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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a golden orange, clear brew with a fair amount of off-white head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is intoxicatingly rich in sweet, piney hops and caramel. A bit one sided, but I gave it a full five anyway.

Taste is much like the aroma, but the hops are a bit less on the sweet side and pack quite the bitter punch. Some orange peel as well. Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, and has a lingering hoppy bite that lasts just the right amount of time. Definately a beer that's drinkable as hell, I could easily have 3-4 of these in one sitting. Fantastic offering from Stone, they haven't disappointed yet.

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Photo of pjohnston007
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Keep in mind that my gold standard is Dogfishead's 90-minute IPA.

Stone IPA (notes from last night):

A: Surprisingly deep orange. Good, white head. This beer is alive!
S: Hops. Good hops. Plenty of hops.
M: Somehow...not as well-balanced as 90m IPA.
D: Very drinkable. A very good beer, well deserving of a 91.

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

A-Pours amber/copper with minimal head, the lack of head prevents this from getting more than a four.

S-Hops, hops, hops. this is how a beer should smell, sticky piney grapfruit hops.

T-The hops definitely hits you first, followed by some sweetness from the malt. Very hoppy yet balanced.

M-Very good here too, it is the perfect consistency with good carbonation.

D-I could drink these all night. Enough for mee to get into some serious trouble.

This is my go to beer living in San Diego. It is a really well balanced beer despite the xtreme hoppiness. I will miss having this cost $7 a sixer when i move back to NYC. This is perhaps the best example of a West Coast IPA. I would love to distribute this in Europe and see how they woudl deal.

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

A: Pours a beautiful light amber with some orange and golden highlights. A large, three-fingered frothy off-white head slowly settles to a nice foamy covering. Some nice, thin sheets of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Initially I got some piney hop aromas, but after the head settled I was blasted with grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple flavors. Fruity esters from the sweeter malts blend nicely with the citrus hop aromas. It continues to develop and impress throughout--I'm constantly smelling and inhaling the aromas this gives off.

T&M: Herbal, grassy, floral and light citrus hops across a biscuity/bready malt base. Some non-hop fruity esters blend in, as well. A wonderfully complex, hop-tastic flavor. The finish is lightly drying with the malty sweetness cutting the hop bitterness nicely. Body is on the heavy side of medium with a light, zesty carbonation that really works well.

D: Stone IPA is a masterfully crafted beer. All facets of the experience are top-notch. The higher ABV limits drinkability a bit, but not much. I'd definitely try to session this one (don't know how much success I'd have, though!).

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Photo of niknar
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy copper-orange color with an excellent off-white head that creates thick, lumpy bubbles. Makes a great impression right out of the bottle! The aroma is strong with both pine and grapefruit. Hops and malt take a backseat, but are still present underneath. The taste is as big as the bottle and Stone Brewery's reputation. The hops hit with a huge bang right from the first sip. Some faint hop sweetness works into the fold in the middle, then disappears as the lingering hops slam your senses to a bitter / sour finish that is quite dry. Mouthfeel is just about right: full bodied but carbonated just enough to dampen the blow of the hops. One area this offering scores just a little lower is the drinkability. It's just a bit too sour to drink much. One bottle is probably about all I could handle at any given time. However, all things considered, this is a truly great IPA that is worthy the Stone name.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Translucent strawberry blonde, with a white cloud of of head that quickly gave way to clingly ring of lace, but with only a swirl the head came right back to life, giving away that incredible hoppy aroma. Pine trees, citrus, grassy, this thing has the whole nine yards. The first sip goes down dry and lip-smackingly bitter, but somehow the malt fights it's way through and holds on to the back of your palate after the first coat of hops saturates your tastebuds into submission. Maybe my sample was getting a little old (6-8 months I'd say), but I kinda tasted a little vanilla in the aftertaste, something I didn't notice when I had the first 2-3 from my 6 pack. Alcohol also makes it's presence known after about the half pint mark. For some people balance in a Beer is important, and I sort of fall into that catergory, but sometimes in life you find balance in inequality, order in chaos, yada-yada-yada. This Beer is the gold standard of American IPAs, and my personal favorite from Stone, regardless of the Bastards and the Ruinations and whatever. This one I could drink every day, I've enjoyed it this summer in the balmy heat of Florida and last night in the great Canadian winter. I'm a very seasonal drinker and rare are the brews that I crave year-round, but this one is on the list.

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Photo of kazmaniac
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Nice generous fluffy head with small tight bubbles. Cloudy amber appearance.

Smell - Citrusy hop aroma that's noticeable from a distance.

Taste - Pleasantly dry and bitter with intense hops that tend towards a pine-grapefruit flavor. Enough malt to balance the taste although definitely leans towards the hops. Finishes well with a clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body.

Drinkability - Surprisingly easy to drink and a great beer for an introduction to IPAs. Not as many complex flavors as some others but a great everyday IPA. My initial thought when drinking this beer is that it falls short in comparison to other more complex IPAs but then I found myself unable to put this beer down.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few stone IPAs but this one is my favorite. Lots of varying citrus such as orange and lemon along with incredibly balanced hop bitterness. This is one of the best widely available IPAs out there in my opinion.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was my second ever dabble into IPA, so when I first reviewed it, I didn't quite know what to expect, but I knew I loved it. It is not too bitter, but just bitter enough to satisfy my palate.

This beer is so beautiful I could just not even drink it and still be satisfied with the appearance, head retention, and aroma on their own. The pour is a clear light golden color, actually somewhat light for an IPA. The head is absolutely perfect, producing several impossibly small white fragrant bubbles that stay at about a half inch.

It has a sort of citrusy grapefruit hops character in the smell. The aroma is all about the hops.

Taste is very similar, though the malt is able to shine it's way through. Nice sweet malt up front with a touch of caramel. Lots of hops to balance it out. A good mix between bittering hops and late-addition aroma hops. Very piney and citrusy, but not overly bitter. A good introductory IPA.

Quite light in body with a crisp carbonation. Quite lovely. Very easy to drink quantity.

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Photo of southeastmat
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Amazingly you can see right through this beer, but you can tell there is much more to it. You can almost see the body of this beer.

S: Terrific hop blast up front - floral, a bit piney and a touch of tropical fruit.

Taste: Whoa. Great bitterness to begin and it doesn't stop. Just great hops here and enough malt to balance.

M: Clean. Refreshing.

O: One of the standards for IPAs. I've rarely come across any that are consistently better. It's almost always on point and when it's not I've found that it's due to freshness. Being in South Georgia we have to pay attention to labels - stores here are not quite up to snuff on craft beer. We're working on it though.

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- semi-pale amber color with small head and small ring of lacing
s- nice pine scent with a little bit of floral/fruity, pretty hoppy
t- goes down really easy, nice mild bitterness with pine and notes, sort of a mild minty hop aftertaste
m- has a nice smooth medium-thick mouthfeel
d- overall a very nice beer and must have for ipa fans

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Photo of Gruntlumber
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm reviewing this for my own beer profile more-so than for others to get any new insights as to what I think. I mean, how could I add any more raves to this spectacular beer?

In my book, this de-thrones Bridgeport IPA as one of my all-time favorites. It's a close match, but I have to give the edge to this beer. Stone comes as close as possible to the edge of being too hoppy without crossing that line. If a good IPA should be considered "balanced", then this is perfection. From the floral aroma to the citrusy hop bite and bitter finish, this is the best IPA, and the freshest I might add, I've experienced. Fantastic.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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