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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a orangey color ale with a medium head with standard retention. The hops and their nice floral aspect overpower aroma. Taste is quite bitter with some lingering sweetness in the back of the palate. Good body and alcohol level does a good job of keeping this beer together. Not my favourite style to begin with but this was very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Bcant
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone’s IPA pours a very nice golden/straw color with excellent clarity and the faintest hints of red when shown to the light. It has a nice head, very easy to adjust depending on how it is poured. I poured a 1.25 inch rocky white head.

The aroma is so appetizing. Very strong hop smells: pine and grapefruit. But there are also some sweeter hints of a well balanced malt, I get some delicate strawberry notes.

This is a big complex, and well balanced IPA. The hop profile is long and intense but that does not mean that the malts are overpowered. Indeed there is a very soft, sweet almost buttery under-character to this ale. The finish is very dry and crisp; exceptionally refreshing.

Very soft and smooth in the mouth, almost viscous. The carbonation is not sharp and the alcohol is not biting.

Note: freshness really matters with this brew. When an older bottle is not going to be terrible it is really not the same beer as a fresh one. If you get it at a bar or store with low turnover/infrequent restocking you might not be getting the best Stone IPA available.

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Photo of JayQue
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another great IPA. This one pours a clear, light amber color with minimum carbonation and a 1 inch off-white head that melts down to a long lasting quarter inch. Lacing is very pronounced, like a ladder pattern on the glass. The smell was strong, some hops, but also the type of fruity smell that I usually associate with hefe weizens. No hefe weizen/astringent taste though. Definitely a hops leaning taste, but not an "in your face" hops flavor like Hop Hog or Big Foot. The predominant tastes were hops and citrus, not much of the SNPA type pine aroma/taste. Mouthfeel is what I would expect in an IPA. Drinkability is high!! No hint of the ABF, a nice balanced (I call "leaning towards hops" balanced!) taste. This is something you could cheerfully swill until it catches up with you.

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Photo of jakester
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from a case I bought at the Beer Mart in Reading, Pa. I drank it in a goblet. Expiry date on the bottle, and bottled date on the case. Great!

Pours a brilliantly clear golden amber with a one finger head of white foam. The head falls to islands and a ring, with great lacing. Carbonation looks low to medium.

Aroma is huge grassy/citrus hops, with smells of hay, grapefruit, and lemon. There is a big, bready pale malt aroma, and something very perfumy in there, also.

Flavor is big grapefruit, lemons, and grass, perfumy as hell, with a strong bready malt character. The malt is very clean and bright, not caramel-y at all. Hop bitterness is high but well balanced with the malt. Aftertaste is citrus and freshly mown grass. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for its size. Full bodied, with a high level of residual sweetness. Resiny feel on the tongue, mouth puckers from bitterness. Wonderful! Finish is bitter and dries out a little.

One of the best IPA's I've had. Hops are in the spotlight, front and center, but the malt backbone is quite substantial. Highly recommended.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Suprisingly this poured with little to no foam head, although it appeared there was adequate carbonation going on in the glass. The color was golden, leaning toward copper, with just a faint haziness. The smell was rich. Sugary malt aromas blended with dank resiny hops. Mmmmm. The taste was not as sweet as I expected though, the flavor is mostly domintated by the hoppiness, leaving behind a strong bitterness. The alcohol is readily detectible at times also Mouthfeels is OK, somewhat thin and with decent carbonation. A very drinkable beer for hop lovers, but I was expecting more balance for a Top 100 selection...

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange, thick white head forms, laces nicely, with good retention. Smell is citrus, pine and floral hops, a little caramel and a little alcohol. Taste is caramel, some wheaty dryness, grains, then a whack of citrus and pine hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Has a considerable bitter kick in the finish, I was expecting a bit more from this one for its high rating. Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of jed
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Comes a brown, 12 oz bottle with the normal "painted" Stone artwork. As always, the label text is quite funny, if not as outlandish as it's big brothers Arrogant Bastard or Ruination. Enjoy by 1/19/06, so only has about two weeks left.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, light brown/orange copper. About one finger's worth of head, which quickly disappears. Tons of cloud-like lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Clean, herbal hop aroma, with surprisingly restrained hints of pine and citrus. Some spicy alcohol lurking in the background, along with bready notes.

Taste: Neutral mouth quickly gives way to a wallop of hoppy bitterness. As the beer warms, some malt sweetness helps to balance the taste, but the main flavor is still enjoyable citrus and pine notes from the hops — almost spicy at times. Finish leaves behind lingering, sticky hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with plenty of carbonation up front but nothing overwhelming.

Drinkability: The 6.9% alcohol can sneak up on you, given how addictive this beer is. Probably a bit heavy for a session, but it tastes good enough that you'll be drinking until you see the gargoyle.

My local bar rotated Stone IPA into their taps, so I've been happily drinking this in place of Racer Five for a few months. The bottled version lacks some of the initial bitterness of the draft version, possibly due to the freshness of this sample. While Stone gets more attention, and rightfully so, for bigger offerings like Arrogant Bastard, this more balanced but expertly crafted IPA sometimes gets overlooked. A strong offering worthy of the gargoyle.

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Photo of LPorter33
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from Pop 'n' Cork, Mendon MA.

Appearance = Nice looking, clear golden honey colored with bubbles rising up, sweet frothy head that lasted a long time, very pretty lacing.

Smell = Hops explosion as expected..great subtle fruity sweetness there too, almost like pineapple juice.

Taste = Good tasting, delicious hoppy IPA. What I'd expect from Stone. This is up there with Dogfish head's great IPAs; a slamming of citrus hops with a piney aftertaste. Malt is a little lacking in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit weak; i'd have expected more carbonation. This is still an excellent IPA with good drinkability.

Overall = A top notch IPA for hop lovers. It's all about the hops and if that's what you're seeking, you will be greatly rewarded.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this out as part of the best flight of beers I've ever experienced at the Flying Saucer in Addison, Texas. Overall, one of the best IPAs that I've tasted. Too hoppy for the rest of my table that night, but just right for the style. Stone continues to do a great job with their brews and this is a perfect example.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden, cloudy like a hefe, clears up after a while. Dry, hoppy aroma with a trace of orange rind reaches out to grab you before the first taste. Nice lacing on the glass.

Flavors sit very high on the palate, bitter, extraordinarily hoppy but not unpleasantly so. Slightly acidic and floral, pungent grassy tones behind the hops. Contains the whole spectrum of hops flavors, from orange to grapefruit to lemon. Aftertaste is mellow and gentile.

Mouthfeel is light but substantial. Drinkability is only limited by your tolerance to hops. An excellent example of a lighter brand of American IPA, the only drawback being it's almost a one-trick pony with the hops. I could session this, but only for a while.

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Photo of nickss
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice golden-straw colored pour with a strong 1/2" head.... judging from the constant stream of bubbles it looks as though this will be a fairly active beer in terms of carbonation. Nice chunky lacing clinging to the sides.

Huge hoppy profile in the nose. Smells of outdoors.... grass... hay.... as well as some lighter fruits... a bit of pineapple perhaps...maybe some granny smith apple.... all in all quite brilliant.

Tremendous citrussy hop presence.... gorgeous fruit flavor in the back-end... what a bouquet of flavour... tremendously complex and well balanced.... beautiful.

Bitter and tight on the tongue....yet the mouthfeel is not so thin... instead, it is a moderately weighted brew, which seems to perfectly fit the flavour. Perhaps a bit less carbonation would be my only suggestion.

Could drink this all day and all night... which says something for an IPA. Of course my palate would be crushed by the morning, but oh well, it is a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

All in all a fabulous beer.... and very fairly priced.... Stone continues to amaze me.

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Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden-bronze, quite clear, with an off-white head. Not much retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: Citrousy, floral, fresh hop odour over a hint of bready malt.

T: Predominantly hop flavour (west coast citrous & pine). Balanced to the bitter side, but relatively smooth & crisp, with a slightly assertive aftertaste. Bready malt, with some alcohol warmth (more-so as it warms from cellar to room temperature).

M: Moderate body is a little acidic and oily, carbonation is also moderate.

D: It's quite drinkable, especially considering the strength.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden yellow with a white head. The head fades slowly leaving thick laces.

This beer has a crisp grassy floral aroma. I detect a lemon like citrus aroma. It also has a good piney aroma.

This beer has a lemony taste. It is very refreshing. It has a piney, grassy flavor. The flavor of this beer is quite good. I might have to say that this beer might be the best IPA I have ever had.

This beer goes down smooth leaving a piney citrusy aftertaste. It is carbonated very well.

This beer would make a great session beer. It has a great non aggressive flavor, and it is only a little high in alcohol. This beer is very good and definately worth any price to get it.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Medium to light gold color for an IPA, nice fluffy head slow fading with good lacing.

Smell: Sweet floral hops, careml, piney, citrusy, everything you'd want from an IPA, very good.

Taste: Excellent, lots of bitter citrus, like grapefruit, some carmel sweetness. Finishes a little minty, with lots of lingering bitterness. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated enhances the bitterness, leaves a sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Wonderful brew, a world calss IPA, one of the best I have had in a while. Thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the bottle, par of BIF 24.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a lovely yellow beer with a one finger head that subsided to a thin layer of foam with excellent lacing.

Aroma was mainly citrus, a little pine resin, and a definite solid slug of medium bodied malts with a slight hint of roastiness.

Taste was one big wallop of hop resins... LOTS of alpha acids. There was a pine flavor once it started to die down. Malt was definitely in the background here.

Mouthfeel was DAMN good for an IPA... full bodied, a little astringent, but quite good.

Drinkability... gotta give it great marks. I liked it a LOT.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Tight off white head and beautiful orange amber transparent body.
S - Surprised by the robust malty aroma. Floral and resiney hops are everywhere, but I dont get the citrus everyone else is yabbering about.
T - Rustic bread, caramel and gobs of hops. What makes this beer great is that its just as malty as it is hoppy. Zippy, this beer has real verve.
M - Medium body mild carbonation.
D - This is a perfectly balanced beer, quite unlike (of course) AB, DBA or Ruination.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish orange color with only a 1/4" head at first pour. The head was barely off white and was made up of small bubbles. It was gone in less than a minute, and wasn't maintained by the few bubbles rising.

Aroma: reeks of hops, and smells so floral and citrusy that you can almost smell the essential oils evaporating as the beer gets just above freezing. There are a few toasty notes from the alcohol, as well as a bit of spice from the alcohol.

Taste: To say that this beer is hoppy would be an understatement. It starts out with an oily hoppy flavor that pretty much stays with you the entire time. The finish is seriously bitter, but it isn't a harsh bitteness...which is a good thing. There is a bit if an assertive bite left after the beer crosses your palate, but in the finish, it is hard to tell if the harshness is from alcohol or from the hops. It does finish a little on the harsh side

Opinion: Well, if I said that this beer was my favorite, and likened it to the holy grail...I would be lying. It is a clean and well made beer, but I like to have at least a little contribution from the hops. Even DFH 90min IPA has a bold malt presence...where this one is just really hoppy. This isn't a bad beer, but I'll be sticking to the Bastard and some of Stones other products for the most part.

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Photo of Terp96
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far my favorite of all time and I finally had a chance to have it on tap at the Flying Saucer, Addison, TX (for $2.50 no less). What's not to like?

The appearance is gold in a pint glass for more reasons than one. A deep golden-orange hue to be exact. Very tight, one finger head with great lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is perfect and everything I happen to look for in and IPA. Piney, flowers, citrus; it's all in there. So much so you can't wait to take a sip.

Tastes perfect as well. The nose really adds to the experience. At first, you think this is going to be a hop bomb with minimal malt character but not so fast. The malty sweetness follows shortly behind and lingers through the bitter-dry but sweet finish. So complex.

Mouthfeel is great for the first two beers you have. Much more and the hops begin to paralyze your tast buds. This isn't even Ruination. I seem to be tasting this for hours after the fact and in a good way.

Drinkability is strong as well but after you have your ability to taste much of anything after a couple of these, you get half of a point deducted. Still, I would keep going on principal and at $2.50 a pint, why not?

I can't readily get this one in MD. However, it is the one beer I genuinely seek out when I travel.

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Photo of phishgator
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a bright gold-copper hue with a large foamy head that only dissipates slightly. The aroma that is giving off is a floral citrus, spicy combination that is truly delightful. The taste is hop bite upfront and moves into a smooth buttery sweet malt finish. the mouthfeel is touch down from perfect due to the bitterness left on your tongue; after three of these you will not taste a thing! That lends to the drinkability not being perfect for the same reason. This IPA ranks right up there with the best of them; I would say that if I could actually purchase it on a regular basis (I'm in FL) it might be my favorite brew.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste is hop-tastic. Noticeable hops are well balanced between bittering and flavoring. The bittering provide more of a grapefruit taste and the flavoring is a bit citrus with some pine aftertaste. Nice to note that there isn't an oily aftertaste. The malt is noticeable as well. Especially after your mouth adjusts to the hop taste. A good caramel flavor with a touch of biscuity taste. As the beer warms other fruity taste become noticeable as well. Some lemon and grapefruit. Also a touch of orange as well. Overall a fantastic flavor.

Just to note again there is no oily aftertaste, which is nice. A medium body and well balanced in the hops. Also good representation with the body.

This is much easier to drink then say Ruination. This is a great beer.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a 22oz. weizen glass.

Once again, thanks to nisjer05 for grabbing this brew for me. I sure hope Stone brewing will soon be sold in Michigan!!!!

A brillant, amber golden color. Quite hazy, with a good two inch thick, white fluffy head, that lasts. Lots of sticky lacing!
Very strong hoppy smell, with a slight citrusy, fruity aroma. Lots of piney, hoppy bitterness on the tongue. Not as strong the more you drink. Smooth mouthfeel, with a slight oily texture that finishes clean. If you're a hophead I think you could drink this all night!! Very flavorful, yet bitter IPA. I'll have to make some trips to Toledo to pick up more of this great brew.

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Photo of Franchise
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden honey color and leaves a very thick white lace that clings to the side of the glass. The floural hoppiness is ever so present along with the citrus, grapefruit, honey, grassy notes and cloves. This beer starts with a grapefruit hoppy bitterness on the palate then slowly takes you to a smooth sweet honey clove flavored finished with a mild citrus squirt. This beer is well rounded and amazing, by far one of the standards for American IPA.

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Photo of fromage
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really an excellent beer... I've missed it! Great with burgers and fries with some kick!

Pours an amber gold with a giant white head. Lacing and webbing through the glass.

The smell has got some punch... tons of grapefruit, pine, and other citrus. Hard to catch much else.

Very sweet to balance the hops, caramelly and slightly bready.

Medium mouthfeel with sticky aftertaste. The bitterness lingers to cut off the sweetness.

Very drinkable. My first of these was pretty intense (a year ago), but they're really not so bitter (not even the ruination is). Excellent with barbeque and the like.

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Photo of BillyB
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice straw to golden yellow color. Brilliant clarity. Nice frothy white head. Aroma was of citrus and piney hops with a slight pale malt sweetness.
Nice bitter sweet balance for an IPA. Tasting first the pale malt sweetness followed by citrusy/zesty, piney hop flavors. You can taste the hops but it is not overly done.
Medium carbonation. Smooth drinking. Overall very good IPA.

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

22 oz. bomber from Downtown Wine and Spirts in Somerville, Mass. $6.25.
A: Pours a clear slightly dark amber/light copper color with a small head.

S: Aroma of fruity citrus hops. very fresh smelling. On my second pass there was a little malt underneath...very subtle.

T: Comes in waves...First wave is very fruity but smooth with grapefruit, orange, then a bit of pine and bitterness followed by a fruity finish thats very fresh and smooth.

M: Very good mouthfeel, not too bitter but not too bland. The change in flavors after you gulp it down is amazing.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. One of the better IPA's I've had--would defintately have a bunch of these if I were at a bar.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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