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 thebeers
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 11/28/16. Hazed amber with a finger and a half of frothy off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt and tropical hops with papaya and pineapple notes. Similar tasting, with a mix of malt and tropical hops up front, a somewhat watery middle and moderate piney bitterness on the backend that lingers in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with strong carbonation. A nice, sweet IPA. Refreshing.

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a moderately cloudy orange, with 2 fingers of lacy head.

The aroma is forward with citrus and sugars - the taste adding bitter pine and floral warmth from those centennial hops. Like other Stone beers, however, I find that the bitterness begins to mask the initial complexity as this one warms. Still, the light, slightly chewy body and peppery carbonation means that you could do much worse for a fridge mainstay.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

cool to finally try the IPA that started it all. drinking this past the freshness date, still has held up pretty well so Ill definitely be revisiting this. mostly clear golden orange color with a white head and some patches of lace. notes of dank earthy pine, peach, floral notes, citrus zest, bready and caramel hops. mouthfeel is medium light but has a bit of creaminess to it, very nice. overall an enjoyable and crushable west coast IPA. would love to see how it tastes fresher.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought on and poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is pure crystalline with zero haziness, being yellow-y and orange-y. It has a wonderful colour. The head is one finger thick, leaves lots of lacing but has still better than average retention, however, for this beer, I was expecting it to have more retention.
S: The aroma is strangely sweet since I has hoping not to find anything sweet here. I guess there's some toffee in the back but I'm not sure of it. Yet, the aroma is very mild and you can't have any clues on the flavor coming from this.
T: The taste is really bittersweet, has it has some sweetness coming specifically from a characteristic I can't seem to find and then connecting it to the bitterness of the hops.
M: The body is medium to medium high. Carbonation is high. Bitterness is mild to strong.
O: I've had better IPAs from Stone but this is remarkably good for 96' recipe. Well done Greg!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- pours opaque gold with little carbonation. A thin, white head with good lacing.
S- Very nice, funky, citrus hop smell.
T- Citeus hop forward that is.vwry juict with enjoyable malt balance. Hop lingers.
F- Very crisp and clean with wonderful hop warming.
O- Great classic IPA that understandibly fueled craft craze.

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Photo of Holderness
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Orange amber with a solid two finger white head that sticks around for a while after pouring. Moderate lacing.
S -- Floral and fruity hops combine with aromas of honey and a faint booziness.
T -- Very hop forward, as one would expect from any Stone offering.
F -- An excellent mouthfeel that is the standard for west coast IPAs: robust hops and carbonation, with a lingering hoppy astringency and a slightly sour aftertaste.
O -- About as classic an (American) IPA as you can get

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

on draft in pint glass. color lighter than i expected but aroma lets you know there is flavor coming. bitter hops vs floral which i prefer. Stone is always reliable and came thru again

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

For hopiness it's missing a bit of abv. I like my IPA's to have at least a 7 on the abv scale. It is ok but so many IPA's out there that are better. The hopiness just isn't intense enough, therefore my next quest is to try their enjoy by.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned and bought from M&S for £2.20
Pours a golden body with spotty white head
Nice citra (lemon, lime & grapefruit ) aroma with hints of caramel
It's got that big flavour
Easy drinking but in no way thin

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice smell, I'm getting a good mix of citrus with a malt backbone coming through. Immediate citrus and bitterness coming through on the initial taste with lingering medium bitterness. It's towards the end of the taste that the malt comes into play with the lingering bitterness. It's fairly carbonated and not dry on the finish. I'm not loving this beer but it's not bad. A bit too out of balance on the bitter side.

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Photo of EMH73
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap, first time in a long time. Have to say It was not as good as my memory of it. IPA's have come so far in the last few years that this was a disappointment. Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a one inch, well retained head that left gorgeous lacing all the way down the glass. Smell is citrus, pine, sweet honey like note and some malts. Flavor follows the smell, but it smells better than it tastes. Slight astringent bitterness on the finish. Light bodied, moderately carbonated, slightly sticky mouth feel. Good, but certainly not great.

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Photo of groutenberg
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

OK, just different than the Northeast IPA I've grown to like from brewers such as Foundation (Epiphany) Other Half (Hop Showers) Trillium (pretty much any street beer) and last but probably best of all, Tree House (Julius) and pretty much whatever else they're canning. The Stone IPA isn't bad, it's OK and I guess a decent example of what it's trying to be but for me it just has a less full mouth feel some piney and has that bitter bite at the finish I don't really take pleasure in. Nice pour, orangy color somewhat cloudy, nice head that dissipates to nothing, but that bitterness at the finish coats my teeth and mouth and stays there long after I've swallowed.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

From Guevara & lynch. In Teku glass. Ar lunch with Pedro & David. With Penne norcina. Not the hops bomb I was expecting. Lacks some taste but is pleasant anyway. Improves at end of can, becoming hops more noticeable in taste

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Photo of ThePold
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I know, straight fives, but I find it hard to imagine a better IPA. This is the one against which I measure all others Especially now that we have it coming from the Richmond brewery. So this one was fresh, in a proper IPA glass, lovely lacing, wonderful aroma and mouthful, all that you want from a hoppy San Diego style brew.

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Photo of Kataklizmik0
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My experience with this particular batch was a bit upsetting. It was burnt a bit and well,o well. Haven't tried a decent batch just yet. Good still but I believe it may be over rated. A bit on the clean and not as on the danky as I prefer side.

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Photo of ryno6616
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA.
This is a fantastic beer that is readily available. A great go to when you are at the grocery store and need to find a good beer to bring home.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this is the new 1.1 Stone IPA, poured from a 12oz bottle (many times, 2 6-packs over the last three days) and I love it. Always liked the old version with its different hops but sadly I have passed this up too often over the last few years for newer brasher IPA's offered by other breweries. Can't wait to get a keg of this for the house. What is the difference in taste? Had a 12-pack of the older version but still within date code to compare and I have to say the newer one brings on a slightly sweeter malt before the hops take over. Not my favorite smell for an IPA, but every other mark puts it one of the better ones in my book. Still 6.9%abv, still 77 ibu. I like the hop balance better, it seems to me a bit more bitter on the finish.

The YT video on the new hops

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Photo of txmilligan
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exceptional IPA. Great pour, that is a cloudy golden copper hue, with an excellent amount of suspension. Great head with good lacing. Aroma recalls citrus fruits and orange blossoms over a subdued beer smell. Strong flavor with good bite and a noticeable bitterness that is enjoyable. Taste is fresh and balanced, with an aftertaste that is a good precursor to the next drink. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of Brews_Almighty
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 6.12.16, drank 9.10.16:

This is my first review of many to come, overall I really like this beer. Crisp, piney notes in the forefront, grapefruit aftertaste. Pretty smooth with slightly above-average hoppyness. Would definitely add this to my list of go-to's

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Photo of jamesroses
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

33cl berlin brewed can. Canned on april 30th 2016, drank on september 10th 2016.

Appearance: clear orange with a 2-3 finger head of small bubbles. Nice.

Aroma: strong in your face passion fruit with a piny background. Almost minty fresh. The kind of beer that makesme want to drink it based only on how it smells.

Taste: same as the aroma, amazing passion fruit punch with piny and minty notes. Not sweet, not overly bitter nor sour. Just right.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, the right carbonation, grapefruit aftertaste.

Overall: this is a winner. You can't go wrong with this.

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Photo of drmeto
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Berlin-brewed version

-pours a clear golden-orange with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-hop particles visible
-follows the nose plus medicinal,pine and resin
-finishes dry
-medium,lingering bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
An all-around very good IPA

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Photo of chuckakhan
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great standby ipa. Pours dark gold and clear. Just the right amount of carbonation. Smell of slight hops. Taste is hoppy, dry, and bitter. Finish leaves a tingle in the mouth. I could drink this beer all day. West coast has it figured out.

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Photo of janubio
3.34/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden colour, with a big lace that leaves a good lace. Aroma of tropical fruits, citrics, resines. Light body , good carbonation. Taste of tropical fruits, resines, citrics. Tasted on can, I can detect some "can" notes. Here's on who still likes bottle better.

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Photo of tony12hd
4.98/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer on tap at yardhouse. Bitter hoppy only 6.9% just the right mix of abv calories btus. Always remember to drink on an empty stomach and skip the food

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber in color. Foamy orange cream head with a fair amount of retention and lacing. Slightly cloudy, with some particulate. Aroma is light citrus and caramel malt. The flavor is very hop forward. Pine, grapefruit, and herbs. The mouthfeel is resinous, juicy and there is a lingering hops bitterness in the aftertaste. A very good IPA.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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