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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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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 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
Reviews:
2,989
Ratings:
10,818
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
20.09%
 
 
Wants:
446
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For Trade:
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Photo of pbr85
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to a pint glass
A: Pours a hazy, golden yellow with a shining white head. Beer is hazy and difficult to see through.
S: Hops (obviously). Piney and earthy hops.
T: Pretty standard tase for an AIPA. Piney hops up front with a sourdough malt backbone.
M: Very smooth and slick going down. You can feel the hop oils on your tongue.
D: I'm a little underwhelmed with this, maybe I was just over-hyping it. Definetly would go for another IPA first, but this is still pretty good.

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

Maybe this bottle was a little older, they say that hops fade over time. Nothing struck me as spectacular with this beer. It really didn't feel like an IPA to me but rather a plain ol Pale. Not a bad Pale, but just a pale.
A-Pours nice, just a typical cloudy bronze.
S-The smell was nice, nothing that blew me away, but did have a nice aroma.
T-Again, nothing spectacular. Not much bitterness really to speak of, most IPAs seem to have more hoppy flavor.
M-The carbonation and such seemed about right.
O-Overall, this beer was just OK for me. Not sure why, as an IPA, this gets such a strong rating... If it was just a Pale Ale, I could see it though. Not a bad beer though. I did enjoy it, just have had much better in the IPA class.

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

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Cloudy tangerine, 1 finger head and decent lacing

S - Hops, hops and more hops. Tropical, floral, pine and citrus

T - Hops all the way through BITTER SWEET finish

M - Fluffy, carbonated and an awesome bitter through and through

D - This is your every day IPA, all the way

Final thought - You can get this beer at Disneyland and Angel games. Enough said

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

On tap at Baker's Street Grill and Bar. Poured a reddish-tan color with a decent head that left nice lacing throughout consumption. Smelled very hoppy, grapefruit, pine and sweet notes. Tasted hoppy, again sort of grapefruit, pine and almost a little too sweet. Good malt mixture in there as well. Overall a good go to IPA, however the sweetness coming off the hops makes the drinkability of it for me, a little too much to make it a staple.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.89/5  rDev -8%

The nose is of the piney and forest like hops I've come to know and love on the west coast.

Taste keeps the hop nose very well but with a huge malt characteristic followed by a very bitter end. Honestly too much of an off putting bitterness at the finish. I can take bitter all day but this was not exactly in the right direction, and it's surprising because Stone always has a good malt backbone to balance things out.

It's still a very good IPA but of course Enjoy By and Ruination are a bit better in every way.

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Photo of Hallu
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the one for the European market, brewed in Germany. It's only 2 weeks old. Great fresh smell of hops, classic west coast with pine and citrus. Taste is maltier than most West Coast IPAs, and the finish is very hoppy, very bitter. However, it's like Alpine and their IPAs : sure they're classics, but nowadays, they're nothing exceptional. Now in Europe we get better IPAs from Omnipollo or Oppigards. And we have access to quite a few great American IPAs as well. So as far as American IPAs go, I believe that AleSmith or Bells are much better. You may find that Stone IPA is cheaper in the US than the ones I've mentioned, but for a German brewed product, I've had this one for 4.1 € per 33 cl can, more than an imported Torpedo IPA, and a similar price to what I paid for an imported Bell's Two Hearted Ale. It's brewed right next door, it should be cheaper than the ones crossing the Atlantic... In any case, it may have been a classic 19 years ago, but it ain't one now. Now it's "just" a well done West Coast IPA.

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Photo of hophugger
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

wow, Stone Brewing, you go !!!. Great color and head with nice lacing. Hops is awesome and flavor is awesome with hops, and citrus and finishing with more hops and some citrusy-grapefruit finishing. Great balanced brew and one of the top 20 IPAs I have had. Probably top 10. The balance, as I stated before is incredible with the perfect amount of grapefruit and hops, its hard to believe !!!

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Photo of snowmageddon
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear amber beer with a one inch of off-white laced head that recedes quickly. Poured into a tulip.

S: in this order: lemon, floral hops, onion, spices, earthy pine

T: sweet candied fruits with a spicy pepper to it upfront, which is replaced by an extremely bitter, spicy finish; i can feel the hop's oils stuck on my tongue on a lengthy finish.

M: creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

O: not my style, but i didn't hate it. The hops are a little much, but i like the spicy, sweet notes.

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Photo of Noyt
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Gold pour with ivory white head. Aroma is heavy pine, a whole coniferous forest’s worth. Some sweetness too slightly citrusy or some pineapple. Taste is definately piney and grapefruit with an extra bitter finish. Good sparkling mouthfeel with a bitter dry taste.

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Photo of claytong25
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Definitely not my favorite IPA, but its decent. It has a great smell, but there is a skunkyness to this beer that is pretty over-powering. Not to much to say about this Stone Beer, yes its drinkable and readily available at a decent price, but the wow factor is just not there. If it tasted as good as it smells then my rating would be higher.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat light orange-gold with a fantastic rocky head that keeps on giving.

Smell is all nice fresh hops, largely citric. The taste is, as boasted, a hop assault, and it does the whole range from grassy to citric to resiny to fruity and sweet-tart sour candy. There's a bit of mineral undercurrent leading to a grainy, rather bitter finish, and the alcohol shows itself as well. Hop bitterness lingers afterwards.

This is good stuff, I definitely don't mean to knock it--but it is kind of one-dimensional. If you need a hop fix (and sometimes I do), this is a good place to go, and it's definitely quality, but I don't think it's really a go-to beer for me.

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Photo of zplug123
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with light lacing, relatively clear but not pristine

S: Pine/floral aroma is rather apparent along with a hint of citrus

T: Resiny/grapefruit bitterness at the front with malt complexity adding to the mix. Lingering bitterness is pleasant

M: A medium-to-light bodied beer that's finishes cleanly with the hops. Lightly carbonated

D: I could definitely down a few more of these, a top-notch IPA

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Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Murky honey color with a thick light tan frothy head that doesn't quit. Slowly turns into a thick smooth cap. Solid layers of stringy lacing.

Sharp piney hops with a sweet malty aroma.

Grainy malts set up a relatively tame hop presence. The finish is somewhat astringent, and the middle lacks a lot of hop flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

I felt a little dissapointed in the complexity and punch of this one. I was expecting more. I feel there are better American IPAs out there.

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Photo of CyclingLush666
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is very nice, a dark amber orange color that lets you know right of the bat it is a genuine IPA. I really like the darkness because I enjoy a darker beer. And one of Stone's motto's is "Yellow fizzy beer is for wussies".

A very strong smell of hops and barley. I can't really smell anything else, and I don't think they want you to smell anything else.

The taste is great, and much more mellow than some of their other beers. The Arrogant Bastard and some of their other beers are almost too bitter, while this is very smooth for a Stone. I like their IPA a lot and could drink it all night.

The mouthfeel is nice as well, nice and smooth nothing that bites too much. But still this IPA has some balls, and may grab your taste buds if you do not normally indulge this kind of beer.

Go out and grab one of these. Their around 6 bucks, and a 22 oz with 6.9% alcohol by volume will take the edge off your day for sure. And if you don't like IPA I don't know why you are even reading this review.

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Photo of AshleyKing
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

OK, where are the hops? I get the bitters. What about the amomas?

OK, it is a well made IPA from the demi-gods of San Diego. But it is dry and I am not getting the hop hits when I buy this, pretty frequently above 60 degrees north latitude. I don't blame them because I have never had a fresh keg glass of this golden brew.

Mitch Steele, I love you guys. Great book on IPAs.

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Photo of
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Beer was gold and faintly orange, slight haze may have been due to chill. Good size, off white head. Scent was of hops, with orange as the primary, but citrus in general. Malt was very faint. Taste was similar, but more balanced. Hops hit you first and well, but malt is sturdy and had a bit of honey in it. Body seemed medium to light, with medium carbonation. Very slightly drying. Overall and excellent beer, but not as hoppy as I expected given Stone's other offerings. I wonder if the sixer I purchased had some age on it. I have a bomber also on hand, I may just have to try this again.

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Photo of e11a627
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz. delirium tulip glass and shared with hu4om.

A: A nice yellow-gold color. Looks very light.

S: Hoppy, citrus - strong grapefruit aromas.

T: Perfect amount of hoppiness that stays on your tongue. Not too intense of a flavor at all, not too complicated.

M: Smooth but with a nice tongue tingle. Tasty carbonation.

D: Good, clean IPA. Would have this again - could be a session beer for me. A simple and yummy IPA. love.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a white head that retains its form throughout. Excellent lacing.

Aroma - Good hop and balance although not as rich as I would prefer.

Taste - Light malt flavor with a hint of grapefruit. A great hop finish that leaves the tongue satisfied.

Mouthfeel - Nice body and depth. Pretty darn full. The hops dance on the tongue and leave their mark after the last sip is taken.

Drinkability - This can be consumed all day long without any problems.

Not as good as the Ruination but a good offering from Stone.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light honey with a nice half inch sticky head. Bubbles and good lacing make this look very ALIVE.

Grapefruit, pine, honey, bits of orange.

Taste follows the scents, dry pine mixed with sweet grapefruit and a dash of pineapple and orange.

Sticky sweet mouthfeel, 6.9 abv is perfect right? Sounds good to me. Sessionable yet a very distinct and lively beer that holds its own.

Picked this up at Costco, glad they are at least dipping their hands in something other than Bud. Lovely beer.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone pint.

A- pours a translucent pilsner color with a 2" white head. Some blotches and trails remain on the glass.

S- caramel, lemon and orange, and pine.

T- caramel malts, lemon and some citrus, with lemon peel and bitter pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some syrup feel with effervescent finish.

O- good ipa, well balanced with light caramel and pine.

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Photo of argock
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice treat on-tap and it went well with my Thai chicken curry with its floral, citrus and spicy hoppiness and robust pale and light caramel malt backbone. Still, though it has been surpassed by many, it still remains a standard bearer for the style.

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Photo of jraycee
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours a medium golden with a nice head that show alot of retention and lacing. Just slightly hazy.

Smell is great. Full hops, fruity and flowering. Even some nice sweet malts smell at the end of the nose.

Taste is a little tamer than most IPAs. Sweet malt base, breads, and a little yeast up front. Hops show up early in a little sweet fruit and then a bitter finish that fades quickly. Surprisingly the malts almost win here, but lose out at the very end.

Mouthfeel is great for the style. Seems light and bubbly with justa little hop slickness.

Drinkabilty is very high for an IPA. I might think this was closer to an APA if it wasn't for the very end of the finish.

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Photo of walleye
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this bad boy from Ross. poured a nice amber with a off white head that left some good lacing. aroma big hops, orange and lemon, grassy, a sweetness that I cannot tell if it is honey or brown sugar maybe it is both. flavor dry hops, grapefruit with no sugar on it, pine, perfume and a slight ash tray taste but not in a bad way as it warms do get some sweetness. this is a good IPA

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Photo of d0ggnate
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange pour with a nice tight glass lace and single finger head layer.
S: Floral hops. Dull lemons and orange.
T: The cirtus in the hops is a bit more pronounce in the taste. Earthy and hay like.
M: Crisp, dry. Great carbonation.
D: A go-to IPA. Top notch west coast beer.

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Photo of teg8612
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an orangy color with a nice foamy head.

S-Not very aromatic. Mellow hop with pine and lemon zest.

T-Sweet, citrus taste with pine-hoppy aftertaste. Bitterness stays but never becomes too much. Very balanced and not over the top like many IPA's. Very smooth and I can't detect the high ABV at all.

M-Good carbonation. The piney hops come back for round two with each appreciative belch from this brew. Medium without the bitter aftertaste to weigh down the palate.

D-This isn't an IPA that scares me. I like hops but not in the quantities that most IPA's use. This is just right. Very drinkable and would be a session beer if the ABV wasn't so high. Bottle is just as good but has a more acidic quality in the hops and slightly quicker bitterness build-up. Both are good, I just prefer the draft..

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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