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

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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 2,849
Hads: 10,073
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 344
Gots: 2,095 | FT: 7
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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Reviews: 2,849 | Hads: 10,073
Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Spitzer`s Corner in the Lower East Side of Manhattan during happy hour , 3 bucks.

The appearance is a light brown with a one finger head.
The smell is of flora, some citrus and a fair amount of hops.
The taste is a well balanced ipa with some of those IBUs but not too many where it is overpowering.
Mouthfeel is a spicy, with some faint fruit flavors coming through, like orange, evening out the balance. Drinkability is good on the Stone IPA, however I do not understand why some hype this selection from them. Very good brew, but not great. (561 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at the local as a single - realized I never wrote a review for this one and wanted to correct that oversight. Into the tulip it goes.

A tangerine colored body with a finger’s breadth of fluffy white head comprised of various sizes of bubbles. Average retention and generous wet lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus (orange and lemon with a dash of grapefruit), grass, and a bit of caramel malt (hint of age on the bottle, I suppose). Flavor draws a bit more malt, but still generous doses of lemon, grapefruit, and pine up front. Bitter, earthen hops dominate the middle and finish. Lively body with perfect carbonation, dry, bitter finish. Overall, a well balanced IPA that is a great example of the style. I do wish Stone had a more robust bottle dating system (the date was wiped off this bottle), but it’s still fresh enough to be enjoyable. (874 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, deep straw/gold color with one finger of eggshell white head that leaves minimal lace. The head does retain nicely.

A: Pine and citrus hops are balanced very well with the crystal malts. Lemon, orange peel, and some pine cones are prevalent.

T: Very nice. This is a hop forward beer that gets some balance from the malt. Again, I get the citrus with some pine, and some sweetness from the malt. Beer finishes very bitter, which is nice for the style.

M; Light to medium body, good amount of carbonation gives it a little tingle.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is high due to the fact that this is one of my favorite styles and the ABV is on the low side. Sessionable. I really like this beer so I could have quite a few of these. I don't think it is on the level of Jai Alai from CCB or two hearted, but a very nice example of the style. Skal. (919 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Have been enjoying an awful lot of this beer on tap - I figured I'd pick up a sixer.

A - Poured into a goblet. Decent head, some nice lacing. Very clear gold.

S - Hoppy. Smells like soapy hop, too. Some really soapy hop. I swear, this glass is clean with no soap residue - that soapiness comes 100% from the hops.

T, F - Substantially the same as on tap. Perhaps I notice a little more grainy malt, but it's still really dry, and quite bitter, like sucking on a bar of Irish Spring. Lingering dry bitterness after it slides down your gullet. It's good, but...if you can't handle your hops, please give this one a pass. Medium body.

D - Hmmm, you know, I think I realize that I find this more drinkable after I've already had a couple other beers. At my favorite bar, this is my go-to beer, yet it seems less eminently drinkable here at home, in the bottle. (864 characters)

Photo of bbothen
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from 22 oz bottle.

Light orange/straw color with a 1 finger soapy/bubbly head. Plenty of sticky lacing.

Big aroma of piney & citrus flowery hops. Tangerine, lime, grapefruit, spruce. Yum.

Tastes like the aroma. Nice hop bitterness. Big pine flavors. Enough malt presence to even things out. Hops dominate though.

Medium bodied. Sticky. Oily. Lingering hop flavor.

Drinkabilty is good. Nice west coast style IPA. Others I enjoy more. But I'd gladly buy & have this again. (509 characters)

Photo of pvsob
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear amber with a half finger head that fades slowly leaving a thin film and some lacing.

S- Hops, some fruits, and just a hint of butter.

T- Follows the smell profile, but with a long dry hoppy finish.

M- Thin with some carbonation.

D- A decent IPA, but there are better examples out there. It's very balanced, but I think that I would grow weary of it after two or three pints. Still though, it's a good beer and worth a go if you haven't had it before. Cheers! (479 characters)

Photo of cerveza5150
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been a fan of Stone Brewing Co. for a few years and everything I've had from them has been excellent. So here goes with the IPA:

An excellent ale through and through. Also, every bottle is fairly consistent. Lacing is present all the way down the glass, but the only knock I would give is that the head is a little soapy and didn't have that great retention. Other than that, a solid ale from a solid San Diego brewery. (425 characters)

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect orange-gold with only the faintest haze to it, almost no carbonation. Very little head with no retention, and some sticky lacing. Nose opens up with grapefruit and pineapple. Settles into west coast style aroma hoppiness...Flavor is burting out of the gate. Very full and rich for an IPA. Some alcohol in there, and it carries throughout the flavor, but isn't too much. Hops are huge here, and overpower almost all else. Some hints of candied apple, and maybe some vanilla but it's masked amidst the wash of hops. Finish is long and bitter in a good way. Priced well usually, so this is great everyday beer. However, it's the epitome of a West Coast IPA and not super unique at this point. (705 characters)

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber with an enjoy by date of 01.22.12. Should have looked at that more closely when I bought it. Anyways, pours a hazy orange-gold with about 3 fingers of white head that simmers to about one. Great lacing on the glass.

Smell -- one of the best IPA aromas I have had the pleasure of inhaling. Deliciously citrus--grapefruit--in character with some pine. Also hints of pineapple juice.

Taste -- not quite as bitter/pungent as expected/hoped for. And that may be because of drinking this about a month after the recommended date on the bottle. I really thought this stuff moved off the shelf pretty quickly, so I didn't even bother to check. Or it could be that I was expecting something with more IBUs, like an imperial IPA. Back to the beer--has a good malty/biscuit backbone that the hops are just able to punch through. Still has some pungent citrus flavors--grapefruit/pineapple/tangerine--and finishes slightly dry with some crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp with some oily slickness from the hop oils. The body is slightly thin. Somewhat lacks the pucker factor I was looking for. Overall, this one is still good, despite a little age on it, but I will have to seek out another one that is fresher and adjust my review accordingly if warranted. Compared with other American IPAs, it definitely holds its own. (1,327 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper to gold brew, a gigantic head and a good amount of broad lacing. The body of the brew is still, there are no bubbles of carbonation moving through it . . . interesting.

S - Hops. Predominantly a blend of fragrant pine and spicy white pepper with some citrus pith and faint earth. There is even a hint of cracked grain.

T - There are some bitter hops kicking in the foretaste even, although there is still a good amount of peppery hops and a touch of a light caramel malt. The bitter hops (still peppery) dominate the aftertaste with a hint of some honey and biscuits.

M - Pretty smooth, thin, a little refreshing, could easily be better (especially considering I was in one of those "I could REALLY use a beer" moods when I poured this).

D - Pretty good. Easy to drink and pleasant. I'll have again, likely. Stone is really up and down for me - but this one actually struck toward the middle. (914 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

wow, Stone Brewing, you go !!!. Great color and head with nice lacing. Hops is awesome and flavor is awesome with hops, and citrus and finidhing with more hops and some citrusy-grapefruit finishing. Great balanced brew and one of the top 20 IPAs I have had. Probably top 10. The balance, as I stated before is incredible with the perfect amount of grapefruit and hops, its hard to believe !!! (392 characters)

Photo of mjc410
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter for my first-ever taste.

A: Light pour yields a bright amber-orange body with little head. The ale is very hazy.

S: Floral, citrusy hops, with a slight nuttiness. Caressess the the nostrils, but is very mild.

T: Mouth coating bitterness, but again, very mild. Nutty flavor is increased, along with great hop flavor. I actually expected more hop power though.

M: Good, tingling carbonation. Slightly thicker than it appears.

D: This competes with Hop Devil for my new favorite IPA. I thought it would have more potency than it does, but I'm actually glad that it doesn't. This makes it highly quaffable. (653 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer is bright golden, more towards a lager than most IPAs. There was no significant head. There was a spice (pepper?) and hop smell to the beer; green and sweet at the same time. Tastes of pine and hops on first taste, somehow balanced with a sweet base. The beer is smooth and full bodied in mouth, with a smooth finish. Surprisingly, there are sour notes to the aftertaste and finish. Fairly easy to drink, but the sour tones make it hard to drink multiples in one sitting. (516 characters)

Photo of SDbrewerJake
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Usualy on tap around my parts... Real nice orangey gold with a light cream/white head. Very fruity up front with some of stones Special B trademark flavours. If there are all the light lager beers on tap all over the place I am almost sure to see this guy hidden in the mix. Stone is a benchmark for craft breweries in SD and deserves to be beside the "giants" dt its stand for craft breweries... Dont be surprised if Stone is the first craft brewery gone wild. (461 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, golden colour with a nice white head. It dissipates somewhat quickly to a nice film over the beer. There's a touch of haze but it's fine.

The aroma is dulled a bit. I don't know how old the bottle is but it doesn't quite strike a chord with me.

Decent flavour. Nice, mild malt flavour with moderate bitterness. A touch of resinous hop character.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A tasty beer. I like it. (431 characters)

Photo of Loot
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hops! And grapefruit ! Me ohhh my!

A- golden , almost ambery, slight haze, or cloudiness. Looks delicious.

S- hoppy glory, definite grapefruit and pine like notes to it. Florals too.

T- you taste the smell of the hops, than the body of the beer, sweet, then bam, a bitter , organic , floral, grapefruit, lots of citrus. Clean tasting, and clean finishing, with a nice bite at the end.

M- a nice froathy full mouth feel, not heavy, just a nice medium body, with out being heavy.

D- I'm slow getting more and more into the hoppy beers , def. Put a sixer down, if you like beer , then bottoms up.

This seems like a corner stone of an IPA, this is what I think of when I think of an IPA. It doesn't totally blow me away, but it what a good IPA should be. If your looking for something more left of center, then I'd probably find something else. But if your looking for what an IPA is all about this is a good beer to start with.
If I had any critique of the beer it would be , its very , two dimensional, there isn't so many little things going on with this beer. Hops and malt. It a nice, bold, straightforward IPA, maybe explore more into the depth of flavor. Why fix something that isn't broke. In my fridge at all the times. (1,231 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cask ipa dry hopped with simcoe

pour was light and hazy golden yellow with a ever slight hint of orange. little to no head.

nice light citrus on the nose. a pale malty biscuit undertone.

the malt and hop mix was balanced quite well. this was not overly hoppy at all. there was a nice light grapefruit and tangerine flavor.

light body with a light carbonation.

this was good, but was a bit lacking overall. i'd like to see a bit more hops with this being their IPA. still a treat though! (492 characters)

Photo of jackndan
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone IPA: Not Ruination, but rather Stone’s everyday IPA, bought in a six pack. Very nice amber color, with a very thick sticky head. The aroma was hops, the taste was a mildly pleasant hops tingle and the aftertaste was a very nice hops, with a slight residue of hops oils. Very nice, with a decent alcohol warmth as well. Very nice example of an IPA. (363 characters)

Photo of sweett3k
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice and crisp into my pint glass. Copper color, small head, nice carbonation. Smells of citris, pine and floral. Taste of hops and honey. Nice light IPA flavor easy to drink. Not bad for a west coast IPA. No match for Sothwest Michigan IPA. Nice try Stone! (263 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $9.29 for a 6pack of 12oz bottles from BevMo in Gilroy, CA. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours really well, leaving a fizzy 1.5 inch white head after a gentle pour. Nicely carbonated. Light yellowish orange color. Quite cloudy. Nice lacing. Minimal head retention.

Smells quite hoppy for a single IPA. Citrus, orange/grapefruit with hints of pine. West coast style. Malts are there, but are well taken over by the hoppiness.

Taste is nice and hoppy - grapefruit citrus mainly, but the malts back this one up nicely - actually more than my nose would have predicted.

Medium bodied. Mild creaminess to the mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated and VERY drinkable. (672 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Difficult one for me, I have become accustomed to PNW brews and this hangs way over on the citrusy side, from the aroma to the taste I just live n a different part of the world I bought this due to the BA rating so I respect where it comes from but there are just to many better options so I will not return to this one. (320 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by 3/16/11, poured into nonic pint

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow color, with about a finger of white head which subsides to leave a white coating over the beer's surface. Some spotty lacing.

S: Bitter pine hops dominate here, with some citrus accents- particularly from grapefruit. I'm picking up a little of a caramel malty flavor, but its sweetness is hidden behind the hops.

T: Pleasantly bitter; not much balance on the sweet side of things but the hop flavors are so enjoyable that it doesn't matter. Grapefruit really comes out in the flavor, along with a hint of florals.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, a bit of a lingering, sticky finish, which really helps the hop flavors linger on the finish.

D: A good beer and one that's easy to drink, but I'm not sure I'm interested in the flavors enough to look for a second glass of this right away. Nonetheless, a beer I'll be having again. (936 characters)

Photo of danfisher1
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz poured into a DFH tulip.

Appearance: pours a light hay-amberish color. There is a 3-4 finger head after a vigorous pour. Lacing is extensive and dissipates slowly. Beautiful lacing left behind. Head is made up of micro bubbles but is billowing on top like sea foam. Beer is clear with a small amount of bubbles emerging from the bottom.

Smell: a sign isn't hop presence from the moment the cap Is popped. With a few swirls of the glass different characteristics begin to emerge. On the inhale vibrant tropical notes dominate along with the classic west coast hop varietal essences. It's gets interesting on the exhale green apple peels with a tropical twist. Hop forward but not over powering with a slight hint of the 2-row graininess is back there somewhere.

Taste: heavy hop bitterness upfront, dry with a malty a hint of alcohol warming. Aftertaste is long and astringent almost like bile. Orange rind definitely not a palette cleanser.

Mouthfeel: silky and surprisingly juicy since the finish is so dry. The aftertaste is overwhelming.

Overall: stone is a west coast and craft classic. I feel as though the main purpose of these early ipas was to simply use the grain bill as a medium for the hops. I think if stone revisited this they would seek a certain type of balance. It's just that the battering hops dominate more than anything else. Still a good beer but not compared to others west or east coast. (1,426 characters)

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had what i think was an older bottle, enjoy by date was barely readable, i think it said 7/02/07. Color was a beautifully clear amber gold with thick creamy white head that laced the glass very well. Not really much smell as the hops have diminished over time. Taste was good and hoppy, grassy and piney but balanced by the sweetness of the malt. As badass as Stone tries to be, this beer is obviously well crafted and beautifully balanced. Body was medium and carbonation was just right, slid right down the throat. Could drink a couple of these, will definately re-review again with a fresher bottle to really experience the hop-punch-in-the-face smell. (655 characters)

Photo of gboy515duo
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (493 characters)

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