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

9,364 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,364
Reviews: 2,810
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,326 | FT: 5
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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral and grapefruit hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, grapefruit flavors from the hops stand out in the taste, but these are very well balanced by the underlying malts, which have some notes of caramel. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a tad below medium-bodied on the palate and is smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a little bit of dryness.
O: The beer is extremely drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the hops do not overpower your palate. I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey colored body with a huge head that sticks around forever and leaves lacing all over the glass

Smell: Smells like a bag of cascade hops; grapefruit, piney and resinous

Taste: Taste is overwhelmed by the piney, bitter hop flavors but there is a surprising amount of malt sweetness that lingers throughout; quite a bit of alcoholic flavor as well

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Astoundingly drinkable!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There may be no other IPA that so confidently displays what it means to be "west coast". Its premier and dedicated focus on hop bitterness is supported by the perfect type of barley malt- the nonexistent type!

Its nose-piercing scent of hops take center stage with the strong presence of white grapefruit, tangy orange peel, fresh-cut grass and an overall aura of resinous pine. And upon the first drink, the mouth dries and waters at the same time; contending with the full brunt of hop flavor and yearning for refreshment.

The middle offers up a malty-dry taste and texture that's of faint caramel and thin honey, but with a wafer-thin light bread texture. As the palate acclimates to the tongue-sweating hop dominance, its floral and fruity periphery show fleeting glimpses.

As the bottom falls out of the malts, its sweetness recedes quickly and allows the hops to develop into a smoothly resinous bittering, that intensifies to the proportions of freshly torn pine needles, bark and sap. Still, its pithy citrus sharpness ensures a high level of refreshment and drinkability as the ale concludes with resolute dryness.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a orangey color ale with a medium head with standard retention. The hops and their nice floral aspect overpower aroma. Taste is quite bitter with some lingering sweetness in the back of the palate. Good body and alcohol level does a good job of keeping this beer together. Not my favourite style to begin with but this was very enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA is a real looker. Gauzy medium amber with a large, eggshell colored, slightly lumpy head that has good retention and leaves copious rings and sheets of lace.

This is the most amazingly fragrant beer that I've ever smelled; it hit with both barrels as soon as I popped the cap. Its room-filling bouquet even elicited a comment from my wife. The nose is abundantly citrusy, with grapefruit zest leading the charge. So this is what hops smell like!

The flavor is out of this world. Is this what people mean by a 'wow' beer? Grapefruit, lemon and pine, with a tantalizing hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is ultra-smooth and is full and rich without being heavy. Drinkability is superb. Oh how I wish that I had easier access to this amazing IPA.

It was with some trepidation that I popped the cap on this bomber of Stone IPA today. I've been reading on this site about how it's an incredibly hoppy, bitter beer and that beginners (namely me) should tread carefully, perhaps starting with more gentle, less hoppy styles. I think of bitterness as something unpleasant. Well if this is bitterness, give me all you've got.

Far from being unpleasant, this is the best beer of any style that I've had yet. I struggled with whether to assign such high scores since there aren't too many craft beers under my belt at this stage of the game. In the end, though, I have to go with what I feel. I can't imagine that anyone brews a better IPA, or that there are many other beers (of any style) that are better than this. And so.... a hophead is born.

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I'm not going to re-review, but I am going to re-score now that I have quite a bit of IPA experience to reference. The taste score--I really hate to do this--falls to 4.5. (5/21/04)

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy bright orange with a big frothy pillow like white head. Very slow fade and nice retention left a good bit of lace on the top.

S - Smell was initially very sweet with lots of citrus hops. Light but not overly so that it would be a detrimentalal factor. Smell was not overly bitter and had no hint of any alcohol whatsoever. As it warmed a slight grain or bread like feel started to come out. Not bad, not over the top.

M & T - Very smooth crisp, clean and refreshing. Nice carbonation. The hop profile on this one is very sweet. Lots of orange, tangerine, creamy like flavors. Not your typical super bitter west coast hop bomb. Very drinkable and overall very enjoyable. Much balance to this as the malt character was really brought out to the fore front

D - Overall extremely enjoyable and totally sessionable IPA. This could be a staple everynight drinker and would love to see this in a keg in my kitchen!

Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw color with a small, very small, amount of white foam that dissipates quickly. Not much carbonation to speak of.

S: Lots of citrus, most notable is lemon. There is also a mild pine scent. Not much malt to speak of.

T: A wonderful and powerful bitterness. Very piney, but also slight lemony notes. Again, not much malt shining through.

M: Very crisp beer with a lingering bitterness.

D: Highly drinkable, but watch out for this one, it will bite when you're not looking at 6.9%.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good brew here, this poured out as a nice looking copper color with a white thick head on top. The smell of this brew gives off a good blend of malts and hops, the hops are strong on the nose like they should be. The taste is really nice here, just a really drinkable IPA. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and has a good carbonation to it. Overall, it's a beer that you can have multiple of in a sitting if you want too.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light orange body with a medium white head.

Smell: Profusely fruity hop aroma, with brilliant notes of grapefruit and golden raisins.

Taste: Generous amounts of fresh hop flavors, none of which are overpowering. Grapefruit, pine needles, and juicy orange slices progress to a light caramel maltiness. It all leads to a short-lived, subtly bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a fine, resiny texture.

Drinkability: Unsurpassed drinkability! An excellent IPA charged with great hop flavors and enough malt to remain well-balanced.

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a really nice peach color with small but rocky head that stuck to the glass,wow the smell,first whiff is freshly mowed grass it hits ur nasal passages like a freight train.Very citruisy taste hits u first but the maltiness in the background really balances this out nicely.Iam sometimes leery about getting west coast IPA's but this one is nicely balanced.Stone has to be a world renown brewery by now their beers are just so world class.

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

Appearance - Bright, pale amber with great clarity. Pours with a modest 1/2 inch of foam, but retention is remarkably good - my glass held its head until the last drop.

Smell - Fresh, resiny hops from a mile away. Floral, herbaceous, succulent hops. This is one of the brews that got me into craft beer, and the amazing hop aroma was a big part of that - simply outstanding.

Taste - Lots of hop flavor, but relatively mild bitterness. Although Stone is known for their intensely bitter beers, this isn't one of them; it has more of a fresh and floral hop flavor, with a pleasantly mild bite. Malts take on a definite background role, providing a sweet-but-subtle platform for the hops to work their magic on.

Mouthfeel - Slightly oily; the finish leaves a coating hop residue on the palate, lingering but mellow.

Notes - It's been over a year since I last had this beer, and I had almost forgotten how great it is. I think it took drinking a number of average-to-mediocre IPAs for me to realize how incredibly well-crafted this one is. Simply a classic of the style.

Photo of biboergosum
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, procured off-ramp somewhere in Idaho or Washington last month.

This beer appears a lot lighter in the glass then I had expected, but was still a nice clear, pale golden amber colour, with two healthy fingers of a puffy, foamy, and cloud-like creamy head, which leaves some spectacular coated lacing around the glass, almost to where it was opaque - cool.

Smell, oh, the smell - white grapefruit and navel orange citrus, acridly leafy and piney hops, all duly in attendance, right where they should be, alongside a gritty crackery, caramelized malt, um 'sweetness'. The taste follows through in concert, as the bitterness ramps it up a notch or ten, the pine outweighing the citrus for the most part, a bit of sour lemon arriving on the scene, and the maltiness playing the stunned post-apocalyptic shock victim.

Stone IPA displays a firm and taught body, nicely balanced, with sufficiently fizzy carbonation, and finishes near-dead dry - oh, and can an IPA such as this be called silky smooth? I put forth exhibit A in the affirmative, without really understanding why.

Wow. There are very few (ok, no, really) similar offerings to compare this to in my neck of the woods, so I feel like I've been enlightened, or something. The biggest thing I take away from this experience, however, is that I bought this at a Yoke's in Kennewick, Washington, during a recent wine country tour, and they even sell this stuff in gas stations south of the 49th - lucky freaking Yanks.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic west coast IPA. Golden orange body, with a thin cap of creamy foam that retains itself and laces well.

Light citrus in the aroma, fresh with a touch of green hops. It's not as pungent as I expected, but it's certainly pleasant. Pale malt and vegetal notes come out later as it warms up.

Bitterness is not to an extreme level, but it's up there. Not mild by any means, the bitter hop notes come out more in the aftertaste. There's some grapefruit/citrus rind, balanced by a tasty light maltiness. Very quenching and easy to drink, i've gone through two bombers this week, and Ruination is on deck after this one...

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

yeah totally worth the hype. one of the most refreshing and delicious sessionable strong ipa's out there. this pours clear and bubbly, champaigne looking. it smells like intense oily hops, lots of citrus in this one. the flavor confirms, total grapefruit profile. its got the same juicy acidic tart but sweet addicting essence you get from a fresh florida pink grapefruit. its uncanny how similar this tastes to that fruit. it gets real bitter in the end, and serves a thirst quenching role to perfection. this has a great feel too, light enough in body to drink a bunch of them, but a well hidden and dangerous alcohol strength. carbonation is bright, and it makes the beer feel lighter than it is. overall a nearly perfect india pale ale, one of the best stone beers out there.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

We'll see how long it takes me to die during the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender. My guess is not much longer. This co-defendant pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam, complete with a decent amount of etch-style lacing. The nose comprises plenty o' pine, grapefruit, honeydew, and rich toffee. The taste dilutes the pine up front in a wash of grapefruit, followed by a nice smattering of toffee, but then, in the finish, the pine returns for some always-enjoyed vengeance. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a pretty dry and crisp finish. Overall, a very nice, easy-drinkin' IPA. Get some!

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of zeff80
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, burnt orange hue with a foamy, bubbly, white, two finger head. It left sticky patches of lace on my New Belgium goblet.

S - Aroma was fantastic! It was an assault on your senses of citrus and floral notes. There was an underlying roasted malt nose, too.

T - It tasted of citrusy hops that provided a mild bitterness. The roasted malt brought a caramel sweetness to balance out the hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding IPA. It really is masterfully balanced for a great taste.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,364 ratings.