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

This was served from the bottle at P.F. Chang’s in Stamford, CT into a tall pilsner glass. The beer appeared a hazy gold color, holding a soft two finger head of white bubbles. This showed great retention, leaving thick lacing behind it. No sediment was noted, but a moderate haze permeated the liquid. The aroma was big on grapefruit hops, with a balance of lightly toasted malts. The hops really dominated the show, but were helped along by light black pepper and spice, metallic pale grains, and a brief honey sweetness. As we sipped, the taste opened up with lemon and hoppy cleanliness. These were light and sweet, with an earthy quality towards the back. To make things even lighter there was light strawberry fruitiness. The middle peaked with a renewed fruity sweetness, but this time of cherries, with a hint of fusel ethanol. The finish was strongly of lemon rind and grapefruit hop action, with little else, even from the malt bill. The aftertaste breathed of a balance between clean malts, crisp hops, fresh grass, and slightly more metallics than in the nose. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium. To each sip there was a light and airy feel, with soft slurp and froth. The liquid was more coating than drying, but the mouth was left happy. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how light it was, but also how robust the flavoring was despite this. Throughout there was great hop freshness, with enough room left for the malts. This is a nice standard for the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re review of a beloved classic. Being over a year since I've learned to love the IPA, I figured it was time to revisit one of the very first IPA's that gave me a newfound love of the style.

A: Pours a transparent light copper. And I mean transparent. Two fingers of fluffy, ever so slightly off bleach white head. Retention is high, with excellent lacing as well. Carbonation appears subdued, with tiny little bubbles lazily floating to the surface. Lacing is superb, with flecks of head dotting the wall of the glass.

S: Touch of malted caramel, grapefruit, notes of tropical fruit (papaya, mango), whole grain and a bit of straw.

T: Subdued malt sweetness, not quite caramel, but more like a cereal or grain like sweetness. Hops are that of prickly bits of grapefruit, evergreen. Mid palate of tropical fruit. Substantial bitterness and finishes completely dry with herbal and lemon peel notes.

M: Amazingly light bodied and refreshing, especially considering the alcohol by volume of this beer. Finish is extremely dry, akin to a quality pilsner, but with more of a citric undertone.

O: Probably the best California IPA in the broad market. No other beer so dynamically combines explosive flavor with smooth refreshment.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had at a stone beer tasting

smell and color were fine

taste ... appropriate amount of hoppiness for an IPA ... but there was a slight after taste not so much to my liking. slightly metal.

overall: good, not my favorite IPA, and not my favorite stone brew. prefer the grapefruit notes in the stone self-righteous ale (similar hoppiness).

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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1/5  rDev -76.3%

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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