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 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

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A medium-aggressive pour resulted in a nice two fingered head, but it quickly falls to one, but retention is good. The lacing sticks to the glass all over. The liquid is a dim gold.

S: I love the smell of this beer: very perfume-y aroma of flowers, citrus, and perhaps some stone-fruit or dried strawberries.

T: The taste isn't as amazing as the smell, but it's still very good. The citrus, floral flavor carry over from the smell, and there's also a slightly caramel, but more biscuit-like flavor in the malt. Hops are fairly well balanced with the malt, but it's certainly IPA-hoppy, so no worries there.

M: Medium carbonation, slight palate numbing from the hops, and finishes a bit dry.

O: This is a very solid standard IPA. I tend to not prefer pale ales and IPAs that have that biscuit like flavor going on, but the rest of the profile is excellent - as usual for Stone.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Stone IPA. We meet for the first time.

It's pretty. I have to admit that. No flaws here. It has the color of the "ideal" IPA. Bubbles rising to the top to form a beautiful head that refuses to die below the point of covering the surface.

The smell is... well, let's just put it this way: it's hoppy. And that's all it smells like. Simple, strong, and unashamed.

The front of the taste is almost indescribable. Just the essence of bitter. Towards the middle of the taste, actual 'flavors' start to come into play. Still, it takes until you swallow for there to be anything to say about this beer other than "HOPS". And even then... what can I say? Pine? Awesome?

The mouthfeel is what I've been looking for in an IPA. The right balance between frothy carbonation and sticky resiny goodness.

The only negative thing I'll say about this beer is how single minded it is. "Let's see how hoppy we can make an IPA". Not sure if this is exactly what the people at Stone Brewery had in mind, but I have a feeling they wouldn't mind me saying that. Thank you Stone, for brewing interesting beers.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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

A - Amber and pretty transparent, has a nice glow to it. Sticky white lacing with some fizzy carbonation in the pour.

S - Fresh grapefruit that gives off more of a bitterness than the typical sweetness, which is balanced out by citrus. A touch of the malt comes through as well, gives a base to the hops. Nothing complicated going on in the aroma, just a nice, inviting hop character.

T - Fair amount of bitterness. Up front there is a combination of pine resin and grapefruit. Lots of citrus comes through in the finish, grapefruit being predominant along with hints of peppery spices. The finish leaves a distinct pine resin that sticks to your throat.

M/D - I quite like the feel of it. The body is medium with a little bit of carbonation that lasts throughout.

O - I thought I had reviewed this by now, surprised that I haven't. I usually pick up a 6 pack whenever I'm in the US and see some that is only a few weeks old. It's nice that a solid IPA like this is affordable and usually fresh in stock in Michigan. Just a nice and solid IPA, especially for a beer of its availability.

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