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

This beer pours a golden yellow with a white head. The head fades slowly leaving thick laces.

This beer has a crisp grassy floral aroma. I detect a lemon like citrus aroma. It also has a good piney aroma.

This beer has a lemony taste. It is very refreshing. It has a piney, grassy flavor. The flavor of this beer is quite good. I might have to say that this beer might be the best IPA I have ever had.

This beer goes down smooth leaving a piney citrusy aftertaste. It is carbonated very well.

This beer would make a great session beer. It has a great non aggressive flavor, and it is only a little high in alcohol. This beer is very good and definately worth any price to get it.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Medium to light gold color for an IPA, nice fluffy head slow fading with good lacing.

Smell: Sweet floral hops, careml, piney, citrusy, everything you'd want from an IPA, very good.

Taste: Excellent, lots of bitter citrus, like grapefruit, some carmel sweetness. Finishes a little minty, with lots of lingering bitterness. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated enhances the bitterness, leaves a sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Wonderful brew, a world calss IPA, one of the best I have had in a while. Thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the bottle, par of BIF 24.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a lovely yellow beer with a one finger head that subsided to a thin layer of foam with excellent lacing.

Aroma was mainly citrus, a little pine resin, and a definite solid slug of medium bodied malts with a slight hint of roastiness.

Taste was one big wallop of hop resins... LOTS of alpha acids. There was a pine flavor once it started to die down. Malt was definitely in the background here.

Mouthfeel was DAMN good for an IPA... full bodied, a little astringent, but quite good.

Drinkability... gotta give it great marks. I liked it a LOT.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Tight off white head and beautiful orange amber transparent body.
S - Surprised by the robust malty aroma. Floral and resiney hops are everywhere, but I dont get the citrus everyone else is yabbering about.
T - Rustic bread, caramel and gobs of hops. What makes this beer great is that its just as malty as it is hoppy. Zippy, this beer has real verve.
M - Medium body mild carbonation.
D - This is a perfectly balanced beer, quite unlike (of course) AB, DBA or Ruination.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish orange color with only a 1/4" head at first pour. The head was barely off white and was made up of small bubbles. It was gone in less than a minute, and wasn't maintained by the few bubbles rising.

Aroma: reeks of hops, and smells so floral and citrusy that you can almost smell the essential oils evaporating as the beer gets just above freezing. There are a few toasty notes from the alcohol, as well as a bit of spice from the alcohol.

Taste: To say that this beer is hoppy would be an understatement. It starts out with an oily hoppy flavor that pretty much stays with you the entire time. The finish is seriously bitter, but it isn't a harsh bitteness...which is a good thing. There is a bit if an assertive bite left after the beer crosses your palate, but in the finish, it is hard to tell if the harshness is from alcohol or from the hops. It does finish a little on the harsh side

Opinion: Well, if I said that this beer was my favorite, and likened it to the holy grail...I would be lying. It is a clean and well made beer, but I like to have at least a little contribution from the hops. Even DFH 90min IPA has a bold malt presence...where this one is just really hoppy. This isn't a bad beer, but I'll be sticking to the Bastard and some of Stones other products for the most part.

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Photo of Terp96
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far my favorite of all time and I finally had a chance to have it on tap at the Flying Saucer, Addison, TX (for $2.50 no less). What's not to like?

The appearance is gold in a pint glass for more reasons than one. A deep golden-orange hue to be exact. Very tight, one finger head with great lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is perfect and everything I happen to look for in and IPA. Piney, flowers, citrus; it's all in there. So much so you can't wait to take a sip.

Tastes perfect as well. The nose really adds to the experience. At first, you think this is going to be a hop bomb with minimal malt character but not so fast. The malty sweetness follows shortly behind and lingers through the bitter-dry but sweet finish. So complex.

Mouthfeel is great for the first two beers you have. Much more and the hops begin to paralyze your tast buds. This isn't even Ruination. I seem to be tasting this for hours after the fact and in a good way.

Drinkability is strong as well but after you have your ability to taste much of anything after a couple of these, you get half of a point deducted. Still, I would keep going on principal and at $2.50 a pint, why not?

I can't readily get this one in MD. However, it is the one beer I genuinely seek out when I travel.

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Photo of phishgator
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a bright gold-copper hue with a large foamy head that only dissipates slightly. The aroma that is giving off is a floral citrus, spicy combination that is truly delightful. The taste is hop bite upfront and moves into a smooth buttery sweet malt finish. the mouthfeel is touch down from perfect due to the bitterness left on your tongue; after three of these you will not taste a thing! That lends to the drinkability not being perfect for the same reason. This IPA ranks right up there with the best of them; I would say that if I could actually purchase it on a regular basis (I'm in FL) it might be my favorite brew.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The taste is hop-tastic. Noticeable hops are well balanced between bittering and flavoring. The bittering provide more of a grapefruit taste and the flavoring is a bit citrus with some pine aftertaste. Nice to note that there isn't an oily aftertaste. The malt is noticeable as well. Especially after your mouth adjusts to the hop taste. A good caramel flavor with a touch of biscuity taste. As the beer warms other fruity taste become noticeable as well. Some lemon and grapefruit. Also a touch of orange as well. Overall a fantastic flavor.

Just to note again there is no oily aftertaste, which is nice. A medium body and well balanced in the hops. Also good representation with the body.

This is much easier to drink then say Ruination. This is a great beer.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a 22oz. weizen glass.

Once again, thanks to nisjer05 for grabbing this brew for me. I sure hope Stone brewing will soon be sold in Michigan!!!!

A brillant, amber golden color. Quite hazy, with a good two inch thick, white fluffy head, that lasts. Lots of sticky lacing!
Very strong hoppy smell, with a slight citrusy, fruity aroma. Lots of piney, hoppy bitterness on the tongue. Not as strong the more you drink. Smooth mouthfeel, with a slight oily texture that finishes clean. If you're a hophead I think you could drink this all night!! Very flavorful, yet bitter IPA. I'll have to make some trips to Toledo to pick up more of this great brew.

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Photo of Franchise
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden honey color and leaves a very thick white lace that clings to the side of the glass. The floural hoppiness is ever so present along with the citrus, grapefruit, honey, grassy notes and cloves. This beer starts with a grapefruit hoppy bitterness on the palate then slowly takes you to a smooth sweet honey clove flavored finished with a mild citrus squirt. This beer is well rounded and amazing, by far one of the standards for American IPA.

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Photo of fromage
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really an excellent beer... I've missed it! Great with burgers and fries with some kick!

Pours an amber gold with a giant white head. Lacing and webbing through the glass.

The smell has got some punch... tons of grapefruit, pine, and other citrus. Hard to catch much else.

Very sweet to balance the hops, caramelly and slightly bready.

Medium mouthfeel with sticky aftertaste. The bitterness lingers to cut off the sweetness.

Very drinkable. My first of these was pretty intense (a year ago), but they're really not so bitter (not even the ruination is). Excellent with barbeque and the like.

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Photo of BillyB
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice straw to golden yellow color. Brilliant clarity. Nice frothy white head. Aroma was of citrus and piney hops with a slight pale malt sweetness.
Nice bitter sweet balance for an IPA. Tasting first the pale malt sweetness followed by citrusy/zesty, piney hop flavors. You can taste the hops but it is not overly done.
Medium carbonation. Smooth drinking. Overall very good IPA.

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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 Celt44
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a golden yellow - rather light for an IPA. Poured a small head but kept its lacing throughout.
Aroma - Medium floral and citrus scent - typical of most IPAs.
Taste is exceptional - strong on the hops and with malt character intact. Hints of citrus - maybe clementines - they're in season now.
Mouthfeel is smooth and not overly carbonated. Close to perfect.
Overall a superior IPA - Definitely smooth enough to be a session regular. My second favorite after Southern Tier IPA. Now onto the Ruination....

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Photo of kennyo
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 0z bottle purchased in Westchester County for $3.99

Pours a beautiful 14k gold color with a big frothy head, aroma is hopalicious with some pineyness undertones, oh so good. Taste, this is what all other IPA's aspire to be. In my humble opinion this is one of the best IPA's on the market today

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had had this brew before and loved it to death, but I had never reviewed it. I tried my best this time to give it an objective review.
It poured a very clean and clear amber color with a foamy white head, disspapting quickly. It smelled wonderfully, with hops obviously leading the way to some malt and sweet/sour tones. It wasn't overpowering, and gave a perfect insight to the taste.
It had an incredible, yes incredible sweet hoppy taste which I could see being a little too much for the non-IPA lovers. The main thing I took away from this was the balance which was exquisite. It was sweet yet somewhat biting and bitter at the end. The alcohol wasn't even noticed. It was refreshing and crisp. I really can't think of a better IPA for your money.

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Photo of oggg
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This orange hued IPA is not for the faint. The piney aroma is mild and doesn't really warn you of the staggering bitterness to come. Strong citrus and pine hit the tongue in a juicy blast of hop flavor; that is, if your tongue has been properly conditioned to tolerate the greater bitterness, which is slightly on the harsh side. Amazingly, they remembered to put in some malt, making this brew a joy to drink for hopheads.

Overall: bitter bitter juicy IPA

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull orange copper with a big white head that falls quickly. Smells of mandarin oranges and pine with a slight grainy barley. Not as hoppy as anticipated. The hops present taste like juniper and orange zest. The malt taste like sweet caramel cornbread with an oat meal finish. Mouth feel is thin with a slightly creamy carbonation.

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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 barknee
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SIPA pours a medium slightly hazy amber color topped with a 1/8" frothy head. The carbonation is low, with lazy macroscopic bubbles ascending within the glass. The nose is one of just picked sweet apricot, peach and pineapple; exhibiting a tropical edge. The sweet aromatics give way to tannic well bittered hops and good rear palette bite. The contrast of the fruity nose and the bitter taste is unexpected and exciting upon the first sampling. The natural acids of the beaucoups hops, ignites the tongue with brilliant flavors of fresh pine and apricot. Although somewhat complex, the depth of flavor lacks the anticipated dimension that one might expect in a brew of this magnitude, perhaps limited by the acidity and / or the super-saturation of hops in the brew. This is a critical appraisal, but for this reason I can't award this product neither a 4.5 nor a 5 for its taste, as I would have been compelled to do otherwise. Perhaps the filtering of the natural yeasts contributes to the attenuated dimension here, and do believe that this brew may be a bit too "squeeky clean" and has its potential retarded because of this. Nevertheless a great creation!
The mouthfeel is brilliant due to the copious acids and finishes dry with a creamy/oily component. This brew simply explodes with flavor, which easily lasts several minutes in the mouth.
A well hopped IPA that is sure to please big time!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a nice golden-orangey crystal clear body with a nice creamy off-white head. It has a rigorous carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The aroma of freshly crushed green hops with some hints of citrus and pine are very nice.

T- the initial taste is a nice pale malt that is quickly followed by the taste of big juicy hops with some notes of citrus and pine. Those juicy green hops last and last through the finish. They are balanced with a bold hop bitterness that finishes of the taste.

M- medium mouthfeel but with a big fizziness in the finish. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This is a nice hop beer with a good base of pale malt grain. This bottle seems a bit over carbonated but it doesn't get in the way of the flavor.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.78/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a white, two finger-head that vanishes slowly leaving a good lace. Clear light amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is a strong hop. Starts with hops, somewhere there are malts - there is a trace of sweetness but the hops dominate, bitter finish that lingers. $2.30 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of nathanho
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was about to hammer tranniger ( Ketchikan, Alaska ) for his panning of this legendary beer. However, my first crack at it produces similar results. I hate to agree with this guy - because I think he's a total numbskull - but I do.

22 oz bottle poured into a clean pilsner glass at 52 degrees. Very pleasing light amber color. What the hell is retention? Lacing...I don't really know...I have some homework to do...anyway, the head was nice and clean with large bubbles but, was I drinking it in the right glass? Head stuck to my mustache area in a satisfying way.

Smell is it's best attribute - coriander and hops - very pleasant and rewarding, as smell goes.

Taste is good, but more bitter than I prefer; aftertaste lingers, provoking curiosity and intrigue...many flavors; interesting but still a bit bitter. More tasting produces more yearning, but the result is the same with each additional taste - waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick; coats the palate.

Drinkable, but ultimately too hoppy and bitter for my taste- I've had better.

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Photo of orfeu
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber. Golden-honey with a frothy head that dissipates rather quickly but forms a nice cap and leaves sticky lacing (somewhat sparse, but there nonetheless) all the way down the glass. Nose is all floral and fruity hoppiness, very inviting! The taste follows the nose with a powerful bitterness at both the front and the back -- a great achievement in itself. There is a honeyed maltiness and the taste of peaches and flowery esters. The mouthfeel is full and juicy, very satisfying. Great drinkability...too bad this stuff is so expensive as a sixer. A bomber is enough for me, though. And at 6.9%, there's really no reason for more than one 22 oz bottle anyway. Superb representation of the style.

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Photo of badturtle
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beer. It pours a nice dark gold, almost copper. The head is thick and quickly becomes a thin cap. It smells of citrus, orange mainly. Where's the hops? Oh, there it is, in the finish. I expect more hops taste in an IPA. This seemed a little sweet. The hops and malt were more balanced than I expected. Unfortunately, the alcohol is too strong. I'm about a third of the way through and I have a slight buzz. I can taste it over the other tastes. The carbonation is just right. It isn't too heavy. It feels just about right. The taste of the alcohol detracts from the taste and the drinkability. If the ABV was about 1-2% less, the taste would probably be a point higher and the drinkability would be 1.5-2 higher. I can't find date on the bottle, so I have no idea how old it is. It isn't bad, but this wouldn't be my first choice for an IPA.

Edit: As it warms, the taste and drinkability improves. I raised both by .5. I estimate the temperature at the end to be about 68-70 F.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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