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:
11,010
Reviews:
3,033
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
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462
Gots:
3,077
For Trade:
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Ratings: 11,010 |  Reviews: 3,033
Photo of chinchill
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint on tap. Arrived with a billowing head that was exceptionally thick and creamy. It left loads of sticky lacing.

Citrus hops with traces of alcohol and malts in the nose.

The beer also has a strong citrus component on reaching the tongue, but this becomes more piney mid-taste. Sweet when it hits the tongue, with no immediate hop hit following ... this does appear in the surprisingly hoppy finish. Thus, this IPA creates a striking and unusual (well, exaggerated) flavor dynamic.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at Catalyst in Fort Collins.

Pours a pale golden orange color with great clarity but almost no head.

Aroma is subtle until I find enough room in the glass to swirl some head to life. Great hoppy smells that one expects from a West coast IPA.

Flavor is very hoppy yet balanced. Fruity and spicy in equal measures. Floral quality to it as well. Grapefruit and citrus come out as it warms.

Mouthfeel is good with medium body, light carbonation, and not too much burn from the bitterness. Drinkability is very good for the style.

I enjoyed this one from the bottle more perhaps because it was fresher. Either way, it's both smooth and drinkable without being boring. Still not as good as Ruination. I look forward to finding that on draught some day!

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep orange color. Formed a nice head that faded away slowly and left lacing on the glass.

By far the best smelling beer I have ever experienced. It has a sweet, citrusy, hoppy aroma.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Bitter and Hoppy but with flavors of citrus coming through.

Intense flavors, but not for the timid. If you don't like bitter or hoppy beers this may not be for you.

I found Stone IPA extremely satisfying and most enjoyable.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright but hazy, yellow in color but throwing some reddish orange hues when admired. Head is minimal, but sticky and sappy.

S- Really fresh tropical fruits mixed with the typical grapefruits, oranges, and lemons from the hops. The caramel like backing is staying out of the limelight for sure letting the hops run the show.

T- Citrusy again, explained close to the description of the nose, refreshing and light, but piney and oily at the same time; makes a nice compliment for each other and balances the equation. The bitterness is just right blending with the sweetness of the honey malts adding to the effect.

M- Light but oily in the mouth with medium carbonation. Just right for the style.

D- Very nice brew. Refreshing and thirst quenching on a hot summer day. I like the citrus characteristics of this brew a lot.

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Photo of bourbonbock
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz bomber bottle into a clean pub glass. As soon as the cap cracked a pleasant aroma of hops was released.

A. Clear yet not golden copper in color with a smooth white head of 1-2 fingers that receded into a lid of foam after a few minutes.

S. This beer smells fantastic from the first moment it is opened. It smells of citrus and perhaps a slight smell of grassiness.

T. Complex flavor starting with a slightly bitter bite followed by a frothy malt profile and finishes with a crisp floral character. The aftertaste sticks around for a while and leaves a hoppy resin near the throat.

M. Although it doesn't seem that carbonated it is apparent after the initial flavor. It is a smooth beer with an oily aftertaste.

D. I could definitely have a couple of these after a long day at work and fall asleep nicely. A little strong to be a session beer but not a bad choice to keep one or two (22's) in the fridge.

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Photo of jegross2
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the original Single IPA from Stone Brewing Company.
Score: 93

2011 vintage bottle served in a Sam Adams glass. Forgot to snap a pic, so I am borrowing the one from the Stone website.

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange color. Pretty translucent. Pours one and a half fingers of foam that sticks around a while with some lacing on the side of the glass as well. 4/5

Smell: Very herbal, tart-citrus aroma. Lemony fresh with nondescript spices. 4.5/5

Taste: Very hoppy and citrusy. The carbonation makes the lemon/fruit-citrus bitterness quite zesty. Quite piney too. Lasting hop finish. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. 3.5/5

Overall: The golden standard of year-round single IPAs.

Recommendation: An absolute must try single IPA. If you have not yet had the pleasure, you must. Even casual beer drinkers should be able to appreciate the quality of this brew, though hop haters might need to avoid this one.

Pairings: Hamburgers.

Cost: $4.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle or $10.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of microbrew52
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours hazy yellow orange with a little small layer of foam at the top which will lace the glass slightly. It has a very fragrant like cologne. The taste is also bursting with flavor with lots of orange which pairs well this stones trademark hoppiness. Finishes dry and quick.

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Photo of SMH_NWI
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xhcadamx
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy yellow orange with a milky white clumpy head. Very nice sticky lacing - typical for Stone.

S - Heavenly Hops. Citrus, Grapefruit, and a hint of Pine.

T - More heavenly hops. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, and some pine. Very sweet. Where is the bitterness? How did they make this beer so hoppy without the bitterness...

M - Very creamy and smooth - not a whole out of carbonation.

D - Very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Casey10
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA pourd to a unmarked chalice. Very smooth and tasty.

Very drinkable and any fan of IPA's will love this beer.

Pours about half finger head smells of pine and fruity aroma.

A excellent session beer by any means

Greatful that the Stone series is available in Maine.

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Photo of PackenGreen
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of auntfloyd
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone IPA specialty glass.

Pours a bright, clear, golden amber, with about two fingers of white head with good retention and a fair amount of lacing. The nose is citrus-y, pine-y hops, fairly spicy, enough to let you know what you're getting in to. The taste is bitter hops, fairly spicy, but not overwhelmingly so, with a smooth aftertaste -- pretty much the dead-on essence of an IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is high, especially for a Stone brew and an IPA.

All in all, this is probably the best IPA out there. It should surprise no one that Stone does an excellent IPA, and it's no coincidence that this is one of their flagship ales, not to mention a personal favorite of mine.

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Photo of Unfiltered413
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pocwolf
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my first IPA's that I actually enjoyed. This IPA seemed to hit a good balance of malt/hop that alot of IPA's are missing. The aroma and taste were amazing. But I found myself only wanting to drink one. I would like to try this again on tap to see if it tastes differently.

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Photo of Liquids
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright orangey yellow, with a one finger head that holds. Notably vapid carbonation. Teh aroma reminds me of 60 minute a bit, sweet, with floral and piney hops...smells complex, which for hops is a good thing. Taste is grapefruity bit penetratingly bitter. Not killer in it's bite, but the bitterness does linger. It's in amount of bitterness here not type, thing more like a lot of lower alpha bitterness rather than less high alpha bitterness...and its, again, complex with multiple kinds of hops I'd guess. Similar in style to 60 minute bit more straight bitterness and less in aroma. Leaves a tang on the tounge but it's not so cascade-like where it might linger infinitely past the point of enjoyment. Mouthfeel is not overwhelming but a bit high on carbonation, good for most. When I let this one stick around and decarbonate thought, I realizzed that it tasted mostly like hop water. the malt here is not that present. The complexity of the hop profile is what shines, and the alcohol is well hidden. This has good drinkability for an IPA, but one is plenty for me. I prefer 60 minute, but to each their own.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmq103
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass

Appearance: A semi-aggressive pour produced a favorable 1/2" clingy off white head with lacing that stuck to the side of the glass with ease. A golden color with a hint of haze. Again, sticky lacing is apparent.

Smell: Citrus pine hops up front, followed by mildly sweet malt. A clean and refreshing aroma that entices the nose.

Taste: Malty sweetness, followed by a distinct and noticeable citrus pine. Tangerine and grapefruit mix is what I sense. Not an overly bitter finish but there is no mistaken your drinking an IPA. I really like this one a lot.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation is present for this moderate body beer. All of the flavors blend so well across the tongue. I'm left with sweet malt at the finish when I was expecting the normal IPA bitterness. I definitely prefer the Stone finish.

Overall: In my opinion, this is one mighty fine tasting IPA. Though my favorite IPA is still Dogfish Head 60 minute, this definitely comes in a close second. Another fine beer from Stone Brewing Co.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden color mostly orangey, very nice head that leaves some nice lacing as you drink this beauty

S - Some nice hops, hints of oranges and pears

T - Great Ipa, nothing crazy but perfect in the sense of comparing to other IPA'S. Never let down with stone brews. This one has some citrusy hops and hints of sweet sugar.

M - Nice beer with moderate carbonation.

D - Definitely enjoyed this beer, would like to have it again for sure.

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Photo of ER527
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JTuomi
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crookedhalo
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangy amber color with a beige, fluffy head. Botanical, piney hop aroma with a bit of tea-like malt aroma, too. Balanced towards the hoppy side, this IPA is quite enjoyable. It's about 90 degrees outside and I could drink this all afternoon. A bit dry and a touch sweet in the finish, but wonderful. I like this IPA a lot. This flagship has some wind in it's sails.

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Photo of ders
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this quite a few times on tap at bars and have always liked it, but this is my first 6 pack because it's a couple bucks more than many other IPAs and I'm cheap. After tasting this again, I think it's worth it.

Appearance: Pretty IPA color. Nice head gone after a few minutes, but lacing is left.

Smell: Hops... Smells like an IPA.. but a little nuttier maybe. It's a good smell.

Taste: Taste like an IPA. Leaves a bite of bitter for quite a few seconds (perhaps minutes).

Mouthfeel: Nice and carbonated.

Drinkibility: I think after a couple it would start being too "rich" like many IPAs.

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Photo of stodbrew
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear gold/amber color. Quickly dissipating white head.

Aroma is pretty much all hops. Piny, citrusy, and maybe a bit of an almost minty aroma.

Flavor is mostly hops, too. But still fairly well balanced with malt. Finishes with a lingering bitterness with an almost juniper-like flavor.

Not bad.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This beer pours up golden copper, nearly clear. White head, dense bubbles that pillow out to a thin layer, with extravagant lacing. A beautiful pour indeed.

S - Bright citrus notes, heavier toward lemon and orange, with pine resin, and a slight pepper and grass close.

T - Following the nose, with big lemon and orange zest, leading into citrus flesh as the sweetness of the malts links up. The pine and resin comes out in the middle, and it runs into the close, where the bitterness swells and holds for a while after the swallow. Along with the bitter, there are hints of pepper spiciness and sour lemon.

M - Light, but with a chewy back-end and considerable building dryness. This is not a gentle IPA - it gets in there to do some damage.

O - This is one I've been meaning to try, but it wasn't until the 4-bottle box, when I got a couple along with all the other options (all of which I've bought separately), that I finally tried one. The beer is very good rendition of the style, and well worth the price.

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Photo of lanedlr
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 11,010 ratings.
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