some citrus grapefruit.

Like the aroma, the taste was a mix of pine and grapefruit. It was dry and the bitterness was just right. The sweetness was in the middle. It also had a mossy taste to it. Overall the components were all there and were well put together, but I didn't think this was an aggressively hoppy beer.

It had a decent drinkability. I thought it tasted best on the colder side, it didn't really taste that great as it got warmer. It had a dry aftertaste.

I do not understand all the A ratings. This was worth the price and I would buy this again. However, this seemed like a fairly standard, yet solid, IPA. I like Stone, but this one was just okay.

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Photo of iadler
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a translucent light gold with a two finger head that dissipates into a thin cap. Leaves some nice lines of lacing behind

S- Herbal and piney hops, grapefruit, orange zest and a hint of caramel malt

T- Herbal and dank hops with pine and grass followed by citrus hops with notes of pink grapefruit, orange zest and a caramel malt finish.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes dry and bitter.

O- A little too bitter for my liking, but still a nice ipa that is very herbal and pine forward.

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, maize color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops (pineapple/grapefruit), alcohol, pine, slight alcohol, sweet malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of floral hops, alcohol, sweet malt, and slight yeast. Overall, good standard IPA - nothing flashy.

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Photo of rfabian
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic glass it forms a 10 mm head that leaves ample lacing. The color is amber and clear. The aroma is strongly of citrus and grassy hops with little sweetness. The taste is also strongly of citrus hops and on the dry side with a little sweetness and lots of bitterness. The feel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. One of these per evening is ample refreshment.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost clear light golden, with straw colored highlights. A large almost white head leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is understated with orange citrus, and not much else.

Taste follows the aroma, citrus that is not overpowering, with a hint of pith.

Feel is smooth and easy to drink. Crisp and dry.

I drank this after the West Coast IPA from Green Flash, and let's just say, the Green Flash blew this out of the water like a cheep blow up toy. Still a fine beer, just normal, not special.


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Photo of nicechalice
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer, I always get it because I am lucky enough to have a Vons a block away that carries it in sixers for 7 something. It looks nice, rich dark golden yellow, with a nice head if poured hard. The head doesnt stay but the lace does. Strong pine and spice aromas. The taste is smooth with the perfect bitterness for me. I can drink a lot of these.

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Photo of kegger22
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy orange color with small head. I was not able to pick out much of an aroma. The taste was citrus and a hoppy bitterness (which I liked). I admit to not being a great IPA fan, but I did like this beer. So far, this one runs second to the AleSmith IPA.

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Photo of notoriousdav
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light amber with two fingers of foam. Retains head very well. Very herbal on the nose. Taste is unmistakeably hoppy, like a pine cone dipped in soap, definitely makes you pucker-up. Anymore hops and this beer would be outta control, but they managed to get it pretty much right for this style.

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Photo of JBogan
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a large white crown which left good lacing behind.

Smelled of hops and citrus along with a malt backbone.

Tasted of hops and grains, with a citric tartness at the tail end. The malt doesn't come into play as much as it did in the nose.

Mouthfeel was very good. Medium bodied with a good clean crispness about it. Smooth and refreshing going down.

This was a good IPA. Not the best I've had but certainly close to the top tier.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was kind of surprised just now when I noticed I have never reviewed this beer. Pours a pretty pale copper. Perfectly clear. Lots of foamy head and substantial lace. Nose has more than just the hops that I was expecting, there's a nice malt base there too. Taste is a little piney, but very well balanced with the malts so the hops don't knock you over. The malts actually provide a pretty full body flavor to the beer. Not a dry finish at all.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a lighter shade of pale yellow, some hazy cloudyness with a finger high white head of looser thickness, fades and bubbles down to some bubbles along the rim. Lace in webby loose sheets. Smell is quite floral and sweetly hopped lending light pine, light grapefruit and a touch spicy. Not all that strong but very fresh and hoppy. Swirling brings out some soft caramel malts and alcoholic warmth. Taste is a calming smooth, subtle hoppy little treat. Solid floral and dried sense of hops with a good touch of pine and grapefruit mixing with peach notes. Nice light backing of soft caramel malts; a bit of toasted bread. Well balanced and the bitterness is well under check with nice lingering spicy dried grapefruit notions in the finish. Lightly creamy and a fair medium body feel with a crisp, clean subtle hoppy finish. Maybe expecting to much from this beer with all the high recommendations. Its a solid IPA for sure, but didn't quite make the impact on me with more of a mellower hop flavor then I was anticipating. Comparisons aside, this was very close to Town Hall's Columbus Pale. So as an IPA this was more like a great pale.

Thanks to Gusler for the Bomber.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a 1"+ head of off-white foam holding it down. Great lace and a thick film remain.
Smell is hops, citrus and bubblegum. Hints of malt and vanilla hiding way back.
Taste is hoppy, citrus, cardboard and some light malt and pine.
Warming from the get-go, almost full-bodied, smoother than expected, not a heavily hopped either. A good brew.

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Photo of blkknight02
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you are a hophead this beer is for you - I'm not a hophead. With that out of the way:
The color was deep amber. Very clear and high level of carbonation. The off-white head persisted throughout the pint. The aroma was pine, pine, and more pine. It's gotta be the chinooks! The flavor is the same as the aroma - resiny pine. It left a bitter taste on my tongue that reminded me of the old Foghorn Leghorn cartoons where he painted the dogs tongue with green paint. Way too bitter for me but then again most of Stones brews are. I', glad I only bought one.

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Photo of kindestcut
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Stone IPA pours a clear gold, bordering on orange-yellow. The white head is small but leaves a visible lace as the glass is drained. This is a very bright beer.

The aroma is extremely hoppy and spicy. I can tell by the aroma (and the Stone name coincidentally) that this is a hoppy brew. Upon forst taste, I am amazed that the hoppiness is not more intense. Now, come on, I didn't mean that this is not an intensely hoppy beer. It is. I'm just surprised that the over-the-top Stone has brewed an IPA here that is rather well balanced, although very heavy on the hops.

I can taste a malt foundation with a tremendous hoppy body. The floral-citrus bitterness dominates to be sure, but there is far more flavor than you'd think. Although I am not a huge fan of overly hoppy beers, I believe I could have more than one of these. An amazing thing that I never would have guessed.

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Photo of MP72
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice burnt orange kind of color with a nice white head.

S- Smells very strong of hops and citrus

T-taste was real citrusy and pinelike very tasty brew indeed.

M- was surprisingly thin compared to Victory Hop Devil which I drink often. Very good mouthfeel though.

Drinkability was a little low for me there is an aftertaste that I dont care for and would stick to the hopDevil for regular consumption.

Still a great IPA and solid all the way. I cant even imagine Stone making a bad beer.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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