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 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 tony12hd
4.98/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer on tap at yardhouse. Bitter hoppy only 6.9% just the right mix of abv calories btus. Always remember to drink on an empty stomach and skip the food

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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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Photo of OldSwampy
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This might be approaching the status of an American classic, or at least maybe some sort of standard. Poured from a bottle with a drink-by date of 08/15/16, and kudos to Stone for printing BOTH bottled-on and drink-by dates on their bottles. Other brewers, please follow this example!

Golden dark straw beer with a generous, fairly thick, slightly off-white or yellowish head. Nice hoppy nose with resinous hops dominant, but some floral and citrusy notes as well. Taste, like nose, is balanced - a must with bitter beers, as far as I am concerned - and clearly there is some solid malt beneath the hops, even though this is a truly hoppy IPA. Head sticks with you, leaves lacing as you drink. Aftertaste bitter and a bit numbing as good IPAs often are.

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

Not in the NE, west coast market. So fresh is all I'm looking for. This is where Stone blows them all away. It flies off the shelves, so it's always fresh. This is Key. I thought Southern Tier was interesting, but not fresh in my area. Dogfish 90 and 120 are insane. Even Victory DirtWolf is dangerous. All the DIPAs I've had are very dangerous, too good, too ABV. This staple IPA is where the legend started and still resides. It's close too all I'll drink. Your area, freshness may vary, where I envy you.

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Photo of safaricook
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

clear golden with fine bubbled thick and stable foam
smells fruity, citric, orange, grapefruit
typical grapefruit bitterness, almost no malt. not too bitter but lingering
good drinker, rather thin, thirst quenching
typical old school west coast IPA not exciting but good drinker

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks good. Classic gold.

Smells like bitter, rotten, and sweet.

Bitter beyond all get-out. Citrus and pine, not much more. Maybe something sweet, like a faint lavender... perhaps honey-dew, but it doesn't work with the other flavors. Something kind of tastes like aftershave in here. No doubt appealing to certain people, but not this people.

Feels nice. Not much foam in the mouth. Simple bitter aftertaste that sticks around like that annoying cousin you wish would leave already but you invited him over so you can't kick him out without being rude so you have to just let stay here and annoy you some more. Gets more tolerable towards the bottom though. the sweetness is becoming more prevalent and the bitterness becomes less biting.

All things considered, this beer definitely takes a special palate to enjoy--a fine, and refined palate perhaps, but not my palate. The thing is, I can tell this is a higher quality beer, but it's taste is not for me. I will not seek this beer out again, except on a great rare ocassion maybe, but it is worth a try for anyone who enjoys IPA. Be warned, however, that is isn't your stock-standard party IPA.

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Photo of bronxbommers
1.66/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I love beers i truely do, but for the love of me i dont understand how ipas are so poular. Its horrible, extremely bitter and they all taste the same. But thats just my opinion

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Photo of Hallu
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the one for the European market, brewed in Germany. It's only 2 weeks old. Great fresh smell of hops, classic west coast with pine and citrus. Taste is maltier than most West Coast IPAs, and the finish is very hoppy, very bitter. However, it's like Alpine and their IPAs : sure they're classics, but nowadays, they're nothing exceptional. Now in Europe we get better IPAs from Omnipollo or Oppigards. And we have access to quite a few great American IPAs as well. So as far as American IPAs go, I believe that AleSmith or Bells are much better. You may find that Stone IPA is cheaper in the US than the ones I've mentioned, but for a German brewed product, I've had this one for 4.1 € per 33 cl can, more than an imported Torpedo IPA, and a similar price to what I paid for an imported Bell's Two Hearted Ale. It's brewed right next door, it should be cheaper than the ones crossing the Atlantic... In any case, it may have been a classic 19 years ago, but it ain't one now. Now it's "just" a well done West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Two weeks old can from the first Berlin batch
L - Clean gold with a gorgeous white head

S - Citrus, pine, melon

T - Follow the smell mostly on the melon, all about hops but still balanced

F - Smooth and dry

O - A wonderful beer, a west coast trademark

Second tasting 20 days later. Very less fruity, almost all about the bitterness. Does it age that bad? the third taste confirm the second one : it's a lot about a grapefruit bitterness and citrus acidity. Not much of melon anymore. The melon comes back a bit in the smell as it's warming up. Also the head doesn't stay long. I have to lower my ratings.
My first ratings were :
L 4,5 T 4,75 S 4,75 F 4,5 O 4,5

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Photo of moodenba
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Case of bottles Stone IPA purchased at big box store in NY state 6/27/16.

45-50 F temperature bottle poured into a highball glass. Big lasting head on top of a light amber brew.. Aroma from a distance was strong and beery. A close sniff yielded a fine delicate hop aroma. Taste was a powerful bitter blast of hops

My preference these days is for a maltier, more balanced brew, with a similar color to this one. Stone IPA probably has some of the character of the old Ballantine ale from Newark (pre 1970). The Ballantine had a similar color, a rocky, long lasting head, big aroma, and possibly a bit more malt character.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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