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 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 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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Photo of punkrkr27
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-gold with a 1 finger frothy white head. Nice grapefruit and slight sweetness in the aroma. Excellent flavor of grapefruity, piny hops with just enough malt to balance but still let the hops shine. Nice smooth medium body. This is an excellent example of what and IPA should be.

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

Reviewed on 6/28/08. Bottle. Pours a clear, light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Flavor of nice citrus hops. The bitter hops were balanced nicely with a strong malt base. Not as bitter and powerful as Ruination, more light bodied. The strong point of this beer was its nice malt/hops balance. Still, I would have liked to see a little more flavor. A very good IPA, though not my favorite.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of beveritt
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. The bottle displays the Stone gargoyle in the standard painted on label.

Appearance: Pours with about 3/4 inch of almost pure white head. This settles slowly into a thin coating of foam and a ring around the glass. The beer itself is light amber in color and fairly hazy.

Smell: Smells strongly of dry hopping. Floral hop aromas icluding lemon, orange and honey.

Taste: Upfront floral hops with a citrus bite. Good malt undertones, almost a little sweet. FInish is biiter, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Slightly less than average carbonation level. Body is average to a little thin.

Drinkability: A well balanced drink, suprising from Stone. A good example of the style without falling prey to the notion that everything must be extreme.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased At: Steve's Liquor (Madison, WI)

Appearance: Pours a nice, quite clear, golden yellow color. A finger of head sits at the top of my glass. As the head dies down with the amount of beer in my glass, I'm left with with a few bubbles on top that look mouth drooling hop oily. Oh, and the lacing on this is covering my glass. A good sign.

Smell: The nose is fantastic. A very strong citrus aroma is hopping out of this beer. A mixture of orange and grapefruit, but mostly grapefruit on this.

Taste: A nice blend of caramel malt makes its appearance first. Following the malt comes a wave of hops and their oils. A mixture of orange and grapefruit make their appearance. I'm left with a nice hop aftertaste which is mostly earthy, a blend of pine, soil and some grapefruit zest. Then comes the alcohol. Is it supposed to be shining through like this? I doubt it. The alcohol aftertaste is really showing its head, and this is only a high end six percent beer.

Mouthfeel: I really wish there was just a tad less carbonation on this. This beer goes down smoothly, but when it first splashes across the palate the carbonation is a bit much, and I wish it was just a tad less to make it a little more creamy.

Drinkability: An IPA with a great look, nose and initially a great flavor. It's too bad the alcohol showed its head so much. Nonetheless, an IPA that will end up in my crate again in the future.

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Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden ale, slightly hazy, pours with 1/4 inch head and leaves a delicate and inviting lace...

S - Smells like a text book IPA with the slightest hint of lemon and an even slighter hint of malt...

T - Terrific blend of hops... "Biting" in a very good way... A possible hint of grapefruit...

M - Smooth and creamy at first leaving a very dry and bitter feel in its wake... Very mild carbonation on the tongue...

D - A potent IPA... Definitely one to be savored and not rushed... Finely crafted and a joy to drink...

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Photo of MASSHLE
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a bottle into a Trillium pub glass. Golden in color, much less hazy than many of the beers I've been seeing lately. Smells pleasant, noticeable hop smell, but nothing too heavy imo. The bitterness at the end caught me off guard first sip, but I am enjoying the heck out of it now. Not overly carbonated, great mouthfeel, almost creamy. Leaving heavy lacing left behind. Overall, I am happy to have grabbed a 6 of this very well crafted beverage, at a price I felt was fair.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear Amber with an orange hue. soapy, rocky 2 finger head.

S: bright lemon zest citrus. oranges and grapefruits. very floral. honeysuckle a nd spearmint. grassy. very acidic.

T: bright citrus. grapefruit. floral. dried apricots. caramel malt and a little bread.

m: easy drinking. medium lingering pine with light carbonation.

o: a very sessionable ipa. very floral a nd citrus driven. /87

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours up yellow gold with a creamy head. It is a bit hazy.
S - Piney hops are pronounced, but not overwhelming
T - Starts off with a bit of malt sweetness, swiftly replaced with hop bitterness that finishes at the back of the throat. Nice balance.
M - Moderately full bodied, thanks to the carbonation.
D - A very well made beer that could blow out your palate after three or so. But a 22 oz bottle is a perfect serving.

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Photo of sommersb
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 08-16-2013
Freshness: Best by 08-20-2013
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Teku
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Appearance is a hazy golden colored beer with a nice sized off-white head. Head retention is very good with excellent lacing.

Smells have citrus and piney hops in the forefront, with elements of grapefruit and other tropical fruits, with a slight sweetness. Very pleasing aromas

The taste consists of a sharp hop bite, with bitter grapefruit flavors. I get some alcohol warming as well.

Medium-bodied and highly carbonated, the finish is quite dry and has bitter aftertastes of pine and citrus hops. I get some astringency as well.

Overall a well-crafted IPA except for some issues in the finish.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not as amber as I was expecting...More a dark yellow than anything.

Smell: Whoa hoppy. I was wanting to get kicked in the teeth with hops and Stone doesn't disappoint on the aroma front. All citrus. I imagine this is as close to essential hop oils as you can get in a 12 oz bottle. cascade, chinook, the like...

Taste: Bitter. Very beautiful grapefruit flavors that leave a resounding bitterness on the sides...More sweetness after the hops have had their say...Overall, however, very hop-forward.

Mouthfeel: Great. no complaints. Perfect amount of carbonation and there isn't a sticky mouthfeel that you get with some other IPA's.

Drinkability: The hops assault your taste buds such that 2 is the limit to truly appreciate the flavors in this beer. After that, give yourself a rest and wait until your tongue comes out of its coma. Also, the alcohol(6.9%) can get you if you aren't careful.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.23 out of 5 based on 10,890 ratings.
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