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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Photo of puck1225
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My son got me a bomber for Father’s Day. Poured into a tulip glass.cloudy golden yellow color with a fantastically fluffy head and lovely lacing.

Strong pine smell. Tastes of bourbon, grapefruit and orange. Very warming for an IPA. Enjoyed it very much! Thanks, son!

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Photo of Stezz420
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-06-22 at Quips

A - Hazy straw with a 1-finger head and good lacing.

S - Mild grain, earthy-spice and grass. Not overly aromatic.

T - Medium roasted grain, bright citrus, a little pine and grass with a crisp and dry grapefruit finish. Dries nicely and leaves you wanting another swig.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation give a crisp and refreshing feel.

O - This really tasted great this evening. My kind of brew: Fruity, bright citrus and a grapefruit bitter finish. Reminds me of a Port Mongo or Fat Head's Head Hunter. Good stuff.

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Photo of DuffDadddy
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Kenmac19
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avantyawn
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! A fresh 6 pack of Stone IPA out east, tends to always be outdated or close to it when I check....

A: This is a beautiful looking IPA. Huge frothy thick head, tons of lacing, beer holds nice head as it goes down. Murky golden yellow.

S: Fruity hops, a touch of tropical fruit, a bit of oakiness , tons of pine and a overall sweetness.

T: Bone dry, extremely puckering bitterness, dry bitterness coats the back of throat. This is an extremely clean and minimalist sort of IPA, not a ton going on, but everything happens in the right way, the way the flavor cadences and the overall feel of drinking this is awesome

M: As mentioned above, dry , but with a perfect creamy and invigorating mouthfeel.

O: This beer is the antithesis of a pretentious beer. The simplicity and purposeful confidence of this beer is inspiring. If you see this fresh, it's a can't miss .

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in standard ale glass

A: dark orange; very little head; carb is good, but the bubbles are inert; little lacing
S: very hoppy, lively; aroma lasts quite a while; promises much in the way of hops
T: sweet, intense IPA; quite lively; strong in the finishing hops
M: viscous, thick mouthfeel

This is an amazing IPA, but to be had only on occasion, because of the intensity

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Photo of seaoflament
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Louie's Suds n' Sun at San Diego State University. The best thing on tap and it's something I haven't reviewed, plus it's another hot day and this one seemed like the right beer.

Poured into a clear plastic cup, hey at least it's a clear one. Golden color with lots of foam, a thin layer of foam persisted throughout its entirety. Great lacing too.

The aroma is a bit of a let down. I was expecting this one to be more intense but it's not. Maybe it is the plastic cup but I'm not picking up much here. I had to wait until I drank about 1/3 of the beer and let it get a little warmer to get some aroma. I wasn't getting much but it was a bit better with some citrus, pine and sweetness from the malt.

The taste has a nice bitterness with some fruit flavors in the finish. Some pine flavors begin to develop as I continue to drink it.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are both very good and the drinkability is pretty high as well.

I will have to review this one from a bottle since, for some reason, I wasn't getting too much aroma and I'm sure a bottled version, or a proper glass, would improve its score.

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Photo of Nytemare
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a nice golden yellow with a hint of orange. A little hazy, but it seemed to clear up as it went along. Nice 1" head, white, that lasted quite a while. After it dissappated, all I had to do was swirl the glass slightly and it was back. Nice lacing down the side of the glass as well.

Smell: Hops hops and more hops. Overwhelmingly hoppy in the smell. Maybe some citrus and a mild malt profile, but thin compared to the hops.

Taste: Much more balanced than I expected from the smell. There is definately an overwhelming amount of hops, but a nice grassy malt flavor blends in nicely from behind. Smoother than I expected as well. Bitter, but that's what you'd expect. It's a beer that bites you back. The malt charactoristics really show in the aftertaste, but even there, you can taste the hops, and it lingers forever. I'm sitting here savoring the aftertaste and I finished it about 5 minutes ago. Yummy. Lots of flavor there, just hard to define.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Very crisp. Not too thin, but not overwhelmingly thick or oily. Nice and clean.

Drinkability: Started out rather nice, but by the end of the bottle, it was getting a little hard to continue. Not that it's bad, but the bitterness really is strong as it starts to warm up. I spent a good 45 minutes drinking this. Just sipping it and enjoying the silence of children in bed and the wife at the gem. Me and sportscenter and Stone I.P.A. Not bad.

Props to a Jeremy, a friend of mine, for meeting me at the lake with this, Arrogant Bastard, 1554 Black Ale, and Porch Swing (reviews pending). I can't get any of them in Oklahoma, so I have to rely on other methods. Also, he just gave them to me. Gotta love free beer. This one, bitter, full of hops, but balanced. Could definately drink again, and will, but it's not something I could drink tons of in one sitting. One is enough for one night. Overall, impressed, especially since this is my first Stone brew to try, looking forward to cracking open that Arrogant Bastard this weekend.

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Photo of JCMattson
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baggio
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lovely amberish color with a very thin lace.

S: Citric notes, flowers, hops (cascade?).

T: Sour caramel, hops a plenty, tropical fruits.

M: Medium carbonation with small bubbles and a kickass mouthfeel.

A brilliant IPA that stands out in the crowd. Goes down way too easy so it's
probably a good idea this beer is damn near impossible to get here :)

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, straw-orange color with somewhat large white head. Extremely hoppy aroma with a bit of sweet malts. Very strong citrusy notes (orange, grapefruit, lemon). The taste is very well balanced. Up front you get great citrus hoppiness, followed by sweet citrus fruits. Then it ends with bittering hops. Very lovely taste. The mouthfeel is almost perfect for an IPA. The drinkability is very high for this 7% gem.

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Photo of Momar42
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into New Belgium Globe glass

A - clear, amber/yellowish color. Mostly clear with a slight haze. Pours with a small clean head. Small in size, it vanishes quickly. Small persistent pool of foam in the middle (thanks to the glass). Very light lacing early.

S - piney w/ slight citrus undertones. Not overwhelming but very spot on for the style.

T - tastes like it smells. Still amazed I hadn't tried this touchStone beer from Stone (bad pun intended). Perfect amount of hops for an IPA and balanced with the alcohol. Finishes clean and refreshing. One drink begs another and another.

M - light on the palate and finishes clean. Smooth throughout. Crisp.

O - Stone is a great brewery and that reputation is made through their perennial beers like this one. An IPA very true to the style. Will definitely be a go to beer for me from now on. Still prefer the IIPA but this is a fantastic IPA.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into pint glass.

A- Nice filtered orangey caramel base with a frosty white head that has some sticky icky lacing. Very nice retention. Rings all the way down the glass; a great pour.

S- Citrus blast. Nice hops in this one.

T- Bitter hops- grapefruit pith and an earthy pine bitterness that lasts for days. Great west coast flavors. Tongue-twisting bitterness.

M- Very well put-together, no off-notes, no flaws. Great carbonation.

D- Fairly high. And damn cheap. Pretty good stuff. Not top-tier, but tasty. Check the date, buy it fresh, enjoy.

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Photo of Agent47M
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buckslayer50
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good and solid IPA, will definitely buy again, can't wait to try more from stone

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz. bottle into tulip at brew pub. Clear amber color with medium off-white head. Good lacing remaining throughout. Very hoppy - pine/citrus and bitter through the finish. Review is of last half of bottle as the first pour included a slight aroma of bleach. This from a respected brew pub - I did not complain, just let it sit awhile. I will say it dampened my excitement immediately for my first taste of Stone IPA. Overall very enjoyable - Cheers!

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Photo of aleigator
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized, stable head.

The nose is defined by fruity hops, oranges, lemon peel and cakey malts to highlight the hops. Classical nose for an ipa, a very enjoyable though.

Perfectly balanced, well carbonated bright and thirst quenching with a nice taste evolution regarding the evolving hop profile.

Bitter from the first glance, without pushing too far, due to balancing, sweeter malts. The hops are pretty fruity but foremost dry, bitter and in your face. Finishes soft, still dry but with a caramel malt sweetness cutting through.

Pretty wow, one the most well build west coast ipas I ve ever had. It is uncompromisingly bitter, while still caring for remaining drinkable, which is acoomplished by the noteable malts.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.
No best by date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a large, 2cm-plus, off-white head of fairly large bubbles, which makes it look a bit cumbersome and strange. Deflates slowly, leaving significant lacing in small streaks. Body is a deep and cloudy orange-yellow color, very intriguing and enticing. Carbonation and sediment visible. Good overall.

Aroma of pine and citrus with a bit of faint malt in the background for balance. I like this, but think it could actually be a notch stronger and stand out all the more while still being balanced.

Strong malt backbone with plentiful citrus and pine hop flavors swirling around this central pillar. Intermediate flavors of hop bitterness and mild malt sweetness. Definitely a hop-forward brew. Aftertaste is crisp, biscuity, and bitter with hints of grapefruit rind.

Strictly medium-bodied with noticeable carbonation, but nothing excessive or uninviting. Good for the body's heft and style. Finish is dry and slightly sticky either from resins or sugars.

This is an excellent AIPA, as most seem to agree upon. I would appreciate a deeper aroma, but the core of this beer is entirely strong; I wouldn't change a thing if it meant altering some other aspect of it.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a really nice peach color with small but rocky head that stuck to the glass,wow the smell,first whiff is freshly mowed grass it hits ur nasal passages like a freight train.Very citruisy taste hits u first but the maltiness in the background really balances this out nicely.Iam sometimes leery about getting west coast IPA's but this one is nicely balanced.Stone has to be a world renown brewery by now their beers are just so world class.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shaker glass. Pours golden with a thick frothy head. Aroma of sweet malts and hops. Big malt taste right up front, followed by a big bitter finish. IO was expecting to be blown away by the bitterness, but they only present strongly at the finish. One of the best IPA's I've had.

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Photo of Rcterps23
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of quikfish13
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight out of the 12 ounce bottle this IPA poured remarkebly clear. Settling into my glass with a hazy orange tinted gold body and a foamy off white head. Highly carbonated.

Aroma was overwelming with hops. Highly sweet aroma that is very friendly to the nose. I can actually still smell the citrus hops from here with my glass sitting next to me. Orange and grapefruit come to mind.

Nice warm upfront bitternes in the taste that just kisses the tounge. More earthy and malty flavors come through in the middle with a smooth bitter and hoppy finish. Smooth with a nice bitter bite that doesnt take away from the rest of the beers.

A medium body feel for the mouth, not to heavy and not to light. Very smooth going down.

Highly drinkable, I'm trying to resist drinking the rest of this 6-pack before I go to work.

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Photo of Shawnxa3
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 2, 2011. This is an pour with a touch of cloudiness and a thin head. The aroma is not quite as full as I anticipated but there is definitely a noted floral hoppiness as is to be expected. The body is creamy and medium. Oh, but the taste really makes up for any flaws (as few as they are) that may be noted at first. Bitter hops with a fruity sweetness on the side.

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