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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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7,998 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,998
Reviews: 2,733
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 178
Gots: 597 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of dougbassett


4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #20 of the ones I've reviewed here.

The paradigmatic American IPA. There are others I like better, but if I wanted to introduce a newcomer to the style, this is probably the one I would give them. It hits all the classic notes.

Pours an impressive golden brown/bronze color. The head disappears quickly but it's nice to see it while it's here. Classic nose of orange peel, lemon and dry Xmas spice -- flavors more or less the same with a terrific finish at the end -- the bitterness lasts a long, long time.

Like some other beers I've tried of it's type, I think it's only real fault is that the body/mouthfeel is really too light to support the flavors contained therein. This would've been even better at a heavier concentration.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 23:30:59 | More by dougbassett
Photo of superspak


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

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%.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 07:10:06 | More by superspak
Photo of jibjib513


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

Serving Type: Bottle to pint glass.

Appearance (4.0): Nice golden color.

Smell (4.5): The hops are definitely present, a nice pine fresh smell.

Taste (4.5): Awesome! Very fresh and quality forward. To me, this is the ideal IPA taste.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Just right.

Overall (4.5): Having finally succumbed to IPAs, I thought it would be right to go ahead and fork over the dough for a six pack of Stone IPA. Man was it good!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 14:34:43 | More by jibjib513
Photo of PBIU


4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stone first came to Chicagoland in the Spring of 2010.

This was about the time I was beginning to expand my craft beer horizons and Stone was a great brewery to dive into.

Not quite sure why some video reviewers knock on this IPA (thinking Better Beer Authority) here. Although those guys are a bit goofy at times and I find myself disagreeing with them about 80% of the time.

So here is the review. Had this beer on-tap from my basement kegerator (many more pints to come).

Appearance is a bit orange with a nice bright look. Nice lacing on the glass when swirled and about a two finger head.

Smell is citrus focused with a bit of carmel malt at the tail end.

Taste is very smooth. Well balanced play with the hops and malt here where one does not overpower the other. Dry finish. Typical West Coast IPA taste and from the guys that really invented the San Diego IPA style in the 90s.

Mouthfeel is not what you would think with this. Coming in at 6.9% one would think a heavier syrupy mouthfeel would be present. Stone IPA is light and smooth. Some may say a bit watery for the style, but I think it works well with this offering.

Overall just a good solid beer. Stone delivers and I can see why they have such a cult following.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 18:22:07 | More by PBIU
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from my friend who got it in Florida. From notes.

A - Poured a slightly hazy darkish blonde mild carbonation. Fluffy one finger head. Great thick lace with a half finger of retention.

S - Nice citrus, clean. Great grapefruit with bread and very strong citrus hops.

T - Not overpowering. All the typical IPA elements are there that follow the aroma. Slight bready notes and a sweet start procede into a strong hop character with a powerful citrus punch.

M - Good carbonation. Medium body. Nice bitterness.

O/D - Incredibly drinkable. Very solid and nice. A well constructed IPA that puts so many weaker ones to shame. An excellent example of the style that stays balanced while showing off it's hop profile in an admirable manner. I miss it already.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:35:38 | More by tbeckett
Photo of heygeebee


4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From Warner's . No BB.

A - hazy amber, fine head, lace everyhwere, spotty, clingy.

S - hops, hops, pine.

T - smooth, integrated, grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, lychee, good malt backbone.

M - velvety, smooth, light carbonation.

O - excellent example of style, not harsh, but powerful flavours.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 08:27:18 | More by heygeebee
Photo of Gear54


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

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Enjoy by 8/1714 is the date on the bottle

A: Gold color with about 1/3 inch head that grips the glass. Not a superb pour but that's most likely my fault. I can see the carbonation rising from bottom to top. It looks awesome.

S: Mostly citrus and some earthy notes

T: Wow! I'm a huge IPA fan so that wow is completely biased. Taste exactly as it smells. Citrus and pine on the front with lasting hops got several seconds afterward.

M: Not as heavy as I had expected but it coats really well.

O: worth every cent. A complete drinking experiance

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 14:19:32 | More by Gear54
Photo of boilermakerbrew


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

I'm not a big IPA guy, but this is the epitome of the style. Great pour, retention, and lacing. Huge pine-scented nose. Light malt for the base, that balances the moderate hop bill well. Hops do not overpower, but provide a solid kick. Great weight for sessioning. Could throw a few back and feel great, while still getting the great flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 04:41:52 | More by boilermakerbrew
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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The logo for this San Diego brewery is a gargoyle, those eerie stone creatures one sees perched along the roofs of great cathedrals, where they serve as rain spouts. Why? This is unimportant; what is important is that Stone produces great craft brew; this IPA is one of the best.

It begins in a luxuriant froth, spongy and shimmering, and slowly subsides beneath the glass rim, forming a sudsy crown atop a cloudy pool of gold. The nose detects faint whiffs of apple supplemented by myriad notes of butter.

However, the action occurs on the palate; there is an initial citrus explosion, containing various shards of lime and orange, which fades in a quick, but intense, bitterness provided by the generous dry hopping. Pleasant well-balanced mouthfeel brings to close a satisfying quaff and an important reminder of how great craft brew should taste. Still, you gotta love them gargoyles.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 22:47:13 | More by jjboesen
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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was the first IPA that I was introduced to, and it spoiled me for those that would follow. I enjoy the wash of this IPA, as there is very little bitterness in the aftertaste.

The nose of this beer makes it clear that you're dealing with a strong/full bodied IPA, and the taste is spot on.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 20:10:12 | More by MCG_WC
Photo of mattf311


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

A great IPA! Pours golden / light amber. Smells of hops and citrus. The hops are balanced well with citrus flavor. Very hoppy but not out of control at all. Nicely carbonated and smooth mouthfeel. It is also very drinkable for an american IPA. A fantastic beer for a hops fix. If I have any suggestion, it would be that a bit more intensity in the hops. Don't get me wrong though, this is one of my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 02:11:54 | More by mattf311
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


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

My first sampling from the Stone brewery. Needless to say, I was more than impressed.

22 oz. brown bottle with all the printing etched into the bottle in green and white lettering. 6.9% alcohol. It's nice to know that the gargoyle on the label "wards off modern day evil spirits such as chemical preservatives, additives, and adjuncts." Who wants evil spirits in their....spirits?

Appearance: Poured a clear dark copper with a generous 2" thick frothy white head. Stuck to the sides of my glass quite nicely.

Aroma: Hmmmm.....how should I put it? Hoppy. Yes. Hoppy. Citrus-laced hops nuking your nose. Does that adequately describe it?

Taste: As can imagine, the hops win the "hops vs. malt" contest in this offering. Very crisp and decadent hop character drenches this beer. If you don't like (an obscene amount of) hops, then avoid this beer. An outstanding IPA. Definitely my favorite.

Mouthfeel: Excellent.

Drinkability: For a 6.9% beer, I could drink this all day. There's a little warming effect from it, but nothing to keep you ordering another...and another...and another.

I can't wait to try the other Stone beers I recently purchased. With an arrogant bastard, double bastard, and ruination IPA waiting to be consumed, I may be bitter the rest of this year.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 17:20:34 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of mdaschaf


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a cloudy golden body with a large chunky head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving white splotches on top. Some really nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: A blast of hops as well as some pine and grapefruit. Also a little bit of malt on the back. Really nice and strong, expected from Stone.

T: A lot of hop flavor on this one! A nice combination of spice and a grassy/earthy component. The hops are nicely balanced by the malts.

M/D: Creamy and smooth, very easy drinking. A great IPA that I could drink everyday.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 01:47:52 | More by mdaschaf
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North Carolina

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

Pours rusty-orange with a thick super-soapy head. The head dissipated to half quickly, but retained atop the body for several more minutes before totally thinning out. Very mellow carbonation. Stringy bits of sticky lace.

Great smell...orange and pear juice aromas come softly to the nose, with some grassy tones overlaid. Only a mild bit of hops far back. An earthy, super-fresh, sweet and inviting aroma.

Flavor-wise, there's a certainly a piney hoppiness going on, even a bit astringent, but you also get remarkable sweetness from balancing malts. It's nice to taste a hop-centric beer that doesn't sacrifice malt for the novelty of extreme bitterness. Well-balanced and incredibly drinkable. Plenty of depth. Nice job.

There's a most welcome creaminess in the mouth: slick and buttery...and then a bit of sting on the tongue after the swallow. Feels really good.

HAIL STONE! This is great stuff, and one of the best IPAs on the market.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 21:36:08 | More by Metalmonk
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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber smuggled back to Madison from Lake Havasu Cit, AZ over Spring Break. Cracked open over the World Cup 3rd place match b/w Germany and Portugal.

Pour is a light, vibrant golden yellow with a generous couple fingers of snow-white head and lacing even Grandma would be proud of.

Nose is ripe with dripping grapefruit/piney hops, apricot, and husky malt.

Taste starts off with vanilla/caramel malt, juicy citrus/pine resin bittering hops and just a hint of that 6.9% booze.

Nice and light in the mouth, slick with moderate tingling carbonation.

Just a fantastic IPA here. Drinkable beyond belief, refreshing as all get out. Impossible to complain about. Stone, you distribute in Wisconsin RIGHT NOW!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 00:16:37 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of prototypic


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

Appearance: Nice one finger head which dissipated somewhat quickly. Nice light lacing. Brew is a hazy golden color.

Smell: Pine and citrus (orange, grapefruit, and perhaps mango). Plenty of piney hops are awaiting me, I can tell.

Taste: Very nice bitter taste. The hops really make this one. Citrus undertones definitely buttress the bitterness. Alcohol is masked very well. Definitely has a light feel to it. Great IPA.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: This brew is light and very smooth. Nice carbonation level. Definitely one of the few Stone brews that I could session. I could drink this all night. Overall, this is probably my second favorite IPA on the market (Alesmith takes the cake). Great offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 03:37:39 | More by prototypic
Photo of Franchise


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

This beer pours a golden honey color and leaves a very thick white lace that clings to the side of the glass. The floural hoppiness is ever so present along with the citrus, grapefruit, honey, grassy notes and cloves. This beer starts with a grapefruit hoppy bitterness on the palate then slowly takes you to a smooth sweet honey clove flavored finished with a mild citrus squirt. This beer is well rounded and amazing, by far one of the standards for American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 22:37:03 | More by Franchise
Photo of Celt44

New York

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

Appearance is a golden yellow - rather light for an IPA. Poured a small head but kept its lacing throughout.
Aroma - Medium floral and citrus scent - typical of most IPAs.
Taste is exceptional - strong on the hops and with malt character intact. Hints of citrus - maybe clementines - they're in season now.
Mouthfeel is smooth and not overly carbonated. Close to perfect.
Overall a superior IPA - Definitely smooth enough to be a session regular. My second favorite after Southern Tier IPA. Now onto the Ruination....

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 22:57:33 | More by Celt44
Photo of DontCallMeSurly


4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

An aggressive pour results in a nice white pillowy head of about an inch or so which sticks around for a few minutes. When I look through the glass I see a crystal clear straw-colored beer. Great hop character on this! Ohh yeah, this is something I can get behind! Flavor is big with plenty of grapefruit hops which provide for an excellent taste. Medium bodied with light carbonation helps this one become a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 01:57:48 | More by DontCallMeSurly
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South Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Really quite a nice amber/orange color, a fairly aggressive pour produced an enormous amount of white foamy head. Very nice sticky lacing as well.

As soon as I started to pour the huge aroma completely overpowered any other aromas in the room. My wife was cooking dinner, and as I started to pour, the smell of food seemed to dissipate and be overtaken by a huge citrusy, hoppy smell. Very nice

The hop flavor is nearly as dominant on the tongue as it is in the nose. Piney and bitter, lots of grapefruit and some orange zest, but the surprise is the malt presence. The sweet malty backbone really balances this IPA out. Medium bodied with a mildly sticky feel on the tounge. Very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 15:13:46 | More by CBlack85
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West Virginia

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

This is probably my favorite IPA. I tend to prefer APA's which seem generally more flavorful and satisfying but this is a world class beer by any standard.

A deep amber with a substantial head for the style it smells of crisp hops and and slightly caramel. The taste is of course very hoppy but better balanced with rich malt flavor than are most IPAs. The qualilty of the ingredients and skill of the brewer is unmistakable. It's a surprisingly light bodied beer with moderate carbonation and just the slightest of alcohol warmth in the mouth. Despite it's very bold presence it is a beer you will want more than one.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 15:07:48 | More by Deconstructionis
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a murky medium copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was decent retention and very good lacing.

The smell was 100% resiny hop. A strong citrus and peppery aroma. There was a nice soft grain aroma as well.

The taste was a spicy peppery upfront hop bitternes. Hints of grapefruit and orange sweetness as well. A good biscuity grain bill as well. Mild alcohol burn detected.

The mouthfeel was full and spicy.

Overall a superior IPA. This beer is the standard for AIPAs. I am glad I finally tried it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 01:05:21 | More by plaid75
Photo of biggred1


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

Hazy peach colored body with a fat cream colored head of foam that melts slowly and leaves a good deal of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is really good on this one, fresh and resinous smelling piney hops with a touch of grapefruit rind and pineapple. The flavor mirrors the nose with nice hop bitterness that lingers long into the finish and just enough caramel maltiness to balance the flavors. Medium bodied with a slippery hop oily mouthfeel. A really great example of the style that never gets old, I can't begin to guess how many of these I've had over the years and it still tastes as good as the first one.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 20:36:05 | More by biggred1
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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The look of the beer is really nice: orangey amber with a great, thick white head that leaves lace all over the glass.

Grapefruit hops and some floral sweetness fill the nose. The smell really comes at you, but it's definitely welcome. I really don't think that there is a single flaw in the aroma, and I could sniff this all day.

From the appearance and the smell, the taste has a lot of hype to live up to, and it does. A very commanding bitter hops flavor dominates with crisp grapefruit, resin, and a little sweetness. Grains come in at the aftertaste to balance things out, followed by a some more hoppy bitterness.

The body is medium with an appropriate amount of carbonation. You can feel it as it goes down, which is nice.

This is especially refreshing on a hot day, and I could drink more than my fill of it. However, I don't think that such an assertive beer can be enjoyed to its fullest at just any time or place. Then again, I'm glad the intense flavor wasn't compromised so that anyone could chug it down like Bud, Miller, etc.

Stone has certainly set a high standard for IPAs everywhere. This will probably turn anybody into a hop-head.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 18:10:43 | More by BlankFrank
Photo of erosier


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

This beer pours a golden amber color with a medium sized but thick tan colored head that laces the glass all the way down. The aroma is of very nice citrisy and piney hops. The taste is great! Very nice roasted malt backbone underneath a bold citrisy and piney hop flavor. The mouthfeel is nice - very crisp and dry finish. The drinkability is very good as well. I would definately have a few of these if I could. Well worth a try, excellent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 02:40:00 | More by erosier
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 7,998 ratings.