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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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7,450 Ratings

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Ratings: 7450
Reviews: 2704
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 HopHedd

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A show-all trend setter for pure India Pale Ale amongst the ranks. This foundation of a brew should be mocked and chased after by all breweries. Light flavor with rich-heavy after taste, smooth and golden color, hop notes are balanced, not the focal point of the beer. Overall well-slated IPA.

Serving type: growler

03-02-2014 01:39:32 | More by HopHedd
Photo of ONUMello


4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into the SN/DFH IPA glass
A: Gorgeous. Golden-orange color that almost glows, a solid two-finger head and light carbonation bubbles
S: When I think IPA this is exactly what I smell. Hop-forward, mostly pine but some grapefruit as well, and a nice malt backbone with a hint of caramel
T: Also hop-forward with nice balance of the pine & grapefruit, fresh malt & a bit of caramel on the midpalate then a lovely spice-floral finish that lasts quite some time
M: Tastes fresh. Medium-bodied but bold, again a pleasantly long finish
O: One of the hoppier IPAs out there then again this is Stone; it almost tastes like a DIPA but not quite as much alcohol which lets the flavors show more on their own. Fantastic balance and a wonderful beer

Serving type: growler

12-07-2013 17:30:02 | More by ONUMello
Photo of thickgirth


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.

Serving type: growler

09-26-2013 00:41:38 | More by thickgirth
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into pint glass

Appearance – The brew pours a nice golden color, with a thin white head. The head fades rather fast and gives way to a very light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a nice mix of caramel, bread and a blend of citrus (mainly grapefruit in nature) and pine hop.

Taste – The taste starts out of sweeter caramel and a nice smooth bread flavor. There is a nice citrus hop present up front, that begins losing ground to some of the sweeter tastes more toward the middle of the tongue. While it temporarily loses ground in the middle, more toward the end it intensifies again and mixes with a pine flavor, which in the end, leaves a slightly sweet hop flavor on the tongue. It is quite pleasing.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is above average in creaminess and the carbonation is right about average. The carbonation is good for the exciting hop flavors, but the creaminess is good for the malty and sweet. Together it is a pleasant feel.

Overall – A nice easy drinking IPA. It’s not over the top in hop, or lacking either. It is a good session IPA.

Serving type: growler

05-27-2012 23:22:16 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of socon67

New York

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

A - Pours golden with a lively white foam that lasts. Good lacing. Clarity is excellent.

S - The smell is very floral and fresh. Good scent of earthy hops.

T - Nice hoppy flavor that is less caring about blasting your taste buds and more about bringing other flavors to the table. Some notes of spice and a bit of honey-like sweetness.

M - Slick mouthfeel that coates the tongue. But this is a very easy drinking IPA that is impressive in its inherent balance. Nice hoppy flavor that doesn't becoming overbearing.

O - Great staple beer that's easy to get. Great example of the style.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2012 20:21:39 | More by socon67
Photo of TechTriumph


4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 02/13/12:
Growler from Whole Foods; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch of white, fluffy head with excellent retention; The color is a mixture of caramel and straw; Clear appearance; Nice lacing left behind

S - Very light and floral in the smell; Other hints of hops are there too: pine, grapefruit, and later pineapple; Toasted toffee lurks beneath the hops

T - Nice dose of bitterness up front that weakens towards the end of the taste; Lots of hops present as well with floral, pine, pepper, lemon, and pineapple flavors; Toasted caramel and toffee is able to peek through the hops near the end of the taste

M - Just above moderate carbonation; Just under medium bodied; Slightly dry finish

O - This is the first Stone IPA I've had in awhile, and it still doesn't disappoint. There's actually more bitterness in this beer than I remembered from before, but that's certainly not a bad thing for me. The hop flavors are delicious, with a good showing of the floral and pine varieties, which make this a very uplifting and drinkable beer. This brew has always been one of my favorites, and will continue to be one I come back to.

Serving type: growler

02-19-2012 15:40:22 | More by TechTriumph
Photo of brian44556


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this at LB in Springhurst. Poured into a Southern Tier 2xIPA glass.

Pours a honey color with a thick, white head that turns into a great lacing that coats the sides of the glass. Carbonation bubbles race from the bottom of the glass to the top keeping the head afloat. Smells of grass, citrus, and sweet malts. Taste is well balanced between the bitterness from the hops and heavy malt profile. Taste strong bitterness from the hops, sweet malts, and a citrus tropical profile. Easy drinker and crisp finish. This growler will be easy to finish before evening hits (2pm as I review). Great IPA from Stone. Makes it even better this is readily available. This is a staple beer that will always be in the fridge.

Serving type: growler

10-01-2011 17:45:13 | More by brian44556
Photo of jnn4v


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

Consumed within 30 minutes of getting the growler filled.

A: Dark yellow / pale orange color. Very slight haze. No sediment. Some off-white / very-light orange colored head.

S: Peach, bready yeasty malt, orange, and grapefruit.

T: Very similar to the scents, but with a slight resiny / piney aftertaste. Very clean and relatively basic textbook IPA flavor. Balanced malt and hops, but in the aftertaste, the hops win out.

M: Medium viscosity. Moderate carbonation with moderately-sized bubbles.

O: Everything is textbook about this beer from the scent to the flavor to the mouthfeel. A good benchmark IPA.

Serving type: growler

08-05-2011 22:04:16 | More by jnn4v
Photo of Nugganooch


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshy fresh growler fill Friday!!!

A: Pours a clear bright straw pale with some caramel tones and a nice 1 finger frothy white head with clinging lace.

S: Smells of fruity citrus hops and a nice clean yeast profile.

T: Nice hoppy punch of citrus and pine. Well balanced with a decent caramel maltiness that carries a residual sweetness throughout each drink. Dries out the mouth with some pucker and gives off just a tad of heat.

M: Overall a light medium body that has some residual stickiness on the tongue. Dries up on the finish.

D: An excellent bold IPA that is incredibly smooth and quite sessionable.

Probably a standard in the American IPA category. A showcase of a very well balanced brew. Hoppy but not offensive to the palate in any way with a solid malt base to balance it out.

Serving type: growler

05-20-2011 19:33:39 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of OlieIPA


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Stone Brewing the other night and shared with fellow beer lovers.

A: One of the most impressive looking heads I've ever seen from a beer...WOW! This white butter-cream colored head, which had a soapy/rice cracker quality to it, helped enclose a golden malt body. Oh yeah...the lacing was minimal.

S: A lot of fatty/diacetyl and musky organic honey aroma. It really didn't smell like an IPA at all, due to the fact I unable to detect any strong or robust hop smells from it. It reminded of a pale ale more than anything...and an above average aroma at best.

T: Mild hop bitterness with sweet and wheat like malts to back it up; nothing to complex...but nice given that fact.

M: Nothing too much to complain about here...good carbonation and body seemed to fit the style.

D: Even though this didn't remind me of a west coast IPA, there was still a quality that was "nice" and easy to drink about this particular IPA.

Overall: Stone's IPA was one of those beers that got me into craft beer. Now, after a year or two into the beer scene...I still find myself enjoying this beer...just not as much I used too. A try it beer. Cheers!

Serving type: growler

08-31-2009 00:13:02 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of arizcards


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler Thursday at the brewery for $8.

Beer poured a light orange with a nice white head. Nose is huge with floral northwest hops. Taste is grapefruit hops, pine, and a hint of mango and bread in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and is leaving a resiny layer on my palate. Drinkability is quite good, this is still one of my favorite IPA's!

Serving type: growler

05-31-2009 21:32:09 | More by arizcards
Photo of DrunkenMaster


3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Consumer Beverages. Bright orange color with a nice head. I like the color of this. Aroma is fruity and floral with some sweet malts. Starts out with lots of malt sweetness but gets more bitter and dry towards the finish. Not bad, but a pretty average IPA.

Serving type: growler

07-20-2008 15:34:39 | More by DrunkenMaster
Photo of m1ked


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

This was supposed to be a smokey indian growler.... come to find out it is just indian, no smokey. I guess I will have to suffer. Happy 4th.

A- Pours a clear, bright golden orange. Sizeable white head that turns into clingy, sticky lacing.

S- No surprise here strong aroma of 85 percent piney resin 15 percent citrus. Some hidden sweetness, like caramel.

T- The signature Stone in your face over the top hops is clearly here. The bitterness is once again mostly piney. Hard to pick up the balance of malts.

M- This is a strong component of this beer. Firm body with great carbonation. Very refreshing.

D- I don't consider IPA'S to be my session beer, but this one is very good.

Serving type: growler

07-04-2008 20:25:37 | More by m1ked
Photo of rowew


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewery. Despite a day in the growler it still poured with a great head, and nice retention. Left a nice lace down the glass. Aroma and taste are predominately hops, but there is enough malt to make this a nicely balanced beer. Amazingly smooth for a 6.9 % ABV beer. If you are a hop-head, this should be a staple .. otherwise avoid it.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2005 00:06:11 | More by rowew
Photo of PA-hunter


3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 6/12/14 Freshness date. 6.9% abv.

Appearance- Pours a bright medium orange amber. Very clear. Fluffy two finger head that hangs around.

Smell- Tropical notes of orange and pineapple. Quite floral as well.

Taste- Pine and grass notes up front blending quickly into a biscuit malt flavor. The earthy hop finish is pronounced. The bitterness lasts awile for a dry hop wrap up.

Mouthfeel- Slick and moderate in body. Not thin. Ample carbonation.

Overall- A basic IPA that is solid. Not out of this world but a fine creation of the style indeed. The quality Stone puts into their beers is a reflection to this flagship IPA of theirs.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 03:42:33 | More by PA-hunter
Photo of Ohiolager


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

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 however i have had just as good or better for cheaper. Commodore Perry is still my number one go to IPA. Would I buy this again? Probably not. It's not that this IPA is not good. It's just that it's over priced. Commodore Perry is 7.5% ABV, two bucks cheaper and is just as good if not better.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 06:34:44 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of CTbrew32


4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep golden amber color with barely a finger of head. The aroma is amazing with a big burst of pine and citrus. This was one of my first ipas ever about a year ago, and it was extremely bitter. After a year of letting ipas wreck my palate this still packs a punch, but it is a much more enjoyable bitterness. Honestly I wish more ipas were still this bitter to me. Besides the bitterness the taste overall is amazing with citrus, bready/caramel malt, and BIG pine which helps amplify the bitterness. Overall, this is a great ipa and one that got me into loving the style. This is the perfect beer for the ipa lover, but if your new to the style the bitterness could be overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 01:33:59 | More by CTbrew32
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3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Difficult one for me, I have become accustomed to PNW brews and this hangs way over on the citrusy side, from the aroma to the taste I just live n a different part of the world I bought this due to the BA rating so I respect where it comes from but there are just to many better options so I will not return to this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 02:35:31 | More by ssteakley
Photo of MaineBrewing


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

Decided to do a ruination and stone IPA vertical. I have always had these on separate occasions and failed to really noticed much difference. I was quite wrong.

A - poured a slightly hazy golden orange with one finger frothy head, nice cap of foam remained, and a little lacing.

S - pungent piney nose, bright citrus, almost lemony. Cereal malt notes round it out, slight grain character.

T - hop nose carries over to the taste, very piney resinous and lemony citrus. Very crisp malt character provides a great balance. Finishes with ample hop bitterness, very dry and clean.

M - on the thin side body wise but still has some stickiness, well attenuated and crisp.

O - overall this is a great American IPA, great hop flavor and balance with a nice crisp dry finish. Regarding my verticle with ruination, this doesn't have nearly the hop flavor, or malt sweetness, but provides a little more balance, certainty two very different beers as this is more lighter and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 23:48:14 | More by MaineBrewing
Photo of Robjm1987


5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect hoppy, mix of pine and lemon. My favorite IPA by far, west coast has it.

Appearance: Golden with white top
Smell: Piney, strong hoppy.
Taste: Zesty, with lemon plenty of hops.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing.
Perfect IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2014 14:15:49 | More by Robjm1987
Photo of Paincane


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

A: Golden nicely carbonated with a white head and generous lacing.
S: Citrus and floral nose. Smells clean with pine presence.
T: Lemongrass and piney hop notes among the flavors. Hop forward in every way.
M: Crisp, clean body with a dry hoppy finish.
O: Very nice IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2014 22:06:51 | More by Paincane
Photo of itsscience


4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy light copper with a finger of soapy head that sticks around. Classic IPA smell: A flowery aroma with some grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, and clean crackery malt. Stone touts on the label, "to say that this gem of an IPA is 'hoppy' would be putting it modestly." Maybe that was true with this beer debuted, but to the modern palate, the hop level here is manageable if not average. That's a good thing for those of us who like balance in a hoppy beer. The taste is crisp and refreshing with a citrusy payload, a neutralizing malt backbone, and an oniony, earthy character that lingers in the background. I think one of the most underrated aspects of drinking beer is the aftertaste you get when you breathe out through your nose after a glass, and Stone IPA is the best beer I know of when it comes to these bonus flavors: it has a nice herbal and flowery aftertaste. Overall it's my favorite of the Stone offerings that I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 03:58:57 | More by itsscience
Photo of Seanem44


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Light orange with a nice off-white head that dissipates into a nice lacing.

S: Inviting without being overwhelming. A little deceiving.

T: Very tasty. Hops are not overwhelming at all, but still very flavorful. No hint of alcohol.

M: I really like how this feels. Thick, rich and smooth. Doesn't feel watery. Very full and fulfilling feel on the palate.

O: Stone continues to impress me. This is an outstanding and easy to drink IPA. Very similar to the Enjoy By IPA I recently had but lacks the overall freshness, but to be expected. At $9.99 for a six pack in most places, you can't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:37:59 | More by Seanem44
Photo of kcrosson492


4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thus far, one of the best IPA's I have had in a long time. It has a fantastic hoppy flavor that manages to still be smooth. You could easily drink this one over and over while maintaining a full flavor IPA. Good beer for party or casual drinking....

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:20:54 | More by kcrosson492
Photo of davidsumner


5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite IPA and a goto beer for me.

Pour - excellent voluminous, frothy pour; leaving a gorgeous three finger, frothy, sea foam head.

Appearance - Very nice, clear amber. Lacing is outstanding.

Nose - The nose is not powerful, but does bring up a nice light grapefruit/pine/resin scent.

Taste - Yummy. Not thick and or over the top; but rather a perfect balance. Ruby Red grapefruit juice, pine resin, yummy sweet malt.

Finish - perfect. Bitter, long lasting, citrus sour.

This is truly a world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 19:43:24 | More by davidsumner
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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 7,450 ratings.