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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)

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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Reviews: 2,982 | Ratings: 10,789
Photo of josanguapo
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

From Guevara & lynch. In Teku glass. Ar lunch with Pedro & David. With Penne norcina. Not the hops bomb I was expecting. Lacks some taste but is pleasant anyway. Improves at end of can, becoming hops more noticeable in taste

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Photo of ThePold
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I know, straight fives, but I find it hard to imagine a better IPA. This is the one against which I measure all others Especially now that we have it coming from the Richmond brewery. So this one was fresh, in a proper IPA glass, lovely lacing, wonderful aroma and mouthful, all that you want from a hoppy San Diego style brew.

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Photo of Kataklizmik0
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My experience with this particular batch was a bit upsetting. It was burnt a bit and well,o well. Haven't tried a decent batch just yet. Good still but I believe it may be over rated. A bit on the clean and not as on the danky as I prefer side.

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Photo of ryno6616
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA.
This is a fantastic beer that is readily available. A great go to when you are at the grocery store and need to find a good beer to bring home.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this is the new 1.1 Stone IPA, poured from a 12oz bottle (many times, 2 6-packs over the last three days) and I love it. Always liked the old version with its different hops but sadly I have passed this up too often over the last few years for newer brasher IPA's offered by other breweries. Can't wait to get a keg of this for the house. What is the difference in taste? Had a 12-pack of the older version but still within date code to compare and I have to say the newer one brings on a slightly sweeter malt before the hops take over. Not my favorite smell for an IPA, but every other mark puts it one of the better ones in my book. Still 6.9%abv, still 77 ibu. I like the hop balance better, it seems to me a bit more bitter on the finish.

The YT video on the new hops https://youtu.be/7SKtYzTn8Qo

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Photo of txmilligan
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exceptional IPA. Great pour, that is a cloudy golden copper hue, with an excellent amount of suspension. Great head with good lacing. Aroma recalls citrus fruits and orange blossoms over a subdued beer smell. Strong flavor with good bite and a noticeable bitterness that is enjoyable. Taste is fresh and balanced, with an aftertaste that is a good precursor to the next drink. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of Brews_Almighty
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 6.12.16, drank 9.10.16:

This is my first review of many to come, overall I really like this beer. Crisp, piney notes in the forefront, grapefruit aftertaste. Pretty smooth with slightly above-average hoppyness. Would definitely add this to my list of go-to's

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Photo of jamesroses
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

33cl berlin brewed can. Canned on april 30th 2016, drank on september 10th 2016.

Appearance: clear orange with a 2-3 finger head of small bubbles. Nice.

Aroma: strong in your face passion fruit with a piny background. Almost minty fresh. The kind of beer that makesme want to drink it based only on how it smells.

Taste: same as the aroma, amazing passion fruit punch with piny and minty notes. Not sweet, not overly bitter nor sour. Just right.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, the right carbonation, grapefruit aftertaste.

Overall: this is a winner. You can't go wrong with this.

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Photo of drmeto
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Berlin-brewed version

-pours a clear golden-orange with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-hop particles visible
-follows the nose plus medicinal,pine and resin
-finishes dry
-medium,lingering bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
An all-around very good IPA

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Photo of chuckakhan
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great standby ipa. Pours dark gold and clear. Just the right amount of carbonation. Smell of slight hops. Taste is hoppy, dry, and bitter. Finish leaves a tingle in the mouth. I could drink this beer all day. West coast has it figured out.

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Photo of janubio
3.34/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden colour, with a big lace that leaves a good lace. Aroma of tropical fruits, citrics, resines. Light body , good carbonation. Taste of tropical fruits, resines, citrics. Tasted on can, I can detect some "can" notes. Here's on who still likes bottle better.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber in color. Foamy orange cream head with a fair amount of retention and lacing. Slightly cloudy, with some particulate. Aroma is light citrus and caramel malt. The flavor is very hop forward. Pine, grapefruit, and herbs. The mouthfeel is resinous, juicy and there is a lingering hops bitterness in the aftertaste. A very good IPA.

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Photo of Spike
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Light copper. Clear. One finger head. Lots of carbonation. Rings of lacing.

S: Light aroma of brown bread malts and spicey hops.

T: Lots of pine. Noticeable burn. I will be tasting this beer long after it's finished.

F: Drying. Fiery hops. Medium body, medium carbonation. A little stickiness.

O: Easy to drink despite the taste and mouthfeel being dominated by pine forest hops. It's intensely hoppy but somehow not heavy-handed. The 6.9% alcohol appears all of a sudden, however. So be careful!

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Photo of DukeDean1
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer.

Enjoyed this beer as a contrast to a grilled cheese sandwich that was laced with homemade peach BBQ sauce. The crisp bitterness of the pine and citrus in the beer complemented chipotle infused BBQ sauce and aged white cheddar in the sandwich.

A must for any IPA lover.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What a classic, got a keg of this for a graduation party like almost 20 years ago, and man was it a kick ass night.

Anyways, pours a darker yellow, dry hopped nicely, not huge these days, but back in the day it was one of the first bottled ones. Plenty of pine and grapefruit notes all over the nose and tongue. Malt bill might feel bigger by today's standard, this was right before the lighter drier malt bills took off in the full west coast vein.

Its got bitterness, but more going for it than just that, like I said, pine, its here.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear, slightly hazy golden orange with a fluffy, off white head that leaves tons of sticky lacing.

S: Tons of pine needles, sap, and resin, juicy citrus, orange zest and oils that rip at your nose, and sweet biscuity malt character that comes across as orange marmalade on toast.

T: Delicate pine needles, biscuits and honey, grapefruit pith, orange juice, orange marmalade, with a bone dry finish and a lingering citrus bitterness that smacks of biting right into an orange peel.

F: Mouthfeel is medium, but feels full, slick, and almost creamy thanks to the hop oils and plentiful carbonation.

O: This still reigns supreme as one of the most reliable IPAs in the West Coast style. Dry, hoppy as hell, and incredibly drinkable with a firm punch of bitterness. Excellent.

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Photo of zshaft
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours nice golden with well retained head. nose is nice pine and melon with sweet malt whafting around in there. mouthfeel is nice. not overcarbonated and feels full but not thick. taste is up front grassy malt with fading floral notes as well as some malt backbone. grapefruit rind and more earthy notes follow to the end. overall a little let down. ive had this before and remember it better. overall a good beer but nothing I would seek out.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass

L: Pours a light-hazy golden color with a 1-finger head and long-lasting lacing.

S: Substantial nose, with the citrus and pine hops being most prevalent. A good, strong sniff gets your mouth watering for a taste.

T/F: Nicely complex flavor. The citrus and pine follow the nose, with some malt backbone to even things out. Just the right amount of bitterness, and a smooth finish. Full, but not heavy.

O: Very good IPA. Definitely one to keep in the rotation.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours medium bright golden color, finger white head lasts leaving coating lace. Toasted malt aroma with some piney n grapefruit hop notes. Taste starts with lightly toasted malt sweetness which is met immediately by big bitter hops. Pine and grapefruit peel dominate, some floral notes in there. While bitter overall, the flavor is not harsh. Medium crisp mouthfeel. Been awhile since I'd had this one and it's just as good as remembered.

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Photo of Buck89
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Very clear golden amber color with a frothy off-white head. Good lacing and retention. On the first whiff, I sensed onion, pine, grapefruit, and bread. Complex taste with resin, onion, pine, citrus, and sharp bitterness. Nice clean finish.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Datz Deli. Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear bright gold with a touch of chill haze. Average visible carbonation and a thin white head.

S: Resinous pine, grapefruit and citrus pith. Cracker malts.

T: Resin, grapefruit pith, and a touch of spicy hops. Cracker malts that mostly stay out of the way. Finishes with some alpha-acid flavorless bitterness and grapefruit pith.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation. The alcohol content is more noticeable than other IPAs at this percentage, but not overly hot.

O: I don't know how I've never reviewed this one. It's a throwback - tastes like an IPA from 5 years ago with an old school hop profile. Good, but don't expect to be blown away. But one that every craft beer drinker should try, right after Anchor Steam.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

You know, years into craft beer as a hobby, hundreds of ratings and somehow, I just hadn't gotten around to Stone IPA until now. Don't know why it's taken so long. I think people overhype stone, in general, but this is a really good, solid ipa. I had it fresh (about 2 weeks from DOB) and the hop profile was really nice, crisp and bright.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer was so old it tasted of barely no hops. Meh. You must control your distribution, or it will tread on your quality. Bought in store and drank that night.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter with an enjoy by date of 08/22/16.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale amber with 1/2 finger of head

Smell: Piney and resin hop aromas with some citrus

Taste: A relentless wave of bitter piney hop notes with a dry, grassy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium

Overall: Not sure how I got this far without reviewing this one... a classic that still is a benchmark for west-coast IPAs.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Poured with 2 fingers head, that dissipates fairly quickly. Golden color that isn't fully visible.

S- pine, citrus, pineapple, floral

T- pine, grapefruit, floral

O- classic west coast ipa.
While it is definitely a experienced ipa drinkers ipa it is delicious once you get used to it. Will blow your pallet away as a beginner though.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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