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: 3,016 | Ratings: 10,930
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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Photo of dbl_delta
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated Enjoy By 08-09-16 imto pint glass. Pours a clear dark ambe with a nice eggshell-white head. I itial impression is citrus and pine, with a very nice malt balance. Mouthfeel is medium with just a bit of bite - just about perfect for the style. Smooth bitter finish. A really good, well-balanced AIPA.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Copper colored ale with a half a finger of white head that leaves a thick lacing as you drink
S: Mostly pine, with some citrus
T: The bottle states that they are using Centennial, Chinook, and Magnum hops. This beer's flavor is dominated by hops. Magnum hops are unforgivably bitter. This starts piney, has a hint of citrus, ending with a dominant hoppy bitterness.
F: Perfection
O: This is a great IPA. The dating is clear on the bottle. When I want a great IPA this is always a candidate.

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Photo of CoinCoinCoin
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great West Coast IPA -

Apperance : Dark Orange.
Aroma : Pine and grapefruit.
Taste : More hoppy than balanced, and finished with only bitterness in the month. Moderate level of carbonation.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber with small head. Smells of lemon and resin. Strong hop tastes with pine and orange/ lemon rind with strong hops. Nice malty, syrupy undertone. Sufficent carbobation.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing Co. - Stone IPA. 6.9% ABV. 3oz sample pour in mini mug.

Look: Vibrant golden straw body.

Smell: Strong pine resin and hops, with some citrus backing it.

Feel: On the lighter side of feel.

Taste: Hops and pine resin leave a lingering bitterness, with the subtle fruit flavors appearing within.

Overall: Had a the Firkin Fest 2016 in Ashland, KY. I am surprised I haven't had this yet, since I see it all the time at the store. Regardless, I haven't and I saw it, so I tried it. Judging from Stone's style, I am not surprised this is bitter and earthy, but definitely good.

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Photo of Riff
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a clear orange color with less than a half finger of head that quickly faded away. Smells of oranges, tropical fruits, and pine. Flavor is primarily pine and bitter with a small amount of malt to it. Body is medium light with a small amount of carbonation. Flavor finishes quickly. Easy drinking, refreshing beer.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pale golden color with good amount of head. Nose strong pine, earthy and a little citrus. Taste very hip forward with notes of orange peel, spice and a bit tropical. Nice lingering finish. Great IPA. Never been disappointed with the stone lineup. Will definitely drink again.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear straw color.
Lasting thick head.
Nice, mostly floral aroma but some bright citrus notes.
Very hoppy, with very little malt sweetness.
Piney and resinous but bitter fruits present.
Complex hoppiness and bitterness that lingers.
Satisfying IPA and hoppy classic.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold in color with two fingers of white head. Foam is sticky and viscous, retains and laces very well. The aroma is nicely hop forward, with mostly pine, citrus, tropical fruit, and a slight spicy earthiness. The hops come through even more on the taste, with all the flavors mentioned. Enough malt flavor for balance. Mouthfeel is medium-light with moderate-high carbonation. Very smooth drinking and a bitter, balanced finish.

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

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear orange amber color with one and a half finger foamy white head, it has good retention and leaves lot of lacing patch and spot once gradually dissipated along with everlasting frothy sheet atop.

The aroma is predominated by hops with a citrus, lemon, piney, spicy, and herbal notes. There is also some sweet bready malt in the background too.

Hops forward in the taste disclosing many characters ranging from spicy, bitter, piney, citrusy, lemony, and herbal. That is so great hop profile. A flash of malt is in the flavor compartment too but in subtle fashion while hops still continue to dominate and wrap all the things up to make a robust yet clean bitter finish.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel along with a touch of lively carbonation through the palate, crisp and refreshing, finish is dry.

Example of classic American IPA, no need to add in any twist or experimental ingredient, it is just great by the simplicity and great hoppy profile.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the more drinkable (without being watery) IPAs I've ever had. Pretty almost orangish color with a thick slightly off white head. The smell is more subtle than most west coast IPAs, as is the taste. The bitterness is muted (somewhat) and it's missing the intense grapefruit of many west coasters. Complex yet drinkable. I could drink all night.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.23 out of 5 based on 10,930 ratings.
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