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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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9,610 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,610
Reviews: 2,858
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 301
Gots: 1,630 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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Photo of mwa423
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bar Louie, dollar burgers on Wednesdays, can't beat that.

A- slightly hazy gold with a nice head with an excellent lacing.

S- A great but not overpowering hop aroma that makes your mouth beg for a sip.

T-very hop forward but backed up by a healthy malt backbone. This is the quintessential ipa!

M/D - fantastic, I can't say much else

Photo of rapidsequence
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a six pack.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-orange with a fluffy little white head that leaves some sticky lacing in my pint glass.

Smell: Its just great. Hoppy- some sweet citrus and some grapefruit too. Like fruity hops candy.

Taste: Nice bitter punch with those hoppy citrus flavors. Its got great balance with the sweet maltiness. Goes down sweet and smooth and leaves some pleasing bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full for an IPA. Not syrupy or creamy. The carbonation is nice.

Drinkability: Hard to find much to fault it, really. Its great stuff. I'm pretty much a sucker for most of Stone's offerings. This one is a staple.

Photo of Vansmack
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have to admit that this is one of my favorite IPA's on the planet. When you head out to Stone brewery, they take you on a wicked 45 minute tour highlighting why a Stone brew is different and made better than any beer.

They packed this sucker full of hops and it definitely will smack you on the side of the head when you taste it. Very hoppy, smooth, crisp beer.

I highly recommend this beer to anyone who is trying to move from a Pale Ale up to an IPA.

Hope this review helps.

Photo of drseamus
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is a very amber, almost orange color. It was topped with a white head that fell quickly. The body isn't perfectly clear but is extremely bright. The aroma is filled with pine, citrus, and malt, exactly like a west coast IPA should be. The flavor is pretty heavy with pine and backed up with citrus. I personally prefer the citrus to dominate the pine but this is good. The balance in this beer is perfect. This is a classic west coast IPA everything is great.

Photo of akajimmyd
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pale orange/yellow. Pours a big head. Some Lacing. Really cool bottle.

Smell – An assault of fresh woody and piney hops.

Taste – Strong piney hops and other varieties. Spices. Balanced finish. There is a lot going on, I enjoyed letting it linger on my tounge.

Mouthfeel – Full body, solid malt backbone. Ripe carbonation.

Drinkability/notes – A serious IPA but still drinkable. Will satisfy a hop craving or the need for a nice sipping beer on a warm day. (no freshness markings)

Photo of Shrews629
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This brew poured a very attractive orange color. It was cloudy with a somewhat average sized white head. Not a whole heap of retention and it left some lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - A nice floral and perfumy aroma. I smell the grapefruit, some orange. both citrusy and fruity. Some piney notes along with some mild malt. Smells very nice and balanced. I started to get a dry bread smell as it warmed a bit.

Taste - A prominent amount of bitterness at first with the taste. Medium to high hop flavor. Grapefruit citrus is really nice and not over the top. A touch piney. Again, very well balanced and even. A slight resinous flavor as the beer went down.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Wonderfully dry and snappy crisp. Really blankets the palate and the taste hangs on for a great long while. Nice!!! Goes down way too easy.

Drinkability - Everytime I have a Stone beer I'm impressed. This brew is no different. Very solid all the way around. Perfect for the Spring and Summer day. Most definitely worth a try. Cheers!!!!

Photo of Morris729
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish amber color with a frothy white head that fades into a very sticky and clingy lace. Nose is dominated by strong floral hops with some underlying notes of fresh grains and Juicy Fruit bubblegum. Very smooth and creamy and while bitter hops are the key players here, they aren’t overpowering. In fact, the taste initially is sweet bready malts and lots of fruit that gives way to some notes of pine and raw hop leaf flavors that remain in the aftertaste. This is one damn fine IPA. I’m very happy to see this beer finally for sale here in the Dallas area, and I’m sure it will be a frequent purchase of mine. I can’t wait to cellar a few bottles to see how they develop.

Photo of hosehead83
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass
Hazy gold in color, big, fluffy two-inch head that beckons
Aroma-Piney citrus and hops up the nose
Taste-Big,fresh, juicy hops up front, in the middle, and at the finish! Nicely balanced throughout, just a delicious IPA.
Overall this is a hop lover's IPA, and a good starting off point for a person who has never had a Stone brew (what are you waiting for??) as most of their other ale are quite assertive in character to say the least!
Get Some!!!

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gem of a session IPA. The color murky orange, the head of the two finger variety, and the lacing sticky. To describe the scent as hop-dominant would be an understatement of cataclysmic proportion. This beer smells pinier than my guest house did yesterday, after I wrestled a very wide Christmas tree out through the very narrow front door.

The taste brings forward a far greater malt presence than does the nose, and you'll find yourself gratified by a sweet flavor of caramel, along with a tart blast of grapefruit. The hop presence is profound throughout the quaff, and reveals itself in the mouthfeel with a bitter, lingering dry finish.

In my spare time, I like to go to my local homebrew supply shop, go to the freezer, and smell the canisters of hop pellets. A twirl of the glass containing this beer elicits a similar aroma, as though the hop oils are activated. This is also present in the taste. As with every Stone product I've tried, and I've tried most of them, they pull this off in enviable fashion resulting in a hell of a treat to drink.

Photo of Gear54
4.47/5  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

Photo of MVotter
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Stone IPA pours into chalice a cloudy gold color with a thin cream-colored head.

The smell leads with citrus hops and even a whiff of malts.

The taste, like the aroma, opens with a strong hoppy presence, like a less-heavy version of a dipa ... and balanced with a slight roasted malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium and refreshing and an extremely pleasant experience ... nice effervescence and dryness, yum.

This is a very drinkable, tasty brew. The dry/hoppy quality make it a super drinker on an 88-degree summers day!

Photo of Maestro
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head on this IPA pours a little thin. The nose is amazing. There is a pineapple hint and an overall fruitiness to the aroma. The first taste is very floral and hoppy. There is a wonderful hop presence throughout the beer. The is an ever so slight dryness to the beer but overall it is quite complex. As you move to the middle of the beer you notice quite a lacing on the glass as well as a sweet maltiness holding its own. There is a good amount of carbonation in this beer and it has some refreshing characteristics that would make it great on a hot summer day. The alcohol content is rather high but the beer doesn't seem to taste high in alcohol. The beer finishes smoothly and has a nice, floral hoppy aftertaste. Well done, Stone!

Photo of JRed
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with one finger head with a great aroma: fresh hops right off the vine, some light herbal in the background. Crisp and refreshing in taste, hops but not on the attack, slight grass and herbal notes, dry finish. Great light carbonated mouthfeel, light body. Highly drinkable for any season.

Photo of MaxBrews
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz silk screened bottle poured into mug.

Appearance: Pours an actually pale color compared to most IPAS. Golden to yellow in color. Completely transparent. In the pouring process you form a nice foamy head that dissipates slowly into a rocky lacing that clings to the glass like crazy. Proper IPA stuff here.

Smell: You can really smell the hop oil on this one. Extremely floral, citrus-like, pine/pineapple. The smell is all hops. Fantastic smelling ones too.

Taste: This is a very hoppy beer indeed. You get a lot of citrus flavors, pineapple, lemon, orange. Its grassy and somewhat earthy. Its dominated by hops, but some how not too much. You don't get much from the malt, but with hops this good why would you need to. When it does warm up enough to taste the malt, its the standard high quality pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Standard IPA bitterness but not insanely bitter as you would expect from the flavor. A very pleasant beer to put in your mouth if you love big character, which I do!

Drinkability: Every company is pushing for their IPA to bigger and badder then the next. They all do it slightly differently, but stone delivers with a very hoppy IPA thats not overly bitter. It has all the flavor you want from an IPA, without any of the things many companies do wrong with this style. For me being introduced to the world of stone, I may have to reconsider my favorite IPA.

Photo of BitteBier
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot color. Topped off with a reasonable amount of head that lasts and laces in pretty typical fashion. A surprisingly well-balanced nose for an IPA (though after drinking an Arrogant Bastard Ale beforehand, everything is relative). Floral hops are offset by plainly detectable light malts. This balance carries over to the taste, where the hops and malts play well together. Crisp, clean and very drinkable, this is a really nice IPA all around.

Photo of whynot44
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy reddish gold color with a nice foamy white head that lingers and produces nice lacing.

The aroma is herbal hops with pine and grapefruit zest in the mix.

This is a hopheads delight, lots of pine resin up front, grapefruit, grassy notes all the way through supported by a nice bready malt background with some vague fruit esters. The finish is dry with plenty of lingering pine resin taste.

Medium bodied, smooth and rich, very drinkable and refreshing.

Overall a really nice IPA for the hop lovers, those not into serious hops should try something else.

Photo of JayNH
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a bright clear golden color with a large frothy head. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

S- Pungent grapefuit hops fill the nose. Very pleasant and fruity.

T- A ton of sweet citric hops. Incredibly smooth, enough malt to take the harsh edge off a brew this well hopped.

M- Very, very smooth... medium bodied, carbonation level is perfect for the style.

D- Excellent! Stone pulls it off again. They can hop the hell out of a brew but balance it out just right. This brew goes down way too easy for it's IBU and ABV levels. Without a doubt, one of the gold standard beers for the American IPA style.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark orange/yellow, some tan mixed with unfiltered floaters. Not much of a head

Smell - Pine, malts, grapefruit. Hops, very citrus smell.

Taste - Pretty much from the smell i knew what i was getting. Strong hoppy ipa. GRapefruit and orange is present. This is pretty strong for a regular ipa. Nice and bitter

Mouthfeel - Feels like i just bit into a grapefruit, then chased it with orange juice. Very fruity that covers mouth but doesnt ruin it.

Drinkabilty - Very high. This is near perfect unless i wanna go hop heavy, then i move up to ruination or such. You can drink 3-4 of these no problem. I always keep a six pack handy. One of the best ipa's out.

Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Stone IPA pours with a vibrant orange color, which is slightly clouded in appearance. the thick foamy white head leaves a thick, clinging lace around the glass. The first smell immediately presents a sharp hoppy scent surrounded by soy and citrus rind, with an underpinning of apples, pine and malt. The mouthfeel is smooth, although contrasted by the play of carbonation on the middle of the tongue. The taste is subtle, while not at all lacking. Starting with a fruity maltness, it builds to a hoppy bitter within about 5 seconds, with some citrus hints lingering. It blends to a bitter hoppy aftertaste which makes one want to eat something salty, which of course makes you want to drink more. This, of course, is always good. I put this ale high on my list.

Photo of babaracas
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear-ish amber with two finger white head, lacing but head collapses. Smell: full of citrus - lemon rind, bitter orange, grapefruit, pineapple juice, floral too!, with some malt sweetness in the background. Taste: also full of citrus - more grapefruit is prevalent here, orange, spiciness and a chill bready malt. Creamy and soft with a nice drying finish that is stopped short of puckering by the sweet malt backing up the citric hop punch. Fantastic.

Photo of dwvarner77
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this before, so i know i'm in for a treat. picked it up on a trip to kentucky to visit my buddy kmpitz; i can't find Stone in Illinois.

Pours a beautiful gold-copper color with a monsterous 3- to 4-finger ivory head that falls to a slight maintenance foam. Fingerprints of the head nicely line the inside of my glass.
Aroma is pleasant, a woody character with a bit of citrus underneath.
Flavor is a strong citrus hop, that build to a nice bitter, then fades smoothly. Dry-hop is evident, but the bitter balances well with the malt. Active carbonation gives the mouthfeel good character, and a bit of the hop bitter hangs on the back of the tongue.
A great session beer, i could sit and drink this all night long.

Photo of jmz62565
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a creamy golden orange with a frothy off white head. An outstanding looking beer. The smell is all hops. The citrus hop aroma totally dominates this beer. Grapefruit or orange are the citrus smells that are the most strong. The tatse is really in your face hops. The crisp bitter hop flavor is really amazing. Smooth and refreshing, this beer could be a session beer if not the higher alcohol. The m/f is light with all the flavors blending well. An excellant beer that should not be missed. Cheers.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Photo of BigJim5021
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stone's IPA ranks neck-and-neck with Bell's Two Hearted as my absolute favorite beer. The only difference between the two is availability. At any given time, I can go to numerous liquor stores (or even my own workplace) and pick up a sixer of Two Hearted. On the flipside, I can get 22 oz. bombers of Stone's IPA at something like two liquor stores on my side of town. Oh well. I guess this stuff makes for an immaculate treat.

Like Two Hearted, Stone IPA pours a hazy copper with a slightly off-white head. The lacing is all over the place.

The aroma is goddamn glorious. Floral hops out the ass. If I could get air freshener that smelled like this, I'd gladly buy a case.

The flavor reflects the smell. The floral hops are massive and bitter and Jesus tapdancing Christ, it's delicious. And like Two Hearted, there's just enough smooth maltiness to balance things out. And man, oh man, is it dry. We're talking Oscar Wilde dry here.

Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and about as good as it gets.

At 6.9%, I would still drink this stuff all night if I could just get someone around here to carry the elusive 6-packs. I can never have enough of this amazing stuff.

Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Mt. Dragon in snowmass, co last weekend. Very nice

Poured amber to bronze in color with a tight/white 1 finger deep head that stuck around most of the pint, bubbles cling to the side of the glass and dance of the head with every pour. Good lacing

Smell: Fruitiness/biscuitty smells and piney hop odors

Taste: Fruitinesss and citrus and pine hops war for your attention, but in dignified manner. Not as in you face as most stone ales I've had & I appreciated the subtle yet powerful tastes showcased. Dry sweet/piney finish with hints of alcohol as it warms

MF: Extemely well balanced with good carbonation. Smooth and moreish

Extremely quaffable, drinks about 2abv lower than listed. Will get some bottles soon to compare, don't remember it being as tasty. I usually like draft better most of the time

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,610 ratings.