Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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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
Reviews:
3,005
Ratings:
10,891
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
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Photo of freed
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA followed an even hoppier one, though the virtues of this beer were obvious. The bright citrus color, the beautiful golden color, and the saliva abating qualities of an IPA ring true. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, but didn't realize what a kick it had until later.

It might have been partly due to the lack of moisture in my mouth, but this made for an excellent sipping beer. I wasn't in any hurry while I enjoyed this. I'm actually starting to salvate again right now. What time do they open?

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It had been a while (over a year) since my last Stone IPA. I remember liking it alot. A refresher was needed. Bought a 12 oz. single at Beaumont Market and poured to a pint glass. Always love reading the back of the silk-screened bottles - this one in particular tells about the gargoyle on their logo and about their IPA. An essay-length report on both...

A: Surprisingly light gold color and clear. Frothy 1-finger off-white head dies down to a 1/4" creamy cap. Lots of tiny streams of carbonation.

S: Oh my...that's so fine-smelling. Huge sugary sweetness meld with floral, grassy and citrus hops. Perhaps the sweetest, most fragrant and salivation-worthy IPA's...my Pavlovian response is to drool. Alot.

T: Lots of malty caramel sweetness mashed with juicy citrus hops. Goes from fruity to bitter in a sneaky way. I like the fact that this beer has hops but doesn't pummel the tastebuds into oblivion; having a malt balance is really nice.

M: I love the full flavor and rich mouthfeel, but could do with out the slightly syrupy/gummy residue it leaves on my lips.

D: Overall, an excellent IPA. Cherish this beer if you can get it. If not, find a way to get some. Among my favorites of all styles, highly recommended.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mug. 6 pack bought at Rouse's in New Orleans for $9.69.

A: Looks like an IPA. Just barely lighter than the Torpedo I had before this. Not much head, but nice rocky bubbles. Pretty Jackson Pollock lacing.

S: Smell is citrus and hops heaven. Absurdly aggressive. One whiff and you know it's a Stone IPA.

T: Classic IPA citrus fruit (esp grapefruit) bitterness first, then a split second of malts, then that loooong hops finish that lingers forever. This isn't necessarily the most complex IPA, but it's incredibly refreshing. It tastes ballsy and great.

M: Very dry. Quenching. Carbonated perfectly.

O: My nomination for best bang for your buck IPA that's available nationally. Appropriate during all seasons, really all the time. An total craft beer classic.

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Photo of peck95
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a golden color reminiscent of a wheat beer. There is an excellent head and good retention.
I love the aroma of this beer its a perfect blend of pine and citrus.
hops, spices and a slight pineapple taste, very good
a good body pretty smooth with a slight detection of alcohol
there is a slight malty after taste that dissipates after several drinks, this beer also lingers in the mouth reminding the brain of how awesome this beer taste and forcing the drinker to take another drink and then causing sadness when this beer is all gone.

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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 pio
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i usually don't review beer that i know i'd hate and on the other side of the coin, i don't usually review beer that has claimed a little piece in my heart. can you pick a favorite daughter? if you do, keep it to yourself. after reviewing or attempting to review some beer that i was let down by it's come to this. i digress. i like english style pales on the large better but thanks to these brewers i waver more and more.
helpful bubbles hold a finely foamed head that is whiter than a very wise man's wisping coiffure. perfect (what is perfect?) orangish color. sheets of lace with ridges from where i took some volume away.
a big thick book could be written about the scent of this beer. it'd be filled with adventure, romance, action, science fiction, death and beat ennui. a little something for everyone. evergreen, candy, citrus fruit, cheese, summer lawn, some (hazel) nut and woody tones and rounding out the bottom an astounding barley malt scent. wow! there is just so much to the scent.
the flavor is just more bitter than people should be able to handle. a host of flavors. alot of evergreen and citrus, apricot notable. the main player here is the hop profile, it's staggering. i am, too, driven to the poetic. thou hops not a mystery such is the glass key but like a mad man comming to blast me. humulus, humulus are you not of the hemp family? run with me, i can love a bitter woman. sorry. the mouthfeel is right on, awesome. and i have to say i get this very often, so the drinkability in my opinion is very high.
thanks for reading my review.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get this on tap at my local pub, i have had it before in a bottle when i lived in california. The color is a orange almost red and smells citrusy with a hint of pine in there...i love stone and there ipa is my favorite so this is a great beer. the taste is great also

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Photo of Daehpoh
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Golden with a slight amber hue

S - A mouthwatering blend of grass, pine, orange and lemon aromas. This beer has perhaps the best aroma of any IPA I've sampled.

T - Crisp hop flavors jump out, followed by slight malty sweetness. The taste is somewhat tart with lingering hop bitterness. The malt is just too slight for a perfect balance, but it is close.

M - Medium to light. Carbonation throughout lends a lightness to this typically medium-heavy style.

D - Drinkability is very good. This is a relatively bold and flavorful beer, typical Stone, but still very refreshing. The 6.9% abv is hardly evident during consumption.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA and would certainly satisfy any hop-lover not looking for a roundhouse to the tastebuds from overpowering hop deliciousness.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the most flavorful yet well balanced IPAs I can recall. The cloudy, golden/orange body pours with a snow white cap of foam that recedes and leaves a thin but persistent ring of lace.

The aroma is incredibly appetizing and very well pronounced. Bright with tons of citrus and sticky, bitter hops. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and lots of fresh pine. Caramel malt and a bready goodness.

Lots of crisp, sweet citrus; again juicy orange and grapefruit. A distinct note of pine and spice. The hops are all other the place; pine, floral, big and bitter. They really blend in well with the caramel malt backbone. Buttery with lots of cereal graininess. Clean and refreshing. Rustles up thoughts of summer time. So well balanced and flavorful.

Medium bodied but super crisp and refreshing. This beer delivers the best of both worlds as far as an IPA is concerned. Bready malt with piny hops. Almost sticky sweet/bitter with crisp refreshment. So well put together. One of the best representations of the style there is.

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Photo of Brewzzle
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As one of my favourite styles of beer this certainly ranks up there with the best I've had.

The first thing you notice when you pop the bottle is the aroma, wonderfully clean with a very strong hop profile. The aroma just get stronger as it pours, in fact I was not sure if I would spoil the moment by actually drinking the beer. Well, I am glad I took a taste, it has well rounded body, full of malt, hop bitterness and too many other delicate flavors my palate couldn't discern. The overall feeling it left me with is that it is well made, everything in proportion.

If it weren't so expensive I think I could just drink this IPA and be completely satisfied.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville into a pint glass.

Appearance: Transparent orange amber with a sticky, one-and-a-half-finger head with great retention. Lacing is equally sticky, bubbles are active. The color really is very nice, a treat to look at.

Smell: Every hop scent imaginable is present here - I detect fruity esters (predominantly orange, but with some tangy lemon and pineapple as well), crisp pine, and spiciness floral herbs. Very pungent, I can smell it from quite some distance.

Taste: Spicey! Peppery, herbal hops hit first, with bright, brilliant citrus and sharp, sprucelike notes present as well. Moderate malty sweetness and a touch of earthy mustiness from the yeast, as well as the slightest hint of alcohol, rounds it off. Damn.

Mouthfeel: Probably the creamiest IPA I've ever had. It's very smooth, which is somewhat at odds with such a crisp taste, but it works surprisingly well.

Drinkability: A pretty big beer, large and in charge. Really very enjoyable, eminently sessionable, available in sixers or 22 oz bottles ... what more do you need? A world-class American IPA.

I do believe we have a winner. My new favorite IPA, I didn't believe it possible to pack this many distinct hop notes into one beer. Excellent dry-hopping - a very assertive, very fruity, very pleasant surprise. Cheers!

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Photo of Keithstone44
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The beer is hazy-golden in color, with a slim 1-finger head. This is a very aromatic beer with lots of floral and citrus notes; I also detect a little honey at the tail end. At first taste, the grapefruit and citrus flavors are very evident, as well as a noticeable hop-bitterness that is strong but not overpowering. The body of this beer is exceptional, for it accomplishes being creamy yet highly-drinkable. The carbonation is a little much, but the taste outweighs this minute flaw. In comparison to other trademark IPA's. this brew holds its own with ease.

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

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

A - Pours a very hazy dark orange, with a touch off white head. Big lacing.

S - Grapefruit and citrus hops, a touch of pine, and a decent malt backbone round out the aroma. Maybe even a bit astringent.

T - The bitter hop flavors more or less follow the nose, but the malt backbone comes on stronger in the flavor. Finishes with a blast of piney hops.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a bit sudsy feeling. The carbonation level is perfect.

O - Overall, a fantastic beer - I actually enjoyed it much more than the Ruination IPA. I will have to try to get some of this back to Nebraska.

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

a - Copper color with foamy head and constant rising bubbles. Moderate lacing

s - Spicy floral northwest hoppy aroma

t - Prominant taste of cascade hops hops, you know, pine and grapefruit. Nice bitterness mellowed by the spiciness

m - Rich oily feel with good carbonation.

d - Stands up nicely to food and good by itself. Since I found this beer I have been drinking it regularily. It is currently my favorite regular beer.

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

Appearance- Pours crystal clear light amber with a failry billowy head. Head has some staying power, but not to much. Very good lacing for an IPA.

Aroma- Interesting blend of floral hops and sourness. Can't identify the sour componant, but it smells great.

Taste- Very good balance between agressive flavoring hops, bittering hops and malt sweetness. This is a very sessionable IPA.

Mouthfeel- Thick for an IPA, but it works!!! Good carbonation level. Clings to the inside of your mouth, which is a good thing, because I love them hops!!!

Drinkability- Very drinkable for an IPA. The hops are very noticable without banging you over the head. One of the best IPAs out there.

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Photo of RRoeb1123
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint glass

Appearance: A bit of a straw color, with a nice yellow. HUGE foamy head, that settle down nicely and leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Very floral and citrusy, with hints of caramel, grapefruit, and pine from the hops.

Taste: Absolutely wonderful, the bite of the hops is there, but it's not aggressive, it's balanced nicely with the malt. Finish is very nice, and leaves a hint of pine on the palate.

Mouthfeel: A bit of carbonation, just enough to feel a bit prickly, but not overbearing.

Drinkability: I could drink these all day long, but at 6.9% it would hit the head after a few. Absolutely a joy to drink

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

A: Light golden color with a two finger white head that really stays around.

S: Wonderful citrusy hops are on the forefront of this. Very fresh smell also. Definitely smells like a West Coast IPA!

T: Very clean, fresh hop flavor. Definitely hop-forward with piney/citrusy hops. Not much in the way of a malt backbone - just enough to push the hops forward. Not aggressively hoppy - just enough to showcase them. Clean taste too. Very nicely done, and very west coast.

M: Lighter body, with a nice level of carbonation to carry the flavors. Dry finish. Makes this refreshing and very drinkable.

D: Eminently drinkable. You won't get tired of drinking this.

Stone's IPA is a classic West Coast IPA. There may be IPAs I enjoy more, but this is basically a flawless example of the style.

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

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light honey-orange, slightly hazy. Starts off with a nice half-inch of white head. Retention isn't so great, though. What's left is a "partly cloudy" surface which leaves a moderate lace.

Smells citrusy, a bit sweet. Hoppy and spicy.

Tastes great. Has great hop character, which is balanced out more so than other IPAs. Typical grapefruit, but a decent amount of pineapple and herbs as well.

Mouthfeel is spot-on. A nice hoppy dryness which isn't overpowering.

Very drinkable. This breew exemplifies the excelence I've come to expect from Stone.

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

Cowboy style

A- The bottle looked good...

S- Sharp and aggressive with some citrus

T- Wonderfully bitter and strong with a nice undercurrent of citrus notes

M- Smooth, not overcarbonated, not too thick or too thin for an IPA

Fantastic beer. My friend handed me a bottle. We were looking after a house and I didn't want to bother him with a request for a glass (being that he'd have to wash it) so I just drank it from the bottle as he was. Still an exceptional beer, even just out of the bottle. Can't imagine how incredible it is in a glass much less on tap. Great beer. Bitter is better.

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

Poured a hazy-amber orange with a sticky, thick off-white head with excellent retention. The smell was dominated by piney, grapefruity aromas giving good anticipation of hoppiness. The taste was a knockout. wonderful grapefruity hoppiness balanced beautifully with a pungent malty sweet/sourness. Nice quenching, dry finish. Became much more bitter as it warmed up. Good crispness in the mouth. Not as sessionable as some other IPAs because of the slightly higher ABV, but enjoyable nonetheless. I look forward to having this again and again -- definitely worth the 20-minute trip to Julio's for this one!

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

golden color with a nice white head that leaves minimal lacing.

smells and tastes of hops and citrus fruits. fruit sweetness up front with a bitter hop end that leaves you reaching for more. lots and lots of hops in this one.

medium bodied and has fantastic drinkability.

one of my favorite all-time beers. definitely recommended.

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

Poured from a bottle into a glass mug. Gorgeous off-white clumpy head that made me smile with glee. A rich golden amber color, definately screams "I'm an awesome IPA, drink me NOW!" The smell was what I imagine a hops field smells like. Very grassy, hoppy, with that little hops citrus kick. The taste was AMAZINGLY delicious. The hops attacks, smooths, cools, chills, whatever. I loved it. it was so deep, citrusy, grassy, and all of the above. SO MUCH HOPS. The mouth feel was heavy, and dark. I loved it. The drinkability is way too high for something this hoppy. Glad I have 5 more, and a liquor store with half a dozen more six packs!

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz into tulip glass. I had heard so many good things about Stone, and this being my first beer of theirs, I was not disappointed! This is all that you expect from an IPA: Bold, hoppy, whamma bama crocodile slammah! Glad I bought the full six pack.

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

Being a big fan of both IPA's and Stone I was psyched when I found a bottle of their IPA. It pours a slightly hazy golden blond color with a thin white head that faded to a ring around the beer. The aroma is mainly citrus, but I detect some toasted malts there as well. Each sip is packed with flavor. Toasted malts, citrus and a hoppy bitterness complete each sip. A slightly sticky palate and linger hoppy flavors remain behind.

This beer is very drinkable and hides it's 7% abv very well. I can't wait to get another bottle.

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Photo of TheBeerDog
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - light orange, pours a nice head and leaves lots of tracing on the glass

S - Pine, citrus, ya know that wonderful west coast IPA aroma

T - bold and bitter, but not overwhelmingly so

M - pleasant, smooth

Overall - I've had Stone IPA on several occasions, but this is the first time I've had it in quite a while. At first drink, believe it or not, I kinda felt that it tasted a little watery. But then I realized that my perception has been altered somewhat by my recent consumption of many bold high alcohol IPAs, porters and stouts. However, once I reached the bottom of the glass, I was enjoying this quite a bit, and was pleasantly reminded of my previous dalliances with this beer. Overall, this is a great beer. If you're looking for something more bold and daring, reach for the Ruination or Arrogant Bastard. But if you're craving something more drinkable, less bitter, and, dare I say, sessionable, go with the IPA!

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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