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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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7,445 Ratings

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Ratings: 7445
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 jtingue

New York

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

On cask at Ashleys in Ann Arbor.

Appearance. Very cloudy with visible chucks of yeast floating around. Nice 2 fingers of off white head that retains extremely well.

Smell. Surprising presence of yeast. Dominated, though, by a nice floral hop aroma.

Taste. Starts with a nice sweetness and a slowly building hop bitterness, which takes over for a while. A candy like sweetness returns with some yeasty esters. This is accompanied by medicinal and herbal hops with a slight citrus as well. This lingers to the finish.

Mouthfeel. Simply amazing. Creamy body with a tight carbonation.

This is a completely different, and frankly better, beer on cask. So much complexity, that its almost not like an ipa.

Serving type: cask

10-07-2011 02:29:47 | More by jtingue
Photo of hooliganlife


3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cask ipa dry hopped with simcoe

pour was light and hazy golden yellow with a ever slight hint of orange. little to no head.

nice light citrus on the nose. a pale malty biscuit undertone.

the malt and hop mix was balanced quite well. this was not overly hoppy at all. there was a nice light grapefruit and tangerine flavor.

light body with a light carbonation.

this was good, but was a bit lacking overall. i'd like to see a bit more hops with this being their IPA. still a treat though!

Serving type: cask

04-22-2011 17:31:07 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of augustgarage


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

Hand pump cask at Blue Palms in Hollywood. Served in a nonic. This version on cask is "Stone IPA With Centennial Hops."

Hazy tangerine body with amber highlights. A thick dense sudsy ivory head with limitless retention and average lacing.

This is not at all the assertive hop-forward beverage I was expecting. Instead, the aroma is very clean and restrained, suggesting toasty malts and English digestive biscuits backed by a light fruitiness (citrus and melon) and an herbal/floral note from the hops. Very distinctive though difficult to verbalize.

Malt balanced, toasty, and spicy/herbal flavors dominate: fresh thyme, cardamom, and faint vanilla pods... The finish brings on a very well balanced citrus-kissed bitterness, but nothing like you would normally expect from Stone (Ruination this ain't).

Rich medium-light body with modest carbonation (as expected from cask).

A very different beer on cask with a superior drinkability.

Serving type: cask

02-10-2010 21:18:56 | More by augustgarage
Photo of DeathbySexyBT


4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright gold with perfect lacing and a perfect head that remains throughout.

S: This cask had Amarillos added to it and even the most novice of beer drinkers can smell them immediately. Fruity notes as well as herbs.

T: Hop spice up front. The beautiful thing about this cask is that by adding the Amarillos another dimension was added without obliterating the other flavors.

M: Bubbly and happy. You will feel and taste the Amarillo hops for some time after this beer is finished.

D: I marked the drinkability down half a point on this because I am not sure if I would want to drink Amarillo hops all evening.

Serving type: cask

07-27-2009 14:43:29 | More by DeathbySexyBT
Photo of HalfFull


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

From cask, pumped into a pint glass. This brew pours a hazy golden yellow in color with a full inch of head, reducing UP to a half inch of head as the beer settles. I say this as the froth of the beer engine did resemble a nitrogen pour initially. Offers strong retention and good lacing.

Smell is very clean and hoppy, with a touch of malt undertones. The Centennial hop seems well suited to the cask as I've had other, more citric/floral IPA's on cask which didn't fair as well and seem better suited to regular draft.

Taste follows suit and offers a wonderful texture on the feel. Any bitterness is put on the shelf per se and well masked behind the yeast and cask influence. Nice drinkability but limited a bit by the underlying beverage. I've found Stone IPA to whither out before the end of the glass in the past, but the cask version does seem to hold on just until the end, but not by much.

Quite nice and much preferred over the more available standard draft given the body of the beer.

Serving type: cask

01-09-2009 06:59:30 | More by HalfFull
Photo of chrisafari


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

On Cask (hand-pump) @ Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. Special release with Summit and Amarillo Hops. Pours light golden yellow, cloudy. Small clear white head. Sweet, orange aroma with a definite kick of hops. Starts off with sweet tangerine/lemon notes then becomes intensely hoppy with accompanying spice and Ting. Hops spread to the sides and back of the tongue. Cask gives the pallet a smooth rich texture with perfect carbonation. Lingers a long time on the back of the tongue. Great stuff!

Serving type: cask

09-11-2008 00:27:28 | More by chrisafari
Photo of nomad


4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thank you to Stone and the Blind Tiger for making this twist on this beer happen:

Poured a softly opaque orange with a slight gold tone, real nice to look at. No lace but a soft tiny bubbled head. Nose was extremely fruity, yeasty, and grassy, but calmly so, as these scents were much more well blended than the bottled version. Fabulously brilliant smells, truly. Taste was perfectly grapefruity, even a little sweet fruity, and was paired with the most well-toned hops I’ve ever tasted. The biscuit flavor was perfectly between real chewy and real thin.

The cask conditioning took away the salty tastes, made the sour more complex (yeah for the magic of wood), and rounded all the other flavors and scents together. This casking brought the classic IPA characteristics to an astounding height and smoother blend, and turned my highly unfavorable view of IPAs around. This beer floored me like none other - this is what happens when you take a top (the top?) IPA and cask condition (oooh, aaah) it. BRAVO.

Serving type: cask

03-24-2003 13:53:57 | More by nomad
Photo of Dantes

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: ~10oz. of rare cask-conditioned IPA in a tulip glass at the Stone 12 event. Served a bit cold. Cost: $5.

Appearance: Typical casked-beer appearance. Thin, loose head that quickly resolved down to a thin, patchy skim. The amber-tinged yellow body was appropriately cloudy, warming my heart in anticipation. Very fine beading that suggested subtle carbonation. This was one of my early samples, so I was able to hold this to the daylight.

Smell: A very rich, hoppy, herbaceous aroma arose from the beer. Not resinously piney, but more like fresh, clean pine-scented mountain air.

Taste: Having been warned by Greg, I expected a palate-assaulting wave of hop bitterness. I was immediately impressed by how refreshing and delicious this beer actually was. I am constantly decrying the tendency of some beers to try and out-hop or out-ABV the competition. This beer never forgets that it is meant to be a pleasurable experience. As expected, the subtle, cask carbonation really lets the flavor of this beer fully express itself. Clean herbaceous flavors vie with the malt backbone, resulting in a wonderfully balanced, distinctive IPA. Has a yeastier, deeper flavor than the draught, which lasted long through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Delightfully smooth, cool, and satisfying. Compared to the “regular” draught IPA that followed, this was smoother and tastier and a bit less brittle.

Drinkability: Frightfully drinkable. This brew is the workhorse of the line; more complex and satisfying than the Pale Ale and less over the top than the Ruination. The alcohol is undetectable (although 6.9% ABV isn’t all that high). An ultra-high quality session beer I could drink all day.

Greg warned me not to have this as my first beer at the Stone/Blind Tiger event as I had planned because he thought it would be too hoppy and aggressive to start with; so I took his suggestion of the Pale Ale instead. Big mistake. Although the Pale Ale was good, it was a bit one-dimensional and thin. In contrast, I thought that the Ruination tried too hard. This beer is everything a great IPA should be, and on cask it is even better than draught. Now, I will have to seek out the bottles. Along with the Oaked Arrogant Bastard, the star of the tasting.

Bottom Line: As Goldilocks said after trying the Pale Ale and Ruination, “This is juuust right!”

Serving type: cask

03-19-2003 14:01:16 | More by Dantes
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
Photo of ssteakley


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
Photo of brutusmuktuk


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a hazy golden yellow color and a decently foamy white head. Has a very nice hoppy floral aroma. Taste is kind of sweet up front, dominated by floral notes with touches of citrus. The finish is a surprising amount of bitterness that lingers a while. The beer has a nice full body feel with some carbonation. This is very refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 03:18:03 | More by brutusmuktuk
Photo of Franziskaner


4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light amber to brown in color. A minuscule bit of white head partially covers the top of the beer. A bit hazy with Brussels lacing. Incredibly enticing aroma of pine like hops reminiscent of pineapple greets me. The mouth is a little sticky and the bitterness prickles my tongue. When I take a sip I get a short but sharp burst of pine like hops and then some light malt to back it up. I get a nice gentle bitter fade.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 16:19:41 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of Beer4B


4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: straight from the bottle yo, my bad.

S: delightfully crisp

T: very smooth and drinkable IPA

M: light and hoppy

O: this was a decent IPA at a great price and availability. I much prefer the Ruination but this is a very good and like-minded substitute for when that is not available.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 16:52:54 | More by Beer4B
Photo of THE-DUDE


4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very solid IPA. Not as overly floral as some IPAs. Very well balanced. Citrus grapefruit smell and taste. Very smooth, the 6.9% can launch a sneak attack without warning. Even though this beer was released more than a decade ago and was ahead of the curve at the time, it still holds its own very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 02:27:09 | More by THE-DUDE
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 dank203

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a pretty clear golden color. good amount of head. looked good in a pint glass. very light fluffy feel, lot of candy and citrusy grapefruit notes, fair amount of lemon. good earthy aroma, a little musty and dank. very bitter though, not for all .

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 22:35:16 | More by dank203
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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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