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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
Exceptional
11,106 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 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
Ranking:
#978
Reviews:
3,048
Ratings:
11,106
pDev:
10.69%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
475
Gots:
3,162
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 11,106 |  Reviews: 3,048
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to pint glass. No dates.

A - The beer pours a nice amber color. Perfectly clear. A nice fluffy 2.5 finger white head with very good retention and lacing.

S - A great blend of pungent, spicy, herbal, fruity hops immediately on the pour! Very aromatic. Behind the hops is a hint of alcohol and toasted malt. Very good.

T - Very similar to the nose with a rush of hop presence on the palate. Piney, earthy, herbal tones immediately before expanding to a medium bitterness with herbal and fruity character. Very hop forward but a nice base toasted grain foundation.

M - Very smooth. Medium bodied and carbonated. Creamy almost.

O - Easily one of the best AIPA's out there. Great great beer.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

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4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maybe this bottle was a little older, they say that hops fade over time. Nothing struck me as spectacular with this beer. It really didn't feel like an IPA to me but rather a plain ol Pale. Not a bad Pale, but just a pale.
A-Pours nice, just a typical cloudy bronze.
S-The smell was nice, nothing that blew me away, but did have a nice aroma.
T-Again, nothing spectacular. Not much bitterness really to speak of, most IPAs seem to have more hoppy flavor.
M-The carbonation and such seemed about right.
O-Overall, this beer was just OK for me. Not sure why, as an IPA, this gets such a strong rating... If it was just a Pale Ale, I could see it though. Not a bad beer though. I did enjoy it, just have had much better in the IPA class.

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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Enjoy by 08/17/14

A- Pours a medium gold with medium high white head. Slightly hazy.

S- Pine, dank, grapefruit, orange.

T- Similar to aroma dank pine and grapefruit and orange notes. Finishes pretty dry with lots of pine. A malt presence that I didn't really get in the aroma. The bitterness is right on.

M- Medium, pretty easy drinking and refreshing.

O- For a while I didn't like IPAs and this is the first one that really connected with me and I haven't been back since. Now that my palate is used to hops and I know what the a lot of different varieties taste like, I'd have to say that I would like a bit more Centennial in the recipe but this is still a great beer.

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4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 6-pack at Total Wine earlier this month. Enjoy by date is a little smeared but it's still well within the suggested timeframe. Poured into my Dogfish IPA glass for review.

Light copper color with fluffy white head, nice carbonation and a tad of sediment which renders the beer somewhat hazy. Smells fantastic with pungent piney hops, whiffs of papaya & mango, maybe some orange and pineapple.

Tastes overwhelmingly hoppy with sweet tropical fruit flavors then a burst of hop bitterness. Piney & citrus resins linger and coat the tongue wonderfully. Definitely a true West Coast style IPA.

Mouthfeel feels light to medium bodied. Think the hop resins make it perceivable more full bodied but this beer is definitely extremely drinkable and a wonderful thirst quencher. No astringency from the amped up bitterness rate. Alcohol well in check and carbonation is fine.

A damn fine IPA overall. I love that Stone prints the Enjoy By dates on their bottles. As a conscious shopper, I like knowing how fresh my hoppy beers truly are after being burned one too many times. This just adds more appeal to Stone's beers. Anyway, this is a really great beer that deserves it's own merits.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought on Zombier.es and poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is pure crystalline with zero haziness, being yellow-y and orange-y. It has a wonderful colour. The head is one finger thick, leaves lots of lacing but has still better than average retention, however, for this beer, I was expecting it to have more retention.
S: The aroma is strangely sweet since I has hoping not to find anything sweet here. I guess there's some toffee in the back but I'm not sure of it. Yet, the aroma is very mild and you can't have any clues on the flavor coming from this.
T: The taste is really bittersweet, has it has some sweetness coming specifically from a characteristic I can't seem to find and then connecting it to the bitterness of the hops.
M: The body is medium to medium high. Carbonation is high. Bitterness is mild to strong.
O: I've had better IPAs from Stone but this is remarkably good for 96' recipe. Well done Greg!

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into snifter
Served: 31 March 2014

Appearance: Pours a nice deep orange color with a creamy 1.5 finger head. Didn't leave any lacing but that could be due to the glass.

Smell: Huge citrus hop notes in the nose with an underlying malt sweetness. Very pure nose without much funk at all.

Taste: Really superbly drinkable- a nice hop bitterness contrasts with the sweet malt base. The malts add some depth of flavor without imparting much character- it just seems to be there to carry the hops down the palate without it being too much of an herbal mess. The hops themselves provide a huge amount of citrus flavor- lemon zest, grapefruit juice, a hint of lemongrass, and some cajeput to tie it all together. Really great hop flavor here.

Mouthfeel: One of the best feeling IPAs I've had- nice medium body without being sticky. Excellent carbonation- nice medium bubbles- carry the beer smoothly across the palate.

Overall: An excellent IPA, and one that is drinkable and world-class without being gimmicky, overly boozy, or anything else. Just a straight-shooting IPA with incredible purity of flavor.

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3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color with a two finger high, white head.

Nose: Citrus, pine grass and grapefruit.
Taste: Caramel malt, pine, grass, grapefruit and lemongrass.
Body: Medium body and carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Great IPA!

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 11,106 ratings
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