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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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2,989 Reviews
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
Reviews:
2,989
Ratings:
10,818
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
20.09%
 
 
Wants:
447
Gots:
2,914
For Trade:
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Reviews: 2,989 | Ratings: 10,818
Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

He shoots, he scores! This is a wondeful IPA... Pours an orange-caramel into the glass, with a sticky, frothy head, medium retention and wonderful webbed lace. The nose has all you’d expect: grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral accents. These transfer directly into the flavor dept. There is a faint caramel malty sweetness which underlies a huge hop contingency. Grapefruit, citrus, and candy orange slices are noted in the mid-palate, whereas the side- and back-palate are peppered perfectly with a mildly-lingering pine resin dry-hop. All of the wonderful complexities of this brew come together almost flawlessly. It has a very nice, refreshingly creamy (and cleansing) finish that works wonders for the overall effect! Truly, one of the best IPA’s one can have.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times, but I most recently was fortunate even to visit San Diego, and I sampled this tasty beer in a tulip glass while at the San Diego Airport (Stone Brewing in Terminal 2).
Appearance: Golden/orange in color. About 1.5 fingers of white foamy head
Smell:Plenty of hops aroma with a mix of citrus.
Taste: Complex mixture of balanced bitterness and sweetness. Goes down pretty easily with only a mildly bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and full-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.
Overall: Along with Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA, this is the gold standard of IPAs that I compare all other IPAs to. Great beer overall.

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Photo of frankie818
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is everything an IPA should aspire to be. One of my favorite. Light yellow appearance and a crisp , ultra fresh taste. The price and lower abv makes it a perfect "everyday" IPA or the go to after a stronger beer.

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Photo of txmilligan
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exceptional IPA. Great pour, that is a cloudy golden copper hue, with an excellent amount of suspension. Great head with good lacing. Aroma recalls citrus fruits and orange blossoms over a subdued beer smell. Strong flavor with good bite and a noticeable bitterness that is enjoyable. Taste is fresh and balanced, with an aftertaste that is a good precursor to the next drink. Exceptional beer.

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

IPAs are one of my favorite styles and I am really looking forward to sampling this one based on my experience with their Arrogant and Double Bastard styles. We can't get Stone in Minnesota yet, so many thanks to Fantome for gringing this back for me from his recent beer trip to Michigan and Ohio.

Pours a nice translucent golden color. Quarter inch head that quickly dissipated. Very nice hoppy aroma. Leaves a lingering thin lacing on the inside of the glass. Awesome hop bite upfront and finishes with a nice malty undertone. Medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Hop2it
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect pour. Light amber brown with the nicest white head of suds. Smells of sweet piney hops and a touch of mint. Oh my, this looks good.

This is a hoppy IPA without a substantial amount of malt body. The taste is dominated by a medicinal citrus injection. For the hop-fanatic in me this is a wonderland of bubbly bitterness that tickles the tastebuds long after I take a sip. For the IPA-lover in me it is too linear, and its focus on over-the-top hops denies the complexity of a malty base. Definately worth picking up again.

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Photo of bigreduw64
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber into a wide bowled wine glass. Pours a golden amber color. The aroma is of straight up hops. It smells as though I will be eating hops, it makes me a little afraid for what it will taste like.

Surprisingly the taste is not as hoppy as the smell lets on. It is very balanced, but still has a strong hop flavor.

I enjoy this beer and when in the mood for an IPA this would be on my list of ones to buy.

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Photo of beeritron
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my current favorites. Stone IPA pours a golden color with a moderate white head about 3/4 inch thickness. A slightly hazy beer that leaves a consistent lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell punches your nose with nice, hoppy notes of pine and citrus. There is also a slight alcohol presence noticeable in the aroma. A sweet malt smell lingers at the beginning of the sniff followed by a lovely fresh hop aroma. The taste has a bite to it from the combo of hops and alcohol. It has a nice sweet, malty taste and a great bitterness on the back of the tongue. The hops are aggressive and the bitterness level is perfect. This medium bodied IPA has carbonation that sits on the tongue momentarily before dissipating. This, combined with the alcohol, creates a spiciness that leave the mouth tingling for several minutes. The drinkability is very high and leaves you wanting more. I, myself, could drink a million.

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Photo of treehugginslug
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good

S - Wow! Now this was a fantastic smell. Smells just like when you add hops to the brewing process, possibly Cascade hops involved. Very nice. My wife even liked the IPA smell, which she normally does not like.

T - Now, the taste was not as good as the smell, but initially, my beer was nice and cold and tasted pretty good. As it warmed up, it got a little more bitter.

M - For an IPA, I could drink a few more.

D - Like I said, for an IPA, much more drinkable.

Would I buy it again? Yes
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes
Would I drink it at a party? Yes
Did my wife like it? Like the smell, but not the taste.

Overall: Smell was exceptional,the taste was ood.

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Photo of HoppyPeteSkolnik31
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At PJ's in Bethlehem

A: Thin head off white head. Golden orange with beautiful lacing all around the glass.

S: Pungent floral, citrus, pine hop. Very little malt, only enough to keep this beer honest. Just what you'd expect in a beautifully done IPA.

T: This beer tastes amazingly hoppy with a delicious bitterness. Just like the smell the taste is focused on citrus like grapefruit, also some pine, and a nice floral touch. Add the right amount of malt and it makes this hoppy beer absolutely tasty.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little resiny from the hops, and the carbonation is mild.

O: This beer is so good after a long day. It delivers on bitter and juicy citrus and pine hop flavors. I was glad to find this one on tap because I've had older bottles before that did not deliver anywhere close to the hop pungency this beer was designed to impart on its drinkers.

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Photo of heinekenike
3.12/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gave this low marks because the taste just was not there, but after reading other reviews, I realize I must have gotten a bad batch or something. NY is far from CA, I don't know...

Appearance seemed normal, smell very good. The aroma promised a nice, full hoppy taste. But the taste was lacking. A very light hint, and then a little stronger taste of hops on the aftertaste, but pretty weak for any beer.

Like I said, this was not the same beer that everyone else here tasted. I will definitely try this one again, and give a fairer review.

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

Pours light amber with a big white head that fades to a light cover. Nice lacing. Aroma is pine and grapefruit, with some malt underneath. The flavor is good on the citrus and pine with a nice caramel malt backbone. Good balance and very easy drinking. Not quite up to the level of the top IPAs however.

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Photo of spaceranger
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you've tried this one nothing needs to be said. If you haven't - go get one right now. This stuff is what it's all about. Perfect appearance, perfect aroma, perfect mouthfeel and drinkable beyond 95% of everything that's out there. I love it, you'll love it, we all love it. Stone is king. Mmmm, delicious... I gotta go...

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Photo of ncm45
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The local pub switched over to this recently and I had my first chance at having this on-tap. Can't say I regret it one bit.

Smell: Wonderful - it's nice to get a beer that knows what it is and isn't afraid to show it. What you'd expect from a good IPA, fruity and lots of hops.

Taste:The flavor really comes out with this one. The hops are right there and the taste stays solid and doesn't change.

Mouthfeel:Smooth but still agressive. Probably one of the better IPAs I've had.

Drinkability:Goes down well, although a few of these might fill you up. No regrets getting this one.

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Photo of Cunningham26
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- great, pours with that thin, fluffy head and left delicate lacing. color was an amazing amber with a perfect amount of haze.
S- like fresh hops, really great.
T- wonderful! Most IPAs hit that one "oh, hops!" and is otherwise not that great. but this one had a great rounded hop flavor like a taste experience within the overall beer tasting experience.
m- great, with the maltiness coming up after the hops and filling the mouth. doesn't leave any stickiness on the tongue either, just washes down extraordinarily well.
D- really good if you're a hophead. i like to keep things in balance, so i doubt i could session this all night (and i'd end up on the lawn) but it's so good I'm sure people do all the time.

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Photo of Dunkle
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to have this on tap way over here in Michigan!

A: Hazy golden orange color with an inch of white foam. Some lacing throughout.
S: Smells like citrus (especially when compared to the bottle) fruit. Some floral hops as well. Smells quite fresh.
T: Initially, I taste the citrus hops. Then come some pine hops which leave a bitter aftertaste. Well-balanced and not over-the-top.
M: Well-carbonated and medium-bodied.
D: Drinkable for the style, but I've had more drinkable IPAs. One or two is enough for me.

A good IPA, but nothing too special. I would recommend this, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it. It's readily available though, so bombs away!

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Photo of Patrick2012
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in tulip glass

A: Golden orange/amber with a straight white, thick head. Very thick lacing.

S: Citrus, pine, hops. Very very hoppy, could smell it the second i opened the bottle.

T: follows the smell, citrus grapefruit, pine, bitter hops. Overall a nice sharp, tart tasting beer.

M: Bitter aftertaste that lays nicely on the tongue.

O: A delicious ipa that is very hoppy. Might go right up there with pliny for a great ipa.

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Photo of tony12hd
4.98/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer on tap at yardhouse. Bitter hoppy only 6.9% just the right mix of abv calories btus. Always remember to drink on an empty stomach and skip the food

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

Appearance: Golden amber color. Thin white head with some lacing and plenty of large bubbles.

Smell: Cascade (?) hops up front balanced by a brown sugar or caramel like sweetness.

Taste: Very sharp and clean. Little malt character comes through, but the hops are excellent. Strong bittersweet floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Ideal lever of carbonation. Finishes very clean with only hops in the aftertaste. Dry.

Drinkability: It's delicious, but a bit of a palate buster. I'd like to drink more, but I think I'd lose the ability to taste them.

I think Stone beer only just became available in Wisconsin, and I was really surprised to find it.

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Photo of Bitzy
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA! I usually don't drink very bitter beers like IPA's, but this one really impressed me.

Appearance: cloudy golden color with a 1/4 inch head that slowly disspates, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Although the hops jump at you, the sweetness of backround flavors of citrus and cloves are apparant and inviting.

Taste: The different hops combined in this fabulous brew lend themselves to a sweet and floral twang that tickles the taste buds. The hops are delicious and balanced by the sweetness of the malts. Also, the bitterness is perfectly placed in the overall taste experience of the beer.

Drinkability: Although this beer is delicious, I could not drink more than one at a time. I split a 22oz. bottle with 2 other friends and slowly sipped it and enjoyed all its complexities.

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Photo of zplug123
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with light lacing, relatively clear but not pristine

S: Pine/floral aroma is rather apparent along with a hint of citrus

T: Resiny/grapefruit bitterness at the front with malt complexity adding to the mix. Lingering bitterness is pleasant

M: A medium-to-light bodied beer that's finishes cleanly with the hops. Lightly carbonated

D: I could definitely down a few more of these, a top-notch IPA

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Photo of microbrew52
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours hazy yellow orange with a little small layer of foam at the top which will lace the glass slightly. It has a very fragrant like cologne. The taste is also bursting with flavor with lots of orange which pairs well this stones trademark hoppiness. Finishes dry and quick.

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Photo of gboy515duo
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: A clear golden brown with a very appreciative head that lasted until i was finished

S: Smelled slightly of freshly cut grass or flowers

M: Extremely smooth, sat very well on my palate.

T: It was a very simple tasting IPA, extremely hoppy but easy to drink. The taste was resonant of the all natural ingredients used to brew this one.

D: Unfortunately, because of the strong hoppy taste, I wouldn't be able to drink a 6 pack of this beer. It was very enjoyable to have one or two though.

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Photo of patriot76
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bootle served in a pint glass

A- Clear, golden in color with a beautiful 1 inch head thick head. Nice looking amount of bubbles springing up from the bottom. Head retains very well. Great lacing.

S- Piney, floral hops abound with a hint of grapefruit. Very floral aroma. Some grassy citrus aromas as well. Hops dominate the nose and I love it.

T- Talk about a full flavored beer. This one lives up to the hype. A hop explosion starts it off with a sublte malt character that leads to a warm finish with a slight alcohol feel. Every inch of the palate enjoys this IPA. Just the right amount of lingering hop bitterness.

M- Great feel for an IPA of this caliber. An almost creamy mouthfeel that has wonderful bitteness and depth.

D- Even though the hops dominate this one it is very drinkable. Overall, a very good American IPA that is extemely well rounded. I'm going to have to grab this again next time I see it.

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Photo of JohnnysBarIsIt
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone IPA has a nice hoppy taste that I've come to enjoy in beer. It has a nice amber apperance. It also leaves a nice spider web of foam on the glass that a good beer should. Definatly recommened if you are looking for a good IPA. Its another good beer from The Stone Brewing Company.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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