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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

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7,457 Ratings

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Ratings: 7457
Reviews: 2705
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light gold with a thick and solid white head. Aroma is hoppy, light grapefruit and candied sugar notes mixed with piney resins, a bit light for the style. Taste is the same, light and bitter, but not as big or bold as some other beers of this style. The citrusy bitterness is a bit restrained but gives a nice kick at the end.

For the strength of this beer, I was expecting something a bit bigger, hoppier and bitter. Ruination pulls off the style a bit better, but this is still a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 05:14:56 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of Frosty80


3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: sits a pretty, slightly hazy, gold with just a slight brown hue

Smell: decent amount of citrus and pine hops, but seems to be equally complimented with, and equalized by, a yeasty flavor

Taste: slight bitterness throughout with complimentaly maltiness and yeastiness. mostly bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: low-med body. moderate carbonation.

Notes: was expecting a little more out of the highly respected IPA. YOURE not worthy for ME!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 04:26:15 | More by Frosty80
Photo of bonsreeb85


3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber...

A - 1.5-2 finger head with great retention. the color was a bronze color. also left a nice lacing on the way down. nothing to write home about, but an overall good looking beer.

S - all west coast citrus hop here. lemon and pine.

T - citrus hops, but not enough, the hops break and a yeasty breadiness comes through, too much if you ask me. but the beer closes with a moderate hop bitterness. could benifit from more IMO.

MF - light to medium body, with little carb. and very creamy, not bad.

D - this beer was very balanced, almost to a fault. i thought that the yeast/malt flavor was a bit overdone. this isn't to say that the hop bitterness was't there, just not enough for my tastes. that said however, if you are looking for an American West Coast IPA that doesn't decimate your taste buds, and is very balanced, this might be a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 01:24:39 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of merryjoulton


3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a weak head that dissipates quickly and no lacing. Smells strongly of piny, grapefruity hops. Maybe a hint of pear? Tastes bitter and a tad bit tart. Mouthfeel is good for a beer this size and I could drink many of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 03:52:41 | More by merryjoulton
Photo of spoons


3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass.

A really superb looking beer. The color is a hazy orange with a great white head and nice sticky lacing.

The smell is a nice standout. Great hoppyness. Citrus/orange pine. Smells great.

The taste has a strange bitterness to it provided by the hops. Has a mild sweetness underneath the hop bitterness. Taste a little alcohol on the end.

This is a good beer but it doesnt leave me running for another one like some IPA's do.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 20:32:08 | More by spoons
Photo of SamN


3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 1.5

A- Aggressive pouring leaves an enormous 2-finger head on this brew. It's bubbly, rocky, very light tan and sticky and resiny looking with the tiniest rainbow sheen. Color is a very pretty hazy orange color, bright and colorful. Very good looking beer. Too cloudy to really see any carbonation.

S- Fruity and a little aggressive. Hoppiness, backed with a layered sweetness. Not only fruit, but florals, pine and herbs. Lacking serious depth, but still very nice.

T- Starts out biting with hops, mellows out to a nice balanced pale ale flavor and finishes on almost a licorice taste and strong bitterness. Very hoppy without a lot of counterbalance. It's good, but not my cup of tea. I'm already getting heartburn from the resiny hops cones.

M- This is where this brew shines. This beer almost floats on the palette, it's so smooth and lighter. Dead on carbonation. Perfect feel here.

D- Too hopped out for my tastes, can't even finish one of these bad boys. I might revisit and finish one to get the full Stone IPA experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 20:29:50 | More by SamN
Photo of mckeowbc


3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden colored, slightly cloudy with a lot of foamy white head. Leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.
S - Lots of piney hop smell in the nose.
T - Starts a little sweet, but the hops kick in pretty fast. Lots of pine flavor.
M - Mouthfeel is average. It's not full, it's not watery. It's just a beer. The bitterness of the hops does leave almost a dry feeling in you mouth when you're done.
D - I felt that the piney hops were almost over the top. I liked this beer but when I was done with this bottle I was done with this beer for a while. By the end the hop bitterness had gotten old. The citrusy hops in something like Racer 5 IPA don't wear on me near as much.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 02:12:44 | More by mckeowbc
Photo of karait95


3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: classical ipa looking a very intense yellow color with an almost white head on top, very prominent and compact with small bubbles that dissipates slowly leaving behind some traces on the glass.

S: an intense hop aroma not to complex, very little alcohol can be sensed with some malt behind the hops.

T: it is a well elaborated ipa, the intense flavor of the hops takes couple of seconds to explode on the mouth, first you feel the malts.

M: first you have a neutral sensation and then starts the bitterness of the hops very strong and lasting a lot in the back of the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 00:33:33 | More by karait95
Photo of Beer_Runner

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No enjoy by date on the battle.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: Golden with just a small tinge of orange, and very clear. About half-a-finger of light biege head that disapated quickly.

S: Citrusy and a little caramel sweetness. Very mild aroma.

M: Very light with some carbonation.

T: The citrus from the aroma comes through as an earthy and pleasant kind of citrus without much bitterness. A solid malt backbone holds everything together but is not that prominent.

O: A good brew, but more of a pale ale than an IPA. It is nicely balanced but does not stand out from the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 20:42:45 | More by Beer_Runner
Photo of TastyAdventure


3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- very cloudy light orange. 1 1/2 finger head, frothy. clings to glass.

S - citrus like hops, more bitter hops, pine?

T - unlike most IPAs (IMO), the bitterness in this one is not overwhelming, which def. scores it points. The grassy flavor in the middle, does not. The hint of pine helps out the grass. Somewhere in the middle of all that hops, there's a subtle sweetness that tastes a little like sweet orange juice.

M - thick and nice for an IPA. good level of carb.

O - I'm not a fan of IPAs, and this one did not convert me, but still good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 22:18:13 | More by TastyAdventure
Photo of NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks nice and clear with golden hue with some streaming bubbles and fluffy off-white head. Lacing is evident. Smells of strong flowery hops with a tad of maltiness, I do love that smell. Tastes of strong bitter hops. Smooth mouthfeel. Not a hue hop fan, so I'm not jumping backwards to drink this.

Not much going on here, just another strong IPA. If they are your thing, than this is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 01:30:44 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of sirpsycho


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 17:49:21 | More by sirpsycho
Photo of OlieIPA


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Stone Brewing the other night and shared with fellow beer lovers.

A: One of the most impressive looking heads I've ever seen from a beer...WOW! This white butter-cream colored head, which had a soapy/rice cracker quality to it, helped enclose a golden malt body. Oh yeah...the lacing was minimal.

S: A lot of fatty/diacetyl and musky organic honey aroma. It really didn't smell like an IPA at all, due to the fact I unable to detect any strong or robust hop smells from it. It reminded of a pale ale more than anything...and an above average aroma at best.

T: Mild hop bitterness with sweet and wheat like malts to back it up; nothing to complex...but nice given that fact.

M: Nothing too much to complain about here...good carbonation and body seemed to fit the style.

D: Even though this didn't remind me of a west coast IPA, there was still a quality that was "nice" and easy to drink about this particular IPA.

Overall: Stone's IPA was one of those beers that got me into craft beer. Now, after a year or two into the beer scene...I still find myself enjoying this beer...just not as much I used too. A try it beer. Cheers!

Serving type: growler

08-31-2009 00:13:02 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of WeezyBoPeep


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a frozen pint glass.

A: Wonderful light amber/gold with a small tan head that stays.

S: Grapefruit, rich hops, a sweet character with hints of pine.

T: Nice initial hoppy, citrus body with an aftertaste that delivers too much pine for my liking.

Drinkability: I think it's a must to have more than one of these, or precede it with another IPA in order to get used to the piney undertones this one shows.

Value: Expensive, considering what else is out there in IPA Land.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 17:03:12 | More by WeezyBoPeep
Photo of BabyBastard

New York

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date of 2-28-10. Super aggressive pour from a twelve ounce bottle, yields a massive two finger, white foamy head, with decent lacing that sticks around for awhile.
Smells heavily of citrus, pine and subtle floral notes.
The taste isn't as pronounced as the smell of this brew. Tastes of pine and hops, finishes with a bit of malt in the aftertaste.
Feels great when drinking, smooth and just right on the carbonation.
Drinkability on this one is above average, in my opinion. A great tasting brew, with not too much alcohol content. Could be my favorite "session" brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 23:56:36 | More by BabyBastard
Photo of Wisconsinality


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint.

A- Pours a crystal clear, golden straw yellow with a nice finger's worth of head with some nice big bubbles. The head recedes slowly leaving a nice cap and some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Once I cracked the bottle, I could smell the strong scent of piney hops. Add in a little bit of the sweet malt and maybe even a little breadiness and some other floral notes.

T- Contrary to the strong scent of hops, this is pretty balanced all considering. Piney hops up front and a good malt backbone. Also I pick up a little bit of grass on the tail end.

M- A thin to medium body that has a good amount of bite up front and a little dry on the finish. Pretty typical feel of an IPA.

D- Overall pretty good but I think this would cause some palate fatigue after a couple. Decent overall but there are other IPA's I would go to before this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 04:26:41 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of bohemiandonut


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

... Edit: I continue to have varying experiences with this beer. This take was supposed to be a score-bolstering edit, but I'm left conflicted still. From a bomber to a snifter, just can't get it how it be on tap. Is this the beginning of my notepad-slinging career?
No. No it is not.

Yields a slippery, seafoam head that lasts, above a rather pale, almost blonde amber sea. Minimal lacing.
... True. In fact the head is generous at first but settles to a soapy ceiling.

Rather passive aromas here. Subdued presence of grapefruit rind amid caramelly malts.
... Somewhat true. This fresher bottle seems a bit more active in the tropical department, and more aromatic as well.
... Taste is more 1-dimensional than the scent, either that or is highly dominated by a strong hop presence, which in this case leaves little room for breadth. Regardless, each sip yields deeper layers of minty/piney/grapefruit freshness. A knockout for the tastebuds. Definitely not heavy on the malts, but perhaps a bit much in terms of oily hop mouthfeel, at least for me.

This is a decent IPA, no doubt, but I find it lacking in the character department. A little too well-rounded, you might say. There is however a distinct aftertaste of Samuel Adams' Boston Lager, which I personally enjoy.
... Almost agree with this, but I think what I meant to say is the boys go for Xtreme bitterness here with little regard for breadth beyond a noticeable malt platform. Where is the airy, heavenly hop-stream of Pliny and Sculpin? Not here. Too bitter.

Regardless, I count this among my favorite IPA's for the mysterious fact that I can "feel" this beer after only a few sips! There must be some elusive yeast club of strains with this ABV-defying effect. Drunkable.
... lol.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 06:17:31 | More by bohemiandonut
Photo of OttoBomb


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass (August 16, 2010). "Enjoy by 10-13-10" is printed on the rear of the bottle, so this just about two months shy of the freshness date.

Eyes: A very pretty looking beer. Gold-amber in color with decent haze. A nice white colored head erupts under a vigorous pour. Lacing is significant.

Nose: Strong hops, pine, not overly complex.

Tongue: Damn this is bitter. Surprisingly heavy on bitterness and surprisingly light on flavor. I expected a rich flavor profile, but this is dominated by bitterness. Malt is sparing. West Coast IPA for sure.

Mouth: The sharp metallic bitterness leaves it's impression on every sip. Carbonation is good, but doesn't cut through bitterness.

Libation: I like this beer, but frankly I expected a whole lot more based upon reputation. It's a bitter IPA, I get that, but I'm just not getting the complexity that warrants the bitterness. I think there are better options out there in terms of delivering an interesting/complex flavor profile, which this doesn't.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 01:02:49 | More by OttoBomb
Photo of Gobzilla


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden tangerine orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little blotchy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: on the first whiff I got more sweet maltiness than hops but did manage to detect pine, bready, and slight citrus notes.

T: the hops are not that potent like the nose but it did seem to come with grassy, earthy, pine and tea like notes. I thought the malts were playing a prefect role on the balance and not overly sweet.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a decent amount of carbonation which had a grassy, piney, tea like, and very mild hop bitter pinch.

D: it drank quite well but was kind of dissapointed on the hop profile and bitter punch that was lacking especially coming from the arrogant bastards. This IPA was a west coast hop let down.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 09:36:48 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of smbslt


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with the slightest haze. The smallest carbonation bubbles (almost nitro-like) I've seen in any ale.

Not much lacing but consistent with its consistency

Hops dominate the nose and taste - not unpleasant but not in an IPA way either and not quite a DIPA

Feel was smooth with the bitter finish popping for a while.

This is a good beer. It once made a dinner with business colleagues beerable at a Black Angus (kudos to a chain restaurant for offering it) in Lakewood, CA.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 02:50:07 | More by smbslt
Photo of Murrhey


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken several days ago. Served in a Schooner at The Iron Mule in Lake Forest. Disclaimer: not a fan of IPAs.

A: My glass had minimal head, and poor lacing but a nice light orange color. I might attribute the head to the bartender.

S: Hoppy, crisp.

T: Hops present, obviously. Not as strongly and bitter as I usually get from IPAs. I enjoyed it.

M: Great consistency, great feel.

O: New go-to IPA. Nice job Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 05:33:21 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Hopinista


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep orange with really active carbonation. Mine had 1/4 inch of head which dissipated immediately. Really?

S: I was really excited by the smell, really hoppy and piney. Some slight citrus aromas.

T: This is where I was really let down, and really, what else is more important? The smell of strong hops was not matched by the taste. The initial taste is moderate hops, very resiny, then a strong finish of bready malts.

M: Very light on the palate. Very crisp and carbonated.

O: I have to admit, I've been drinking Arrogant Bastard for years, I just finally got around to trying the standard IPA. I feel like this is a big letdown, whereas Arrogant Bastard sets the bar high (for me, I understand the IPA came before arrogant bastard, I had arrogant bastard first, so for me the IPA is the new one) The standard IPA falls a little short of the mark.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 08:10:31 | More by Hopinista
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A West Coast IPA whose magnificence I certainly must not understand.

The hops are of a blend of fresh-cut grass, holiday wreath, and green onions. A modicum of sweet malt combines with additional hop flavors to create a mild, sweet orange-creme nuance. The chlorophyll-leafy and green onion-like pungency and bitterness has always turned me off enough with Stone's beers not to have any urge to order a pint or buy a bottle. Some of their darker beers exhibit these qualities, but a couple actually taste pretty good. I'm seriously going to have to find out which of the hops they use offends me. Or is it the yeast? It bugs me, because a lot of people love their beers.... Then again, none of their beers below 6% abv score above 4 on here. Maybe there's my answer... Gonna see what Levitation has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 01:01:09 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of charlzm


3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled, consumed on 11/27/07.

Beautiful clear golden with lots of active carbonation. A beautiful one finger white head floats atop this brew.

Aroma: grassy, sweet, grapefruit hops.

Flavor: Lemony, grassy hops. Fleeting sweetness from the malt, then some peppery hops in the aftertaste.

If you're into hoppy beers, it's a good one.
A real hop-head, West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 04:40:50 | More by charlzm
Photo of jdubjacket


3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm... I love the Stone products I've been able to get my hands on. Brought this one back from Batavia, New York when I was up there.

Pours a very pale yellow. The color is a shade above Budweiser. ALOT of carbonation in this one. Poured down the side of the glass slowly, and this one still bubbled over. Smell was slightly underwhelming. Some citrus and hops, but it was relatively subdued. Taste was overly hoppy and was not as balanced as I was hoping for. Mouthfeel was too bubbly for an IPA. Overall, this is an average IPA at best, and definitely not one of Stone's best offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 03:20:23 | More by jdubjacket
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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