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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)

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 MattFrenzy
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous screen printed bottle, but thats irrelevant. Light orange kind of cloudy appearance, thin white head. Smells of hops hops hops and spice. Mmmmm. First one knocked me on my ass, second and third became tasty, after the fourth I found myself craving, and the fifth and sixth had me singing praises of Halleluiah Stone!

What a great IPA. More drinkable than other beers of its style, for instance Magic Hat's HiPA. Alcohol is masked by the intensity of the hops. Dry and crisp, another beer that goes well with spicy food. Not overly carbonated, which is great. This beer is a work of art... now to find some ruination...

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Photo of foXXtail
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer looks terrific. Fluffy dollops of white with excellent retention sit majestically on top of a hazy golden amber liquid. The head is so thick and clingy that the lacing it leaves form circles where the beer sat between pulls. The nose has heavy hits of spice and bubblegum with plum backing up.

This isn’t quite as hoppy as I would have expected, and I was a bit disappointed by that. The hit at the front is mild and spicy. The taste ramps up though out the trip through the mouth, and lingers strongly in the aftertaste. There is a slight grassiness most prevalent in the aftertaste. Despite lacking mouth-punching hops: it is a very well balanced brew.

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Photo of greenjeff4141
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice rich gold with not much head but good lacing. The smell is like being in a field of hops.

I took my first sip-- smooth as silk. Giant hop flavor, very mellow, and great balance. Not too bitter but tons of hops. Unnaturally easy to drink. Hands down my favorite IPA to date. If you don't like hops try a different brew.

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Photo of cafemondegar
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As you pour it, the hoppy aroma is what strikes you about this beer. Did not pour with a big head - about thre-fourths of an inch. Excellent taste and mouthfeel - lives upto its promise of being deliciously hoppy. Drinkability is high - perhaps the best among all of Stone's beers.

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Photo of skeeordye11
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint glass.

A: Fantastic! Beautiful clear golden straw color with a thick tan-white head that slowly falls back into the glass as it's consumed with a great amount of lacing.
S: Citrus and Pine hop aromas dominate the nose on this one with some biscuity malt in the background.
T: Pine and citrus hops predominate the flavor as well. Great hop bitterness that is wonderfully balanced with malt sweetness.
M: Rich, crisp and refreshing are the first 3 words that come to mind.
D: This is one of the best stright up IPAs I have ever had. A very easy drinking IPA. Would go great with some spicy food even just a pizza. Highly, highly recommend this one!

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Photo of GeoffW
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy straw/ golden color. Rocky white head with decent retention.

Smelled bitter with a lot of citrus and a bit fruity.

Taste was remarkably smooth for a stone beer, especially considering the usual comments about its "big character" on the bottle. Even though it was smooth, it had plenty of bitter in it. The result is a taste that is really nice and hoppy but without the face wrinkling overbearing quality that plagues many IPAs. The aftertaste is a lingering citrus flavour.

Drinkability was decent. This isn't my go to style of beer which means that I wouldn't want more than one of them in a sitting. Despite that, this is a damn good IPA, possibly the best IPA I've had yet.

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Photo of arkurzynski
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-golden with thin white head that dissipates. Clear. Nice floral hop aroma invites you in. Straight bitterness, but very clean and crisp and not overly harsh. Malt is present for only a blink. Dry finish. Very good, but I think I prefer the Ruination. This is a very easy drink, though. Makes me wish it was 80 F and sunny and not 22 F like it is now!

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Photo of mckeowbc
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden colored, slightly cloudy with a lot of foamy white head. Leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.
S - Lots of piney hop smell in the nose.
T - Starts a little sweet, but the hops kick in pretty fast. Lots of pine flavor.
M - Mouthfeel is average. It's not full, it's not watery. It's just a beer. The bitterness of the hops does leave almost a dry feeling in you mouth when you're done.
D - I felt that the piney hops were almost over the top. I liked this beer but when I was done with this bottle I was done with this beer for a while. By the end the hop bitterness had gotten old. The citrusy hops in something like Racer 5 IPA don't wear on me near as much.

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Photo of zhooker
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid. Given the expansion of the style since its debut, I'll even say it's downright ordinary by now. But that doesn't make it bad. Pours light, crisp, clear, and golden. Tame nose with the requisite pine and lemon notes. Bitterness hits you in the back after a clean, smooth, and refreshing front end. I can't complain, yet I'm not quite ready to celebrate.

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Photo of dutchlq7
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Medium Golden amber color, nice foamy, creamy head with great lacing.

Smell-Very nice Piney and grassy hop aroma with a hint of citrus at the end.

Taste-The piney hop flavor really pulls through but i also noticed a resinousy, grassy hop flavor as well it is quickly balanced by a bicuity malt. Very easy to drink, not overly bitter and very smooth.Wow!

Mouthfeel=Pretty light bodied for an IPA and a smooth feel.

Drinkabilty-One of the best IPA's I've tasted. Not overly bitter or oily but full of flavor. Gotta try it if you see it.

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Photo of Juggernaut
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice copper color, and has a nice white head that dissapated fairly quickly. Very good, strong hop aroma. You can definitely tell hops make up a big part of this brew, though there is also a very nice malty/citrusy smell balancing it out.

Taste is very hoppy, with a fairly strong up front bitterness flowing into very nice hop, malt, and slitely citrus flavors. Bitterness resides quickly and it has a good body and great mouthfeel, with great overall balance.

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

the beer poured a very light amber color and had a vairly wear head... about a half an inch or so. The head didn't last very long unfortunatly... but ohh well. anyway the beer smelt nice, hoppy hints of fruit. and it tasted about the same. the first bottle I tried of this I wasnt too impress4ed, but mainly cause I expected THE BEST from stone. second bottle though. very good. nice amount of bitterness and easy to drink. tasted great. I would no doubt reccomend this beer, if you can find it grab it. easy to drink, tastes great.

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Photo of quikfish13
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight out of the 12 ounce bottle this IPA poured remarkebly clear. Settling into my glass with a hazy orange tinted gold body and a foamy off white head. Highly carbonated.

Aroma was overwelming with hops. Highly sweet aroma that is very friendly to the nose. I can actually still smell the citrus hops from here with my glass sitting next to me. Orange and grapefruit come to mind.

Nice warm upfront bitternes in the taste that just kisses the tounge. More earthy and malty flavors come through in the middle with a smooth bitter and hoppy finish. Smooth with a nice bitter bite that doesnt take away from the rest of the beers.

A medium body feel for the mouth, not to heavy and not to light. Very smooth going down.

Highly drinkable, I'm trying to resist drinking the rest of this 6-pack before I go to work.

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Photo of roscoehnj
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden orange appearance with the bubble rising nicely in my tulip glass. Medium head but a little shy on the lacing.

Bursting with grapefruity hops on the nose - just like I like it.

Nice hit of citrus taste and a sharp hop bite especially on the after taste. Not the biggest IPA I've had nor the most complex but a classic nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is just a touch thin but that doesn't detract substantially from a highly drinkable beer. I will always come back to this one.

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Photo of danetrain0101
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance is a dark gold with a cloudy hew. A decent white foam head.

Smells of strong hops and alcohol. Some malty smells as well as a light grass smell.

Very bitter with a strong presence of hops. Leaves a strong after taste of hops and alcohol.

Very smooth feel with a heavy presence.

Great IPA to drink. Not to strong, not to light. Just a great all around IPA

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Photo of klaybie
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying to review a beer a day now.

A: Gold/orange with a frothy two finger head (two of my fingers that is) super tight head, nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Subdued citrus and a little pine, not too much there.

T: Citrus fruit flavors, almost reminiscent of fruit loops because I get a nice hint of grain at the end. No hints of alcohol. I'm surprised that these higher abv IPAs hide the alcohol so well.

M: A little thin for me, not bad though in fact good just not exceptional. Light carbonation.

O: Another solid beer from Stone, I'm continuously impressed by them. Worth the money to try.

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

Cowboy style

A- The bottle looked good...

S- Sharp and aggressive with some citrus

T- Wonderfully bitter and strong with a nice undercurrent of citrus notes

M- Smooth, not overcarbonated, not too thick or too thin for an IPA

Fantastic beer. My friend handed me a bottle. We were looking after a house and I didn't want to bother him with a request for a glass (being that he'd have to wash it) so I just drank it from the bottle as he was. Still an exceptional beer, even just out of the bottle. Can't imagine how incredible it is in a glass much less on tap. Great beer. Bitter is better.

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

Pours a hazy golden orange with a few fingers of off-white head that leaves sticky, resiny lacing that may require steel wool to remove.

The smell is pure IPA thoroughbred. Generous dry hopping is apparent in the heavy citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest as well as pine, very little malt in the aroma but who cares.

It tastes just like it smells, delicious. Very few IPAs I've tried have this delivery of hop characteristics but the retention of individual tastes and the citrus qualities of each hop variety is amazingly well blended. Finishes bitter but the malt carries it through smoothly.

Great beer to represent the American IPA style, bold hoppy flavor and boozy weighing in just shy of 7% ABV. Not a beer to session but goes well with spicy food and it's my go to for the over $10 sixer category.

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Photo of Plokhooy
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For what it's worth, Stone IPA and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are the two stalwarts of the American IPA / Pale Ale class. Stone is a very drinkable IPA that is great for both hopheads and casual beer drinkers alike. Even if you are not a big fan of "hopped up" beers, this is still a must try.

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Photo of SMcGuire33
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite IPA that I have had to date.

A- A yellowy orange beer that leaves behind a solid lacing.

S- Citrusy and tangy, (Grapefruit, lemon, orange) with a strong hop presence that looms large.

T- Best tasting IPA that I have tried. Starts out citrusy and almost piney, and leaves a bitter aftertaste that lingers for a while.

M- Great amount of carbonation. Light enough body that makes it a potential sessional beer.

Overall I think this is such a well-rounded IPA. It goes down very easily, and although it has a higher abv than the BMC's of the world, it can just as easily be a session beer. It has been my go to for months, and I am still not sick of it. Just can't wait to try all the rest that Stone Brewing Co. has to offer.

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Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

He shoots, he scores! This is a wondeful IPA... Pours an orange-caramel into the glass, with a sticky, frothy head, medium retention and wonderful webbed lace. The nose has all you’d expect: grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral accents. These transfer directly into the flavor dept. There is a faint caramel malty sweetness which underlies a huge hop contingency. Grapefruit, citrus, and candy orange slices are noted in the mid-palate, whereas the side- and back-palate are peppered perfectly with a mildly-lingering pine resin dry-hop. All of the wonderful complexities of this brew come together almost flawlessly. It has a very nice, refreshingly creamy (and cleansing) finish that works wonders for the overall effect! Truly, one of the best IPA’s one can have.

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Photo of frankie818
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is everything an IPA should aspire to be. One of my favorite. Light yellow appearance and a crisp , ultra fresh taste. The price and lower abv makes it a perfect "everyday" IPA or the go to after a stronger beer.

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Photo of devo1980
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. Just fantastic. With so many junk IPAs out there - this sets the standard of what an India Pale Ale shoud be. Tons of flavor and the bite is just right.

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Photo of corporatejim
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

IPAs are one of my favorite styles and I am really looking forward to sampling this one based on my experience with their Arrogant and Double Bastard styles. We can't get Stone in Minnesota yet, so many thanks to Fantome for gringing this back for me from his recent beer trip to Michigan and Ohio.

Pours a nice translucent golden color. Quarter inch head that quickly dissipated. Very nice hoppy aroma. Leaves a lingering thin lacing on the inside of the glass. Awesome hop bite upfront and finishes with a nice malty undertone. Medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Hop2it
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect pour. Light amber brown with the nicest white head of suds. Smells of sweet piney hops and a touch of mint. Oh my, this looks good.

This is a hoppy IPA without a substantial amount of malt body. The taste is dominated by a medicinal citrus injection. For the hop-fanatic in me this is a wonderland of bubbly bitterness that tickles the tastebuds long after I take a sip. For the IPA-lover in me it is too linear, and its focus on over-the-top hops denies the complexity of a malty base. Definately worth picking up again.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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