Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

10,994 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: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer pours a clear, golden body with a two finger head. The clarity is amazing. Why do Stone Ales always look so good?

Smell: Malts, pine, and grapefruits dominate the nose. There is a "buttery" aroma as the beer warms.

Taste: Sweet malts are noticed early followed quickly by a citrus hop bomb. The fruits do not stand out as much in the taste as they do in the smell but the earthy hop flavor in the after taste is heavenly.

Mouth feel: It is medium bodied. There is just enough carbonation to refresh the taste buds after the hop explosion. The feel invites another sip.

Overall: This is a near perfect representation of the style. Bottom line, Stone knows how to make pale ale, IPAs, and double IPAs.

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

Poured a bomber into a pint glass. The appearance is your typical IPA. Somewhat opaque. The smell is grapefruit hoppy with a hint of malt. The taste is simliar to the nose in that it's a grapefruitty with a hin of malt taste. Love the mouthfeel, medium to thick. Overall it's a really good beer. It's good in the bottle but I've enjoyed it more on tap. Not as dry.

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

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Stone label and artwork are just the coolest. Label is painted or embossed not sure which. Gives it top notch feel and look.

Appearance - Pours out a golden yellow/orange color with surprisingly dense 2 finger white foam head. Head retention is about average, sticking around for about a minute before dissipating into an airy foam covering. Leaves excellent lacing.

Smell - Smell is truly amazing. A HUGE aroma! Smells of strong citrus hops with hints of tropical fruit. IMO, falls more on the Piney hop side than the floral hop side. Very faint hints of malt scent throughout.

Taste - Taste is just as amazing as the smell. A malty start gives way to intense hop flavors. The combination of citrus/piney/sweet tropical fruit-like hop bitterness is amazing!

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Starts off very crisp before turning smooth slightly creamy on the back end.

Drinkability - Smell/taste/mouthfeel combo make this extremely drinkable. Cant just have one!

Best IPA that I have ever had and one of the best beer I have ever had PERIOD! One of the few beer that made me say "Oh MY" when I had the pleasure of trying it. As good as this is out of the bottle, I had the joy of trying this fresh when I visited Stone while out in San Diego in the Summer of 2011 and its even better!!! A real treat! Worth the little extra $$$$ IMO!!!

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

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 10,994 ratings.
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