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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

2,862 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 2,862
Hads: 10,152
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 354
Gots: 2,178 | 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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Reviews: 2,862 | Hads: 10,152
Photo of Crotor
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice, clear light amber, pushing up one finger of head with some staying power, and releasing a big, resinous, piney hop bouquet.

Excellently "balanced" for a west coast IPA, with prominent pine and citrus hop aroma and flavor, but without punishing IBUs. Highly drinkable hop-juice, this is. And all backed by clean, solid malt. Goddamn. I do think this is my favorite IPA. It's emminently drinkable, delightfuly hoppy (and in a non-masochistic way). Kudos to Stone for some subtlety in this one. (508 characters)

Photo of Juggernaut
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice copper color, and has a nice white head that dissapated fairly quickly. Very good, strong hop aroma. You can definitely tell hops make up a big part of this brew, though there is also a very nice malty/citrusy smell balancing it out.

Taste is very hoppy, with a fairly strong up front bitterness flowing into very nice hop, malt, and slitely citrus flavors. Bitterness resides quickly and it has a good body and great mouthfeel, with great overall balance. (477 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful frickin' beer no matter how you slice it, on tap this absolutely kills.

Above most any Stone beer I've experienced the maltiness is damned divine: doughy, gooey, in the forefront.

But the malt isn't what makes this beer so sublime: its the hops, man. Citrusy nose only hints at the spectacular overload you'll get on the first sip. Wicked hop burps like this was pulled out of the tanks yesterday.

Wow. I forgot how damned good this beer is. Blew SNCA out of the water in a side-by-side tasting. (518 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Barley's Smokehouse. I think this beer suffers unfair comparisons to Stone's other, bigger beers like Ruination. When trying this one I made it a point to judge it against other IPAs, not against other Stone beers. As such this is a pretty good IPA. Pours a dark amber color with a thick off-white head and nice lacing. The aroma is mostly hoppy, and after struggling a little I could smell some citrus as well. Medium-bodied and very smooth-drinking, with hops and spice at the forefront. Malt and a bit of citrus are in there as well. All in all, while not packing the punch of some of my favorite IPAs, this is an easy to drink and well-made IPA. (663 characters)

Photo of dauss
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. green and white silk screened bottle.

Appearance: Golden orange color with a small white head that dissapates fairly quickly. It is definitely hazy, but probably just chill haze.

Smell: Hop aroma are extremely strong in this brew. Grapefruity, citrusy, piney, and a little pineapple. Also has this wonderful sweet malt aroma.

Taste: Chockful of hops. Upfront hop bitterness gently balances the intense hop flavor. Slight citrus and graininess in the finish. Bitterness subsides fairly quickly after the sip. Good body and excellent mouthfeel.

Notes: Lots of dry hopping, great hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness. 6.9% is not detectable in the taste, but you can definitely feel it. Great pale ale with good balance. (747 characters)

Photo of aquaderek
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ok, this is a great IPA, pours a nice reddish color, with a 1 inch head that dissipates to a nice lace. The taste, and mouth feel are amazing. The taste has a very nice fruity hoppy flavor, followed by a nice bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy, and as smooth as a silk, with just the right amount of carbonation. Awesome beer, woo hoo (335 characters)

Photo of niknar
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy copper-orange color with an excellent off-white head that creates thick, lumpy bubbles. Makes a great impression right out of the bottle! The aroma is strong with both pine and grapefruit. Hops and malt take a backseat, but are still present underneath. The taste is as big as the bottle and Stone Brewery's reputation. The hops hit with a huge bang right from the first sip. Some faint hop sweetness works into the fold in the middle, then disappears as the lingering hops slam your senses to a bitter / sour finish that is quite dry. Mouthfeel is just about right: full bodied but carbonated just enough to dampen the blow of the hops. One area this offering scores just a little lower is the drinkability. It's just a bit too sour to drink much. One bottle is probably about all I could handle at any given time. However, all things considered, this is a truly great IPA that is worthy the Stone name. (921 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A rather light orange hue, thin yet well retaining head; pine and hops, hops and hops on the nose, intimidating as is the bottle. Creamy, twangy hops blast the palate, malt is there; very very well balanced; smooth and sharp, what an IPA should be. Grapefruit and orange in the tastings as well; whatever the ABV, it’s sneaky; read and heed; this is one darn fine IPA, the standard which all should be judged. Simple and to the point! (435 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear, light caramel, forming a rocky, pancake-bubbled white head with very good retention and lacing. The aroma is just wonderful with the most intense pine resin odor I've ever smelled in a beer...just wonderfully aromatic and full of sweetly fragrant, floral qualities. Pungent and skunky like marijuana. Carbonation is moderate. The mouthfeel is wet, smooth and spicy with a medium body, leaving the teeth sticky with hop astringency in the finish. I like what it's doing to my mouth with the hop astringency. The taste begins with intense pine resin bite with a nice astringency and pungency, followed by a moderate pine resin bitterness lightly offset by malts kinda hanging out in the background. The finish is all about freshly crushed pine needles with a faint suggestion of thyme or sage. No off-flavors, imperceptable alcohol.

The definitive version of a West-Coast IPA...this is an awesomely pungent beast, yet balanced by beautiful malts, and is supremely tasty. It took me a while to get used to Stone stuff, but this is just one hell of a beer, and one of the top 5 IPA's I've ever had.Stupendous! (1,115 characters)

Photo of gbontrag
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boy the just off white head won't quit.
thin copper color.
there's a glistening spruce forest in my mug from the smell of it.
Ooh, needles the palate with a hop portfolio. Fantastic mouthfeel. There's grapefruit rind, and juice. White peppercorns. A malt wash, like a water color of malt. As it warms the malt is still present as a color almost as much as a sweetness. Hops mellow to a vapor. Man this is great with salty hot dogs and hot banana peppers. (457 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You can now get stone beer on tap in New York City.

I'm going to take a page out of California hip-hop, cuz I gotta do it. Don't believe the hype.

Suprisingly light for an IPA, this beer is medium bodied at best. The head quickly dissipated and did not leave a trace as it lingered down the glass. The aroma? It was present, but then again, I would like to drink BEER and not grapefruit juice. Too many cascade hops (which, by the way, are the most mass-produced and hybridized hops on the market) make a beer taste more like a cocktail.

The taste was pretty good. The folks at Stone Brewing Co. really know how to achieve a nice balance with their beers.

I wish the beer were a bit more full-bodied and less grapefruit juice. They may be personal preferences, but let's face it.... has not the latest hop craze been a bit cultish and gimmicky? (857 characters)

Photo of cncbofh
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice head which quickly fell away. The color was a golden straw - reminded me of my younger days helping my uncle pitch hay in the fall.

The smell was unbelievably good - strong floral and citrus, cloves and grapefruit... a slight earthy sour smell that I just couldn't place, but it didn't distract.

The taste didn't knock me over with hops - but I literally shivered with goose bumps at the fantastic flavor. This is a well balanced IPA - a decent combo of bitterness from the hops, and a mix of citrus and floral tastes. Orange peels, lemon zest, grapefruit and the perfect amount of hops. The malt base is enough to keep everything together.

Excellent IPA. (683 characters)

Photo of jvajda
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance: Golden-orange color. Modest, frothy white head.
Smell: Sour and bitter hop scents. Very fruity.
Taste: Creamy and light at first, followed by a barrage of bitter, fruity hops. This beer definitely has that 'Stone flavor' that I I still can't put my finger on. Salty finish that is typical of an IPA, but not over the top. Overall, a very well balanced IPA.
Mouthfeel: Creamier than I expected. Nice carbonation. This beer penetrates every crevace of the mouth.
Drinkabilty: I might stick with this one for a while. (529 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 OZ bottle (thanks Sam). decants a golden-orange color with a big sticky white head that laces the glass... minimal carbonation...scents of plumbs, musty caramel and ample floral hopping. Starts mellow with a nice whack of fruit laden malts....THEN the hops take over and make a complex floral/grassy/bitter mixture from those northwest cones melding with the ample cramel malts gives a buttery peach impression...finish is surpisingly thick with the bitterness restrained by the maltiness plays long on the aftertaste as a lingering bitter fruit impression. A big beer for the style. (586 characters)

Photo of bultrey
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Balance. Ths beer is so balanced. Orange in color, with little yeasties floating around. Once again, I don't find anything out of the ordinary with Stone's beer, just a kick-ass IPA, with loads of West-coast hopping, brewed with perfect balance.
Resinous, piney hops, with grapefruit, orange, and slightly floral notes. There is enough malt backbone to keep this from becoming one of those ridiculous hop monsters, but there are plenty of hops, enough to satisfy even the most discriminating of hop heads. Mouthfeel is rather delicate, and the bitterness left on my palate lingers just long enough for me to take my next sip. Drinkability is outstanding -- if ever there were a session IPA, this would be it. (709 characters)

Photo of LarryV
3.16/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden amber color with a nice head. Musty, citrusy aroma is inviting. Leaves a nice lacing down the side of the glass as you savor it. Nicely balanced with a creamy mouth feel. A nice IPA. However, I happened to do a side by side comparison with Wachusett's IPA, and the Wachusett comes pretty damn close to this in quality and taste, and is about 2/3 the price.

- Updated 12/16/2008 -

Maybe my palate has changed since my original review 11/01/2004, but I find it difficult to enjoy this beer these days. Aroma is a bit sour, reminds me of homebrew for lack of a better description. Huge hoppiness with a grapefruit like twang, but the problem is that it lacks balance. A more assertative malt backbone would make it less of a one dimensional brew. (765 characters)

Photo of danadeny
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice golden, clear body with a small bubbly head. smells of a nice medium floral hops, and something that reminds me of fruit candy. Tastes pretty good. This beer has a great balance, the hops are not too strong, and don’t overpower a light roasted malt flavor. Very smooth and very drinkable. I was expecting some bitterness from stone, but I am pleasantly surprised at the overall balance. This would have to be one of my favorite IPA's, a must try. especially since you would have no clue it is close to 7% (518 characters)

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

Thanks to BuckeyNation for the opportunity! I've been waiting to try this one out.

Pours out golden yellow and sits foggy golden amber in the glass with a good sized foamy white head, nice lacings.

Smells good and malty. Doughy construction with plenty of hops backing it up. Very mild citrus aromas of oranges come though, mostly herbal and peppery hop aromas. Loose strands of alcohol flow from within.

Tastes lightly sweet up front but picks up on bitterness quickly. Green, leafy hop flavors make up the majority of taste. Scant amounts of orange oil and lime are found. Sweetness picks up again and alcohol begins to shine. Makes for a dry, well-bittered finish with bready flavors and hop oils lingering.

Very smooth and rich in the mouth. Crisp and well balanced carbonation. Medium-full body. This beer flows all over the place, very pleasant.

Easy drinking IPA. Not on the top of my list, but it is quite tasty. (935 characters)

Photo of GDMFSOB
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone can do no wrong. This beer doesn't look like anything too special. I got a one-finger, sticky, white head when I poured this. And other than the somewhat thick appearance, this looks no different than any run-of-the-mill American ale.
I almost enjoy smelling this hoppy brew as much as I like drinking it. The sweet, musty nose stays with you even when you walk away from the beer. The taste is just hoppy goodness. It tastes like it should be darker than it is. Great spiciness. The mouthful is oh so creamy and the aftertaste makes me want to crack open another. I think I will. One other note, it's difficult to review this beer because I can't stop guzzling it for long enough to make any thoughtful observations. (724 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Com'es in a 22 oz. bomber. Pours a very carbonated light copper with a pillowy head. Smells very fruit and hoppy. A georgous boquet. An amazing amount of hops greet your mouth at first, very overpowering and tasty. Finishes suprisingly malty for an IPA/ Round this brew off real well. Nice and bready. Feels creamy in the mouth, and wonderfully drinkable. Could drink this one all night, finding new nuances every sip. Excellent.

Thanks to HardTarget for sending me this one. (479 characters)

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

This is a fairly standard offering from Stone. Appears a very typical amber color with a nice puffy head and great lacing. Smells of course of hops, maybe a bit of fruit in there as well, which in my book is a good sign for an IPA. Taste is very hoppy, but not over the top as Stone often claims to be. Other than that classic Stone bitterness this beer doesn't stand out to me as being particularly challenging. This beer practically drinks itself, it's so smooth in the mouth.
Maybe it's because I've been drinking a lot of good IPA's lately (I had a Ruination much earlier in the day) but this beer struck me as solid, yes, it's obviously a good beer, but it doesn't really challenge the style as much as thier other beers do. A good beer to drink nonetheless. (765 characters)

Photo of newyawker
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beatuiful and pale with nice carboantion throughout the drink. Big, fluffy head which is white and leaves a lot of lace. The aroma is piney like a huge truck of hops was dumped straight into the biol. Taste is strong, a bit of alcohol and a lot of citrousy, astringent hop oils dominate the palate immediately. This is a good beer, worthy of a lot of admiration, but in the end I think its biting off more than I can chew. A little too bitter and carbonated. (458 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a golden orange. Fluffy white head and great sticky lacings.

Awesome floral aroma and strong hops burst through the nose. Aroma is powerful and distinct.

Taste is spicy up front with a citrus character. Very sticky and resiny mouthful. Sharp bite with a monster hop profile. Piney and syrupy.

I have had this IPA from Stone several times and I finally decided to review it. This is an awesome American IPA that really amazes me. Recommended for anyone who enjoys IPA's with a major hoppy profile. (590 characters)

Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copperish mixture with a nice white head that falls to ring of foam but laces nicley. Aroma is mostley floral hops with sweet caramle malt some citrus hints sneaking in. Taste is hops then sweetmalt takes over for an instant then more floral flavors with a bitter kick. This is a very balanced IPA malt and hops in the perfect blend being a Stone I was expecting hop overload but this is just a good solid IPA. If not for the bottle never would have guessed it as a Stone. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, it is a solid IPA, nothing extaordinary but very nicely done. (586 characters)

Photo of poundboy
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A true American style IPA. This is a style which I have only learned to enjoy very recently. Pours into my pint glass with an inch or so thick head which quickly settles into a thin coating which mostly covers surface of the beverage. True Gold in color. Leaves some lacing. You can smell the hops and even the apha acid in this one. The smell gives a pretty good indication of the taste. Hops dominate, which good floral flavors and plenty of bitterness. Smooth pleasant malt becomes apparent in the background as it warms. Overall a very tasty beer, did not enjoy it quite as much as Dogfish 90 minute, but pretty close. Gave it a 3.5 for drinkability because I can't imagine drinking more than say two of these in a night.
Thanks Mrpicklerelish for the bottle (763 characters)

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,862 ratings.