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
Reviews:
3,011
Ratings:
10,912
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
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Photo of SanDNigel
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a great beer.
A- Fresh/clean looking SanDiegoIPA. Creamy off white head/bright golden body
S-Everything you want from the 3 C's absolutely mouthwatering straightforward piney/citrusy with just the right alcohol punch
T- Great. Perfect beer to drink any time/day/week/month/year in sunny San Diego. Crisp/clean/refreshing (yeah it's someone else's motto, but it is much more true of this selection)
Perfect bitter/sweet
M- Its good. Goes down easy. Pretty bubbly
This is such an undeniably good beer. Bottom line

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Photo of Southerndiscomfort
2.54/5  rDev -40%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Its alright. Don't understand the hype but they are a top notch brewery this just ain't enough citrus or any fruity hop presence enough for me to purchase again.

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Photo of notoriousdav
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light amber with two fingers of foam. Retains head very well. Very herbal on the nose. Taste is unmistakeably hoppy, like a pine cone dipped in soap, definitely makes you pucker-up. Anymore hops and this beer would be outta control, but they managed to get it pretty much right for this style.

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Photo of rmfyeah
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is hop heaven
Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head with laces that remain for awhile.
You can smell the hops, it's not overwhelming for how present they are once you taste it.
Taste is awesome. I love hop-upped beers and this is one of my favorites because its fairly easy to find. To say this bear has great hop characteristics is an understatement. Somehow finishes great- citrus and a bit bitter, but perfect.
The mouthfeel is good, crisp up front, sticky and lingers on the top of the mouth well after your last sip.
So good you'll want more despite the relatively strong taste and higher alcohol. Lovely.

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Photo of Butch
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Stone beer. I can’t buy them in Miss-sip because most (all?) of their beers are above the arbitrary 6.0% ABV law we have. My very good friend Derek is home for Christmas and brought me back a hell of a Christmas gift. Including two Stone IPAs.

Sampled 28 December 2006

The color to me was just “IPA-Ale.” I asked The Wife what color she would call that if she was picking it out to sew something and was talking to someone who had never heard of beer. She said “dark honey” so there you go. Dark honey in color.

The head was big and grand, and more aggressive than I expected. I screwed up the pour and had to let it settle a bit before pouring the last ounce or so. It eventually settled down to a nice disk that lasted the entire beer, leaving a nice but not thick lacing.

It smelled like all good IPAs should. Hoppy to the hilt. The back end showed that harsh bitterness that you expect.

The taste showed none of that harshness however. The smoothest IPA I’ve ever had. Stone has a reputation for hyper-aggressive hops and flavor, but although this one was as strong as you’d like it was still balanced well and the hops were bitter but not astringent. The kind of bitter an IPA should be.

A great beer. I can’t say it was the best beer ever, or even the best IPA. Not that I think it isn’t, but because I don’t trust my opinion. I’ve built Stone up in my mind so much that I just don’t know how objective I can really be. I will definitely get more Stone every chance I get.

Butch

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Photo of Ryanbob
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance was deep, slightly cloudy orange. Nice head that lingers on the glass. Smell was fresh hoppy and bright. Taste was fresh popping citrus and hops, very balanced bitterness. Some malty, toasty flavors in the background. Hops settle down for a clean aftertaste. Nice creamy mouthfeel, the beer rolls around and feels smooth. Overall a very drinkable, distinct IPA on par with the best I have ever had. I would definately recommend this beer to others, even those who are not huge hops fans.

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Photo of watkins
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a nice golden brown with 2-finger head, great lacing.

S: Frech, crisp bright hops. Slight grapefruit, but not as much as expected.

T: Hops. Sharp, crisp hops dominate the palette, yet give way to a subtle sweetness beneath. A definite hop-head beer.

M: Medium-to unexpectedly-light bodied. I like my IPAs a little thicker, but thats my opinion. Aftertaste/feel slightly reminds me of post-mouthwash gum tingle.

D: Goes down rather smoothly, though full of hop bitterness (which is boasted about on the bottle). Given it's 6.9% ABV, i could probably have 3 or so, then the flavor would probably become a little intense. An excellent sipping beer ideal for warmer months.

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Photo of iuhoosier336
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great IPA. Poured from a bottle into a normal pint glass. The color is a light yellow, good head that remains, two fingers.

The smell is of hops and of slight citrus. The taste is earthy and very hoppy. Then the malt followed by the citrus. The hops in this one taste great. Good carbonation.

This is one great IPA and is it ever drinkable. A six could be gone by the end of the night easily but then I'd be unhappy without my Stones.

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Photo of xybreeder
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful head, pours golden/orange hue. Lacing is very nice & carbonation appears very lively. She looks like she's ready to go!

S: Hops, floral, also getting something sweet (maybe honey?). All in all, a nice smelling brew.

T: Wow, this is one fine tasting brew. Very smooth yet complex on the tongue. As expected, hops dominate (a good thing!!), but with some sweet tastes. A sweet grapefruit would be a good way to describe the overall taste.

M: Perfectly carbonated, very smooth; warm but no overpowering alcohol feel. Perfect on the palate.

D: This is a no-brainer drink anytime brew from the guys @ Stone. Not as many complex flavors as say Ruination, but at 1/2 the price, I'm on my way to get more!!

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Photo of velmalikevelvet
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent go-to IPA. Tangy, crisp, fruity, & refreshing.

Poured from chilled 12oz bottle into tasting glass.

A: Buttery pale golden color, just slightly cloudy, with virtually no head.
S: Extraordinary fruit aroma fairly dances to the nose!
T: Fruit-tastic, crisp, multi-tonal herbals with a nice hop kick.
M: Somewhat thin, which contributes to the high drinkability factor.
O: Begs for a hot day and a BBQ.

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Photo of homersimpson67
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this several times before paying the extra for Stone Ruination Ipa. Now trying again.

Pours a lovely golden, copper with a good 1.5 fingers of foam, with excellent retintion and a nice sticky lacing on all sides of my trusty tulip.

Very inviting hoppy smell of lemon, pine and spice and everything nice! Very fresh and inviting!

A lovely assault on the tongue, very upfront with a nice easy washover that keeps me wanting more.

Sits very well in the mouth, a great lingering bitterness very close if not better than my other 2 favs. Two Hearted from Bells and Furious from Surly, Hops RULE!!!!

Overall one of the best west coast IPAs out there, Ruination is exceptional but this is a very close relative that can hold its own without a doubt. Still waiting for Pliny the Elder, hopefully this Christmas.

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Photo of Erlkoenig
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Burnt orange/gold, a little hazy with a finger or so of bubbly head. Good lacing. Very appetizing.

S: Orange, candied sugar, grapefruit, sweet malt. Very nice set of scents.

T: Oh gods yes. The fruit from the nose returns up front, but soon opens up into a spectacular array of grassy, resiny, sharp hop flavors and spices. Bitterness is high throughout, but the fruity and malty sweetness balances it rather well while still allowing it that nice "sting". Very drinkable.

M: Mid-light bodied and nice carbonation. Pleasantly sticky. Goes down smooth.

O: Yes yes and more yes. A fantastic example of what an American IPA can be.

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Photo of simpliciter
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - yellow --- not a lot of character in the appearance (bad pour?)
S - slightly floral, but not very distinct
T - [[no notes on the taste of this beer survived this evening.]]
M - slightly coats the mouth, finishes clean
D - lingering bitterness

All in all, not as impressive as the Cali-Belgique version of this same beer. Belgian yeast, woo!

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: a rich golden yellow with a really nice 1-2 cm head that dissipates down to a 1 cm head. It forms a really nice head, it is really a vibrant and appealing beer.

Smell: Pine and citrus. I smell a touch of sweetness. I have had a few IPA’s this one smells quite appealing. The smell does get weaker a minute or so after the pour.

Taste: After taking the first taste, I realize it may be a bit warmer then it should be – my thermometer reads 51 F, so I suppose it is just a touch too warm. The hops are there and they add a nice citrus-pine flavor but there is also quite a bit of sweet malt as well. This beer is phenomenal, I was expecting it to be more intense then it is, but I was really happily surprised. There is defiantly a good touch of hop bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Good solid carbonation, moderately thick texture, I would consider this to have a good mouthfeel

Drinkability: This is almost 7% ABV? Wow…. I am not prepared to drink another one (no more in the fridge) and I only have 5 left… next time I go back to MI I may be picking up another 6 pack, or a case… this beer could easily become a new favorite. I need to try it 5 degrees colder.

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Photo of rgb2807
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is light orange. This IPA is a winner, it's bitter but the malt comes through oh so nicely. Some nice citrus flavors come through with the hops. The balance is amazing, I freaking love this beer. The only problem is it's a little pricey on the east coast. Check out the Arrogant Bastard Strong Ale as well. This is a close 2nd in my favorite IPA (first is smuttynose). SO freaking drinkable, I could drink this all night, which might be a little dangerous.

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Photo of JDew
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel/orange color and hazy with a one finger head that keeps a good lace. Almost all hop smell with a little trace of citrus
Fresh hoppy taste that follows with a dry bitter finish that stays in the back of the mouth
This is a great IPA, I love the crispness of the taste and the serious hops.

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

Hey, this Stone IPA has become my standard beer in my fridge bought by the case. While I like really hoppy and bitter IPAs, this beer is bitter enough and so drinkable. I actually look forward to popping the cap without wishing it were a different beer.

The IPA pours nicely into a glass with a great brown color. I find the aroma pleasant and the first and last taste delightful.

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

Poured this from bottle bought at a local store. Poured it into a pint glass. It made a 1/8" off-white head that left a lot of lacing down the sides of the glass throughout the drinking of the beer. The smell was pine, citrus w/ a faint malt that is easily over-powered by the assertive hop smell. The taste is more hops. It is bitter, but the bitterness mellows quickly. This beer has a bitter, pleasant aftertaste. Despite the bitterness and assertive hops, the mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. I find it very drinkable.

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Photo of wesclaypool
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy appearance with a bright orange color. Off white, frothy head.

S - before the cap was even fully removed the smell of hops hits you. Then, the orange aromas start to come through.

T - big hops here, but not overwhelming. The citrus, mainly orange and lemon, are very distinct.

M - medium body with a lot of crisp on the tongue.

D - just a fantastic, mellow IPA

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Photo of kcr357
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark copper with two generous fingers of foam and spotty lacing. Color is ominously close to Budweiser, but dark enough to tell the difference.
S-Faint undertones of a normal IPA, then the hops gloriously hit your nose like a freight train. Light undertones of caramel and malt.
T-Quite bitter as it should be, but there seems to be an odd or off flavor that does not belong, but dissipates after a few swigs.
M-bubbly with a feeling that it coats the tongue; a bit syrupy.
D-Good beer, originally gave it a lower d rating, but after 4 they are still going down easy. Very surprising d for a hh and h alc beer

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Photo of e11a627
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz. delirium tulip glass and shared with hu4om.

A: A nice yellow-gold color. Looks very light.

S: Hoppy, citrus - strong grapefruit aromas.

T: Perfect amount of hoppiness that stays on your tongue. Not too intense of a flavor at all, not too complicated.

M: Smooth but with a nice tongue tingle. Tasty carbonation.

D: Good, clean IPA. Would have this again - could be a session beer for me. A simple and yummy IPA. love.

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

Pours a light copper color with a thick and foamy white head that quickly dissapated to a ring around the beer and nice lacing down the glass. Aroma is of floral, fruit and spice. Taste has a slight sweetness, followed by lots of hops. However seemed to be well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium.

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Photo of blindpiglet
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange yellow color with a small white head that laces well. Aroma is of piney high alpha acid hops; floral and spicy with a definitely malt back bone. Flavor is upfront spicy and hoppy (grapefruit and spruce) and caramel sweet. Moderate ester profile to complement the hops and malt. Finishes dry and crisp.

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Photo of DoctorEvil
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good and balanced IPA...with above avg ABV... I heard they are opening up a brewery in Belgium...wow... I admire the cajones, and I do think it will do well over there... maybe after some initial resistance... there is not much they can pick apart in this IPA if they actually taste it...

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

Bought a single at St. Mark's Market.

First thing I noticed was the tart grapefruit smell coming off, never smelled anything like it, esp. from an IPA, I knew this one was going to be special. The smell was almost phenolic. The head was very thick and chunky and the lacing was pretty good. It was a clear blonde color.

The taste was huge. Good on many different levels. The alcohol was well covered and the balance was nice. Hops were apparent but not overpowering. The mouthfeel was great,very smooth going down. Crisp finish. Only problem was the aftertaste stuck with me all night.

Shouldve def bought a sixpack, Probably my favorite IPA right now.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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