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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

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7,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 7470
Reviews: 2706
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%

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 UCLABrewN84


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a murky copper color with a 1 inch puffy white head that fades to an island of foam sitting on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace mark the drink down on the sides of the glass. Smell is of pungent pine and herbal hops and a slight malt aroma. Taste is of the pine and herbal hops up front with a malt backbone coming through on the finish. A medium level of bitterness sticks to the palate after each sip. This beer has a good carbonation level making for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good hop-forward IPA from Stone (what do you expect, right?). I have had this one in the bottle but I prefer this one on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 20:27:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Brewery in Escondido, CA.

A: Poured a translucent, golden color with a good inch of thick, creamy head atop that seems to last forever and leaves plenty of lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels are great.

S: The aroma smacks of fresh citrus and pine hops with a little bit of grass. Pretty one-sided, but enticing.

T: Taste follows the nose: entirely hop-centric, sure to please hop-heads and those familiar with West Coast IPA's, but also some barley present, though not as predominantly as in the pale ale. I could use a bit more balance. A bit piney for me as well, but better on tap than in the bottle.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation and a bit of substance. Very drinkable.

O: Exactly what was to be expected, this is the flagship American West Coast IPA and the one that all others will be judged on. That said, I prefer a bit more balance in my IPA's as well as the more grapefruit, citrus oriented hops, but I would never turn one of these down. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 21:48:26 | More by kflorence
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap the keg had just kicked so I got a fresh glass from a new keg

Look: Golden yellow with some traces of orange through out. Nice 1 inch head and good retention and perfect circles of lacing

Smell: Honestly not much besides the pine and citrus hops

Taste: Does follow the nose upfront is the nice pine notes that we all are familiar with from stone and it finishes with some nice grapefruit and other citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Low to medium body with high carbonation and a bit dry on the finish

Overall: Just a damn good IPA

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 21:19:23 | More by DarthKostrizer
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes and descriptions typed in real time!

On draught, poured into a shaker style glass. Pour is about a finger’s worth short of a pint, even with the head. I know from experience that’s a way bars can extend the life of their kegs. Sneaky!

Straw/golden color, clean and clear, with tiny bubbles rising up and releasing all sorts of floral, delicate hoppy aromas. Yum! This is a beer to inhale at your leisure.

Of course you can drink it, which is what I prefer. The beer dances on the palate. There’s a definite hop bite to it, with a clean, sharp finish. Great carbonation. A little maltiness to balance the sting. More floral than piney hops, although I get a sense they’re in there too. (Again, I need to work on my hop education.) A standard bearer, and not just limited to the west coast obviously. Yum. I really enjoy this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 03:11:38 | More by elNopalero
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4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keg "Fresh Until 11-26-2011" (meaning it was kegged about a week and a half ago... very fresh!), picked up at Vecenie distributing, and tapped 2 days ago for the first Saturday of College Football.

A: Pours a very light golden hue with a thick frothy (slightly over-carbonated) white head on top.

S: Big nose of grapefruit and pine. Pungent and semi-sweet. Fresh IPA is the best!

T: Initially light with a touch of creaminess in the moth, before a wave of malt sweetness crashes in, followed closely behind by an even bigger wave of citric and bittering hops. It's a simple beer. A "classic American IPA". Bitter-sweet. Lots and lots of lots-and-lots. Big bold flavors of bitter and sweet compete to be king here. Ultimately, the hops win out, as this beer finishes delightfully bitter and bold.

M: Light and bubbly, this beer finishes starkly bitter and coats the tongue with all sorts sticky hop residue.

D/O: Very drinkable. I'm thoroughly enjoying this beer. Fresh IPA is tough to beat!

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 23:50:53 | More by psuKinger
Photo of Jerone


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a slightly cloudy with a straw/golden color with a few bubbles coming up, frothy head and great lacing.

Smell is of hops! Floral and citrusy.

The taste is nice and hoppy with citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit and some floral character as well. There is also a bit of a malt sweetness to balance it out. The ending is bitter but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of carbonation.

A solid IPA that is not overpowering but has everything that you would want.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 03:46:12 | More by Jerone
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3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Shows a bright golden orange with a very thin white head. Leaves a nice lacing throughout the glass.

Smell - Strong hop scent with hints of citrus in the background.

Taste - Dominant hop flavor that lingers on the tongue but an aftertaste of grapefruit and an unknown sweetness help balance it out very well.

Mouthfeel - This has a refreshing feel to it. It's on the low side of medium as far as carbonation goes which is great. Leaves a mellow coating of bitterness but nothing overbearing.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer. It is well balanced and highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 05:37:16 | More by dvsbizzyb
Photo of roodie


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Sandy's in Huntington Beach

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a tea brown with white foamy head with good retention. Lacing covers the length of the glass

S: hoppy piney bitterness resin like quality. No real fruit or malty component

T: hop forward. Bitter the way a good IPA should be. Some malty sweetness contributed at the end

M: bitterness dries out the palate. Very smooth on the tongue, quite refreshing

O: a great hoppy beer, this and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are my go to beers for sessioning

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 19:32:26 | More by roodie
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with a finger of foamy white head that retains and lace amazingly. The aroma is strong with caramel malt and earthy hops. The taste starts with some caramel and bready malt and then has citrus notes and finishes with the caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is clean and finishes smooth. Over al a great IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 22:19:18 | More by csiewert
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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ebenezers pub in Lovell, Maine. First pour off a fresh keg! Served in a pint glass.

Clear honey colored with a frothy off-white head. Tons of sticky lace. Big fresh leafy hop nose. Lots of lip smacking bitterness, very fresh tasting. A little caramel malt balance. Great carbonation, medium bodied, slick oily mouthfeel. Quaffable.
Not over the top, but insanely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 23:35:04 | More by ggilman
Photo of Rifugium


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ?

Poured a hazy peach-orange with a finger of foamy white head that retained decently and left a bit of lace on the glass. Mainly citrus hops in the aroma; piney. A base of sweet maltiness in the taste is overshadowed by piney hops; notes of grapefruit and orange. Hops are in command, but there is still a pretty decent balance happening. Medium-bodied and easily drinkable for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 19:32:20 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Hollybee


3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap into a pint:
Appears a glowing beautiful gold, head thin (this could have been from a poor pour on the bartender's part) dissipates quickly, leaves very little lacing.
Smell is hoppy of course, honey, pine, caramel
Taste is sweet, existing mostly at the far back of the tongue and the sides. Bitter to finish.
Mouthfeel- sticky, resin left behind, a medium body to it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 20:55:26 | More by Hollybee
Photo of Tucquan


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-06-22 at Quips

A - Hazy straw with a 1-finger head and good lacing.

S - Mild grain, earthy-spice and grass. Not overly aromatic.

T - Medium roasted grain, bright citrus, a little pine and grass with a crisp and dry grapefruit finish. Dries nicely and leaves you wanting another swig.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation give a crisp and refreshing feel.

O - This really tasted great this evening. My kind of brew: Fruity, bright citrus and a grapefruit bitter finish. Reminds me of a Port Mongo or Fat Head's Head Hunter. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2011 01:19:42 | More by Tucquan
Photo of BLove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Thick creamy off-white head with good lacing on the glass. Beer is a clear to slightly hazy, butter yellow or light orange hue.
S. Pungent hop aroma
T. Fruity, crisp hop taste; didn't get the sweet malt taste others have described
M. Medium mouthfeel, hop flavor bitterness from start to finish. Pleasant aftertaste.
D. Although Stone IPA is highly-regarded, I found it to be ok, but there are other examples of the style I'd reach for first.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 20:06:39 | More by BLove
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $6. Poured from the Black Tap Handle saying" Stone IPA" into a pint glass. Has a Keg Date of 4-1-11.

Aroma- Very nice citrus hop with a ton of fruit hanging around. Can smell a bready aroma as well.

Appearance- Poured a 2.5 finger of creamy, white head and has a hazy, dark golden body. Has huge lace that leaves thick rings.

Taste- A very nice, refreshing hop taste and has a nice maltiness to it as well. Has light grapefruit taste in the finish. Would like to try again to add more attributes!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, and smooth!

Overall Impression- Such a great balanced IPA! Excited because this is the 3rd Stone beer we have had in the past month @ the Wolf Public House and all of them are fan favorites. Easy drinkability with this one and will be enjoying more!

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 21:38:41 | More by DCon
Photo of FosterJM


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

498th review on BA
Draft to pint

App- A nice golden yellow with a one finger head and the top of the glass had a nice cling to it.

Smell- As far as IPA's go this one is the godfather to me. Big strong bitter citrus.

Taste- Still a classic. It's orange peel with some bitter and a little creamy malts with a big bitter taste.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Leaves a bitter and malty after taste.

Drink- I'll always come back to this one. Such a classic example of what a single IPA can and should be. Everyone getting into IPA's should have this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 04:43:37 | More by FosterJM
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty beer - big, creamy, rocky head. Great retention and plenty of lacing. Very light amber color.

Subdued aroma - a bit of fruity esters and sweet bread. The flavor is more impressive with some herbal hops and a touch of pine. Clean dry finish.

Medium body with a zippy carbonation. A solid basic IPA - very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 12:48:18 | More by CliffBrake
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3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a pint shaker glass. Poured an orangeish/amberish color with a nice foamy 1/4 inch head that quickly disapated. Nice lacing, however. Aromas of malt, hops, and pine. Taste was bitter hops, malt, some pine, and some citrus. Overall, this is not my fav. I tend to like my IPAs more balanced; this one is the west coast hops in your face. Not bad but...

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 08:03:18 | More by Schmittymack
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3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium amber color with a decent-sized white head.

S: Some pretty nice floral hops going on here. I'm not picking up much else, but the hops are nice.

T: I don't know about this one. I know a lot of people like it and it has great reviews, but it just doesn't do it for me. There's just nothing to this one. There are some decent hop flavors upfront, but then nothing else happens and it ends on a semi-bitter note and seems watered down throughout. It's not the worst IPA I've ever had, but it's just not that good for me. Stone missed the mark on this one. Ruination, on the other hand...

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 06:41:56 | More by notchucknorris
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4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap at our SD hotel the first night in town.

A- Lighting wasn't ideal in the room, but it had a very nice rocky head, and excellent lacing. My wife had a sierra nevada pale, and I was actually surprised that the SN was a little darker and redder than the Stone IPA, which I felt was on the lighter end of the AIPA spectrum, nice lacing.

S- out of sight. massive hop aroma, dry hopping to the extereme! wonderful complex hop notes, from whole hop, with a little citrus mixed in,

T- again, fantastic. Smacks you right away with a full bore bitter hop assault. A nice sweet grain malt background gives way to a bitter hop finsh of unusual complexity.

M- Spot on here, a little resin left on the teeth and tongue, and good carbonation to pull away some of the bitterness, but not too much of it.

O- Great IPA, a pillar of hoppiness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 00:15:30 | More by HugePlume
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at Mad Monk Fremantle.

A - Pours a nice orange colour with atwo fingered frothy head that retains well and laces.

S - Quite sweet piney aromas and a little malt.

T - Plenty of citrus up front with hops and pine flavours, pineapple follows and a littel grapefruit. Finishes with alittel spice and bitterness.

M - Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Smooth, watery, and slightly dry in the mouth. Goes down smooth and crisp with a small amount of bubbles. Finish is slightly dry with a clean aftertaste. Perfect and exactly what you'd expect from the style.

O - A very solid AIPA but the Pliney and Sculpin have its measure

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2011 13:56:03 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of Kelly88


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had On tap at the Cock and Bull. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A- darkish orange color, almost like a distillation pot used by a certain Kentucky Bourbon distiller. Creamy and foamy dirty white head That is making the beer look great. Not really lace but the whole head is sticking to the glass!

S- one of the most floral ipas I've smelled. Tons of stone pine that I pick up in alot of their brews. Also some grapefruit That is mixing with some toffee malts.

T- piney and sweet at the same time with lots of floral hints. There are malts That back up the hops very nicely. Just a classic ipa taste That I drink alot of.

M- medium bodied that has a creamy texture. Not heavy or burdersome but not light and weak, just right. Just a faint alcohol tingle on the swallow.

Overall a great beer. Nothing is out of balance and the hops are really sharp and piney. Some sweetness brings everything full circle. Plus you could look at and drink this beer all day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 22:28:59 | More by Kelly88
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3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One finger of thick white head with solid lacing. This sample has a clear honey, amber color.

Smell: This beer has a pleasant hop aroma, but I was expecting to smell more hops in this ale.

Taste: This beer has a solid hop backbone and has a grapefriut flavor. There is a hint of malt supporting the hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy

Overall: A fine beer

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 16:09:21 | More by cudmud
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New Jersey

4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone is always a pretty safe bet, so I was extremely excited to try their classic India Pale Ale.

Pours a golden citrus color. Smells of hop and bitters, a little citrus in there as well.

Taste is a wonderfully balanced pairing of hops and bitters. Although Stone claims its filled with hops, I didn't find it to be overly hoppy like so many other IPA attempts.

Goes down very smooth and it's a very easy drinking beer as far as IPA's go. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 21:59:22 | More by devinoconnor
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Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a "thick" amber color with the most glorious, lumpy, angel cloud 3 finger head I've seen.

S - Wonderfully aromatic hops with a touch of spice. Sweet fruity notes fill in all the voids.

T - Big bold hops with some definite herbal qualities hit the palette first. Fresh pineapple and citrus notes in the middle with an interesting finish of yeast and grain. Hops stay with the beer throughout the taste and on the finish.

M - A nice balance malt blend adds a creamy, smooth, somewhat oily feel that is wonderful.

D - There is no doubt that this is a hoppy beer so it might not be for everybody, but it is crafted so well that the balance makes it entirely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 02:52:29 | More by FoamyMustache
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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