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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,864 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 2,864
Hads: 10,165
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 357
Gots: 2,187 | FT: 7
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 Strat58cat
4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've seen reviewers ragging on Stone IPA as not sufficiently extreme. Then they praise Firestone Union Jack which is way over the top. The point of an IPA is not to be extreme. It's not a double IPA. The point of an IPA is to be enjoyed to the maximum extent. Stone is working some sort of gargoyle magic on this brew. It's excellent.

The look is everything an IPA should be. It's nothing unusual. Nice color and plenty of head.

The smell is everything an IPA should be, and nothing it shouldn't be. You don't have to vent excess pine to keep your eyes from watering from fumes (I'm looking at you Rebel) or to catch the underlying complex bouquet. It's got everything - spice, fruit, pine, but nothing is overwhelming. It's a righteous aroma and not at all too much.

Now, it's Stone and you can look up the IBU and see it's 70. You'd think it would be like trying to drink a pint of lime juice, but it isn't. The flavors of spice, fruit and hint of pine combine with the flavors to make it right. The taste is just what IPA should be. That's all.

The bitterness comes into play when it comes to feel and finish. It's clean. In the bad old days of my youth, you might drink a corn-laden Miller or Michelob, and after a few maybe they didn't want to stay down as that corny malt feeling set in. You could kill myriad of the relatively bitter watery-rice Budweiser's, though. It's like this: bitter makes it clean. Now, at Stone's brilliant level, the bitter makes it clean. It finishes clean. Stops on a dime. Time for another.

This is good stuff. It's also widely available, at least in California, although not cheap. (1,647 characters)

Photo of VegasBrewer1
3.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this thinking it was considered a great IPA. I didn't get that at all. Extremely bitter, no hop aroma and very little flavor. As if all they added were the bittering hops. Consumed about 1 month after being bottled, perhaps that explains the loss of hop aroma and taste. Not for me, despite the rave reviews. (316 characters)

Photo of JackieKu
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl.oz. bottle. BB 08/09/2015. Poured into tulip.

A: light amber. Clear. Poured with some foam but sank soon.
S: Intense citrus aroma. Little grassy.
T: lemon. Grassy. Moderate bitterness. Mildly sweetness. Dry finish.
M: light bodied. Refreshing.
O: Excellent IPA even I drank it on non-fresh time. Too pricey at my place though. (334 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap served in pint glass at Murphy's in Hanover, NH.

A= Amber with a bit of haze, pure white foamy head, settles and rings the glass. Fine lacing clings.

S= Pine and citrus hops at first with more tropical notes hiding deeper.

T= Lots of big hop flavor pushes to the forefront. Good level of bitterness and hop flavor balance, grapefruit, earthy pine, and tropical bits.

M=Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= I think everyone has had this, and I would assume could agree this is a nice representation of the style. Doesn't push the envelope, but does not make any mistakes (they have plenty of other IPA's that can try and push the envelope). (660 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the benchmarks when it comes to West Coast IPAs. Liberally hopped with the most pine and citrus hops available, this is a thing of beauty. While it may not best some of the West Coast greats like Pliny, it's availability is something to mention. By far one of the best IPAs that you can pluck off of any shelf in the US. Great beer. (339 characters)

Photo of mrcharlie
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Massive bitter assault and nothing else for me. Choked it down with the help of some spicy food. Not too fond of other Stone offerings either, other than their pale ale. Maybe I'm just a sissy. (193 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from the LCBO; best before Sept 9 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy golden-amber colour, resulting in the production of a modest-sized, half-inch head of white foam. It dissipates relatively rapidly, lasting no more than a minute or two until it has been fully replaced with a thin collar and bubbly film, along with a small curtain of lace. Average-looking. The aroma includes a fruity mélange of juicy tangerine, grapefruit zest and apricot notes, with more subdued suggestions of pine resin, tropical fruit and doughy, biscuity malt sweetness.

As you'd expect, Stone's IPA is really quite unabashed about its bitterness - the backbone of doughy, biscuity malts and caramel sweetness, though detectable, has little chance of holding out for long. Juicy peach/apricot shows up soon enough, along with slight hints of pineapple by mid-sip. From this point on, your tongue takes a serious beating from the hops - it is highly bitter, with lots of orange and pithy grapefruit citrus astringency. It becomes more floral and increasingly resiny as you approach the finish, ending with a lingering pine oil bitterness and a slight hint of boozy warmth. Medium-bodied; perhaps just barely leaning toward the fuller side, with restrained carbonation levels and a smooth mouthfeel. Leaves a bit of a slick/oily feel behind on the palate after each sip. I find it to be much more drinkable than a 6.9% beer really should be, but to be fair, non hop-heads will probably come away with a different assessment, because the bitterness really is kind of relentless.

Final Grade: 4.14, a very respectable A-. Stone IPA is one of the grand-daddies of 'em all. I had a sip of this, many years ago - I think the product placement on "Weeds" made me curious about it - but at the time, it was just way too god damn bitter for me to tolerate. After years of blatant hop abuse, however, I'm finding it to be a much more agreeable tipple. For a beer that is only three weeks from expiry, it is drinking fairly nicely, though I would argue that several domestic brewers have been making IPAs that equal (and occasionally, surpass) the irrefutable quality of this flagship offering. Of the three Stone beers that are currently available in Ontario (this, Cali-Belgique and Arrogant Bastard), I am least-enamoured with this one. It's still really good - just not $9 a bomber good. (2,377 characters)

Photo of akolb
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 0z bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 7/10/15.
L: Huge white head over a copper bottom. 4.5/5
A: Prominent grapefruit. Smells like you imagine a classic IPA should. 4/5
T: Bitterness jumps out in front and lingers. More bitter than the average IPA. Good hop flavor that follows the aroma. 4/5
M: Medium-high carbonation. Nothing out of the ordinary. 3.75/5
O: A lovely, bitter beer that exemplifies the West Coast IPA. 4.25/5 (440 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice golden color with a fluffy white three finger head. Smell is grapefruit and pine along with sweet malts. The taste continues the nose, a prominent hops bitterness along with that malts sweetness. Feel is medium with medium carbonation. Finish is on the dry side.

It wasn't the best IPA I ever had, but it also wasn't the freshest, so I feel that may have affected my perceptions. All in all an enjoyable beer. (420 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $9.00 for a 650ml bomber. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within a minute. Medium gold color and filtered clear

S- Good hops. Not a lot of them but it's there.

T- Good hops and some malt. Not a big blend here. Not a wonderful IPA, just average and compares to a SN more or less.

M- Dry

O- Oh hum. Nothing worth the hype people have brewed over this beer. Will not buy again as there are dozens of beers better and at a better price point.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with....... Chicken wings with medium BBQ sauce.

Enjoy (640 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: citrusy, resiny American hops dominate with sweet malt in the background mellowing the hops and giving depth. Appearance: Hazy amber with a white creamy head and medium lace. Laces the glass all the way down. Flavor: starts with a blend of fruit, malt and hops and then the hops grow to dominate the finish with strong grapefruit flavors. There is malt sweetness and sweet fruit in the background. Very pleasantly flavored with a nice balance between the hops, malt and yeasty fruit. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, refreshing, Overall: I would drink this again. (569 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle into nonic pint. "ENJOY BY 09/01/15". consumed on aug 10 2015

a: clear, dark, golden yellow with two fingers of foamy white head

s: vibrant mango & apricot, mandarin orange, dank grapefruit, pine needles, cantaloupe, and some malty toffee notes

t: zesty grapefruit, apricot, and piney mandarin orange with a strong, medium-plus bitterness. some melon-y cantaloupe notes. malt flavour present but is beat out by that hop bitterness

m: excellent medium/medium-plus mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. very dry finish

o: a bitter and super hoppy but delicious IPA (582 characters)

Photo of M_chav
2.33/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

full yellow transparency, I guess it looks clean and crisp. huge malty notes dominate the aroma, get a bit of grapefruit and citrus but just reminds of arrogant bastard.Tastes of bittery grapefruit, lots of resin. its straight forward, I feel like its a statement beer, a 'macho' beer of bitterness in your face. can't escape the rough mouthfeel, it's just not my jam. This is the reason people probably think IPAs are not good. (428 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bought a single 12 oz bottle from Beers of the World on 8/1/15. Served chilled in a Duvel Tulip. Pale reddish gold, white head, nice lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of citrus zest and pine. Taste is grapefruit and pine resin. Mouthfeel is frothy and full. Gentlemen, ask me for an IPA and I would give you this. (311 characters)

Photo of breardon1776
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Certainly a classic IPA!
Great amber color with cloudy head. Good piney flavor but not over powering. Flavor runs straight for IPA. Smooth in the mouth and down the throat. (176 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amberish with a solid 2-inch thick white head which leaves fine lacing. Pine and fruity aroma. Bitter and dry and slightly sweet. Good malt balance. (162 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only a month left on the drink by date.
A: Orangey copper body with a chunky ivory head.
S: Piney hops and a bit of caramel.
T: Very sharp and bitter mized with a very zingy mouthfeel. There's your typical rindy orange marmalade but it's not overkill enough to get boring quickly. Washes over the tongue beautifully. Maybe it's mellowed with age, but it's not over the top and I like it this way. Hasn't effected the zingy mouthfeel, that's for sure. Even some liquorice towards the end.
O: Not over the top fruity. Lived up to the hype. (537 characters)

Photo of TheWolf
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my revelation beer. 6 years ago, it convinced me I was a hop head. Today, my love for it has not waned and I enjoy it every time our paths cross. My favorite aspect is that it knows what it is. Hop heavy, bitter, piney, dry. In a craft where complexity is praised and valued, sometimes being consistent, simple, crisp and delicious wins. (353 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
2.85/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Clear golden, with minimal head

S: fairly minimal aromatics in this stemless wine glass, I'll have to revisit as it warms a touch and there's a little more room in the glass... nope, never really develops.

T: A bitterness assault, resiny and piney in a particularly woody/vegetal way, like chewing on a sprig.

F: A little heavy bodied for a regular IPA. Lots of heavy, mouth-coating bitterness. Induced almost a bit of post-nasal-drip feeling in the throat.

O: In the classic style, no doubt, but not really what I feel like the modern IPA drinker is looking for. (573 characters)

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best examples of a good simple IPA. This is one of my go to beers for summer time. It isn't juicy like a Pliny or other top level IPAs, but is very drinkable and delicious. (183 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Dogfish glass.

A: Pours a vibrant clear gold/copper with 1" white head that recedes fairly quickly. Retention is out-of-this-world. Lacing is middling.

S: Bready malt with some resinous hops underneath. A dab of grassiness is present.

T: Leads in with mild bready maltiness & a bit of pepper note. Mid palate is more of the same with increasing resinous hop character finishing with an off-sweet hop kick. Not bad.

M: Good, moderate carb. Surprisingly light & dry body with just a bit of oiliness.

O: Very solid, classic IPA. (561 characters)

Photo of Beertsipper
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite Stone offering after Enjoy By. Very light drinker for a 6.9% IPA. Smell and taste is floral, some citrus, bready. I can pound these all day. (160 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark amber with little head or lace, which is a surprise as the HB lidded stein usually promotes head formation.

The aroma is filled with pine tar, followed by citrus and an unexpected sweetness. Light floral notes are released with warmth.

Bitterness is substantial, while caramel, pine, and orange rind follow long into a lingering, bitter finish. This IPA is crisp and clean with grassiness middle to end that is accentuated with warming.

A well carbonated, full body with light alcohol, a satin texture and moderate astringency.

This IPA works well while sitting under a shade tree on a cool summer day. This is a fine relaxing beer that would work well after a day of yard work. (693 characters)

Photo of morris786
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light amber color with perfect amount of foam after pour. I will note that this beer is very hazy and had more sediment than I assume the beer normally has. The flavor is very appealing, better then your average IPA. It is decently balanced with slightly bitter floral citrus flavors forward followed by mellowing out in the middle with a slightly bitter hop finish. (366 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour cloudy orange with 1 finger fluffy white head.

Aroma yields big pine and dankness.

Taste follows the nose. Big hit of pine, light citrus notes, followed by a massive hit of hop bitterness.

Overall solid IPA. However it isn't the best IPA I have tasted from stone. It is a tad bit unbalanced leading to an overagression of pine bitterness that could be toned down with a kiss more malt. I could see pairing this with a nice bbq pork chop glazed with bbq sauce. It gets a 90/100. (486 characters)

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,864 ratings.