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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
BA SCORE
4.21/5
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11,105 Ratings
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

Added by kbub6f on 01-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#977
Reviews:
3,048
Ratings:
11,105
pDev:
10.69%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
475
Gots:
3,161
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 11,105 |  Reviews: 3,048
Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of VeganUndead
4/5  rDev -5%

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

tried this one on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC, wow, awesome brew..minimal head, nice lacing .nice nutty malt center,very hoppy, alot of citrus and a snappy hop nose and finish, tiny bubbles, pleasantly low carbonation, soft mouthfeel, a pleasure on the toungue. IPA lovers should get to know this one!

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

Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Enjoy by June 6 2011 will do!

Light brown cream white head of about three/four fingers off the pour with good retention. Nice and sticky. Body is a clear gorgeous orange amber with tiny sparse fast rising bubbles from the bottom.

Smell is a wonderful simple grapefruit and somewhat grass like hop. A little small, but very solid. A little bit of cinnamon too.

Taste is a good spiced hop profile, malt sugar body hints of brown sugar. Missing some bread action but a little on the finish, but I really like the hop feel of this IPA, it's strong but not overpowering. No hint of booze either, feels easy drinking.

Overall this is solid you just can't go wrong with it, it's also a personal fav for this style as well for me.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the classic West Coast IPA- the classic balancing of grapefruit, pine, and a hint of malt. It's super drinkable, very refreshing. Despite some of Stone's missteps over the years, this is still a wonderful achievement.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3/5  rDev -28.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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

22 oz. bomber

Pours a cloudy gold with a one finger head. Smell is highly sweet with a touch of lemon. Flavor seems somewhat light but thick with personality at the same time. Starts off slightly in citrus and delivers a high level of bitter into your mouth. Gets smoother as time goes on. Smooth, but a bit strong on the mouthfeel. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, maize color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops (pineapple/grapefruit), alcohol, pine, slight alcohol, sweet malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of floral hops, alcohol, sweet malt, and slight yeast. Overall, good standard IPA - nothing flashy.

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

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer is bright golden-orange, with a thin, clingy, white head. There was a pepper spice and hop bitter smell to the beer; green and sweet at the same time. Tastes of pine and hops on first taste, somehow balanced with a sweet base. The beer is smooth and full bodied in mouth, with smooth, dry finish. Solid bitter and resinous linger. Good beer.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of jwc215
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured orangish/copper with a thin, but well-retained white head.
The smell was of citrusy hops. Very clean and inviting.
The taste was of crisp, citrusy hops on a background of creamy malt. It was medium to thick bodied. Although hoppy, it was very well-balanced for the style. The hops were smooth and tasty.
(Were it not for a touch too much salt, it would be perfect tasting.)
The feel was a bitter sharpness balanced by a creaminess that left a refreshingly bitter feel.
The alcohol is very well-hidden. Overall, it is a smooth, hoppy - but, not ridiculously so - so the balance is wonderful - A great brew and a near-perfect example of the style. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Immediate one inch head in a tulip. Head is thick and frothy. The beer itself is a cloudy light orange with very fine suspended sediment. Excellent lacing and head retention.

S- Huge citrus nose.

T- More bitterness than your average IPA. Balanced pine and citrus flavors. Lemony aftertaste. No real boozyness.

M- Somewhat watery actually.

D/O- Not my favorite IPA, would place it in the top of the second tier. An enjoyable experience for certain though. Thanks PTMcB.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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

The grim, growling gargoyle glares at you from the label, both offering protection from all things bland and dire, and also daring those not ready to indulge in a torrent of flavor to begone, and be untroubled by these blissful beers.
Appearance: a perfect, peachy hue, and a good, frothy white head.
Nose: somethin' else! A panoply of fruit, a citric cornucopia! Peaches and apricot, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, berries, and more, all in one little aroma!
Alert and lively, zesty, generous, and gorgeous!
Taste: superb! Fantastic flavor, yet none too bitter. A huge blast of hops jumps on the tongue, but not so severely. A firm body, also, excellent balance and malt backbone.
More of a piney feel comes through as we drink, but it's a minor note among so many others. Finish is medium, but tasty and satisfactory.
This is an IPA the way they are supposed to be!
If these excellent ales were available in my area, you can be sure that my fridge would be stocked well with these! Tasty, and drinkable, and rewarding!

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4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

02/03/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber poured into my Duvel glass. No expiration date listed.

Appearance- Beautiful lightly clouded golden orange color. Thick nitted bubbles which formed a nice 3/4 inch head. Above average lacing with a small ufo circle in the middle. Can't ask for much more than that.

Smell- A pretty subdued scent. You can tell there is pine and grapefruit from the hops and a bit of candied sweetness. Had to really stick my nose in though. It doesn't just jump right out at you.

Taste- Like the scent it is a subdued hoppy beer. But as you drink more of it and let it warm the true flavors come out. Not an overpowering IPA, but just about right if you want a great mix of hops and malt. One of the best balanced IPA's I have had. Good amounts of grapefruit and other citrus flavors floating around.

Mouthfeel- Perfect medium IPA-type carbonation. Super easy consumption.

Drinkability- Very...in one word. I can now see why this is tons of peoples choice for their favorite session beer. It's right in the middle of the hop range. Not super in your face (which can be good) and not on the watery thin side (which is almost always bad). If there was just a tad bit more hops (maybe another 10-15 IBU's) I would live off this beer. But, even the way it is brings great pleasure to my taste buds. Great brew as I expected from Stone. Haven't been dissapointed yet.

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Photo of aasher
3.32/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the final beer of my Stone "kick". This beer pours a thin burnt gold with a one finger white head. The aromas are of bitter pine. It's nothing I haven't seen before. The flavors are of pine and grapefruit, yet both bitter and sweet. The malt kind of becomes rather prevalent after a few sips and gives it a moderate amount of sweetness. This beer drinks between light and medium with a very, very dry finish. I hate dry finishes. I'm not a fan of induced cotton mouth and this beer brings it. It's unfair to this one that I compare it to Ruination and their 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA but this one doesn't hold a candle to either. The cotton mouth is a little much and it isn't as complex as their other aforementioned IPAs. This beer is pretty average in my opinion, as far as IPAs go.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a tumbler. Pours a medium orange amber with a one finger medium white head and lacing. Strong citrus, floral hops and light malt aroma. Flavor follows; neutral malt balancing citrus and herbal hops. Nice hoppy finish. Medium body. A nice aromatic hoppy IPA as one would expect from Stone.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 11,105 ratings
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