Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
BA SCORE
4.21/5
11,067 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#953
Reviews:
3,042
Ratings:
11,067
pDev:
10.69%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
469
Gots:
3,123
Trade:
6
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle brought back from visit to Southeast. Freshness dated, "enjoy by 02/05/11," bottled 90 days prior on 12/05/10 -- exactly a year ago. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Very cloudy light amber; persistent effervescence; 1-1/2" white head that falls quickly and leaves hardly any lacing on glass sides, but a white slick and white solids on surface.

S: Grapefruit is up front; some lemon and underlying malt sweetness.

T: Sharp, juicy citrus and pine; smooth caramel malt; growing bitterness that lingers with pine resin flavor.

M: Medium body and medium/high carbonation; creamy; dry finish; slight alcohol warming.

O: Surprising presence of hops after a full year in the bottle. I'll look forward to tasting a fresher example of this hop-forward West Coast I.P.A. More difficult to obtain since Stone dropped distribution in WI last May. Complex and delicious.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent IPA and I look forward to finishing the remainder of the 6-pack. I poured the 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass and took note of the nice foamy head -- about an inch in all. The beer is amber-colored.

As others have written, it is a very well-hopped IPA with a nice citrus aroma and taste. I actually did not find it all that bitter, but my taste buds are used to drinking beers in this genre. In any case, I found the hops to be sufficiently balanced to take the most bitter edge off of the hops. It still tilts generously towards the hops, but it has a very pleasing taste.

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

A - Golden brown color, and very hazy. Great head retention and frothy lacing that sticks to the glass nicely.

S - Tons of resiny, piney hops, and strong citrus overtones. Reminds me of DFH 60M Minute with lots of grapefruit. I also smell some fresh bread, too. Really digging this. Smells like it's true to it's name: how hoppy can we brew a beer?

T - Really refreshing IPA with an outstanding hoppy bite. Tons of bitter citruses (lemon), as well as a cranberry aftertaste (really subtle). This is a huge flavored IPA.

M - Nice balance of carbonation and malt-smoothness. A resin aftertaste gives a big, sticky mouthfeel, which may turn off some - but, we're drinking a big IPA here, what did you expect?

O - This is a great effort from Stone. This is right up there with DFH in terms of my favorite IPAs - big hoppy flavors, tons of citrus, and a nice refreshing malt-y finish with a good carbonation balance. Excellent brew.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 11,067 ratings
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