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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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8,656 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,656
Reviews: 2,764
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 231
Gots: 948 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of RichT73
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

I certainly enjoyed this beer, but to be honest I would save a couple bucks and pick up Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale for a much better taste and a more drinkable offering. This beer can be described in three words: spicy, spicy, spicy. I drank two of these on Saturday night and that was about all I could handle. The spice is just slightly overwhelming for me. Maybe I'm not as much of a hophead as I thought. There is a very obvious scent of grapefruit. You can certainly taste the alcohol, and it does kind of hit you after a couple. All in all, I wouldn't buy this beer again just because it isn't overly drinkable. But, once again, I wouldn't turn down a free one.

RichT73, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Tonmeister
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Bottle Poured in a 16oz Goose Island Glass

Appearance: Golden hazy Yellow with a solid thin head. The lacing is maintained when tilting the glass.

Smell: Piney, citrusy, and lemony

Taste: Very Citrusy with a burst of Hops. It is nice and piney with lemon.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and highly/moderate carbonation

Overall: This is probably my favorite single IPA. It is pretty aggressive with the hops, very explosive, yet it is still fairly well balanced. I like it way better than Two Hearted Ale and any other IPA that I've tried. Stone Brewing company is my favorite brewery; they never disappoint.

Tonmeister, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a hazy orange color with a cap of suddsy white head. Ok retention and spotty clumps of lacing. Great whiff of citrus and tropical fruits along with touched of floral, piney and earthy hops. Faint biscuity sweetness in the nose. Taste is a big rush of bitterness, mostly piney and earthy hops in the taste with a background presence of floral, citrus and tropical flavors. A solid, lightly sweet biscuty background as well. Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth and almost creamy. A good all around IPA from Stone.

rfgetz, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of youngblood
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a soft amber with very sticky white head that shrinks into beautiful lacework on the glass. Hop oils aboud in the nose, very nice florals especially. Could sniff this all day. This is a well balanced IPA featuring a gentle malt profile with bits of toffee and caramel. Leaves a nice citrusy after taste as the hop oil does it's work. Bit of pineapple maybe? Very easy mouthfeel and low ABV make this an excellent session beer. I want another now.

youngblood, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from bomber into pint glass. First thing I notice is the color, a crystal-clear golden orange. Excellent thick head with great retention, leaves behind tons of lace. Almost "ring like" as each sip it takes there is a ring left to mark the previous level. Smell is of piney hops (cant distinguish much more with a slight sinus issue). Taste is terriffic. One of the best IPA's I've had. Hard hitting hops, piney and crisp. Smooth going down and leaves a bitter and dry aftertaste. Also something I really havent noticed in some other IPA's which I guess must be the hop oil. A somewhat "slick" feeling present as well. Good carbonation leads to a light mouthfeel making this an easy drinker. Overall a great beer!

bunnyhustle, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of chriscolby
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

From a 22 oz. bottle.

A clear, light amber beer with a decent head. Grainy maltiness and "American" hop aromas mingle in the nicely-integrated nose. Spicy hop bitterness with faint harsh notes (not unexpected -- or even necessarily bad -- given the high hop rate). Malt character shows a hint of biscuit and a small amount (relatively) of light crystal malt or CaraPils. Mouthfeel is slighty -- and to me, pleasantly -- on the dry side. The carbonation (and likely the water chemistry) yeilds a sensation somewhere between prickly and creamy.

Good beer. It's very hoppy, yet Stone still keeps enough malt character in the mix -- even though the beer is relatively dry -- to make is a well-rounded beer. The hops are aggressive, and have just enough of a harsh character (for lack of a less value-laden term), to make this a bold hoppy beer experience. If your fizzy -yellow-water-swillin' friends don't "get" hoppy beers, this could be the one that opens their eyes.

chriscolby, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of kels
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Recently had an opportunity to try this on tap with dinner at the Cock & Bull in Cincinnati.

Appearance: The beer pours a lovely bright golden yellow with a short, quickly fading white fluffy head. Slight lacing and loads of carbonation in the clear liquid.

Smell: Not very much to tell at all. Hints of crispy malts, grains and slight hops come through, but not what I expect in an IPA. Really mild and not very hoppy aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Little hints of the alcohol come through light toasty, crispy malts and piney hops. The balance is very good while still allowing the bitterness to remain the focus. The feel is great - really full and rich and really enhancing the overall taste of the beer. It is bright and very well carbonated. Little aftertaste, and a fairly clean feel remain on the palate.

Drinkability: Very high. This is a really enjoyable, basic IPA.

kels, May 31, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

on tap poured into pint glass

a: amber hue, nice stickey head with awesome retention,

s: nice piney and earthy hop notes

t: piney hop followed nicely with a nice malt backbone. slight citrus finish this is a very nice IPA

m&d: medium bodied with good carbonation. clean.


UDbeernut, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice fluffy white head. The beer is fairly orange in color. Nice ABV for a simple IPA. Fairly pungent hop aroma. Pine smelling hops. The beer is fairly transparent as well. Slightly creamy. The palate could be a bit better. The beer is full of hop flavor. The dry hopping did pay off if you ask me. The bittering hop just gets all over the back of your mouth. I love this beer because the focus is all in the hops. Not really much to say about the malts. Overall, a good bitter/hoppy IPA from Stone!

CuriousMonk, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance - pours an unassuming golden color with a dense finger of creamy dull white bubbles. Excellent shiny lace bands and patches stick to the glass as the head recedes.

Aroma - intensely pine and grapefruit zest.

Taste - brief malt presence, slightly caramel. Zesty bitter hops, more grapefruit present than in the sniff. Very hop dominated as advertised, though not as dry a finish as I expected. Continues to increase in bitterness on the aftertaste and finish, just peeking into mediciney flavor when it fades at last. Just about ideal on hop usage I'd say. I'm more of a citrusy IPA fan but this is good.

Mouthfeel - solid body and carbonation, a touch oily. Nicely done.

Drinkability - the sixer disappeared quickly, I had to hold this last one off to review.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of Stoneman78
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

One of the four "Stone Core" selections. Received from a friend, this is from the older Stone brewery in San Marcos, so it is a little aged. . .

A- Pours a clear light orange hue; large creamy white head that is mostly sustaining; moderate lacing throughout

S- Nose is dominated by citrusy hops and slight pine tones, classic west coast IPA. . .

T- Crisp and smooth taste; subtle hops initially followed quickly by citrus tones; aftertaste is rather short-lasting and the hops are not quite as bitter as similar IPAs; slight maltiness that is nicely balanced

M- Smooth and watery mouthfeel; nice creaminess and lively carbonation

D- This is a great example of a west coast IPA that is easy-drinking and full of hoppy goodness that is far from overwhelming. It falls a little short of its cross-town IPA cohort at Alesmith, but still a great choice!

Stoneman78, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of jsprain1
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

A- Pours a clear golden, verging on light amber. with a 1.5 finger head that has decent retention and extremely sticky lacing.
S- An aggressive hoppy aroma, with pine scents and fruit smells also permeating. a faint bit of alcohol aroma and just enough malt aroma to prove its existence.
T- Very hoppy opening, herbal and coniferic. Hits the tongue hard, but gently subsides with some malt balance and a bit of breadiness before it finishes with a drying hop flavor. The breadiness seemed a bit strange sandwiched between the hop flavors but it wasn't overly distracting.
M- Smooth and creamy before the drying hop finish sets in. Full body for the style.
D- Top notch drinkability. One doesn't even notive that it's 6.9% until he reads the bottle. An excellently crafted and flavorful ipa.

Edited 7/17/11: Doesn't quite pack the same hop punch for me now that it used to. Still hoppy and flavorful, but the alcohol seems more prominant to me now than it did the last time I had it, thus had to lower scores a little bit. Scores changed to reflect updates.

jsprain1, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

pours a cloudy copper orange color with good white frothy head and good lacing. Almost overwhelming citrus piney hop smell. taste is much the same . very bitter as expected. some grass like and lemon hints. light body with a thin slick texture. Average carbonation and average flavor duration. moderate bitter finish.

berpwillie, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of ecoastman
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Many thanks to my beer buddy JZED for bringing this back from Boston while at the beer fest.

Appearance - an attractive clear copper ale with a nice head and light lacing. Fine carbonation keeps a thin head across the surface.

Smell - Complex with hops-o-plenty. Noticeably sweet citrus with herbal and perfumy notes. Not overpowering and one of the nicest aromas I've experienced to date.

Taste - Whoa...that sweet aroma didn't prepare me for that first taste. They weren't kidding about everything else in the world tasting bland after that. Obviously balanced towards the hop side for the extremists and sweet with nice citrusy grapefruit and lemon tones. There's a high bitterness in the finish as expected for the style. But after the first few sips the taste buds calibrate and you can enjoy the full flavour of this exceptional IPA.

Mouthfeel - Interesting since it starts with a smooth and creamy feel but finishes slightly coarse in the bitterness. The carbonation is well sustained throughout the drink.

Drinkability - I would definitely be tempted to have a second one but I couldn't make this into a session beer. But then again, I'm not a fully addicted Hop-head...yet.

ecoastman, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of NEhophead
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Brilliantly clear golden in color with a hue of peach. Creamy, white head with good retention as an intact sheet with pools of bubbles. Thin, webbed lacing with good strength.

Juicy, hop resin; tropical and citrus fruit aromas: peach, apricot, pineapple. Light cream and vanilla sweetness. Cutting, warm alcohol.

Semi-sweet, creamy malt base beneath a juicy, tropical fruit: melon, peach, pineapple. A building, earthen-pine flavor that cuts the fruity-esters and gives a spicy, rough bitterness. The alcohol presence and hop oils re-emerge in the aftertaste.

A light, medium in body; creamy, smooth and wonderfully balanced/well-rounded.

A tasty, well-balanced IPA full in flavor yet light and drinkable.

NEhophead, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of FlyFisher2782
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Brew starts off with a fantastic amount of frothy off white head and a beautiful lighter tint pale color.

Smell is dominated by the floral hop presence and the taste follows suit.

Pale, dry and straw flavored malt starting off follows into a perfect amount of bitterness for a stock IPA. Not overdone here. Carbonation was a little lacking perhaps because of a vigorous pour.

Overall a great rendition of its style, definitely focuses more on the floral hop variety and its dry malt backbone.

FlyFisher2782, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

22oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory Pint. Poured a pale orange-gold with a slightly hazy clarity. A creamy/frothy, one inch bright white head eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap with some thick swaths and strands of lacing adhering to the sides of the glass. Nose reveals grapefruit and resinous hops notes with a trace of caramel or toffee in the background. Flavor profile is very well balanced - some citrus astringency at the start, a little bitterness at the middle and towards the back (not as piny as suggested by the nose) and a light biscuity presence. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive carbonation that falls shy of prickly but leaves a residual tingle on the tongue after each quaff. Astringency lightly stimulates the salivary glands. A very solid and drinkable IPA with great balance. Doesn't overly assert itself in one direction which greatly accentuates the drinkability.

Jwale73, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of evanackerman
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

beer pours a nice light orange, very clear, nice white head that lasts a long time.

aroma is totally dominated by American hops, smells very appealing.

taste is also dominated by hops, although not nearly as citrusy as many American IPAs, there is a nice malt element as well. overall a very delicious IPA

mouthfeel is medium viscosity, very nice.

Drinkability is pretty good although one or two is enough for me.

overall, one of my favorite IPA's very very nice, if i had access to this in Michigan i would buy it regularly.

evanackerman, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of Jables
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured a light, clear copper colour, with a decent head. A little more clear than what I had expected.

Smells, well like an IPA should, clean and crisp of citric hops.

Taste is strong of citric hops with a lightly sweet malt background continuing throughout.

Mouthfeel I found disturbingly thin, not because it is really thin but because it was thnner than a well built pale ale, and I expect an IPA to have a heavier mouthfeel than an APA.

Overall this is a good, well-built beer, just not as good as expectation and hype. I'd drink again, most definitely, but I won't hold this up as the best IPA I've ever had, it's not.

Special thanks to Bditty for this bottle I got on trade.

Jables, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of amvrana
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

amvrana, Today at 11:43 PM
Photo of BigMike
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a glowing hazy burnt orange color. Two finger head.

A nice hoppy floral aroma and dominated by citrus. In particular grapefruit. Very smooth and bitter with a great mouthfeel.
Rich and flavorful without being overly heavy.

The bitter finish is awesome! This is one of the better IPA's.
I'll be looking for this one again for sure. At 6.9abv. i could drink a few of these badboys.

BigMike, May 21, 2009
Photo of klewis
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

appearance: Thin, amber color, frothy sustaining head, lots of lacing

Smell: Floral hops aromas, and maybe a touch of caramel. Very nice.

Taste: Excellent balance of malt and hops. Most of the hops presence is in the bitterness of the finish, not in flavor. Very interesting and complex flavors overall.

Mouthfeel: Good as expected, but nothing extraordinary

Drinkability: Great beer. I look forward to drinking lots of this in the future.

klewis, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of markaberrant
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

A - slight haze, very light orange, billowy white head, leaves some ok lacing.

S - clean citrus and pine, tropical sweetness,

T - explodes with citrus and tropical hop flavour to start, but still a decent malt backbone in there, firm with a balancing sweetness, but it's quickly overcome in the finish with bitter grapefruit. Bitterness is not huge, but still no complaints in that department.

M - Creamy, but with a mild hop astringency, finish is dry and lip smacking, no alcohol presence, med body and carbonation.

D - a well executed IPA, though I'd expect a touch more bitterness for it's size.

Any complaints here are minor quibbles really, but this beer just doesn't have the intensity of their Ruination IPA, even though it's not that much smaller. I'd order the Ruination over this anytime, but it's still a very good second choice.

markaberrant, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of mapman97
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

I tried one of these this weekend after a long day out in the hot Texas sun fishing. Maybe I should wait until the next time I try one to give a review since any beer would taste good after several hours baking on a lake in Texas in July. Having said that I must say that from the fist sip to the last gulp this beer was wonderful.

The first sip was very hoppy, bitter but refreshing. After a couple more swallows I could detect some malty sweetness and the bitter had subsided to a wonderful warm feel.

The mouthfeel was nice with the tingles of carbonation and the tounge awakening hops. By the time I got to the last third of the bottle I had nothing but enjoyment from the carbonated lively mouthfeel and the malty sweetness off set nicely by the familiar crisp hops of an IPA. Good Beer!!

mapman97, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

A - a dark amber color color, with 3/4 a finger of pure white head, moderate carbonation is present

S - mmm...bitters, cant wait to sip this one, smells very much like quality hops, to the pine-th degree, the hop aroma is nearly overpowering, but i can slightly make out a floral aroma in the background

T - wow, very smooth for such a bitter brew, the hops are incredible, very sharp and tasty, Stone knows their hops, and it does make me "rejoice aloud."

M - like i said, very smooth, a great smooth/bitter balance, with a great lingering aftertaste that makes me crave another sip

D - high for thoe IBU-philes amongst us

sinstaineddemon, Jun 09, 2006
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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