Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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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
Ratings:
11,011
Reviews:
3,034
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
Wants:
462
Gots:
3,077
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Photo of BeerSnob1022
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of permian-boozer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of MASSHLE
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a bottle into a Trillium pub glass. Golden in color, much less hazy than many of the beers I've been seeing lately. Smells pleasant, noticeable hop smell, but nothing too heavy imo. The bitterness at the end caught me off guard first sip, but I am enjoying the heck out of it now. Not overly carbonated, great mouthfeel, almost creamy. Leaving heavy lacing left behind. Overall, I am happy to have grabbed a 6 of this very well crafted beverage, at a price I felt was fair.

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Photo of jt2488
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of johnwetterstrand
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZekeMillz
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Masonpp85
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chef74
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of QXSTER1
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive hops aroma assaults the senses after pouring this appealing amber brew. Puts other IPA's into another category.
The nose says all hops the taste says big, grainy, caramel malt underlying the big time Pacific Northwest hop profile. The hops are so flavorful, bitterness doesn't really come to mind. The citric, piney adjectives don't seem to capture all the different complexities available in this brew. Anyone who loves hops and thinks they've had it all should try this beer.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess this is Stone's IPA light when compared to the Ruination IPA, but don't think this is anything light. Stone's IPA also has a strong hop pressence in it's taste. The appearence is a bit cloudy, yet still has that copperish ale look to it. The hop pressence is obvious in the aroma, so don't say you were not warned when you drink it. This is a good beer by Stone, although, I'm a bit confused as to why they would have 2 full-time IPA's on the market...not unless this is the budget version when compared to the Ruination.

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Photo of Bruiser81
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has a light orange color, almost completely clear. I poured aggresively but still didn't get a very large head. Still looks tasty though.
The aroma from this beer is probably the best I've encountered or my sense of smell is really on today : ). First hit is a huge wallop of citrus. Has a little bit of grapefruit but it doesn't make up the bulk of the citrus. It also seems like their is a friggin huge bouquet of flowers in there somewhere. Light carmel malts and slight hints of pale malt as well, along with subdues alcohol spices.
Taste is delicious. Seems to very well balanced. Strong malt presence up front. Slight hints of carmel. This is quickly met by a huge hop explosion which tastes strong at first but ends up smoothing itself off by the aftertaste. Hops are floral and sort of piney. Not as much citrus in the taste as in the smell but still some. Alcohol spices are somewhat present on the finish but lightly so.
A medium-light mouthfeel. Extremely easy drinking.
Big Thanks to Quaffer hooking me up.

I just got my hands on another one and it was every bit of delicious as before. Had to come bump the scores a little bit.

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Photo of hungryghost
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a bbq so could not tell appearance through brown bottle.
Pleasant hoppiness, hint of pine in the aroma.
The flavor is crisp, hoppy fresh and the word bright comes to mind.
Not too sweet. A bright bitterness. This is a good thing. Overall a fantastic IPA. The full hop flavor is right on but does not deaden the tastebuds. Likely to wake your mouth right up. I would like to try this on tap.

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Photo of theozag
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours and comes to rest a crystal clear gold color with a thick white head that lasts. This is one of those rare beers that seems to beckon as soon as it comes to rest in the glass. The carbonation bristles and fosters a steady head. The color and clarity of the body are practically gem-like. You're not going to find a more inviting IPA.

Aroma is strong and fragant with an almost floral quality. It's very clean and sweet, and the smell is literally mouth-watering.

Start is smooth and slightly tangy without very much flavor. But there is an inviting texture right from the start. Stone IPA settles medium-bodied and from there the bottle basically says it all. Flavors are (or could nearly be) taffey, white grape, wheat, and perhaps more subtle others. In two words this beer is all about "hop bitters" just like any quality IPA should be. Finish is melty smooth and clean with an oily and sour aftertaste.

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

First time I have reviewed this beer. Poured a lightish amber color with a white head. Head lasted for most of the beer with fairly good lacing. The smell was a strong hoppy smell, different from what I expect from and IPA, not the typical cascade hops.

Taste was a strong hop flavor, similar to ruination but lacking the malt of ruination. There were some hints of citrus and tart malt. The mouthfeel was good, carbonation was just right, and the thickness was perfect.

All in all a really great beer that will probably become one of my standards.

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4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright orangey yellow, with a one finger head that holds. Notably vapid carbonation. Teh aroma reminds me of 60 minute a bit, sweet, with floral and piney hops...smells complex, which for hops is a good thing. Taste is grapefruity bit penetratingly bitter. Not killer in it's bite, but the bitterness does linger. It's in amount of bitterness here not type, thing more like a lot of lower alpha bitterness rather than less high alpha bitterness...and its, again, complex with multiple kinds of hops I'd guess. Similar in style to 60 minute bit more straight bitterness and less in aroma. Leaves a tang on the tounge but it's not so cascade-like where it might linger infinitely past the point of enjoyment. Mouthfeel is not overwhelming but a bit high on carbonation, good for most. When I let this one stick around and decarbonate thought, I realizzed that it tasted mostly like hop water. the malt here is not that present. The complexity of the hop profile is what shines, and the alcohol is well hidden. This has good drinkability for an IPA, but one is plenty for me. I prefer 60 minute, but to each their own.

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4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure I've had this beer before but I just never wrote it down or recorded my thoughts on it. Appears to be a hazy light orange color with a white head that goes away pretty fast.

Smells like pine needles and hops, which is actually quite pleasing. The taste is that of spicy hops, pine needles, and citrus scents combined to create this odd amalgamation of flavors.

Definitely has one of the best mouthfeels I've ever experienced, especially for an IPA. Goes down smooth but still pokes at you on its way down. Quite easy to drink but for some reason it doesn't feel very drinkable. I'll give it another try and see if the drinkability improves at another time.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA and one that I would definitely drink a lot of if I could acquire a stash of it.

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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a solid clear golden orange with a foamy nearly white head with good lacing.

Citrus hops galore; grapefruit and orange are the standouts. The hops are extremely abundant, but not unpleasantly so, just enough to build the anticipation for the flavor to come.

The citrus hops make an amazing flavor with grapefruit leading the way. I also am picking up some orange, lime and perhaps a hint of caramel tucked in the back, but only for a brief moment. This beer is all about the citrus hops.

This is a very smooth beer with lively, active carbonation and medium body.

Thank goodness I have a 6 pack of this because just one will not suffice. Well worth the price.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dirty light yellow with two finger head.

S - Pine, grapefruit, orange.

T - Sharp pine, citrus, heavily bitter with just a touch of alcohol and very faint malt backbone.

M - Medium bodied and coats mouth.

O - This beer gets better and better with each sip. Great hop forward IPA with solid bitterness and crisp hops without a strong malt backbone. Great year round offering from Stone.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Momar42
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into New Belgium Globe glass

A - clear, amber/yellowish color. Mostly clear with a slight haze. Pours with a small clean head. Small in size, it vanishes quickly. Small persistent pool of foam in the middle (thanks to the glass). Very light lacing early.

S - piney w/ slight citrus undertones. Not overwhelming but very spot on for the style.

T - tastes like it smells. Still amazed I hadn't tried this touchStone beer from Stone (bad pun intended). Perfect amount of hops for an IPA and balanced with the alcohol. Finishes clean and refreshing. One drink begs another and another.

M - light on the palate and finishes clean. Smooth throughout. Crisp.

O - Stone is a great brewery and that reputation is made through their perennial beers like this one. An IPA very true to the style. Will definitely be a go to beer for me from now on. Still prefer the IIPA but this is a fantastic IPA.

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3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of agaloco9
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 11,011 ratings.
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