IPA | Stone Brewing

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IPAIPA
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4.2/5
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IPAIPA
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 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,983
Reviews:
3,094
Ratings:
11,294
pDev:
10.71%
 
 
Wants:
486
Gots:
3,293
Trade:
6
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Photo of Mendoz3
3.04/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of skizziks
3.04/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a nonic. Thick antique white head starts off around an inch and fades to a bare skim on the surface. The beer is a slightly cloudy gold. Head leaves just a little spotty lacing.

Aroma is predominantly hop, backed by a mixture of fruit, apple, banana, a little fresh baked white bread. It's nice but all pretty faint. I really have to stick my nose in and swirl to get it.

Taste is almost all hop, a little like sucking on a hop cone (and I really don't recommend sucking on hop cones). An astringent bitterness right up front. Again, a little apple and bread under the hops. Just enough malt to let you know that this isn't just a fizzy tincture of hop, but not nearly enough to provide any balance. Finish is dry with more bitterness sticking in the back of the throat. It'll be there for a long time. That's not necessarily a bad thing in my book, but I wish there were more malt to fill things out. The result is that it all comes across as harsh and thin. I think I like what their yeast is doing, it would be nice if it had more to do. There is some sense of the alcoholic strength near the end, but very understated, doesn't seem like a 6.9% ABV.

Mouthfeel is thin, a little watery. It helps drinkability, but is a little unsatisfying. I doubt I'll bother getting another one.

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Photo of Ferg
3.04/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bleh, IPA's just do not hit the buds right for me.
I will drink it, as I rarely toss a beverage.
I will not have another, luckily this one was a gift.

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Photo of warlordofthenorth
3.03/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

its a cross between a guiness drink and other ipa drinks.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.03/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a light gold semi clear with a big white and very good lacing.

Its aroma is very hoppy with light notes of honey and citrus.

The taste is just overwhelmingly hoppy. Thats all that dominates throughout the whole tasting instead of a very nice bite at the end. Just too bitter to be a great IPA.

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Photo of mulvey847
3.02/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not terrible but not great. Middle of the pack IPA.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Offa
3.02/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is ok, slightly with some malty sweetness to round out the hoppiness. However, it is still rather simple, straightfoward in citrusy hops, and too rough on the hops, a sharp, rough hop bitterness with little real flavour taking over in the finish, drying out my mought and making my tongue and throat feel like someone energetically rubbed them with a terrycloth towel.

It orange gold, it has a thin, white head shrinking to a foamy ring and a little weak lace.

The aroma is mostly citrusy hops, especially grapefruit, with a hint of pine.

The taste is again mostly citrus - grapefruit - with pine and a light raisiny grain sweetness underneath, but not quite enough to carry it. It's far too bitter, with some malty sweetness to balance and a grain element in the finish, but too unbalanced and sharply bitter. Making a beer, even an IPA really bitter, simply does not to me equal good beer.

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Photo of Lewreff
3.02/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Rastacouere
3.01/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a clear filtered? yellow with a small white head, this could be a pilsner and giving it 3 makes me wonder if I'm too kind just because it's Stone. Aroma is hop essence literally.. with a hint of fuel and quite salty as well together with the more traditional citrus, lemon and grapefruity profiles. A good sniffing which appeals me by its originality. Taste surprises right away being very citric. I simply don't understand how so many people can love it that much since it's so distracting? Neverthless, there's a touch of honey malt and it's very clean. Talking about balance is totally out of place though and it didn't seem particularly pleasant. The body is honest, a solid medium body, but not as mouth-filling as other Stones I've had. Basically, this was totally blown away by the Lost Coast Indica we've had just before. Just altogether way too citric sour for my liking, possibly the tartest IPA I've had to date and while it's a characteristic I truly love in many belgians, it didn't seem to fit here. Thanks Martin!

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Sargully
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of alyj
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of BigAl18
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Travcofarms
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Lang44
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Brewben_James321
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Rod_J
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of seanst3r
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of surfmeister
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tough to review an interesting and very popular beer that you simply can't drink. In all the categories, smell, taste etc., I had the same reaction, "wow this is really interesting, even complex", but in the end I did not want another one. I am not a "hop head" so I don't relate to being hit over the head with the overbearing, piney, almost tree sap flavor of hops, which is what this beer is all about. I guess I'm one of those who appreciates the balance of flavors in beer and not too much of any one. Very hard to score this "interesting" beer.

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Photo of Quindar
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Volsdawg10
3/5  rDev -28.6%

IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 11,294 ratings