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

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.

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Photo of Kelp
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A hazy yellowish color with a decent amount of head to the beer. A nice white head with a bit of lacing left behind.

Floral hops smell dominate some citrus smells to it grapefruity. A malt and pine smell on the end.

A hoppy, bitter taste to the brew. Very one sided and ends with a citrus/grapefruit finish that lingers for a while on the tongue. Definitely has a better smell than taste to it.

A smooth beer with a medium body to it and a bit underwhelming carbonation.

This is a decent IPA at best to me. Too bitter for my tastes. I can drink, but usually would chose not to if I have any choice in the matter.

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Photo of chaunur
3.41/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

First, I an NOT a hophead so this isn't a beer I would purchase, it was given to me by a friend who didn't like it. Having said that this wasn't a bad experience. It poured an slightly hazy orange tan into a pint glass, produced a nice 2 finger head that stuck around for awhile. Of course it had a very hoppy aroma with overtones of floral and citrus. I was surprised by the flavor, while the hop flavor was pronounced it was well balanced by a touch of malt sweetness.Thought the carbonation was on the spot and the brew went down easy. But I dont think this a beer I could drink more than one or two of in a sitting.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber-gold with a fluffy and thick off-white head leaving tons of lace in layers.

Smell is a little catty, dank lemon and grapefruit. As it warms, it becomes more pungent and piney, with cornbread, biscuit and rug.

Taste is really fruity and crisp lemon-lime, with toasted malt, a little pine wood, pretty bitter, finishing dry.

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Photo of matthewfuchs
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy bright amber in color. Powerful hops aroma, some citrus coming through. The taste is not as hoppy as it smells. I guess the bark is worse than the bite. Very smooth beer, especially for an IPA. Overall a good drink for a small session. Half of the attraction is the bottle art, for sure.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Transparent medium amber body. An aggressive pour only produced a head of 1 finger. The tiny bubbles constantly rising to the top (which is great because I'm drinking this from a standard pint glass) give this one a decent head retention. Eventually a thin collar remains and no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Wonderful bouquet of citrus, floral, and earthy hops with a sweet caramel malt backbone.

T- A balance of herbal and citrus hop taste upfront with a weak caramel malt backbone. The finish is mostly herbal hops with a caramel malt sweetness. Lingering bitterness is aggressive and somewhat unpleasant. Also lingering is an herbal hop taste, caramel malt sweetness, and alcohol warmth.

M- Aggressive carbonation and oily body of medium thickness.

D- This is a decent IPA but not one of my favorites. I was surprised that the alcohol was detected in this medium ABV brew. This one is full of hop flavor and bitterness. I may revisit this one again.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice (light) amber color. It had a modtly hop flavor to it right off the bat.the malt IS there, but this, by defiination is a hoppy beet. Smells nice a citrusy on the the pour, and it has a nice follow thouw when you go through it. All in all it has the prolific hop flavor that most Stone products have, and, all in all, it is a very nice brew, Find, and enjoy, it if you can

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Photo of retry4z
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a standard beer glass, cold. Solid head, about 1 finger size that disappears quickly. Strong malty aroma with citrusy hints. Color between bronze and golden, light-medium clarity.

Medium-bodied, with above-average carbonation. Initially sweet, and then very dry-bitter finish, not well balanced.

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Photo of mattster
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened 12oz bottle and poured into pint glass.

Nice light golden brown color, somewhat hazy but still translucent. Very little head that dissipates quickly, light lacing on top.

Smell is hoppy, slight citrus notes. Taste is even hoppier, also with a good hints of citrus and a little spice.

Little aftertaste, pretty pleasant brew. After consuming most of the beer, I noticed that it was stamped "enjoy by 12/11/07" but I've had this brew before and didn't notice any major change. Generally, IPA's are made to last for longer periods of time. I feel comfortable saying that this brew would probably still taste good a month from now.

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Photo of 18dgbd
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Was disappointed by the watery lack of flavor. Can tell it's loaded with hops but nothing to back it up which makes for a bitter water get up. Smells good and looked great though. Overall was expecting much more with so many good reviews but it's almost hard to think of an IPA that's not better in my personal opinion.

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Photo of simpliciter
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - yellow --- not a lot of character in the appearance (bad pour?)
S - slightly floral, but not very distinct
T - [[no notes on the taste of this beer survived this evening.]]
M - slightly coats the mouth, finishes clean
D - lingering bitterness

All in all, not as impressive as the Cali-Belgique version of this same beer. Belgian yeast, woo!

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Photo of Kirch
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Double old fashioned inward taper
Aging Notes: None
Bang for the Buck (oz*%/$): 72*6.9/11 = 45.2

A: Yellow, slightly turbid.

S: Smells like pot. Citrusy and lightly floral, maybe lemon.

T: Lemon citrus. Late lingering metallic notes.

M: Refreshing

O: Overpriced, overrated. Drinkable.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey yellow color with only a slight head. Lacing remains throughout.

Bit of skunkiness, reminding me of some pilsener beers I've had. Slight grapefruit. Not the best smelling IPA I've had.

Taste is ok. Moderately bitter with grapefruit flavors leading, followed by some sweet malt. As it warms, flavor improves.

Slightly sticky, slightly dry mouthfeel. ABV well hidden, goes down very easily.

Overall, a good beer from Stone but not all that memorable.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by date of 12/23/2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 11/15/2013.

Review #288.

Pours a fairly clear golden-brown body with a decent 1cm white head that dissipates fairly quickly, not much retention. Some lacing. Standard IPA appearance.

Smells fairly hoppy. Some pine and a bit of grapefruit, predominantly pine. Some biscuits and crackers in the malt backbone. Very nice smelling IPA.

This kind of falls short. It's a fairly bitter IPA, but the rest of it is fairly bland. A bit of floral earthiness is there on the backend. But throughout its just bitter, even when it warms up some more. Disappointingly average and uninteresting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, OK carbonation. Nothing really special stands out. Aftertaste is a floral-pine bitterness that sticks around for quite a while. This is a fairly bitter beer, no ABV here.

Not that interesting to me. They probably used a crapton of bittering hops, but didn't really get a whole lot of aromatic hops on there. Disappointing, given that this is the first time I've actually had it. Average IPA, not worth revisiting again. However, Enjoy By and Ruination are much better efforts by Stone. I'd recommend looking for these instead.

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Photo of westweasel
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle.

Appearance - The beer poured out a nice hazy, golden, light amber color with a one-inch bright white head that sticks to the glass on the way down.

Aroma - I'm getting a soft citrus scent - grapefruit - and a light floral smell. the smell is predominantly biscuits and bread.

Taste - This beer is very well-balanced - It has a strong bitter aftertaste, that reminds me of noble hops. I'm also getting a light lemony taste. The majority of the up-front flavor is a strong malty bread taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium with a noticeable bitter dry finish.

Drinkability - Very good. I'm not a big noble hops fan, so I probably wouldn't drink many of these at one time. Good beer.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a dark golden, almost orange with a one finger crisp white head. Doesn't really look like most IPAs...but it looks nice. Love the color of the head. Laces beautifully and gets an extra half point for that.

S- faint...getting a lot of orangey hops. But you know actually smells really, really good.

T- very bitter. In fact...all I'm really getting is bitterness. Pine, pine and more pine...getting some very vague hints of grapefruit, but thats all. Disappointing.

M- feel is...interesting. Its got a thickness to it. If you look at the color and think its going to be light and thin, you're not going to get that.

D- I'm not really sure about this...I've had IPAs I've enjoyed more, and because of how bitter this is, I'm not sure if I'd come back to it. I don't get many flavors aside from the pine, and its a huge turnoff to me.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a vibrant golden orange, with a bright white head that dissipates quickly. Not too much lacing going on.

S: Strong presence of pine and citrus hops, with a certain sweetness. Smells tasty.

T: Very underwhelming. Not much hop bitterness, but the pine taste is very upfront. There are also great notes of juicy citrus-grapefruit flavors that saves it. Enjoyable to a degree.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation, but not as smooth as I would prefer.

D: I've had this on tap and in bottle several times, trying to get into this beer, with all the hype around it. I've been disappointed every time. I doubt it's a freshness problem (having it fresh out of a new keg), I am trying to like this, but there are too many other good IPAs out there to give it another chance. The only Stone product I never plan on buying anytime soon.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stone IPA has a nice orange colour and a good 1cm head that that fades to sparse lacing after about 3 mins. It smells faintly of hops, citrus and yeast. Very hoppy up front with some bitterness. The aftertaste is metallic and slightly bitter. This beer is watery in the mouth. This beer is ok, but get the Arrogant Bastard instead if you want something hoppy from Stone.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by 10-06-10. This is literally the freshest bottle I found in almost 3 states of the midwest, so I am rating this since I cannot find anything fresher in all the stores I have visited.

(A)- Pours a clear golden yellow/orange color that produced a huge foamy/fluffy white head with great retention. Tons of lacing left behind as it very slowly dissipated.

(S)- A huge burst of pine-like citrus with some lemon and lime fruits. Slightly dry, but otherwise the piney hops take center stage.

(T)- A dry pine-like wood profile up front. Some minimal lemon and lime citrus behind that. Very subtle honey-like sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance, but it really is primarily a very dry bitter pine profile of a beer.

(D)- I can see how this can be a good IPA, but it would be nice to see how it is fresh since I am unable to find it as such in either IL or WI where I have gone.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Light amber/copper color body; 2 finger beige foam; rocky foam formed with lots of lacing: low amount of carbonation

S - Hops & spices hit the nose first; subtle malt and nut tones; light airy larger scent; smells crisp; scents not very powerful

T - Bitter taste hits at the beginning of drink until the end; tart sensations over the sides of the tongue; subtle hint of sweetness; flavors lingers from a while then ends with a light bitter aftertaste; bit dry

M - Thin viscosity; alive with bubbly carbonated feel over tongue; slight foamy feel

D - Not a bitter as I expected; lots of hype for Stone, I thought I was going to get a heavy hit of flavor; I could definitely sit at the bar and drink a few and recommend it to others who enjoy a light IPA

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Photo of raoulduke37
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - golden with orange hues, similar to a good cognac.

S - Definite hop scent here, pine, citrus

T - Good citrus flavor, lacks some complexity, bitter hops are not evenly balanced by malt.

M - Smoother than most IPA's I've had, nice carbonation but not overwhelming.

D - Dry finish leaves you a bit puckered, wouldn't be easy to drink too many of these in a row.

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Photo of jayrod20
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a medium cloudy honey color in the glass, but without much of a head. It smells of citrus, alcohol, hops, and apricot. It's a pleasant, fresh smell. It tastes crisp and properly-balanced in terms of hops and fades to a sweet flavor alluding to the complex makeup. It's pretty dense in mouthfeel with good carbonation. This is a good beer, and nicely exemplifies this style.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see Stone finally get into Iowa!

I was filled with intrepidation when pouring this into my perfect pour glass. It's a light amber color with 2.5 fingers of foam, almost overtopping my glass. The aroma is definitely hop-centered and strong, but not overly interesting. The flavor I was wather disappointed with. There was the acidity from the hops but not much flavor. I'm use to IPAs that have notes of floral, citris, mellon, honey, but there wasn't much of that at all. It seems the type of hops in there had a singular focus of the hop acidity but nothing else to add any entertainment or side-story.

It's a good IPA, but I've had many that are more interesting. It's not weak, but it's kinda boring.

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Photo of citizencane
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An iconic beer, I know, but once you have so many of the incredible IPAs that are being churned out, this one is just 'meh'. Not bad, but not exceptional, and a bit too carbonated and boozy for my liking.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

PPours a pale golden color with big hop aromas of grilled pineapple along with some herbs. Very pungent happy smell, its very nice

Big upfront spices hop taste with a fruity tart like sweetness on the lips. Pungent dry hop finish on the back of the tongue. Malt body lingers as well as the hops but not in a bad way. Flavors are layered well rather than blended. Body is a bit thin on the finish.

Very very spicy herbal ipa. I thought the bitterness would be abut more brutal but its not (not that its not rough). Some fruit flavors and a very very subtle malt body which probably lends to the slightly thin finish. Better than expected though.

Hop bitterness builds slightly but its not intolerable like some other beers that probably use the same type of hops.

The beer is definitely different for an ipa. It actually showcases the huge flavors one would normally find in a double ipa which is impressive but not exactly what im looking for when I want an ipa. Not bad though at all

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Photo of blakelive784
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass:

A - Pours a light golden/honey color. Semi-transparent with a 1 finger head that recedes pretty quickly. Nothing special.

S - Sweet, floral, and perfumy tones. Aroma is balanced very well. Other subtle notes come out as it warms; honey, berries, and candy. Mild for the style.

T - Hoppy, yes. Citrus, tart fruit and some malt on the open. Climax is dull and a bitter aftertaste. Fairly well balanced for an IPA.

M - Crisp, and dry on the finish. Works well.

D - Definitely one of the better IPA's I've had. Well built and drinkable (especially considering I'm not a huge fan of the style). Not great, but I'd have it again.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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