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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

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 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 hero27
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, damn glad this comes in sixers.

An IPA that's great ice cold or warmed up to let the bold flavors shine. Absolutely a classic, and would compete with Alpha King for IPA fridge-space if I could purchase this one locally. My only regret is that I don't have a case or two of this left for this summer.

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Photo of ITK4ever
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love hops. DFH 60 minute, Smutty...these are nrmally my "go-to's". But Stone has moved up to the #1 spot on my IPA list. The quality Stone puts into every minute detail is extraordinary!!!! If only every American company could model themselves afer Stone...we'd find ourselves in a new era on the global stage.

As soon as the bottle is opened, there's no sense of balance whatsoever, unless your idea of balance is hoppy. On the nose, in the pour, in the color, lacing....all denotes hops. Just a brief hint of maltiness in the middle, then more hops in the finish. That malt and of course the IPA are the only differences between this and Ruination.

Like I said...I'm a Smutty and DFH guy, but with Stone a recent addition to Maryland offerings, it hasn't taken long to make onto my favorite's list.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 03/20/11 printed on the bottle. Consumed on 02/09/11.

A - Pours a beautiful clear gold. White 2 finger head with large bubbles. Leaves incredible lacing. Beautiful beer.

S - Smell is all hops. Citrusy, grapefruity. Great stuff. Very west coast.

T - Starts off nice and balanced. When you attempt to swallow, your tongue is bashed with hop bitterness. Nice crisp finish with a slight grapefruit aftertaste. More balanced than Ruination. Very good.

M - Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Medium with good carbonation. Leaves the bitterness for just long enough.

D - Drinkable because of the nice bitter finish and because it tastes so darn good.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 100th review on BA! I wanted to make it something special. I purchased Stone IPA and Ruination at Smyrna World of Beverage. Their "beer geek", Jake, suggested both. Thanks pal! I chose the IPA. I've never had either that I remember. I generally avoid Stone due to the strange descriptions on their bottles.

Pours a beautiful slightly opaque orange (my wife says it's more caramel or golden) into a Duvel tulip glass. The head is two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves thick, sticky lacing behind. It makes me think I should downgrade the other 5's I've given for appearance.

The aroma is strong of pine and citrus hops: lemon peel, orange and tangerine. The citrus is sweeter, rather than bitter like grapefruit. However, once I take a sip, I do get some grapefruit balanced with sweet malts and then a semi-bitter finish. Stone IPA is really a delicious and balanced IPA. My impression of Stone beers is that they want you to think everything they brew is over-the-top and extreme, but the only thing extreme about this one is it is extremely delicious and refreshing. It's more balanced and should have more mass appeal than their propaganda suggests, which I'll disregard from now on.

The more I progress through this bomber the more bitter hop character I get. Still it never seems out of balance; there's always some sweetness and body there as well. The mouth feel is medium with just enough carbonation to keep it refreshing. The 7.7 abv is completely undetectable in the taste, but left me with a little buzz that sneaked up on me.

Stone IPA made for a perfect early evening on this unseasonably nice mid-February day. It went well with a Nicaraguan puro cigar, an aged Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic robusto. This IPA is as good as any of my favorites and will surely be a regular in my fridge from this day forward.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber, served into a Duvel tulip.

A - Deep golden color, which poured a frothy white head with excellent retention. Lacing was very prominent, and all over the glass.

S - Smell is quite hoppy, yet quite well balanced with florals/spice/citrus blending together nicely.

T&M - Hop bomb. Delicious cascade hops round out the medium body of this brew. Earthy tones, as well as floral, grassy, piney, and citrus flavors balance the hops wonderfully. Bitterness does not stay for long, and fades to an oily, yet refreshing mouthfeel.

D - Drinkability is high. Easy to drink. Nice ABV.

Overall, a top-notch IPA. This beer really sets the standard on the style, and brings it's own little bit of uniquness to the mix as well. Another fine offering from Stone Brewing.

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Photo of Lupe
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden-amber color with a frothy white head that leaves sticky rings of lace.
Floral and citrus hop aroma with some herbal notes along with hints of fruit and sweet malt.
Rich flavor with a good combination of hops and malt. The malt peeks out from the hops with, fruit, a hint of caramel sweetness, and lightly toasted bread. Big time hop flavor with citrus (grapefruit and lemon), pine, and grass, with herbal and floral notes. Tantalizing bitterness is not overpowering, but assertive and draws you in for another glup. Alcohol stays hidden. Finishes dry with hops in the aftertaste.
Medium-full in body, smooth and creamy yet also crisp. Highly drinkable and very tasty.
A great IPA.

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Photo of bosco7
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Freshness Date: 3/13/07 Tasted On: 3/20/07

A- Pale-copper tinged. Very clear. I like my pale ales pale. This is pale. Two finger head that lasts. Sticky lacing.

S- Huge hop aroma. Citrusy and sprucey notes up front and slight toffee aroma underneath.

T- Starts with a pleasantly clean caramel malt character, grapefruit and pine needles. Finishes with aggressive/astringent bitterness. Harsh but pleasant.

M- Medium body. Nice carbonation, not too much bite but just enough.

D-Extremely drinkable despite it's aggressive character. This is one of my favorite beers and not a month goes by without having one.

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bomber poured into a pint glass.

The smell is fresh and hoppy and just strong enough to be pleasant.

The beer has a very interesting taste. It starts off with a decent hit of hops and then it just goes smooth from there. No big hit o aftertaste or anything like a normal PA.

As a fan of IPA's, I will admit that it is odd that it took me this long to finally get around to trying a favorite like this. I must admit, I look forward to a couple more pints of this and some of the other brews that they offer.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly orangish, golden color. A little lighter in color than most IPA's. Nice thick white head that has good retention and leaves a ton of lace. Aroma is hops. Citrusy grapefruit and pine lead the way here.

Taste is very hoppy. Grapefruit peel is very strong here. Its not pure hops though as some bready malt along with a touch of caramel help balance things out. Lingering bitterness on the palate. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth, pleasant carbonation level. Well worth seeking out while I was in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Unfortunately its not available in MO, maybe sometime soon it will be. Great beer.

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Photo of Weli
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Crystal clear golden amber with a 1/2 inch off white head, lingering to fine white lacing

S-Intense citrusy american hop aroma, Grapefruit and tangerine

T-Citrusy hop flavor up front with smooth, slightly sweet maltiness, finishing dry and bitter, but quite balanced for an IPA

M-Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry finish

O-Excellent American IPA. Reminiscent of Bell's Two hearted. Would enjoy comparing these side by side. Slightly different hop profile but very similar tasting grain bills.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright gold with perfect lacing and a perfect head that remains throughout.

S: This cask had Amarillos added to it and even the most novice of beer drinkers can smell them immediately. Fruity notes as well as herbs.

T: Hop spice up front. The beautiful thing about this cask is that by adding the Amarillos another dimension was added without obliterating the other flavors.

M: Bubbly and happy. You will feel and taste the Amarillo hops for some time after this beer is finished.

D: I marked the drinkability down half a point on this because I am not sure if I would want to drink Amarillo hops all evening.

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Photo of McStagger
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of Walker8810
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a beautiful light copper color with an inch of light airy foam.

Aroma: huge citrusy hop nose. i have yet to come across a beer that caputures the essence of fresh hops like this one does. magnificent.

Taste: wonderfully bitter with slightly malty undertones. the hops dominate, as they should.

Mouthfeel: smooth

Drinkability: too good. even at 7% abv, they're easy to drink. i may get in trouble w/ too many of these.

Overall: easily the best IPA i've ever had. like hop flowers in a glass.

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Photo of cokes
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wohoo! This is an IPA I can dig into!
Pours a deep golden body. White head is thin. Fades to a laces and sticks around. There are actually hops specks in my glass.
The nose is literally blasted with the aroma. Lemon and grapefruit. Pine and tropical fruit. Heavenly!
Taste is big on the hops, but well-balanced. Starts with some grapefruit and pine, then segues to some carmel and toasted notes. Finishes up with some sap-like hops. Lingers in the mouth long after the sip.
Fills the mouth with flavor. Nothing obscene or offensive. Just solid IPA goodness.
Makes me wonder what some of Stone's other IPA's are like.

Thank you very much, Bighuge. This was worth the 250 mile trip in itself

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Photo of BeanBone
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy, golden-orange colored body with a finger and a half of sudsy, off-white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma: An abundance of floral, perfumy, citrusy hops right off the bat. Beyond the hops, a sweet medium malt base and a few whiffs of booze. Damn, this smells good.

Taste: Up front, tons of grapefruity, piney, and assertively bitter hops lead the charge. Underneath, a solid caramel malt backbone keeps everything relatively balanced. Bright and tasty from the first sip to the last and never too bitter for the style. The aftertaste keeps the resiny bitterness going well into your next sip.

Mouthfeel: A slightly more full than medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish. Every now and then, a hint of alcohol burn.

Drinkability: As long as you're into hops, the only thing to slow you down is the almost seven percent alcohol content.

Verdict: As I had imagined, this is essentially Ruination's (relatively) little brother. In all honesty, this IPA is a lot hoppier (and a damn sight tastier) than many brewer's Double IPAs - just what you'd expect from the boys at Stone. Well done!

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Photo of Brent
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some beers are big, but this one is gigantic. Pushes the hops envelope with gusto! Fantastic aroma of grapefruit with a tinge of sweetness (pink grapefruit/tangerine?) Hops stake a claim in the flavor right from the start, but then back off just enough to let the malt shine through, then the hops settle back in for a slow, bitter finish. Not over the top with hops, but teetering on the edge. An outstanding IPA.

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Photo of Gavage
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on two bottles, and my expectations were high. It poured a nice golden orange color with a 1/2" head. The head slowly disappeared to thin trails on top of the beer. The aroma was phenominal - strong floral with a sweetness that left me inhaling a few times before the first taste. The taste brought immediate bitterness that mellowed to a slightly bitter and sweet malt on the tongue. This lasted for a good minute or so. The hop and malt balance is perfect, even though both are bold. Being a regular Hop Devil drinker, this IPA is in an elite league.

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Photo of elniko
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint

A: Good looking deep amber, half finger of head with nice lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Wonderful smell, not overpowering with hops. Very fruity, citrusy smell.

T & M: I am biased going in because this is by far my favorite IPA that I have had. Perfect hops concentration, gives the brew the necessary IPA bitterness but also gives some fruitiness quality that makes this brew a step above the average American IPA. Mouthfeel is top-notch, this is a beer that lingers on the tongue and leaves you wanting more.

D: Highly drinkable for IPA, reasonably high alcohol content is completely non-apparent. I have yet to have a Stone beer that left me at all disappointed.

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Photo of Hopheadjnr
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass

A...clear and deep golden with low white head that keeps a thin layer over the beer the while way down. decent lacing.

S...really a very floral bouquet. Great nose on this beer, smells fantastic!

T...hops forward with a doughy kind of malt cutting through. Lots of hops but, maintains a balanced flavor overall.

M...just sticky enough. Good carbonation.

O... Just about a perfect ipa. Go get it.

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Photo of Bitzy
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA! I usually don't drink very bitter beers like IPA's, but this one really impressed me.

Appearance: cloudy golden color with a 1/4 inch head that slowly disspates, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Although the hops jump at you, the sweetness of backround flavors of citrus and cloves are apparant and inviting.

Taste: The different hops combined in this fabulous brew lend themselves to a sweet and floral twang that tickles the taste buds. The hops are delicious and balanced by the sweetness of the malts. Also, the bitterness is perfectly placed in the overall taste experience of the beer.

Drinkability: Although this beer is delicious, I could not drink more than one at a time. I split a 22oz. bottle with 2 other friends and slowly sipped it and enjoyed all its complexities.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a hazy golden color with a finger of fluffy white head that lingers nicely, has a large amount of suspended sediment and a slight amount of carbonation bubbles
S: this is the scent i look for in IPA's, beautiful citrus hop notes, a nice lightness and a very slight piney finish
T: nice citrus hops backed up by a very gentle maltiness to give it a bit of balance, hits with bitterness and leaves with depth
M: light carbonation tingle, smooth, no bite, slight driness left on the palate
O: phenomenal, lives up to everything i had expected and really hit what i want in an IPA

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Photo of setexascustoms
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- A lovely bright golden amber. A moderately aggressive pour yielded just over one finger of head, nice and rocky, off white. Retention was fair and the lacing had a lot of stick.

S- Very aromatic hops; with citric, floral and piney notes. The kind of smell that implores you to drink this beer, with a slight bready malt presence as well.

T- Hops up front with a lot of citrus zest, and a little rind. Bready malts come in to help balance it out into the lingering bitter finish.

M- Full bodied and slick, which is a staple to me in good IPAs. Slightly dry in the finish.

O- It may be a little on the bitter side of balanced, and I could see how it might not be everyone's cup of tea. But that's OK, I love it. One of my favorite IPAs. Besides, it's almost worth it just for the cool silk screened bottle :)

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Photo of timus1119
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass,cloudy orange in color,nice two finger head,with good lacing,with hop resin on side of glass,nose is classic ipa,grapefruit,citrus,pine,hops,hops,hops..classic west coast ipa,hop bomb,very little malt...a hop heads dream!!,go out and get this classic aipa offering from a great san diego brewer...CHEERS!!!

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Photo of Melikeydahop
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you would like to know how this beer tastes, looks, or smells please feel free to read the 2500 reviews that came before mine. What I can say is that the only beers I keep in my fridge with the exception of some Hoegaarten (for my wife..she likes it with lemon) are APA's and IPA's. Me likey me ales pale and hoppy. I'm no expert but I've tried many of them and I know what I like and what I do not. And I like Stone IPA. For you IPA newbees don't be scared off by the 6.9% abv, it's pretty much unnoticeable.

I'm a huge proponent of putting APA's and IPA's in the freezer for about 15 minutes before drinking them. There is just a crispness with these type of beers that is accentuated by drinking them very very cold. However, by the end of the beer, when it warms up a bit you really know what you have. Lesser quality APA's and IPA's tend to lose that crispness as well as show their alcohol content once the beer warms. So if it still tastes good and not so boozy when it warms you have yourself a real winner. And that's what you have with Stone IPA. Super delicious when ice cold..still pretty darn good when piss warm...can't say that about many beers. If you haven't tried it and enjoy hoppy beers, get on it my good people, you'll be glad you did. Good thing about this one is that you can find it at almost any liquor store. Which, in my book certainly adds a notch or two to the rating.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber/gold with a modest yet persistent head.

Aroma- first of all, I can smell this beer at arm's length. Strong spicy/citrusy hops in spades, but also a ton of sweet caramel and hints of tropical fruit. Very fresh, very nice.

This is a hoppy beer for sure, but it is also remarkably well balanced. Essentially the flavors carry through on the aroma- but there is the addition of a rich, malty mouthfeel supporting a good amount of bitterness. Everything works well together and nothing about this beer is out of place.

Pour me another!

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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