Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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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.

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

As someone else said, this one is about the hops. Apart from the hops, however, I found the flavor a bit on the bland side. Nothing about this beer set it apart for me.

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

From a 12-oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice gold color with a decent off-white head that sticks around for awhile.

Smell: Strong citrus and pine.

Taste: Citrus and pines again. Nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied oily feel.

Drinkability: Pretty solid IPA. With all of the excitement of this beer coming to Milwaukee, I was expecting a little bit more, but I would definitely seek out again.

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

$4,45/bomber at Kwik Liquor North Green River Rd. Evansville, Ind USA

I actually enjoyed this a bit more than I though I would. It poured up nicely with a cloudy pale orange body and nice looking white foamy head. Lace was extra sticky, and the smell was precisley where I thought it would be: freshly crushed pine needles and un-sweetend grapefruit juice. Taste, however, was much better balanced than was expecting. There certainly is a high level of hop character in the taste, but nothing like the aggressive hop profile I had envisioned. This turned out to be very well balanced indeed.
Moderate hop presence up front with a substantial level of malt to iron things out, and of course, a hop sting in the middle. Finish was nice and smooth with a dry bitterness that I liken to biting the rind of a piece of citrus fruit. I must admit, I am indeed surprised with this one. A nice representation of the style that isn't over-done like so many others.

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

Had a few bottles of these on Friday night at a local Middle Eastern restaurant. Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice vibrant orange body with a fine white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing. Smell was full of hop aroma. Very potent, just like a lot of the West Coast IPAs tend to be. Taste was also mostly hops, and that lent a nice pine-like flavor to the beer. Very crisp beer, with a bit of dryness at the end. Not an over the top IPA, so it was enjoyable to drink. Plus the high abv was not much of a factor. I thought it paired well with the spiciness of the evening's Lebanese food. Good match.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Hazy golden orange colored... good 1 fingers worth of creamy white head after a nice pour... settles to a nice layer, with fantastic lacing.. Wonderful looking beer.

S: Big piny hops right upfront.. little grass and grapefruit. Strong.

T: Damn Hops hits pretty hard... mix of pine, grass and grapefruit up front... finish is bitter and warm from the ABV.

M: Medium body, mild carbonation, warm and creamy smooth

O: Up on front street.... I'm not a hop head.. not a big fan of IPA, but I will not hold it against this beer... It looks fantastic, it smells great... it feels good in my mouth.. just a little to bitter and hoppy for my taste... ABV makes this a one and done for me... Stone just cannot do wrong.. (and I don't even like this style of beer)...

Stone You Rock

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Photo of kell50
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into my OMB tulip. Enjoy by 9-23-13 written on the neck.

A - Pours a clear, amber color with a slight haze. A small head vanishes quickly leaving a small touch of foam in the middle of the glass. Very light lacing holds on tightly.

S - Touch of pine with slight citrus undertones chiming in. Not too overwhelming. I actually expected some more punch from their flagship IPA.

T - Tastes much better than it smells. Perfect amount of hops for an IPA and malt backbone. I'm also picking up some grapefruit rind, ground black pepper and caramel. The alcohol at 7% is pretty masked.

M - Finishes pretty clean and is refreshingly light on the palate, which I don't typically experience with Stone beers. I love how easy this goes down.

O - Stone has created yet another excellent example of a "west coast" IPA. It's very drinkable and very true to the style. I wish I had another.

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Photo of TheKtulu7
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, bubbly. A moderate tan tint with a thick foam head. Lacing, especially on the side of the glass opposite the sipping side, is persistent as hell. Leaves a honeycomb pattern across the wall.

S: Piney. Strong aroma initially but fades.

T: Piney, bitter back end, flowery.

M: A bit frothy and prickly.

D: Good. Goes down easy.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty beer - big, creamy, rocky head. Great retention and plenty of lacing. Very light amber color.

Subdued aroma - a bit of fruity esters and sweet bread. The flavor is more impressive with some herbal hops and a touch of pine. Clean dry finish.

Medium body with a zippy carbonation. A solid basic IPA - very drinkable.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery a few months back and just now have time to give a proper review from notes.
Appearance is slightly dark amber to copper with a good head and pretty nice lacing after the head diminished.
Aroma was hoppy in the form of some citrus/grapefruit as well as some green floral and pine.
Taste was very similar to the aroma with citrus hops being foremost with some green notes and a bit of malt sweetness. Mouth feel was moderately carbonated with pretty smooth. After taste was pine.
Overall, a very good IPA in my opinion. Well balanced. I wouldn't put it up too high on a pedestal, but nearby.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving 12oz bottle

A finger thick yellow tinted frothy cap perches on a pale golden body showing a slight chill haze and light carbonation. Several rings of laces adorn the glass as the head slowly settles into a thick cover of course off-white bubbly froth.

A mildy aromatic nose reveals pungeant lemon, citrus zest and spicy floral aromas upfront with a hints of ripe melon and a dash of pale malt. This is well focusted showcasing the dry hops while not offering much else.

Flavors of juicy lemon and citrus zest are subdued throughout with faint ripe melon flavors and a bit of pale malt popping in the mid palate and finish. Greater concentration would be a great benefit.

Slick, well balanced and fairly full on the palate, this brew sports a great mouthfeel and a small kick of lemon zest and pale malt on the moderately long finish.

This goes down easy due to surpreme balance, palatable flavors and a silky medium body. Drink up!

This is yet another solid and enjoyable brew from Stone.


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Photo of MUTINY
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass.

A: Pours a vibrant clear gold/copper with 1" white head that recedes fairly quickly. Retention is out-of-this-world. Lacing is middling.

S: Bready malt with some resinous hops underneath. A dab of grassiness is present.

T: Leads in with mild bready maltiness & a bit of pepper note. Mid palate is more of the same with increasing resinous hop character finishing with an off-sweet hop kick. Not bad.

M: Good, moderate carb. Surprisingly light & dry body with just a bit of oiliness.

O: Very solid, classic IPA.

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Photo of Chug-a-lug
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful light orange in color and just a bit cloudy.

Nice finger thick white head and beautiful lace.

Wonderful aroma of hops and citrus. Neither over powering the other. They blend perfectly.

The tip of the tongue catches a brief hint of sweetness, the hops hitting hard mid tongue, continuing through, and leaving with a hint of citrus.

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Photo of aracauna
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I probably should have drank this first. It seems almost boring after the Ruination. Less floral than Ruination, with an intense smell of a christmas tree sap. Smell almost gives me a headache. Stone makes pretty beers and this is one of them. Good head with nice retention, good color. Flavor is surpisingly malty, nutty. Hops strong from the beginning and very short finish.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone Brewery in Escondido. Color is a medium yellow with a small amount of white foam. Smells of citrus. Tastes of citrus and heavy bitterness, but the taste just isn't all that intense. I've had the stuff on tap before, and it was much better in the past. This time, it didn't do all that much for me.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably my, what, fiftieth go-around with Stone IPA? Stone's beers (I'm not complaining) are extremely easy for me to come by. That being said, I recently held myself to stop my recent round of "coveted rare beerz" reviews and start reviewing those favorites I have tried, but didn't review. So this review is in that spirit.

Appearance: Pours with a one and half finger lively frothy head. Lacing is about medium-level quality - doesn't always catch, but when it does, it produces some wonderful patterns. The body is probably the let-down - no beauty to speak of, unless you like yellow straw. Still, it's a session beer, not a masterpiece.

Smell: Aroma is lightly and freshly hoppy. Grassy hops are the most prominent aromas, followed by pine. Citrus is very subdued, I've found, in Stone IPA relative to some other IPA's, but it's there. There's also a barley/straw/corn scented malt backbone that lightly holds up the hops. A clean aroma.

Taste: Citrus is more prominent in the flavor. Light orange rind, followed by some pine-y and slightly grassy hop flavors. A little fruity citrus backbone that melds with the existing malt. A bit more impressive than the aroma, but again it's light, clean, refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Essentially how a beer "should feel" in terms of carbonation. There when you need it, hidden when you don't want it to overpower your taste buds. Frothy.

Drinkability: A massively sessionable IPA that, I would argue, is the flagship session beer of the craft beer world. It gets the point across - this is a sessionable beer that does not yank or push, but retains a sense of easibility and likeability.

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Photo of shertz
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint Glass. Temperature was at a cool 45 degrees and there was no date on bottle. Received from another BA friend.

A- One finger head goes quickly to just a coating. Yellow in color and lots of tiny bubbles rising to top. Nice lacing.

S- A few hops in the nose but mostly a yeasty malt smell. The hops smell citrusy.

T- Lots of flavor going on in this brew. Definitely hoppy, much more so then I expected. A piney/citrus taste is turning dry in the finish. This one is for hopheads.

M- Slick start, dry finish. Hops put a nice tingle in the throat. Pretty good carbonation.

D- Really can't taste the alcohol. A little high for a session, but would be happy putting 3 or 4 of these down in a sittings. Another nice one from Stone's.

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Photo of loren01
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden slightly cloudy color with frothy white head and lots of lacing down the glass.
S: Smell is a very complex malty scent up front. Smell is very fresh and clean.
T: More bitterness than I was anticipating it to have. You can taste the alcohol definatly.
M: Medium bodied mouthfeel
D: Pretty good IPA, loved the smell on this one. I prefer an IPA that is slightly less bitter than this one however

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Photo of colt45n
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a tulip.

A: very clear, medium yellow color, no haze at all.

S: Lots of piny hops in this one, typical for most west coast ipa's, all piny no fruit smell at all.

T: Freshly poured(while cold) all I am getting is the piny hops, didn't really like the flavor profile my first couple sips. Flavor actualy improves as it warms slightly.

D: Very easy drinker, goes down very smooth, light mouthful

Overall I thought this one was pretty decent, the 1st couple sips kind of turned me off but I it warmed slightly the taste got a lot better.

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Photo of metal850
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a 2.5 finger off white head theat leaves great lacing. Golden in color with a slight haze.

S: Big hoppiness, with citrus, grass, and resin notes. Nice subtle malt background.

T: Intensly bitter with a strong hop flavor of resins and earthiness. Malt is there, but just enough to tell you that this is malt based beer you are drinking.

M: Crisp with a low carbonation.

O: Good IPA, very assertive as Stone is known for.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly reddish golden color. It's very biscuity, caramely on the malt front, with some nice grapefruit character from the hops. There's a reason that this is one of the standard examples of a West Coast IPA. It's as solid and reliable as they come.

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Photo of scotorum
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear amber topped with a two finger thick white head which dissipated to a thick foam surface film and heavy lacing.

s: Moderate pine, leaning to intense.

t: A piney hop assault on the tongue suggestive of an IIPA. Lingering bitter finish.

m: Moderate, the hop bitterness detracts.

o: A powerful and unpleasantly bitter IPA, typical of West Coast IPAs, indeed reminiscent of Green Flash and Lagunitas, although the latter is a bit less hoppy and far more tasty.

Definitely one hopheads will enjoy. Not for me though, the finish is too persistently bitter, although I enjoyed it more near the end. Yet I just had an SN Hoptimum last night and loved it. And Uinta's Hop Notch the night before that, and liked it a lot.

Oddly, I loved Ruination, which is even more hoppy than this. Perhaps my taste buds do not appreciate certain hops. I'll take the slightly more pricey IPAs from another California company, Firestone Walker, over this any day. And for not a lot more than half the price, SN Torpedo will suffice to satisfy my hop cravings.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear golden copper color with a white fluffy head. Nice lace left on the glass. Orange, citrus, grassy, all in the nose. Clean and crisp. Light/medium mouthfeel. Buliding bitterness. Sweet upfront with the bitterness flavors. I know this is highly rated and it’s decent but in all honestly I’d almost rather have a Centennial IPA from Fournders.

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Photo of AMoceri7
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, I just so happened to get robbed the two days ago I bought a Stone Brewing Company Stone INDIA PALE ALE and instead 4 out of the 6 were that and the other two were Stones PALE ALE. Not paying attention to the bottle, pouring it into my beautiful Rogue Revolution pint glass eager to try it I had begun to rate a Pale Ale in the India Pale Ale category. Wasn't pretty, so my apologies to anyone who read it.

A: Gold, sheer gold. Great head and great lacing to the last sip. Enough said.

S: Hops hops and more hops, but there is a distinct GANJA smell to this. This is not a mistake for hops as other IPAs Ive had dont reek as bad as this one. Probably the most potent of the smells is the weed. Has to be, of course the legal stuff. I hope... Anywho, some malt sweetness with a faint yeasty fruitiness.

T: Undoubtedly chinook accounting for most of the bitterness. But crazily smooth. Very good, nice grapefruit hop bomb flavor. A bit watery mouthfeel compared to other IPAs I've had. Cant say this is balanced, but it kicks.

M: Great carbonation jumps across the palate nicely. Leaves a mild bitterness after sipping.

D: Under par, just couldn't do more than two.

Overall: Why drink this when you could have a solid Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA? Probably wont go out of my way to buy this again. But all in all, Good.

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Photo of poundboy
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A true American style IPA. This is a style which I have only learned to enjoy very recently. Pours into my pint glass with an inch or so thick head which quickly settles into a thin coating which mostly covers surface of the beverage. True Gold in color. Leaves some lacing. You can smell the hops and even the apha acid in this one. The smell gives a pretty good indication of the taste. Hops dominate, which good floral flavors and plenty of bitterness. Smooth pleasant malt becomes apparent in the background as it warms. Overall a very tasty beer, did not enjoy it quite as much as Dogfish 90 minute, but pretty close. Gave it a 3.5 for drinkability because I can't imagine drinking more than say two of these in a night.
Thanks Mrpicklerelish for the bottle

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Photo of Spike
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Light copper. Clear. One finger head. Lots of carbonation. Rings of lacing.

S: Light aroma of brown bread malts and spicey hops.

T: Lots of pine. Noticeable burn. I will be tasting this beer long after it's finished.

F: Drying. Fiery hops. Medium body, medium carbonation. A little stickiness.

O: Easy to drink despite the taste and mouthfeel being dominated by pine forest hops. It's intensely hoppy but somehow not heavy-handed. The 6.9% alcohol appears all of a sudden, however. So be careful!

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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