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 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 scot_chale
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- beautiful crystal clear orange body, 3 fingers of full white foam that recede slowly, and very faint, if any, carbonation activity.

S- Citrusy, grassy hops and some faint fruity esters. it's medium potency.

T- Wow. Absolutely delicious hop character, but balanced. It doesn't hang out, you don't get "hop bombed", it's just great. This is such a perfect beer to show someone what all the hop character of an IPA is, without scaring them off in the process.

M- It's kinda soft, kinda thin, dry, washes away but hangs in the back of your mouth. Just perfectly palate cleansing.

O- What a beer. I've had my fair share of IPAs, but never one like this. I've never had an IPA that had all the characteristics I look for, yet washes clean and begs for more without sacrificing body. This is a home run. Cheers. I'll buy a 6 pack of this any time i'm going to be with company that will appreciate it, or a 22oz when I'm not.

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Photo of burnstar
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark amber with a big rocky white head that leave fantastic lacing on the glass. Aroma is powerful citrus hops. Taste - wow this is some intense citrusy hop flavor! There is some great sweet malt backbone here too but I wouldn't exactly call it balanced but it's an IPA after all and it doesn't have to be balanced to be delicious - which it is. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy and creamy, nicely carbonated. This is a great beer and is quite drinkable despite it hugeness.

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Photo of LyonsHead
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep golden color with rich off white head of about 1 1/2 fingers

S: Amazing combination of fruit and floral bouquets that I don't even know how to begin describing. you gotta smell this one yourself.

T: Sweet for a moment... then hello hops! significant bittering that will stay with you after you swallow. There are underlying fruity notes of apple.

M: Smooth, medium body

D: Not for the faint of heart. This beer is definitely for a Hop Head, as it pretty much meets the perfect definition of and IPA

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Photo of wedge
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden orange in color, a puffy white head receding into a super-sticky lacing. The smell is a wonderful thing: fragrant hops...hops ALL over the place, with a very subtle hint of alcohol and grain. Taste is also quite deliciously hoppy. Piney, herbal, with malt subtleties coming through near the end, a lingering bitterness prevailing. Mouthfeel is big and full with a mild tingly carbonation and dry finish.

This is a BIG IPA on all levels, not particularly overwhelming, just extreme in aroma and taste (which is certainly not a bad thing). This is what an IPA should be. Damn should always have a few of these on hand.

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Photo of ZacHart
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pale golden-orange color and offers a dense, thick head that fades slowly, leaving plenty of lacing and a thin persistent head. Aroma bursting with hops, namely citrus, pine, and grass aromas. A wonderfully balanced flavor with just enough malt to stand up the hops, and little alcohol detectable. Overall highly drinkable, and an outstanding example of the American West Coast's world-class IPAs.

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Photo of velmalikevelvet
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent go-to IPA. Tangy, crisp, fruity, & refreshing.

Poured from chilled 12oz bottle into tasting glass.

A: Buttery pale golden color, just slightly cloudy, with virtually no head.
S: Extraordinary fruit aroma fairly dances to the nose!
T: Fruit-tastic, crisp, multi-tonal herbals with a nice hop kick.
M: Somewhat thin, which contributes to the high drinkability factor.
O: Begs for a hot day and a BBQ.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a slight orange with a thick white head. looks just fantastic in my glass!

smells of faint citrus, i smell some lemon and grapefruit in it. nice smell but not a strong smell.

tastes light and citrus-y. clean tasting.

goes down very smooth, could drink many of these. very bitter as well, especially at the end. one of those tongue coaters, in a good way!

overall a fantastic IPA that is easily available. the first time i ever had this was last fall out of a create-your-own-6pack and i didn't like it. i think it was a combination of it being an old beer and me just beginning to drink IPAs. i enjoyed this greatly in the spring of 2015. now i'm finally reviewing it. a great IPA, BUT it's not the best IPA i've ever had. it's very good and i enjoy it but there are many great IPAs out there i would prefer.

it's incredibly solid, hell it's great! but i prefer other top IPAs. Ruination and Enjoy By, on the otherhand, are 2 of my favorite beers. easily top 5 for me

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn, what a nice beer! Reminds me of a slightly less hoppy Two Hearted Ale. I could drink this one all night.

Aggressively poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Sticky lacing stays on the glass throughout. Subtle hops on the nose with mild pine behind. Taste? This is where this baby really shines! Smooth drinking IPA, but hops are still present. Far too many IPA’s today lack the subtle balance that Stone delivers with this beer. Love it. Mouth feel is nothing but smooth easy drinking.

Overall? I’m an IPA and IIPA snob and this one moves into my top five, right behind Pliny & Two Heart!

Kudos Stone! Hell yes!!!!

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. I've sampled many formations of this beer, but my review is from a 12 oz'er that says enjoy by 06 13 10.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a white, patchy, head. First whiff is pure IPA kindness, very pronounced hops on the nose. First taste is the same. The hops are the star, but let the other flavors act as good support. Pineapple, grapefruit, and sweet malts. Outstanding beer. Nicely balanced. Feel is nicely complex, creamy and smooth, but with a daggered hops edge. Doesn't finish as dry as I expected. High drinkability.

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Photo of freed
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA followed an even hoppier one, though the virtues of this beer were obvious. The bright citrus color, the beautiful golden color, and the saliva abating qualities of an IPA ring true. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, but didn't realize what a kick it had until later.

It might have been partly due to the lack of moisture in my mouth, but this made for an excellent sipping beer. I wasn't in any hurry while I enjoyed this. I'm actually starting to salvate again right now. What time do they open?

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It had been a while (over a year) since my last Stone IPA. I remember liking it alot. A refresher was needed. Bought a 12 oz. single at Beaumont Market and poured to a pint glass. Always love reading the back of the silk-screened bottles - this one in particular tells about the gargoyle on their logo and about their IPA. An essay-length report on both...

A: Surprisingly light gold color and clear. Frothy 1-finger off-white head dies down to a 1/4" creamy cap. Lots of tiny streams of carbonation.

S: Oh my...that's so fine-smelling. Huge sugary sweetness meld with floral, grassy and citrus hops. Perhaps the sweetest, most fragrant and salivation-worthy IPA' Pavlovian response is to drool. Alot.

T: Lots of malty caramel sweetness mashed with juicy citrus hops. Goes from fruity to bitter in a sneaky way. I like the fact that this beer has hops but doesn't pummel the tastebuds into oblivion; having a malt balance is really nice.

M: I love the full flavor and rich mouthfeel, but could do with out the slightly syrupy/gummy residue it leaves on my lips.

D: Overall, an excellent IPA. Cherish this beer if you can get it. If not, find a way to get some. Among my favorites of all styles, highly recommended.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mug. 6 pack bought at Rouse's in New Orleans for $9.69.

A: Looks like an IPA. Just barely lighter than the Torpedo I had before this. Not much head, but nice rocky bubbles. Pretty Jackson Pollock lacing.

S: Smell is citrus and hops heaven. Absurdly aggressive. One whiff and you know it's a Stone IPA.

T: Classic IPA citrus fruit (esp grapefruit) bitterness first, then a split second of malts, then that loooong hops finish that lingers forever. This isn't necessarily the most complex IPA, but it's incredibly refreshing. It tastes ballsy and great.

M: Very dry. Quenching. Carbonated perfectly.

O: My nomination for best bang for your buck IPA that's available nationally. Appropriate during all seasons, really all the time. An total craft beer classic.

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Photo of peck95
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a golden color reminiscent of a wheat beer. There is an excellent head and good retention.
I love the aroma of this beer its a perfect blend of pine and citrus.
hops, spices and a slight pineapple taste, very good
a good body pretty smooth with a slight detection of alcohol
there is a slight malty after taste that dissipates after several drinks, this beer also lingers in the mouth reminding the brain of how awesome this beer taste and forcing the drinker to take another drink and then causing sadness when this beer is all gone.

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Photo of DukeDean1
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer.

Enjoyed this beer as a contrast to a grilled cheese sandwich that was laced with homemade peach BBQ sauce. The crisp bitterness of the pine and citrus in the beer complemented chipotle infused BBQ sauce and aged white cheddar in the sandwich.

A must for any IPA lover.

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Photo of pio
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i usually don't review beer that i know i'd hate and on the other side of the coin, i don't usually review beer that has claimed a little piece in my heart. can you pick a favorite daughter? if you do, keep it to yourself. after reviewing or attempting to review some beer that i was let down by it's come to this. i digress. i like english style pales on the large better but thanks to these brewers i waver more and more.
helpful bubbles hold a finely foamed head that is whiter than a very wise man's wisping coiffure. perfect (what is perfect?) orangish color. sheets of lace with ridges from where i took some volume away.
a big thick book could be written about the scent of this beer. it'd be filled with adventure, romance, action, science fiction, death and beat ennui. a little something for everyone. evergreen, candy, citrus fruit, cheese, summer lawn, some (hazel) nut and woody tones and rounding out the bottom an astounding barley malt scent. wow! there is just so much to the scent.
the flavor is just more bitter than people should be able to handle. a host of flavors. alot of evergreen and citrus, apricot notable. the main player here is the hop profile, it's staggering. i am, too, driven to the poetic. thou hops not a mystery such is the glass key but like a mad man comming to blast me. humulus, humulus are you not of the hemp family? run with me, i can love a bitter woman. sorry. the mouthfeel is right on, awesome. and i have to say i get this very often, so the drinkability in my opinion is very high.
thanks for reading my review.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get this on tap at my local pub, i have had it before in a bottle when i lived in california. The color is a orange almost red and smells citrusy with a hint of pine in there...i love stone and there ipa is my favorite so this is a great beer. the taste is great also

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Photo of Daehpoh
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Golden with a slight amber hue

S - A mouthwatering blend of grass, pine, orange and lemon aromas. This beer has perhaps the best aroma of any IPA I've sampled.

T - Crisp hop flavors jump out, followed by slight malty sweetness. The taste is somewhat tart with lingering hop bitterness. The malt is just too slight for a perfect balance, but it is close.

M - Medium to light. Carbonation throughout lends a lightness to this typically medium-heavy style.

D - Drinkability is very good. This is a relatively bold and flavorful beer, typical Stone, but still very refreshing. The 6.9% abv is hardly evident during consumption.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA and would certainly satisfy any hop-lover not looking for a roundhouse to the tastebuds from overpowering hop deliciousness.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the most flavorful yet well balanced IPAs I can recall. The cloudy, golden/orange body pours with a snow white cap of foam that recedes and leaves a thin but persistent ring of lace.

The aroma is incredibly appetizing and very well pronounced. Bright with tons of citrus and sticky, bitter hops. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and lots of fresh pine. Caramel malt and a bready goodness.

Lots of crisp, sweet citrus; again juicy orange and grapefruit. A distinct note of pine and spice. The hops are all other the place; pine, floral, big and bitter. They really blend in well with the caramel malt backbone. Buttery with lots of cereal graininess. Clean and refreshing. Rustles up thoughts of summer time. So well balanced and flavorful.

Medium bodied but super crisp and refreshing. This beer delivers the best of both worlds as far as an IPA is concerned. Bready malt with piny hops. Almost sticky sweet/bitter with crisp refreshment. So well put together. One of the best representations of the style there is.

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Photo of Brewzzle
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As one of my favourite styles of beer this certainly ranks up there with the best I've had.

The first thing you notice when you pop the bottle is the aroma, wonderfully clean with a very strong hop profile. The aroma just get stronger as it pours, in fact I was not sure if I would spoil the moment by actually drinking the beer. Well, I am glad I took a taste, it has well rounded body, full of malt, hop bitterness and too many other delicate flavors my palate couldn't discern. The overall feeling it left me with is that it is well made, everything in proportion.

If it weren't so expensive I think I could just drink this IPA and be completely satisfied.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville into a pint glass.

Appearance: Transparent orange amber with a sticky, one-and-a-half-finger head with great retention. Lacing is equally sticky, bubbles are active. The color really is very nice, a treat to look at.

Smell: Every hop scent imaginable is present here - I detect fruity esters (predominantly orange, but with some tangy lemon and pineapple as well), crisp pine, and spiciness floral herbs. Very pungent, I can smell it from quite some distance.

Taste: Spicey! Peppery, herbal hops hit first, with bright, brilliant citrus and sharp, sprucelike notes present as well. Moderate malty sweetness and a touch of earthy mustiness from the yeast, as well as the slightest hint of alcohol, rounds it off. Damn.

Mouthfeel: Probably the creamiest IPA I've ever had. It's very smooth, which is somewhat at odds with such a crisp taste, but it works surprisingly well.

Drinkability: A pretty big beer, large and in charge. Really very enjoyable, eminently sessionable, available in sixers or 22 oz bottles ... what more do you need? A world-class American IPA.

I do believe we have a winner. My new favorite IPA, I didn't believe it possible to pack this many distinct hop notes into one beer. Excellent dry-hopping - a very assertive, very fruity, very pleasant surprise. Cheers!

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Photo of Keithstone44
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The beer is hazy-golden in color, with a slim 1-finger head. This is a very aromatic beer with lots of floral and citrus notes; I also detect a little honey at the tail end. At first taste, the grapefruit and citrus flavors are very evident, as well as a noticeable hop-bitterness that is strong but not overpowering. The body of this beer is exceptional, for it accomplishes being creamy yet highly-drinkable. The carbonation is a little much, but the taste outweighs this minute flaw. In comparison to other trademark IPA's. this brew holds its own with ease.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

A - Pours a very hazy dark orange, with a touch off white head. Big lacing.

S - Grapefruit and citrus hops, a touch of pine, and a decent malt backbone round out the aroma. Maybe even a bit astringent.

T - The bitter hop flavors more or less follow the nose, but the malt backbone comes on stronger in the flavor. Finishes with a blast of piney hops.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a bit sudsy feeling. The carbonation level is perfect.

O - Overall, a fantastic beer - I actually enjoyed it much more than the Ruination IPA. I will have to try to get some of this back to Nebraska.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - Copper color with foamy head and constant rising bubbles. Moderate lacing

s - Spicy floral northwest hoppy aroma

t - Prominant taste of cascade hops hops, you know, pine and grapefruit. Nice bitterness mellowed by the spiciness

m - Rich oily feel with good carbonation.

d - Stands up nicely to food and good by itself. Since I found this beer I have been drinking it regularily. It is currently my favorite regular beer.

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Photo of theopholis
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours crystal clear light amber with a failry billowy head. Head has some staying power, but not to much. Very good lacing for an IPA.

Aroma- Interesting blend of floral hops and sourness. Can't identify the sour componant, but it smells great.

Taste- Very good balance between agressive flavoring hops, bittering hops and malt sweetness. This is a very sessionable IPA.

Mouthfeel- Thick for an IPA, but it works!!! Good carbonation level. Clings to the inside of your mouth, which is a good thing, because I love them hops!!!

Drinkability- Very drinkable for an IPA. The hops are very noticable without banging you over the head. One of the best IPAs out there.

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Photo of RRoeb1123
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint glass

Appearance: A bit of a straw color, with a nice yellow. HUGE foamy head, that settle down nicely and leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Very floral and citrusy, with hints of caramel, grapefruit, and pine from the hops.

Taste: Absolutely wonderful, the bite of the hops is there, but it's not aggressive, it's balanced nicely with the malt. Finish is very nice, and leaves a hint of pine on the palate.

Mouthfeel: A bit of carbonation, just enough to feel a bit prickly, but not overbearing.

Drinkability: I could drink these all day long, but at 6.9% it would hit the head after a few. Absolutely a joy to drink

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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