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.

Added by kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle in a newcastle glass

A- light amber, ever-so-slight haziness. Beutiful creamy white head that lingers. lacing is sticking to the glass.

S- hops...i'm not getting a whole lot more due to my sinus congestion. sorry for the lack of specificity.

T- Hop heavy with little to no malt balance. This is my father-in-laws favorite beer for this reason. he loves hops but does not really want it to be balanced with malt. It is very refreshing and there is absolutely NO bad taste in this brew. Hops are the highlight and they are done fantastically. Pine, mild citrus/grapefruit, with a good resin taste that sticks to the tongue.

M- Resin and a lingering aftertaste of hops. Oily finish. very crisp and very refreshing after a day with a heat index above 103*

O- A fantastic IPA that I can find no fault with. No taste detracts from the overall flavor. i prefer my IPA's a little more malty, but for what this is, it is fantastic. if you prefer hop heavy beers, but don't want to break the bank and you want more than 3....try stone's IPA

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Best By Date: 09-11-12) into a Corsendonk logoed tulip glass...

A- Pours a crystal-clear yellow/orange with a beautiful 2-1/2 finger white, soapy head.

S- Piney resin and sweet tropical fruit (mango, papaya, pineapple) in equal amounts. As the head subsides (and as the brew warms), the sweet tropical fruits tend to dominate while the piney and resinous aroma plays second fiddle.

T- Wow...for an American (single) IPA, that is quite bitter! While the citrus is secondary on the nose, white grapefruit rind pummels the palate and continues right through to the dry and tacky finish...malt is nowhere to be found. Nothing left to do but take another sip!

M- Abundant carbonation allows the bitterness to infiltrate your palate while increasing the refreshing qualities of the brew. There is no question as to why this may be considered Stone's flagship beer (argument could be made for Arrogant Bastard as their flagship).

O- For an American IPA clocking in at 6.9% ABV and ~$10 a 6-Pack, I don't think you can find a better beer for the money...the exception being Union Jack from Firestone Walker. This is great stuff and should be a staple in every hop-lovers 'fridge...but be sure and get it fresh!

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IPA from Stone Brewing
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