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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Ratings: 11,199 |  Reviews: 3,069
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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Photo of thedrewski86
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with hints of orange and a slight haze. Left a good 1" off-white head with good retention. Leaves solid lacing. Smell is piney and earthy. Makes you think of the woods. Taste is initially smooth with a smokey hop bight for a finish. Kind of burnt. Mouthfeel is pretty light, mild carbonation. A little too mild actually. Drinkability is good never the less. This is a great bitter IPA. Not too complex, just right.

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

A : Clear golden colour with a massive crowning glory - the head lasted for the entire glass and left signature lacing

S : Lotsa hops, tropical fruits and zest. The smell really lingers on.

T : A big hug of hops up front, which eventually gives way to a nice malt balance. Can also taste some tart fruitiness at the end

M : Thin really, but the liveliness on the palate more than makes up for it. There is a lot going on

D : Great example of an IPA, so keep it coming. A great hop - malt balance really adds up to its drinkability

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Photo of joedvegas
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking amber color with a foamy, clingy one-finger head. Abundant, pleasant, complex scents of pineapple, orange-peel, lime, pomegranate and a hint of pine. Good flavor characteristics. Subdued, dark tropical fruit on the front palate, with a finish of pine and earth. Very balanced with a slightly bitter finish. Pleasant, light coating on the mouthfeel. Crisp. I loved this beer on the nose, and the flavors were good to very good.

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Photo of Prager62
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D11
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from bottle into tulip

A- pours a hazy orange with a small head that doesnt last long.

S- sweet hops blended with sweet citrus. the hops and citrus reveal itself more as the beer warms up.

T- nice hops blended well with sweet citrus. some grapefruit but it was very sweet grapefruit. well done.

M- crisp, but not in a bad way. a light to medium body for an IPA. delicious.

O- i really enjoyed this beer. it is a really nice IPA and the ingredients in it are blended very well. very smooth. i would compare the flavor and mouthfeel to a Deschutes Mirror Pond but without the slight bitterness or tang that the mirror pond had.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this one from a short pilsner glass. It's a medium-dark golden color with a surprisingly thin light beige head. A lighter color than most IPAs.

Citrusy hops are the most apparent trait in the nose. There are definitely some light malty scents in there as well, delivering a slightly earthy, biscuit like aroma. Nose is somewhat muted and more balanced than many a west coast IPA.

Mmmmm, more of a grassy hoppy flavor than the citrusy nose indicates. I taste alot of hay and biscuit flavors. A very approachable and drinkable IPA. I like it! I can see why they did the Ruination...while this might not satisfy the uber hopheads of the world, it is a very tasty beer and I could see this as a great introduction to the world of big, super hoppy beers.

I really like this beer. It is well balanced and highly drinkable. It will be hard to keep this on hand as it is oh so tasty.

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Photo of rrski198
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Big white head on top of a golden/amber hued transparent beer. Big time lacing.

S: Pine, citrus, grassy. Hops, hops, hops.

T: A very good representation of this type of beer. Very bitter and all sorts of hops flavor profiles coming through.

M: Good carbonation level. Dry for sure.

D: This beer is quite bitter and dry, however, it drank well enough for me to want another after I was finished. This is a typical west coast IPA, but better than alot of others I have had.

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Photo of nolefan1983
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

I'm gradually working my way through the ranks of Stone's offerings. So far, so good - to date, it's my favorite all-around brewery. Here we have something I've had in the past, before I started reviewing, and that I'm glad to be trying again: the classic IPA. Last time I had it, I was impressed. Let's see how it stands today:

A: The body is a deep honey gold, rich and shining. Its head is thin and white; it's pretty sticky, leaving lacing all around. What really stands out, though is the carbonation. Bubbles float consistently to the top of the body, but not like other pale ales I've had; this is a constant super-stream of rising fizz. I like it.

S: There's a big hop aroma; tons of orange and pine notes. It has a very fresh feel.

T: Very refreshing! Hops are superbly crisp, showing off minty, citrusy, and natural flavors. There's a great chewy wheat in there, making the earthiness even more distinct and complex. An unsurprisingly dry finish leaves you wanting more after each drink.

M: I love this aspect about Stone brews. There's enough carb to excite the palate, but not enough to make it prickly and less drinkable.

O: This is refreshing, flavorful, and satisfying - which is great for an IPA. And, with summer just starting, I have the feeling I'll be stocking these $5 bombers deep. Great bang for your buck!

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

Pours a hazy orange color with a cap of suddsy white head. Ok retention and spotty clumps of lacing. Great whiff of citrus and tropical fruits along with touched of floral, piney and earthy hops. Faint biscuity sweetness in the nose. Taste is a big rush of bitterness, mostly piney and earthy hops in the taste with a background presence of floral, citrus and tropical flavors. A solid, lightly sweet biscuty background as well. Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth and almost creamy. A good all around IPA from Stone.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

From a 22 oz. bottle.

A clear, light amber beer with a decent head. Grainy maltiness and "American" hop aromas mingle in the nicely-integrated nose. Spicy hop bitterness with faint harsh notes (not unexpected -- or even necessarily bad -- given the high hop rate). Malt character shows a hint of biscuit and a small amount (relatively) of light crystal malt or CaraPils. Mouthfeel is slighty -- and to me, pleasantly -- on the dry side. The carbonation (and likely the water chemistry) yeilds a sensation somewhere between prickly and creamy.

Good beer. It's very hoppy, yet Stone still keeps enough malt character in the mix -- even though the beer is relatively dry -- to make is a well-rounded beer. The hops are aggressive, and have just enough of a harsh character (for lack of a less value-laden term), to make this a bold hoppy beer experience. If your fizzy -yellow-water-swillin' friends don't "get" hoppy beers, this could be the one that opens their eyes.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, poured into an oversized snifter.

Glowing amber/orange body with a finger of creamy looking off-white head. Sadly, the head recedes to a ring and a skim of bubbles. Very little lacing.

Very mild and floral bouquet, surprisingly subdued considering the brewery. Some sweet and clean bready malt aromas as well. Small amounts of citrus of pine.

The pine and citrus are much more apparent in the mouth. Those 2 flavors bounce all over the palate- very nice. Some other citrus as well- hints of lemon and orange on the sides of the tongue. Just enough caramel malt flavor to provide a touch of balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, almost chewy. Drinks like a bigger beer than it is. Medium carbonation. Finishes fairly dry with a nice lingering trail of grapefruit and pine halfway down the throat.

Overall impression: Very solid West Coast IPA. For the first time, I feel that the weighting of the appearance is really dragging down the overall score of a beer. I can't give a beer with minimal head and lacing anything better than an 'average' appearance rating, though.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice fluffy white head. The beer is fairly orange in color. Nice ABV for a simple IPA. Fairly pungent hop aroma. Pine smelling hops. The beer is fairly transparent as well. Slightly creamy. The palate could be a bit better. The beer is full of hop flavor. The dry hopping did pay off if you ask me. The bittering hop just gets all over the back of your mouth. I love this beer because the focus is all in the hops. Not really much to say about the malts. Overall, a good bitter/hoppy IPA from Stone!

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

Enjoyed on tap at Sandy's in Huntington Beach

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a tea brown with white foamy head with good retention. Lacing covers the length of the glass

S: hoppy piney bitterness resin like quality. No real fruit or malty component

T: hop forward. Bitter the way a good IPA should be. Some malty sweetness contributed at the end

M: bitterness dries out the palate. Very smooth on the tongue, quite refreshing

O: a great hoppy beer, this and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are my go to beers for sessioning

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IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 11,199 ratings