Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
10,994
Reviews:
3,029
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
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463
Gots:
3,060
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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ehrlacher
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buzaglod
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TLWalsh
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange straw color with a thin white head that persisted and laced nicely. Has a fruity citrusy aroma with a piney overtone. The mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated with a typical IPA hoppy piney flavor. Finishes very nice with a pleasant building bitterness that's well balanced. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of Oakley
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of layzie88
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of msumike89
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boro83
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jakeusa
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on tap at beer study in chapel hill into a snifter

dark copper, mild head. slight citrus hoppy smell. taste is more hop and bitterness focused , but not a hop bomb. balanced, easy drinking. great flavor. piney, citrusy, hoppy. just a great IPA. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall just a great IPA. easy drinking, you can't go wrong.

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Photo of NathanMilesLund
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Robdiesel21
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jharmon
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Jakep2021
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves about one finger of a white head that has excellent retention, and leaves excellent lacing. Body is a golden amber.

Smell - citrusy, floral, and piney hops fill the nose. Where's the malt ?

Taste - as promised by the smell. Citrusy, floral, and piney hops, and only the slighest hint of toasty malt biscuits. Very unbalanced in favor of the hops, although I do like it.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, foamy with a great deal of hop oil slickness, and semi-dry from the hop bitterness.

Drinkability - this a very good AIPA, one that showcases the hops, if maybe neglecting the malt. It is also sessionable.

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Photo of sgoodship
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Liquor Stop in Highland, Indiana after a visit to 3F.

A: Yellowy hazy amber that is very yellow toward the bottom of the glass. Thin head stays throughout. Fluffy off-white head. Pretty good big lacing.

S: Not as powerful a hop smell as I was expecting. Hop profile is orange and grapefruit. Also has a syrupy sweet malt that becomes dominant as the drink progresses. The smell was fresh but so many talk about the strong hoppiness of Stone that I am worried that I go a bad 6.

T: Some fruity, grassy hops up front. Goes very quickly to a caramel malt and has a very subtle finish. Well balanced. A little watery at times. Again, I was expecting a wallop that never came although toward the end of the drink, it delivered a more piney bite. I'll re-review this brew in future if I find that this was a sub-standard 6. For now, all I can say is that it is a pretty subtle but enjoyable IPA.

M: Pretty clean and smooth. Light in body. Subtle level of carbonation that is just right.

D: I find IPA's very drinkable in general. The more balanced and subtle nature of this one makes it a very easy beer to session. I am going to get this in future to see if it has a stronger hop aggressiveness that was missing from my 6.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance (4/5): Bright orange, huge three finger white head. Lots and lots of lacing. Head reduces to an eighth inch white rim.

Smell (4/5): Sweet bready crystal malt, piney and grapefruity scents. Not super-complex, just very hoppy.

Taste (4.25/5): Exceptionally bitter and grapefruity. Pine also shines through. Grapefruit pith in the finish. A paragon of west coast IPA flavor. Sweet malt backbone acts as good counterpoint to the heavy hopping, but it solely functions in a supporting role.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Mouthfeel is medium light, perhaps lighter than other West Coast IPAs for its exceptionally light, unobtrusive malt bill. A resinous, dry finish lingers for days and has an aftertaste of pink grapefruit rind.

Overall (4.25/5): Still a wonderful beer. I do at times when drinking this beer wish for more body and more malt. Other beers, like Green Flash West Coast IPA, have a more prominent malt bill, which I favor. That being said, Stone IPA is a true trailblazer. It remains one excellent IPA, particularly when enjoyed with a month or less of age on it.

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Photo of dcbeers
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of racer2k
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to pint glass

A - Amber almost orange like with a 1/2 finger a white head which dissipates quickly leaving a very nice thin lacing around the entire glass.

S - Pine, citrus, and grapefruit with an earthy hop aroma. Hints of malt in the background.

T - Very smooth hopped taste with a citrus backbone. Plenty of pine and floral notes which round out the taste. Slight back end malt.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Bitter hops mouth feel.

D - Top shelf west coast IPA. One of the best. Great session beer even at 6.9% abv.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apx 6,400 reviews-what more can one say?

It's very apparent of the continual excellence this quaff has accrued. Good looking craft having a generous head with staying power. Resonant hop bud release. Crisp and light which can be a relief away from my unsatiable thirst for the Imperials. Problem also for me is that there are too many choices on the menu. Priced right and readily available fresh. Craft that pleases most. Going into my steady rotation. Keep up the good work!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic for a good session.

Stone IPA pours a slightly cloudy orangey yellow with good white head. Nose is balls out citrus hops. Taste pretty much follows, super west coast grapefruit citrus hops with somewhat of a malt backbone, but the hops overpower them by far. The mouthfeel is good, drinkability is pretty good too. Overall this is a great session IPA, but it is quite unbalanced on the hop side of things. Personal preference would be for just a touch more maltiness in here, but overall it is a great IPA.

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Photo of gracient
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As good as they say it is... malt too strong on the finish for me but delicious regardless

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Photo of yisseroff
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey-orange into my trusty Woodstock pint glass. Head? MIA for the most part. Visible carbonation for the first minute or so, but it went away with the head.
Overwhelming pine/citrus combo on the nose. What I'd expect from an IPA, but nothing too groundbreaking. Maybe a hint of grapefruit there.
This was a well-hopped beer, but the bitterness was not overwhelming. Really fresh citrusy fruits in drinking this beer- like taping a sip and then biting right into a fresh citrus fruit.
Great mouthfeel, medium bodied. Very drinkable, I see myself enjoying another one in the future.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic west coast IPA. Golden orange body, with a thin cap of creamy foam that retains itself and laces well.

Light citrus in the aroma, fresh with a touch of green hops. It's not as pungent as I expected, but it's certainly pleasant. Pale malt and vegetal notes come out later as it warms up.

Bitterness is not to an extreme level, but it's up there. Not mild by any means, the bitter hop notes come out more in the aftertaste. There's some grapefruit/citrus rind, balanced by a tasty light maltiness. Very quenching and easy to drink, i've gone through two bombers this week, and Ruination is on deck after this one...

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 10,994 ratings.
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