Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

11,035 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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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a clear golden color with a large slightly off white head that lingers.

Smell is very grapefruity with some pine lingering in the background

Taste is slightly sweet with a piney finish.

A very solid west coast IPA.

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1/5  rDev -76.3%

Photo of hopsolutely
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant example of an American IPA.

Hazy orange amber with a decent head and pleasantly oily mouthfeel. Aroma of caramelized malts and citrus. Taste is well balanced and a beautiful combination of sweet caramelized malts, "west-coast" c-hops and a lingering bitter finish.

An excellent beer that I would recommend to any hop lover.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/2 Bottle date ~ Consumed 12/24

Frothy white, pillowy foam atop a clear yellowish gold body. The lacing is ridiculously high.

Freshly picked pine cones, bitter pine sap, concentrated orange zest, puckering white grapefruit drizzled with caramel, and a subtle sweetness from bready malts. Very West Coast indeed.

Quite balanced for an IPA, yet still inherently bitter. Crisp, refreshing, easy drinking. Aromas and flavors match, but the flavor is slightly better.

Like PtE, when Stone IPA and Ruination are older than 3-4 weeks after bottling, the quality goes significantly downhill. After 4 weeks, Stone IPA still enjoyable and drinkable, but not as stellar as it once was. You don't get that blast of pine; instead, you get more malty fruity citrus notes.

The price is way too high for a sixer ($12), but this would certainly be a go-to IPA if I could always find it fresh for around $8.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of iBeer16
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A- pours a nice golden color with about 2" of a nice creamish head that when resides leaves a very nice lacing behind.

S- scent is of fresh piney hops with some citrus aroma as well, possibly orange and grapefruit

T-starts off with intense piney hops. Also shows a strong taste of citrus, both orange and grapefruit. Finally finishes with a fairly sweet malty flavor while still remaining bitter from hops

M- caronaton is not too much or too little, takes mouth for a ride, hoppy, sweet malts, and finishes bitter from hops.

Overall, fairly hoppy, piney and citrus hops mixed with the gentle sweet malts. I like this one.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Double old fashioned inward taper
Aging Notes: None
Bang for the Buck (oz*%/$): 72*6.9/11 = 45.2

A: Yellow, slightly turbid.

S: Smells like pot. Citrusy and lightly floral, maybe lemon.

T: Lemon citrus. Late lingering metallic notes.

M: Refreshing

O: Overpriced, overrated. Drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a translucent light gold with a two finger head that dissipates into a thin cap. Leaves some nice lines of lacing behind

S- Herbal and piney hops, grapefruit, orange zest and a hint of caramel malt

T- Herbal and dank hops with pine and grass followed by citrus hops with notes of pink grapefruit, orange zest and a caramel malt finish.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Finishes dry and bitter.

O- A little too bitter for my liking, but still a nice ipa that is very herbal and pine forward.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 11,035 ratings.
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