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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 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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10,817
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4.23
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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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Photo of TPoling
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imagine walking through a field of flowers. See the cool colors amid the green. Take in the fresh scents. Now drink it. That is the essence of Stone IPA.

This India pale ale from Stone Brewing Co. is the second of the company's well-respected beer line to make it into Texas. It follows the strong and malty Arrogant Bastard Ale, which endears itself to drinkers by declaring the prospective drinker is not worthy to drink it and probably won't like it.

Stone IPA is a little less heavy on the malt and leaves a crispness that lets the Chinook and Cascade hops shine through. This would stand up great to Mexican food, with the hops cutting through the heat of the chile and is refreshing enough not to add to the heaviness of the abundance of melted cheese, meat and lard-laden refritos. The bad news is they probably don't sell this in the same places you can buy a No. 2 dinner.

The first time I opened this beer -- with great expectations of taste -- it took a full five minutes before it passed my lips because the scent was so intoxicating. Even my wife, who does not drink alcohol, was pleased with the nose. Car air fresheners could be right around the corner.

If I could afford a case of this stuff at $3.79 a bottle, this would be my summer drink of choice and share a special place of honor next to the assortment of hefe weizens that crowd the beerarator when the thermostat gets over 90, usually beginning in March.

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Photo of amcmaho1
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have had the IPA many times in a bottle, but have found myself at a local bar with it on tap, and my computer in front of me so...

Appearance: Great dark golden colored body, nice amount of translucency. The head dissipates quickly, but there is great lacing. A very "typical" American IPA.

Smell: Great hop profile on the nose (after all, it is Stone). Lots of citrus and some fruity esters but a prevalent bitterness regardless. Little malty balance, but definitely hop forward.

Taste: Great balance of hops here, along with the sweet malt body; makes for a very well balanced IPA. , Relatively dry finish, but not oppressive, simply a pleasant IPA. I get some yeasty notes towards the end of the taste, but pretty minor (tap line issue possibly?).

Mouthfeel: Smooth, semi-dry, and not thick in the slightest. This is a really great American IPA, a really great presentation of the style, especially a "SoCal IPA."

Drinkability: Very high! Truly great beer with a lot of elements working in it's favor!

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Photo of bark
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The colour is gold with a tint of red, the liquid is clear. The two finger head is white and compact; it sinks slowly to a thick lid leaving no lacing.

The strong smell is smooth with an elegant sweetness, bitter citric hops, resin, rye bread, honey melon and red apples.

The taste is highly balanced and very smooth. Citric juice and peels, resin, pine needles, growing clean bitterness. Semi-sweet notes of rye bread and caramel. Medium to full body. The aftertaste got growing notes of grapefruits, lemon and orange peels, passing clean alcohol and rose-flavoured candy. The finish got elegant bitter flavours, pomegranate and a lingering grapefruit note.

The carbonation is medium to mild; the small bubbles fresh and long-lasting. The liquid is smooth.

A brilliant solid AIPA.

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

This is a great IPA. The aroma is in full and assertive; primarily citrus and floral. This is what I expect from an American IPA. The flavor is good and bitter with a little sweetness but definitely tilted to the hops. The mouthfeel is round and full with a medium body. This beer finishes clean but bitter and leaves me wanting more. Any hop head will happy with this one!!

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

A cloudy burnt orange color with good off-white foam. A bountiful hop aroma seems to alternate between citrus and pine. The taste seems to confirm this as the pine bitterness gives way to the citrus finish. The hop bitterness lingers for awhile but not overpowering. This IPA has a very smooth feel and is so well balanced that I think it is just a wonderful introduction for anyone into the IPA style. Easy drinking and complex, a great IPA for anytime, anywhere.

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

Pours a perfectly cloudy amber/straw into my Duvel tulip. A thin off-white head of well-knit foam produces clinging sheets of lace after a gentle swirl.

Aroma is orange peel, sweet flowers, pine, herb, hints of biscuit and yeast. It is perfume, inviting my nose to stay upon the snifter's rim. The balance is magnificent.

How delicious! It is a bright expansion of complexity and satisfaction. Not an explosion, but an expansion, in the way of mind expansion. My taste buds react in joy to grapefruit pine flowers herbal spice yeasty sweet and earth tones which each accomplish shining in their own right while creating a beautiful symphony of living flavors that crest in a long dry finish. Each sip outshines the last as my tongue enlightens to this.

In the mouth it is marvelous, light, dry, perfectly carbonated, not resinous to detriment, just the feel to please an IPA lover.

Taste, flavor, mouthfeel combine to produce extraordinary drinkability. This bomber likely will be empty in five more minutes.

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

Poured this from bottle bought at a local store. Poured it into a pint glass. It made a 1/8" off-white head that left a lot of lacing down the sides of the glass throughout the drinking of the beer. The smell was pine, citrus w/ a faint malt that is easily over-powered by the assertive hop smell. The taste is more hops. It is bitter, but the bitterness mellows quickly. This beer has a bitter, pleasant aftertaste. Despite the bitterness and assertive hops, the mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. I find it very drinkable.

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

Poured from a 22oz. into a gigantic beer mug (34oz). Wish I had one a bit smaller... but it's nice to feel like a king.
Look: Super gold with what looks to be a nice, moderate amount
of carbonation. A nice finger and a half head. Wonderful lace retention.
Smell: Sweet, citrus with a very balanced malt background. It gets a 5 due to the balance, very, very nice.
Taste: Much like the smell, it has wonderful balance . The went very hoppy but made it nice and crisp. A little too much of the citrus hop flavor, but just a little, tiny bit.
Mouth: Good carbonation, goes down smooth but the aftertaste bitters up a little much.
Drinkability: A good choice for any IPA fans. Easy to session (just under 7%) and not too heavy in the belly. I like.

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

Pour was a nice light amber, leaving a medium white head and decent lacing. Smell was lovely. Grapefruit, citrus hops with some floral notes as well. Some sweet caramel malts in there also. Taste was much of the same. Juicy, citrus hop flavor with a good floral attribute that followed smell closely. Malts add a little backbone and make this a near balanced treat. Mouthfeel is thirst quenching. A little bittersweet tingle on the tongue that is great. Drinkability is also up there. Doesn't seem like a 6.9% IPA, more like 6 tops to me. One of my favorites within the style. I'd put it up with the Two Hearted.

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

Aroma: You’ve just stepped into a hop factory. Cascade? Not sure, but fresh hops, with subtle hints of hops with hop overtones. Deep in the smell, there is a hint of malt that is quickly hit over the head with hops and told to stay down.
Appearance: Well… pale. Light straw color that issued a sad little head, but left a ring of suds that impressed me with a light lace/tide marks for being so small. The second pour from the bomber I got more aggressive with the pour, and gained a fluffy white head, but clung to the side with lace and quickly died, and left the beer noticeably flatter. The head on the third (half glass) pour showed very large bubbles.
Flavor: Hoppy, but not bitter.
Mouthfeel: Silky. It doesn’t feel like a pale ale, closer to a bock in mouthfeel, but oh, so smooth. Liquid jello? It practically races down your throat.
Overall Impression: I got this because I’ve learned to respect Stone Brewery, and it ranked so highly on the “Top Beers” list. It took me a while to get past HOPPY, but I started to understand that this beer, with hops, hops, and more hops, wasn’t screwing my face into a, forgive me “bitter beer face”. The balance allows the entire hop flavor to come through, but backs it with enough malt to leave no edge at all. The smooth finish encourages another drink, and another, so drinkability is only slowed by the sizable alcoholic kick that creeps up on you. This is a liquid celebration of the noble hop. If this is what British soldiers got while serving in India, I think I’d sign up. While not for the faint of heart, this is a must-taste for any hop head.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a single 12 oz of this at the Davis Co-Op today because i realized that i'd never actually tried it and i thought that was a little odd. Pours a yellowish orange, with a lower level of carbonation and a shorter head than i had expected. Head is only about an eight of an inch and very white. Smells of clementine juice, hop oils and lemons. Flavor is everything i would assume...perfect balance of citrusy hops on a nice soft malt backbone. Bitterness is there, but that's not the defining character of the beer, more of something that creeps in later, to remind you to take another sip. Its all about the delicious hop flavors and they get it perfectly right. mmmm. Smooth, medium body. Drinks like a dream. Excellent.

When my dad (who loves IPAs) comes out from Philly to visit, Ill have a sixer of this as well as Firestone IPA and Green Flash IPA waiting for him. Cream of the CA crop, IMO.

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

Wow! Unbelievable IPA. Hoppy is all hell. This beer doesn't need much description because it is damn near perfect. The best description of it would be this: Hops hops hops hops hops hops hops hops hops hops hops and more hops. Nice color, thick head sticks to glass. Excellent almost permanent retention. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste hops again. Although for the amount of hops it has, it is still remarkably balanced. Nice medium to full bodied feel. Carbonation on par. Drinkability is great as long as you like hoppy brews. Awesome IPA.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.23 out of 5 based on 10,817 ratings.
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