IPA | Stone Brewing

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA may set the standard for American Indian Pale Ales, which are renown (or notorious, depending on whom you ask) for their in-your-face hoppy characteristics and higher-than-average ABVs.

A delicate pour produces a thin head of white foam atop a translucent light amber body. The head does not stick around, but does leave a delicate and beautiful lacy pattern floating on top of the beer's body. I'm reminded of the flavorful oil that sits atop a cup of good, unfiltered coffee. I expect to be overwhelmed by flavor.

The nose brings a smile to my face. A bold bouquet of aromatic hops dominates, but is complemented by understated notes of biscuity malt and the faint, warming smell of alcohol.

The first sip of a glass of Stone IPA is an experience I'd like to have again. Resinous and aromatic hoppy flavors dance around the palate, supported by a fine balance of light malty sweetness and a powerful lingering bitterness. The bitter hang of this beer is not to be missed: It both sustains the piney, resinous hoppy aromas that appeared at the front of the sip and plays counterpoint to them as they continue to develop in depth and complexity. The hoppy complexity is accentuated by the warmth and bite of alcohol.

One of the difficulties in reviewing a beer this complex is that its flavor profile changes with each sip. Once the palate grows accustomed to the bitter hang and resinous, piney hops, it discovers the subtle fruity characteristics of the yeast. The malt is a bit overwhelmed at first, but begins to reveal its subdued sweetness as one comes to the end of the bottle. As the beer warms, the character of the alcohol becomes more pronounced and integrated, producing still more complexity by introducing warmth and a floral quality that adds complementary and sometimes contrasting aromas to the bouquet of hops that has been developing on the palate.

The mouthfeel of this otherwise stellar brew leaves something to be desired. On the first sip I felt the carbonation to be a bit harsh. The harshness did wear off with subsequent drafts and swirls; I found the proportion of fizz to malty body the most satisfying just after I had finished half of the bottle.

Stone IPA is not to be missed. I found it to be like unto cubist art, in which a single, clear perspective is abandoned in order that the object be viewed from multiple viewpoints simultaneously. There is too much happening on the palate to appreciate all of the flavors of this beer at once. Your perspective must be flexible, mobile, and willing to focus on particular aspects of the experience, perhaps at the expense of comprehending the beer's flavor in its entirety. Expect to be overwhelmed, challenged, enthralled and enchanted. Cheers!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap from Perry's bar and Grill in Narragansett, Rhode Island into a normal pint glass.

A - slightly hazy golden amber. Medium head that lingers

S- very floral with some citrus and pine notes in the background. Pleasingly hoppy.

T- Follows the nose with more citrus/grapefruit notes coming out. Well balanced and drinkable

M- Low carbonation, medium body

Overall very nice as expected. Easy drinking, balanced and tasty. Exactly what I want from an IPA.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed many a bottle, but finally on-tap at the 2012 ABR. From notes.

Golden with a cap of white foam, good retention and lacing. Smell has a distinct tropical fruit bouquet with punchy orange/grapefruit zest and resinous pine, subtle mint and pale malt.

Taste is primarly juicy orange and grapefruit pith and resinous pine, not as much of the tropical fruits here. Slightly herbal. Bitterness is moderate, but not overpowering. Medium body that's brightly carbonated. Bitterness is respectful and doesn't blow out the palate, maintains plenty of hop flavor, with moderate bitterness is refreshing and juicy. Very, very good IPA.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite ipa, only now getting around to reviewing it
bottle with a 11/1 enjoy by date into a pint glass

Pours a dark gold with a silk white finger and a half of head. Retains quite well, laces beautifully down the glass. At the end of the beer I was able to see where I took each sip on the inside of the glass. Holding it up into the light there are tiny suspended shards of hops, mildly filtered. Mild carbonation spaced evenly along the inside of the glass.

Smell of strong hops, grapefruit, pine, some citrus, a hint of juniper, and some alcohol. Very mild malts in the background break through despite the potency of everything above. One of the best smelling beers I've had

The beer wastes no time and throws a huge hop flavor up front. Grapefruit, citrus, a nice tropical tinge peak through the after taste. Modest malts are nicely represented but the hops are what really take the spot light. With 77 ibus this is one of the stronger ipas I'm aware of, and is guaranteed not to be touched by anyone but myself at a party. Needless to say, not for people who aren't familiar with craft beer

Mouth feel doesn't disappoint either. Bitterness is upfront and wastes no time over whelming the palate. The carbonation is strong enough to give my tongue a tingle but not enough to distract or cover any of the flavor. Very dry finish, very drinkable

Overall this is one of my staple beers. It's cheap and holds over my hop fix between the couple double ipas I get each week. Something I do and will continue to buy often, this is my bench mark for west coast ipas

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IPA from Stone Brewing
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