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

2,852 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,852
Hads: 10,086
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 346
Gots: 2,104 | FT: 7
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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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The standard for SoCal ipas. Copper pour, looks beautiful, aroma, big bold citrus hop, taste, more of the same. Amazing finish, leaves little to no aftertaste, just hits big all over the tongue. Must be some real crystal malt or something

Can't really faultthe mouthfeel for going away, it would be worse if it didn't. Very drinkable. Example: Got a keg of this in Reno for graduation 10 years ago, when just about nobody (especially college age) had ever had it.

Lots of pukey chicks at the end of the night, who didn't realize that this stuff has some kick. I had never seen chicks drink anything so good and bitter. Good times. (633 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap today for lunch at the San Jose Cheesecake Factory.

A - Served a pale light orange, slight haze, lots of light passes through and makes the edges look almost yellow. A huge foamy cream-colored head sits on top and lingers for a long time. Rings of lacing form after each sip.

S - Lots of hops here. A earthy grassy tone finds my nose first, then some bitter citrus, close to lemon.

T - Similar to the smell. Citrusy, pine, grass, and a touch of tart orange. Not much of a malt balance, but that doesn't bother me.

D - A touch of a bitter bite, light body, good carbonation.

O - A nice lighter ipa with a nice hop kick. (635 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip july12 2010

A on first look it's a clear golden orange but then I notice there's a large number of very tiny suspended particles that are slowly being moved around by the bubbles. The foam takes up the top three fingers of my glass for a minute or two leaving a few rings of lace as it falls to a 1/4in film that still manages to leave some patches of lace

S lots of caramel and biscuit to go along with some orange peel a little grapefruit and pine, a nice balance between malt and hops and the booze is well concealed

T all I smell but the flavors blend quite well together forming a nice balance of citric hops and malty caramel

M medium bodied and enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel, there's a mild bite that works well for it and you can taste it for a while after it's in your tummy

D a solid beer with no doubt, well rounded brew not lacking in any area. went down pretty quick for a 6.9% beer

I wish this was available here in Alberta I would have less money but would be drinking great beer, try this if you can (1,067 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, golden colour with a nice white head. It dissipates somewhat quickly to a nice film over the beer. There's a touch of haze but it's fine.

The aroma is dulled a bit. I don't know how old the bottle is but it doesn't quite strike a chord with me.

Decent flavour. Nice, mild malt flavour with moderate bitterness. A touch of resinous hop character.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A tasty beer. I like it. (431 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 2, 2011. This is an pour with a touch of cloudiness and a thin head. The aroma is not quite as full as I anticipated but there is definitely a noted floral hoppiness as is to be expected. The body is creamy and medium. Oh, but the taste really makes up for any flaws (as few as they are) that may be noted at first. Bitter hops with a fruity sweetness on the side. (408 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden color with a small head and some lacing. Aroma is nice and strong with hints of grapefruit and floral notes. Taste is nice and hoppy upfront with the aftertaste being one of grapefruit. Really nice aftertaste that is not too dry or bitter. Malty too as well. Very smooth and well-balanced. Goes well with the pizza I'm eating. Definitely one of the better IPAs I've had. (392 characters)

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

Thanks once again Kahn's of Indianapolis.

Appearance- Great, thick eggshell colored head. Concrete like retention and great foamy film. Sluggish bubbles slowed down by the resiny hops I bet. Great mild amber that for some reason makes me think of spring time.

Aroma- Great notes some slight citrus in the hop, but more earthy aromas and a medium scent of pine. Not overpowering in hops. I like the subdued nature of this aroma. Some mild malts balance out the aroma very well.

Taste- Starts with some pine needles and hop floweration in the front. The middle lets the malt give a hint of caramel to the earthy textures of the bitterness. A little resiny and sweet. Almost like tasting a mix of cascade hops in a light corn syrup.

Mouthfeel- A little resiny, but not boggy like some IPAs. This beer is pretty easy to drink on taste and palate. The alcohol limits it's sessionability.

Great beer. Can easily see why Stone is touted for their IPAs. (965 characters)

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

The color is copper with a large and creamy off-white head. Retention is very good. The aroma is all hops, strong and citrissy. The taste is dominated by strong hop flavor with an above average level of bitterness. An underlying rich malt body gives this beer a bit more complexity. This is definently a great beer choice for a hop head, but this doesn't seem to be much better than the handfull of other IPAs I've sampled. I was probably expecting just a little bit more from Stone. (483 characters)

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

A: Dark gold color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head with fair retention. Laced in thin rings.

S: Citrussy hops. Also pine and floral notes.

T: Citrus and pine hops up front. Bready malts in the foundation. Evenly bitter in the finish.

M: Light to medium body. High carbonation. Resiny hops linger a bit in the finish.

D: As sessionable an IPA as they come. Not quite the complexity or big malt foundatiton as its big brother, but I could drink a few of these. (467 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark gold color with not quite an inch of white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and hoppy (but not strong), mainly citrus (grapefruit and lemon peel) and piney hops, with a bit of malty sweetness too. To me it tastes the same way it smells, mostly citrus and pine hops with some malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium and a bit slick. Drinkability is pretty good too, it's smooth and has just the right amount of carbonation to make this very easy to drink. I think this is a very solid beer, I'll definitely have to buy it more often. (620 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into pint glass. As with all Stone products, I like the illustrations and smack talk on the bottle.

Appearance: Transparent yellow amber with a thick head.

Smell: Strong hops and esters. This smell is addictive.

Taste: Definitely hoppy and mounth-watering. This is an IPA at its best.

Notes: My favorite Stone product. And I like every Stone beer that I've sampled. (411 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been drinking this steadily at Twain's in Atlanta for the past week.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before settling into a thin layer on the top leaving sticky lacing.

Smells great. Loads of hops - citrus, pine, floral, it's all there. It's backed up by a solid malt aroma.

Tastes just how it smells. Loads of hop flavors with a hint of spiciness, yet the malt flavors still manage to make their way out and balance the beer. Ending is as close to being too bitter as a beer can get without being so.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and the carbonation does a good job exploding the flavors.

Drinkability is great. I could drink entirely too many of these.

Overall there's not much else I can say that hasn't already been said. If you have access to Stone do yourself a favor and revisit this beer. (897 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange; clearly unfiltered, or is that haze from the dry hopping?

Aromas begin with typical C-hops, citrus, pine and grapefruit. Definitely floral and juicy as well. None more dominant than the other. Light pale malt sweetness in the background.

The tastes begin with abundant amounts of spicy, juicy hops. A full body supports this heavy load of hops with some bready malt flavors present to give this brew some balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Big and full and the finish is as smooth as silk. No alcohol, mild carbonation and a hop bite come together to form a deceptively smooth and refreshing finish.

Overall this is a good IPA but not my favorite. A bit too much on the bitter side with a lacking hop flavor. Kind of forgettable and a bit of a palate wrecker because of the lack of a malt presence to balance the abundant West Coast C-hops. (900 characters)

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber colour with a massive size creamy and frothy off white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness of the beer and there is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - caramel, hops, pine, citrus zest

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer has a very full bodied taste and feel. There is a lot of hop taste and pale malts mixed with caramel, citrus zest and pine. The beer finishes with a very hoppy and slightly woody aftertaste.

Drink - Another one of Stone's beer that I really enjoyed. It is a really hoppy/citrus based IPA that isn't too sweet - which I like. It's a must try for all the IPA fans out there. (780 characters)

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

Well, as I just received my set of “Stone Glassware”, one must properly “Baptize” them, so the India Pale Ale glass gets a Stone IPA.

The beer as it cut and runs from the bottle a transpicuous golden amber color, the head supererogatory, the texture semi-creamy and the color a bright white, as it slowly erodes the lace forms a sticky sheet to smother the glass. Hop floral at the start, the middle sweet malt, citrus crisp, fresh and ever so inviting, a true portent of things to come this nose, start is nicely malted, somewhat sweet with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is stern in its carbonations, the hops forthright in their spiciness; powerful but pleasing, aftertaste is desert dry, somewhat bitter, quite long lasting. One of several “Stone” beers I always have on hand. (810 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Yellow orange in color with hazy color.
S - Grapefruit and piney hops.
T - Oh man wow! One of the greatest hop bite beers of the night!
M - Harsh yet drinkable and crisp.
D - It would have to be my go to IPA but now I have to try Arrogant Bastard to see which one is more hoppy! (284 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a light gold semi clear with a big white and very good lacing.

Its aroma is very hoppy with light notes of honey and citrus.

The taste is just overwhelmingly hoppy. Thats all that dominates throughout the whole tasting instead of a very nice bite at the end. Just too bitter to be a great IPA. (355 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 1/9/2011

A: citrus and floral hops, slightly sweet

Ap: golden-orange with a 2 finger off-white head, minimal lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, crisp, smooth

Af: hop notes- both citrus and floral, little bit of grapefruit shines through, slight sweetness, maybe some caramel, slight bitterness

O: easily drinkable, classic IPA style beer

Cheers!
The CPJ (374 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a good quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of hops, with a hint of citrus. Not overwhelming, but nicely done.

T: Not as hoppy as I expected - I guess they save that for the Ruination IPA. Still, very tasty. Also had citrus elements and a tinge of malt.

M: A vibrant, high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Pretty full-bodied.

D: Like most of the Stone beers I've tried, this is very drinkable. It goes down easy and has a well balanced taste. (547 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, sixer shared during a lazy saturday featuring many smoked meats

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a furthermore pint, clear tangerine body, light beige froth

smell: solid citrus nose, crisp floral hops, fresh and green

taste: very nice ipa, infinite drinkability, fresh citrus hops, crisp and green, moderate bitterness. great all-day ipa

mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing

drinkability: high (412 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at brickwall in asbury

Pours a nearly clear golden orange with some darker marigold hues. A well retained white head leaves ring upon ring of lacing around the glass while drinking.

A swift kick in the pants with citrus fruit, orange, grapefruit, and a fainter hint of the malty base. Hop bitterness is strong and in the forefront.

Plenty of bitter, biting hops crash onto the palate with a splash of juicy citrus. The fruit flavors add to the hops, elevating the beer beyond simpler, one note tongue bashing IPAs. Slight sweetness with blood orange and apricot coupled with continuing bitterness. Lighter malt backbone as well as a very light touch of biscuit breadyness. Finishes long, bitter, and slightly dry.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, sticky and bitter but not overpowering. Super drinkable, excellent flavor, and the alcohol is practically invisible. I pass this up in bottles frequently due freshness issues, but on tap it reminds me why I enjoy this beer so much. (994 characters)

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

12oz bottle received from largadeer in our most recent trade. This one's available locally but I've never seen bottles less than 6-7 months old so one with a best by date of 6th Nov is a treat. Into my Duvel tulip

A: Clear orange pour with a thin off-white head that recedes surprisingly quickly. It does leave lacing, though

S: Wonderful citrus hops all the way with oranges, tangerines, a touch of honey and pine. A thin malt backbone is present with a biscuity character. Very good.

T: Starts off bitingly bitter with a solid orange zest bitterness with a lot of juicy citrus hops. Tons of orange and a hint of floral hop character on the palate. The malt backbone, for all practical purposes, is virtually absent, allowing the resiny hops to form the backbone that carries this beer into a long, dry and bitter finish. Kudos, Stone

M: Light in body, resiny with hop goodness on the palate, carbonation that works with the hops and a drying, bitter finish - I really can't ask for more.

D: Incredibly drinkable, I just might have another. (1,046 characters)

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 6.9% ABV, Keep Refrigerated, no date.

A - Hazy golden yellow beer flows from the bottle freely resulting in a plump and well-retained three-finger white head. Chunky lace coats the glass. Beautiful.

S - Monstrously bitter smelling hops assault the nose with citrusy American hops backed by floral notes. Malts fall to the background but still provide good support for the dangerous hop level.

T - Balanced hops are key in this beer. A good level of citrus, mostly lemon-like, and floral notes play well with the caramel-sweet malty base rather than completely engulfing it.

M - Medium in body and smooth with a pretty persistent bitterness on the finish. The balance is good here.

D - Fairly easily drinkable based on what I've heard about the bitterness. It makes me wonder how old this bottle is. Regardless, Stone's IPA blends potent hops with a good malty backbone well. (935 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy golden amber with a thick, buttery, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is hoppy to the point of being piny. Flavor is rich and seriously hoppy, pleasantly bitter and evergreenish with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is edgy and lively. A hop lover's delight. (276 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An organish-tint that is somewhat seethru and carbonates greatly. Received a rocky, two-finger head that dies quickly but leaves sticky lace patches. An unbelievable floral and earthy hop smell complete with fruits and spices mixed in. One of the few beers to actually make me turn away to catch my breath (it was like I had put my nose in a peanut butter jar; my breath was literally taken away). The hops dominate the tastebuds while only being slightly spicy and mildly bready, and this beer actually has a smooth finish. Don't know why exactly, thought I tasted caramel and/or butterscotch and the hops gave off some fruitiness (like apples), but a great finish to a great beer. Considering I can get this on the cheap at my local grocery store, this is a must redrink and I recommend it to any IPA drinker. (811 characters)

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,852 ratings.