Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
BA SCORE
4.21/5
11,068 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#955
Reviews:
3,042
Ratings:
11,068
pDev:
10.69%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
468
Gots:
3,125
Trade:
6
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first time I had this, it was one of those huge bottles. I thought it was fairly bitter and unbalanced. A few months later, I thought to give it another try. This was a 12oz bottle "Best Buy 10/1/12."

Very nice appearance. Much lighter than I expected in color. A a fain tan, copper color. But quite a bit lighter than other beers of this style. I know it's quite difficult to make beers this light that have any substantial flavor so I appreciate the technical element in it.

The aroma is quite hoppy, but not as citrus or bright as the typical IPA. It's not your usual fruit bomb smell. A rich piney smell. Pretty standard IPA smell.

Taste is obviously quite bitter, given the style. But exceedingly smooth. Slightly malty. It has a nearly perfect balance of malt, hops, sweetness, and bitterness. Aftertaste is not present. The term "aftertaste" is perjorative term precisely because it sucks to have anything linger. I like to have the beer leave nothing but a nice memory after I swallow. This leaves a hint of hops but that's it. Absolutely no flavor of alcohol noted, which is commendable given the 6.9%. The belly says, "Thanks for the strong beer, hands!"

The beer is a bit thicker than I would like.

Overall, quite nice. The taste is quite splendid. I would be hard pressed to find anything to fault the flavor with at all. Excellent product.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 11,068 ratings
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