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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 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.

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Photo of mschofield
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish amber with a thick rocky white head. The head lasts forever, and the lacing rings are thick and full.
Citrus and floral aroma
The hops hit you in the taste right away taking over from an initial malt flavor, very citrusy a lot of grapefruit, and some pine. The malt never goes away, but you have to look for it.
Medium feel, very easy to drink, a little too easy given the ABV - I have drank 6's of this. It is bitter but very smooth.

HopDevil and this are right there with each other, I can't even say which one I like more.

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Photo of bnes09
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw color with good depth and clarity. Frothy, sticky head with excellent retention.

Bright and raw hop aroma. Spicy and pine-like.

Hop flavor is bold with a grapefruit, herbal and pinesol bitterness. Raw and spicy. Sturdy, biscuit malt backbone in perfect balance with the hops.

Medium bodied with a dry finish. Excellent carbonation.

Yet another IPA like many others but definitely one worth trying. Good depth and perfect balance.

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Photo of dfried
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden, slightly orange in color. Frothy 2cm off white head. Some sweet malt in the background of the aroma, but its mainly floral and citrus hops, along with some other fruity notes. The taste is very similar to my favorite IPA, Bell's Two Hearted Ale (regionally biased opinion of course.) Just enough pale sweet malty backbone to balance out the outrageously awesome hops. They are mostly floral and perfume-y up front, but with a lot of citrus, orange and grapefruit, as well as some apricot. A few pine-y notes come as the beer goes down. Great silky smooth mouthfeel. Awesome representation of my favorite style? Of course I could drink these all night.

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Photo of ralree
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pretty clear, with a white head that recedes quickly. Light gold color.

S: Really grapefruity with a strong hop backing. Pretty piney.

T: Well-balanced. The hops bring the bitterness beautifully, and the fruit gives it just enough sweetness to bear. Not as sweet as some other IPAs, but very good. A little more fruit would have actually been good. Bitterness coats the tongue well.

M: Perfect carbonation, very clean and dry, medium-light bodied, just a touch watery. A little astringent.

D: Drinks well. I could definitely go for this with or without food, but it would accompany a good meat and bread feast nicely, such as a good burger.

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Photo of proc
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent IPA.

This one poured out of its 22oz. bottle to a golden-amber in the glass with a decent head. Some light particles of suspended yeast present in the glass. The aroma is that of grapefurit, hops, sweet malt and marshmallows...yes, marshmallows. The taste is superb and perfect IMO as far as balance between hops and malt. As hoppy as this beer is, there is an excellent malt presence that makes this oh so drinkable.

Yet another fabulous beer from this brewery. Greg...get this to Michigan, my friend... ;-)

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of a mixed 6Pack at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins.

It pours from 12oz bottle a clear gold with a large head of foam that shrinks to a fine broken layer with lacing.

The smell is an abundance of citrus hops and spice. When I take deep wiffs, I can also smell some sweet malt. It's a very good nose.

The taste is, well. yummy. Plenty of citrus(grapefruit) there, which is typical for a Stone brew but probably never boring, and about midway through, there's a more than ample maltiness that balances out this IPA beautifully. Man, this baby is packed with flavour and is so easy to drink....a world class American IPA if I ever tasted one. And that's with it coming straight out of the fridge. The flavours get even better as the beer warms up. The mouthfeel is great and it finishes with just the right amount of bitterness to leave me yearning for more. Superb!

Well, I've had this IPA many times before and I always "assumed" that I had already reviewed it. My bad.

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Photo of Adoxander
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a clean snifter.
This beer is one of my favorite IPA's, a clean, grapefruit scents with a fresh piny undertone. Mouthfeel is light, slightly buttery with a crisp, hoppy finish.

For a straight IPA this beer is very hoppy. It is definitely not a great introduction to this style of beer, but is terrific for one who has acquired an appreciation for a delicious hop bouquet.

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Photo of bkett01
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured fresh from the kegerator in my living room with a big fluffy white head which died away within the first couple of minutes leaving a heavy lacing on my Stone Ruination pint glass. Appears a transparent light amber, no cloudiness at all.
Smells of floral hops with a sweet hint of malt. Taste is a great balance between the two even with a strong hop character. Grapefuit hop flavor dominates over hints of orange rind and light toasted malt. This is far and away my favorite American IPA out there, just finally getting around to reviewing it. It does a great job of satisfying my craving for hops while being incredibly drinkable. At 6.9% it can catch up with you after a bit, but overall this is an amazing beer, and the IPA that I compare all others to.

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Photo of jj139
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A - Hazy amber color, eggshell 2 finger head and long lasting lacing.

S - Piney hops with citrus/grapefruit notes

T - Big hops right off the bat then the citrus kicks in. Hints of malt in there as well.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Well balanced and very refreshing.

O - A very, very enjoyable American IPA. One sip leads to another and another.

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Photo of chuckakhan
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great standby ipa. Pours dark gold and clear. Just the right amount of carbonation. Smell of slight hops. Taste is hoppy, dry, and bitter. Finish leaves a tingle in the mouth. I could drink this beer all day. West coast has it figured out.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: A foam head, about an inch thick, sat on top of a hazy light-orange body. Sticky white lacing throughout.

Smell: Floral extravaganza! The hops stood out, as they should. Notes of citrus and herbs also stand out. Very pleasant scent.

Taste: This was one potent IPA. This beer came off pretty sour after the first sip. Complex notes citrus break through. Eventually the malts come in and attempt to contain the dominating taste of hops. There is a great balance between the hops and malts for this IPA.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, perfect carbonation.

Overall: This IPA seems to get all of the attention. I have enjoyed a number of great IPAs but this one stands out. Drinking one of these is an experience. Definitely a great example of a top-notch IPA.

Bottom Line: I'd recommend this to everyone, but if you are not a hop head, just sample it.

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Photo of CHickman
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a massive foamy 2 finger head that faded very slowly, leaving great lacing sticking to the sides and a creamy layer on top; the lacing leaves great rings after each sip, and the beer is nice and murky.

Smells of huge hops, with floral hops, flowers, piney hops, citrus hops and just a barrage of oily hop sweetness up front; after another whiff, the other aroma’s come through like sweet malt, grains, caramel, grapefruit, orange peel, pepper and other spices, and perhaps maybe some brown sugar, but the hops really suppress everything and dominate the nose.

Tastes like it smells with huge hops up front including floral hops, flowers, piney hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple or apple (can’t decide), sweet malt, grains, caramel, wet wheat bread, grass, a touch of herbs like tea, pepper and other spices, light brown sugar, and then a nice tart bitterness that tingles on the tongue before fading slowly and leaving a nice sweet hop pucker. This is what an IPA is all about, and I have always thought that this beer is one of the best IPA’s that sets the standard. The alcohol is well hidden, and there’s just a little heat from the alcohol, hops and spices which balance nicely with the malts used. Nice tart fruit flavors add to just a great overall taste.

Mouthfeel is creamy, oily slick and quite smooth, with light carbonation, a medium body that’s chewy, and a nice bitter finish that leaves a fruity pucker with a hop bite.

This beer feels light and easy to drink, even though it has some kick to it, and is so drinkable it’s almost scary; this is a top notch beer which I have immensely enjoyed for years and one that I highly recommend. This is the epitome of an IPA.

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Photo of FACSman
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden hued, slightly cloudy with a thin, wispy head

S - Nice malty, hoppy aroma.

T - Wow, exactly what I would expect from a perfect IPA. Great hop flavor that balances the malt nicely. Finishes crisp and clean with just a pleasant amount of bitterness on the tongue.

M - Light mouthfeel with modest carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, goes down well alone or with food

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Photo of delta490
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- poured out just slightly hazy light amber, with a big foamy white head that lasted throughout the beer and left big lacing throughout.

S- big hops aroma, mostly citrus with a hint of flowers

T- mirrors the aroma almost perfectly. The only thing different is the subtle bready malt the holds it all up and blends subtly into the background

M- a big bite on the tongue at the beginning from the hops. A little thinner than a big aroma IPA like this would indicate, which is a good thing, aiding its drink-ability.

O- a spectacular IPA that doesn't disappointing in any aspect

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Photo of mentor
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a strong two-finger off-white head over a crystal clear brilliant gold-sunset liquid. Smells pith grapefruit with some pine. Beneath is pickled pineapple and cotton candy sweet. Tastes hop bitter with grassy hop flavor with some grapefruit. As strong as the hops start the taste, the malt rises to dominate and provide a cool ending. An interesting transition. Late flavors are light caramel, canned pineapple, mild pear & apricot, and although I doubt there is any chocolate malt in here, I do find some chocolate flavor.

This is a wonderful beer. An up front struggle morphs into a reasssuring base that leaves me begging for more. Hops return in the aftertaste to dry the throat. The finish is just divine. Md body and moderately carbonated. If I had another I'd drink it right now. Sad to see my my glass holding just one more gulp.

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Photo of pirate252
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - On the lighter side of IPA's that I myself have seen, between a light and amber color.

Smell - Quite possibly the most wonderful smelling IPA I have had, smells like a hop garden.

Taste - Wonderful, absolutely wonderful, anyone who likes IPA's should have no trouble falling in love with this taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability - Drinkabilty is almost where i think it could be better, and by better I mean I just wish I could drink more of it. It is so good but the strength of its taste and alcohol content keep me from being able to drink it all day long like I wish I could

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Photo of isaac
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle (well, a few) to my beer chalice.

A - A very pretty golden color with a thick, white head. lace is ample at sticks to the glass the whole way down. crystal clear as well.

S - Ahhhh. Hops. Cascade maybe and notes of fruit and alcohol. go stone!

T - Um, more hops? Some malt grains and biscuit-like qualities, but all and all this is a showcase for the very citric, tart, refreshing, quencing, wonderful hop. finish is clean.

M - Smooth, thin to medium body with a sort of drying quality in the finish.

D - 100% drinkable. everytime.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a surprisingly clear amber/orange color, with a nice thick head that settles rather slowly to leave behind a well defined lace on the glass. Smell is very hoppy, with equal parts citrus and pine. Most balanced aroma i can recall. Taste is faint citrusy hops, along with a sweet finish, pineapple perhaps? Hmm.... Mouthfeel is likewise excellent, very smooth, slightly sticky finish, not an obscene amount of aftertaste. Goes down way too easy. Before i knew it it was gone. Wow! Well done Stone.

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Photo of Mozz74
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like Stone Beers! It is a great IPA and not bad for the price.
For sip might make you squint if you are not used
to hops. Second sip it will start to go down smooth.
Color ios beautiful and have a honeyish color.
AVV is good so a 22 0zer will do you.
Always read the stories on the bottle, very entertaining.

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Photo of cbrakel
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently, this has been my default IPA.

While I miss the IPA by Smuttynose (not available in Southern California), this beer by Stone has provided a good alternative, along with their Ruination IPA.

The Stone IPA is very hoppy, with citrus (grapefruit) accents, and a well-balanced overall taste and mouthfeel.

Slightly bitter, as I expect from a good IPA, but a great overall taste, and pleasant aftertaste.

If you drink this often or exclusively, be prepared to be disappointed by the so-called "standard" beers! ;-)

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Photo of jsh420
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours bright clear golden orange with a big 2 finger chunky white head that left lacing down the glass

smell is a great mix of citrus floral and pine hops

taste - one of the best ipas out there - to me this is 2hearted with pine - whats not to leve about that - 2hearted with the west coast love

mouthfeel is light and has plenty of life - big bite very crisp

drinkability - with the abv being near 7% this one could creepy up on you so watch out

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Photo of aranheaney
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into appropriately enough, a Stone nonic pint glass. This bottle is about two months before date on label.

A-Hazy yellow, great head and lacing

S-All my favorite IPA features, grapefruit, tropicals, etc. This is almost illegally good

T-Otherworldly. I don't even think I can explain how awesome it is

M-Still recovering from taste....

O-my new favorite IPA

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All I have to say is I should have bought more than a six pack. This is one hell of a beer. It pours a light hazy peach color, great lacing while the head just sits above the brew like a crocodile stalking its prey above the water ( I just finished watching The Crocodile Hunter).

After a few whiffs of this IPA I know I'm in for something special. Lots of fruits ( citrus/grapefruit the most noticeable), some sweetness but it blends well.

The taste is just amazing I wish we could get a micro in Ontario to start brewing something along the lines of a solid IPA ( I know we do have some good micros and beers but comparing them is like comparing the CFL and the NFL). My palate picks up a piney, citrusy hop quality followed up by a sweet malt presence and a bitter finish ( not the most bitter finish out there but still your gonna feel the IPA bite).

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Photo of buckiflyer
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back to North Carolina from Western Mass bottle: gold yellow haze color, decent thick head, immediate hoppy smell, very smooth taste with great balance and super hop finish. very drinkable, wish I had brought back more, upset that we can't get here in NC. Will have friends in Ohio pick some up for me.

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Photo of StevieW
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber while watching July 4 fireworks. I saved this one for a special occasion and it was worth it. What can I say that hasn't already been perfectly described.
Hazy deep rusty amber color. Dense thick white head, full of hop bubbles so soft, it would be the perfect resting place for a butterfly with sore feet. Aromas of thick citrus, fresh whole hops, and smooth toasted malt. Taste is the perfection of the style, IMO. Striking hop bitterness, the corner of the inside of my mouth cringe, then bitterness lingers on the tongue. Riding along the whole time is a super mellow toasted malt backbone. Full bodied, flavors never waver. Medium bodied and holds together to the end. The perfect beer to match with any grilled food, IMO. Hop bitterness cuts through everything, leaves a dry snap finish, and your tastebuds aching for more.
Brought this one back from a tiny gourmet grocery store, just down the street from the T-line in Cambridge, MA. The only beer they stocked was Stone and Concord Raspcallion. Does Todd do the ordering for this place ?

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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