Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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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 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.

Added by kbub6f on 01-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
10,998
Reviews:
3,030
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
Wants:
463
Gots:
3,064
For Trade:
6
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Photo of nomad
4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thank you to Stone and the Blind Tiger for making this twist on this beer happen:

Poured a softly opaque orange with a slight gold tone, real nice to look at. No lace but a soft tiny bubbled head. Nose was extremely fruity, yeasty, and grassy, but calmly so, as these scents were much more well blended than the bottled version. Fabulously brilliant smells, truly. Taste was perfectly grapefruity, even a little sweet fruity, and was paired with the most well-toned hops I’ve ever tasted. The biscuit flavor was perfectly between real chewy and real thin.

The cask conditioning took away the salty tastes, made the sour more complex (yeah for the magic of wood), and rounded all the other flavors and scents together. This casking brought the classic IPA characteristics to an astounding height and smoother blend, and turned my highly unfavorable view of IPAs around. This beer floored me like none other - this is what happens when you take a top (the top?) IPA and cask condition (oooh, aaah) it. BRAVO.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a six pack.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-orange with a fluffy little white head that leaves some sticky lacing in my pint glass.

Smell: Its just great. Hoppy- some sweet citrus and some grapefruit too. Like fruity hops candy.

Taste: Nice bitter punch with those hoppy citrus flavors. Its got great balance with the sweet maltiness. Goes down sweet and smooth and leaves some pleasing bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full for an IPA. Not syrupy or creamy. The carbonation is nice.

Drinkability: Hard to find much to fault it, really. Its great stuff. I'm pretty much a sucker for most of Stone's offerings. This one is a staple.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of beerinabottle
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rallison
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Light golden color with a two finger white head that really stays around.

S: Wonderful citrusy hops are on the forefront of this. Very fresh smell also. Definitely smells like a West Coast IPA!

T: Very clean, fresh hop flavor. Definitely hop-forward with piney/citrusy hops. Not much in the way of a malt backbone - just enough to push the hops forward. Not aggressively hoppy - just enough to showcase them. Clean taste too. Very nicely done, and very west coast.

M: Lighter body, with a nice level of carbonation to carry the flavors. Dry finish. Makes this refreshing and very drinkable.

D: Eminently drinkable. You won't get tired of drinking this.

Stone's IPA is a classic West Coast IPA. There may be IPAs I enjoy more, but this is basically a flawless example of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MtGoat for including this as an extra in out trade. 22oz bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear and bright golden amber with lighter yellow highlights and topped with an inch of thick and creamy sandy white head. Head could stand to last a bit longer, but there is still some decent lacing here.

S: Sweet and fruity and intensely bitter. Bright fruit aromas shine thought like the sun: pineapple, sweet, slightly roasted malt, heavy pine and sweet grapefruit. Fresh or on cask, this beer must be ambrosia.

T/MF: Intense pine and fruit flavors coupled with a bright alcoholic heat, these are the first things that come to mind on my initial sip. Honey and heather also so up along with a sweet, almost sugary/ fruity grainy finish, I mean the finish almost tastes a little like Fruit Loops, I'm serious. There is actually some pretty nice balance being displayed here, I mean for a Stone beer, the hops are still the forefront of the beer, but the malty aspect is pretty strong as well.

D: A solid and highly drinkable IPA but I just want something more, maybe it's just heightened expectations for the beer, but I swear there are better IPAs out there than this one. I mean it is still a great beer, but there are better ones out there and closer to me.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden / cloudy orange. Nice long lasting white head. Nose is piney hops, some citrus. Taste is piney hops, citrus with some malt sweetness. Palate is medium body, good carboantion, with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Finish is dominated by citrusy hops with some light malty notes. Overall a very nice well balanced IPA.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first go-to choice of IPA

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 10,998 ratings.
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