Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

Added by kbub6f on 01-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
11,013
Reviews:
3,034
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before date 7/16/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with some orange highlights. A voluminous, 3 fingers tall pure white head forms slowly as the beer is poured into the glass. Amazing head retention and the head leaves absolute curtains of lace as it slowly recedes.

Aroma: Some faint juicy grapefruit, spicy notes of pine and a dark, earthy onion note before you're greeted by quite a substantial, bread-like maltiness with noticeable yeast esters to round off the surprisingly low key aroma(for Stone, that is) This smells like somewhat of a traditional English IPA made with American hop varieties.

Taste: Right up front your palate is greeted with some classic American hop characteristics; juicy grapefruit, orange, and spicy, resinous pine, but just as their flavors start to grow stronger and stronger, a sizable, very bready and biscuity malt backbone rises up and helps lesson the bitter bite from the hops. The beer finishes dry with a strong, assertive bitterness with lingering notes of pine resin, grapefruit rind and even more breadiness left dancing on your palate.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Stone takes the malty English IPA style and marries it with some in-your-face American hops(Cascade, Chinook and Columbus). I wish the hops were a bit more bright and aggressive, but the hops that really showcase those ripe, juicy characteristics that most 21st century hop heads crave weren't bred during time that Stone came up with this very balanced and dry IPA recipe. I haven't drank this IPA in quite some years, but I am certainly happy I revisited it.

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

12oz bottle poured into New Belgium Globe glass

A - clear, amber/yellowish color. Mostly clear with a slight haze. Pours with a small clean head. Small in size, it vanishes quickly. Small persistent pool of foam in the middle (thanks to the glass). Very light lacing early.

S - piney w/ slight citrus undertones. Not overwhelming but very spot on for the style.

T - tastes like it smells. Still amazed I hadn't tried this touchStone beer from Stone (bad pun intended). Perfect amount of hops for an IPA and balanced with the alcohol. Finishes clean and refreshing. One drink begs another and another.

M - light on the palate and finishes clean. Smooth throughout. Crisp.

O - Stone is a great brewery and that reputation is made through their perennial beers like this one. An IPA very true to the style. Will definitely be a go to beer for me from now on. Still prefer the IIPA but this is a fantastic IPA.

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Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: Golden with just a small tinge of orange, and very clear. About half-a-finger of light biege head that disapated quickly.

S: Citrusy and a little caramel sweetness. Very mild aroma.

M: Very light with some carbonation.

T: The citrus from the aroma comes through as an earthy and pleasant kind of citrus without much bitterness. A solid malt backbone holds everything together but is not that prominent.

O: A good brew, but more of a pale ale than an IPA. It is nicely balanced but does not stand out from the crowd.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 11,013 ratings.
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