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

9,372 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,372
Reviews: 2,812
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,339 | 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 BillRoth
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Wasatch
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice head, some carbonation, but not much lacing at all. Very hoppy with some sweet, citrusy scents. The taste is sweet and hoppy with a little bite at the end. Light to medium body. This ale is very drinkable. Glad to have found it.

Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint on tap. Arrived with a billowing head that was exceptionally thick and creamy. It left loads of sticky lacing.

Citrus hops with traces of alcohol and malts in the nose.

The beer also has a strong citrus component on reaching the tongue, but this becomes more piney mid-taste. Strikingly sweet when it hits the tongue, with no immediate hop hit following ... this does appear in the surprisingly hoppy finish. Thus, this IPA creates a striking and unusual (well, exaggerated) flavor dynamic.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy yellow with 1/4" of dense, foamy head. Good retention. The smell has barley malt notes, yeast, and faint citrusy hop aromas. The taste is bready malt followed by some pineapple and grapefruit with just a slight earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Not overly bitter so it's drinkable and refreshing. The alcohol content is moderate but warms the palate. Overall balanced and solid.

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

Had a glass of this on draft at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a solid orange color with a very creamy, persistent white head. The beer has very good head retention and excellent lacing. On the nose one gets a lovely aroma of orange citrus with just a hint of ginger in the background. This smells very, very nice. On the palate I immediately think "West Coast" IPA. The beer has very nice orange citrus with above average bitterness in the finish. The beer is not overly sweet, and the finish is light and fairly dry. The beer comes across as light, crisp and refreshing, just the sort of IPA you could sit down and pound a couple of pints. The beer has a nice mouthfeel, coming across as light and airy.... the finish is just seamless. Abv. is very unobtrusive, though you know the alcohol is there. Drinkability is quite good.

This is a very solid IPA.

Edit from 12/12. Tasted again recently at Piper's pub and Smokin Joe's in Pittsburgh, and as it has been over 5 years since I reviewed this beer, I figured an update was in order. What amazes me about this beer, is how consistently good it is. Even 2000 miles from where it was made, this beer was light, crisp, slightly tropical, yet refreshingly dry and bitter. This is a beer that is easy to take for granted (especially given all the other great beers Stone makes), but it's really something pretty special. Just an altogether excellent, well made IPA.

Photo of biegaman
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It almost seems funny to say about a beer from sunny San Diego, but Stone IPA leaves my glass looking like the scene of a snowball fight. There's spatters of white crystals formed everywhere... except, ironically, on the top of the beer. That is largely barren. Perhaps its beaming golden radiance melted it all? It otherwise does look like a warm weather beer.

This is a bold, characterful brew with a big hoppy bite - this aroma is like the ‘beware of dog’ sign on the gate. Bitter but tropical resins radiate from the glass; pineapple, grapefruit, papaya and tangerine are experienced in high-def 3D vision and full on Dolby surround sound. It's hops on the big screen! And to think the show has yet to really even begin...

There's plenty of toasty, lightly biscuity, underlyingly sweet maltiness in there but for some reason with each sip I can't shake the image from my brain of a bunch of bare-footed San Diegans in a giant wooden vat stomping on a mound of hop cones. The fruity and floral and grassy (and brutally bitter) hop oils are overpowering in both quantity and quality.

Stone hardly keeps it a secret that they revel in their love for big, characterful brews and, likewise, their beers aren't exactly discreet either about their big, characterful dispositions. Every single one of the 77 IBUs registers on the palate; it's as if Stone rung out like you would a wet shirt every last drop of bitterness from each individual hop.

Stone claims their IPA is a good example of a style that (they define) as being "highly hopped and high in alcohol". More accurately, it's the benchmark of a style that Stone themselves pioneered and popularized: a hugely hoppy ale that is stingingly citric, brutally bitter, tremendously tropical, remarkably refreshing and candidly characterful.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Kelp
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A hazy yellowish color with a decent amount of head to the beer. A nice white head with a bit of lacing left behind.

Floral hops smell dominate some citrus smells to it grapefruity. A malt and pine smell on the end.

A hoppy, bitter taste to the brew. Very one sided and ends with a citrus/grapefruit finish that lingers for a while on the tongue. Definitely has a better smell than taste to it.

A smooth beer with a medium body to it and a bit underwhelming carbonation.

This is a decent IPA at best to me. Too bitter for my tastes. I can drink, but usually would chose not to if I have any choice in the matter.

Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly shaped pint glass. Poured an amber/gold color wit ha frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty good head retention to it and it also left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is not surprisingly hoppy. It's floral with a good amount of pine and citrus coming through. Some notes of grapefruit and orange come through in the citrus flavors. A little bit of earthy spice comes through in the hops as well.

The taste has a big grapefruit, pine, citrus, hoppiness to it. More of a dry bitterness starts to come through in the finish with more pine and grapefruit. It has a bit of an earthy spice to it as well as a bit of malt sweetness coming through. Very nice IPA overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it's a very well made and flavorful beer. it has a very nice and bright hoppiness to it that is very nice. All that said, for my personal taste I slightly prefer more of the tropical hoppy flavors in an IPA. That doesn't diminish how well made this beer is though at all.

Photo of HopHead84
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/24/2011

On tap at Stone. Forcefully paired with the plaintive wail of a female Irish folk singer.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a big creamy two finger white head. The head is long lasting and leaves a lot of lacing when it recedes.

S: Redolent of grapefruit flesh and rind, and orange pith. Grassy and herbal notes are detectable. Malt provides light cracker notes. It's all hops, though more subtle and restrained than your average San Diego India Pale Ale. Light pine resin notes are revealed after the beer warms to an adequate temperature. This gets much better after it warms up a bit. It was very cold.

T: Grassy, with notes of orange, pine, and grapefruit. Malt is faint and crackery. Bitterness is at a moderate level. There's a bit of grapefruit rind in the dry finish.

M: Upper light in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and sticky.

Overall: Strangely enough, I rarely drink Stone beer when I'm at Stone. This is the sort of beer that's always there and is often overshadowed by flashier offerings. However, this is definitely a good IPA, and sadly one that I probably won't drink again for some time. Still, tasty stuff.

Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murky medium copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was decent retention and very good lacing.

The smell was 100% resiny hop. A strong citrus and peppery aroma. There was a nice soft grain aroma as well.

The taste was a spicy peppery upfront hop bitternes. Hints of grapefruit and orange sweetness as well. A good biscuity grain bill as well. Mild alcohol burn detected.

The mouthfeel was full and spicy.

Overall a superior IPA. This beer is the standard for AIPAs. I am glad I finally tried it.

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

A: Poured a coppery-orange with a solid 1 finger foamy white head that retained well leaving a fair to good broken sheet lacing behind.

S: citrusy with grapefruits and fresh flowers against a semi-sweet toasted caramel backing.

T: nicely balanced in regards to the malt and hops with some spicy citrus and grapefruit notes more focused more on flavor then tongue numbing bitterness. The hopping was sharp and clean in nature with light sweet toasted caramel. The finish was very smooth, even toned thoughout and pleasant as it faded off the tongue with a slight dry flowery presence.

M: crisp, dry and felt very nice.

D: Classic example. A good solid example and hard to go wrong here or find reason to fault. A worthy recommend and nice try.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer is bright golden, more towards a lager than most IPAs. There was no significant head. There was a spice (pepper?) and hop smell to the beer; green and sweet at the same time. Tastes of pine and hops on first taste, somehow balanced with a sweet base. The beer is smooth and full bodied in mouth, with a smooth finish. Surprisingly, there are sour notes to the aftertaste and finish. Fairly easy to drink, but the sour tones make it hard to drink multiples in one sitting.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz at the Boise Coop for ~$1.50... enjoyed out of a shaker pint... still listening to Digweed's Transitions V.3.

Shorter egg shell head that fades to good sticky lacing.... a nice mess of bubbles floats atop a clear straw color body... BTW... big lacing left for the entire glass.

Very noticeable American hops burst from the glass... pine... pineapple and grapefruit... with an endearing flowery portion. Not alot of maltiness to take note of, but thats probably not a bad thing on this one.

Flavor is off the charts!! big bitterness melts seamlessly into the mix of low sweetness and American hop notes.. Actually very hard to pick apart because it is so balanced. Yeasty fruitiness is definately there... Body is lite medium with prickly carbonation... but yummy.

I've had this brew dozens of times ... but never really thought to stop and savor... this is what people are talking about when they say West Coast IPA. Fantastic and remarkably drinkable... I really like bitter beers for the most part, but for some reason, my purchases tend to linger in the bigger body/maltiness range.... but Stone has this one perfected.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,372 ratings.