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:
11,035
Reviews:
3,037
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
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464
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3,091
For Trade:
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber

A: One finger head that stays around for the entire beer. Hazy gold with light orange hues. Sticky lacing all the way down.
S: Sweet, some hops, piney, floral and a bit of citrus.
T: Very bitter, More pine and floral than the citrus flavors I enjoy more.
M: Medium mouthfeel, nice sharp carbonation.
D: Nice lingering bitterness, lack of more citrus flavors is somewhat disappointing..

This was a very good IPA just not my favorite. Personally I like more citrus in my IPA. Solid overall. Bottle is 3 months old which may have hurt the hop aroma. Will definitely try again, hopefully a fresher bottle.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't reviewed in a while so please forgive any rustiness.

A: Deep golden to light amber in color with abundant frothy head that is very resilient. Excellent lacing persists as one drinks their way through the beer.
S: Hop oils dominate with a hint of pine needle astringence
T: Very smooth but hoppy with bitterness that is balance. Minimal maltiness, but the hopped character is kept in check. The flavors are not just hops for hops sake in an IPA.
M: medium bodied and smooth on the palate, very nice
D: Not being a hophead I would limit myself to one a session, but could see how lupulin lovers could session this stuff. As expected, another well crafted offering from the boys in San Diego.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ?

Poured a hazy peach-orange with a finger of foamy white head that retained decently and left a bit of lace on the glass. Mainly citrus hops in the aroma; piney. A base of sweet maltiness in the taste is overshadowed by piney hops; notes of grapefruit and orange. Hops are in command, but there is still a pretty decent balance happening. Medium-bodied and easily drinkable for the style.

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12oz bottle into tulip snifter
enjoy by date: 10/09/11

Pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy off white head.

The nose is of juicy grapefruit citrus. Pretty basic, but very enjoyable.

The taste follows the nose, a standard grapefruit hop presence, with a slight pine finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with fairly active carbonation.

A very nice IPA, having finally tried this one I can see why it is considered such a staple by many.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 11,035 ratings.
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