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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
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4.21/5
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11,080 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#971
Reviews:
3,043
Ratings:
11,080
pDev:
10.69%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
471
Gots:
3,139
Trade:
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Ratings: 11,080 |  Reviews: 3,043
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good brew here, this poured out as a nice looking copper color with a white thick head on top. The smell of this brew gives off a good blend of malts and hops, the hops are strong on the nose like they should be. The taste is really nice here, just a really drinkable IPA. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and has a good carbonation to it. Overall, it's a beer that you can have multiple of in a sitting if you want too.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral and grapefruit hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, grapefruit flavors from the hops stand out in the taste, but these are very well balanced by the underlying malts, which have some notes of caramel. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a tad below medium-bodied on the palate and is smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a little bit of dryness.
O: The beer is extremely drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the hops do not overpower your palate. I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There may be no other IPA that so confidently displays what it means to be "west coast". Its premier and dedicated focus on hop bitterness is supported by the perfect type of barley malt- the nonexistent type!

Its nose-piercing scent of hops take center stage with the strong presence of white grapefruit, tangy orange peel, fresh-cut grass and an overall aura of resinous pine. And upon the first drink, the mouth dries and waters at the same time; contending with the full brunt of hop flavor and yearning for refreshment.

The middle offers up a malty-dry taste and texture that's of faint caramel and thin honey, but with a wafer-thin light bread texture. As the palate acclimates to the tongue-sweating hop dominance, its floral and fruity periphery show fleeting glimpses.

As the bottom falls out of the malts, its sweetness recedes quickly and allows the hops to develop into a smoothly resinous bittering, that intensifies to the proportions of freshly torn pine needles, bark and sap. Still, its pithy citrus sharpness ensures a high level of refreshment and drinkability as the ale concludes with resolute dryness.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, procured off-ramp somewhere in Idaho or Washington last month.

This beer appears a lot lighter in the glass then I had expected, but was still a nice clear, pale golden amber colour, with two healthy fingers of a puffy, foamy, and cloud-like creamy head, which leaves some spectacular coated lacing around the glass, almost to where it was opaque - cool.

Smell, oh, the smell - white grapefruit and navel orange citrus, acridly leafy and piney hops, all duly in attendance, right where they should be, alongside a gritty crackery, caramelized malt, um 'sweetness'. The taste follows through in concert, as the bitterness ramps it up a notch or ten, the pine outweighing the citrus for the most part, a bit of sour lemon arriving on the scene, and the maltiness playing the stunned post-apocalyptic shock victim.

Stone IPA displays a firm and taught body, nicely balanced, with sufficiently fizzy carbonation, and finishes near-dead dry - oh, and can an IPA such as this be called silky smooth? I put forth exhibit A in the affirmative, without really understanding why.

Wow. There are very few (ok, no, really) similar offerings to compare this to in my neck of the woods, so I feel like I've been enlightened, or something. The biggest thing I take away from this experience, however, is that I bought this at a Yoke's in Kennewick, Washington, during a recent wine country tour, and they even sell this stuff in gas stations south of the 49th - lucky freaking Yanks.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served on draught into a generic beer glass at The Lab in Los Angeles (by USC). Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice soft cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a hazy light gold.

Sm: Light floral and banana notes, some bubblegum, and orange peel. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Admixtures of the notes on the nose form a bad balance. Structurally, it's problematic, with no satisfying climax. Poorly built and balanced.

Mf: Sharp, coarse, and wet. Terrible. Doesn't suit the body at all. A classic example of the problem with IPAs.

Dr: I was disappointed having heard such great things about Stone Brewing. I paid 5 USD in LA, which isn't terrible, but I won't be having this one again.

2.58

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12/05/13: It's been over 2 years since I sat down with this beer, and I figured I'd add some truncated notes since my palate's probably developed.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live. Enjoy by: 12/24/13.

Served cold. Side-poured.

A: No bubble show.

Pours a 3 finger wide head of white colour. Fluffy. Okay creaminess. Decent thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is above average - about 4 minutes.

Body colour is a clear textbook copper of above avg vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent.

Standard fare for an IPA overall. Not unique or special.

Sm: Plenty of generic floral hop character. Pale malts. A hint of grapefruit. Pine. Some mango. Maybe even passionfruit. Fairly grassy. Plenty of hop bitterness is detectable, and the malts seem inadequate to balance it. I'm really concerned about the balance. There's maybe a brief hint of crackery malts.

A clean aroma - no yeast character or alcohol presence is noticeable.

T: Hop character: primarily floral, with some lighter notes of pine, mango fruit, grapefruit, and some tropical fruit. The pine is nice I guess. As it warms, I pick up a stale orange juice note - one of the off-notes that indicates a subpar IPA.

Pale malts. Maybe some caramalt.

The hop bitterness overwhelms what little malty sweetness there is, resulting in an annoying imbalance. I do like some of the fruity notes here. It has a loose cohesion, but feels a bit thrown together. Too bitter on the finish. Not gestalt, unique, special, nuanced, intricate, complex, or subtle. Average depth and duration of flavour. Above average intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth, wet, rough, unrefreshing, and overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile okay. Doesn't seem at all custom-tailored to the taste.

Dr: Downable but problematic. Stone, as usual, displays little awareness of balance with this beer. I won't be buying it again, nor would I recommend it to friends. I remain shocked by this beer's high ratings. It's by no means world-class, or even above average. I stand by my initial rating.

C-

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic west coast IPA. Golden orange body, with a thin cap of creamy foam that retains itself and laces well.

Light citrus in the aroma, fresh with a touch of green hops. It's not as pungent as I expected, but it's certainly pleasant. Pale malt and vegetal notes come out later as it warms up.

Bitterness is not to an extreme level, but it's up there. Not mild by any means, the bitter hop notes come out more in the aftertaste. There's some grapefruit/citrus rind, balanced by a tasty light maltiness. Very quenching and easy to drink, i've gone through two bombers this week, and Ruination is on deck after this one...

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey colored body with a huge head that sticks around forever and leaves lacing all over the glass

Smell: Smells like a bag of cascade hops; grapefruit, piney and resinous

Taste: Taste is overwhelmed by the piney, bitter hop flavors but there is a surprising amount of malt sweetness that lingers throughout; quite a bit of alcoholic flavor as well

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Astoundingly drinkable!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5%
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 zeff80
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, burnt orange hue with a foamy, bubbly, white, two finger head. It left sticky patches of lace on my New Belgium goblet.

S - Aroma was fantastic! It was an assault on your senses of citrus and floral notes. There was an underlying roasted malt nose, too.

T - It tasted of citrusy hops that provided a mild bitterness. The roasted malt brought a caramel sweetness to balance out the hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding IPA. It really is masterfully balanced for a great taste.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Bright, pale amber with great clarity. Pours with a modest 1/2 inch of foam, but retention is remarkably good - my glass held its head until the last drop.

Smell - Fresh, resiny hops from a mile away. Floral, herbaceous, succulent hops. This is one of the brews that got me into craft beer, and the amazing hop aroma was a big part of that - simply outstanding.

Taste - Lots of hop flavor, but relatively mild bitterness. Although Stone is known for their intensely bitter beers, this isn't one of them; it has more of a fresh and floral hop flavor, with a pleasantly mild bite. Malts take on a definite background role, providing a sweet-but-subtle platform for the hops to work their magic on.

Mouthfeel - Slightly oily; the finish leaves a coating hop residue on the palate, lingering but mellow.

Notes - It's been over a year since I last had this beer, and I had almost forgotten how great it is. I think it took drinking a number of average-to-mediocre IPAs for me to realize how incredibly well-crafted this one is. Simply a classic of the style.

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Photo of superspak
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 2/28/2012. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, honey, and a bit of biscuit. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, herbal spiciness, floral, caramel, honey, and biscuit. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, and honey notes on the finish for a while. Very hoppy, but still has a nice malt balance to even things out. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable, with hardly any alcohol warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible IPA. Very hoppy, yet still has great balance; and is very drinkable at 6.9%.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip pint glass.

Pours a 2 finger beige head. Pretty good retention once it faces down to 1/4 finger. Leaves some lace patches. Color is a clear golden orange. A lot of carbonation bubbles floating to the top from the etching.

Aroma: At first I was smelling something I didn't like. But after a few minutes the aroma changed. Seems to be a nice smelling IPA. Pineapple citrus, very light floral hops. Now I am getting some grapefruit citrus. A big pine aroma as well.

Taste: A lot like the smell. Pineapple and grapefruit citrus, floral and pine hops, and a biscuity malt flavor. A pretty solid IPA. A huge hop flavor going on here.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, very bitter, but it is creamy at the same time when you let it roll around your mouth. Medium bodied. A fair amount of carbonation. Leaves the typical sticky hoppy aftertaste. A person really can't expect much else from these hoppy beers.

Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA. I have been going through a lot lately and this one seems to be one someone would consider a standard for an IPA. Definitely one to keep readily available for those hop heads. I could easily drink more of this.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 11,080 ratings
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