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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 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 beertunes
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. A beautiful bright, clear gold color. Minimal head that dissipated quickly, leaving a very sticky lacing. Pleasing floral hop aroma. Flavor has a strong, smooth, even hop presence. This is not a bitter IPA, but still delivers a strong hop blast. One of the strongest points with this IPA is balance. The body is just slightly on the thin side.This beer has the backbone to stand up to the hops. This a very drinkable IPA that, due to the smoothness and balance can truly be sessionable. This is not a tongue-burner, you won't suffer from palate fatigue as with lesser IPAs. This is a go-to beer for me, it can always be counted on to deliver a great beer experience.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a nice sticky white head. The aroma is oily fresh citrusy hops with some malt. The taste is dominated by the bitter citrusy hops that are quite puckering and last well into the finish. There is a mild malt presence in the background, but it is hard to even the slightest attention to the malt before the hops demand your full attention. Overall, this is a fabulous West Coast IPA that I would highly recommend. If this was available here in FL, it would be a staple in my fridge.

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

A: Dark gold color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head with fair retention. Laced in thin rings.

S: Citrussy hops. Also pine and floral notes.

T: Citrus and pine hops up front. Bready malts in the foundation. Evenly bitter in the finish.

M: Light to medium body. High carbonation. Resiny hops linger a bit in the finish.

D: As sessionable an IPA as they come. Not quite the complexity or big malt foundatiton as its big brother, but I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber colour with a massive size creamy and frothy off white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness of the beer and there is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - caramel, hops, pine, citrus zest

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer has a very full bodied taste and feel. There is a lot of hop taste and pale malts mixed with caramel, citrus zest and pine. The beer finishes with a very hoppy and slightly woody aftertaste.

Drink - Another one of Stone's beer that I really enjoyed. It is a really hoppy/citrus based IPA that isn't too sweet - which I like. It's a must try for all the IPA fans out there.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

on tap at beer study in chapel hill into a snifter

dark copper, mild head. slight citrus hoppy smell. taste is more hop and bitterness focused , but not a hop bomb. balanced, easy drinking. great flavor. piney, citrusy, hoppy. just a great IPA. medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall just a great IPA. easy drinking, you can't go wrong.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip july12 2010

A on first look it's a clear golden orange but then I notice there's a large number of very tiny suspended particles that are slowly being moved around by the bubbles. The foam takes up the top three fingers of my glass for a minute or two leaving a few rings of lace as it falls to a 1/4in film that still manages to leave some patches of lace

S lots of caramel and biscuit to go along with some orange peel a little grapefruit and pine, a nice balance between malt and hops and the booze is well concealed

T all I smell but the flavors blend quite well together forming a nice balance of citric hops and malty caramel

M medium bodied and enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel, there's a mild bite that works well for it and you can taste it for a while after it's in your tummy

D a solid beer with no doubt, well rounded brew not lacking in any area. went down pretty quick for a 6.9% beer

I wish this was available here in Alberta I would have less money but would be drinking great beer, try this if you can

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: citrusy, resiny American hops dominate with sweet malt in the background mellowing the hops and giving depth. Appearance: Hazy amber with a white creamy head and medium lace. Laces the glass all the way down. Flavor: starts with a blend of fruit, malt and hops and then the hops grow to dominate the finish with strong grapefruit flavors. There is malt sweetness and sweet fruit in the background. Very pleasantly flavored with a nice balance between the hops, malt and yeasty fruit. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, refreshing, Overall: I would drink this again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-golden in color with a good head. Light lacing.

S-Really pungent and luscious. Graprefruits. I was afraid that the Ruination would blow this beer away, but it does not.

T-Super hoppy. Dry and piney accompanied with a huge grapefruit kick. Hop foward, not much malt. One sided but scrumptious.

M-Lighter in body but still slick.

D-Heavy on the bitterness but still very drinkable. Dry, fits my style.

One of the tastiest and boldest regular (non DIPA) IPAs you can get your hands on. Easily stands next to Ruination without any questions.

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper penny color with a foamy half inch cream head that dissipates at a moderately quick pace, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma erupts as soon as the bottle is opened, with huge notes of pine, resin, and fresh cut grass dominating. Dank cannabis, citrus fruit, and caramel malt add complexity.

Caramel malt forms the backbone and is far more prevalent than anticipated from the aroma. Flavor is sweeter than expected, throughout. The finish is pretty bitter and herbal tea-like and resiny, with pine in the aftertaste. Dank cannabis and fresh cut grass hit mid palate and hold on for the duration. There's an initial citrus character, showcasing muted grapefruit and lemon. More complex tropical fruits emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate, with a corresponding amount of carbonation, and slight alcohol warmth.

Much more floral and grassy hop character in the flavor than I recall. Citrus is fairly subdued, but bitterness is not. Not an offensive bitterness, but too much for my liking. Good malt presence, though perhaps a little overboard.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark gold color with not quite an inch of white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and hoppy (but not strong), mainly citrus (grapefruit and lemon peel) and piney hops, with a bit of malty sweetness too. To me it tastes the same way it smells, mostly citrus and pine hops with some malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium and a bit slick. Drinkability is pretty good too, it's smooth and has just the right amount of carbonation to make this very easy to drink. I think this is a very solid beer, I'll definitely have to buy it more often.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Yellow orange in color with hazy color.
S - Grapefruit and piney hops.
T - Oh man wow! One of the greatest hop bite beers of the night!
M - Harsh yet drinkable and crisp.
D - It would have to be my go to IPA but now I have to try Arrogant Bastard to see which one is more hoppy!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev -4%

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Enjoy By 10/30/14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Sudsy, resilient lacing.

S- Musty, dank, resinous hop aroma that's not too over the top by Stone's standards. A bit of booze and trace amounts of bready malt.

T- Juicy hop flavor with assertive bitterness that's, once again, not too over the top. The alcohol lets you know it's there but doesn't get in the way of enjoyment.

M- Sharp and tangy from the hops with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- A solid benchmark for the style. I always forget about how strong it is. I'm drinking this before noon and might regret it later.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks once again Kahn's of Indianapolis.

Appearance- Great, thick eggshell colored head. Concrete like retention and great foamy film. Sluggish bubbles slowed down by the resiny hops I bet. Great mild amber that for some reason makes me think of spring time.

Aroma- Great notes some slight citrus in the hop, but more earthy aromas and a medium scent of pine. Not overpowering in hops. I like the subdued nature of this aroma. Some mild malts balance out the aroma very well.

Taste- Starts with some pine needles and hop floweration in the front. The middle lets the malt give a hint of caramel to the earthy textures of the bitterness. A little resiny and sweet. Almost like tasting a mix of cascade hops in a light corn syrup.

Mouthfeel- A little resiny, but not boggy like some IPAs. This beer is pretty easy to drink on taste and palate. The alcohol limits it's sessionability.

Great beer. Can easily see why Stone is touted for their IPAs.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a good quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of hops, with a hint of citrus. Not overwhelming, but nicely done.

T: Not as hoppy as I expected - I guess they save that for the Ruination IPA. Still, very tasty. Also had citrus elements and a tinge of malt.

M: A vibrant, high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Pretty full-bodied.

D: Like most of the Stone beers I've tried, this is very drinkable. It goes down easy and has a well balanced taste.

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Photo of bark
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The colour is gold with a tint of red, the liquid is clear. The two finger head is white and compact; it sinks slowly to a thick lid leaving no lacing.

The strong smell is smooth with an elegant sweetness, bitter citric hops, resin, rye bread, honey melon and red apples.

The taste is highly balanced and very smooth. Citric juice and peels, resin, pine needles, growing clean bitterness. Semi-sweet notes of rye bread and caramel. Medium to full body. The aftertaste got growing notes of grapefruits, lemon and orange peels, passing clean alcohol and rose-flavoured candy. The finish got elegant bitter flavours, pomegranate and a lingering grapefruit note.

The carbonation is medium to mild; the small bubbles fresh and long-lasting. The liquid is smooth.

A brilliant solid AIPA.

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Photo of DrJay
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear medium amber colour topped by a white lacing of head from the pour. Excellent retention. Foam seemed happy to stick to the sides of the glass all the way to the finish.

Smell: Light malty sweet aroma with some biscuit and a little doughy. Lots of hops happening, with orange citrus, grapefruit, spice and some herbal/perfumy character.

Taste: Hops. Orange and grapefruit citrus, slightly resinous, assertive bitterness all the way through. Malt is present (biscuity and caramel sweetness), but takes a back seat. Piney at the finish. Brilliant.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation with some crispness to start, but becomes very smooth part way through. Some alcohol warming at the finish.

Drinkability: This stuff is great. Lots of flavour, nice balance (I guess you could say it's on the hoppy side), and exceptional finish. This is what I've always imagined an American IPA should be.

22 oz. brown bomber with no apparent best before date.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by date of 12/23/2013, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 11/15/2013.

Review #288.

Pours a fairly clear golden-brown body with a decent 1cm white head that dissipates fairly quickly, not much retention. Some lacing. Standard IPA appearance.

Smells fairly hoppy. Some pine and a bit of grapefruit, predominantly pine. Some biscuits and crackers in the malt backbone. Very nice smelling IPA.

This kind of falls short. It's a fairly bitter IPA, but the rest of it is fairly bland. A bit of floral earthiness is there on the backend. But throughout its just bitter, even when it warms up some more. Disappointingly average and uninteresting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, OK carbonation. Nothing really special stands out. Aftertaste is a floral-pine bitterness that sticks around for quite a while. This is a fairly bitter beer, no ABV here.

Not that interesting to me. They probably used a crapton of bittering hops, but didn't really get a whole lot of aromatic hops on there. Disappointing, given that this is the first time I've actually had it. Average IPA, not worth revisiting again. However, Enjoy By and Ruination are much better efforts by Stone. I'd recommend looking for these instead.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, yellow-brown in color, hazy

Smell: big citrus hops, small pine, caramel, and bread

Taste: follows the nose with the maltier caramel and bread being the base over sharp citrus and piney hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, sweet start with a bitter middle and a very bitter lingering aftertaste, moderate carbonation

Overall:A bitter sipper that is great for those who love hops. there are a lot here. I would get this again, but only one per sitting. Very much a California IPA.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a cap of suddsy white head. Ok retention and spotty clumps of lacing. Great whiff of citrus and tropical fruits along with touched of floral, piney and earthy hops. Faint biscuity sweetness in the nose. Taste is a big rush of bitterness, mostly piney and earthy hops in the taste with a background presence of floral, citrus and tropical flavors. A solid, lightly sweet biscuty background as well. Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth and almost creamy. A good all around IPA from Stone.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from my friend who got it in Florida. From notes.

A - Poured a slightly hazy darkish blonde mild carbonation. Fluffy one finger head. Great thick lace with a half finger of retention.

S - Nice citrus, clean. Great grapefruit with bread and very strong citrus hops.

T - Not overpowering. All the typical IPA elements are there that follow the aroma. Slight bready notes and a sweet start procede into a strong hop character with a powerful citrus punch.

M - Good carbonation. Medium body. Nice bitterness.

O/D - Incredibly drinkable. Very solid and nice. A well constructed IPA that puts so many weaker ones to shame. An excellent example of the style that stays balanced while showing off it's hop profile in an admirable manner. I miss it already.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a full light tan/beige head, decent carbonation, and leaves nice rings of lace. HUGE citrusy grapefruit hop aroma and a huge citrusy grapefruit hop taste ! Full bodied, smooth, and creamy. Well worth buying again.

Much better than Stone Ruination IPA. Stone's standard IPA is much better balanced than Ruination.

(22 oz. bottle / $3.77)

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Photo of sweemzander
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by 10-06-10. This is literally the freshest bottle I found in almost 3 states of the midwest, so I am rating this since I cannot find anything fresher in all the stores I have visited.

(A)- Pours a clear golden yellow/orange color that produced a huge foamy/fluffy white head with great retention. Tons of lacing left behind as it very slowly dissipated.

(S)- A huge burst of pine-like citrus with some lemon and lime fruits. Slightly dry, but otherwise the piney hops take center stage.

(T)- A dry pine-like wood profile up front. Some minimal lemon and lime citrus behind that. Very subtle honey-like sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance, but it really is primarily a very dry bitter pine profile of a beer.

(D)- I can see how this can be a good IPA, but it would be nice to see how it is fresh since I am unable to find it as such in either IL or WI where I have gone.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from largadeer in our most recent trade. This one's available locally but I've never seen bottles less than 6-7 months old so one with a best by date of 6th Nov is a treat. Into my Duvel tulip

A: Clear orange pour with a thin off-white head that recedes surprisingly quickly. It does leave lacing, though

S: Wonderful citrus hops all the way with oranges, tangerines, a touch of honey and pine. A thin malt backbone is present with a biscuity character. Very good.

T: Starts off bitingly bitter with a solid orange zest bitterness with a lot of juicy citrus hops. Tons of orange and a hint of floral hop character on the palate. The malt backbone, for all practical purposes, is virtually absent, allowing the resiny hops to form the backbone that carries this beer into a long, dry and bitter finish. Kudos, Stone

M: Light in body, resiny with hop goodness on the palate, carbonation that works with the hops and a drying, bitter finish - I really can't ask for more.

D: Incredibly drinkable, I just might have another.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, no freshness date

A: Slight orange hue, creamy head with a slight tan hint. Head leaves a nice light lace down the glass, perfect.

S: Floral hop aroma that you would expect from an IPA. Pine needles. Grapefruit.

T: Big hop taste, grapefruit and spruce aftertaste. A very good example of the American IPA. Flavor, ingredients, etc. It's all there.

M: Smooth and easy, leaves a nice fruity hop aftertaste that lingers perfectly

D: Sneaky alcohol presence, but a good beer to chill out with after a hard day at work

O: Overall, this is a well-crafted IPA, solid on all fronts. You'd be lucky to call this an old stand by. This is definitely one of the better and more well-known IPA's.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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