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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
11,086 Ratings
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 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.

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

Poured into a balloon glass from a 22 oz. bomber.

The beer is a ever-so-slightly hazy orangish/amber color. A nice one-finger cream colored head dissipates to a modest film with groups of bubbles in the middle. Sheets of lacing cover the glass, but this was after a few pours. The beer smells mostly of pine, with a touch of grapefruit to round it out. Taste-wise, this is how I prefer my IPA: a high concentration of woody pine with good citrus hops on the tail end. It's perfectly bitter and smooth in the flavors. The mouthfeel is dry and sharp. A small alcoholic burn is detected in the finish, but I mean very slight.

Overall, this is pure. It's good. It lacks variety in the flavor profile as all I get is pine and grapefruit, but there's nothing wrong with that. I understand why Stone has a good reputation now, at least after having this.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden yellow with two-finger, white, foamy and creamy head that lasted several minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Pine hops and tropical fruit. Delicious.

T: Moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Grapefruit and citrus. Dominating bitterness, which a touch of toasted malt late in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and smooth. Slightly warm going down.

O: This is so good. The beer looks phenomenal, smells delicious, and tastes as good as it smells. And, it feels perfectly smooth too. I love this beer.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another of my go-to IPAs, and I'm glad to see so many others agree (judging by the scores here).

It is widely available, inexpensive, and a very easy-drinking beer. Refreshing, even. Trust me on that, as I'm having one as I write this. I can always find 22-oz bombers for around $4 here in SoCal as of this review date (8/2012). I can even find this on Amtrak (Pacific Surfliner, going between San Diego and points north). The nose is not as hoppy as some, and the piney, citrusy goodness isn't quite at the level of certain (more expensive, harder-to-get) competitor brews, but it is an excellent beer, no question about it. And best of all, I'm never limited to just a single bottle per visit, which is often the case with other competitor brews.

I also regard this as a very reasonable gateway IPA, which can be used to introduce non-hopheads to the wonders of IPA. I've converted more than a few folks myself, using this very beer.

The finish on this is not as quick and clean as I prefer, but it is still pretty good in that respect. I really don't get much of a malingering bitter aftertaste with this. And it's dry, not too malty. A great ambassador for the west-coast style of IPA.

Kudos to Stone for making an excellent, ubiquitous and inexpensive IPA.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 11,086 ratings
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