Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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

Added by kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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Ratings: 11,055 |  Reviews: 3,041
Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Bev Mo in Redwood City on a business trip to SF.

A - Golden with good clarity and a moderate off white head. Nice lacing.

S - Initially a mix of floral hops, yeast and malt but then it becomes all hops. Very nice.

T - A very compelling citrusy flavor with a real grapefruit bite. A bit tart and tangy. It has a good supporting malt foundation that stands its ground but knows better than to interfere with the hops. This is just my style.

M - Good body and a perfect low to moderate carbonation.

D - A fantastic beer. My first Stone experiences were with their Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard years ago. The alcohol was way too obvious in those beers and I didn't like them at all (that was then, I love them now). It's taken me a while to warm up to Stone but this IPA is about as good as it gets.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, amber toned copper color from a 22oz bomber. White half finger head diminished quickly to white light lacing. Aroma is fresh, floral and citrus hops, a hint of piny hops along with some stronger grapefruity smells present as well. Taste is a very balanced hop and malt infusion, yet allows a nice bitter hop bite at the end, tastes sweeter just before it bitters. This is an absolutely outstanding IPA, I love this brew. Mouthfeel is superb, carbonation is just where it should be, this brew slips off the tongue and leaves you wanting more. Highly drinkable, I could drink these all night long, given the chance. Would most definitely seek out again in the near future.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fantastic consistent every day IPA

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was a nice dark orange with even an aggressive pour got very little head to form. The definition of a nice west coast IPA. The nice citrus with the dense pine smell as well. This was a nice tasting IPA that was more towards the piney side than I would have 1st thought. Some of the off center colored citrus, grapefruit and some hops mostly. Very good. Spicy, citrus and hoppy. Medium bodied with a well paired carb level. A nicely done IPA in taste and feel. A very, very drinkable IPA with some great flavors. A most have for hop-heads.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip july12 2010

A on first look it's a clear golden orange but then I notice there's a large number of very tiny suspended particles that are slowly being moved around by the bubbles. The foam takes up the top three fingers of my glass for a minute or two leaving a few rings of lace as it falls to a 1/4in film that still manages to leave some patches of lace

S lots of caramel and biscuit to go along with some orange peel a little grapefruit and pine, a nice balance between malt and hops and the booze is well concealed

T all I smell but the flavors blend quite well together forming a nice balance of citric hops and malty caramel

M medium bodied and enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel, there's a mild bite that works well for it and you can taste it for a while after it's in your tummy

D a solid beer with no doubt, well rounded brew not lacking in any area. went down pretty quick for a 6.9% beer

I wish this was available here in Alberta I would have less money but would be drinking great beer, try this if you can

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the honor of being poured a glass at the Stone Brewery straight off the bottling line.

Pours a yellowish gold with a stately head that holds the whole way. A sight to behold.

The smell is hopporific. A nice mix of pine and herbs coated on a citrus base. There is a hint of malt in the nose as well.

This is an IPA all right. Damn is it ever! While no where near the intensity of Ruination, this is more hoppy and bitter than your standard IPA fare. For a west coast IPA, Stone departs from the bunch while still maintaining the character and quality control of the region. This is not as outright piney and juicy, but has alot of hop flavor and a lingering bitterness. The pine is there as well. While this beer is more hoppy than most IPAs, it is remarkably balanced with solid malt complement, giving it a biscuity finish.

For my money, one of the better IPAs around. Great for singles, great for sessions. This is a great example of how to make a beer with more character, but perfect balance. Cheers to Stone!

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 91.1% out of 100 with 11,055 ratings
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