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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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
Reviews:
3,016
Ratings:
10,932
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
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Photo of Haybeerman
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark gold color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head with fair retention. Laced in thin rings.

S: Citrussy hops. Also pine and floral notes.

T: Citrus and pine hops up front. Bready malts in the foundation. Evenly bitter in the finish.

M: Light to medium body. High carbonation. Resiny hops linger a bit in the finish.

D: As sessionable an IPA as they come. Not quite the complexity or big malt foundatiton as its big brother, but I could drink a few of these.

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

A bombardment of hops, sweetness and malt. What a beer!! The best IPA I have ever had and I have had over 100 easily.The only thing that touches this is Harmon IPA Tacoma. It literally was the best of the best. Poured golden, yellow a thin head, excellent stuff!!!I had this bottle and I can only imagine how it tasted on tap.

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

What a classic, got a keg of this for a graduation party like almost 20 years ago, and man was it a kick ass night.

Anyways, pours a darker yellow, dry hopped nicely, not huge these days, but back in the day it was one of the first bottled ones. Plenty of pine and grapefruit notes all over the nose and tongue. Malt bill might feel bigger by today's standard, this was right before the lighter drier malt bills took off in the full west coast vein.

Its got bitterness, but more going for it than just that, like I said, pine, its here.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: citrusy, resiny American hops dominate with sweet malt in the background mellowing the hops and giving depth. Appearance: Hazy amber with a white creamy head and medium lace. Laces the glass all the way down. Flavor: starts with a blend of fruit, malt and hops and then the hops grow to dominate the finish with strong grapefruit flavors. There is malt sweetness and sweet fruit in the background. Very pleasantly flavored with a nice balance between the hops, malt and yeasty fruit. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, refreshing, Overall: I would drink this again.

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

Served in straight pint glass. A beautiful bright, clear gold color. Minimal head that dissipated quickly, leaving a very sticky lacing. Pleasing floral hop aroma. Flavor has a strong, smooth, even hop presence. This is not a bitter IPA, but still delivers a strong hop blast. One of the strongest points with this IPA is balance. The body is just slightly on the thin side.This beer has the backbone to stand up to the hops. This a very drinkable IPA that, due to the smoothness and balance can truly be sessionable. This is not a tongue-burner, you won't suffer from palate fatigue as with lesser IPAs. This is a go-to beer for me, it can always be counted on to deliver a great beer experience.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a nice golden-orangey crystal clear body with a nice creamy off-white head. It has a rigorous carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The aroma of freshly crushed green hops with some hints of citrus and pine are very nice.

T- the initial taste is a nice pale malt that is quickly followed by the taste of big juicy hops with some notes of citrus and pine. Those juicy green hops last and last through the finish. They are balanced with a bold hop bitterness that finishes of the taste.

M- medium mouthfeel but with a big fizziness in the finish. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This is a nice hop beer with a good base of pale malt grain. This bottle seems a bit over carbonated but it doesn't get in the way of the flavor.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.85/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Clear golden, with minimal head

S: fairly minimal aromatics in this stemless wine glass, I'll have to revisit as it warms a touch and there's a little more room in the glass... nope, never really develops.

T: A bitterness assault, resiny and piney in a particularly woody/vegetal way, like chewing on a sprig.

F: A little heavy bodied for a regular IPA. Lots of heavy, mouth-coating bitterness. Induced almost a bit of post-nasal-drip feeling in the throat.

O: In the classic style, no doubt, but not really what I feel like the modern IPA drinker is looking for.

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Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brewhouse Grille in Camp Hill, PA.

A: The ale is an amber color, almost a pale orange, with a small ring of head (1/2 finger) that does not retain for long.

S: The aroma is a grapefruity hop and grainy malt combination.

T: My initial review of Stone IPA slammed it (relative to Arrogant Bastard and Ruination). In hindsight, it comes across as Stone's easiest beer to drink. The hops are citrusy and strong, but not too strong. They allow the a biscuity malt body to shine through (one of the rare times that I've encountered the malts in a Stone ale).

M: The ale is well-balanced, allowing both the hops and the malts to have their time on the sun.

D: Stone's most drinkable ale, this one does not overwhelm the tastebuds or wear you out with an intense abv.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a full light tan/beige head, decent carbonation, and leaves nice rings of lace. HUGE citrusy grapefruit hop aroma and a huge citrusy grapefruit hop taste ! Full bodied, smooth, and creamy. Well worth buying again.

Much better than Stone Ruination IPA. Stone's standard IPA is much better balanced than Ruination.

(22 oz. bottle / $3.77)

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip july12 2010

A on first look it's a clear golden orange but then I notice there's a large number of very tiny suspended particles that are slowly being moved around by the bubbles. The foam takes up the top three fingers of my glass for a minute or two leaving a few rings of lace as it falls to a 1/4in film that still manages to leave some patches of lace

S lots of caramel and biscuit to go along with some orange peel a little grapefruit and pine, a nice balance between malt and hops and the booze is well concealed

T all I smell but the flavors blend quite well together forming a nice balance of citric hops and malty caramel

M medium bodied and enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel, there's a mild bite that works well for it and you can taste it for a while after it's in your tummy

D a solid beer with no doubt, well rounded brew not lacking in any area. went down pretty quick for a 6.9% beer

I wish this was available here in Alberta I would have less money but would be drinking great beer, try this if you can

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Photo of Stevedore
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by date of 12/23/2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 11/15/2013.

Review #288.

Pours a fairly clear golden-brown body with a decent 1cm white head that dissipates fairly quickly, not much retention. Some lacing. Standard IPA appearance.

Smells fairly hoppy. Some pine and a bit of grapefruit, predominantly pine. Some biscuits and crackers in the malt backbone. Very nice smelling IPA.

This kind of falls short. It's a fairly bitter IPA, but the rest of it is fairly bland. A bit of floral earthiness is there on the backend. But throughout its just bitter, even when it warms up some more. Disappointingly average and uninteresting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, OK carbonation. Nothing really special stands out. Aftertaste is a floral-pine bitterness that sticks around for quite a while. This is a fairly bitter beer, no ABV here.

Not that interesting to me. They probably used a crapton of bittering hops, but didn't really get a whole lot of aromatic hops on there. Disappointing, given that this is the first time I've actually had it. Average IPA, not worth revisiting again. However, Enjoy By and Ruination are much better efforts by Stone. I'd recommend looking for these instead.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev -4%

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Enjoy By 10/30/14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Sudsy, resilient lacing.

S- Musty, dank, resinous hop aroma that's not too over the top by Stone's standards. A bit of booze and trace amounts of bready malt.

T- Juicy hop flavor with assertive bitterness that's, once again, not too over the top. The alcohol lets you know it's there but doesn't get in the way of enjoyment.

M- Sharp and tangy from the hops with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A solid benchmark for the style. I always forget about how strong it is. I'm drinking this before noon and might regret it later.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-golden in color with a good head. Light lacing.

S-Really pungent and luscious. Graprefruits. I was afraid that the Ruination would blow this beer away, but it does not.

T-Super hoppy. Dry and piney accompanied with a huge grapefruit kick. Hop foward, not much malt. One sided but scrumptious.

M-Lighter in body but still slick.

D-Heavy on the bitterness but still very drinkable. Dry, fits my style.

One of the tastiest and boldest regular (non DIPA) IPAs you can get your hands on. Easily stands next to Ruination without any questions.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on tap at beer study in chapel hill into a snifter

dark copper, mild head. slight citrus hoppy smell. taste is more hop and bitterness focused , but not a hop bomb. balanced, easy drinking. great flavor. piney, citrusy, hoppy. just a great IPA. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall just a great IPA. easy drinking, you can't go wrong.

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper penny color with a foamy half inch cream head that dissipates at a moderately quick pace, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma erupts as soon as the bottle is opened, with huge notes of pine, resin, and fresh cut grass dominating. Dank cannabis, citrus fruit, and caramel malt add complexity.

Caramel malt forms the backbone and is far more prevalent than anticipated from the aroma. Flavor is sweeter than expected, throughout. The finish is pretty bitter and herbal tea-like and resiny, with pine in the aftertaste. Dank cannabis and fresh cut grass hit mid palate and hold on for the duration. There's an initial citrus character, showcasing muted grapefruit and lemon. More complex tropical fruits emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate, with a corresponding amount of carbonation, and slight alcohol warmth.

Much more floral and grassy hop character in the flavor than I recall. Citrus is fairly subdued, but bitterness is not. Not an offensive bitterness, but too much for my liking. Good malt presence, though perhaps a little overboard.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a good quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of hops, with a hint of citrus. Not overwhelming, but nicely done.

T: Not as hoppy as I expected - I guess they save that for the Ruination IPA. Still, very tasty. Also had citrus elements and a tinge of malt.

M: A vibrant, high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Pretty full-bodied.

D: Like most of the Stone beers I've tried, this is very drinkable. It goes down easy and has a well balanced taste.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, yellow-brown in color, hazy

Smell: big citrus hops, small pine, caramel, and bread

Taste: follows the nose with the maltier caramel and bread being the base over sharp citrus and piney hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, sweet start with a bitter middle and a very bitter lingering aftertaste, moderate carbonation

Overall:A bitter sipper that is great for those who love hops. there are a lot here. I would get this again, but only one per sitting. Very much a California IPA.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark gold color with not quite an inch of white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and hoppy (but not strong), mainly citrus (grapefruit and lemon peel) and piney hops, with a bit of malty sweetness too. To me it tastes the same way it smells, mostly citrus and pine hops with some malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium and a bit slick. Drinkability is pretty good too, it's smooth and has just the right amount of carbonation to make this very easy to drink. I think this is a very solid beer, I'll definitely have to buy it more often.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Yellow orange in color with hazy color.
S - Grapefruit and piney hops.
T - Oh man wow! One of the greatest hop bite beers of the night!
M - Harsh yet drinkable and crisp.
D - It would have to be my go to IPA but now I have to try Arrogant Bastard to see which one is more hoppy!

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a cap of suddsy white head. Ok retention and spotty clumps of lacing. Great whiff of citrus and tropical fruits along with touched of floral, piney and earthy hops. Faint biscuity sweetness in the nose. Taste is a big rush of bitterness, mostly piney and earthy hops in the taste with a background presence of floral, citrus and tropical flavors. A solid, lightly sweet biscuty background as well. Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth and almost creamy. A good all around IPA from Stone.

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Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Spitzer`s Corner in the Lower East Side of Manhattan during happy hour , 3 bucks.

The appearance is a light brown with a one finger head.
The smell is of flora, some citrus and a fair amount of hops.
The taste is a well balanced ipa with some of those IBUs but not too many where it is overpowering.
Mouthfeel is a spicy, with some faint fruit flavors coming through, like orange, evening out the balance. Drinkability is good on the Stone IPA, however I do not understand why some hype this selection from them. Very good brew, but not great.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from my friend who got it in Florida. From notes.

A - Poured a slightly hazy darkish blonde mild carbonation. Fluffy one finger head. Great thick lace with a half finger of retention.

S - Nice citrus, clean. Great grapefruit with bread and very strong citrus hops.

T - Not overpowering. All the typical IPA elements are there that follow the aroma. Slight bready notes and a sweet start procede into a strong hop character with a powerful citrus punch.

M - Good carbonation. Medium body. Nice bitterness.

O/D - Incredibly drinkable. Very solid and nice. A well constructed IPA that puts so many weaker ones to shame. An excellent example of the style that stays balanced while showing off it's hop profile in an admirable manner. I miss it already.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from largadeer in our most recent trade. This one's available locally but I've never seen bottles less than 6-7 months old so one with a best by date of 6th Nov is a treat. Into my Duvel tulip

A: Clear orange pour with a thin off-white head that recedes surprisingly quickly. It does leave lacing, though

S: Wonderful citrus hops all the way with oranges, tangerines, a touch of honey and pine. A thin malt backbone is present with a biscuity character. Very good.

T: Starts off bitingly bitter with a solid orange zest bitterness with a lot of juicy citrus hops. Tons of orange and a hint of floral hop character on the palate. The malt backbone, for all practical purposes, is virtually absent, allowing the resiny hops to form the backbone that carries this beer into a long, dry and bitter finish. Kudos, Stone

M: Light in body, resiny with hop goodness on the palate, carbonation that works with the hops and a drying, bitter finish - I really can't ask for more.

D: Incredibly drinkable, I just might have another.

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Photo of bark
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The colour is gold with a tint of red, the liquid is clear. The two finger head is white and compact; it sinks slowly to a thick lid leaving no lacing.

The strong smell is smooth with an elegant sweetness, bitter citric hops, resin, rye bread, honey melon and red apples.

The taste is highly balanced and very smooth. Citric juice and peels, resin, pine needles, growing clean bitterness. Semi-sweet notes of rye bread and caramel. Medium to full body. The aftertaste got growing notes of grapefruits, lemon and orange peels, passing clean alcohol and rose-flavoured candy. The finish got elegant bitter flavours, pomegranate and a lingering grapefruit note.

The carbonation is medium to mild; the small bubbles fresh and long-lasting. The liquid is smooth.

A brilliant solid AIPA.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, no freshness date

A: Slight orange hue, creamy head with a slight tan hint. Head leaves a nice light lace down the glass, perfect.

S: Floral hop aroma that you would expect from an IPA. Pine needles. Grapefruit.

T: Big hop taste, grapefruit and spruce aftertaste. A very good example of the American IPA. Flavor, ingredients, etc. It's all there.

M: Smooth and easy, leaves a nice fruity hop aftertaste that lingers perfectly

D: Sneaky alcohol presence, but a good beer to chill out with after a hard day at work

O: Overall, this is a well-crafted IPA, solid on all fronts. You'd be lucky to call this an old stand by. This is definitely one of the better and more well-known IPA's.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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