Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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11,035 Ratings
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
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 aleā€”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
Ratings:
11,035
Reviews:
3,037
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
Wants:
464
Gots:
3,094
For Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 11,035 |  Reviews: 3,037
Photo of Eddie729
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dazedman
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crawmcgraw
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of StormAles
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to becher pint glass.
The appearance was a glossy burnt yellow to golden bronze color with a sly transparency about it. Moderate carbonation rapidly rises to hit a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Mild messy lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of spicy to earthy hops up front playing with a sly semi-sweet cracker malt backbone. Ample amount of pine to citrus peel particles slide in for a nourishing quality.
The flavor was a blend of the spicy earthiness to the pine and citrus bittersweetness, bold and up front and giving off the added persona of an eventful spicy earthy, piney and citrusy aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good and non-distracting to hop harshness. ABV felt as projected by the brewer.
Overall, if Greg Koch is reading this, I just want to say one thing to him - hey man, don't change to keep up with all of these newer flavors that feed into all of the people that just want to keep "ticking" new beers. The beer market might be changing, but still over 10,000 people that rated this on this site have the score equally out to above a 90 should tell you something and that something is this IPA will stand the test of time! It already has.

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Photo of fryeguy52
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EOCohio
4.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best IPA I've ever had. Color is beautiful and is the best smelling beer I've ever came across.

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Photo of twrist
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sohearn
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Silva11ha
3.34/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of arr3388
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of huthuty
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The popularity of this ale is earned. A near perfect blend of citrus and bitter hops. The color is one of the best I've seen, transparent but distinct.

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Photo of BillA
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thought it tasted different recently and so read the fine print on the label; it's "Stone IPA 1.1" now; not the same taste. I'm done with it. They ruined (pun intended) Ruination with the "2" version, and my guess is that sales fell, so the brewery was a little more discreet with the labeling this time. Stone IPA 1.1 is now a routine IPA. Drinkable, certainly, but nothing special.

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Photo of tylerardissono
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jeffmck09
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of igl
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AxlSkull
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Backlog. 12 oz bottle. Smells of apricot, citrus, pine. Amber-gold color. Not much head or lacing. Nice bitterness. Tastes of fruit, pine. Low on the carbonation end. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of baldy00
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alpha-Leader
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Euphoria69
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brucebeernut
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Freshness14
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElEversoris
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 11,035 ratings.
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