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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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.

Added by kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

damn. the aroma came to me as soon as the bottle cap, i was removed i got hit by a hop train.
pale color with a thick thick frothy head.
sweet floral hoppy aroma, not much else from the smell.
have to say the first thing i realized was how smooth it is. the taste is of hops. must say the lacing is phenomenal and the head kind of holds its own. this beer is wonderful. i am new to IPAs, this being the first i ever reviewed and the first that i really really concentrated on analyzing it. from what i heard i was expecting overwhelming flavor, maybe too much for my young palate to be able to appreciate quite yet, but it was just right.
my first stone. must say i look forward to trying many more.
Today, i join the hophead club.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber from Downtown Wine and Spirts in Somerville, Mass. $6.25.
A: Pours a clear slightly dark amber/light copper color with a small head.

S: Aroma of fruity citrus hops. very fresh smelling. On my second pass there was a little malt underneath...very subtle.

T: Comes in waves...First wave is very fruity but smooth with grapefruit, orange, then a bit of pine and bitterness followed by a fruity finish thats very fresh and smooth.

M: Very good mouthfeel, not too bitter but not too bland. The change in flavors after you gulp it down is amazing.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. One of the better IPA's I've had--would defintately have a bunch of these if I were at a bar.

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Photo of flydudehsv
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy amber with average, creamy white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is citrus ans floral hops, orange peel, bread and cookie malt, light dank, and light pine. Flavor is fresh pine, citrus and grassy hops forward (medium bitterness) with good supporting bready malts and light citrus esters; dry finish with some lingering bitterness. Medium body and low carbonation. Good beer!

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Photo of straygator
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Having overlooked this one for too long, I snagged a few pint bottles tonight. Poured slowly into a snifter, a beautiful soft, chunky head grew and settled into a lacey bead that lingered to the bottom of the glass. The color is tarnished gold. An initial fragrance of distant pine blooms into citrus and fades to spearmint. A clean, refreshing hoppy taste that is bitter enough to get your attention without that 'punch-you-in-the-Adams Apple' bite remained fresh. This IPA is one to spend an evening with preferably watching a sunset over the Blue Ridge mountains or the ocean at Cape Hatteras. I have had an epiphany...this is one not to be neglected.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle into nonic pint. "ENJOY BY 09/01/15". consumed on aug 10 2015

a: clear, dark, golden yellow with two fingers of foamy white head

s: vibrant mango & apricot, mandarin orange, dank grapefruit, pine needles, cantaloupe, and some malty toffee notes

t: zesty grapefruit, apricot, and piney mandarin orange with a strong, medium-plus bitterness. some melon-y cantaloupe notes. malt flavour present but is beat out by that hop bitterness

m: excellent medium/medium-plus mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. very dry finish

o: a bitter and super hoppy but delicious IPA

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Photo of thatlongname
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great golden brew with lots of carbonation bubbles. Thick off white head that sticks.

Smell: Great hop smell, maybe a little bit of lemon zest or some sort of citrus in there.

Taste: Absolutely delicious. Great complex hop flavors. Right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Especially nice when the foam hits your mouth. All part of the experience.

Overall: A damn good beer.

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Photo of svingo23
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz. chilled bottle in a pint glass.as an american and india pale ale fan..this rates amongst the best i've ever tasted in the pale ale category. i would love to try on draft.i tell ya,cali. makes some good pale ales!(stone and sierra nevada). drink carefully, they do creep up on you!

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Photo of SMcGuire33
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite IPA that I have had to date.

A- A yellowy orange beer that leaves behind a solid lacing.

S- Citrusy and tangy, (Grapefruit, lemon, orange) with a strong hop presence that looms large.

T- Best tasting IPA that I have tried. Starts out citrusy and almost piney, and leaves a bitter aftertaste that lingers for a while.

M- Great amount of carbonation. Light enough body that makes it a potential sessional beer.

Overall I think this is such a well-rounded IPA. It goes down very easily, and although it has a higher abv than the BMC's of the world, it can just as easily be a session beer. It has been my go to for months, and I am still not sick of it. Just can't wait to try all the rest that Stone Brewing Co. has to offer.

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Photo of erz316
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours something like a dark cadmium orange deep, very cloudy, with a white head that quickly dissipates, leaving substantial lacing.

S - wow. just from pouring I could easily smell the delicious bitterness of the hops. I am also picking some spicy esters behind the over powering hops.

T - one hardly notices the near 7% abv with this smooth and crisp brew. The smell and taste of hops combine together in the drinking experience (assuming you are not congested) to make something wonderfully uplifting for the palate, with a bitter, and then later spicy aftertaste

MF&D - a full feel to this beer, not as thick as a grade A syrup, but far from water; it lets you know you are drinking something good. the slight cripy-ness to the carbonation makes me (and even my mother!) coming back for more, very smooth and more than a pleasure to drink.

I wish I wasn't reviewing the last bottle of my 6-pack!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into my Arrogant Bastard Pint Glass.

A: Orange copper color with 1 finger of white head. Tons of lacing.

S: Citrus (grapefruit) hits you at first. piny hops next. Malt is in the back.

T: Nice piny citrus taste. What I like about Stone's IPAs is the balance. This is not a death hop bomb. Not being a hophead I want something like this every once in a while. Very well done. One of my favorite IPAs.

M: Med body with a slightly syrupy feel. Totally coats the mouth and throat on the way down. Carbonation is on the light side but works.

D: Very drinkable. IN fact for an good IPA this is about as drinkable as you can get. At almost 7% you would have no idea. Another great Stone beer.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Out of a bottle. Really glad I can get this while visiting home!

A - golden, amber, beautiful, really great big head with excellent lacing

S - cirtus, hops

T - hops, citrus, finishes sweet but eventually gives way to a really nice bitterness in the aftertaste

M - nice, medium-light bodied, good carbonation, goes down smoothly

D - off the charts! What an IPA! Stone isn't available in GA, so whenever I visit home for the holidays I pick up some right away. I could drink this all night. If you haven't had this get it ASAP. Definitely worth trading for as well if you're into that sort of thing.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice to be able to use the Stone IPA glass I got for Christmas for its intented beer.

Pours a bright gold with a bit of haze, topped by thick column of soft, very bubbly, pure white froth. Excellent lacing.

Nicely assertive citrusy nose - grapefruit, orange, lemon, bit of apricot.

Sweet caramelly malt gets a big foot in the door first, but very quickly the hops are there to slather on like suntan lotion on an Irish guy at the San Diego beach. That's not to say it isn't balanced though. Hoppy yes, but the malt side lurks about through to the finish.

Good mouthfeel, substantial. Excellent drinkability.

An all around winner of a west coast American IPA. As Bob Dylan would say: "Everybody must get Stone."

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Photo of thickgirth
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Nice deep golden color with a big, frothy white head. Much sticky lacing as well.

S- Hops aplenty. Piney, floral, citrusy hops. Pretty much every aroma that can be associated with hops is in here. If I try real hard I think I can make out some sweet malt, but not much. The aroma is all about the hops, and it is outstanding.

T- Signature Stone flavor. The hop profile is the highlight here, but with more of a spicy, floral flavor than citrus. Malt is surprisingly noticeable, with a bit of toastiness and sweetness coming through in the end. Bitterness is present, but not at all overpowering. In fact, the bitterness combined with the lingering hop and malt flavors makes for an extremely pleasant aftertaste.

M- Maybe a little thin, but that makes the beer all the more drinkable.

D- The malt provides just enough balance to make this beer very pleasant and dangerously drinkable.

Fantastic, one of my favorite regular IPA's. I absolutely love Stone's use of hops. This beer is unique, which is great in a world with so many similar IPA's. Highly recommended to anyone who likes hoppy beers.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical west coast hop bomb. Not quite as great as Ruination, (a little less potent for one thing), but not a whole hell of a lot behind it either. Nice little malty beginning before the hops hammer you down, a sensation that is occasionally very refreshing in a west coaster.

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Photo of Groomsy
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. "Enjoy by" date of 03.03.13.

The pour on this yields a thick, fluffy head of bright white foam that clings all over the glass and leaves sheets of lacing. The body itself is a crystal-clear gold/honey color with nice carbonation from the bottom of the glass. A great looking beer.

Make no mistake: This is the definition of a West Coast IPA. Brimming with the smell of candied grapefruit, oranges, lemons, floral hops, and some piney astringency in the back, the hops are front and center on this beer. Even as a hop-forward brew, there is still a lot of sweetness; I'm getting a lot of ripe tropical fruit in the nose. This is all backed by just enough bready/biscuity malt profile to balance the abundant bitterness. Great nose on this one.

The taste profile follows the nose. On the front of the tongue, there's a big burst of citrusy bitterness, followed by some malty sweetness and tropical fruit (see above) on the middle of the tongue. Some floral and piney astringency hangs on the back on the mouth in the finish. Perfectly balanced, but hop-centered. All of the 3 Cs of the hop world are in full force here and are beautifully intertwined with each other.

Stone's IPA feels great on the palate. For a relatively high ABV for its style, the alcohol is well-hidden and stays in check through the flavors. Mildy carbonated and smooth, this is a dry and refreshing beer of which you can easily drink several. Its light body makes it easy to drink as well.

Through and through, this is a great and quintessential American IPA. You owe it to yourself to try this.

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Photo of Mojo
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is just wicked. It poors a full golden color with a small immaculate white head, awesome retention, and incredible lacing. The smell is the expected citrus with notes of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is just right, not thick and not thin. The taste follows the nose. I get that familiar grapefruitiness up front followed by those incredible hops on the finish with a satisfying aftertaste. Buy this stuff and enjoy if you have never had it.

(This is the exact same review I gave Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA. They are a lot alike.)

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Photo of pianoguy
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle bought from Tacoma Boys Market

Pours a slightly hazy golden body with an inch and half white head that stayed till the bitter end .Great lacing.
(I don't buy beer for the art, I buy it to drink ! But the bottle was kind of cool. It was printed/painted on, no label)

Smell was a very prominent hoppy pine.

Tastes had the hops out in front. A tiny,tiny bit of tart grapefruit. and something sweet.

Feel was full and satisfying.

Overall a really nice beer. The smell was stronger and more prominent then most. I wish more IPA's had an ABV of 6.90 like this one...

Bravo !

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Photo of Hoops4life511
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Light golden orange, hazy with a two finger pillowy white head that quickly fell but left lacing throughout session

Smell: Very hoppy, citrus and pine.

Taste: As expected a very strong initial hoppy bitterness, slightly sweet but dominated by hops.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation could use a little more, smooth going down with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability, not too heavy, could definitely put a few down without a realizing it.

Overall a solid beer that is a staple in my fridge. Everything an IPA should be in my opinion.

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

What an IPA!

This beer was a delight to drink. IPA is my wife's favorite style of beer, so when I came home with this bomber, she was guite pleased.

Anyways, this beer poured a beautiful golden/orange color, with a nice frothy head. The head did not stick around too long, but it's healthy reminents beautifully coated the glass all the way till the last drop.

The taste was very crisp, sweet, and had citrus, floral, and grassy notes. The beer coated my tongue, yet was not too thick or too thin-very balanced.

All in all, a very nice beer! I wish it wasn't priced at $9.26 per six pack, though. Looks like this will be an occasional treat for me.

Cheers.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a light and mildly hazy amber color with a thick white head, which doesn’t fade too quickly and a thick lace.

S: Nice hops smell, but not too strong, with a little bit of citrus.

T: Good hops bite to start out, then gives way to an orange/grapefruit sweetness. Then the hops come back to stay in the after-taste with a slight hint of the alcohol. Although the flavors are distinct, no single one overpowers you. An excellently balanced taste.

M: Very crisp and very smooth (Stone Brewing Co. tends to put both of those qualities into their beer very well.) with a medium body and light carbonation.

D: This beer has all of the qualities that it needs to make it drinkable. It’s very tasty, smooth, not-filling, well-balanced and goes down VERY easy.

This is the 4th beer that I’ve had from Stone Brewing Co. and each beer that I try expands the respect that I have for them. This beer is an excellent representation of the style and while maintaining the Stone signature.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a very, very slightly hazy copper-gold color, with a fairly good sized head that stuck around for a good long while, and laced as it died. Nice appearance.

The nose of this beer is awesome. Even with my glass sitting on my computer desk and arm's length away, I can still smell the hops. There is little doubt this is an IPA. Hops are at the fore in the aroma, as they should be. Wonderful earthy, piney, vegetal hoppiness just overwhelms nearly any other aroma. Toward the end of the sniff, though, you get some sweetness that creeps in. It's got to be the malt, since you know, at 6.9%, there's quite a bit of that in here too. The smell is very appetizing and appealing, and definitely makes you want to drink it.

And wow, what an experience that drink is. Hops hit you immediately, and don't stop pummeling you throughout the entire process of drinking. They do, though, feel you're not being sufficiently beat down, so they call on their malty cousins to help finish the job. The aromas you get at first come through in the taste as well. The same earthiness, the same pine (which normally I do not like, but which works well here), the same raw vegetable... it's all here, and it's all at the forefront. Only about 2/3 of the way through the seduction of your tastebuds do you notice there's some sweetness there. Quite a lot, in fact. This beer isn't just hop juice. There's simply a lot of hoppy filigree on top of a good solid malt foundation. Placed together, you have a fantastic combination of flavors. This is, for all it's "in your face" hoppiness, a well balanced beer. Phenomenal.

Mouthfeel seems a tad on the thin side, but with a coating quality at the end of the drink that feels oily. A little more body and less coating would make this perfect. As it is, it's definitely passable.

Overall, this is one fantastic IPA. Very aggressively hopped, but not at the expense of balance or drinkability. At 6.9%, this is no session brew, but I've a feeling I could drink a lot of these before I realized I was hurting myself. I've yet to try a Stone beer I haven't absolutely loved, and this one kept that streak intact. Now I can only hope my travels take me into Stone distribution territory again soon. This is well worth looking for.

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

This is one of my current favorites. Stone IPA pours a golden color with a moderate white head about 3/4 inch thickness. A slightly hazy beer that leaves a consistent lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell punches your nose with nice, hoppy notes of pine and citrus. There is also a slight alcohol presence noticeable in the aroma. A sweet malt smell lingers at the beginning of the sniff followed by a lovely fresh hop aroma. The taste has a bite to it from the combo of hops and alcohol. It has a nice sweet, malty taste and a great bitterness on the back of the tongue. The hops are aggressive and the bitterness level is perfect. This medium bodied IPA has carbonation that sits on the tongue momentarily before dissipating. This, combined with the alcohol, creates a spiciness that leave the mouth tingling for several minutes. The drinkability is very high and leaves you wanting more. I, myself, could drink a million.

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Photo of zeff80
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, burnt orange hue with a foamy, bubbly, white, two finger head. It left sticky patches of lace on my New Belgium goblet.

S - Aroma was fantastic! It was an assault on your senses of citrus and floral notes. There was an underlying roasted malt nose, too.

T - It tasted of citrusy hops that provided a mild bitterness. The roasted malt brought a caramel sweetness to balance out the hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding IPA. It really is masterfully balanced for a great taste.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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