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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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94
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9,711 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,711
Reviews: 2,881
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 312
Gots: 1,732 | FT: 9
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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Ratings: 9,711 | Reviews: 2,881
Photo of clvand0
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color, very clear, with a small head that falls quickly and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is all about the hops - US West Coast hops - citrus, slight pine, and slight spice. Reminds me of the DFH 90 min, in that the nose says big hops and the flavor is much more smooth and mild than expected. Some of the hop flavors come through after swallowing, but there is a solid caramel character and some bitterness. The body is moderate, but still full and interesting. Drinkability is great.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-golden in color with a good head. Light lacing.

S-Really pungent and luscious. Graprefruits. I was afraid that the Ruination would blow this beer away, but it does not.

T-Super hoppy. Dry and piney accompanied with a huge grapefruit kick. Hop foward, not much malt. One sided but scrumptious.

M-Lighter in body but still slick.

D-Heavy on the bitterness but still very drinkable. Dry, fits my style.

One of the tastiest and boldest regular (non DIPA) IPAs you can get your hands on. Easily stands next to Ruination without any questions.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear yellow/bronze color. Fair amount of white head that leaves nice lacing for the entire glass. The smell is all floral hops. Just what you would expect from an ipa but nothing too complex. The taste is where things start to get really good. Again nothing too complex, just wonderful hops bitterness but it's not overpowering at all. Very nice balance of sweetness to control the bitterness. Very smooth finish for such a hoppy beer. This one gets added to my list of favorites. Because of the nice balance you could drink a lot of these in one sitting.

Photo of JimmieFrisbee
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone IPA - 6/03/09

Clear gold in color, lots of bubbles racing to the surface. Monstrous frothy white head.

Smells strongly of citrus hops, almost to the point of having a "bite" to it. Not a whole lot else going on, but it's got everything I want in those citrus hops!

Very strong on the hops but not over the top. Not what I would call balanced, but certainly has a delicate nature to its intensity. Again, it is really the citrus hops that come through, not a lot from the malt in terms of flavor.

Medium to light body, plenty of carbonation - an easy drinker for sure. Exactly what I want for an extended summer evening.

I'm glad to finally get a chance to see what this beer is all about. Certainly didn't disappointed, maybe I wish I had found it sooner. Definitely a safe go-to for my citrus hop fix!

Photo of Natural510
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with a best-by date of 7/06/10 subtely stamped on the back.

A solid-gold color with amber tinge pours a frothy white head resembling melted ice cream. Sturdy, lasting carbonation.

Dry, leafy, herbal hop scent with an understated sugar-malt sweetness.

Flavor is smooth, herbal statement of hops. Very dry, earthy with only a hint of malt sweetness. Fairly light and quite refreshing on the palate. Not quite the puckering bitter, astringent effect you get from some IPAs, but instead a cleansing hoppiness which is dangerously drinkable.

Excellent alternative for those who tire of sweeter IPAs. Some may regard this as one of the gold standards in "West Coast IPAs" for that reason.

Photo of jvillefan
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow with a three finger pearl white head that hangs around for the duration of the beer.

S: Awesome. There is the bitter hoppiness that IPAs are suppose to have. In the background of the smell is citrus and a little pine.

T: There is obviously the intense taste of hops. The more subtle flavors are citurs, pine, and a little sweetness created by caramel.

M: The carbonation is heavy yet perfect. The beer could be a little smoother but a good texture.

O: Very good IPA. Among the best IPAs out there.

Photo of unionturf
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Color is a hazy amber color with a nice 1/2" head. Very nice floral and citrus hop aroma with a excellent malt balance. Taste is a nice smooth hops /malt flavor, mouthfeel is nice & clean a very drinkable brew.

Will have another!

Photo of Fubar1453
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date: 2.14.12
I pop the cap and I get an amazing sensation of hops and grapefruit.

A: Golden orange, nice white active head.

S: Piney hops and a ton of grapefruit, makes my mouth water.

T: Hops and grapefruit, a nice sour/bitter mixture. Dry dry dry.

M: Sticky, taste lingers a long time. Dry dry dry.

O: This might be my new go-to IPA. I am beginning to love west coast IPAs. Such a solid beer.

RV

Photo of rugerj
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours copper in color with a nice 1 finger head that stays, wonderful lacing left in glass. The smell is all hops, sweet citrus, pine, grapefruit; they are all here and blend wonderfully. The taste is mostly hops with the citrus and pine flavors coming through; a touch of sweetness from the malt comes through ever so faintly and adds a nice subtle complexity to the beer. Carbonation was spot on and mouth feel was soft for the amount of hops in this beer.

A wonderful beer and one of my favorites. I can write nothing that has not already been said, a great beer and brewery.

Photo of penguinjive7
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very clear golden color with a nice white head.

Smell is of spicy hops with a hint o citrus.

The taste is very crisp and hoppy. The herbal, piny hops it first with the fruity hops adding immediately after. A nice malt presence envelops and cleanses the pallet to lead to a nice, smooth finish.

The drinkability of this brew is astounding. Quite possibly one of the smoothest IPAs I've ever had. Another top notch brew from stone.

Photo of Scoobydank
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Birhgt orange color. The head wa sa bright white 1 finger that dsiapates quickly.
S: I picked up a sweet peach? A bit of a candy smell as well.
T:a very faint citry grapefruit/orange. Sweet apricots up front with the hops coming in on the back.
M:Very sharp little fizzy bubbles. Less syrupy than many other IPA
D: Very good example of the style

Photo of bobsy
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle N Hum.

Golden pour with a nice, thick white head, which laced and lasted well. Great citrus and floral hop aroma combined with some sweeter caramel malts. Wow, full on grapefruit in the flavour produces a hop explosion in the mouth. Even with the hop profile a little past its peak this beer still produces big time, resulting in pretty high bitterness. It actually still tastes really fresh to me (because of the dominance of the hops, and there's a nice resin aftertaste. Thankfully, the flavour is nicely balanced by caramel malts (what a classic combo grapefruit and caramel has become!). Medium body, with a prickly mouthfeel which helps to accentuate the bitterness.

Photo of jjboesen
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy golden amber with a thick, buttery, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is hoppy to the point of being piny. Flavor is rich and seriously hoppy, pleasantly bitter and evergreenish with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is edgy and lively. A hop lover's delight.

Photo of homersimpson67
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this several times before paying the extra for Stone Ruination Ipa. Now trying again.

Pours a lovely golden, copper with a good 1.5 fingers of foam, with excellent retintion and a nice sticky lacing on all sides of my trusty tulip.

Very inviting hoppy smell of lemon, pine and spice and everything nice! Very fresh and inviting!

A lovely assault on the tongue, very upfront with a nice easy washover that keeps me wanting more.

Sits very well in the mouth, a great lingering bitterness very close if not better than my other 2 favs. Two Hearted from Bells and Furious from Surly, Hops RULE!!!!

Overall one of the best west coast IPAs out there, Ruination is exceptional but this is a very close relative that can hold its own without a doubt. Still waiting for Pliny the Elder, hopefully this Christmas.

Photo of sinistermadman
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber. Pours a nice clear gold color with a burly head that sticks around quite well.

Smell: Hops, mild citrus notes along with a spicy nose and then even more hops.

This brew has a very creamy mouthfeel that is very pleasant. Hop bitterness is dominant and is coupled well with constituent ingredients. Has an almost floral taste in the middle that ends with a yeast laden aftertaste. Very tasty and quite drinkable. This brew could serve as the American IPA paradigm. Cheers.

Photo of udubdawg
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber. Can't recall having this one before.

Pours a slightly haze light amber/yellow color. A very large white head forms quickly at first, and more slowly on the 2nd glass. Retention on both was very good, with plenty of interesting patterns of lacing. Gorgeous.

Nose is fantastic, floral with some added citrus - some sweetness, but it is behind the earthy, grapefruit, citrus peel and pine aromas. Malt? - it doesn't stand a chance here.

Woah. Probably poured this a bit too cold the first time. Below the proper temperature this is heavily bitter, and much of the flavor struggles to come out and I'm wondering who snuck the ESB in my bottle. However once at the proper serving temperature the true flavor of this beer asserted itself nicely. 70+ IBU's? Every one has made itself known, yet the overall flavor is very good and far from one dimensional - it is fruity, with a sweetness that nicely accentuates that bitterness, and light bready malts that weren't noticeable in the aroma. No noticeable alcohol here. Finish is drying with more bittering - the overall flavor is more bitter than AleSmith IPA, but the finish is less bitter. This makes me enjoy the medium-bodied mouthfeel more, and there is ample carbonation but well short of harsh or spritzy.

In terms of the style, this falls just short of AleSmith in flavor, but I love the extra bitterness and that's about it for IPAs I'd perhaps choose over this. Crisp and refreshing as hell, can't wait to have another!

Photo of jckdaniels03
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ohiolager
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA 6 pk bottles $10.99(OH)

12 oz brown painted label bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. Fresh by date printed in yellow just below the neck.

pours a dark gold, light amber color. A three finger thick peach white head that lingers for a while. gives way to impressive spiderweb lacing all over the bulb of the glass.

The aroma is that of an IPA. Nice and strong citrus up front. strong grapefruits, a nice lemon tang, followed by a slight piney smell.

Taste follows the nose. A nice citrus grapefruit taste at first, followed by a big hoppy flavor, finishes with a nice piney surrounding that is slightly bitter.

the mouth feel is rather light for an IPA. I have no complaints though, all the tastes cling to your mouth. A medium body IPA. At the end a piney bitterness lingers.

Overall a great IPA. I misjudged this one at first. Stone's brews are all excellent! This is great but they make so many DIPA's I prefer more.

Photo of Rutager
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy, yellow gold with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell. Nice strong floral hops. Some pine and sweet citrus. A little caramel malt. Really nice.

Taste. Yellow grapefruit rind, floral hops, pine and light toasty grain with just enough solid caramel malt lurking in the shadows of the hops. Yum!!

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Little alcohol presence which is nice for the abv.

Drinkability. I could blaze through a few of these without any effort. Good stuff.

Photo of superspak
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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%.

Photo of HuskerTornado
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a sensory glass. Pours a light copper color with a medium sized white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smell is floral hops. Some pine, some grapefruit.

Taste is nice, fresh hops with a dry biscuity character. Good amount of bitterness at 70+ IBU's, but so well balanced that it doesn't overpower the beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Overall, a classic West Coast IPA that everyone should try.

Photo of joepais
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well time to review this monster, I do mean monster. Because like with all the stone products they tend to be a tad heavy handed with there hops. With a IPA that can be a good thing.

The bottle poured into a Stone IMP pint glass produced the most perfect looking IPA you can imagine.
It looks like the advertisement photos you see. A nice golden orange with a beautiful pillow of a white head on top. As you consume the brew the lace just follows the beer down the glass.

The aromas are hop forward. Again there is no surprise, it's the typical pine almost floral bouquet. I would expect from an IPA. Only hoped to the max.. (LOL) This is a typical west cost IPA. If you want to experience one out here in the east this is the one I would point you too. The flavor is bitter grapefruit with almost no malt profile in it at all. Balance would not be a word I use in describing this one. The feel is a soiled medium to me with a good amount of carbonation in it helping to cleanse the pallet.

This is a great IPA drinkability is perfect. This beer is one everyone needs to try at least once. I myself tend to return to this one quite often.

Photo of GimpyCane
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite brews that I keep in the cooler all the time. Pours a light to medium body that had wonderful hazy golden yellow hue w/ a frothy 1 inch head that does not let down. What attracts me to this IPA is the intense hop and malt flavor. Starts off watery and bittersweet and ends w/ a long lasting dry bitter taste. Love the tartness it leave on my lips. The aroma is also great. A great blast of citrus grapefruit, malt and a slight hint of alcohol. Well- balance brew and goes great with a new york strip or prime rib entree, bbq or by itself. Enjoy.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-great cup lacing one of the best retaining heads i have seen to date thick for a ipa
-smell is very bright and has alot of hop aroma closer to a double ipa
-taste is next to few, alot of a hop punch off the back followed by a sweeter balanced side
-lingers just long enough, not flat not bubbly just perfect
-one of the better ipa styles i have tried, it is what stone is best at!

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,711 ratings.