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 jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured orangish/copper with a thin, but well-retained white head.
The smell was of citrusy hops. Very clean and inviting.
The taste was of crisp, citrusy hops on a background of creamy malt. It was medium to thick bodied. Although hoppy, it was very well-balanced for the style. The hops were smooth and tasty.
(Were it not for a touch too much salt, it would be perfect tasting.)
The feel was a bitter sharpness balanced by a creaminess that left a refreshingly bitter feel.
The alcohol is very well-hidden. Overall, it is a smooth, hoppy - but, not ridiculously so - so the balance is wonderful - A great brew and a near-perfect example of the style. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of BabaJohn
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's official: I'm on a bit of an IPA kick. Had a delicious home brew at a wedding a week or two ago and tried a Stone at Sunset the other day. Enjoyed it so much I had to get another and review it.

Pours clear amber with some hints of deep orange. A nice head leaves shapes and patterns clinging to the side of the glass. The nose is straight up delicious with some fruity, herbal, IPA fragrances. The bitter hop taste is the focus of this beverage, though it is balanced a bit by sweet citrus. This taste keeps growing and changing as you drink. Mouthfeel = smooth and wonderful. Just a note: this is not necessarily a quick drinking beer and due to it’s intense bitter flavor some timing is necessary in regards to accompanying food and the beers to come. I’m certainly contemplating breaking out a bit of cheese.

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

Poured from a bottle into a glass mug. Gorgeous off-white clumpy head that made me smile with glee. A rich golden amber color, definately screams "I'm an awesome IPA, drink me NOW!" The smell was what I imagine a hops field smells like. Very grassy, hoppy, with that little hops citrus kick. The taste was AMAZINGLY delicious. The hops attacks, smooths, cools, chills, whatever. I loved it. it was so deep, citrusy, grassy, and all of the above. SO MUCH HOPS. The mouth feel was heavy, and dark. I loved it. The drinkability is way too high for something this hoppy. Glad I have 5 more, and a liquor store with half a dozen more six packs!

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Photo of gnoff
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from 12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of a friend, traded from the USA.

Clear orange color, tan head.
Very hoppy scent, sweet sticky with a hint of alcohol.
Big mouthfeel with fairly low bitterness (for this type).
Hoppy and sweet taste, bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of BradBLR
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of Damian
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber-yellow with a small white head.

Smell was quite hoppy with hints of pine, apricots, citrus and mild spices.

Taste was similar to smell but more pronounced - clean and clear, rich and flavorful. Alcohol was very well hidden and definitely crept up on me later in the drink. With so much hop flavor and such a generous ABV, it was incredible how it lacked the bitter finish and relative harshness of many other IPA's.

Moderate carbonation. Quite drinkable.

This beer sets the standard of a great all-around IPA.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber smuggled back to Madison from Lake Havasu Cit, AZ over Spring Break. Cracked open over the World Cup 3rd place match b/w Germany and Portugal.

Pour is a light, vibrant golden yellow with a generous couple fingers of snow-white head and lacing even Grandma would be proud of.

Nose is ripe with dripping grapefruit/piney hops, apricot, and husky malt.

Taste starts off with vanilla/caramel malt, juicy citrus/pine resin bittering hops and just a hint of that 6.9% booze.

Nice and light in the mouth, slick with moderate tingling carbonation.

Just a fantastic IPA here. Drinkable beyond belief, refreshing as all get out. Impossible to complain about. Stone, you distribute in Wisconsin RIGHT NOW!

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Photo of expatsteve
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/2 head, with a nice thick cover remaining on the beer. Golden amber color, with medium/high visibility. Low viscosity.

Aroma: Grapefruit, honey, with light plum malts in the finish.

Taste: Nice blend of bananas, grapefruit and lemon. Hops are really well balanced, providing a great floral end to the flavor and good but not oppressive bitterness. Light body develops soy bean finish as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully smooth finish that I didn't expect from an IPA. Low carbonation is almost creamy in its effect, and further allows a full floral hop development.

Drinkability: This is the epitome of a session IPA - lighter body balances a full-flavored hop bouquet. Every mouthful was a delight, even for a non-hop fan like me.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber, served into a Duvel tulip.

A - Deep golden color, which poured a frothy white head with excellent retention. Lacing was very prominent, and all over the glass.

S - Smell is quite hoppy, yet quite well balanced with florals/spice/citrus blending together nicely.

T&M - Hop bomb. Delicious cascade hops round out the medium body of this brew. Earthy tones, as well as floral, grassy, piney, and citrus flavors balance the hops wonderfully. Bitterness does not stay for long, and fades to an oily, yet refreshing mouthfeel.

D - Drinkability is high. Easy to drink. Nice ABV.

Overall, a top-notch IPA. This beer really sets the standard on the style, and brings it's own little bit of uniquness to the mix as well. Another fine offering from Stone Brewing.

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

Dark straw color with a medium head. The scent was very zesty/piney. Mouthfeel is smooth. The alcohol was noticeable but not overdone or overpowering. Malt was a little on the light side of what I like, even for an IPA. The hop flavor was strong and refreshing; a little predictable, but it's done right so it is hard to find blame with that.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz

A: Poured a beautiful thick head which did the guines cascade effect which thrilled me. Cloudy golden beer with a touch of very light copper in the center.

S: Oh man. This is glorious. All kinds of spicy herbal piney hops that are screaming drink me! I think the piney smells are the most prominent, with the spicyness close behind them. The smell is simply awesome. If I could give this a 6.0 for this category I would.

T: Spicy hops are for sure in the front of the taste. Followed by a quick refreshing herbal sting, then surprisingly a brief taste of malt. Very well done, wish it had a little more malt backbone though,

M: Surprisingly light bodied and maybe a tad over carbonated. Not a huge fan of the body, but I bet it would taste great on a hot summer day.

D: Mmmmm this is a tasty brew. I think I could drink another and another. The 6.9% abv is not prominent and I think I could bring the beer to my lips for the smell alone. Since it is a refreshing beer it helps the drinkability.

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Photo of NolateM
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. This beer pours shimmering clear-orange with a thick frothy white head, some decent lacing.

The aroma is citrusy and hoppy, bright with orange-zest.

The flavor is the definition of the IPA. Just the right amount of hops to put it a little bit over the top, just the right bitterness, just the right amount of more-than-subtle citrusy acidity, just a tiny bit of pine-like flavor. The mouthfeel is perfect, it goes down so incredibly smooth, finishes clean but still lingers just a tiny bit so you don't forget how great it is. It doesn't taste AT ALL like 6.9% alcohol.

This might be the smoothest IPA on the face of the earth. This is what it's all about. This is why I love India Pale Ale.

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Photo of spaceranger
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you've tried this one nothing needs to be said. If you haven't - go get one right now. This stuff is what it's all about. Perfect appearance, perfect aroma, perfect mouthfeel and drinkable beyond 95% of everything that's out there. I love it, you'll love it, we all love it. Stone is king. Mmmm, delicious... I gotta go...

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Photo of vtfan77
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Nice deep golden color with a big, frothy white head. Much sticky lacing as well.

S- Hops aplenty. Piney, floral, citrusy hops. Pretty much every aroma that can be associated with hops is in here. If I try real hard I think I can make out some sweet malt, but not much. The aroma is all about the hops, and it is outstanding.

T- Signature Stone flavor. The hop profile is the highlight here, but with more of a spicy, floral flavor than citrus. Malt is surprisingly noticeable, with a bit of toastiness and sweetness coming through in the end. Bitterness is present, but not at all overpowering. In fact, the bitterness combined with the lingering hop and malt flavors makes for an extremely pleasant aftertaste.

M- Maybe a little thin, but that makes the beer all the more drinkable.

D- The malt provides just enough balance to make this beer very pleasant and dangerously drinkable.

Fantastic, one of my favorite regular IPA's. I absolutely love Stone's use of hops. This beer is unique, which is great in a world with so many similar IPA's. Highly recommended to anyone who likes hoppy beers.

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

When it is poured in the glass it is a lite amber color with hint a hint of yellow at the bottom. A nice head forms, an inch high, and dissappates slowly down the glass. A nice aroma of hops hit the nose with earthy, piney, floral aromas. The taste surprisingly starts with jolt of malt, then the hops begin to take over, with that bitterness one expects for an IPA. In the mouth it feels a bit thin, but it coats the palate evenly, and has nice dry finish. This is very drinkable beer, a hop heads stand by beer. I am just glad I have another one to enjoy, this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of mcowgill
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly hazy peach color with nice head and lacing on the glass.

S - nice pine, citrusy aroma

T - Great hops explosion with hints of grapefruit and citrus fruit. There is also a great malt backbone to this brew.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium bodied beer

D - I find this a very drinkable IPA. It's gotta be one of the better ones out there.

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Photo of errantnight
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On the short list of my favorite beers. This one was a 12 oz. bottle.

Pours a gorgeous, absolutely clear, and incredibly rich, gold. With lively head and lacing. This baby clings all the way down.

The nose is incredibly floral, with citrus and berry notes. This is what hops smell like! Ok, that might be a lie... but this is what hoppy beer smells like! When it's Stone IPA! I love this... it doesn't quite enter the realm of some more potent DIPAs (or other styles with more intense yeast notes)... but it's slightly sweet and so, so so enticing.

And this is the IPA by which I judge all others. It is clearly of a different beast than Masala or HopDevil (with their toasted malt flavors and richer flavor), on the light side of medium bodied and with very moderate malt notes. which really just provide enough body and hint of sweetness to bring out the hop flavors. This beer really exemplifies the glory of hops. There's floral (particularly rose) hints all over the place, the citrus flavor is very mild (I get very little acid/ester here, considering), and the finish is clean, and there's a slightly sweet aftertaste (the only minor notch I take off on the drinkability side, there are slightly "cleaner" IPAs... although when the beer tastes this good, I'm ok with less than clean). The carbonation is medium to strong, but it breaks mid-swallow and is EXCEEDINGLY smooth on the back end. Where I've found other IPAs to reach an almost oily consistency, this never sticks out to that extent, but really smooths things out.

A great summer beer, or spring beer, or fall beer, or anytime beer. There's enough complexity to pair with a wide variety of offerings (although I'll always be inclined to think Mexican as a top choice). An absolute must for any hop fan, or anyone who's past the all-macro stage.

Heaven in a bottle. And it tastes better (that I can detect) from a bomber. And it's better than that on tap.

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

Good, well balanced all around. This is the best of the Stone beers available in NJ. Of those I have tried, this is the only one that doesn't overdo the hoppy bitterness. While it does have a bit of a rough finish, it's not out of line with what an IPA should laste like. Light citris but a little short of how I like it, especially in the aroma. Good solid IPA.

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Photo of Illinick
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Typical Stone gargoyle screen printed bottle with typical garb on back. Deep golden in color with a big, rocky head that dissipates to a slight head and ring. Good lacing throughout consumption.
S: Citrusy hops and some spice dominant the first half of the whiff with some sweet maltiness coming through towards the end of the sniff. Some caramel notes in that malty smell also, as well as some herbal and pine notes coming through.
T: Good dose of bitter citrus and citrus rind flavors paired against a nice malt profile that exhibits sweet malt and caramel flavors. Slight cake in there also. Oily hops, pine and some grassiness coming through in the flavor as well. A bit of spice in there too. Good balance of flavors with a respectable hop bite and malty sweetness - the malty flavors off set the 70+ IBUs well. Ever so slight alcohol warmth in there as the brew warms.
MF: Chewy at times, medium and finishes clean and with a bite.
Overall: A quality "big" IPA that is well balanced and provides a good bitter bite for a hop head. The malts are matched well against the citrus and overpowering hops and makes this brew easy to drink. The IBUs are above 70, but don’t let that scare you-it is well balanced and finishes clean. Not for the novice palate.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

Nice pale, slightly copper color with a one finger white head.

Huge hoppy aroma, Fresh hops, earthy pine, even some citrus. Light caramel malt. Medium body, good carbonation, Bitter and dry finish, a bit mouth puckering.

Big hoppy flavor with nice light caramel maltyness managing to come through. Lots of bitterness from beginning to end tends to hide the malt profile but there is a bit of sweet maltyness.

A very tasty but highly hopped IPA. Hoppy bitterness makes it hard to drink much of anything after this. Kind of kills the pallate but in a nice way.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kudos to Stone for making this IPA, it's a good one.

A - Pours amber with white head and good lacing.
S - Fantastic smell, like taking a wiff of a bag of hops. Just a non-modest hop aroma
T - I actually expected more from the way its nose but still very delicious. Crisp, light and hoppy.
M - I like my IPAs to be a bit more carbonated but this one was a typical carbonation level.
D - If only I bought another one, that's what I was thinking when I was done.

If you like IPAs this one is one to not miss.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back to Wisconsin from Ledger’s in Berkeley, CA. 22 oz bomber.

Appearance: Fantastic head. Thick, creamy, cloud of sticky, floating goodness. Head rescinds to a quarter inch and cannot be reinvigorated because this beer lacks any visible carbonation. It is not, however, flat. The body’s color is beautiful peachy amber.

Nose: Dry pine. A little unripened grapefruit.

Taste: Hops. Tons of hops. Mostly pine. Caramel malt is barely distinguishable from the hops. Some toast and bread. Grapefruit zest and melon.

Mouthfeel: Not as bitter as the smell and taste would let on but bitter enough. Decently balanced. Medium body. Smooth but quite dry in the finish.

Drinkability: Very high.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a dark amber color color, with 3/4 a finger of pure white head, moderate carbonation is present

S - mmm...bitters, cant wait to sip this one, smells very much like quality hops, to the pine-th degree, the hop aroma is nearly overpowering, but i can slightly make out a floral aroma in the background

T - wow, very smooth for such a bitter brew, the hops are incredible, very sharp and tasty, Stone knows their hops, and it does make me "rejoice aloud."

M - like i said, very smooth, a great smooth/bitter balance, with a great lingering aftertaste that makes me crave another sip

D - high for thoe IBU-philes amongst us

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

P: A Stone IPA glass from the brewery, Stone IPA tap handle, just tapped from my home beer fridge, aahhhh, a half barrel for summer

A: Light orange color, thick, sticky head leaving rings

S: Hop heavan, oily floral and bursting, they must have dry hopped the hell out of this

T: Sweet at the tip and then bitter all the way, great hop aftertaste lingers. A great balance of malt and hop.

Mouthfeel: Nice, not too thick to drink in summer, not too watery. Very nice.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day (and night).

Notes: By far one of the best if not the best regular IPA in the land. It took 2 weeks to get the keg from CA to PA, but well worth the wait.

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Photo of trep
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange and crystal clear below a creamy white head. Leaves a good bit of lace as it fades.

Aroma is solid, fruity hop juices and floral aromas. A little bit of a wheatiness to it and no, i'm not talking the breakfast of champions...although this might qualify.

Smooth and sweet wheatiness initially that melds with sweet juicy hops to form an awesomeness that melds so nicely I can't even put it into words. Incredibly balanced.

Not too oily and not too full. Appropriate carbonation and body. Medium-Full, closer to medium. Such a tastey brew that I could drink day in and day out. The last time I had this was when I first turned 21 and now I can really appreciate all of the flavors and aromas that this one brings with it. Truely a world class IPA in a world that is dominated by over-the-topness.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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