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 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.

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

A- A nice, golden orange color with lacing down the side.

S-Smells of citrus and grain.

T-Deliciously hoppy, I do love this beer (I picked it up on a whim).

D - Very hoppy beers are not what I normally go for, but I do enjoy them for a change of pace. This beer took care of my hops hunger. :) Overall very pleased.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A clean golden glow lights up this beer. About a finger worth of head throughout drinking. A tantalizing thick layer of lacing stuck to the glass. Carbonation played happily.

Smell: A perfect citrus aroma. Sweetness in the undertones of caramel, dark fruits, and molasses. Oh yeah, and the hops. Really knocks you on your butt, in the best way possible.

Taste: The hop bitterness bites on the front of this beer. The body is a magical combination of exotic fruits, caramel, molasses, pine, and a sweeter hop presence. The strong hops show up again in the end of this beer and make you appreciate what this beer brings.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, the hop presence in this beer really cleans off that palette. The sweetness in this beer finds its way into the mouthfeel.

Overall: This beer is everything that an IPA should be. Such a deep complex taste, simply wonderful. This beer was the first craft beer that really opened my eyes to truly great beer. I feel like Stone can almost get taken for granted being so widely available but they really bring it with all their brews, especially the IPA's.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is yellowish gold color, with a foamy white head.

The smell is quite hoppy. A bit piny and floral.

The taste is sweet with a blend of citric hops, floral hops, and some peppery feel to it as well.

I have heard many good things about Stone brewery and the IPA that they brew. I have yet to be misled by BA reviews in the past so I picked this up and gave it a try.

One of the best IPAs that I have ever tried, hell, one of the best beers I've ever tried. A great spicey hop taste that is just what you would expect from a good IPA but is also quite drinkable.

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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 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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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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