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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 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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Ratings: 11,086 |  Reviews: 3,044
Photo of Mojopin88
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doktorhops
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer represents something special: Stone IPA, launched 20 years ago (I was still in high school at that time, I feel old now) it soon became the zeitgeist brew that grew immensely in stature on a certain website launched by two passionate beer-drinking brothers... you know the one I’m talking about - that site. So I’m going in to this review with a certain amount of reverence that will hopefully not become the folly of hype by the end of this page. However that’s hardly likely to happen with Stone “Xocoveza-Vertical-Epic-W00tstout-Americano” Brewing, those legends of San Diego (which of course in German means a whale's vagina) who don’t seem to brew any bad beers, least none that I’ve encountered [yet!]. Anyway: My beer awaits.

Poured from a 355ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Hazy amber body, like the sun rising between misty hills at golden hour. With an off-white thatch-work half centimetre head that leaves a nice sticky lace on the side of the glass. This is a damn-near perfect looking IPA, one that Pale Ales hope to look like when they grow up. 9/10.

S: Aroma is a dynamite piney/caramel combo with a hint of dried apricot and citrus leading me further down the rabbit hole. Top-notch fragrance, quintessentially West Coast... hell this is the original West Coast, so of course the aroma matches the ambition of this brew. It’s got a touch of hop fade... would love to have this fresh (can date: 17/02/17 - that’s over 5 months old now). 8/10.

T: Big citrus bite upfront, full piney/earthy notes, broad caramel base, dried apricot hint leading towards an assertive, almost aggressive, bitter finish. It’s balls to the walls this beer! Rather than be overly malty as other brews I’ve noticed with hop fade this one appears to have fared a little better - it’s only a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste that ruins an otherwise impeccable West Coast IPA. 8/10.

M: Feel is good, it’s got a bit of (Johnny) Dep(p)th to it, medium bodied, and an almost German-like carbonation (i.e. not quite but almost creamy). 9/10.

D: I get this beer. It started a “Generation X” wave of brewing beers that were bitter, tasty, and all round a bit of a handful (or glassful if we’re going to be technical here). However I now look back upon these early West Coast IPAs as the age of beers that were challenging, and at times too much for me, and I look forward to the ever growing popularity of New England IPAs which strike a perfect balance between sweet/bitter - which is my favourite beer balance. Huzzah! 9/10.

Food match: Go for some spicy buffalo wings with this brew.

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Photo of migleskun
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CR-VA
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nace4
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gvickery
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a cheap clear water glass. It has a slightly hazy gold/orange/copperish color. Smell of pine, citrus, with a slight sweet undertone. Upfront hops hit you and dont really go away, rather dry. A little malt comes through but is washed away by more hops. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of Zombiefeynman
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blrumsey4
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brent_B
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YalovaIA
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pau622
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Eddie729
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dazedman
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crawmcgraw
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of StormAles
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to becher pint glass.
The appearance was a glossy burnt yellow to golden bronze color with a sly transparency about it. Moderate carbonation rapidly rises to hit a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Mild messy lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of spicy to earthy hops up front playing with a sly semi-sweet cracker malt backbone. Ample amount of pine to citrus peel particles slide in for a nourishing quality.
The flavor was a blend of the spicy earthiness to the pine and citrus bittersweetness, bold and up front and giving off the added persona of an eventful spicy earthy, piney and citrusy aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good and non-distracting to hop harshness. ABV felt as projected by the brewer.
Overall, if Greg Koch is reading this, I just want to say one thing to him - hey man, don't change to keep up with all of these newer flavors that feed into all of the people that just want to keep "ticking" new beers. The beer market might be changing, but still over 10,000 people that rated this on this site have the score equally out to above a 90 should tell you something and that something is this IPA will stand the test of time! It already has.

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Photo of fryeguy52
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EOCohio
4.96/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best IPA I've ever had. Color is beautiful and is the best smelling beer I've ever came across.

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Photo of twrist
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sohearn
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Silva11ha
3.34/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of arr3388
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of huthuty
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color is a medium yellow with a medium head
Smell is of a blend of hops and light refreshing malt
Taste is notable bitter but not overbearingly so, solid but doesn't stand out too much

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Photo of BillA
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thought it tasted different recently and so read the fine print on the label; it's "Stone IPA 1.1" now; not the same taste. I'm done with it. They ruined (pun intended) Ruination with the "2" version, and my guess is that sales fell, so the brewery was a little more discreet with the labeling this time. Stone IPA 1.1 is now a routine IPA. Drinkable, certainly, but nothing special.

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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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