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:
11,010
Reviews:
3,033
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
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462
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3,077
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.31/5  rDev +2.1%

Tasted from a bomber bottle.

A - 4.5 - Medium golden color; perfectly clear. Head piles high with a fluffy off-white appearance. It leaves a thick sheet over the top and chunky lacing on the glass. A fine looking beer.

S - 4.25 - Strong aroma of citrus-like and spicy hops, accompanied by a lighter note of biscuity malt. Clean and fresh first impression. The hops are spicy and herbal overall, not overly piney or catty.

T - 4.25 - Flavors are balanced between light, bready malt and sharp, spicy hops flavors. There's a light yeast note in the background. Dry, crisp finish. Exceptionally clean and slightly understated for a West Coast IPA.

M - 4.25 - Medium body. Smooth, creamy carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness lingers in the crisp aftertaste. Light alcohol presence.

O - 4.5 - This is a crisp, clean IPA that is more quaffable than it's ABV would suggest. The hops are the primary characteristic, but they are clean and herbal/spicy, making it more balanced and less overtly "C"-hopped than many West Coast IPAs. Very enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into a Nightshift Brewing tulip.

A: Copper in color. Minimal head. Dissipates quickly. Excellent lacing.

S: Heaping nose of pine.

T: Awesome IPA bitterness, but balanced.

M: Crisp, refreshing carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Excellent, easy drinking IPA. I loved Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12 and this is right there except for the freshness turnaround.

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4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: 22 oz bottle

Appearance: Golden. Like a real beer should.

Smell: astringent clean hops.

Taste: I think they put some hops in here. Bitter but not too bitter. Nice edge, makes me remember why I like beer.

Overall: Nice worthwhile beer. Good to share with a buddy and talk beer. As much as I try to find other alternatives other than Stone, I always come back here. Wanna feel like a real man? Drink Stone IPA.

Good stuff!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a top tier IPA along with 90 minute and Racer 5 to name a couple. A perfectly crafted IPA that doesn't try too hard nor does it cut corners. What I love about this IPA is that it is incredibly accessible and relatively well priced, all things considering. In any case, worth every penny.

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3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I love Stone brewing, don't get me wrong but they could have done much better with this one. It lacks on almost all fronts. Stone is known for being cutting-edge and over the top. This one is a safe bet. It's not a bad beer, but it just lacks that Stone-esque edge that we know and love. The taste is good, not great. Bitterness is there, nothing else really. Nose is decent, earthy, piney and floral with mild citrus. I wish they would have tried harder with their year-round IPA. Middle of the road, at best.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 11,010 ratings.
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