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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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.

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Photo of Roguer
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a surprisingly dark orange-copper color. Very small cream head. Nice amount of carbonation. Thick but translucent. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Has the fresh citrus, grapefruit scent I would expect. Not overpowering.

T - Hop-forward, with a surprisingly strong element of malts. Grapefruit peel on the backend. The malts give it a caramel feel, while the citrus is definitely not as pronounced as I would have expected. Some floral hops, as well. There's a little bit of citrus sweetness, separate from the notable maltiness.

M - Very nice, mouthy and thick, but drinkable. I don't see this as an all-day drink. The alcohol is very well-hid (granted, it's only 6.9% ABV), the flavors are well-blended, and the carbonation doesn't bother the tongue or palate at all.

O - This is very good, very drinkable, a good example of an IPA. It's neither as thick nor flavorful as a DIPA, but there's certainly no lack of hops, and it provides surprising balance and complexity. For my personal tastes, I'm not big into the malty flavor, which is accentuated as the beer warms up. I don't think it makes it a bad beer; I think it's quite intentional, and well-crafted.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a wonderfull deep amber yellow with a nice little white head. smells like hops (duh) and more hops. piney and mouthwatering. and wow it tastes like hopes too. im still getting into the whole big ipa brews, but to me this has alot of "oomph" in the hop area. floral and piney with a dash of malt character. the mouthfeel is smooth and goes down nicely and makes for a delightful drinking experiance. this stuff is way good, but after a couple, its time for me to move on.

$2.99 a bomber.

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Photo of abar22
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Sensory Glass

It poured a 2 finger white head that quickly settled in a thin cap with minimal lacing. Golden color with a nice amber hue. I like the look of this one.
Strong earthy/piney hops dominated the nose with a hint of citrus(limelike?) to back it up.
Taste comes out as it warms. Carbonation and light citrus hits the tongue first then a wave of piney hops bring it home. Hoppy-pine lingers throughout the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was good with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
They go down with plenty of ease. I could drink this all night.

Note* I purchased these a couple of months after bottling and they were sitting warm on the shelf the whole time. The hops weren't quite as assertive as I hoped. I look forwarding to reviewing a fresher bottle someday to see what differences there may be. Regardless it was an excellent beer and can't wait for another sixer.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Amber color with a thin white head. Bubbles are running up the side of the glass

S - Sweet citrusy hops with a hint of pine. However not the most fragrant beer around.

T - rather balanced for an IPA, especially one from stone. Good mix of biscuity malt with citrus hop flavors up front. Finishes with a lingering piney bitterness. Solid flavor profile.

M - spot on mouth feel. Enough carbonation without being overwhelming, medium body with a hint of stickiness that I enjoy in my IPA's.

D - Pretty easy drinking IPA. I enjoy this one and would drink it again but wouldn't go crazy trying to find it.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a large head. Lots of lacing throughout. Wonderful aroma. Blend of citrus, hops, pine but no one aroma more powerful than the other. Taste is bitter with a citrus flavor to it. Good amount of hoppiness as well. Lots of flavor to this IPA. Not overly drinkable but can be consumed at a good clip.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. The smell of fresh cannabis bud took me back to the days of yore with hydros and grow lights. Poured with no head. The taste was grapefruit bittersweet with enough of a malt presence to keep the hops from overwhelming. The full body of this brew carries the flavors nicely. Probably the best of Stones widely availible beers.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle. As always the flavorful text on the bottle is a must read. Features a definition for not only a gargoyle but the beer itself as well.

A - Very pleasing to the eyes, a glowing golden hue with hints of orange. Just a fingertip of head that rides all the way down. Nice lacing as well.

S - A lot going on here, almost too much for my sense of smell. The hops profile is ever-present, and comes off quite citrus-like.

T - It is entirely impossible to taste everything in one sip. Each time I can detect a different profile shining through, and the bitter characteristics fade as it warms up. Too bad I only purchased one! The complexity of this brew deserves more than one downing.

M - Very sharp, and yes, crisp. Body is medium/heavy, and fits the taste profile perfectly.

D - Quite well I'd say, I could definitely use another. I will revisit this one rather soon I can tell, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good IPA.

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Photo of vichy
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - small head that slowly dissipated, trails of lacing on the glass, straw/honey color

S - pine, slightly floral, but intense

T - refreshing initially, bitter/hoppy finish, but not overwhelmingly so

M - extremely smooth, full bodied

O - easily drinkable IPA, not over-hopped, excellent mouthfeel, light, crisp, refreshing

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Photo of teromous
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden straw colored beer. Huge lucious white foamy head that lingers and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Nice bold hop aroma with citrus of tangerine and grapefruit peel. Smells very inviting.

T: Fairly mellow citrus rind bitterness. Not a whole lot of flavor going on aside from that hop flavor that tastes like citrus rind. I don't get any grain flavor or any other hop character. It's good.

M: The mouthfeel is just right. Good carbonation and bitterness. Pretty wet finish.

O: I liked it. I wish it had more flavor to it but it was good. No regrets buying it.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy light orange-amber body under an ample thick head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is hoppy floral, malty and citrusy all at once. Nice aroma.

Taste is surprisingly citrusy. The hops bitterness is there, but it's somewhat more restrained than I had been led to believe it might be. Still, for me, it's a bit one-dimensional: just not enough malt backbone to balance the hop bitterness. True to style, I suppose, but just not my favorite style.

Mouthfeel is nice and round. Evident carbonation.

Easy enough to drink one, but there's a bit too much carbonation and long-lasting bitterness to drink very many.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle says enjoy by 02.26.13. Assuming Stone's 90-day shelf life, that means bottled around 28 November 2012. Strange that it's taken me this long to try this, one of the classics of the style.

Pours very clear bright orange amber (leaving the yeast in the bottle). One finger of white head, good retention and outstanding lacing. A thin curtain of bubbles pervades the glass.

Smell is really nice, a pungent but gentle piney hop aroma. Like sniffing a handful of pine needles, really, but it's backed with a twinge of acidic citrus. And there's a fullness that I really appreciate - this is no empty front-heavy IPA. The malts are surely second fiddle, but I know they're there by the solid base the hops are resting on.

Taste is pretty solid. Moderately bitter throughout, assertively but not aggressively so. Has a pronounced dryness, so that the flavor almost gets sucked out of my mouth. Lightly sweet, very grainy malt base.

Mouthfeel is enjoyable. Pleasantly dry, reminding me of a number of hoppy pale ales I've had recently. Starts out fuller, then gets progressively lighter as it dries out. Medium carbonation. At times unobtrusive, allowing the other characteristics to shine through, and at times quite enjoyable. Nice.

I like this, but for some reason it's feeling like less than the sum of its parts. Each element works, but they don't add to each other. I think I might like this much better on another day. As it is, I like it plenty well enough!

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Photo of david131
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A slightly cloudy golden/ yellow liquid fills the glass. Big streams of rising carbonation put on a great show and form a thick 1-finger thick white head. Leaves some great lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Very large amount of citrus with a dollop of pine tossed in. Very bready, with a bit of spice. Some noticeable bit of funkiness as well. Also hints of vegetable- sort of asparagus like.

T- Sweet, vegetable is much more noticeable in the flavor. Some bread, pine, citrus. Not a massive amount of depth to this and also not a huge malt backing- but hey, this is a west coast IPA.

M- This is what bothered me the most about this beer. It just felt so thin and light. Something felt like it was missing. Almost a bit metallic. But it was not cloying or harsh and did leave a clean aftertaste.

D- Overall a quality IPA. Not my favorite, but not disappointing by any means.

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Photo of jscondon
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lovely golden hue with a decent head and a nice level of carbonation. The smell is not distinctly hoppy, i am thinking that this bottle might be oxidized because i do detect some cardboard. I have had the beer before and will give the brew the benefit of the doubt and blame the packy for poor turnover. When I drink the beer it is real nice, it has a flowery flavor up front with a mild middle and a decent hoppiness to the finish. Decent thickness to the mouth.

In all I think this one is pretty good, but I wish the bottle was not oxidized.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the pour on this beer was simply amazing. The sun was shining directly into the glass, so the beer was a hazy saffron yellowish...a brilliant orange. Easily one of the coolest colors I have ever seen in an IPA. The head appeared creamy and white at about 1/4" thick, but dissipates to form a gracious sheet over the surface. There was good lacing left in the glass.

Needless to say, this brew smells hoppy! A great pungent aroma, and maybe slightly musty. In addition to all of the hops there is a nice malt profile...lends a mellowness.

By all means this is a pretty bitter beer. No if ands or buts here, there is plenty of lemon zest to go around. The citrusy notes are complimented by loads of pine.

A medium bodied beer that fully coats the mouth. It is remarkably smooth and creamy for such a bitter IPA. There is a nice drying on the finish.

This beer is highly drinkable...its just so smooth. The bitterness is great and what I look for in an IPA. Damn shame the beer was gone well before I had finished my review. Guess that means its time for round 2.

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Photo of GeoffW
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy straw/ golden color. Rocky white head with decent retention.

Smelled bitter with a lot of citrus and a bit fruity.

Taste was remarkably smooth for a stone beer, especially considering the usual comments about its "big character" on the bottle. Even though it was smooth, it had plenty of bitter in it. The result is a taste that is really nice and hoppy but without the face wrinkling overbearing quality that plagues many IPAs. The aftertaste is a lingering citrus flavour.

Drinkability was decent. This isn't my go to style of beer which means that I wouldn't want more than one of them in a sitting. Despite that, this is a damn good IPA, possibly the best IPA I've had yet.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a medium cloudy honey color in the glass, but without much of a head. It smells of citrus, alcohol, hops, and apricot. It's a pleasant, fresh smell. It tastes crisp and properly-balanced in terms of hops and fades to a sweet flavor alluding to the complex makeup. It's pretty dense in mouthfeel with good carbonation. This is a good beer, and nicely exemplifies this style.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: gold and slightly copper, with a nice clarity. Large rocky head and sticky lace.

S: Orange, Bread notes, and sweet, sugary smell I can't quite place. Some light fruit scent as well, maybe a little bit of peach?

T: Bitter and slightly acidic tasting up front, and sweet and smooth on the end, just as a good ipa should be. I detect citrus, sweet bready flavor, a hint of a yeast characteristic, which is intriguing, since most ipas are super clean. This one is still clean, but has a little bit of estery flavor to it. Nice and dry in the finish.

M: Very good mouthfeel, Nice and chewy for an ipa. I sense a good amount of body from the crystal malts.

D: you could knock a sixer of these back in a sitting! The dry finish and the hoppy sensation is quite refreshing. the beer is sweet and full enough to please your palate as well. All around an interesting and good ipa.

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Photo of cbreitro
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Stone, in part because they are not afraid to go heavy on the hops. Because of that I was a bit disappointed with their IPA. I guess they make it more in the British style rather than American, which tends to be heavier on the hops.

The appearance was a nice copper color, and it is clear, not cloudy like many IPAs.

The taste was very good, but I was expecting more of the hoppy bitterness. That being said, it is very drinkable, and if I was not expecting more bitterness I would probably rate it higher.

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Photo of garuda
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy orange color with a thick white head that has good retention and also good lacing down the glass.

S - All hops with fresh pungent pine resin up front, then some citrus notes of grapefruit and orange. As it warms, an assertive smell of black pepper, grassy scents come forth.

T - I found it a little less complex from the smell, but still good with toasted malt sweetness up front, with big grapefruit zest bitterness through the finish.

M - Light body, good elevated carbonation level emphasizes hop character. Sticky mouthfeel from all the hop oils.

D - Another one of a kind, big, bold Stone brew. The grassy/black pepper notes I was getting from the smell really keeps me from drinking too much of this at any one time, although it was mighty tasty and surprisingly complex.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden, frothy head. Smells AWESOME! Very hoppy, very citrusy. The taste was a let down. Did not taste as hoppy as the smell, nor as citrusy as the smell. Not a big fan of the bitterness. Total let down. Typical mouthfeel for an IPA. Solid carbonation. Overall, the bitterness killed this for me. I think without the bitterness, this would've been better. Also, I wish the taste would've matched up with the nose.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a chilled pint glades

Pours a light pale amber with a small light head that throws on some sticky lacing. Nose vegetal, slightly heady and earthy.

Taste is bitter, sticky and a bit sweet but the malt takes a bac seat in this big west coaster. A bit harsh on the finish but it's solid. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Very good.

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a small white head that settles quickly. Some lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

The aroma features the hops. Has a strong citrus aroma with just a hint of light malt.

The flavor is likewise hop heavy. Starts with a citrus splash then finishes very bitter with resin qualities. Malt? What malt. It is just a vehicle for the hops. Very one dimension but a good one dimension.

Has a very good feel. The carbonation in this lighter bodied IPA is lively at first but let it sit for awhile and it settles down to leave a nice, somewhat creamy texture.

What is up with the almost 7% ABV? Not sessionable at all and with the overwhelming bitterness I am not sure I would want to anyway. Good for a bitter fix then move on to more balanced brews.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Hazy golden with a thick lasting off white head and sticky lace.

Aroma is citrus and floral hops with a good dose of caramel.

Flavor is piney, grapefruity hops, balanced with some nice caramel sweetness.

Finish is long and mildly bitter. yum

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Photo of mullenite
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy gold color with a 1/4 finger white head that made it's exit rather fast and left nice ring around the glass. Lots of sticky lacing despite this however.

Strait up hops in the nose, I'm almost afraid to try it as I wanted to review Vitus tonight as well. More citrus hops than I expected, I was thinking this would be very piney and floral for some reason.

Not as much of a hop bomb as the nose was leading me to think it would be. The hop presence is strong with little balance but not overwhelming. Some of the pine and floral tastes I was expecting in the nose do make an appearance with the grapefruit/citrus rind bitterness that was there.

A lot of sharp carbonation that I'm not too fond of but it doesn't really effect things too much. Fairly light bodied and easy to drink.

Overall this is a decent IPA, not my favorite but by no means is it as offensive and damaging to the palette as I thought it would be.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had the Stone Arrogant Bastard in a 22oz bomber and enjoyed the extreme hoppiness of it. I was in the distributor deciding to either go with my everyday IPA (DFH 60) or try something new. Went with the Stone IPA. Served in a DFH Signature glass.

A-Nice amber color. Slightly cloudy but not off putting. Lots of carbonation rising from my glass. Nice lacing left on the side of the glass.

S-Nice citrusy smell mixed with a sweet, hoppy smell.

T-Definitely more on the hoppy side than the DFH 60 which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There's a nice grapefruit or citrusy taste mixed in which is pretty common with many of the IPA's I've tried.

M-Nicely carbonated. Leaves a slightly bitter taste in the mouth after each sip.

D-Tough call...I liked this beer a lot BUT not as much as my DFH 60. I don't know quite what it is but if given the choice in the future, I'd rather have a DFH 60 or even a Founder's Centennial IPA or Lagunitas IPA. That being said, I'll have no problem finishing off my case. Worth a try for sure...


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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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