Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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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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4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle

A: lush golden straw with one inch head that melts down to a single layer of bubbles lace good and sticky

S: bouquet of sweet floral with pine

T: spicy floral with a light sweetness followed by bitter hops and pine

M: the right amount of carbonation to blend this flavor profile,

Overall there is nothing wrong with this brew and there is nothing that can make it better, it is the best IPA I've ever had and I never get tired of it

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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange to amber colour with a thick looking white head that has good retention for the alcohol content. The beer also has a lot of bubbles rising to the surface.

Pine and floral hops from this one along with a solid malt base that work well together. There is some mild citrus and a touch of lemon along with some stronger grapefruit notes.

Much the same as the smell with a fair helping of pine hops and grapefruit that is quite bitter. There is a lot more citrus than with the aroma but not too much. It is rounded off with some earthy hops and light caramel malts.

Medium bodied beer with a smooth body and a lot of bitterness from the hops although it did seem well balanced despite this.

A very enjoyable and flavoursome IPA, very much of the style that I had been expecting from this one.

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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: A striking amber body, clean and clear, gives a vibrant impression right away. A rocky white head unfortunately leaves us very quickly but is nice enough to leave behind some beautiful lacing.

S: There are some subtleties tot his aroma I can't quite make out beneath the surface of your standard IPA scents: hops, citrus, pine. Maybe a faint malt or some more citrus is the responsible party, rounding out this scent. Though I wish it was a bit stronger.

T: Let it rest on your tongue. You'll detect beautiful citrus and malts that compliment the hops and pine very well. But as soon as you swallow, be prepared for an onslaught of hops. True to the Stone ethic, it's an intense taste, not for the faint of heart.

M: Very well carbonated and given an appropriate medium body, the feel is vibrant and robust.

O: A great sipping beer that grabs you and doesn't let go. It demands your attention and rewards you for it. Subtlety behind intense flavor.

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

The logo for this San Diego brewery is a gargoyle, those eerie stone creatures one sees perched along the roofs of great cathedrals, where they serve as rain spouts. Why? This is unimportant; what is important is that Stone produces great craft brew; this IPA is one of the best.

It begins in a luxuriant froth, spongy and shimmering, and slowly subsides beneath the glass rim, forming a sudsy crown atop a cloudy pool of gold. The nose detects faint whiffs of apple supplemented by myriad notes of butter.

However, the action occurs on the palate; there is an initial citrus explosion, containing various shards of lime and orange, which fades in a quick, but intense, bitterness provided by the generous dry hopping. Pleasant well-balanced mouthfeel brings to close a satisfying quaff and an important reminder of how great craft brew should taste. Still, you gotta love them gargoyles.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 11,034 ratings.
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