IPA | Stone Brewing

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IPAIPA
BA SCORE
4.21/5
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11,236 Ratings
IPAIPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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
Ranking:
#1,066
Reviews:
3,079
Ratings:
11,236
pDev:
10.69%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
483
Gots:
3,266
Trade:
6
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,236 |  Reviews: 3,079
Photo of jdurey
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks lighter than other IPAs, orange-yellow. Smells of orange and grapefruit hit the nose right off the bat. Citrus is there but subtle in the taste. Love the bitterness. A bit more carbonated than I would like but 6.9%abv means I’m not complaining. A good beer but I prefer the offerings from Ballast Point (esp Big Eye).

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Photo of akirakcat
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick golden color with a 1-inch head and good retention. Grapefruit, orange, herbal, and pine aromas.

Citrus quenches with a puckering hit right up front--but not an overly strong one. On tap I feel like this grapefruit, citrusy taste tends to dominate, but out of the bottle the deeper pine notes and sweet bready malts are more noticeable on the back end. I prefer the former, though I wonder how much of that has to do with freshness (no date printed on this 6-pack).

Smooth, crisp, and slightly dry finish. A reliable classic.

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Photo of lemonox
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of NRMeadmore
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mandpasbury
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewnme
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nreeko64
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

super super hoppy ale. it doesn't smell like it tastes if that makes sense. it smells very mild and when you taste it WOW. tons of flavor and a clean finish is just my style. Sculpin is just a hair better in my opinion but this is a close second so far.

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Photo of vincechan
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexBrews
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dukeandduke
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2/18/18: Purchased 16 oz draft pour with the Cheeseburger, Onion Rings and Beer $19.95 Special at Burger Brasserie in the Bally's / Paris Walkway. Murky orange pour, white puffy cloud head. Firm hops aroma, citrus offsets the hops. Firm hops taste, pleasant bitterness, citrus slightly offsets the hops. Thin mouth feel, easy drinking. Overall very good IPA

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Photo of IPAQuester
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RB3
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jripley97
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BurakK
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My benchmark for IPAs. Great beer.

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Photo of noahts
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cardfan212
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass.

Look - Clear gold with a short-lived small white head.

Smell - Lemongrass and Squirt soda. Sweet and fruity with a slight acidic bite.

Taste - Grapefruit citrusy tones with an overwhelming bitterness. The hops completely block out any malt flavors. Somewhat single-note.

Feel - Medium thin body with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth and easy.

Overall - A good example of a Plain Jane IPA. Nothing too special other than its history.

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Photo of DigitGrowler
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mudROCK
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very nice ipa. I will be having this again at some point. It's really good, but not mind-blowingly great.

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Photo of SunTzu
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice smooth older style IPA, low bitterness, hops balanced with malt backbone.

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Photo of SB2017
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Don't believe the hype!!! Gotta respect the history, but by today's standards it's a normal IPA. Nothing special. It looks like any pale ale, with a good lasting foamy head. Smells quite strong, just hops though. Not unpleasant, but cliché. Nothing special. Tastes like nothing special. Feels like beer. ITS AVERAGE.

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Photo of spectru
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden, white foamy head, persistent, very lacy; Aromatic, fruity; Sweet, medium hoppy; Tangy; Good with with a strong aftertaste.

My initial impression is so far below the BA average, I should try this one again to see if it can change my mind.

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Photo of WDWAoT
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Elneely88
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Piercan
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stone IPA pours a golden amber color with a nice head. The smell and taste are rich with hops flavors and earthy fragrances. Subtle backdrop of dark malt sweetness allows the hops to shine bright.
This ale is a sure thing. A classic now. Can't go wrong with that one.

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IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 11,236 ratings