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 ViveLaChouffe
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear golden orange with a rocky ivory head. Smells of herbal hops, fruity yeast.

Taste is all hops. Sharply bitter hops offset with lighter fruity citrus hops. Medium bodied and lightly crisp. A dry long lingering bitterness. Good stuff, not a classic but good.

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Photo of swid
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA pours an orange-amber color. A 1/2" head forms, then slowly dissipates. Low carbonation; moderate lacing. The aromas is all hops; the pine and citrus aromas dominate. Any malty sweetness is nearly an afterthought.

The taste of this beer is driven by the hops (as is the smell). It's so wonderfully bitter, piney, citrusy, and spicy. After a little bit, Stone IPA becomes a bit more sweet and tart. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light; yet is quite full-bodied. Finishes very crisp, with a pleasant spicy/bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very drinkable and tasty beer. Sadly, Stone probably won't be available in Nebraska for quite some time. Thanks Mom for bringing a bomber back from San Diego! Highly recommended.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

presentation: 12oz bottle with the typical painted label in white and green. stone's definitions for "gargoyle" and an "india pale ale" accompany their brewing philosophy on the back of the bottle. 6.9%abv is displayed.

appearance: pours an orangey amber with a thin head that disapated quickly. might have been a dirty glass, as this isn't characteristic of a stone brew. bubbles rose constantly throughout the drink. what head remained laced well.

smell: very hoppy aroma. lightly piney with an odd but nice tinge of ginger.

taste: nice hop bitterness. not as balanced as some ipa's, but typical stone hop dominance. orangey lemony citrus flavors. freshly mowed grass hop finish. noticed a yeasty bready flavor at the end of some warmer swallows.

mouthfeel: smooth yet crisp. great carbonation with a medium swallow.

drinkability: i found myself drinking this ipa quickly. dangerously easy to drink.

overall: i love ipa's and this is definitely in my top 5. if you love them, the stone hops are a great change of pace to the typical ipa.

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Photo of Domingo
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was planning on picking up some of this over the weekend but luckily my local burger joint (the Cherry Cricket - for all of you in the Denver area) had bottles of it available.
I'll be honest, normally I'm not a huge IPA fan. I'm trying to get more into them, but that final hop bite after swallowing really gets me most of the time. Having tried the ruination before, I was prepared for a major bite at the end, just like it has.
This brew on the other hand doesn't have it at ALL.
It looks terrific. A bright golden color with just the right amount of head. Interestingly enough, most IPA's tend to be darker...but don't let color fool you on this one!
It smells VERY hoppy, but with a maltiness and even a little bit of tropical fruit. There's a hint of alcohol at the end as well. Call me crazy, but there's a cannabis sort of smell, too.
Taste is amazingly smooth. It has a hop bitterness, but it's blended with the flavor of the beer, and not just that post-swallow bite. Hops give you a pineapple and even a little citrus bite with the initial taste and the finish.
I could definitely drink a few of these in a row.
I'd actually recommend this to a lot of people who drink BMC. It still has the familiar "beer flavor" that they're used to, but is so much better in every way. It's a great great all-around brew and one that's got me craving other great IPA's that are similar.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into pint glass. As with all Stone products, I like the illustrations and smack talk on the bottle.

Appearance: Transparent yellow amber with a thick head.

Smell: Strong hops and esters. This smell is addictive.

Taste: Definitely hoppy and mounth-watering. This is an IPA at its best.

Notes: My favorite Stone product. And I like every Stone beer that I've sampled.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't stay away from this beer. I had taken a break from it for a while, but after tasting it a few weeks ago, I can't stay away too long anymore. It pours a brilliant copper color with a 3 finger head that leaves a very sticky lace as it recedes.

The nose is just awesome. Caramel, light cotton-candy sweetness, brilliant, chewy lupulin-infested hoppy goodness. I get a lot of grapefruity citrusy sweet hop over a very nice sweet caramel base.

Flavor is incredibly balanced. The caramel sweet malt is there, but not offensively sweet. It is overlayed with a light peppery, moderate pine and citrus hop. Maybe some chinook? The bitter is not big and offensive, but hangs on very well into the finish. Very clean. Very tasty.

The feel is moderate to thick. Carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability is huge. The hops compell me to drink more and more. I like the contrast of the malt and hop on this beer. Might be my #1 session beer.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks nice and clear with golden hue with some streaming bubbles and fluffy off-white head. Lacing is evident. Smells of strong flowery hops with a tad of maltiness, I do love that smell. Tastes of strong bitter hops. Smooth mouthfeel. Not a hue hop fan, so I'm not jumping backwards to drink this.

Not much going on here, just another strong IPA. If they are your thing, than this is a good beer.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber. Pours a nice clear gold color with a burly head that sticks around quite well.

Smell: Hops, mild citrus notes along with a spicy nose and then even more hops.

This brew has a very creamy mouthfeel that is very pleasant. Hop bitterness is dominant and is coupled well with constituent ingredients. Has an almost floral taste in the middle that ends with a yeast laden aftertaste. Very tasty and quite drinkable. This brew could serve as the American IPA paradigm. Cheers.

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this before, so i know i'm in for a treat. picked it up on a trip to kentucky to visit my buddy kmpitz; i can't find Stone in Illinois.

Pours a beautiful gold-copper color with a monsterous 3- to 4-finger ivory head that falls to a slight maintenance foam. Fingerprints of the head nicely line the inside of my glass.
Aroma is pleasant, a woody character with a bit of citrus underneath.
Flavor is a strong citrus hop, that build to a nice bitter, then fades smoothly. Dry-hop is evident, but the bitter balances well with the malt. Active carbonation gives the mouthfeel good character, and a bit of the hop bitter hangs on the back of the tongue.
A great session beer, i could sit and drink this all night long.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost pine juice but in a good way. Juicy hops all around in smell and flavor. Has a sharp bite that mellows out into a smooth mouthfeel. Ranges from good to great all around. Easy to get, relatively inexpensive and excellent for the style.
I may be judging this a little harshly in light of my having tried Stone's Ruination recently. It is distinctly possible that my palate has in fact been ruined for many other IPAs, but this little brother of Ruination has nothing to be ashamed of.
This will definately satisfy a hops craving and then some.

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Photo of scooter231
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty amber color, clear, nothing floating around in there. A nice head that disappates quickly to a thin rim. Smells hoppy. Very hoppy. Some citrus notes. Also decently piney and a bit of a hint of spices floating in the smell.

Tastes... hoppy and bitter, then gives way to a sweeter finish. Big flavor. But everything is well-balanced, nothing takes over and attacks you. Mouthfeel is nice and bubbly. Drinkable for sure. Each sip seems to get better and better.

I think Stone's Ruination IPA is overall a better quality and tastier, but this guy's not shabby at all. A good IPA.

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Photo of klewis
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Thin, amber color, frothy sustaining head, lots of lacing

Smell: Floral hops aromas, and maybe a touch of caramel. Very nice.

Taste: Excellent balance of malt and hops. Most of the hops presence is in the bitterness of the finish, not in flavor. Very interesting and complex flavors overall.

Mouthfeel: Good as expected, but nothing extraordinary

Drinkability: Great beer. I look forward to drinking lots of this in the future.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. with no freshness date, but I've kept it for a several months to see what would happen. Served chilled in an enlarged flute. Pours an orangey color with a 1 finger tan head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma consists of citric and piney hops with biscuity malts behind it. The flavor is the same but has an overpowering wet paper character that lets you know it is past its prime. It has a medium body and nice carbonation considering. When it was fresh it had a huge fluffy head and wonderful flavor - I will re-review when I get a fresh one.

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

ok, i really should be going to bed right about now. but i cant wait. and what better way to end the day, than with a stone ipa??

pours a hazy yellow, with a slight orange hue. minimal carbonation. the head actually grows as the beer is poured into the glass. finishes off reaching about an inch, and slowly settles to about a centimeter (yes!! standard and metric!!). very stable. nice lacing. lightly tanned in color. somewhat enjoyable to watch as bubbles grow and burst, only to be replaced by more, smaller bubbles.

aroma? well, it hit me before the bottle cap hit the counter top. pine, followed by some pine, and finished off by a bit of pine. seriously there could be other aspects to the aroma, but i dont care. this smell should come standard with all new cars!

bitterness adds some heat to the flavor, backed up by some biscuit maltiness. sort of reminds me of arrogant bastard, but that was a long time ago. a fullness to the hops in bitterness and flavor that is admirable. leaves a lasting impression on the palate.

mouthfeel is full, without being too filling.
good lord this is fantastic! . each sip increases the desire to take another sip. wish i had better access to other highly rated ipa's to compare this with. but until then, this will have to be: 5.0 - exceptional

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adventures of South Carolina Guy at Brickskeller in DC:

I asked for a nice IPA, and this is what I recieved.
Nice clear golden color, mild carbonation with a decent white head that hangs around the glass.

The smells lets me know about the hops included inside. Oh boy. Bit of citrus smell to go along....and some spices, although I can't put a finger on them.

Taste is powerful. Big strong hop flavor and bitterness. Very nice. Just enough malt to keep the hops from being overwhelming.

Reminders of the hops hang around for a while. Very drinkable beer, goes down nice for 6.9%. I could easily have another one of these, if there weren't so many others to try.

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Photo of Troyone
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an apple juice color with a slight copper hue. One inch head that dissipated with lacing that sticks and minimal carb action.

Moderate toasted and nutty caramel malt smell with a moderate to heavy resin and citrus hop aroma.

Moderately sweet, bitter, and almost burnt toasted caramel malt taste with lots of resin, orange, and lime flavors in the hops.

Medium to full bodied, slightly syrupy texture, soft almost flat carbonation, and a smooth slightly metallic and alcoholic finish.

Drinkability is great.

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

This IPA is copper with brown tints. The heads is large, sticky and creamy (white).

The aroma is a mixture of citrus and hops.

The flavor is quite wonderfully bitter. Hidden in the after taste is a bit of fruitiness and something like an orange rind.

I think this one is perfectly carbonated for its style and quite smooth. It leaves a small coat on the palate and is almost chewy in the end.

Could I drink another? You bet I could, but I fear that the ABV will catch up to me a little too quickly.

As far as IPA’s go, this is one of the better ones that I have tried. Not too fruity and the bitterness just makes me want more. This beer goes down way too quickly.

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Photo of Bierschenker
2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to Mzwolinski for bringing this one over.
I was really surprised to have a taste of this one. This is totally new to me.

Poured it in a robust Hoegaarden glass.
Smells very fruity: raspberry and peaches. Combined with spices and malty caramel.
It pours out a blond-amber coloured beer. Not a lot of head, but a good carbonation.
A very bitter fruit skin taste with rich hops, unripe citrus is very overpowering and lingers on into the aftertaste.
This is a full bodied beer, but totally not my taste.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stone IPA is one of the flagships for American IPA's in my humble opinion.
The beer pours out a beautiful gold color with the tiniest bit of orange tint. A 1" creamy white head rests on top. The head recoils to about 1/8" and leaves great lacing on the glass. This is how a beer should look!!
The nose is a masterpiece. Pine, spruce, citrus, orange peel, something candied in there. Very appealling.
The taste is wonderful with a bright hop explosion midway through the mouth. The citrus notes from the aroma carry over into the taste. The beer rolls over the tongue into a bitter, long hoppy finish.
The mouthfeel is crisp, clean and creamy and not highly carbonated.
Stone IPA is wonderfully drinkable. It is "The Nectar". The English soldiers in India would have been ecstatic to pull this IPA off the boat!!

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Photo of Vancer
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoo baby, the *light* Stone IPA. Whatta treat. Start to finish, excellent. Pour was a clear, amber orange with a frothy head, laced all the way! Then a citrus and floral bouquet graced my nose, followed by; lemon, citrus, foral tasty treat. Very tangy , charged and carbed with nice hop burp’s. Hmm, thought I didn’t like the forals, but I’ve changed. Wanting another and another.

One personal caevet: well, 3F Alpha King is very comparable, and I can get that one locally without the kick in the sack shipping charges.

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Photo of clvand0
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color, very clear, with a small head that falls quickly and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is all about the hops - US West Coast hops - citrus, slight pine, and slight spice. Reminds me of the DFH 90 min, in that the nose says big hops and the flavor is much more smooth and mild than expected. Some of the hop flavors come through after swallowing, but there is a solid caramel character and some bitterness. The body is moderate, but still full and interesting. Drinkability is great.

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Photo of cracgor
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear amber with red hews. The head pours off white. A modest size head forms of large bubbles. There is also a modest amount of carbonation rising through the glass. The head retention is ok...forms a somewhat thick collar that sticks to the glass just enough to remind you its there.

Smell: Sweet, oily smelling hops. A fruity grape and pine needle smell. Smells great.

Taste: Fairly bitter, but not way over the top like I expected from the bottle description. It is well balanced with the sweet malts, playing with the palate quite well. The hops leave a great taste in your throat. Aside from that there is again the fruity flavors which reminds me of grapes and something I can't place. Sweet and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium to full body. Slightly astringent, but not much. Dry and crisp a good feel.

Drinkability: not so overly hopped that it is undrinkable. This is very tasty and refreshing as long as you like bitter. MMM...can't wait till its sold in my state.

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Photo of maek228
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light shade of amber. Nice 3/4 finger head with decent cling.

Smell: Piney hops. Huge hop aroma. Complex.

Taste: Thick malts immediately give way to piney hops, hop oils....dude it is a monstrous dose of hops that leaves a wickedly bitter after taste that coats your mouth.

Mouhtfeel: Creamy yet scrisp. Medium to light bodied.

Drinkability: For IPA lover such as myself....this one could be sessioned

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Photo of axisjones
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of CRJMellor
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh bottle from CMaruschak. Thank Chris

Pours a golden color with just a hint of cherry red. Big white head leaves spots of lace all over the pint glass.
Aroma of pine, citrus and resin and some caramel.
Flavors of citrus, big caramel kick and pine resins. Some bread notes really round the falvor profile out.
Mouthfeel is smooth and silky and just below full-bodied. Excellent transitions between some malt and the incredibly bitter but tasty hop hits. Clean, powerful and very smooth. Pure beer.
Drinkability is absolutely top notch. The standard to which all other American IPA's should be compared.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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