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 billybob
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a honey golden color with a large white head and lots of sticky lace nice aromas of piney hops and fruit and spices. taste is fruity and sweet with hops from begining to finish. medium body good carbonation smooth and well balanced. great tasting beer will be looking for more.

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Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The quintessential American IPA. Poured with a nice, large, off white, foamy, frothy, head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, citrus, pine, fresh baked bread, grass. Flavor is huge hop/malt bittersweet thing with perfect carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish has just the right length and is like flavor. This is beer baby.

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Photo of DavidLosAngeles323
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Stone ipa is a house hold name. It is simply great, I've had exclusive brews, seasonal brews, and this india ale is simply one of the best they have to offer. It tastes a lot better than their other brews. It is perfected with the right amount of hops and is a bit harsh for the normal drinker. Though this specific brew is a lot lighter than its brothers. It is not to be taking lightly this is a strong beer flavorful with dark citrus and coffee residue. It is a must try by anyone and a regular basis drink in the household.

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Photo of Vader444
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Many bottles poured into 2/3 pint glass.

Having drank buckets of this stuff over the past few months it is time for a quick review. This has everything I look for in an everyday IPA. Huge nose and flavour combined with a near perfect body and mouthfeel make this the first beer I reach for after a long day at work. ABV is a little high to make this truly sessionable but a couple of these blow the cobwebs away of an evening. I keep trying to make a point of grabbing some of Stone's "GoTo" IPA to cut back a bit on the booze but I just can't see past this bad boy. Love it, and I'm very much a stout/porter kind of BA. Cheers!!

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Photo of BobJustBob
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a 16 Oz. dimpled mug.
Where do I start?!
From the immense delicious head and traditional strawberry blonde haze that typifies a classic IPA to the intense spicy hoppyness, this is one incredible American-style IPA. Probably the best one I've tried yet.
The lacing is worth a note. It covers the whole glass, right to the bottom.
One point I need to make about this Beer, is that it isn't Hopped to the point where the Malty character doesn't come through. It's there, sure enough and perfectly balances the brew.
Although the ABV is fairly low, a few of these at the bar would still warrant a designated driver. It hits the brain like liquid Marijuana! Be advised and drink (ir)responsibly. (and I'm no light-weight.)
This is a classic that nobody should go through a lifetime without trying.

Every time I do an IPA tasting, this one still comes out on top.
If there was a higher rating than an A+ I would give it to this Beer. The bottled version is astounding. On tap, it's enough to provoke spontaneous combustion.

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Photo of blsfreak
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another outstanding brew from Stone. The color is great, the smell is hoppy without being overbearing, and this is one of the best IPA's I have had to date. I could drink way too many of these, they go down smoothly and taste wonderful. The brewmaster at Stone never stops amazing me.

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Photo of Plokhooy
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For what it's worth, Stone IPA and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are the two stalwarts of the American IPA / Pale Ale class. Stone is a very drinkable IPA that is great for both hopheads and casual beer drinkers alike. Even if you are not a big fan of "hopped up" beers, this is still a must try.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance of this brew was a standout charaterstic. Copper in color, with an excellent pillowtop head, that reduced to a nice fluffy cap. Impressive lace remains throughout entire beer.
Dominant hop aroma on a solid caramel/malt foundation. Floral aromas and tastes are a standout feature to this brew. More floral than most any other IPA I have had to date. My wife is not a hophead and she even defined the aroma and taste as "very floral".
Medium-high carbonation, medium-thin body, light finish.

I very much enjoyed this brew. Hop dominant with floral bitterness and very drinkable. I would pursue it again, and could be the most enjoyable Stone offering I have had to date.

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Photo of mwc115
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I used to like crappy beers, or actually maybe I didn't even like them really... I just drank them. Until a friend got me trying some REAL beers and turned me onto Stone Brew. I've had their AB which is a treat, but recently decided to put Stone IPA on tap at my house because it's drinkability is better. This is a truely great beer. My most favorite part is the smell. After my first few glasses I can anticipate sniffing the hops and then getting a good taste of them afterward. If you want (with a tap anyway) you can make a nice head on the beer making quite attractive with a rich yellow/orange color. Has a nice smooth mouth feel as it slides down with a delicious hoppy flavor. Malt and alcohol are present but the hops mutes them. Definately has a bitter ending, which I've grown to like. It fades after half a glass, but can be quite aweful if you had anything sweet as it has a hint of grapefruit at the end. This is probably one of the first beers I take nice long draws from because it actually is that enjoyable. As a word of advice, I see this beer being hated by the average macrobrew beer drinker.

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Photo of icemonkey908
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a wonderful copper with a fairly substantial head. aroma is very pronounced, mostly citrus and floral hops. Taste is bold and hoppy, but just the right balance for an IPA. This beer is a perfect example of the style as far as I am concerned. Will get it whenever possible.

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Photo of nomad
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thank you to Stone and the Blind Tiger for making this twist on this beer happen:

Poured a softly opaque orange with a slight gold tone, real nice to look at. No lace but a soft tiny bubbled head. Nose was extremely fruity, yeasty, and grassy, but calmly so, as these scents were much more well blended than the bottled version. Fabulously brilliant smells, truly. Taste was perfectly grapefruity, even a little sweet fruity, and was paired with the most well-toned hops I’ve ever tasted. The biscuit flavor was perfectly between real chewy and real thin.

The cask conditioning took away the salty tastes, made the sour more complex (yeah for the magic of wood), and rounded all the other flavors and scents together. This casking brought the classic IPA characteristics to an astounding height and smoother blend, and turned my highly unfavorable view of IPAs around. This beer floored me like none other - this is what happens when you take a top (the top?) IPA and cask condition (oooh, aaah) it. BRAVO.

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Photo of mattgert
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent IPA. Nice citrus/hop smell, pours amber/gold with nice head and lacing to the end. Has a great bitter hop smack with refreshing citrus notes followed by a malt backbone to balance things out. For an IPA I think this is a little on the mild side for hop bitterness. Very well balanced and exceptional in every aspect. So glad to have found this one!... especially since Three Floyds is on standby in Cincy...

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Photo of rawhydes1
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers, hands down.

Wonderful citrus/grapefruit nose, and taste.

I like this beer so much, that after drinking, I don't want to brush my teeth. I only wish that STONE IPA came in a toothpaste.

Love this as a one beer treat, and can also drink it all night long.

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Photo of derekmorris7
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 2/28/2012. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, honey, and a bit of biscuit. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, herbal spiciness, floral, caramel, honey, and biscuit. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, and honey notes on the finish for a while. Very hoppy, but still has a nice malt balance to even things out. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable, with hardly any alcohol warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible IPA. Very hoppy, yet still has great balance; and is very drinkable at 6.9%.

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Photo of Kudashov
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sports on Saturday could have been better . Red Sox lost , Yankees won . My horse " Dominican " had no shot at winning the derby pool and the NASCAR race was cancelled . Pour into a pint glass the copper color and the aroma of hops is inviting . The off- white head lasts . Amber color is clear when held up to light . I love the Ruination for the piney , hoppy , grapefruity flavor . Hophead ?
I have been on a quest to try all the different IPA's from different brewers but this is where it might end . This is a tough call for me . Ruination or this IPA . Christ !! Drinkability is a 5 and this will be in my fists today when Curt Schilling takes the mound for the Sox .
Mixed in with some golf , and the Rangers vs. Sabres hockey game .

Again , my sports day was not that great but finding a beer with this wonderful flavor turned my sports Saturday around ,

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Photo of addmorehops
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Long time coming for this review. This is the choice that occludes all others when I stop at the case shop. It denies me many tempting opportunities to rekindle fond memories of Hop Devil and other faves like DF60 or new interests like B2H or Green Flash WCIPA.

What can be said of one the best hophead delights. If you haven't found your hoptopia, you probably haven't tried this.

In your face hops within a well rounded flavor palette. Hats off and bang a gong.

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Photo of SammiJo
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Golden color, clear body, fluffy white head, lacing down the glass

S-Piney hops with a touch of sweetness.

T-Hop flavor is multi-dimensional sweet citrus and piney at first with a bitter yet pleasant aftertaste. Malt flavor is not overly pronounced, but backs up the hops nicely. There is nothing unpleasant about the taste.

M- Balanced. There is a medium amount of carbonation. Not too heavy and not too light.

D- Very drinkable for any IPA lover. After finishing one, I could definitely have another.

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Photo of bkkt
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn near perfect IPA. I don't know what a perfect IPA taste like but I'd imagine this is pretty close.
The smell is fantastic and so aromatic. The pines and hops hits all your senses and begs to be drank. Tastes is perfectly balanced of floral, hops, citrus, grapefruit, pineapples, too much shit to name. I've been drinking this for years and buy in bulk.

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Photo of demuzik
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorites - drunk it forever, realized I never reviewed it:

An inviting light orange in appearance - crystal clear and well carbonated. Head retention is wonderful on these.

The smell is herbal and of pine; like being on the edge of a field with your nose in the forest.

The taste is sensational - one of the most iconic American IPAs available. Completely balanced, drinkable, and hoppy - this has served as a "gateway beer" to many of my former non-beer friends.

Long live Stone and this all time great.

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Photo of NolateM
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. This beer pours shimmering clear-orange with a thick frothy white head, some decent lacing.

The aroma is citrusy and hoppy, bright with orange-zest.

The flavor is the definition of the IPA. Just the right amount of hops to put it a little bit over the top, just the right bitterness, just the right amount of more-than-subtle citrusy acidity, just a tiny bit of pine-like flavor. The mouthfeel is perfect, it goes down so incredibly smooth, finishes clean but still lingers just a tiny bit so you don't forget how great it is. It doesn't taste AT ALL like 6.9% alcohol.

This might be the smoothest IPA on the face of the earth. This is what it's all about. This is why I love India Pale Ale.

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Photo of mikeborglum
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber poured into pint glass. Clear light golden color with creamy, fluffy and sticky white head that lasted forever! An excellent presentation. This is a hop beast with hop aroma all over and bitter taste to perfection with nice malt balance to the finish. Big, smooth and creamy body. This is IPA - WANT HOPS!

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Photo of phishgator
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a bright gold-copper hue with a large foamy head that only dissipates slightly. The aroma that is giving off is a floral citrus, spicy combination that is truly delightful. The taste is hop bite upfront and moves into a smooth buttery sweet malt finish. the mouthfeel is touch down from perfect due to the bitterness left on your tongue; after three of these you will not taste a thing! That lends to the drinkability not being perfect for the same reason. This IPA ranks right up there with the best of them; I would say that if I could actually purchase it on a regular basis (I'm in FL) it might be my favorite brew.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance - transparent amber, solid head, great retention, well carbonated

smell - piney and resinous hops abound

taste - big earthy and resinous profile, huge pine notes, very hoppy, well hidden malt body, west coast style

mouthfeel - dry finish, highly carbonated but not overkill, tingly on the tongue, medium/full bodied

drinkability - huge hop profile and very flavorful, hop complexity, easy to drink for 6.9 abv, a go to IPA, also Stone kicks ass for having best by dates on their beers

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Photo of UncleRicoII
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed on a whim in my never-ending search for a better American IPA.

Appearance is light amber to caramel colored. Head forms to medium height of off-white color and retreats nicely leaving its fingerprint behind.

Aroma jumps into your nose as a citrus pine combo and sets the taste buds off in wanting their turn to enjoy the party.

Taste starts off like an above average IPA but quickly shift to a great hop taste served up with a citrus exclamation point.

After-taste is pleasant and sets the stage nicely for your next sip.

Highly recommend this IPA as the Gargoyle emblem has definitely protected the hops from evil spirits that can ruin a good beer.

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Photo of Philousa
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sits an opaque gold in the glass with a good amount of head. Lacing is great, leaving a trail of your Stone experience like rings in a tree trunk. A complex hop profile greets the nose. It's earthy, citrusy, floral, and light with some bitterness. Pale malt meets the tongue first, tasting fruity with higher temperatures. This fades to bitter with hints of earthiness. The bitterness is a kick, but not overwhelming. There are some yeast flavors in the brew if you're looking for it, which speaks to the delicateness of this beer. The mouthfeel is balanced. Lots of carbonation, but it isn't harsh on the tongue or throat. Stone sure picked their yeast carefully. It feels a bit too malty at first, but it lightens up due to the carbonation.

This is a model IPA that should be followed, if not replicated, by other breweries. Many say that Stone is too bitter or hop crazy, but when you compare this IPA to others (such as Lagunitas or DFH), you notice this is much more delicate than its competitors. There are floral and fruity undertones to this beer that you just don't get with others. Now it must be admitted that I'm a bit partial, since Stone introduced me to the wonderfulness known as hops, but I think there is a reason I listened when they spoke. Stone knows what they're doing here, and anyone with taste buds will sit a little straighter and take note. Cheers!

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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