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 | 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 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:
2,979
Ratings:
10,766
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
20.09%
 
 
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Photo of Hop2it
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect pour. Light amber brown with the nicest white head of suds. Smells of sweet piney hops and a touch of mint. Oh my, this looks good.

This is a hoppy IPA without a substantial amount of malt body. The taste is dominated by a medicinal citrus injection. For the hop-fanatic in me this is a wonderland of bubbly bitterness that tickles the tastebuds long after I take a sip. For the IPA-lover in me it is too linear, and its focus on over-the-top hops denies the complexity of a malty base. Definately worth picking up again.

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Photo of HopMasterFlex
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a classic San Diego IPA. It is crisp and refreshing and has a very good hop profile.great for everyday drinking without draining your bank account.

It pours a light golden color with a 1 finger head with decent lacing. Smells are all hops with a little malt.

Taste is bitter and hoppy with a little malt flavor just as you'd expect.

It has a clean and dry mouth feel at the same time.

Overall, like I said it isn't going to make you drool for more but it is a great goto especially at bars that have bud, coors, miller, bluemoon, and stone ipa. Can't go wrong with it in that situation...

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Photo of Godfatherbob
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I get it, it's very hoppy.. I'm an IPA person, but once you peel back all the hops from this there really isn't much there. Don't get me wrong, I love Stone and will drink these all night, but it's just not a particularly tasty beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

**
04/20/2013
Hops, slight Ginger. yellow color, nice white bubbly head.Very Crisp and smooth flavor, alcohol is present but not offensive..Smooth. Finally an IPA I can get into. Excellent Beer.
**

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Photo of kcsc007
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark coppery appearance, like lightly steeped peppermint tea. Smell is mild, fruity almost with hints of mellon. When I first opened it, the taste was much more fruity and light than I expected given its overwhelming support as a top notch IPA. Definitely sweet and malty for an IPA, lacking in the resiny floral taste of my more favorite IPAs. Light and mellow, very drinkable and accessable. Very creamy mouthfeel, full bodied with a lingering moistening effect on the mouth and tongue. After a few minutes (head gone), the hoppy strength increased and really won me over.

One of the best IPAs I have had, surely a top 5.

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Photo of mattbk
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hmm, golden orange color, very cloudy, presumably from dry hops, although it is so cloudy it must be unfiltered. The color is interesting to me, I'm used to the copper color you get from an IPA. Not much of a head to speak of.

S- Pine and grapefruit, not overpowering, the low carbonation probably leads to the lower amount of aroma. Sweet as well, maybe a bit orangy.
T- Definite amount of hop bitterness. The malt sweetness and hop finish balance each other out and leave the beer feeling crisp and clean. A bit grassy at the end. An orange-lemon finish also balances this grassiness, maybe even some faint banana undertones. Refreshing actually.

M- Medium-low mouthfeel, a bit thinner than I'd hoped for. Perky carbonation, prickly on the tongue. Interesting how the carbonation comes through in taste but not in appearance..

O- This is a nice beer, refreshing, tasty, easy to drink for 6.9%. I would have liked a bit more on the aroma and mouthfeel. I should note this is from a bottle from craft beer exchange, possibly this is a bit older than it should be, not bottle dated.

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Photo of BierReise
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice IPA but with the high ratings over this one I expected something more than exceptional. Has a nice marriage of malt/hop flavor and only a slight bitterness compared to most other IPA's I've had over the years. I still think the Alesmith beats this one though. I will definately drink it again, but there are many just as good as this one and better.

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Photo of BareFeetPete
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say? It's an American IPA. It's hoppy, it's bitter, it's bubbly, it's delicious. Having grown up in an area where beer lovers worship Sierra Nevada, I can say with a lot of confidence that no amount of hoppiness can faze me anymore.

The smell right out of the bottle is pretty overpowering, but if you like hops (even if you don't just do your best to get over the smell) you should be able to get the first taste down pretty easily.

It's very smooth, lightly carbonated, not nearly as carbonated as most Sierra products I've had, and easy to put away.

Overall it's a very standard IPA. There isn't a whole lot I can say about it to wow you into going and buying it, but I will say it's very drinkable and I would recommend it to anybody looking for a new IPA to try.

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Photo of hdelavega
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a Sam Adams perfect pint.
Pours a nice transparent golden yellow, two fingers of white head tops it off leaving some wicked lacing.
Super hoppy aroma, smells like simcoe, hop resin, a bit of malt in the background but not much and the expected tropical fruit. Lots of hoppy flavors with a nice light body, very drinkable with a refreshing bright carbonation.
Since IPA from stone, a brewery who knows its hops.

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Photo of mydeadguy
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright, clear tawny gold with a fluffy white head and some sticky lace. The smell is big and strong floral hops. Taste is malt with a strong hop presence, citric and alcoholic notes.. The bitterness is just right, crisp bitter bite. Mouth is medium and round, smooth but also sticky on the palate, flurry on swirling in the mouth, medium to well carbonated. On the strong side for an IPA, but that is to be exected from this brewery. Holds yur palate hostage. Good and well done, but you wouldn't see me drink a sixer of this, not exactly a session beer.

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Photo of WildTurkey
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle to pint glass.

Dark honey color. Not too much head but there was some lacing. Some piney, and floral hops in the nose. Tastes have some tart citrus and piney flavor. Also some sweet bready malt. Light to medium body and fairly dry. Nice IPA.

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Photo of hoppyweasel311
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with a thin layer of frothy white head on top.
Smell- very hoppy/piney and bits of citrus.
Taste- Hoppy from start to finish.. very good creamy mouth feel too. If you love hops then this beer is for you. This beer is pretty straight forward... not a lot of complexities... just hops and more hops.

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Photo of cudmud
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One finger of thick white head with solid lacing. This sample has a clear honey, amber color.

Smell: This beer has a pleasant hop aroma, but I was expecting to smell more hops in this ale.

Taste: This beer has a solid hop backbone and has a grapefriut flavor. There is a hint of malt supporting the hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy

Overall: A fine beer

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark gold color that was pretty clear. It did have a nice 1-finger head.

Smell: It had a nice hop aroma with some fruit scents which I couldn't quite identify, but noticed immediately.

Taste: Not too bitter as with some IPAs. On the contrary, it's somewhat sweet and smooth with some fruit in the background.

Mouthfeel: It had a thin, but fair body from the carbonation.

Drinkability: This is pretty good. I feel I've had some better IPAs, but this one is certainly a quality beer.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice golder light-amber hued beer with a white head that leaves a nice lacing to the rim of the glass as i drink it down.

Full hoppy character by scent, no real presense of malt or anything else; grapefruity citrus effects.

The hops are very dominant in this brew, as to be expected given not only that it's an IPA but that it's from Stone. A pleasant upfront grapefruit-citrus followed by a kick of hops and a lingering dryness.

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Photo of cooch69
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone IPA pours a hazy dark yellow with a nice loose one inch head atop.

Scents of citrus become immediatly apparent(lemon mostly and also grapefruit). Then the tatse brings a wave of pine cones in and finishes with soft biscuity pale malts. Pretty hoppy and bitter but not as much as some of their other offerings. The bitterness lingers into the finish but is'nt overpowering.

This is a solid west coaster IPA, a bit more hoppier than I like my beers but it is well crafted none the less.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Two finger tight white head. Slightly cloudy golden body. Impressive lacing left behind, and really nice retention.

The nose is filled with a sour dough like bread scent then piney hops, and a hint of citrus. The sourdough bread scent is a little too much for me.

Taste exhibits the same sour dough like bread note, then piney notes, resin bitterness, and a hint of grapefruit citrus.

The mouthfeel is light well carbonated, and crisp. Balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness.

Super drinkable IPA, and a favorite of mine, especially in terms of availability.

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Photo of rlcoffey
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-copper color that is best described as orange. A couple of fingers of white head on top. Traces of lacing left on glass. The smell is an overpowering , yet wonderful hop aroma. Taste is of hops with a flavor Im not thrilled with. Okay, but not great. A little too much of the bitter aftertaste hanging around in the mouth. After finishing one, I dont really want another. I have 5 more to drink, and Im sure I will enjoy them, but its a very good, but not great beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back to Wisconsin from Ledger’s in Berkeley, CA. 22 oz bomber.

Appearance: Fantastic head. Thick, creamy, cloud of sticky, floating goodness. Head rescinds to a quarter inch and cannot be reinvigorated because this beer lacks any visible carbonation. It is not, however, flat. The body’s color is beautiful peachy amber.

Nose: Dry pine. A little unripened grapefruit.

Taste: Hops. Tons of hops. Mostly pine. Caramel malt is barely distinguishable from the hops. Some toast and bread. Grapefruit zest and melon.

Mouthfeel: Not as bitter as the smell and taste would let on but bitter enough. Decently balanced. Medium body. Smooth but quite dry in the finish.

Drinkability: Very high.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before date 7/16/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with some orange highlights. A voluminous, 3 fingers tall pure white head forms slowly as the beer is poured into the glass. Amazing head retention and the head leaves absolute curtains of lace as it slowly recedes.

Aroma: Some faint juicy grapefruit, spicy notes of pine and a dark, earthy onion note before you're greeted by quite a substantial, bread-like maltiness with noticeable yeast esters to round off the surprisingly low key aroma(for Stone, that is) This smells like somewhat of a traditional English IPA made with American hop varieties.

Taste: Right up front your palate is greeted with some classic American hop characteristics; juicy grapefruit, orange, and spicy, resinous pine, but just as their flavors start to grow stronger and stronger, a sizable, very bready and biscuity malt backbone rises up and helps lesson the bitter bite from the hops. The beer finishes dry with a strong, assertive bitterness with lingering notes of pine resin, grapefruit rind and even more breadiness left dancing on your palate.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Stone takes the malty English IPA style and marries it with some in-your-face American hops(Cascade, Chinook and Columbus). I wish the hops were a bit more bright and aggressive, but the hops that really showcase those ripe, juicy characteristics that most 21st century hop heads crave weren't bred during time that Stone came up with this very balanced and dry IPA recipe. I haven't drank this IPA in quite some years, but I am certainly happy I revisited it.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $9.00 for a 650ml bomber. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within a minute. Medium gold color and filtered clear

S- Good hops. Not a lot of them but it's there.

T- Good hops and some malt. Not a big blend here. Not a wonderful IPA, just average and compares to a SN more or less.

M- Dry

O- Oh hum. Nothing worth the hype people have brewed over this beer. Will not buy again as there are dozens, nay thousands of beers better and at a better price point.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with....... Chicken wings with medium BBQ sauce.

Enjoy

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice clean orange/brown color - good head when poured aggressively, but didn't last long.

S - Nice hop-full smell - more pine than citrus, slight yeast and alcohol notes.

T - Sweet up front - earthy, piney, bitter, and dry finish.

O - Good IPA., but I rate it a bit low compared to the average on this one. Love Stone and Love IPA's, but this and some of their other beers, just fall short with me for some reason. I plan to give it another try to see if my taste buds are just not quite on today.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip

Pours a pale golden color with a fluffy white head. Leaves a bit of lacing on the side of the glass. Nose is moderatly hoppy, equal parts citrus and pine, slightly sweet. Smells nice. Fairly aggressive bitterness with slight hop citrus, lingering bitter aftertaste. Slightly above average taste. I have had better, have had worse. Mouth is pretty full for the style, helps carry the hops well. Overall, a good, solid IPA. There are better IPAs to be had for less money, but sometimes Stone's signature flavors just hit the spot.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad ipa but also not an amazing one. Everything is here but its not knock your socks off good. The color is warm golden tint with a nice thick head. The smell is citrusy and a little hoppy but not very heavy or offensive. The taste is layered, starting with mild citrus and ending with that typical IPA hops and bitterness. A good combination but nothing fantastic. Better then most IPA's but not the best.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bit dry aftertaste a surprise but otherwise a nice drink. Can be session starter or go with food. Pine and citrus grapefruit. Prominent bitterness.

This is a new IPA, sporting a gargoyle emblem. A transparent bottle that really shows big bubbles in there.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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