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 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
Reviews:
3,015
Ratings:
10,919
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
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Photo of mhaugan
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a ton but never reviewed it. This past weekend I went to King's Fish House at the Tempe Marketplace and was pleasantly surprised to find this on tap. Came in a shaker pint that had not been frozen before filling. The color is a light amber, not as rich as say a DIPA but nor should it. The aroma is hoppy, flowery and slightly herbal. The flavor is somewhat sweet along with citrus and hops. The drinkability is wonderful for an IPA.

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

Bomber purchased from Kraig's Kegs.

Light/golden amber body with thick frothy three finger head. Head fades unevenly into a rocky, enduring foam, which leaves a sticky lace on my glass. The head's exciting, but the golden hue to the body doesn't do justice to its complexity.

The smell is so divine! I feel like I'm sticking my head into a jar full of hop pellets. But it's not offensive since the caramelly malt aromas pass when I really get my nose down into my glass. There's an uncertain fruit representation there too.

The malt isn't as powerful as its smell. Not as sweet as I had expected, but leaves sugars on the back of my tongue. There's a faint nutmeg spice that tingles on my tongue when I let the beer settle in my mouth. Masking fruits mute the hop bitterness toward the end, reminding me of a breakfast grapefruit covered in sugar. NOTE: Isn't as bitter as the bottle boasts.

Very oily mouthfeel. Carbonation's pretty strong--maybe the only thing I'd change because it numbs my pallate some.

I was more of a malt guy before I tried this and the Sothern Tier Unearthly. Now I'm psyched for summer and big bodied, hoppy IPAs. If you want to taste what dry hopping contributes to a beer, try this. This beer shows why craft/micro brewers are engineers: it takes such knowledge of hops to pick the right combination for a taste so seamless.

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Photo of vicg12
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smells like a home brew. Tastes great, lots of hops, mmm. A little less brightness than a usual American IPA, but that does not in anyway mean it's short on flavor, quite the contrary; just different selection in hops. Stone is a great brewer, keep it up. Only real complaint is that it was not very well carbonated, very small head.

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Photo of SerieDNo3
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a mug

A: Pours a clear gold, with a creamy off-white head. The head dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a bit of foam in the centre, and beautiful lacing down the glass.

S: Piney hops, a slight bready aroma, and some citrus notes.

T: Crisp hops, with only just enough malts to provide balance. Lots of piney flavors complemented by some fruit flavors.

M: Crisp. Very crisp. Pretty much perfect carbonation, and a generous amount of hops, rendering this a very refreshing beer.

D: The 6.9% ABV is hidden very well. If it were a little lower, this would be a perfect session beer. I tried this awhile back, and was slightly underwhelmed, but that was probably not fresh enough. This is an excellent kid brother to Ruination. I'm going to be drinking a lot more of this in the future.

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Photo of derekmorris7
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 2/28/2012. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, honey, and a bit of biscuit. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, herbal spiciness, floral, caramel, honey, and biscuit. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, pine, herbal, floral, and honey notes on the finish for a while. Very hoppy, but still has a nice malt balance to even things out. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable, with hardly any alcohol warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible IPA. Very hoppy, yet still has great balance; and is very drinkable at 6.9%.

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Photo of huhl23
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another hop-tastic treat from Stone. A vigorous pour creates a beautiful cascading effect, and the lumpy, sticky head is also very pleasing to the eye. Hazy orange color. Soooo aromatic. Pineapple, citrus fruit, and raw, herbal hops- intense aromas. Very complex taste. Nice fruitiness and surprising sweetness. Hop character is bitter and long-lasting, and perhaps a bit medicinal. Herbal for sure. The finish dries up a little, and the oily hop feel is replaced by a more leafy one. Some spice (perhaps from the alcohol) in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, but the hops make up for it. As a Hophead, this brew makes me very happy.

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Photo of mevett89
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear golden body with a nice-sized fluffy white head. The head has nice retention and decent lacing.

Smell: crisp; of bitter hops but with some sweetness in there too.

Taste: quite bitter, with a bit of a metallic taste to it. Citrus, but more pine profile. The crackery malt is almost an afterthought, but manages to balance out the hops well.

Mouth Feel: crisp and refreshing, with lower carbonation. Sticks to your tongue.

Overall: No doubt about it, this is a well-made IPA. It is on the bitter side of the style, and is a tasty and refreshing beer.

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Photo of kcrosson492
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thus far, one of the best IPA's I have had in a long time. It has a fantastic hoppy flavor that manages to still be smooth. You could easily drink this one over and over while maintaining a full flavor IPA. Good beer for party or casual drinking....

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Photo of Pete_2112
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

At first sip I was a little worried that I might not like this one as much. But as I've gotten accustomed to the flavors and let the beer warm up a bit, I have come to really enjoy this beer. The smell is pretty dang hoppy in my opinion. I can smell the malt for sure, along with some earthy and citrus, floral hops. Now the taste is the best part. It's like the flavor just comes out of nowhere. The bitterness is there and delicious. You can taste hop resin, a little citrus, and again, the floral notes. The malt sweetness is definitely there as well. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is perfect. Overall, this beer is great and I will drink this resinous babe again.

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Photo of codekiln
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at Trader Joe's, poured into a 4-inch snifter

Look--
Bright, yellow, transparent, clear; very few bubbles, not much lace, barely any head

Smell--
sweet, resinous

Taste--
The hops throws you a curveball but it doesn't strike you out! Hops are more present on the tongue after the beer is downed... an incredible floral taste unlike anything... so flavorful you just want to keep drinking to reaffirm the experience

Feel--
Carbonation unzips your tongue

Overall--
An exemplary beer! Will go out of my way to have it again.

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

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber.

Pours a wonderful orange with a half-inch white head, and leaves tendrils of white down the glass as you drink. Cloudy and hard to see through.

Very sweet at first and loaded with hops.

An extremely intense beer and one you really have to pay attention .

The hops grab your tongue and pull it out. Long finish without much of the metallic taste.

Yes, it's as good as folks say.

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Photo of jsbrendle
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a nice fine-bubbled white head over a good coppery colored liquid, very inviting. The aroma is full of hops (floral or grapefruity). The initial taste is also of aggressive hops (in that "west coast" sort of style). The hops are balanced with a good amount of sweet malt character. Very nicely done, big & bold but smooth. The beer suffers a little on drinkability because it seems to be too much (too hoppy, too malty) & too strong (perhaps a % pt. too high) to make a good session beer if that's what you're looking for. Still, a very enjoyable pint (or two, they're small) to have during an evening out.

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Photo of kush6875
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden orange slightly cloudy with a nice off white head, good lacing

smell: pine and fresh crisp hops

taste: look up IPA in webster's and you have it. the is hop-heads must try. sharp fresh hops dance on the palate!!

mouthfeel" is just what it should be; smooth and crisp begging you to take another swallow.

drinkability: this is an IPA lovers dream could drink this all day!! very thirst quenching, goes great with spicy dishes.

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Photo of MisterSH
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with no freshness date. I like stone's labels but on an overly critical note, I must say the font they use on the bottle's neck is a little bit corny-looking.

Pours a straw/gold, with an exceptionally long lasting 1.5 finger head, leaving some of the most amazing lacing I've ever seen. This beer looks fantastic.

Aroma is dominated by resiny pine, with some citrus notes and whiffs of a fruity malt.

First taste impression is of spicy, pungently bitter American hops. Grapefruit is present , the malt backbone of the beer is strong and steps into the forefront in the second act, offering a bready, distinctly earthy finish that is crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is on point, moderate carbonation, very clean, fairly light in body and not overly oily.

I have not had this old favorite in some time now, and tasting it again I find it every bit as delicious as I remembered. Exceptionally delicious, it is crisp and ideally balanced. I find the malt profile of this beer slightly unusual with a welcome earthiness, rounding things out perfectly and setting this brew apart from its peers. In my mind an exemplary American IPA.

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Photo of Tromba
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a large chilled mug.

A: Pours golden copper color with a white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a slight ring behind and very little lacing. Overall, very slightly cloudy.

S: Faint hops

T: Crisp and clean up front with wonderful pine, floral, and grapefruit notes followed by a great bitterness at the end that hangs around on the palate for a while.

M: Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp with a clean and lingering bitter finish.

D: ABV is too high for a session beer, but some might like this one so much they drink quite a few anyway. This is a textbook American IPA...and American IPAs rock.

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Photo of spencerw
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've read so many good things about Stone and this particular beer I thought I would try it. Not generally a big IPA fan but wanted to give it a shot.

A - The bear poured a very refreshed looking light copper honey, thick foam head that lasted for a minute or two then left a nice even lace along side the glass. Very good looking brew.

S - Pronounced malt and citrus smell. It was golden to the nose and smelled extremely quenching.

T - Decent malt, creamy sweetness at first then a blast of citrus hops! Very hoppy and pronounced and pretty much tingles your tongue for seconds after. Good balance and a good IPA if you like them...especially the more bitter ones.

M- Medium body, well carbonated and extremely fresh!

D- Very refreshing and could be a good session beer. I'm not even a huge IPA fan but I could see myself having a few of these. Would accommodate some great food very nicely.

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Photo of mash4077
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz to glass

A- Clear orange, with a finger of white, bubbly foam (as in more medium sized bubbles).

S- Orange smells strike first, with citrus hops, and even a hint of banana. Light malt scents. Some floral hops, and just a little bit of caramel or molassas scent.

T- Wow, very well balanced. I've heard this has a reputation for over the top hoppiness but I just don't see it. Brilliant hops, citrus flavors, and enough mellow malts to keep it smoother than expected. I had this a long time ago, and loved it then. It's even better than I remember it.

M- Nice, good carbonation. Just a tad on the watery side.

D- Probably the worst aspect, but certainly not bad for the style.

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Photo of thatlongname
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great golden brew with lots of carbonation bubbles. Thick off white head that sticks.

Smell: Great hop smell, maybe a little bit of lemon zest or some sort of citrus in there.

Taste: Absolutely delicious. Great complex hop flavors. Right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Especially nice when the foam hits your mouth. All part of the experience.

Overall: A damn good beer.

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Photo of jj139
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A - Hazy amber color, eggshell 2 finger head and long lasting lacing.

S - Piney hops with citrus/grapefruit notes

T - Big hops right off the bat then the citrus kicks in. Hints of malt in there as well.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Well balanced and very refreshing.

O - A very, very enjoyable American IPA. One sip leads to another and another.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a sensory glass. Pours a light copper color with a medium sized white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smell is floral hops. Some pine, some grapefruit.

Taste is nice, fresh hops with a dry biscuity character. Good amount of bitterness at 70+ IBU's, but so well balanced that it doesn't overpower the beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Overall, a classic West Coast IPA that everyone should try.

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Photo of rgrace99
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Nice thick frothy head that reduces to a thin line of froth with lots of lacing. Nicely efferevescent with excellent mouthfeel. Aroma and flavor were a wonderful citrusy hop flavor with a little bit of sweetness in the end. The hop flavor isn't as aggressive as in Ruination but excellent and well balanced. High ABV is the only thing keeping this from being an excellent session beer. Another great offering from Stone.

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Photo of sirpsycho
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Mad Mex (Monroeville, PA). Pours an amber/orange, very slightly cloudy. Aroma is the classic IPA citrus and hops notes. Hops get you on the initial sip, but in a good way, not overpowering. Grapefruit-pine-citrus-hops. Will try this one again.

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

I forgot how good this beer is. I just popped a bottle and poured a nice amber fog into a Stone IPA glass (go figure).
I was mesmerized by the pale and crystal malt aroma which somewhat masked the hops at first. Honey notes. First sip revealed a perfectly balanced beer with a simple recipe behind it. The malt and hops were balanced beautifully with the yeast.
I felt the beer was dry, but not overly so, which certainly highlighted the hops. It has a slight bready quality that reminds me of Anchor or Bear Republic pales. Perhaps they use the Liberty yeast. Not sure. Good beer; really good.

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Photo of charliedango
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone IPA is by far one of the finest india pale ales that I have ever had. It has the heavy hops one comes to expect from an IPA, but it's smooth and far less abrasive than other brewers takes on IPA. It's a drag that you can't get Stone in Illinois, but well worth the drive to pick up a few bombers.

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Photo of oldpinecone
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pintglass.

Delicious delicious delicious.

Pours a great amber color with a nice 2 finger head that stays for a while and leaves great lacing.

Citrus smells were very apparent and gave me something to look foward to. It smelled like an orange, grapefruit and softball sized hop nugget were mashed together.

Taste was great. Super hoppy. Not as much citrus as the smell might have suggested but the hops were definetly kicking my ass. Great bitterness that stuck around. No malt tastes just pure goodness.

Mouthfeel was awesome. It was aggresive but perfectly balanced. Great for an IPA of this calibur.

Drink this beer all day and all night.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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